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Comment: Don't give up, just poor implementations of 3D. (Score 1) 457

by doug20r (#38604440) Attached to: Makers Keep Flogging 3D TV, Viewers Keep Shrugging
I really like 3D photos, they allow me to see the separation of depth and this makes the photos more memorable. I use mirror stereoscopes which are crystal clear with no ghosting and 3D slide viewers which also have no ghosting and give an impressive field of view. We purchased a plasma 3D TV from Samsung, and the experience was not good. The TV suffers from very bad ghosting. After exploring this it would appear that the plasma just goes not decay fast enough to switch between the left and right images fast enough. We then looked at many other models in stores and even $5000 models had bad ghosting. They also had poor brightness and thus poor color - the loss of brightness due to the glasses switching from left to right and the filters they required. I don't think TV manufacturers should be selling such TVs as '3D' and feel cheated - the technical problems are just too great. Then there are the content issues. 3D content needs to have an appropriate separation for the field of view. With a mirror or slide viewer the field of view is known and the content can be produced to match and look realistic. For a TV the field of view changes with the viewing distance. Content made for iMax is not going to suit viewing on a home TV from a good distance where the field of view is much smaller. Perhaps 3D content needs to be produced with more than just two camera views to allow the viewer some selection. There are a lot of good reasons that 3D TVs are not going to be well received, but please don't let this put you off 3D content as it has been done much better in the past and is improving. I note that Sony are producing a 3D TV Helmet, and this could solve many of the issues, and I look forward to giving this a try.

Comment: Google do abuse their position and I challenge (Score 1) 372

by doug20r (#31936160) Attached to: Group Calls For Google Antitrust Probe
anyone to propose a solution that does not involve splitting Google or limiting their market share. Google have a history of penalising people based on their suspicions alone by denying service. Given their dominant position this is not acceptable and I challenge anyone to see otherwise. If Google were split into 20 separate companies all competing then this behaviour would have only limited effect and could be tolerated. Would you please consider how you would feel if Google decided on their whim that you should be banned from access to their services. Would you still be a Google fan if it was a friend or family member? Would you be scared by Google growing further? Google are just too big.

Comment: Freedom can require regulation of selfish actions (Score 0, Troll) 169

by doug20r (#31668250) Attached to: US-Australia Tensions Rise Over Net Filter
within a community, so Australian's would be right to be very disappointed to see our friends in the US campaigning against our right to regulate. The bottom line is that the greatest threat to freedom on the Internet at present is the dominance of selfish US corporations. So unless the US government is prepared to tackle the dominance of these large companies in a significant manner such as splitting them to have no more than a 5% market share then please do not lecture Australia on freedom.

Comment: You Google groupies must be smoking something good (Score 1) 243

by doug20r (#31605280) Attached to: GoDaddy Follows Google's Lead; No More Registrations In China
- I think Google management are immature, show a gross lack of understanding and tolerance, and I can assure all you Google groupies that you will not be getting much of a following. This case is not even related to Google so how can they be 'following Google'?

Comment: US Gov. backs Google. (Score 1) 432

by doug20r (#31591770) Attached to: China Hits Back At Google
Interesting how closely the US Government backs Google in this dispute. They recently stated that this shows it is too difficult to do business in China. Clearly just propaganda as this dispute has nothing to do with difficulty doing business, Google are immaturely pushing a political agenda or a PR stunt and were already able to comply with the Chinese laws. I don't consider Google a force for good in the free world, quite the opposite.

Comment: Re:It's not Google's job. (Score 1) 133

by doug20r (#31469802) Attached to: Brinksmanship Continues In Google-China Row Over Censorship
Well said. If Google are allowed to succeed then please understand that you will all live in fear. You may awaken one morning to have your Google services cut off and if Google are as successful as they aspire to be then you will have few alternatives. If you appeal to Google they will investigate in secret by their own standards and not those of society, they will likely not even contact you or give you a chance to defend yourself, and you will have little chance to challenge Google court. If you complain to your Government they will not be able to do anything - they may remind you that Google whipped China in 2010 and there is little they can do!

Comment: Could be the 3M film used with a switching LED (Score 1) 165

by doug20r (#31177450) Attached to: No Glasses Needed For TI's New 3D Display
light source as reported here: http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/3m-announces-autostereoscopic-3d-gaming-for-mobiles-641343 Perhaps the 3M Scotch Optical Lighting Film combined with a lenticular film? http://www.3m.com/product/information/Optical-Lighting-Film.html Unless the LED light source direction can be changed then the geometry is fixed and very sensitive to the viewing position and viewing distance.

Comment: WARNING - GOOGLE ALERT (Score 2, Insightful) 298

by doug20r (#31043396) Attached to: Google Docs Replaces OpenOffice In Ubuntu Netbook Edition
Quoting from their terms of use for Google Docs "Google reserves the right in its sole discretion to decide whether your conduct is inappropriate and whether it complies with these Terms of Service..." "Google may terminate your access for such inappropriate conduct in violation of these Terms of Service at any time ". Google may for any reason terminate your use of this software causing you damage and loss. Be warned that Google have a bad reputation for such behaviour. They are currently threatening China so do you think they give a shit for us little people! Sorry Google I do not accept your right to decide who can use a document editing system on their own netbook - get your soft wares out of their system. Do not allow Google into your computer, you do not want to be in bed with this commercial entity.

Comment: Re:This isn't a court of law (Score 2, Insightful) 197

by doug20r (#30913342) Attached to: Evidence Weakens That China Did the Recent Cyberattacks
Penalizing, damaging, or even insulting others based on your suspicions along is not socially acceptable behaviour. Google are making threads in this case, which I suspect they believe will cause damage. When you are the size of Google you can be expected to meet higher standards.

Comment: Re:A corporation challenges an entire country? (Score 1) 515

by doug20r (#30757702) Attached to: Google.cn Attack Part of a Broad Spying Effort
Google have become the Internet's bully. At least they are giving China a warning. Most people would not even get a warning before Google cuts access! Their actions also show just how incompetent they are at working this Asian countries - calling China out in public is a huge loss of face and very very insulting. Google have not even thought this through well, because they have far less strength in China. I hope China shut the door on Google, and that other nations follow, and we end up with much more diversity in the Internet market.

Comment: Re:It's their company... (Score 1) 515

by doug20r (#30756962) Attached to: Google.cn Attack Part of a Broad Spying Effort
If a company dominates a market then it is important that it deals with people fairly, by socially acceptable standards. If Google decided not to do business with a racial group, or a religious group, or an anti-Google group, or just an arbitrary group that some algorithm flags, then would you still consider this fair? Clearly society has a say in Google's actions.

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