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Comment: Re:in the meantime : (Score 1) 204

by zephvark (#47837151) Attached to: Dell Demos 5K Display

Yeh, 1920x1200 is chump change. I spent over $2,000 for my 1920x1600 monitor a decade or so back but, it eventually blew a capacitor, and at current display prices I was willing to accept a drop in resolution. It's nice to see that display quality is moving forward again, rather than backwards, although 24" is enough of a desk-eating behemoth that I'm doubtful about increasing the size.

Comment: Misleading wording. This is not autoplay. (Score 0) 131

by zephvark (#47823371) Attached to: Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

What the article is referring to as "autoplay" is actually preloading. The video is not playing on its own, it's just being cached in case you want to click on it. This could certainly be a problem for people on limited data plans. It is not nearly the same kind of awfulness as genuine autoplay, where the video starts up without asking permission.

Comment: The argument for libraries: who wants them? (Score 1) 116

by zephvark (#47815331) Attached to: E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

>how about the U.K. where miserly pols are closing libraries even though the Guardian says "a third of UK children do not own a single book and three-quarters claim never to read outside school"?

So, the argument here is that at least 75% of the children never use libraries, so libraries should be kept open? Interesting but, I'm afraid you've lost me there.

I don't really see reading books on a phone. The text is too small. On a tablet, sure, that works, and I've been very happy to dump all my shelves and shelves of books for a simple single slab of electronics.

Comment: robots and other intelligent machines (Score 1) 31

by zephvark (#47815011) Attached to: Robot Dramas: Autonomous Machines In the Limelight On Stage and In Society

Do I have to be the one to note that we don't have any intelligent machines? None of them have any more of a mind than a toaster. I don't think there's an AI out there that can even approximate the intelligence of a cockroach.

This is just random nerd click-bait although, at least it's nominally "news for nerds" for a change.

Comment: Doom by boredom (Score 5, Insightful) 170

It's the same thing that's taken down games like World of Warcraft. They kept making it easier and easier, hoping to gain more players. After a while, the game is just too simple and repetitive to interest anyone. The whole thing just collapses.

Yeah, WoW is technically still around, but the players have been dropping out so badly that they have to consolidate realms now, instead of bringing out new ones. Even so, it's alarmingly vacant.

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