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Comment: Is There A Lot More Activity (Score 1) 53

by Greyfox (#47538323) Attached to: Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity
Is there a lot more activity somewhere else in his nervous system? Perhaps we distribute the processing load as we learn the moves. IIRC I've read a couple of papers that suggest that more processing than we realize takes place in our retinas when we do object recognition. I'd guess if you measured the brain activity of someone who's been driving for a couple of decades while they're driving, you'll find a lot less brain activity than someone who's just started. Maybe that's why the newbie has so much trouble with it -- it's an activity that requires a lot of reflexive movement and the newbie hasn't learned those yet. I've noticed that when I get in a car where the controls are a bit different, my eyes don't know where to go to gather the information that I need right now and I actually have to think about it. Could be a symptom of that...

Comment: Re:Local monopolies (Score 1) 392

by tepples (#47538209) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Where I live the power and water company is required by law to give me a paper bill

Is it also required by law not to offer a credit on your bill for switching to electronic statements?

not the whole world is backwards as the US.

So how should a U.S. resident reasonably act on this fact?

Electronic interbank-transfers are so cheap ( 1 cent per) that you usually do not pay for them at all.

How would one go about including an "interbank-transfer" with a mailed greeting card?

Comment: Crime scene photos (Score 1) 187

by tepples (#47538197) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

screenshot from uTorrent was dismissed since uTorrent is not certified as an evidence gathering tool - like, say, a police radar

Common cameras aren't "certified as an evidence gathering tool" either. Do courts likewise reject all photos of a violent crime scene that aren't taken with a "certified" camera? The commodity home movie camera Abraham Zapruder was using wasn't "certified", but his and other films provided evidence of how Lee Harvey Oswald murdered John F. Kennedy. And did any copyright owner decide to follow up on this dismissal by modifying one of the free software BitTorrent clients to get it "certified as an evidence gathering tool"?

Comment: Pilot signal and FEC (Score 1) 56

by tepples (#47538091) Attached to: How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO
Any digital broadcast will include two things that are recognizable as a broadcast. One is a pilot signal, used to communicate the existence of a signal to the receiver. Another is forward error correction, used to reconstruct a signal partially obscured by noise. Analog television included both: the pilot signal was the sync pulses during horizontal and vertical blanking, and the error correction was the presence of a double sideband in the bottom 1 MHz of the video.

Comment: Recompress the coefficients (Score 1) 56

by tepples (#47538021) Attached to: How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO

JPEG is a lossy compression and it's impossible for an archiving utility using a lossless compression to best that.

Of course it's possible. JPEG encoding has three steps: cosine transform of each block (DCT), then quantization (where the loss happens), then coding. In JPEG, the coding involves a zig-zag order and a Huffman/RLE structure, and this isn't necessarily optimal. A lossless compressor specially tuned for JPEG files could decode the quantized coefficients and losslessly encode them in a more efficient manner, producing a file that saves a few percent compared to the equivalent JPEG bitstream. Then on decompression, it would decode these coefficients and reencode them back into a JPEG file.

Comment: Let's Play takedowns (Score 1) 109

by tepples (#47537991) Attached to: eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

Actiblizzard [has the option of] DMCAing them for infringement of the copyright in Starcraft

I have no idea why they would do it.

For the same reason as the Let's Play takedowns. Sega DMCA'd videos containing footage of the Shining Force games (but later issued a non-apology). Some publishers, such as Nintendo, might instead choose to put a Content ID* claim on videos containing "images or audio of a certain length" (such as a game's title screen or cut scenes), diverting ad revenue away from partners.*

* YouTube terminology used. Feel free to substitute.

Comment: Re:Millionare panhandlers (Score 1) 148

by drinkypoo (#47537697) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

A lot of the shelters are downright evil, though, especially the religious ones. A lot of them really push religion hard, and some of them won't help you if you don't spend an hour in church or whatever. Get 'em while they're vulnerable, then do just enough to make sure they receive your message.

Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 1) 99

Many of the Gazans are Christian. From the 2009 assault on Gaza:

"Israeli missiles hit Hamas targets but also destroyed civilian buildings in the densely packed territory, including a Christian medical clinic in Shijaiya that had provided free health care to the poor since 1968. Atallah Tarazi, a Christian surgeon at Gaza City's Shifaa Hospital, said two ambulances were hit and six of his paramedics killed, and lamented the high percentage of civilian casualties received by his hospital.

Gaza's Christian community of 2,500 suffered at least three deaths in the fighting—including 14-year-old Christine Turok, who died of a heart attack from fear—and Gaza Baptist Church and the Palestinian Bible Society were damaged by Israeli airstrikes.

A broad cross-section of Christian agencies mobilized aid to Gaza and southern Israel.

Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 3, Insightful) 99

Some Palestinians have, if at all, just seconds to leave before an attack but many do leave and flee to the school buildings that under control of the United Nations. The schools are opened especially for this and the UN personnel take care of the refugees and keep both "militants" and weapons out of its buildings.

It also provides the Israeli military with the exact coordinates of the schools. So guess what happens next:

Israeli shells hit UN shelter in Gaza:

As many as 30 people have been reported killed and 100 injured in the Israeli shelling of a UN school in Gaza that was being used as an emergency shelter.

Al Jazeera's correspondent Nicole Johnston, reporting from Gaza, said the school in Beit Hanoun came under shelling on Thursday. She said sources had told Al Jazeera that up up to 30 people had been killed in the bombardment.

The AFP reported a UN official as confirming "multiple dead and injured".

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Robert Turner, the director for UNRWA, the UN's refugee organisation in Gaza, said there was no warning from the Israelis before the shells landed. He confirmed there were casualties.

He said the UNRWA were in contact with Israeli forces about a window to evacuate the school before the attack happened

"This is a designated emergency shelter," he said. "The location was conveyed to the Israelis.

"This is the fourth strike on our installations in three days."

Four attacks on well known refugee centers within three days. Does anyone still believe that such attacks are some random accidents?

Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 1) 99

You basically argue: "We have a right to violate the norm of humanity and just, moral behavior because of a military expediency."

I spoke with the head military lawyer for the IDF, Joel Zinger. And I said “It’s clear you people are inflicting Nuremberg crimes on the Palestinians. Exactly what the Nazis did to the Jews. What’s your explanation?”

        He said: “Military necessity.”

        Notice, he didn’t disagree with me.

        I said: “That argument was rejected at Nuremberg when the lawyers for the Nazis made it.”

        And then he said: “Well, we have public relations people in the United States and they handle these matters for us.”

When it comes down to it, Gaza was provoked into lobbing "Estes model rockets" into the land of their attackers, and then Israel respond with cluster munitions, flechette weapons and white phosphrous on the heads of children and cripples.

This is what I would expect from your shitty little racist country.

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis