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Comment: Re:For the love of Junior Johnson... (Score 2) 325

10) auto brake on object detect Don't exist except in a few ~$100k cars.

Is available in some mid-range Volvos:

The Volvo S60 and V60 come with Volvo's City Safety system as standard, which is the same system fitted to its sister the XC60. This system stops the car in the event of impending collision in 'City Traffic' below 19 mph (31 km/h). A new safety feature named "Pedestrian Detection", available on both the V60 and S60, detects people in front of the car and automatically applies the brakes if the driver does not react in time.

Comment: Re:Funding the dub (Score 1) 663

Add all of Scandivia to the list of places that doesn't need, get or want dubs. I'm sure there are many more as well. The few dubs I have had the displeasure of watching have been of children's movies, and it cannot be expressed how horrible the dubbing was.

Besides, if the film has to be translated to the native language, why worry about piracy of a non-translated version?

Comment: Re:What is the point of gaming consoles? (Score 1) 249

by DrKnark (#39768513) Attached to: Most Game Console Power Draw Comes From Time Spent Idling

Agreed. I used to be a PC only gamer (engineer, computer geek etc bla bla..) but since I got a PS3 I'm totally sold on consoles. Easy to use, comfortable to play from my couch, in general a better experience as a whole for me. It also fits nicely with my home theater system.

Sure, the PC can do all those things, but not as easily and would require more maintenance and configuration. Especially getting wireless controllers set up to work well with each game.

Comment: Re:We have the same problems in this country (Score 1) 110

by DrKnark (#39708115) Attached to: Russian City Ever Watchful Against Being Sucked Into Earth

Sweden has a progressive tax system which pays for the move

While I don't know the details, I do know that a good chunk if not all of the cost is paid by the mining companies. Either way if tax money is being used that money is easily recouped in the form of taxes from the mining operation.

in Russia if you aren't connected to the government you're almost irrelevant, other than to be a moron to be manipulated to give Putin a shine of legitimacy.

I do see your point and I'm not surprised, I guess in Russia neither the mining company nor the government would pay for an operation like this, screwing over the local residents.

Comment: Re:We have the same problems in this country (Score 4, Interesting) 110

by DrKnark (#39683945) Attached to: Russian City Ever Watchful Against Being Sucked Into Earth

There are a few places in Sweden where entire towns are in the process of being gradually moved due to the expansion of neighboring mines. The thing is, these towns were built _because_ of those mines in the first place, generations ago. The citizens don't mind, they actually support it, since they know their towns would become ghost towns without the mines.

That being said, from the sound of things this town should have undergone similar procedures a long time ago. But there is more than one side to this type of situation.

Comment: Re:Ray Tracing != Ray Casting (Score 1) 149

by DrKnark (#37077470) Attached to: Carmack On 'Infinite Detail,' Integrated GPUs, and Future Gaming Tech

Then there's the problem of shadowing/shading you pointed out. In a pure ray tracer, everything has that unnatural shiny/bright look. This is because you trace rays from the screen back to the light source. Works fine for direct illumination but the real world has lots of indirect illumination that gives the richness of shadows we see. For that you need something else like radiosity or photon mapping, and that has different costs.

Forgive my ignorance, but I don't quite understand why ray tracing can't handle indirect illumination. Wouldn't the traced ray modify the intensity and color of the (eventually found) light source with each bounce? Or is the problem that when you cast one ray per pixel you only get the contribution from a single light source in the end?

Comment: Re:Where is the energy coming from? (Score 1) 937

by DrKnark (#37073088) Attached to: 8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars

I'm not able to make any sense out of it either. The article says:

Stevens agrees, emphasizing his system is “subcritical.” This means no nuclear reaction occurs within the thorium. It remains in the same state...

...in which case it's not clear where the energy is coming from. It's apparently not coming from fissioning or from breeding some fissile element. It can't be coming from decay heat which would be extremely trivial in this case.

Is he claiming that heating an element will cause it to decay more quickly?

I can't make any sense out of it right now.

The quoted statement doesn't make sense either. Subcritical only means that there is no self-sustaining nuclear reaction, not that there are no reactions taking place. I haven't RTFA but it sounds like whoever wrote it didn't understand what was going on.

Comment: Re:Interesting, but not convinced. (Score 1) 267

by DrKnark (#36852538) Attached to: Google+ Growing As a Social Backbone

The contact circles has me intrigued, especially if it will allow me to target messages to specific groups.

This feature alone makes it way better than facebook for me. It's so easy to send messages only to close friends, or colleagues, etc. And I can easily choose to only view messages from specific groups as well. With facebook it always feels like everything you write or do is visible to everyone. And everything someone else does is visible to me, which is not optimal either.

Comment: Re:Let me be a customer (Score 1) 291

by DrKnark (#36838252) Attached to: Suppressed Report Shows Pirates Are Good Customers
Yep, same here. I pay a high price for premium channels and yet I can't see much of what I want to see. And when / if they finally do air it here, it's not in HD. While I can get an HD version of it the same day it airs in the US. A case of the pirated alternative being a better product. I still keep paying for the channels though, even if I rarely use them. Maybe I shouldn't though (the whole "vote with your wallet" thing).

Comment: Re:BitCoin relevance (Score 1) 403

by DrKnark (#36760174) Attached to: Bitcoin Mining Tests On 16 NVIDIA and AMD GPUs

will be what happens when mining becomes prohibitively expensive or the 21 million coin limit is reached.

When the limit is reached, there will still be coin to be made from mining (though it wouldn't really be mining) from transaction fees. When mining become prohibitively expensive people will stop mining, which will decrease the difficulty and make it (slightly) profitable again. Either that or people don't stop mining and operate at a loss. Neither scenario has any impact on the usability of bitcoin.

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