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Comment: Star Trek Hating Women in Command Roles (Score 2) 143

by HannethCom (#49514123) Attached to: Astronaut Snaps Epic <em>Star Trek</em> Selfie In Space
Unfortunately Janeway was one of the examples of this. There is no way she would have been a captain of a ship. Every time I saw any part of Voyager it was Janeway making an extremely stupid command decision. I had no problem with them having a female captain, I had a problem with her character being so incredibly stupid and annoying. Though Kirk was pretty good at doing bone headed things as well.

Comment: Over 381 TSA Officers Fired for Theft (Score 1) 294
October, 2012

1. Miami International Airport (29)
2. JFK International Airport (27)
3. Los Angeles International Airport (24)
4. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (17)
5. Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport (15)
6. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and New York-Laguardia Airport (14 each)
8. Newark Liberty, Philadelphia International, and Seattle-Tacoma International airports (12 each)
11. Orlando International Airport (11)
12. Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport (10 each)
14. Washington Dulles International Airport (9)
15. Detroit Metro Airport and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (7)
17. Boston-Logan International, Denver International and San Diego International airports (6)
20. Chicago O'Hare International Airport (5)

Comment: 2GB More Than Enough With Windows 8.1 (Score 3, Interesting) 128

by HannethCom (#49382159) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Surface 3 Tablet
As much as I hate Windows 8.1, one thing they have done right is greatly reduced the memory load.
Windows Vista 64-bit took about 2GB RAM, you basically had to have 3GB+ to run anything.
Windows 7 64-bit took about 1GB RAM, or practical tests 0.8GB, you basically had to have 2GB+ to run anything.
Windows 8/8.1 takes a whole 0.28GB RAM, you basically need 1GB+ to run anything.
The Surface 3 is made for word processing, browsing the web, watching video, taking notes, or simpler tasks like that. 2GB will work well for this role.
Will it work well for you? Maybe not, this is why there is the full line-up of the Surface 3 and Surface 3 Pro models.
Unlike the ARM based Surface models, these will run any X86 program, this opens up all sorts of possibilities. Portable sound studio? Why not, the voice of Honest Trailers uses Audacity and since the Surface 3 has a standard USB 3 Port, you just need a good USB Microphone, or a good converter.

Comment: Humans Constantly Screw Up at Mundane (Score 1) 451

by HannethCom (#49293459) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future
95% of driving might be mundane, but an alarming number of people where I live seem incapable of doing that 95%. The number of times I've seen someone on the side of the road that have run into a telephone pole. Daily I see at least 1 car that can't stay in a lane. Definitely multiple times a day that people just doesn't use their turn signals at all, and I know some of them. People driving through stop signs and red lights.

According to local statistics most accidents are caused by drugs and failures to follow traffic rules. Our police keep on going on about how speed kills and there are articles in the paper quite frequently about how these people were racing, or just driving really fast. The thing I find funny about these articles is that usually they will have the smallest line about them being way over on their blood alcohol level, high on heroin, or stoned on marijana, but they really try to downplay these parts.

Right now self driving cars would stop the majority of accidents.

How about that 5%? Well as more self driving cars would get on the road, that 5% would probably shrink to less than 1%, depending on the area. Plus there are already real time algorithms for detecting moving objects, coupled with multiple cameras the car can see things like deer and children much sooner than humans and react to them.

The main problems will be in the transition where there are still human drivers doing really stupid things and the self driving cars. We humans are affected by lack of sleep, by drugs, but not getting enough vitamins, distractions, tunnel vision, bad driving habits, missing signage, having two eyes facing one direction at a time, and sometimes just pure stupidity.

Comment: IE Slowness of Development and Why People Hate It (Score 1) 317

by HannethCom (#49279871) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand
Some problems in IE were from implementing things before the standard was complete. Other browsers did this as well, but the other browsers would usually change their browser to match the standard when it was complete. Microsoft would not change to the standard to keep backwards compatibility with pages made specifically for their non-standard implementation.

Now I can't blame them for trying to get ahead of the curve, but not fixing things I do blame them for. The really annoying part was Microsoft purposely implemented some parts of the standard incorrectly, so that things wouldn't render correctly in other browsers. The guy who implemented the original IE box model admitted that they purposely did not follow the other browser implementations to break compatibility, but they could claim ignorance since the standard wasn't 100% specific on how it should be done. They also implemented some standards in a non-standard way as they did not agree with how it was standardized. These were kept in place for a long time for backwards compatibility as well.

As for the slow pace of development of IE, they won the browser wars with IE6, so they disbanded the IE team for 4 years. IE7 came out 5 years after IE6, which means that they only spent 1 year working on IE7. Well, kind of. Most of the team ended up working on WPF for Windows Vista and the Trident Engine really became part of the OS. Yes, the Trident Engine was a core component included with Windows before that and integrated in the Explorer, but Windows Vista it became truly part of the graphics subsystem. Thus why IE7 on Windows Vista and Windows XP don't render exactly the same, IE7 on Vista and later have some improvements that Windows XP didn't get because they were part of the graphics subsystem redesign.

Comment: One Problem With Music Games is External Companies (Score 1) 163

by HannethCom (#49151249) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?
1. I agree.
Rock Band 2 improved on Rock Band in many ways. Rock Band 3 it was nice that people could join at any time, but it felt like in many ways it was not as good as the first 2 to me. Then came the point were new DLC songs would not work in RB2 because of the format change.

