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Comment: Re:Human Subjects (Score 3, Insightful) 88

"In reality, the worst case scenario now involves an immune host/carrier. "

Looks like in reality you don't have a fucking clue what you're talking about. Such a person/vector would be a pathologist's fucking wet dream to forming a vaccine against the disease in the first fucking place.

You watch too much TV.
You can't just find "patient 0", or "the primordial sample" as TNT's shitty show calls it, and then magically get a cure shat out.
You can't just find some schlub who's immune and magically figure out why and make a vaccine to immunize other people.

Comment: Re:talk about "old tech" (Score 1) 88

by sexconker (#47789931) Attached to: Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

The whole point of the picture element is that you don't have to download all the possible sizes, just the one that's appropriate for your display.

What's appropriate for my display, exactly?
You have to base it on the VIEWPORT, but that's VARIABLE because the USER can change that shit.
Any viewport change and you risk having to download the newly "appropriate" version.

This shit is retarded - just provide a decent size by default and offer a link to the original size.
The whole premise of why we'd want to do this is retarded as well. Phones are getting resolutions of 2560x1440 now.

Comment: Re:Her work (Score 1) 1219

How can you tell when you receive a lot of death threats whether any of them are credible? Some people are very angry about what she has been saying, probably most of them don't think it would be a god idea to kill her, but in this case most is the operative word, especially when the people giving them know where you live....

The fact that you're receiving a lot of death threats tells you that none of them are credible.
When you receive one death threat, it's worth looking into. The police will investigate, offer protection, and determine if it's credible.

Also, if you're getting death threats over the internet in response to some stupid shit you said, then it's not a credible death threat.

Comment: Re:Bad business practice (Score 1) 135

by sexconker (#47786065) Attached to: Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

Only you normally don't need to be online, as Steam has an offline mode?

Steam's offline mode does not work. It has never worked. It will never work.
The entire premise is fucking retarded - you have to be ONLINE in order to enable OFFLINE MODE. You have to KNOW that you're going to go offline in advance,
If you're not in offline mode and you have no internet connection and you launch Steam, it will simply fail to connect and you can't do anything with the Steam client.

If you are in offline mode and you do have an internet connection Steam will revert to online mode when it feels like it and start to do all the things you don't want it to do. And if a game has an update available, Steam will refuse to let you launch the game while in offline mode. Steam can learn of updates while in offline mode if you do have an internet connection, and lock you out of games.

If you are in offline mode it's just a matter of time before Steam decides you need to reauthenticate. Time, connection to a network (with or without internet connectivity), fucking connected bluetooth devices, etc. can all trip Steam's alarms and cause it to shut you out of your games until you reauthenticate.

Comment: Re:It's supposed to look that way (Score 1) 166

There are a number of titles on NES that I can think of such as Empire Strikes Back which only look correct on CRT or anything that does proper NTSC color artifact emulation. (and actually sonic games on genesis too!) I've written a game editor for Apple // graphics which uses NTSC artifacts as part of the editing experience -- and also part of the image dithering/conversion algorithms -- and believe me: It makes a huge difference when you are designing graphics with a 6-color palette where you actually get an extra handful of extra "fringe" colors when using some combinations. If you are still unsure, use an emulator with NTSC emulation (Blargg's is great) and then switch over to plain RGB. There is a huge difference.

Also, a final note on this (Caveat: I am an emulation author and this information is in a very well written wikipedia article on Y'UV if you want to fact check me...) You will NOT EVER get the same colors from RGB than you get from a CRT. The color spaces are different. Emulators can simulate (and in some cases very well) what an analog display does, but it only goes so far. In the NTSC-to-RGB conversion process you wind up having to transform from one color system (Y'UV) to another (RGB) using some rather simple math but then you also have to alias the results to fit the values (which are often outside the 0-255 range). There are colors in the Y'UV spectrum (I'm talking about the Apple colors but there are some on Atari and NES too) that are so saturated that they look completely neon, and those colors actually don't exist in the RGB spectrum at all so you wind up with a rather muted look compared to the real thing.

A scan doubler is okay I suppose for this, but really if you want it to look old school nothing beats the real warm glow of a CRT. If you want to play retro games on an RGB screen, just use an emulator. They're cheaper, and if done correctly you're lucky to ever really notice a difference. :-) I think that you can take a Raspberry Pi and make a dedicated emulator solution for 20% the cost of this scan doubler solution and be just as happy if not happier.

You can't say YUV has colors that RGB doesn't and expect that to apply to reality. You have to compare the actual output of a CRT to the actual output of something displaying an RGB signal. Monitors and TVs have such wildly different physical mappings for given color spaces that you simply can't make such a blanket statement.

Comment: Re:Videos? (Score -1, Troll) 6

by sexconker (#47724137) Attached to: At Home with Tim O'Reilly (Videos 5 and 6 of 6)

Nope, just blank empty space as usual.

