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Comment: Re:"Full responsibilty?" (Score 1) 331

by ToasterMonkey (#49543053) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

And Congress passed a law saying that they aren't needed for military action.

This is exactly my point. They passed a law which is in violation of the Constitution. Congress can't just pass a law making it illegal to vote if you are under the age of 30. They can't just pass a law to make Presbyterianism the official state religion. These things would require an amendment to the Constitution. How is this different?

The Constitution is not even remotely clear on what is required for military action, but go ahead and quote some of it here if you find anything.
Today I learned why we don't have a Navy National Guard, something about the states not keeping Ships of War. That's also the only place I see "engaging in war". If the authors wanted to be more clear about article I and II powers they certainly could have.

It says the President is Commander in Chief, and it says Congress can declare War. There is shit else in-between those two powers. If Congress wants to pass an act authorizing the president to do something he could arguably already do with his powers, it just removes the need to argue.

I'm curious how would you label blockading a port, if a nation invites us to do it? When does that action become engaging in war, pretending that text was even in articles I or II. If they invite us over to drop bombs on some people, how is that different?

What ARE the limits of article II powers?

Comment: Re:Giving the customers what they want (Score 1) 214

by ToasterMonkey (#49524985) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming

I largely agree, but I'm not sold on the full season release part. It pretty much ruins any opportunity to discuss the show with friends or online communities.

Before there were full seasons of new shows there were full seasons of new to me shows, so that's not new.

On the whole, I think I absolutely have seen more TV shows end to end then I ever would have without Netflix and that gives us more to talk about.
SOMEDAY, my friends might catch up on Fringe, but if they had to pick between that and something else this week, it's probably not happening.

Comment: Re:should be higher (Score 1) 229

Ack. The post about charging $50 or $100 didn't come up until after I signed in. Naturally, I can't delete the comment I made now.

That is why people should quote the parent. It's even a button now. 150% of everything on Slashdot is read out of context, accounting for duplicates.

Comment: Re:Too many pixels = slooooooow (Score 1) 263

by ToasterMonkey (#49427279) Attached to: LG Accidentally Leaks Apple iMac 8K Is Coming Later This Year

I'm only at 2560x1440 on a 27" screen from a distance of around 50cm and I can't tell individual pixels.

At that distance anything physically larger would require me to pan my head to view, so I'm happy sticking with a 27-28" screen size, so 4K might be useful but 8K doesn't seem to add any value at all.

I haven't even gone for 4K because I use my PC for gaming, and we're a card generation away from top-end 4K graphics, but I'm tempted anyway as it would be nice for photo editing.

You could get a 27" 5K then, it's double that resolution, for easy scaling.

Comment: Re:Too many pixels = slooooooow (Score 1) 263

by ToasterMonkey (#49427251) Attached to: LG Accidentally Leaks Apple iMac 8K Is Coming Later This Year

non native resolutions have to be rescaled to fit, either by the gpu (eating performance) or by the display (usually with significant latency). If you're lucky, you'll have a smart enough panel that'll scale even multiples of lower resolutions with almost no impact on latency... most panels aren't though, and force the use of some shitty bilinear filtering that requires latency adding onboard processing.

crts actually let you configure the number of scanlines...

5k and 4k ARE even multiples of 2560x1440 and 1920x1080
So... what's everyone's problem?

Comment: Re:Too many pixels = slooooooow (Score 1) 263

by ToasterMonkey (#49427239) Attached to: LG Accidentally Leaks Apple iMac 8K Is Coming Later This Year

The problem is Apple always saddles these machines with displays that are so high res, you cant run anything 3D at the native resolution. I wish they would match up 3D hardware to actually drive the displays they put out.

Why do you need 3D apps at native resolution? A 5k iMac for example is just their previous 27" iMac resolution doubled in both dimensions. Just half your game's resolution and forget about it.

Do you seriously believe you will see scaling artifacts running anything 2k-ish on a 8-10k display? Without a microscope?
For that matter, does 1920x1080 on a native 2560x1440 display bug you THAT much? I'd take it over a native 27" 1080 display without hesitation, maybe that's just me.

Comment: Re:But Android is Linux! (Score 1) 277

Except that the app isn't open source. If it was someone probably would have spotted this sooner.

Why wouldn't anyone spot the very not-random "encrypted" data that would result from XORing the same byte over and over, like runs of consecutive bytes, just eyeballing it.

Shouldn't there have been at least as many eyes on the output as the source? Nobody tried compressing one of these files and wondered why it got such a good ratio?

If the source was available, why would that be any more likely to be checked than the above? Source is cool and all, it just doesn't mean people automatically look at or understand the implications. A program's own behavior it more likely to give it away, because that has a ton more eyeballs.

Comment: Re:What can it do? (Score 1) 94

Every night? Try twice a day. Apple say it has 18 hours battery life, which in reality means if you use it much and don't like to run the battery right down to 0% all the time you will probably have to change it in the early evening after you get home from work. As the battery ages it will only get worse, and running it down to near 0% will only accelerate that process, as will repeatedly charging it.

Typically lithium ion batteries last for around 500 cycles. Most phones start feeling like the need a new one around the 2 year mark. I have a feeling smart watches in general are going to need replacements after about 1 year.

Oh you got them, if you decide to not sleep on a given night you will go without a watch for hours. What if you miss that text at 4AM because you phone was all the way back on the counter and your watch was charging, the HORROR!

Maybe I'm weird, but I could get by just fine if my SHOES only worked 18 hours a day.

Comment: Re:How many minutes until this is mandatory? (Score 1) 287

by ToasterMonkey (#49333465) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Problem also when passing another car - especially when the other car accelerates a bit at that moment. Sometimes you just need to be able to gain a few mph quickly and with no condition.

"The driver can override the speed limit by pressing "firmly" on the accelerator."
That's what you already have to do to make an automatic downshift. Have you driven one lately that didn't do this?

If there's multiple lanes, I have NO problem leaving the cruise control on, sliding over, and letting them fiddle with their speed for a minute.
I wouldn't use this tech in the left lane though, unless it had configurable +10ish offset at highway speeds at least. And if anyone really must go variable 15+ over the posted limit, either put the siren on or add passing someone on the right to that list.

We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.

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