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Comment: Re:Twitch is not exactly a money maker (Score 4, Informative) 142

by GeorgieBoy (#47035185) Attached to: Report: YouTube Buying Twitch.tv For $1 Billion
A couple things:

- As someone else mentioned, Twitch Turbo users simply removes adds for the viewer, but does NOT affect the channel operator's ad revenue. Users get the "Turbo" icon in chat
- Channel subscribers get access to subscriber emotes in chat (usable across all of Twitch) in addition to the subscriber icon for that channel, and sub-only chat (if applicable - generally only streamers that have very high simultaneous viewers enable this, to keep chat usable for subscribers).
- "Transcodes", i.e. quality options of low/medium/high in addition to "Source", can become available when a channel reaches a certain threshold of simultaneous viewers. While having partnership can mean the streamer always has them, it is NOT required for transcodes to become available.

Comment: Re:Anandtech Fucked Up (Score 4, Insightful) 183

by GeorgieBoy (#45341791) Attached to: AMD's Radeon R9 290 Delivers 290X Performance For $150 Less
If they tested all the cards in the same case, then they did nothing wrong in their testing. Maybe it wouldn't be 57dB for the 290 in another PC case, but it would be lower for all the other cards too. Perhaps it wouldn't necessarily be a linear drop across all the cards, but you can't simply say their choice of case invalidates their findings that this card is REALLY loud compared to other cards. Plenty of people will own cases with "horrible acoustic profile[s]".

Comment: Re:Desktops becoming more relevant, mobile is a ni (Score 1) 249

by GeorgieBoy (#39423943) Attached to: Mozilla To Support H.264
You wrote all those paragraphs without sufficiently addressing tablets, e.g. IPad, which has far more in common with "mobile platforms" than desktops (at least, Apple's does, though Windows 8 is a different beast, time will tell).
Needless to say, there's a convergence appearing, and the distinction between desktop and mobile may virtually disappear in time. Your efficiency arguments make logical sense from a techie perspective but are not necessarily pragmatic for the broader population. I think your analysis is much more in line with the present and past, but not really a vision of the future. In fact, the suggestion that desktops will "always be the best value and experience at home" comes off to me as rather myopic.
As the parent reply suggested, your piece is very close to satire. You are blinded by your own workflow and think that people 'tire of 15" ' laptop screens and such. But that's just you projecting your own preferences on the broader public, and it's exactly the kind of thinking that stifles creativity. I realize I'm coming off a bit harsh here - but it's clear from your posts that you are thinking in a bubble.
AI

Flying Robots Flip, Swarm and Move In Formation At UPenn 122

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-for-one-welcome-our-new-tiny-copter-overlords dept.
techgeek0279 writes "The University of Pennsylvania's General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory has released a video of flying nano quadrotor robots. Inspired by swarming habits in nature, these agile robots avoid obstructions and perform complex maneuvers as a group."
Advertising

Video Adverts On the Printed Page 153

Posted by timothy
from the for-those-not-following-alien-tech dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Prepare yourself. A staple of near-future sci-fi—magazine video ads—are now a thing of the present. And which high-tech magazine is leading the charge? Wired? Popular Mechanics? Nope. Successful Farming. The advertisement itself is for a pesticide that protects crops against nematodes. You can see a video of the video here."
Google

+ - Gmail is down

Submitted by Ghazgkull
Ghazgkull (83434) writes "According to the official Gmail blog the Gmail web app is down today. "We know many of you are having trouble accessing Gmail right now — we are too, and we definitely feel your pain." According to the blog, Gmail users can still access their mail via IMAP or POP."
Spam

Yahoo Revives Pay-Per-Email, With Charitable Twist 287

Posted by timothy
from the penny-post-sans-post dept.
holy_calamity writes "Yahoo research have started a private beta of a scheme that resurrects the idea of charging people to send email to cut spam. Centmail users pay $0.01 for each message they send, with the money going to a charity of their choice. The hope is that the feel good effect of donating to charity will reduce the perceived cost of paying for mail and encourage mass adoption, making it possible for mail filters to build in recognition of Centmail stamps."
The Military

