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Comment: Re:Violence against police ... (Score 1, Troll) 359

by bondsbw (#48667297) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

For every bad cop we hear about, know that an entire fucking department has facilitated his behavior, making them every bit as worthless as the "bad" ones.

Even if this were true (which it is not), the number of police officers and police departments who do not condone this behavior FAR outweigh the number who do.

Comment: Re:Gawd I hated it! (Score 1) 234

by bondsbw (#48663105) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

I agree, and I generally prefer direct-to-voicemail over the traditional wait-through-4-rings. Sometimes I need to leave someone a quick note without having to interrupt what they are doing.

Sure, I appreciate texting and I use it (very often when you include email, which is essentially the same communication concept). There are just situations that texting is much worse than leaving a quick voice message, such as while driving or using a crappy keyboard like on a game console.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 420

by bondsbw (#48648993) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

Of course Java was ahead of C# before C# was released. C# started out as a Java clone. Java was arguably ahead of C# for about two versions or so, although .NET learned some lessons from Java and implemented some things better (like events, properties, and generics).

C# 3+ leaped ahead by most measures with functional programming concepts such as lambdas and LINQ, as well as duck typing and more. Java has recently improved in many of these areas but I don't yet feel Java's implementation is superior.

On the other hand if you are really into functional programming, look at Scala for the JVM or F# for .NET. Those are both fantastic languages and I would personally choose them assuming my job allowed (which unfortunately it does not).

Comment: Re: As a Market Lover (Score 1) 107

by bondsbw (#48598309) Attached to: Microsoft Quietly Starts Accepting Bitcoin As Payment Method

Where I live, savings accounts are generally in the category of "withdraw immediately without penalty". And, as a result, the interest rate is at or lower than inflation.

Anyway, the point is that inflation does not cause people to hoard. Even in your case, where you have an account that has a higher interest rate than inflation, inflation isn't causing you to hoard. You are hoarding in spite of inflation.

Comment: Re:Can you say... (Score 5, Interesting) 266

by bondsbw (#48593407) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

This reminds me of a situation my wife dealt with a few years back. She was on a pain medication that was really the only one she had found that provided the relief she needed to get through the day. But it suddenly stopped being sold or prescribed one day.

That day, the FDA banned the drug. It cited a study that found that the drug was linked with something bad, I think maybe suicidal thoughts.

But then she found that the study was produced by the company that made the brand name version of the drug, which had competition by generics by that point.


Also, the brand name company had just created a new similar pain medication that had new patent protections. The FDA ruling effectively killed the competition of this new drug.


Mind you, that new drug is ineffective for my wife's pain. Also, the study was done over a very short period of time, had a weak sample size, and when you look at its bias, there's no way that study would have made it into a real medical journal. But would the FDA accept it (presumably along with a check with lots of pretty zeroes)? Absolutely.

Comment: Re:Too small to be of any benefit. (Score 1) 179

by bondsbw (#48584917) Attached to: LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

All of that said, I am just pointing out that the chart can be correct while someone still could make out "jaggies". The idea of a "retina" resolution is a bit of a myth because of things like we have pointed out, and thus we can't take that chart at face value to know whether the result is acceptable.

Comment: Re:Too small to be of any benefit. (Score 1) 179

by bondsbw (#48584863) Attached to: LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

I can clearly see a line of white pixels between lines of black pixels at 8ft.

This is a bad justification. To see why, try this experiment:

1) Create an image of a black background with a single 1px-width white line.
2) Set up a camera at or beyond retina distance.
3) Take a photo and see if you can see the white line in the photo.

I took this to an extreme, using a (crappy) 8 MP phone camera, from a distance 9 times retina distance (11.5" tablet at 1366x768 resolution from a distance of around 18 feet). The resulting photograph still displayed a visible line.

The line was faint and quite blurry, mind you. But I think it demonstrates my point, that things smaller than retina resolution don't suddenly become invisible. And this is particularly true when looking at something that is white on a black background.

Comment: Re:Too small to be of any benefit. (Score 1) 179

by bondsbw (#48582241) Attached to: LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

Not sure about your eyes, but the graphic appears to be pretty close to the values I'm getting when calculating when the resolution is better than "retina" for most people.

Of course, video compression can alter your results. And sub-pixel motion can cause moiré patterns that are quite noticeable even on retina displays.

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll invite himself over for dinner. - Calvin Keegan