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Comment: I see another problem. (Score 1) 130

by Mal-2 (#48174623) Attached to: Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

Disasters don't always strike independently.

You survived The Big One. Great! You reported yourself safe. Even better! Too bad the ensuing tsunami got you, and nobody thought to go looking for you.

Or an aftershock.

Or a fire from a broken gas line.

Or a shortage of water and/or food.

You're not fine until you can get on with your life.

Comment: Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (Score 1) 292

by Mal-2 (#48172827) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Not true. There is a California version of almost everything, because the emissions equipment requirements in California are stricter than the national requirements. It would be perfectly legal to supply California-legal cars to the other 49 states, but the extra equipment costs extra, weighs extra, and typically eats about 5 HP.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 832

by Mal-2 (#48165077) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

It would also be horribly intrusive/impractical to make an increasing consumption tax, they would need to keep track of everything you buy.

Not necessarily. If you got tax-exemption vouchers every year, you'd "spend" them along with your money. No voucher? Pay the tax. Insufficient vouchers? Pay tax on part of the cost.

Comment: Re:All I want (Score 1) 64

by Mal-2 (#48006511) Attached to: Acer Launches First 4K Panel With NVIDIA G-Sync Technology On Board

What are the dead/stuck pixel rates acceptable on a TV? GGP asked about displays, not TVs. Although you can press a TV into service as a monitor, and it might even do the job well, the level of blemishes deemed acceptable in a TV is considerably higher than that of a computer monitor.

Comment: Re:Woo hoo!! (Score 1) 182

by Mal-2 (#48006401) Attached to: Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

I don't know if this just works for me because I'm a giant mutant, but if I make a deep sort of dog-growly noise way down in my sternum then it makes my skull vibrate in a way that lets me visually perceive flicker all the way up to around typical LED refresh rates even on normal stuff like digital clocks.

This is also quite noticeable even if you're not a mutant, just by munching on potato chips while looking at something that flickers, or by using an electric toothbrush.

Comment: Re:You know what this means (Score 1) 182

by Mal-2 (#48006323) Attached to: Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

And the cradle itself is stupidly sculpted to match the remote, causing a different problem. Instead of a mechanically positive connection, the curved cradle supports the remote at precisely its center of gravity, allowing it to teeter, and every time it teeters it slips on and off the tiny charging contacts.

It's time for more electrical tape, this time within the cradle, at the end opposite the contacts. This way the remote will be tipped toward the contacts instead of rocking back and forth. It may take more than one layer of tape to do this, and the aluminum tape you used on the garage door may be better still.

Comment: Re:All I want (Score 3, Insightful) 64

by Mal-2 (#48005713) Attached to: Acer Launches First 4K Panel With NVIDIA G-Sync Technology On Board

All I want is a 35"+ 4k display with a 60hz refresh rate for under $300. Is that so much to ask?

Yes, it is, at least with current manufacturing capabilities. Small high-density screens are exactly that -- small. If you have one defect every 30 cm (linear) on average, this may affect one screen out of five -- and even then, there's still some non-critical use where that screen will be just fine. (The front panel of a radio, for example.)

If you're trying to produce large panels with that same defect rate, your rate of defect-free panels is going to be astonishingly low, and there won't be much of a market for the defective ones. Even if Yamakasi is willing to buy and package them, it hurts the image of 4k in general that they hit the streets at all.

This high failure rate means the panels are going to be expensive, because you're not just paying for the one you get. You're also paying for the ones that didn't make the cut.

Comment: Re:I simply never use valets (Score 1) 269

by Mal-2 (#48004987) Attached to: 2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

My thoughts exactly! Park it yourself if you don't trust the valet.

This is not always an option. Some locations have to double-stack their cars in order to accommodate the number that actually show up for dinner, and although they may let you park on your own, they require that you leave the key so that they can move your car if/when the car that is trapped by yours needs to leave. In the two cases I'm thinking of, parking on the street is illegal (it's a major thoroughfare), and in both cases if you decline to leave the key, they will not let you enter the restaurant.

If you want specifics, one is a Brazilian churrascaria somewhere in the South Bay (sorry, it's been a while), and the other is the Zankou Chicken location just east of Sepulveda Boulevard. Street parking is legal in the second case, but nearly impossible to get. Also, while they have taken my key every time, they have never actually moved my car.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 139

by Mal-2 (#48000219) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

I'm saying I've seen such sites, and NOT ONE of them has been sufficiently compelling that I said "gee I'll go sign up for Facebook so I can comment here". I have a Disqus account. I'm willing to make single-serving accounts. If one of those two doesn't cover the situation, then tough shit, I don't need to participate in your site.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 139

by Mal-2 (#47975609) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

No one seems to be foaming at the mouth about the ubiquitous "sign on with Facebook" feature many sites have which FORCE you to have a Facebook account in order to use their service.

That would be because people can live without the ability to comment on those sites. It's harder (not impossible, but harder) to live without the ability to comment on Google-owned sites.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson