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Comment: Brightness? (Score 3, Interesting) 141

by xlsior (#49125023) Attached to: Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter
I can't help but notice how over-exposed most of the live videos of the actual display are (brightly washed out hand/wrist in the background), which makes me wonder how readable the screen really is without using the backlight...

(The first generation pebble has a pretty low contrast ratio too, using a Memory LCD screen -- not true e-ink, although it was advertised as such)

That said, the new model does look interesting.

Comment: Re:Chill out (Score 4, Insightful) 327

by xlsior (#49034281) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Panic Button a Very Young Child Can Use
Yeah, I have a suggestion. Chill the fuck out. Watch your 2 year old, and when he/she's asleep, don't worry about it.

While you can probably delay the situations with the highest risk factors (e.g. baby's bath time) until both parents are home, there's a lot of things that potentially could go wrong while unattended. For example, A sudden onset seizure could cause the wife to drop the baby, or hit her own head on the coffee table, or who knows what else. Having a way for the 2 year old to call for help on her own in such situations could make a tremendous difference

This was a reasonable question looking for help mitigating very real risks -- don't be a dick about it.

That said: perhaps the easiest way would be to have a very basic speaker phone set up somewhere with a one-push button to actually CALL dad in case of emergency. A benefit of that over a silent email/sms/whatever setup is that it could give the 2-year old instant feedback that help is coming if there really is a problem, and depending on the verbal skills of the kid dad can save precious time as well: "mom fell and isn't moving!" vs. wasting time to try to remotely view your cameras first and see what happened.
(Although a possible downside is that she may just start hitting it anytime she wants to talk to dad during office hours)

Comment: Re:Incredible! (Score 1) 204

by xlsior (#48949679) Attached to: Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

What? That doesn't sound right ... because I'm pretty sure I've seen a board which comes with both chess and checkers pieces.

I'm not buying that at all -- they're both 8x8.

You're just making shit up.

There are different versions -- American Checkers is 8x8, the most popular international version is 10x10, and Canadian Checkers is 12x12 apparently:

There's double-sided chessboards to account for this: 8x8 for chess on one side, and 10x10 for checkers on the other side.

Comment: Re:what China should do is (Score 4, Insightful) 288

by xlsior (#48681811) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea
invade North Korea, depose the North Korean government, and depose & disarm the North Korean military, and once they stabilized it, hand it over to South Korea

...Except China likes having North Korea as a buffer zone between it and the much more democratic and western-aligned South Korea. Having a crackpot dictatorship on its borders helps China's own citizens from getting to many 'crazy' ideas in their head -- "Look how great we have it here!"

Comment: Re:Better comparison site (Score 2) 377

by xlsior (#48570707) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

The below site offers a better comparison interface than the Lena image link from the post. Drag your mouse across the image to see the effect:

Interesting, thanks for the link -- I must say, I see pretty much no visual difference at all between BPG and the WebP format on those sample pics, at identical file size.

Comment: Re:Big fucking deal. (Score 1) 422

by xlsior (#48182119) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres
Frankly, if I could just die at age 70 before my mind turns to shit and I can't control my bodily functions I'll be happy. Living for an extra 10+ years in the shadow of what you once were is not living. It's a cruel form of torture.

Keep in mind that environmental factors reducing your lifespan don't mean that you're going to remain perfectly healthy until you're 70 and then just suddenly keel over. Healthy people tend to not just die for no apparent reason -- the decay leading to death will likely just manifest itself at an earlier age and progress more rapidly too. Congratulations, now you can't control your bodily functions at 65 instead of 80.

Comment: Re:First world problems. (Score 1) 610

In your view, the fact that people were given for free a piece of music is something they should rightfully complain about? Without us making fun of them?

Musical tastes differ -- if I left a bag of crap on your front porch without asking first if you were interested in receiving it, you wouldn't complain / be annoyed by it?

Comment: Re:why not build it stronger (Score 1) 296

by xlsior (#47867647) Attached to: WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives
and put a vacuum in it?

Wouldn't work: The read/write heads are actually floating a microscopic distance above the platter on cushion of air/helium/whatever. Without the gas, the distance between the heads and the platter would vary wildly, and it would almost immediately and literally come to a grinding halt, scratching up the disk surface in the process.

Comment: Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (Score 1) 193

by xlsior (#47739769) Attached to: Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium
While a hard drive may be cheaper at time of initial purchase,it likely has a significantly shorter lifespan as well, leading to much higher costs over time to replace failed drives. (Especially considering that the $140 you mention is for a consumer-grade drive, with a 1-2 year warranty -- more reliable "Enterprise" drives typically cost three times as much)

Comment: Re:All wrong (Score 1) 81

by xlsior (#47638805) Attached to: Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)
If you need an xbox to watch TV, you're doing it wrong.

There's a difference between 'needing and xbox to watch TV', and the desire for a unified, integrated one-stop destination for your entertainment: games, TV, streaming media, using a single remote control and consistent interface.

That may not be a big deal to you or me personally, but i can definitely see a potential market for something like this.

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