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Comment: RTFA, seriously... oh fsck it I know you aren't (Score 1) 161 161

They are running a filter on the video footage that reduces to video equivalent of line art so that details such as facial features, distinguishing marks, license plates, etc. are no longer visible. Audio continues to be a problem but they are exploring various solutions. Pretty clever solution actually. I assume for evidentiary footage an unmanipulated version is being kept as well. This is very similar to a video library where a "preview" copy is rendered at a low resolution to save space/bandwidth and access is granted to everyone and the high quality copy is kept in reserve and can be requested upon demand.

Comment: Re:What a weird statistic. (Score 1) 262 262

That may be a comprehension error on my part, I thought the conversation started with the amount of electricity consumed per household. I agree the ultimate definition is your carbon footprint but if the first gentleman's house is heated with electricity and the German's primarily use gas then of course I would expect there to be a large delta between the two. I don't know what Germans typically use for home heating.

In the Pacific Northwest our climate is generally mild and my heating expenses are VERY low. Many of us just use windows to regulate indoor temperature except in the coldest months of the year so heating and cooling for me is a small percentage of my household consumption. I think my major appliances like the dryer, dishwaher, refrigerator and freezer are what drives my electricity bill.

Comment: Re:What a weird statistic. (Score 1) 262 262

Mod this up. This doesn't have to do (necessarily) with Americans being wasteful but has a lot to do culture. Germans (and much of mainland Europe) have a phobia of refrigeration. No ice in drinks, no air conditioning, no blowing air via a fan or open window! This isn't universally true but refrigeration is a primary energy consumer after heating a home. You don't need a big fridge if you aren't chilling half the stuff we do like drinks and eggs. This is also apples and oranges because unless you are both heating your homes the same way the numbers are irrelevant. I don't use much electricity at all but that is because my stove, furnace and water heater are gas.

The biggest factor of course is the price of electricity. There are market forces at work here. In the Pacific Northwest I pay about $.08/kw. I have barely any (financial) incentive to conserve. Add to that 90% of our power comes from hydro and I have very little guilt as well. Compare that with Germany where it is nearly $.40/kw. I'd probably be a lot more conservative if my electricity was 5x more expensive.

Comment: Don't poop where you eat... (Score 1) 720 720

I'm a gamer with a wife and two kids. My wife doesn't game at all. I didn't need to be asked to put the PC elsewhere because I also don't want a loud ass, ugly machine ruining the living room either. So I put together a machine that looked like a piece of A/V equipment, there are lots of great cases now that are unobtrusive, and I purchased components that made low noise the priority. It pulls double duty as a media center and I made sure the cabling ran all within the walls, with as few wires as possible and bound them nicely so as not to attract dust bunnies.

For example this.
And wiring like this.

I'm not sure what there is about being a man that means I have to be gross and loud. It's not like I don't appreciate a clean, aesthetically pleasing place to live as well. Ultimately I ended up moving the machine to another room running the cables through the floor to the basement because I didn't want to see anything at all. That was my choice.

Comment: Re:Simple solution: bring cookies. (Score 1) 406 406

Seriously - bring a package of cookies for the flight crew.

This. My cousin is a flight attendant and said to me if you want to make fast friends just hook your flight attendant up with a little package of M&Ms or something simple like that. It isn't bribery, it's just a kindness, the same I do for my mailman and garbage collector from time to time. The world would be a much better place if we could all just be human to one another once in a while.

Comment: Re:Undespecced in every way even at $800 (Score 1) 264 264

You must be new here, don't be so god damned sensible. My favorite part is how we generalize what is good enough for everyone. I have a 64GB iPhone and I don't need the space, I just don't want to think about it. I shoot a lot of video and while I have a $4000 camera I often shoot B roll on my phone because I want to. And since no one bought my phone for me I'm confused why anyone would care what I do with it.

Take heed everyone and be thankful we are blessed to be a in a place and time where not only do these things exist but that many of us on this forum can afford them. It is an embarrassment of riches.

Comment: Re:Not really (Score 1) 228 228

That is fine and dandy for in person B&M transactions but the vast majority of my purchases are online. I think your ringing those death bells a little too early on that industry. It won't look the same in 10 years but the phone isn't the answer for everything. Frankly good riddance. The less crap I have to carry on me the better.

Comment: Microsoft has several new programs coming up (Score 1) 121 121

I think the idea is they will be exclusive to the xbox marketplace/video service thing they have. One of the programs is the documentary on unearthing the Atari E.T. cartridges.

"The first round of Xbox Originals will contain a healthy variety of shows, from the futuristic teen drama about robots "Humans," to the steampunk Western "Deadlands" (based on the tabletop role-playing game of the same name), to the street soccer documentary "Every Street United." Other programs included "Winterworld," "Gun Machine," "Extraordinary Believers" and "Food Show."

"Well, it don't make the sun shine, but at least it don't deepen the shit." -- Straiter Empy, in _Riddley_Walker_ by Russell Hoban