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Comment: 2D vs 3D decoding (Score 1) 59

I think you're confusing two things. While in PC-land the GPU may (or may not) be involved in video decoding (stuff like Intel's VAAPI or nVidia's VDPAU), in ARM SoC-land, the GPU is quite often another beast from the part of the chip that decodes the video. The GPU, of course, is involved in rendering all those 3D Android games you play. But for showing stuff like so-called H265 video, an Android settop box would rely on a custom hardware video decoder separate from the GPU. This is quite similar to the way some PC chips have built in AES support.

This makes sense even if I'm to lazy to include links to back up my post. Everybody knows how GPU's are used for 3D games and those horrid wobbly desktop effects, while videos, whether they're plain MPEG or H26x, are strictly 2D. Intel's power-hungry CPUs can effectively brute-force the higher end video codecs like H265, while the lower-power Android SoCs require a hardware-based solution.

Comment: Better biopic: Theory of Everything (Score 1) 194

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#49108587) Attached to: The Imitation Game Fails Test of Inspiring the Next Turings
In which case, the better biopic would be Theory of Everything about Stephen Hawking, who arguably suffered much more than Turing. There's simply no contest between psychological torture and the sheer physical torture of being paralysed from the nose down. And Hawking was "helped" by lots of people besides his wife and the few physicists who shared his passion for seeking to understand the universe as it is. If Turing made the conscious decision to end his life, Hawking made the equally strong decision to survive despite the two years lease of life that doctors had given me.

Comment: Re:New jobs will be created. (Score 1) 264

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#49099803) Attached to: The Robots That Will Put Coders Out of Work

I see where you're coming from. However, doctors' jobs are probably more secure than your typical coder (someone less great than say Linus Torvalds or even that guy that wrote up systemd). Why? Because (witch-)doctoring, with the possible exception of the top-tier surgeons (analogies to the top tier of computing), is only partly about curing people. The typical doctor is more of human relations shaman, assuring that hypertensive old man or that overstressed young urban professional, don't worry, there's a pill to fix your problem, hallelujah. Doctors provide the human touch. So unless they're rockstar programmers, coders provide no value added service above and beyond the code the write.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 237

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#48926157) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

"That's why there aren't any really old civilizations"

The GRBs don''t really explain anything. Because it leads to the question why any civilization would need 1 BILLION years to develop the technology ot withstand a GRB. Maybe it would explain why life hasn't evolved beyond the microbial level. But once a civilization has achieved the Iron Age of technology, such a civilization is likely to achieve space faring status within a thousand years, unless of course they wipe themselves out or get struck by a far more common local extinction level event.

I say an asteroid impact wiping out a nascent civilization is far more likely than a GRB wiping out a civilization just a few hundre years more advanced than ours.

Comment: Try Antartica (Score 1) 339

One thing NZ has going for it is a low populatin density in a fairly isolated location (the US also has a low population density but is easily reachable by rampaging zombie looters). If things go hungry, you can always butcher, I mean cull the sheep, which outnumber people 10 to one. Better than NZ but more practicable than Elysium? Antarctica.

Comment: Who do your trust (Score 1) 186

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#48847511) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

"Well, the way I see it, I'll trust a random XDA developer pushing closed-source hacks way more than I trust my carrier and/or handset manufacturer."

That's just plain silly.

Unless your random XDA developer also manufactured the phone and supplied the stock firmware, then you need to trust two parties: that random XDA developer AND your carrier. Remember just because the phone is rooted doesn't mean it also isn't running the manufacturer's (if any) malware.

So a phone which can be unlocked using a manufactured supplied tool is still safer than a phone that needs to be rooted. Safest of course is the phone you assembled yourself, right down to the circuit board level.

Comment: Re:something new. (Score 1) 578

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#48728381) Attached to: What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

"By then English shall have fragmented into a bunch of different dialects, quite distinguishable from each other. Even today, try getting a Brit and a Texan into the same room and see if they can communicate. English will just become the root for a bunch of new languages, like Latin was the basis for the Romance languages."