That's actually better than what I'm getting (two working videos). Dear Shitdot - stop trying to GENERATE news. You're a fucking aggregator, nothing more. The people who are still on this site are:

A: Too cynical (for good reason) to trust anything originating from the usual circus of Shitdot admins who post manufactured crap at the behest of your Dice masters,
B: Too smart to fall for the bullshit, soft news, and non news.
C: Both A and B.

Normally I'd use this space to troll and shit on the subject for no reason (O'Reilly in this case, whom I have nothing against but would otherwise not hesitate to troll), but in this case I'd rather let my pertinent point stand on its own: Shitdot needs to stop trying to make its own content, from "Ask Shitdot" "articles", to these video "articles", to that hilariously bad "ask me anything" ripoff a few weeks back. This site will never be profitable in the way you want it to be, so please stop trying. By the way - how much money was wasted on the beta revamp?

And if you think I'm trolling now, please note that I did not troll (or post at all) in other of the other "articles" in this series. Anyone who legitimately cares about this content (ha!) or is sufficiently bored to read/watch it will only see my ravings on the matter once. I'm crass, vulgar, and rude, but I'm not trolling. Shitdot needs to stop gaming their own system and just let users submit and frontpage stories as intended. The backdoor moderation, censorship, and promotion/demotion of articles to/from the front page isn't just annoying and dishonest, it delegitimizes the site as a whole.

Comment: Re:Incorrect assumption (Score 1) 299

If the owner can disable a phone with nothing but access to a computer or another mobile device, so can Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia or Apple.

Not necessarily true... It's entirely possible that you could implement this by encrypting a lock/unlock token with a key known only to the user. Google/Samsung/MS/Nokia/Apple would be no more capable of generating such a token than anyone else.

If you can initially set the key, then the key is capable of being reset or even read.
If you cannot initially set the key, then the key is set before hand, and is thus known to other parties.

If you use e-fuses or something similar in order to prevent resetting of the key, it just means you have to deal with shit at the hardware level to reset or read the key.

The manufacturer of a phone will always be able to fuck ur shit, though GP is incorrect in asserting that they'd be able to do it over the web as easily as the end user. (If it's designed properly. In reality, we all know they'll have back doors.)

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 4, Insightful) 299

Your sarcasm aside, turn the idea around and convince me there is any situation short of an emergency where the big evil government would use this power even if they had it? Bricking phones would Streisand effect whatever situation they were trying to clamp down on. And, it doesn't necessarily prevent data from being exported off the flash drives. I can't imagine this being useful to any sort of authoritarian power in any regular way. Sure you could probably imagine one scenario where they use something like this to stop a story getting out -- but it wouldn't always work, and they would never get to use it again.... This isn't an illegal search of someone's phone, there is no point in abusing the power to brick someone's phone.

Conversely there is very real and tangible benefit to crime reduction.

So, yes, why such paranoia?

Someone leaks sensitive information to the media. Government tracks phone. Government dispatches goon. Government bricks phone to prevent victim from alerting the medial, recording the incident, calling for help, etc. Victim is disappeared.

Comment: Re:Something in this? (Score 1) 105

by sexconker (#47716227) Attached to: Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

It's more than just the cover image and text though. A book has an individual feel. It's page size, thickness, weight, the extent to which the spine opens, the colour and texture of the paper, even the smell.

A simplistic attitude is that these things don't matter.

I love paper! The look of it! The smell of it! The taste of it! The texture! I love paper so much that I lost my genitalia in an unfortunate pulping accident. Hence the name... Papermember.

Comment: Re:NOT CONFIDENTIAL!! YAY!! (Score 4, Insightful) 231

by sexconker (#47708367) Attached to: $125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

What I love is none of this 'terms kept confidential' nonsense that is so typical in court settlements.

The public has a right to know.

You do realize that settlements are basically private contracts right? Are you really saying that I must publicly disclose the terms of any private contract I am a party to, just because the "Public has a right to know"?

No, No, they don't have a right to know. I may allow you to use my intellectual property and by contract disclose it to you for your use, but that doesn't mean everybody in the world is now entitled to see everything.

When a crime is involved (such as unlawful arrest, harassment, theft of property, etc. the cops engaged in), the public has a right to know.
When one of the parties IS the state or one of its many agencies, the public has a right to know.
When the public courts handle a case on the matter, criminal or not, for however long, the public has a right to know regardless of whether the case is settled by the court of by the parties outside of the court.

Comment: Re:Safety vs Law (Score 1) 475

by sexconker (#47706803) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

So your solution to the problem of people who drive aggressively, don't pay attention, etc (ie the real cause of accidents) is to let them drive FASTER? In what world does that make sense?

You're an idiot.
The solution is to have everyone else driving at a faster speed so the idiots end up juking and jiving between them less frequently.
You can't control the behavior of the idiots, so you're not letting them drive faster. You're telling everyone else that they should be traveling at a reasonable speed.

Forty two.