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Comment: Re:Not a very good job... (Score 1) 96

by PIBM (#49788645) Attached to: Making the World's Largest Panoramic Photo

Either the lens or doubler or even the camera is doing a crappy job. Perhaps the robotic arm, but I would not bet on that one. Look at the text on the building being built. It had been years since I had seen crappy results like this from a camera and long lens (and I use a run of the mill 500mm f6.5). Oh well, they could have at least tested their equipment before going for it!

Comment: Re:Midrange? (Score 1) 114

by PIBM (#48880947) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

2 of my friends bought 40" 4K samsung tvs (hu7000) on black friday for around $600. I find that the size is just perfect, coming from multiple 30" 2560x1600. The colors were a bit off, but it had not been calibrated. The intensity was adjustable to a working range, and playing Battlefield 4 on it was fast enough to finish 1st on a 64 people pistols only hardcore server :) Last I heard they haven't been able to get 4:4:4 working but it's supposed to get fixed by a firmware upgrade.

Comment: My best was 45 minutes (Score 1) 246

by PIBM (#48641677) Attached to: 65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

I made it close to two hours once, while working at the same time. I speak french and they don`t speak it very well thus it was perhaps easier than you to keep them hooked up. He was quite angry when he understood he had been played all along. I hoped that saved a few people from getting caught by that scheme!

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 285

by PIBM (#48555881) Attached to: AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Years ago, I had a version of a webgame ad supported (you could pay to get rid of them and get non-game-modifying perks .. oh why was I against game modifying perks again .. ) and people cheating at the game weren't only damaging the game, they were also reducing the amount we were getting per thousand ads displayed and the value of the clicks.

One of the solution was not to display ads to players who would exhibit this behavior (false positive are much more costly when you ban a real user than simply not showing them ads) so yeah, this solution can work ( and people can do it manually by visiting ads that would pay based on the percentage of successful follow up and just leaving it waste it's time in another tab)

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 438

by PIBM (#48462387) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

My USB 2 sticks do something in the range 12-15MB/s

30 * 15MB/s would be 450MB, which is close to an SSD speed. And we don`t know if the bottleneck is the memory, the controller or the bus/drivers. I was mostly showing that it will be possible to reach that price and that the current value of the memory itself is already close while the parent was saying that SSD will never reach price parity with HDD.

I could also have pointed out that in the last 3 years HDD prices have mostly stagnated while SSD prices went down very fast for even better performances. I guess we will see!

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 438

by PIBM (#48461957) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

> There's no way that SSD is gonna come even remotely close in price.

In which timeline ? I've seen USB 2.0 128GB flash drive offered for 10$ for black friday. That`s 3.8TB of flash memory and tons of redundant parts for 300$. I gather it will not be `too long` before it's not worth it anymore to buy spinning drives.

Comment: Re:Lots of misconceptions here. (Score 1) 307

by PIBM (#48452503) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

I would disagree with that. Look at antibiotics. It`s not present in everyday's bacterial environment. A single event (high dosage of antibiotics) wipes out most of the population, yet some survive, and rare case some evolves to resiste them. And now we are getting stucks with bacterial agents that survive a lot of our antibiotics. why could not it work that way for those too ?

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.