In the past that would have been norm. But unless we descend into a Mad Max dystopia where technology retreats into a permanent dark age, the differences between cultures are more likely going to be sandpapered over until only the most significant ones remain. Why? Blame it on the Internet, what with people all over the world consuming more and more the same bland YouTube, Twitter and Facebook culture. Chinese is likely to remain Chinese (hell, they even have their own versions of YouTube and Twitter), but we'll gradually see the evaporation of the distinctions between British and American English.

Comment: Re:"pioneer inventor of new technology" ??? (Score 1) 183

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#48678435) Attached to: Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology

I wouldn't go so far as to tar Microsoft as being a company that invented nothing of value. However, I don't think Bill Gates himself would qualify as an inventor of note. I mean, we generally don't say the microchip was invented by the stockholders of Texas Instruments?

Comment: The problem is concentration of power (Score 1) 628

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#48650025) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Who says that money will still be THE most important thing. Money, for what it's worth is simply a symbolic representation of wealth. And what is wealth but goods or natural resources that are in the disposal or control of certain individuals. You don't normally call air wealth because nobody controls the air we breathe (maybe in a highly polluted dystopian future it could become wealth). So the problem isn't in the concentration of wealth but the concentration of power. The danger is the only a few individual will control those army of robots and automatons that would be used in the production of wealth.

Comment: Sequel or prequel? (Score 1) 390

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#48489479) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

I'm more of a Trekkie than a Jedi master, so just wondering if you'd enlighten me about the title. The Force Awakens? Doesn't that make this a prequel? Now if knowledge of the Force was lost after Return of the Jedi (along with the smarts on howto build a proper light saber), then we're talking about a RE-awakening of the Force. Of course The Force Reawakens sounds quite awful, but hey the Wachowskis did come up with a rather clever title for their Matrix sequel, even if the actual move left much to be desired.

Comment: Small time thievery (Score 1) 46

Well yeah copying isn't stealing ...

But I've heard rumors of really big time players in the bitcoin "market" who sell large volumes of bitcoin to THEMSELVES, a very real possibility given the anonymous nature of bitcoin addresses. This causes the value of bitcoin to rise, which then attracts the attention of the smaller players, who buy into the hype thinking, "OMG, bitcoin's going to rise to $$$$ again!". Which of course isn't likely since only a few people are buying and selling bitcoins, each through multiple addresses that artificially inflate the number of people apparently buying and selling bitcoins. When these big time players decide to bail out, the price of bitcoins sinks back to its normal market level (whatever that is).

Comment: Re: The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (Score 1) 316

"Any claim that this "saved lives" is complete fabrication. It was the murder of 250,000 people that people try and justify with a false claim. We happened to win the war which means our side did not face a tribunal for war crimes. Numerous Germans were put to death for killing far fewer people."

I wouldn't go so far as to call it complete fabrication. Could a better way have been found? Most probably. But think of it this way. This was the nation that invented the concept of "kamikaze". You conveniently forget that the death and destruction that Imperial Japan inflicted across Asia and the Pacific. This isn't the infantilised Japan of Sailor Moon and Hello Kitty. Google Rape of Nanking or Bataan Death March.

Comment: Re:Oh Please Edge Detection and Motion Detection (Score 1) 91

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#48342803) Attached to: fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

The news report just confirms what Ray Kurzweil has been say all along about the hierarchical structure of the mind. What makes for thought happens at both lower and higher levels of the mind. Basically, if something gets recognized at the higher level, the lower levels don't kick in. If something is difficult to recognized at a higher level, then the lower levels start working until some pattern or part of a pattern emerges.

A rough example of how this works: suppose you see the back of a curly haired woman at a supermarket near your house. Your wife is curly haired. Mistaken identity occurs when you assume that the curly haired woman is your wife because:

(1) The woman you saw was curly haired.
(2) You saw the woman in a place your wife is likely to frequent.

You'd be less likely to instantly presume the curly haired woman is your wife if you happened to see her, say, in a topless bar (if you know your wife doesn't visit or work at such places). Now if you see a curly woman in an unfamiliar place, your mind works harder at trying to recognize the woman, until maybe you figure out the woman isn't your wife but a drag queen wearing a curly wig.

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. -- Abraham Lincoln