3. To be fair Harmonix tried hard to use standard USB. At least on the PS2 and PS3. Certain other console companies did not want this. Activision was the one that didn't want to be compatible and did everything they legally could to stop compatibility. They blocked Harmonix from publishing a patch to make Rock Band compatible with the Guitar Hero 3 controller. In 2010 Bobby Kotick of Activision said that it was a mistake that they didn't talk to Harmonix after acquiring the Guitar Hero brand.

4. The joys of licensing. That being said, I thought I read about them making sure they were licensing all the tracks in RB2 so they would be exportable to newer versions of Rock Band. Obviously something went wrong. One of the things I liked about RB was that you could export most of the songs, unlike Guitar Hero.

5. I think the songs available had a lot to do with licensing again. You want a big name band's less known song, $0.99 a song. You want one of their top songs, $2.99 a song. They had to balance number of songs, with licensing costs and the selling price of the game. This was true of DLC as well. Even the devil (Apple) has to deal with this, and they have a much stronger bargaining position.

Comment: Video Editor and PCs Not Fixed Specs (Score 1) 146

I'm not sure how many people are going to care that there is a built in video editor, and not sure why they couldn't have released the port then added it later, but it was a decision they made.

The fact is that console platforms are fixed specs, the myriad of different hardware PCs can have makes it hard to get decent performance and look good on the widest range of hardware. Some people want to play on Intel graphics. Maybe you have 2 cores, or 6 cores on your processor. The game engine needs to take these things into account and adapt to the different configurations.

While some people think that nVidia's drivers and hardware are the best, the truth is that many developers write the game engine to work on DirectX, then spend extra time on working around image quality and speed issues related to major hardware bugs, or driver bugs that only exist on nVidia. I'm not claiming that AMD, or Intel are perfect, but generally if you use standard DirectX constructs, your game will work and perform decently, that is not generally the case on nVidia.

Comment: Bend Over Canada! (Score 4, Insightful) 227

by HannethCom (#48982829) Attached to: Canada, Japan Cave On Copyright Term Extension In TPP
It doesn't surprise me we are being asked to bend over. We do have Harper as the Prime Minister and he would have us bow down and take it from all our capitalist overlords. The Conservative Party is big business, thus they don't care about the 99.99997% of people in this country. (I estimated there are about 1000 big business owners)

Face it, we started taking in the ass the second the Conservatives got a majority government. It wasn't if this was going to happen, just a matter of when and how big would the objects be.

Comment: M-Disc (Score 1) 251

by HannethCom (#48916563) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
If you are looking for long term storage, that is what M-Disc is made for.

Writable DVDs and Blu-rays use an organic coating that degrades over time. M-Disc says you only have up to 7 years of reliability before you start loosing data. A pressed CD/DVD will last up to 100 years, but I've had pressed music CDs that the media layer burned from very little use. Also pressed CD/DVD/Blu-rays are not practical for backup.

Hard drives are designed to be spinning. M-Disc claims hard drives are good up to 5 years, but if you don't spin them up every once in a while, they can fail in less than a year.

Flash Memory they say is up to 8 years. Again, if it isn't powered up every once in a while you can only be sure everything will be there for 2 years. If it is an SSD, your information can disappear any second. The SSD will still work fine, but they sometimes just loose everything on them.

Backup tapes have been the tried an true form of long term backup, but even those, people suggest having at least 1 backup of the backup as magnetic material degrades over time.

Comment: Re:Yes? No? Maybe So? (Score 1) 489

by HannethCom (#48851189) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?
That is the problem with Windows 10, you don't know what will still run on it.

When I downgraded to Windows 8 from 7 I could not play The Sims Medieval, Diablo 2 and a few other games. My Blu-ray player no longer worked, even though it was supported on Windows 8. The Blu-ray player problem turned out to be a missing system DLL caused by me upgrading to Windows 8 instead of doing a fresh install.

My prediction for Windows 10 is that more games and software will not work. Will it be something you use? Who knows.

The other fun thing was with Windows 8 my boot time increased from about 45 seconds to 90 seconds. Probably to do with upgrading instead of fresh install, but it takes a long time to get everything setup after a fresh install.

My computer died and I am happily running Windows 7 on the new one.

Comment: In Canada it is legal to download and rip movies (Score 4, Informative) 172

In Canada, once you have paid for a license of a movie, it is legal to rip it from a physical copy, or download a digital copy.
In Canada when you play money, you have to get something in return in the form of a physical item, a license, a limited license, or a service.
Home videos were going to be under the physical item category originally. The problem the MPAC had with this is that legally, in Canada, you cannot put any restrictions on what people do with an item that is labeled as physical.
The MPAC wanted home videos only to be used for private showings, thus they lobbied to have home videos be classified as a license. The problem they have now is that you own a license to watch that performance of the movie. If you have a VHS copy of The Jungle Book, it is legal for you to download the 1080p version and watch it.
The movie studios, or record companies, can get around this a bit by coming out with modified versions of the movies, or music. There is a threshold for how much change there needs to be for this to happen.
Also Herr Harper passed a law making it illegal to teach other people how to crack encryption. Though cracking the encryption for personal use is not illegal.

Basically, if you buy a movie, you own a license to view that performance, doesn't matter how you get it. Higher quality transfers, or remastering are generally still considered the same performance.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.