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Comment Re:Stacking errors (Score 1) 138

That magical glowing yellow line in NFL games requires millions of dollars in 3D modeling, and real-time color correction, taking even the minor discolorations of various portions of the grass and the subtle green tones of player uniforms into account. That's millions of dollars for every single game. Compare that to the cost of syncing up some SMPTE time-codes to a GPS clock and it basically costs 0.

Comment Re:Thank-you to Slashdot for posting this! (Score 2) 266

I suspect you'll start to see the mob of Mozilla/Firefox fans start getting quieter and quieter on Reddit over the next year or so, and I think it's been declining for awhile now. That said, I've yet to find any sort of decent news-for-nerds type subreddit. I'm a big fan of Reddit for all sorts of other matters, but on pretty much any news-focused sub, the vote system has a nasty habit of pushing the more sensationalist stories to the top. That's why I continue to stick around Slashdot & SoylentNews, even though both have their own well-discussed issues.

Comment Re:We're not all career programmers. (Score 4, Informative) 291

It's a term related to git, the tool a lot of us use to manage our source-code and revision history. A pull request is when you finish a task and you send your code changes up to the authorities of the project. When a pull request is approved, it means their code changes have been applied to the project.

Comment Re:CNN lol (Score 1) 256

Ugh, I had to go this far down in comments to find someone who knew this information is over 12 hours out of date? And of course, it's presently only got a score of 1. I'm not just using selective memory to long for the Good-old-days. The user base of /. used to be way better than this.

Comment fischer tropsch process (Score 2) 156

The process to convert CO2 into long-chain hydrocarbons has been in use since the 1930s. It's not inefficient because it requires high heat. On the contrary, it produces excess heat, and must be actively cooled with water flowing through an internal heat-exchanger. The inefficiency lies in the need to create-and supply hydrogen, which requires some process such as electrolysis of water. Oh, and it does require high pressure, which costs energy. Oh and it does take energy to raise the concentration of CO2 to sufficient levels from the atmosphere while filtering out the nitrogen and oxygen. So it mostly makes more sense to start with a product like wood-gas, coal-gas or natural-gas, and then turn that into diesel. Not as interesting as pulling it from the air, but it does give you a carbon-neutral source of portable fuel, when you use plant material. It also ends up being similar to that whole "anything into oil" idea that Scientific American used to be crazy about, but turned out not to be price-competetive, and the smell of rotting turkey guys upset the neighbors.

Comment Re:Only 14 votes for CowboyNeal option? (Score 1) 154

One of the 5-point responses to the new ownership's question of "what can we do to improve slashdot" was that they should return the Cowboy Neal option. I didn't think he still worked for Slashdot. If he doesn't, I personally think it's a touch weird. If he is still around, then it's pretty nice to see that the new boss is indeed trying to listen to us!

Comment Trans-Pacific Partnership (Score 4, Informative) 186

Would it have been that hard to expand that initialism? I've got far too many TLAs floating around in my head to be able to figure out what context you are talking about. The inability to introduce a topic properly within a slashdot summary irks me more than all the other stuff people always moan about here.

Comment This breaks my brain. (Score 3, Informative) 33

I'm an outsider, so I've just gotta be misunderstanding something. The oxford nanopore website seems to be claiming that you can sequence an analyte in real time, with a $1000 startup fee and $900 or less for a consumable...It uses a nanoscopic hole with an enzyme around it that ratchets a DNA strand through one nucleotide pair at a time, the whole time, spitting out the results to your computer....I can't process this. How can it be this portable, simple, and cheap? How did we get so good at this stuff?

Comment Re:If public transport were free in the US... (Score 1) 654

I agree with this, but you really should've stated the reason. If public transportation was free, then poor people, who previously didn't go anywhere, would start using it. People who used to use it but either currently own or could afford a car would get disgusted by the increased volume and decreased quality of service, and would start using cars. People who previously drove would hear the horror stories about the mess that is public transportation, and thank their lucky stars that the only repercussion is a slightly increased level of traffic. One benefit this would have would be more poor people getting access to transportation to jobs or education.

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