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Comment Blue Brown (Score 1) 420 420

I can only see it as blue, period. Not trolling - I really cannot see this as white in any circumstances, even the XKCD "color balanced" bit I still see it as blue (albeit a much lighter blue on the left).

When I looked at the image, I saw a bluish and brownish dress.

In the XKCD image, I can say that they are both blue in color, with the dark room one being lighter blue in appearance to my eye, yet I know my interpretation would be more that it was in fact a white dress in a darkly lit area.

I have sunglasses that are brown tinted, and technically everything I see with them on has a brown tint to it, yet I know my brain is ignoring this (unless I am really thinking about it) and perceiving the colors for what I know they are. Your brain does an incredible amount of processing and interpretation of the things you see.

On reviewing the image again, I can see the over exposed background which does suggest the exposure of the dress itself is darkened, and therefore is white, or at least much lighter than it appears in the image.

I am reminded of this as well:

Comment Re:Shattered (Score 1) 473 473

Frontier is going to fold, and you know it.

What you need to do is pay attention to who is in charge of this, and find ways to boycott any products they have anything to do with in the future. Especially the bastards who were involved in the marketing.

Yeah! Let's make sure we punish people for the rest of their lives! Damn them for not providing me with my exact requirements!

The internet has turned into somewhere we can destroy people. It's ugly.

While I agree some things get out of hand, and vigilantism is often not a very good thing, are you suggesting that it is okay for them to screw people over, change to a new company and then do it again, and again? Telling people they will get what they want if they give them the money, taking the money, then turning around and not giving them what they want is not okay. And if the company folds because of it, and the people move on and start a new company, it should not be okay to do it all over again.

Comment Re:Flip the switch (Score 1) 247 247

Based on what we know about simulators, they are inherently slower and smaller in scope than the system they run on. You're never going to have a virtual machine that is more powerful than the metal that it runs on. Similarly, you're probably not going to have a simulated universe be more powerful than the universe that is hosting the simulated universe.

I don't think that is necessarily true. You just can't simulate something more powerful in real time. Maybe the simulation takes an day in the simulator's universe to "render" one second in our universe (or any other ratio, it's just an example). To the people in the simulation, everything seems "real-time" from their point of view. We have no way to know how long the hardware in the "real" universe takes to run our simulation.

I'm sure new CPU designs that are more powerful can still be simulated on older CPU designs. Again, the simulation may run a lot slower.

Comment Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (Score 1) 322 322

Free touchscreens is not the answer. My new laptop has a touch screen and the first thing I did was disable it. I have no desire to try to operate my laptop by holding my arm up all the time touching stuff on the screen. I hated it doing things when I reach up and flick a piece of dust off the screen. There was a virtual keyboard on the task bar that is very difficult to make go away. Why would anyone want to type on the screen when there is a keyboard on the laptop? If you want to start putting inappropriate user interfaces into things, then try a keyboard in your car to drive with.

Comment Re:Great for India (Score 1) 85 85

They studied hard and ensured they fully understood every aspect of basic satellite lunch systems domestically before moving to the next stage.

I can imagine an Indian scientist thinking "Hmmm... what do satellites like to eat for lunch, and what type of system can we build to feed it to them?"

Comment Re:One switch to rule them all? (Score 2) 681 681

Or just switch to Open Office or other derivatives.

That is exactly what I did. Unfortunately every once in a while one of my colleagues will send me a document (usually a power point presentation) that won't open in anything other than the newest version of office.

Just tell them "I'm sorry, but your file is in a non-standard format and I can't open it."

Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.