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Comment: Re:The barrier has been there all along ! (Score 2) 58

by JaredOfEuropa (#48666155) Attached to: De-escalating the Android Patent War
The idea wasn't even that good when it was invented.

“The granting of patents ‘inflames cupidity', excites fraud, stimulates men to run after schemes that may enable them to levy a tax on the public, begets disputes and quarrels betwixt inventors, provokes endless lawsuits...The principle of the law from which such consequences flow cannot be just.”

That is what the Economist had to say about patents... in 1851. The idea that inventors (both people toiling in their garage and Big Pharm companies spending billions on medical R&D) should be encouraged to invest their effort into research and share the results by allowing them to profit from them, is a valid one. But patents are, and have been for over a century, a particularly poor way to ensure reward for inventors without stifling innovation. And remember that patents were not even invented with the purpose of ensuring a profit for inventors; the purpose was to encourage inventors to share so that society as a whole might benefit. The inventor's profit was a means rather than an end.

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 4, Interesting) 324

by JaredOfEuropa (#48663801) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
It doesn't by definition. But I fail to see how 24 fps is aesthetically better. Some movies work better in black & white, but only some. (Reminds me of a scene with an aspiring cinematographer sitting in a bar, fawning over some "artsy" B&W movie playing on the TV... until the barman whacks the old set on the side, and the screen snaps back to color). Likewise, some movies might be better at 24fps, but I suspect the "soap opera effect"will be gone with a generation or two, and the next generations will prefer the higher framerate once 24 fps is associated with "old people movies".

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 5, Informative) 324

by JaredOfEuropa (#48663655) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
You'll get used to it, it's just cultural bias. HFR movies and other content viewed on HDTVs that do motion interpolation look like soap operas because for a long time, soap operas were shot with video cameras with a higher framerate, whereas any serious production was shot on film stock (and most such productions are still shot at 24fps). The result is the "soap opera effect", in that we still associate the technically superior framerate with cheap-ass productions.

With that said, the CGI was pretty pad in "the Hobbit" at times, and some scenes got padded to incredible length ("when is that barrel riding scene going to end?!"). One movie wouldn't have done justice to the story, but 3 was too much.

Comment: Re:Duck & Cover? (Score 4, Interesting) 69

by JaredOfEuropa (#48658621) Attached to: ESA Carries Out Asteroid Impact Drill
For a small asteroid, the best response is not to do nothing, but to figure out where the thing is going to hit, and if it's going to hit a populated area, advise the authorities to start an evacuation or advise people to seek shelter. That is what ESA's exercise was about: can they gather, process, and share the right information in a timely manner?

Comment: Re:Ob XKCD (Score 1) 124

"Andrews & Arnold Ltd". Sounds more like a haberdasher than an ISP. I love it! Companies seem to be struggling to come up with good names; the trend here is to use a common word with a Q or Z added somewhere, or they just pick a vaguely Latin sounding but fully anonymous and forgettable name. Nothing wrong with just using the names of the founders.

Comment: Re:What took them so long? (Score 4, Insightful) 212

by JaredOfEuropa (#48645999) Attached to: Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'
Sure, information needs to be passed back and forth between the office and the plant. The first step in security is to assume that your office network is the same as "the Internet": you don't know what's on there, it is full of malware and hackers, and they are actively out to try and get you. Assume your office network fully compromised, and secure the production network accordingly.

Comment: Re:Best of 2009? May be, but we live in 2014. Righ (Score 3, Insightful) 132

by JaredOfEuropa (#48632171) Attached to: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009
Some people prefer hardware keyboards. I'm not one of them; I prefer to have a slimmer device with a larger screen instead, but I've tried one of the old BB models (one with a trackball) and found that its keyboard was rather good for typing longer messages. I can see the attraction if most of what you do is email and messaging.

What a lot of people (myself included) didn't appreciate is how much people hate having to carry two devices. Where I work, many people had a BB provided by the company as well as a personal cell phone (smart or otherwise). As soon as the company offered corporate email and calendar on personal smartphones, pretty much everyone dropped BB and continued to use their personal device. And pretty much no one choose BB as their personal device either. TFA praises BB for not trying to appeal to the mass market with this device, and instead offer something that does a couple of things really well, but BB need to understand that in the world of bring-your-own-device, the reality is that your device needs to service personal needs as well as business needs. Having a physical keyboard and a great messaging app clearly doesn't cut it anymore.

Adding the ability to run Android apps on modern BB phones is a great move though. That may be exactly what is needed to make them good enough for personal use.

Comment: Re:Just to be clear ... (Score 1) 189

by JaredOfEuropa (#48611145) Attached to: Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography
Indeed, only the biggest companies have that integration. These are the "sprawling multinational oil corporations" GP was talking about. By the way, even the majors increasingly farm out work and expertise to service companies, and we're now close to the point where the small national oil companies can now hire that same expertise to handle more complex exploration and production projects, without needing to bring in the majors.

And here's your citation: Oil Company Earnings: Reality Over Rhetoric for the US. For the Netherlands: Winst op benzine rekbaar begrip. Long story in Dutch, but the most optimistic view (that of the ministry of economics) still puts the ratio of tax vs profits at 4.6:1

Comment: Re:Just to be clear ... (Score 1) 189

by JaredOfEuropa (#48609963) Attached to: Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography
You mean the oil companies that are putting billions upon billions of dollars on the line and running significant risks, as opposed to the government who just stamp a concession and sit back to collect. Compare the nr. of dollars earned vs. the amount invested by oil companies, and you see decent but not exorbitant returns. Especially with the price of extracting that oil rising, and the price per barrel being relatively low at the moment. Now compare the amount of money that the government makes at the pump, compared to what the oil companies make. You know, the guys who find, extract, move, refine and ultimately sell it to us. In the US the ratio is 7:1; in Europe it's much worse. States do pretty well by that measure.

Of course you can argue that it's good that the states profit so much from oil, since ultimately that means we profit (by lower taxes or better services). However you can consider if the government is really the best party to decide how to spend a windfall like this. Look up "Dutch disease" to see what I mean. Norway is doing a lot better with that extra income, but they are the exception rather than the rule.

Comment: Re:Loudness race (Score 1) 433

by JaredOfEuropa (#48595267) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand
This. As far as I can hear, compression is the main difference between vinyl and digital, and that's something that is caused by the guys doing the mastering, not by the medium. For fun, compare a recording of an album like Californication on vinyl against the CD, and marvel at the difference. Now, rip that vinyl to your computer and turn it into a file using a lossless codec (or even use MP3 at a higher bitrate). You'll find that the audio file will faithfully reproduce the vinyl recording, pops, crackles, "warmth" and dynamic range and all.

It's sad that masters made for vinyl are not available as digital downloads, but perhaps ther ecord companies prefer to serve the long tail of the market with physical vinyl exclusively. Because selling proper masters might well eat significanly into that market, social factors and album art notwithstanding.

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