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Comment: Re:Why compare it to the iPod? (Score 1) 490

by binaryartist (#31285804) Attached to: The Sad History and (Possibly) Bright Future of TiVo
Boeing has been there longer than Ipod of Tivo. I dont think Boeing sold has many planes as Apple has sold Ipods. Does that mean its less of a success? I know, I know, this kind of generalization does not hold... I am just stepping up your comparison to another degree. It might be 'intuitive' for you to measure the success of Ipod and Tivo with the same parameters, only thing is, its not scientific.
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One Variety of Sea Slugs Cuts Out the Energy Middleman 232

Posted by timothy
from the would-never-leave-the-house dept.
dragonturtle69 writes with this story, short on details but interesting: "These sea slugs, Elysia chlorotica, have evolved the ability to gain energy via photosynthesis. Forget about genetic modifications for sports enhancements. I want to be able to never need to eat again — or do I?"

Comment: Same test used in 1938? (Score 2, Interesting) 818

by binaryartist (#30742682) Attached to: US Youth Have Serious Mental Health Issues
I dont know if anyone wondered whether a test used 1938 would be relevant in 2010? For eg: If a kid was question about being gay in 1938 and if he thought that being gay was OK, he would have been judged abnormal...I would guess? This question does not make much sense in the world today

Comment: Why is that even a question? (Score 1) 412

by binaryartist (#30477418) Attached to: BBC Lowers HDTV Bitrate; Users Notice
Lets say I create a codec for broadcasts which contain totally random information at periodic intervals which will be ignored by my decoder. Now if I replace this random information with some more detail about the picture, but using less data than the random data that was injected in periodic intervals, theoretically I have produced better quality with lower bitrate!! Taking a more practical outlook, I am sure out of the many tens of codec and decoders that are used out there today, I am sure some codecs could be very smart in compressing video data with better quality at lower bitrate. So, its all in your codec and decoder!

Comment: Re:Not as it seems... (Score 1) 204

by binaryartist (#30435722) Attached to: Microsoft Fined In India For Using "Money Power" Against Pirates
$16000 might be pocket change to MS. They must have hired a few Indian lawyers and paid them to fight their case(they are helping job creation). So the defendants didnt lose anything(they are happy), a few lawyers in New Delhi got paid. I guess everybody is happy. Win- Win.

Comment: Re:Priorities (Score 1) 96

by binaryartist (#30246678) Attached to: India To Have Automatic Communications Monitoring
So, are you saying there should be no investment in defence or counter-terrorism or space programs just because people are (quoting you) "pissing and shitting on the streets"? One Idea is that Investing in security will create a safe environment that will create jobs that will eventually decrease poverty ( I guess a more dignified way to put it? )

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