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Comment Re:How does that work, again? (Score 1) 70

The human retina actually does some pre-processing before the pixel data (input from rods and cones) goes further along the visual circuits. One of the most basic tasks is edge enhancement and based on red-green, blue-yellow and intensity values based on a large sample of input data:
http://www.webexhibits.org/colorart/ganglion.html

In image processing speak, these are called edge detection and contrast detection. If there is an intensity difference between two areas, then one is darker than the other, and vice versa. This difference gets amplified close to the border between the two edges. So the human eye can immediately tell there is some kind of edge. For the application of painting, having a split view would allow the artist to immediately tell when the source color (the scene) and the destination color (the painting) matched. Professional cameras use a similar mechanism for perfecting focus:

http://www.diyphotography.net/files/images/3228644_6c2e9a2ba1_m.jpg

So the artist could just start off with a very basic poster paint color scheme, then gradually add the shadows and the highlights.

Comment Re:Evidence To The Contrary (Score 1) 70

The greatest advancement in the art world was during the Renaissance period, when they finally understood how perspective worked. Before then, it was a mystery how objects became smaller the further away they became. Until they had algebra, it wasn't possible to really formulate how inverse distance laws or explain concepts like perspective lines. Then all sorts of new techniques became possible. Some methods included pinhole cameras projecting onto tracing paper screens.

Comment Re:Intel (Score 1) 113

That includes effects like ambient occlusion (+16 rays), shadowing (+1 ray per light source, maybe more for soft shadows)? The advertising industry already use real-time ray-tracing systems (with a render farm in a back room), so it's only a matter of time before that technology gets squashed into the space of a console.

Comment Hands on (Score 1) 141

The Verge has posted a hands on with Jolla. It's not good news:

Yes, it sounds very reminiscent of the Nokia N9, but in practice it's highly unintuitive and unwieldy to the point where the entire UI paradigm can be considered broken. Screen transitions and in-app animations go from left to right, inviting the user to swipe from right to left to go back, but thatâ(TM)s not how youâ(TM)re supposed to do it. A notification pops down from the top of the screen, but if you try to swipe down to view it, you're liable to unintentionally close your current app, or more annoyingly, lock the entire phone. Then there's the fact that a swipe from the middle of the screen produces a different result than a swipe from the edge. It all adds up to a frustrating learning experience. The user is forced to adapt around the operating system rather than the other way around.

All the effort of adapting to Jolla might be worth it if the device offered some unique advantage over others on the smartphone market, but it doesn't. The only standout quality it has is the goodwill of old Nokia loyalists and those who like to support grassroots projects. Unfortunately, there just isn't a very good smartphone here, and that's what you need if you intend to compete with behemoths like Google, whose Nexus 5 is a startlingly good value at 70 euros less.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/29/5156446/jolla-smartphone-hands-on-preview

Comment Re: Lie a little (Score 1) 629

Not so much the class system but more a problem of trying to filter out the applications from various colleges that have set up above take-aways - "The New Delhi school of International English -learn english while you work". Then you get a whole level of requirements like "must be from a red brick university" or "must be from a Russell group university". Other times your Honours degree (advanced final year) must be a 2:1 or 1st. Even then many employers just want the brightest entry level graduate to be the team leader or project manager.

Comment Re:Awesome! (Score 1) 88

I had to look at their website to figure it out. The two most important criteria for me when considering installing any new Linux service is: (1) Is it a server, (2) Does it provide access to a filesystem and (3) Does it access the window system?

Docker is a type of virtualization system. But rather than duplicating the entire set of kernel services; file systems, displays, IO ports, hardware, it only duplicates the network services through "containers". These are file systems that hook up to the OS and file system through the network layer such that containers can be attached to each other and communicate across networks. It's a sort of distributed network mirroring file system. Wonderful for sys-admins because they can maintain duplicate copies of a standard filesystem across multiple desktop and server systems. But it also makes for perfect rootkitware because it could be pre-installed onto standard Linux distro's with the mirrored copies on some cloud server.

Comment Re:Focus (Score 1) 629

That's because at one time or another they've hit a glass ceiling. You can work on project X at company A. A year later, they decide to start work on project Y and those with seniority are moved onto that project. But they decide to discontinue project X. All the other companies are now only considering people that are on project Y.

Comment Re:Taxing is not going to fix the problem (Score 4, Insightful) 470

Funnily enough the bacteria, salmonella etc. have a hard time getting through the plastic that my meat comes wrapped in, and my fruits and vegetables get washed to remove "store germs" from everyone who's been handling them anyway. It's amazing how people can make the most trivial change to their habits sound like an invitation for catastrophe.

You don't have to remember to take the bags if you have them with you; and it's no additional effort to remember to take the bags if you are of sufficient mental competence that you know you are leaving the house to go to the store, and not just wander about in a daze.

Comment Re:Taxing is not going to fix the problem (Score 3, Informative) 470

I'm familiar with the ACC's study. It's bacteriophobic bunk, to be frank, from a campaign group that's opposed to any reduction in plastic bag use. The main issue is that it conflates the presence of scary bacteria with the presence of even-potentially-harmful levels of those pathogens. It belongs in the same trashcan as those chemophobic studies that find trace amounts of scary chemicals in factory-farmed potatoes or whateverthefuck.

Comment Re:Taking exception to a statement in the summary (Score 2) 470

The only place where that might be true is in a landfill, where that is *a desired property*. A landfill is *not* a compost heap, and the people who design them don't *want* the contents to degrade.

Stability is desirable, but the addition of waste is not, especially for whoever is paying for the landfill. Anything that reduces waste volume is a plus, and enhanced biodegradability in non-landfill polyethylene is a definite perk.

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