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Comment: Re:One of the biggest challenges? (Score 1) 56

by binarybum (#48064967) Attached to: WSJ: Google X Display Team Works Toward Bezel-Free Modular Displays

agreed. pay article, but I suspect the summary may be leaving some detail out here. I'm not sure why this would be an issue at all. Pixel 4000 is last one on screen one - pixel 4001 is first on screen 2. Giant jumbo tron screens are modular - this seems like a solved problem. I wonder how you protect the edge of a bezel-free monitor though?

Comment: Not Surprising at all (Score 1) 200

by binarybum (#47540523) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

"Related: an article at Gizmodo explains that it takes surprisingly little hardware to replicate (at least most of) Netflix's current online catalog in a local data center. "

It's not surprising. It all boils down to the compression algorithm used. By maintaining a library of nearly exclusively B list movies Netflix is able to seed their algorithm with just a few titles like "Plan 9 from Outer Space", "Catwoman", and "Gigli". The rest of the movie files contain quite a bit of material that has a high degree of overlap with these films which allows for heavy compression. Did you know that "Hitch" for example only takes up 6mb when referenced across a library of these 3 films using the netflix compression schema? It's true.

Comment: Re:Not really (Score 3, Interesting) 381

by binarybum (#47440121) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

What do you mean a specific phone or vendor? The Pebble has been around for a long time and has no such allegiances.
And ugly? Have you seen the Steel? It's more handsome than the majority of watches I've owned.

    Calendar alerts, live weather, caller ID, and text messages all have made me a fan of my Pebble. Try one for a couple of weeks - I'm pretty sure you'll become a convert. I'm sure it varies based on style, but I've discovered that I probably only respond to about 30-40% of text messages (some are ignored, others are received ends of conversations). The rest can be viewed on my watch without having to ever mess with the phone.

  With a watch and a blue tooth head set soon enough the question will not longer be who needs a smartwatch, it will be who needs a smartphone - I think the mini-tablet will ultimately reign supreme and act as a hub for tiny peripherals. That's what I'm hoping for at least.

Comment: Re:Get rid of those things (Score 1) 944

by binarybum (#45785529) Attached to: 60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

I bet some people with brains also might have dimmers. Even the best dimmable CFL dims nowhere near as nicely as a good incandescent. Some high-end LEDs dim a little better but hum and flicker is still a huge widespread problem with these. Some people with brains also like saving money. CFL only saves money after quite some time - for short term applications incandescents are a cost saver.

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