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Comment huge savings on ink (Score 5, Funny) 126

e-ink is hugely expensive. This saves them a ton of money. but don't turn it on negative contrast or you'll be replacing toner cartridges like mad.

Seriously why is e-paper so expensive. even on placed like alibaba you can't buy e-paper for less than the cost of a kindle itself. You could probably buy used kindles just to re-sell the e-paper screens and turn a profit.

Comment Re:Why not call it the honor bit (Score 2) 98

Should it not be there choice? Let them decide their business model. As I said, I'm not forking my money over to Starz because I don't like their bussiness model. But I'm also using my dislike of their choice as a reason for pirating the show. In fact I respect that they are making it possible for me to see it if I choose to. The place where piracy matters is when it's the only option-- when something is not (practically) available. And as far as bussiness models go, I'm fairly sure Starz will be dropping their price point-- at this time they probably get most of their money from cable contracts not internet sales so it would be stupid to undercut that. I don't think they want to gouge me, it's just that's the bussiness dilemma they face. In the future their internet grows, cable wanes, and they face competition so they ddrop the price. Or if they don't there's plenty of other video out there.

Comment Why not call it the honor bit (Score 2) 98

It's asking you to respect your own honor and integrity by not taking something the owner is willing to share but not give to you. The logic that says because determined dishonorable people will do it that it should be honorable for me to do it beggars belief.

Furthermore even if you have no honor when the door is closed and your are anonymous at your computer then it still is highly effective. For example, I'd truly like to watch Black Sails. But it requires a Starz membership I don't think is worth the price. I could easily go over to some place like couchtuner to pirate it but then i'd get shit quality and some russian drive-by trojaning attempts. No thanks. On the otherhand if this were super easy to pirate there'd be a gazillion ways to see it in high def all without the russian trojans. Thus the fact that it's not worth the effort to subvert the process actually is a barrier to entry more than just relying on an honor system. it works for people inclined to honorable but never the less tempted by the lure of sticking it to the man and his outrageously high priced restrictions.

Steve jobs proved the point when songs became $1. Lots of people are happy to pay a reasonable price for convenience and feeling they didn't cheat.

Comment Scrappy Malkovitch (Score 1) 81

three problems scrappy solves:
1. Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy? Scrappy, Scrappy Scrappy, Scrappy Scrappy.
2. Scrappy Scrappy: Scrappy, Scrappy Scrappy!
3. Scrappy, Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy. Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy, Scrappy Scrappy? Scrappy.
4. ?????
5. Profit!

  Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy. Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy. Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy? Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy!!!

Or watch being john malkovitch.

Comment Force sites to do it themselves (Score 3, Interesting) 117

Sites want to get indexed by google. If a site hosts ads that have bullshit Deceptive practices google can downrank them. Google doesn't have to be 100% effective. Even a crude system for spotting these is going to turn up hits if a site isn't blocking these kinds of adertisers. And so on. If a site doesn't do it's own ads but instead hosts ads from and advertising aggregator and they do this bullshit then the site will drop them to stay in google's good graces.

And so all google has to do is scan adds that show up in content providers and then punish them. so it's top down.

They can also try to go bottoms up, and seek out companies that do these kinds of ads but that's going to be impossible to block unless they are actually hosting the page. However that's not completely nuts. companies like Opera and Amazon who offer compression and caching of web pages in their browsers do have the capacity to edit the webpage to remove content from ad agencies they deem to be scum.

  Does google do that for android mobile? (I have no idea). But apple is talking about ad blocking. And thrid parties like ad block plus have the capability to erase ads from nasty advertisers.

Once these technologies start denting revenue and page views those ads will dry up by themselves.

Comment Very cool but has competition (Score 1) 33

It's very cool in it's portability and in real time. a traditional illumina has higher throughput. they processed 1450 samples in 6 months (their peak rate was much higher). An illumina can do many more samples in a single run, in batch. But you might not want to take it into the field and your latency would be higher since you would accumulate samples until you had enough to justify one run. The cost of that run per sample would be less but the cost of the batch run more which is why you wait. Another way this thing is superior is in read-length (50kbases) but they were only doing 2kB read lengths so not exploiting it's killer advantage over the illumina.

Comment Ethical electricty use (Score 1) 173

Hydro electric energy use has ethical issues. You are killing salmon and changing ecosystems. And if you consume more than neccessary then that electricity could have gone for other uses. Or fewere back-up natural gas plants might have been used. meaning less fracking. and so on.

So using it to produce wealth that doesn't actually change the GDP is highly unethical.

Comment Vaporware and a guess about the secret. (Score 2) 51

This think is varporware connected to a highthroughput press-release ink jet.

Even apple can't keep it's secret sauce secret. Why? because at some point they have to make the thing and tell developers how to work with it. So it leaks out the supply channels. the Magic-vape folks ought to have that problem if this existed. and they also ought to have the problem from investor briefings. but not a peep. So one suspects it's non-existent investor bait similar to the rigged demos of cold fusiion.

Now judging from the words like enhanced sensors my guess is they are tackling the tough problem of 3D vision. most of these things go after a single method of 3D cueing and drop the others. But real human perception requires multiple cues to work. You want stereo vision but you also need the focal plane to change as the eye changes focus. If you look at their demo it looks like that might be happening. You also need to have it align correctly with shifting head angles, pupilary distance, glance angle. 3D doesn't look right if your point of focus is different than the distance to the object or it doesn' change as you glance. this why you get a headache. additionally you want to barf if there's too much lag as you move your eyes or head. you can't tell if that's there from the mono-vision you tube but they definitiely had some defocusing out of the focal plane going on it looked like.

hence I think what they are pedaling is what you would get if you had an infinite budget for sensors, refresh rate and processing power. Which means this may not be affordable and by the time it is Occulus will not only get there too but already have a cash flow revenue system in place built on the cheapo art of the possible.

or so I'm guessing.

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