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Comment: Re:Hmmmm .... (Score 1) 181

by WeatherServo9 (#44800847) Attached to: The iPhone 5S Hasn't Been Officially Announced, Already Has Line
Colors have a lot to do with how people perceive things, so it doesn't sound too far fetched to say that some colors could be perceived as "cheap". I doubt there's really a chart per se, but here's one example showing some perceptions of some colors: http://daddu.net/the-power-of-colors. The overall design of something can certainly add a lot to perception as well, and even if a color is perceived as "cheap" the exact shade used, it's context, or quantity used can greatly override that. And just because purple used to be reserved for royalty doesn't mean that is still so; usage and perceptions can change over time.

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 2) 173

by WeatherServo9 (#42756025) Attached to: Amazon.com Suffers Outage: Nearly $5M Down the Drain?
No, people can purchase items once the site is back up, and I would agree that the number provided isn't accurate. But it may have still cost a lot of sales; some people will not go back to the site once it is up. They may buy from another site that is up (I've done this before when a retail site was down), go to a brick and mortar store, or just forget to go back later because what they were looking for wasn't terribly important.

Comment: Re:I don't get it... (Score 1) 244

by WeatherServo9 (#41338011) Attached to: Fragmentation Comes To iOS

Now Apple decides it's time to make a phone with an entirely different aspect ratio. Really, what was the point of bothering with the resolution-independent screen positioning in their API's in the first place if they were just going to go and produce a completely different screen size that the programmer is going to have to write extra code to account for anyways?

What happens when the iPhone 6 comes out with a screen the same size as the 5, but with a higher resolution? What if they have plans for an as yet unannounced version of the iPad that also uses that aspect ratio, but being much larger has a higher resolution? iOS is being used in a lot of devices with probably more variety to come; resolution independent positioning still makes sense even if you have to take a few extra aspect ratios into account now.

Comment: Re:Mechanics (Score 1) 1264

by WeatherServo9 (#41165839) Attached to: US Doctors Back Circumcision

(Speaking as a man with a foreskin, who can't quite imagine what it would be like not to have one... uncomfortable?)

I am circumcised; it is EXTREMELY uncomfortable; at some times almost painful. I frequently find it very depressing and can't even come close to imagining how good it would feel to not have had this happen.

Comment: Re:Who is receiving the money? (Score 1) 349

I'm going to go with NOT OK still, even if 100% collected goes straight to the artists. I'm fine with artists getting paid, but this is getting really out of hand (especially the dancing clause mentioned! Seriously?!). I'm ok with artists getting paid when they sell a CD or a download (whatever their contract works out to for that), I don't care so much that this goes on for long time after the recording is made, they should get paid for live performances, probably even for commercial use such as in a movie or tv show, but I see no reason they need to get paid for every single playing of the song - this seems completely unreasonable to me and appears as nothing more than a greedy money grab that does little other than make me annoyed. The DJ bought the song/album, that's it; he should be able to play it whenever for whomever after that, the whole "public performance" thing is pretty much bullshit to begin with. My no-name cover band should be able to perform it without paying fees, and so on...The ridiculous ways they're trying to scrounge up every last penny is really getting to be tiresome (ok, never mind getting to be....is)

Comment: Re:Underestimation? (Score 1) 585

by WeatherServo9 (#40076301) Attached to: BSA Claims Half of PC Users Are Pirates

software piracy is software piracy... if it were a real problem for Microsoft and the other companies, then they'd implement proper locks on the software,

Implement proper locks?! And how do you do that? Normally I keep reading comments here about how DRM is always destined to fail, which so far is true as far as I know. And they seem to be trying, such as Ubi's always available internet connection, Microsoft's online activation and 'trusted computing', and others that people have complained about. How do you implement a proper lock on software while making the experience decent enough for the user to use your software yet effective at preventing copying (heck, even screwing the user, how do you implement uncrackable copy protection? Remember, it just takes one person to get past it, the vast majority of people don't need to be that smart to pirate...) You may be right about the love/hate relationship with pirating to avoid people from using the competition, but implementing copy protection that works isn't exactly a trivial task.

Comment: Re:Gloat gloat gloat. (Score 2) 210

by WeatherServo9 (#39198451) Attached to: Microsoft's Azure Cloud Suffers Major Downtime
This may depend on your specific company or situation. I get the impression our upper management likes the cloud so when things go wrong they can blame someone else (even if only partially). When we were doing things in house, it didn't matter who actually screwed up, ultimately management took the blame. With the cloud, they can now point fingers at someone else and hold up a contract stating this wouldn't happen. We're a company that's still just small enough that we are pretty much always understaffed and don't put enough money into hardware to have proper redundancies so things will go wrong eventually; since moving to the cloud, management can not only point blame elsewhere (it wasn't my people who caused the outage!) but can try (usually successfully) to get some discount or other compensation from the provider when downtime occurs.

In the end I've found the move to have pros and cons. The pros are that we simply never had the hardware infrastructure to provide the uptime requested of us (yet we were denied budget to build said infrastructure). In theory, our cloud providers can provide that uptime (or so our contract says). Development of our sites has been a nightmare though, the environment seems to lend itself to easily creating all sorts of spaghetti code (not sure yet if that is our relative unfamiliarity with the environment and/or lack of skill from the company we outsourced some of the work to, etc). Really I prefer keeping things in house for more control and flexibility, but I'm outnumbered with that opinion and that definitely isn't the way things are going (at least for us).

Comment: Re:Soon with crappier image quality! (Score 1) 89

by WeatherServo9 (#38998861) Attached to: Replacing the World's Largest IMAX Screen

A better answer to your question is that the Mark Bretherton (CEO) expresses a reluctance to "upgrade" to digital until digital at least matches the quality of 70mm.

It says he's CEO at IMAX Theatre Sydney, the CEO of Imax Corporation is Richard Gelfond (according to Wikipedia). I'm not entirely sure what that means, is that CEO of an Australian division of Imax, or did they mean that theaters general manager or something similar? I'm glad at least at this location they're keeping 15/70 film, but as a whole Imax has really been in a rush to replace film with digital on screens that are far too big for the 2k resolution of the projectors they use.

Comment: Re:What...how...? (Score 2) 89

by WeatherServo9 (#38998691) Attached to: Replacing the World's Largest IMAX Screen
The silver is only important for 3D; it is reflective enough to better maintain the polarization so the 3D image has less ghosting. For normal 2D images though, silver is a little too reflective; depending on how the screen is curved and where you are sitting it tends to create hotspots in the image instead of appearing more uniform. Personally I find silver screens look awful, there are good reasons theaters don't normally use them (except for 3D processes like RealD).

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