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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.

Comment: Re:Sort of redundant (Score 1) 113

This is a common, but flawed, response to many types of privacy invasion. The thing is, scale matters. The aggregation of lots of data that could otherwise only be had by exerting effort (following someone, staking out a home, etc.) reduces the level of effort required to infringe someone's privacy, and greatly increases the chances that someone's privacy will be infringed. This is why forcing cops to get warrants is considered a good part of the justice system, while the mass "perusal" of aggregated information is considered bad (for privacy).

Aggregation of data is an invasion of privacy because it lowers the level of effort and increases the chances of an invasion of privacy? Nobody is going to test that tortured logic? You're fighting a losing battle against time and technology with this thinking.

Nobody needs a warrant or special permission to tail someone in public. Intuition is not a violation of privacy. Anyone can aggregate this information, and anyone can collect it. A single smartphone could sweep up thousands of plates a day, and anyone can do it.

I'm not concerned about it, because what can you do? There'll be a day when everybody's watch or glasses could do this.

Comment: Re:Hilarious (Score 3, Insightful) 209

by ToasterMonkey (#49311311) Attached to: For Boot Camp Users, New Macs Require Windows 8 Or Newer

I love how Mac and Linux users are constantly trying to figure out ways to make their computers run Windows applications, if not Windows itself.

Why not just run Windows, period?

If you could flip a switch and turn your commuter car into a truck to haul a couch home, why WOULDN'T you?

Take your Us vs. Them ONE OS stuff back to the 90's please. We have computers coming out our butts now, and more platforms, more competition, is welcome.

Comment: Re:so, the key to amnesty... (Score 1) 322

by ToasterMonkey (#49287421) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades

The goal is strictly marketing - if you convince people to use Windows, they'll probably stick with Windows. You may not get much money out of them, but there are long term issues to worry about - namely, platform support. If you want developers to write for your platform, you need to convince them that your platform is worth writing for. If a Chinese user is forced to choose between Windows and Linux, and they start going Linux, it hurts Windows because developers might start writing for Linux instead.

Linux distros are free because.... They also happen to need developers, users and have bills to pay, it's just totally not a marketing gimmick? The most popular distros are run by non-profits?

I see this as fair competition. We've got companies bundling every piece of software they can with their system in these enormous OS repositories, and giving it away for free, while Microsoft almost got broken up over shipping a web browser. Yup, they abused a monopoly, and hurt the software market. Look at Linux today, WHAT software "market"? MySQL gets snubbed for MariaDB, OpenOffice for LibreOffice. Microsoft has to use a browser ballot?

When will Microsoft be allowed to operate just like everybody else, bundling and dumping like they couldn't have dreamed of twenty years ago?


Proxima Centauri Might Not Be the Closest Star To Earth 98

Posted by samzenpus
from the hiding-behind-the-shine dept.
StartsWithABang writes The Alpha Centauri system consists of three stars, including Proxima Centauri, the closest star to Earth. But while main-sequence, hydrogen-burning stars are easy to find due to their visible light output, brown dwarfs — which only fuse the small amounts of deuterium they're born with — often emit no visible light at all, and can only be seen in the infrared. In 2013, WISE discovered a binary pair of brown dwarfs just 6.5 light years away, making them the third-closest star system to Earth, and leaving open the possibility that there may yet be brown dwarfs closer to us than any star, a question that it will take the James Webb Space Telescope to answer.

Comment: Re: Enlighten me please (Score 1) 450

by ToasterMonkey (#49231425) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

You mean you do exactly what the rest of the working world does with their laptop docking station?

I have an hp one at work, and a Lenovo one at home. Both have power and peripherals plugged in and I just drop my laptop into place for it all to spring to life.

Yes, a single wire is exactly what a docking station should be distilled down to. Really, screw wires.

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