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Comment Re:Better pictures? (Score 2) 75 75

Perhaps the input images they used were also low-res? If they had used higher resolution photos it would have taken much more computing time to run them through the neural network for hundreds of iterations. I guess the same neural networks could also enhance the resolution of the images by being fed a scaled-up version and outputting it with more (imagined) detail.

Comment Re:Diminishing returns (Score 1) 181 181

I use a couple of 24" 4k monitors. Just set 200% font scaling and you have things appearing the same size by default as they would on a 1920x1080 monitor with normal font scaling. But they look much better rendered, and if you want you can zoom out to smaller text sizes while remaining legible.

Comment Re:History repeats itself... (Score 1) 82 82

Acorn's PC emulator emulated an 8086 (not 80186). There are a couple of extra instructions added in the later 80186. Not much software uses them but apparently the game Star Trek 25th Anniversary did. Dave Lawrence's FasterPC emulator provided a virtual 80186 (though the CPU emulation was still just as slow, the video support was faster and PC speaker emulation much better, so it could play many DOS games that used 320x200 res in 256 colours. Like Civilization...)

Comment Re:How about a converted 122-key "typewriter"? (Score 1) 147 147

I've done that - put black M13 caps on an F122 - but what do you do about the Enter key on the numeric keypad? The F has a stabilizer wire which the M lacks, so if you put the black key on as-is it sits limply and doesn't click properly. Similarly, the spacebar stabilizer wire is different - how do you get the black spacebar to attach properly? I see that whoever did that mod changed the F to ANSI layout. I kept mine as ISO but that meant I had to stay with a few non-black keys.
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Ancient Megadrought Entombed Dodos In Poisonous Fecal Cocktail 55 55

sciencehabit writes: Nine hundred kilometers off the east coast of Madagascar lies the tiny island paradise of Mauritius. The waters are pristine, the beaches bright white, and the average temperature hovers between 22C and 28C (72F to 82F) year-round. But conditions there may not have always been so idyllic. A new study suggests that about 4000 years ago, a prolonged drought on the island left many of the native species, such as dodo birds and giant tortoises, dead in a soup of poisonous algae and their own feces.

Comment Re:What in the actual fuck! (Score 5, Informative) 152 152

The IBM T220 was launched in 2001 and has a resolution of 3840x2400, slightly more than 4k. Even back then, processing power wasn't really an issue, but getting enough display bandwidth was (four separate DVI cables were needed to get the full refresh rate of 41Hz).

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