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Comment: Re:COST (Score 1) 363

Precisely for the same reason. Even more so due to economics.

Take well-known accessory manufacturers Logitec or Kesington. I doubt they managed to sell a hardware keyboard for 5% of owners of any given market (as they did for iPads) and this creates lots of expenses in R&D, manufacturing, stocking and distribution.

Unlike Apple (for example), their inventory is calculated in months, not days.


Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken" 640

Posted by timothy
from the you'll-never-believe-what-he-actually-said dept.
hypnosec (2231454) writes to point out a pointed critique from Linus Torvalds of GCC 4.9.0. after a random panic was discovered in a load balance function in Linux 3.16-rc6. in an email to the Linux kernel mailing list outlining two separate but possibly related bugs, Linus describes the compiler as "terminally broken," and worse ("pure and utter sh*t," only with no asterisk). A slice: "Lookie here, your compiler does some absolutely insane things with the spilling, including spilling a *constant*. For chrissake, that compiler shouldn't have been allowed to graduate from kindergarten. We're talking "sloth that was dropped on the head as a baby" level retardation levels here .... Anyway, this is not a kernel bug. This is your compiler creating completely broken code. We may need to add a warning to make sure nobody compiles with gcc-4.9.0, and the Debian people should probably downgrate their shiny new compiler."

Comment: Re:However minute, risks remain. (Score 1) 535

by MouseR (#47531505) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

It is more expensive now, as Lazik really went down.

My exam & topology required 3 visits and it got to ~1200$ (including test lens to see how your eyes reacts etc). Then the lens are ~300$, replaced every 2 years or so.

It boils down to how much you care for your long term vision. My health care took the brunt of it (I do have a pretty good corporate group insurance).

Comment: Re:However minute, risks remain. (Score 1) 535

by MouseR (#47525321) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

My doctor holds the canadian record and actually dealt with -7 successfully.

And even there, you could do a partial fix to bring you up to -1 if your eye exceeded the max you could do.

They use micron eye topography imaging to perfectly map your eyeball and see how much they could correct your eyesight. It's pretty amazing: they never even tough your eyeball.

You put the lens on, go to sleep for a good 6-8 hours and voila. Take em off for the rest of the week.

Comment: Re:However minute, risks remain. (Score 2) 535

by MouseR (#47525239) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Its entirely safe and without consequences. You can stop any time and resume later. If you can wear semi-rigid contacts then you can do this. Plus is removes any astigmatism so its pretty great for stargazing.

My doctor's site explains it slightly better than wiki.

And unlike laser surgery, there's no potential for risks of complication as you get older if you need cataract surgery (there's a finite amount of cornea you can scrape off).

Comment: However minute, risks remain. (Score 5, Informative) 535

by MouseR (#47524785) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I'm missing part of a finger, but I can manage.
I could live with a limp.
But eyesight is a pretty big gamble. Yeah its small. But still higher than lottery.

That's why I opted for orthokeratology. I put my lens for one night, once every 7-ish days, and have 30/20 vision for the first 24h and then 20/20 for the rest of the week.


Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most 214

Posted by samzenpus
from the boosting-sales dept.
First time accepted submitter SillyBoy123 writes What is the impact of file sharing releases on the movie industry? Ask the studios and they will say billions. An economist named Koleman Strumph is presenting a paper at the National Bureau of Economics this week that tries to estimate the crowd out from these releases. His conclusion: "I find that file sharing has only a modest impact on box office revenue." In fact, Strumph finds that file sharing before the official release of a movie can actually be beneficial to revenues: "One consistent result is that file sharing arrivals shortly before the theatrical opening have a modest positive effect on box office revenue. One explanation is that such releases create greater awareness of the film. This is also the period of heaviest advertising. In conjunction with the main estimates, this suggests that free and potentially degraded goods such as the lower quality movies available on file sharing networks can have some beneficial effects on intellectual property."

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