Better Living Through Nukes? 432

Posted by Soulskill
from the brb-registering-my-hemispherical-pool-business dept.
perkonis writes "So, you've got 23,000 nukes laying about and no one to use them on. What to do with them? Well, you blow up stuff for fun and profit. Some of the ideas range from good on paper (such as mining oil shale) to just downright bad (such as making a new Panama Canal). Making a big ditch by blowing up nukes — what could possibly go wrong?"
Censorship

Afghan Student Gets 20 Years For Blasphemy 618

Posted by timothy
from the consider-this-a-warning dept.
Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "Despite nationwide public support for his initial death sentence, a three-judge appeals court has reduced the sentence of Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh to 20 years in prison. Kambakhsh was charged with circulating an article on women's rights that he found online. From the article: 'Family members have said Kambakhsh was beaten and threatened with death until he signed a confession and that local journalists who expressed support for him were warned they would be arrested if they persisted.'"
The Courts

Jack Thompson Disbarred 522

Posted by timothy
from the it-burns-it-burns dept.
Sockatume writes "The Florida Supreme Court has approved Judge Dava Tunis' recommendations for the permanent disbarment of John B. "Jack" Thompson, with no leave to reapply and $43,675.35 in disciplinary costs. The ruling is a step up from the enhanced disbarment that had been suggested by the prosecution, which would have forbidden him from reapplying for ten years. Thompson has 30 days to appeal the ruling before the disbarment is permanent. Thompson responds to the ruling."
Image

Scientists Discover Cows Point North 558

Posted by samzenpus
from the throw-away-your-compass dept.
Dr Sabine Begall and colleagues from the University of Duisburg-Essen have discovered that cows tend to point north. The researchers studied deer in the Czech Republic and looked at thousands of images of cattle on Google Earth. The animals tended to face north when eating or resting. "We conclude that the magnetic field is the only common and most likely factor responsible for the observed alignment," the scientists wrote in an article. I guess cows will become the must-have item for long-distance hikers now. Having an edible compass would come in handy if you get lost.
Media (Apple)

Japan Demands Probe of iPod Nano Flameouts 339

Posted by kdawson
from the hot-pockets dept.
iminplaya sends in an item from TechNewsWorld that begins, "Several incidents of iPod Nanos bursting into flames have created consumer jitters in gadget-happy Japan. Apple is downplaying the problem, pointing out that no major injuries or damage have been reported. The problem is due to defective batteries, the company said, and only a tiny percentage of the devices have caught on fire." Japan has seen 14 such incidents so far, two in recent days. iminplaya adds, "I like that. Only a 'tiny percentage'... Is anybody beginning to understand why I would prefer that these devices not be allowed on airplanes?"

Apple Laptop Upgrades Costing 200% More Than Dells 935

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the pay-the-apple-tax dept.
An anonymous reader writes "C|net is highlighting the astonishing cost of Apple laptop hardware upgrades, compared to Dell — in some instances, Apple is charging 200% more for upgraded components, such as memory and hard disks. Either there's a serious difference in the quality of components being used, or Apple is quite literally ripping off those who aren't able to upgrade hardware themselves."
The Courts

Supreme Court Holds Right to Bear Arms Applies to Individuals 2221

Posted by timothy
from the founders'-rolling-speed-reduced-slightly dept.
Now.Imperfect writes "In its last day of session, the Supreme Court has definitively clarified the meaning of the Second Amendment. The confusion is whether the Second Amendment allows merely for the existence of a state militia, or the private ownership of guns. This ruling is in response to a case regarding the 32-year-old Washington DC ban on guns." This is one of the most-watched Supreme Court cases in a long time, and Wikipedia's page on the case gives a good overview; the actual text of the decision (PDF) runs to 157 pages, but the holding is summarized in the first three. There are certainly other aspects of the Second Amendment left unaddressed, however, so you can't go straight to the store for a recently made automatic rifle.

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