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Comment: Re:Not news, not for nerds, doesn't matter (Score 1) 157

by Tablizer (#49756937) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

the entire story about a spontaneous demonstration and a mob angry about some video on YouTube was completely fabricated. They knew it wasn't true

First, we still don't know the full reason why the attack happened. And the main perp admitted he was indeed upset by the video. Wether it was the main reason or not, the perp wouldn't discuss further.

And as far as the Susan Rice announcement, it was suggested by a team member that evidence of possible terrorism not be immediately made public because it may give clues to the terrorists that their involvement was known about. Whether that reason was tainted by political bias or not is hard to say, we can't x-ray their neurons. It's speculative either way.

I've explained this to you before on slashdot, but you ignored it for unknown reasons.

Comment: Re:but I thought 90fps was the thing (Score 1) 18

Sony's headset is meant to reproject frames before render as needed to convert 60+FPS into steady 120FPS.

That seems fine as far as display goes, but part of that requirement for 90+FPS is that head-tracking is congruent... if "real" tracking only is happening at 60FPS, will the faster display framerate really matter as far as people feeling sick after a while (or in some cases instantly...)

Comment: Re: but I thought 90fps was the thing (Score 1) 18

it's to get the best experience over all. I have a gearvr that runs at 60fps and most of the time it's really good althogh some experiences can make me want to play something else.

My DK2 at 75fps works really good when the games/experinces can maintain that. Otherwise it can be vomit inducing. That's usually only in things that are hacked to run VR through an addon. Many games that never planned to run in VR are not a good time.

They are pushing for 90FPS and have a tech in the SDK called time warp which can help with minor drops below that by slip streaming fake frames.

Over all I'm pretty excited about both the new Steam VR Vive and the CV1. I don't have a PS4 but if i did I'd be excited about Morpheus as well.

Comment: Re:AT&T 210M Trimline (Score 1) 249

by tlambert (#49756311) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Is it made out of bakelite? I hope it has a dial, none of this DTMF crap either!

It has DTMF, but there's a switch to make it pulse dial instead of using tones.

PS: Do you perhaps live in St. George Utah? I know for a fact they installed an exchange with stepper relays instead of DTMF decoders a while back, and since they amortize equipment over 20 years, the thing's still inservice.

Comment: Re:How could you protect against this? (Score 1) 167

The search results thing is not the right to be forgotten. Some stupid journalists got confused and called it that

Those "stupid journalists" appear to be in good company, starting with official press releases from both the European Commission and indeed the European Court of Justice itself about the 2010 Spanish newspaper case.

I would be the first to agree that moves towards a more powerful right to be forgotten such as you describe would be a good idea, but as of today, these are mostly just proposals. For example, while there is already a right under some limited circumstances to request deletion of personal data, the UK's data protection regulator has written guidance for data controllers that makes clear that the right is quite tightly constrained for the time being.

Comment: Re:Yes & the sheer amount of existing code/fra (Score 1) 399

In this case, "filter" means select only those items that match the criteria, i.e., where the given predicate is true.

This usage is about as consistent as anything you'll find in the programming world: languages using it this way include Python, PHP, JavaScript, Java, D, and many well-known functional programming languages including Haskell, several of the ML family, Erlang, Scala and Clojure. Some other well-known languages have related algorithms under other name, but I know of no counter-examples that use "filter" in the opposite sense.

Comment: Re:The absolute #1 contribution of Java (Score 1) 362

by tlambert (#49754947) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

"Whoosh," is the sound you hear over your head. What's the point of Java?

You really do *not* want the honest answer to this question, but I will give it to you anyway: So people who would otherwise be employed asking "Would you like fries with that?" can get non-performance critical programming jobs.

Why do people use it vs why do people use C/C++ vs. Java? Sometimes you need to be closer to hardware. This is one of those times. Therefore, you wouldn't use Java.

You *always* have to be closer to the hardware:

#1: Almost everything is a mobile device these days; people buy laptops instead of desktops, cell phones music players, etc.. The closer you are to the hardware, the better your battery life, the lower power your processor can be to do the same amount of work, the cheaper the unit price for the lower powered hardware and smaller battery, the lower the cooling system costs (mostly, you can go without them, or operate them on "low"), etc., etc..

#2: Being closer to the hardware lets you reduce the number of blades/servers/PaaS instances that you require in your data center or cloud. This reduces costs, again in terms of cooling, but also in rack space, and power requirements. Facebook rewrote their PHP code to be compiled to binary code, and it saved them over 50% in servers. When you are a startup, and have tons of VC money to throw hardware at a problem, you can get away with not having to worry about those things, but when it's time to get to scale, they start to become major issues.

You can *get away* with not being closer to the hardware... for a *short time*, when you are engaged in rapid churn (e.g. new web UI ever 2 hours), or doing a lot of rewrites or running on hardware that better than the hardware you intend to deploy on, but after that being closer to the hardware is *the overriding thing*.

Comment: Re:This is the last fucking straw (Score 1) 477

by koan (#49754891) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

Well because they get to decide what gets in and what gets left out, and I don't see how building your own Firefox is "bending over backwards".
I see a few choices, build your own, use a different one, or cry until they change it for you.
Looks like you're going the last route.

"I prefer rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest." -- Alexandre Dumas (fils)