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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.

Comment: No. (Score 2) 502

"back in the day" the main selling point of a "good" soundcard, was compatibility. Under Dr, each and every game had to reinvent the wheel and communicate directly with the soundcard. Unless you had one of major 'good' cards (Soundblaster, Gravis ultrasound, and one or two others) old games wouldn't have sound at all. When Windows became the norm, the hardware communication was abstracted hough the windows driver - as long as Windows support the card, a game could use it. Combined with dirt-cheap integrated cards in most motherboards, there's very little need for discrete audio for non-professional use anymore. We've reached "good enough" 15+ years ago.

Comment: Re:IE EIGHT? (Score 3, Informative) 134

by xlsior (#47063353) Attached to: New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered
So use Firefox or Chrome. No big deal.

Even if you never consciously launch IE, it doesn't mean you're safe: the IE rendering engine is used behind the scenes by a ton of other Microsoft and 3rd party applications as well, each of which is a possible attack vector as long as the IE vulnerability exists on the system.

Comment: Re:IE EIGHT? (Score 5, Interesting) 134

by xlsior (#47062239) Attached to: New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered
Unfortunately, IE 8 is the last version of Internet Explorer that's compatible with Windows XP.... Meaning there are hundreds of millions of computers out there that are vulnerable to this exploit, which can't 'just' upgrade to a newer IE version without paying a hundred bucks to upgrade their entire OS first. Annoyingly, this bug was reported to MS when XP still had 6-7 months of extended support for XP left on their count-down clock. Today, XP is no longer supported and unless this bug starts getting heavily exploited in the wild a fix will probably never come.

Comment: Excersise for the reader: (Score 5, Insightful) 409

by xlsior (#47011909) Attached to: Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)
Whenever you see "in the CLOUD!", mentally replace it with "using someone else's server" -- all of a sudden it looks a whole lot less appealing. Yes, you gain some flexibility, but you lose a LOT of control. Case in point: gamespy's recent announcement that they're closing up shop, and all of a sudden hundreds of major games from big-name software houses will lose their online multiplayer abilities. How's 'the cloud' working out for them?

Comment: What if... (Score 1) 393

by xlsior (#46678543) Attached to: Why Are We Made of Matter?
So today the universe apparently is 99.99999% matter / 0.000001% antimatter -- What about the possibility that when the universe started it began as 50.00000000001% matter / 49.99999999999% anti-matter, and the observable universe today is 'simply' made up of the remaining 0.000000000002% that didn't annihilate itself billions of years ago? Even if matter/antimatter each have an equal chance of getting created, randomness is not perfectly distributed. If you roll a set of dice an infinite amount of times, you WILL from time to time end up with weirdly skewed results that may appear non-random, even though they are. Since we happen to live inside this universe and have no way of observing any potential failed precursor universes, we have an observation bias to our particular outcome -- there could be a near-infinite amount of alternate universes with matter and antimatter perfectly distributed which completely annihilated themselves before the universe as we know it today ever came info being.

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.