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Comment: Two other things and one suggestion (Score 1) 696

I am sorry to hear about the seriousness of your illness and admire your for dealing with it so openly.

Since I had death and illness of a close relative lately, I would ask you to think of two things:

- Give full powers to someone to deal with your affairs when you cannot
- Make sure you have a current patient's provision

From the way you are approaching the end, I am pretty sure you have already done so. But I just want to make sure. It can really take a lot of burden from your daughter and other relatives.

Making a live-or-death decision for a loved one is really, really hard.

Concerning your daughter: you may want to leave her letters (one per year until 18) describing how you experienced live at her age back then. Just let her know how you felt, what moved you, what you loved or hated.

Comment: Re:Madness (Score 1) 94

Compression is cheap if it is only of one type (e.g. videos). General purpose compression is much more difficult (you have first to determine the best algorithm).

On networks the lack of compression is also due to the fact that both sides need to have it and those may far apart (spatial as well as economical). But it is used increasingly nonetheless.

You have to have dedicated hardware for it. With current equipment it cannot be done properly (NVidia has some of it in their SHIELD approach (detached second screen).

Comment: Re:Madness (Score 1) 94

a) Compression would probably even reduce power consumption. (De)Compression is an inexpensive task if not done by a G/CPU but a specialized chip. The power consumption of a monitor is determined by size and brightness. The rest is a rounding error ;-).

b) Costs for a chip to do the compression would be 1$ if we look at the costs for HD/4K streams (for which most TV sets already have decoding chips).

The only thing i am unsure of: latency. You need have a progressive compression that will not increase the latency. That is not my area of expertise but is certainly doable.

Comment: Madness (Score 1) 94


It is madness to increase of the data rate in video signals even further. A monitor cable transmitting 32.4 gbps is not a good solution. It is something engineers can boast about but it also limits cable lengths and makes them more expensive. Trying to get 4K UHD over 20m is as expensive as a PC and the display together.

Instead they should adapt and norm low-latency compression methods for the transmission of video signals. 1 gbps should be more than enough to transport an 8K UHD signal with 100Hz (and without any gamer noticing a difference).

The inclusion of DSC is a good start but is seems to be just a sidekick.ï

Comment: I can understand (Score 3, Informative) 111

by mseeger (#48786613) Attached to: Nintendo Puts Business In Brazil On Hiatus

I am working for a small (65 employees) company in Europe that serves customers with locations around the world. Of those locations that we have to deal with, Brazil is the worst nightmare.

Money (taxes, customs duties) is a solvable problem: it just costs the customer more. But getting definitive answers about the process, reliable delivery schedules or any kind of planning dependability is extremely hard. Due to the bureaucratic overhead, nobody there wants to deal with it.

I would rather skip the business than ruining our reputation through uncontrollable external influence.

Comment: Terrorists (Score 5, Insightful) 1350

by mseeger (#48754777) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Terrorists are people, who feel more threatened by a drawing than by drones,
Terrorists are people, who fear small girls with books more than death,
Terrorists are people, who use bullets because their mind cannot work with words,
they are not scared by torture or surveillance, but truth and freedom.

Comment: Re:That's a smidge under 4" for the entire state (Score 2) 330

by mseeger (#48615443) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

In SI units, (40m^3 for 400.000km^2) it would be easier to calculate ;-).

The four inch or 10 centimeters are required in the aquifers in southern California.

First that is about 1/3 of the area. So we go to 30cm or 1 foot. That is still manageable.

Then we need to take into account that only a small part (optimistic: 25%) goes into the aquifers. That quadrupels it to 4 feet or 120cm. That is quite a lot.

To take that optimistic assumption, not too much must go into runoff and evaporation. So we need continuous light rain (1mm per day) with overcast sky.

In effect this means 4 years of continuous light rain.

Comment: Really bad advice (Score 4, Insightful) 230

by mseeger (#48595595) Attached to: Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

Several readers have pointed out that disabling automatic Windows Updates is bad advice, and while thatâ(TM)s a fair argument I have to disagree.

It is really a BAD advice. The average PC user is not an ops person. If an update bricks his PC, he will notice and can get help. If his PC is insecure, he will notice nothing and help (if ever) will be asked for much too late.

His arguments amount to one thing: avoid changes. Any change is a risk. But so is crossing the street. In the long run, a change-averse strategy will lead to worse results than the occasional botched change (exceptions apply, but those are rare). And the only way for the average user to do changes is to automate them.

Comment: Re:Something we need to take care off.... (Score 1) 83

by mseeger (#48497675) Attached to: Probe Into NSA Activity Reveals Germany Spying On Germans

My favorite solution would be by disbanding them. But that is not realistic.

The German version of the General Accounting Office does a pretty good job of spotting squandering. So a new oversight should be established based on their model. That focuses more on depth than width and a non-predictive cycling of topics.

Due to the nature of intelligence services, you will never get them really compliant (that's why I mentioned my favorite method), but you can curb them.

Backed up the system lately?