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Comment: lossy compression is part of their 'sound'? (Score 1) 124

by viperidaenz (#46830205) Attached to: Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

This repository contains the album's track data in source files, that (for complexity's sake) came from .ogg files that were encoded from .wav files that were created from .mp3 files that were encoded from the mastered .wav files which were generated from ProTools final mix .wav files that were created from 24-track analog tape.

So they went from wav -> mp3 -> wav.... for no good reason? Then down to what can only be assumed to be Vorbis.

Comment: Re:Epic Fail! (it's really an urban legend) (Score 1) 68

by viperidaenz (#46827445) Attached to: Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans

If you're looking for terrorists, it much worse than what you say.

How many terrorists are there really?
For arguments sake I'm going to say 10,000 in USA, with 320M population.
To get the number of false positives on the general population down to the number of real terrorists, so only 50% of the people you stop are innocent, you need a 99.996875% accurate test.

With 98.52 as claimed by this test, you'd have 4.7M false positives and 148 terrorists get false negatives.

Comment: Re:Easy to set up patsies. (Score 1) 68

by viperidaenz (#46827387) Attached to: Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans

Except I doubt 98% accuracy is admissible in court.

Say there are 320,000,000 people in a country, like USA.
If 5% of those people are criminals, that's 16,000,000 criminals.

With 98% accuracy against the 304,000,000 innocent civilians, that's 6,080,000 false positives, nearly half of the number of real criminals. That's only 62% change of successfully identifying a real criminal, despite a "98% accurate" test.

Comment: Re:Well. (Score 1) 193

by viperidaenz (#46827177) Attached to: How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

Sapphire has a niche in high end LED flashlights, but if they are well engineered the sapphire is seated around the edge in elastomer and also recessed so no normal force is likely to ever be applied, which would act to bend it.

That's the problem with using it for cellphone screens, every mm counts. It needs to be thin, flat and large. It also needs to look good. When was the last time you saw an Apple product with a recessed screen?

Comment: Re:Hardware backdoors in the actual CPUs ? (Score 1) 234

by viperidaenz (#46819889) Attached to: Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

I do understand JTAG.
It would be trivial to set a flipflop to switch the compromised random bit stream to the real implementation when ever a command is send through the JTAG port and reset it on power-up.

Its flattering you think I'm a psyop operative. Truth is I'm just bored at work and you respond like a zealot. It's amusing.

Comment: Re:Well. (Score 2) 193

by viperidaenz (#46819815) Attached to: How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

Looks like scratch resistence != shatter resistence.

Secondly, it means overcoming a surprising problem: despite its hardness, synthetic sapphire can be prone to fracturing, at almost any point in this finishing process, due to impurities or to the presence of unresolved strains in the crystalline structure.

“That’s something that’s being very carefully measured and tested,” says Stone-Sunderberg. “Fracturing is probably of the highest concern. If a product is released with a more expensive touch screen [cover] and consumers experience fracturing, they’re going to be highly disappointed. It would be devastating to the sapphire industry.”

Also, the tensile strength of regular glass (which varies considerably however) can match that of synthetic sapphire. Sapphire has very good compression stength though.
This is the reason for steel reinforced concrete. You can't easily compress concrete but you can pull it apart pretty easily. If you add steel with its good tensile strength, you get a strong material that excels in both areas.

Apple will need to do something with the sapphire or it will shatter with the slighest bend. Watch faces don't have this problem because they're relitively thick. You can't piss away millimetres in thickness and weight when it comes to the next gen smart phone.

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