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Comment: Re:I get what he's saying here (Score 1) 438

by ephraimX (#45128925) Attached to: <em>Gravity</em>: Can Film Ever Get the Science Right?

I was concerned by that scene at first, too, but on further reflection throughout the evening, I think it's actually not completely implausible:

While Clooney's character wouldn't have been actively pulling away from Bullock, in order for her to pull him in (even just a bit to get him moving in that direction) she'd have to pull enough to overcome his inertia. Since she clearly has much less mass (he's heavier *and* has a jetpack on), the net effect would be to pull herself away from her own precarious tether, which would have been bad.

Doesn't explain why he floated away when he detached, and they didn't really even telegraph that this might be the scenario they were considering, but at least it doesn't have to be quite as silly as it seemed at first. :)

Comment: Re:Eh, that's it? (Score 5, Informative) 619

by ephraimX (#43179613) Attached to: Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4
That's... not how it works. The "penta" part refers to a prototype arrangement that isn't actually in use in any phones (see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PenTile).

These phones are using the RGBG pattern, which has the greens 1-to-1 with the pixel map, which means each pixel is either a green-with-red or a green-with-blue. So the parent here did do the math correctly.

Comment: Food Lab @ Serious Eats (Score 2) 447

by ephraimX (#42063131) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Geekiest Way To Cook a Turkey?
If your sense of "geeky" is like mine, and you take it to mean really investing in rigorous curiosity about the process combined with a sciency hypothesis-trial approach to technique, then you can't get any better than Kenji Lopez-Alt's Food Lab over at Serious Eats. Here's his comprehensive Thanksgiving Q & A from a few days ago. (Sorry if this post shows up twice; I think the first try was eaten by mbeta.slashdot.org)

Comment: The license is for copying sheet music. (Score 3, Informative) 291

by ephraimX (#34701000) Attached to: German Kindergartens Ordered To Pay Copyright For Songs
Note that this only applies to making copies of sheet music, not merely singing the songs (or arranging, or performing, or anything else). Same sort of thing is in effect here in Canada, and I'm sure many other places. Not a wonderful policy, but not the culture-destroying terror that the summary implies.
Data Storage

The Curious Case of SSD Performance In OS X 205

Posted by timothy
from the and-mysteriouser dept.
mr_sifter writes "As we've seen from previous coverage, TRIM support is vital to help SSDs maintain performance over extended periods of time — while Microsoft and the SSD manufacturers have publicized its inclusion in Windows 7, Apple has been silent on whether OS X will support it. bit-tech decided to see how SSD performance in OS X is affected by extended use — and the results, at least with the Macbook Air, are startling. The drive doesn't seem to suffer very much at all, even after huge amounts of data have been written to it."

Comment: DeployStudio. (Score 1) 460

by ephraimX (#29498853) Attached to: Large-Scale Mac Deployment?
It was mentioned once up above, but I've gotta recommend DeployStudio. After using a stock NetInstall setup for a few years and getting tired of stuff breaking, I gave it a try -- a hurdle or two at the start, but then holy crap is it ever a million times better. Waaayy more flexibility, no need to create actual NetBoot images based on entire masters (just a tiny boot-only image, then it grabs the rest off a sharepoint), and wwaaaaayyy faster. I was doing six simultaneous 16GB eMac images on a 100mbit network in about 15 minutes, which would have taken like a day and a half with NetInstall.

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