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Comment Re:Taste Score (Score 1) 95

Bacon?

You do know that taking a piece off a pig and cooking it does not translate to bacon.

There is a process that is involved that makes it a bit worse for you before it tastes like bacon.

That process is called butchering. It's literally the physical separation of meat from a carcass. It's easy to find unadulterated bacon and ham.

Comment Re: LOL WUT (Score 1) 87

Almost no one is adopting 2:1. It's anything but "universal".

Content is created in all sorts of shit, with 1.85:1, 2.33:1 (21:9), 2.35:1, and 2.39:1 being the most common for film, and 16:9 being nearly universal for anything broadcast. The vast majority of content is delivered in / expects a display of 16:9.

You may as well tell me that everything's going to be 48 FPS and 3D thanks to the critically acclaimed and monstrously popular Hobbit film trilogy. And I'm sure Samsung's 2017 4K TV lineup will all be 2:1, right?

2:1 isn't happening. They can't even get 21:9 (fuck you clowns, it's 7:3) to take off.

Comment Re:Donations (Score 1) 71

You are hungry and need to buy food. You are also a drug addict.

You get a government handout expressly for buying things you need (food), and not things you don't (drugs). You also have some amount of your own money.

You need food so you simply spend out the government's money on food.
All other money you have is available to cover any shortfall in need on the food side OR your drugs.

Despite the restriction, the handout still enables you to spend more money on the restricted thing.
Worse, if the handout is in excess of need, you can still spend it all out on food, sell the excess food, then spend those profits on drugs.

The only difference between welfare fraud and corporate level accounting fraud is that corporations have many more tricks and layers (like an ogre) to exploit and are generally more efficient at it.

Comment Optimisitc (Score 4, Interesting) 210

Everything we've seen about Ryzen indicates that it'll deliver amazing performance per dollar.

We need official street pricing, more benchmarks, and OEM offerings. Most desktops and virtually all laptops are prebuilt. It's up to the OEMs to not take bribes from Intel and build products around Ryzen. With the support we've seen for Polaris in laptops, I think the outlook is good.

We've got no idea what they've got planned for servers. I hope we see something soon, because it takes much longer for vendors to build a server around a new CPU and socket than a desktop or laptop. Intel's desktop CPU prices are grossly inflated, but their Xeon prices are barbaric. If Ryzen can offer a similar value proposition in the server market as it seems to in the desktop market, then that means I can go with AMD and lose some single-threaded performance, gain multi-threaded performance (as I'll have more cores), and save a bunch of cash. I can use that cash to get more RAM and more/better flash.

If AMD can get some mindshare back, then Intel is going to be forced to compete or at least slash prices. I do believe that mindshare still starts with the nerds building their own PCs. If AMD can get an average Joe to hear about "Ryzen", then when OEMs do put out their offerings they stand to claw back a lot of marketshare.

We've also got Vega on the GPU side. Polaris is an amazing performance/$ architecture, but we've seen very little of Vega. Nvidia is poised to release the (almost) full size Pascal chip soon too (presumably as a new Titan or 1080 Ti SKU). What we've seen of Vega has it beating out the 1080 by a moderate margin. Going purely based on die sizes from the full GP100 Pascal chip from the Tesla products, we can forecast that a 1080 Ti / Titan Whatever will blow the existing 1080 out of the water. Vega will either have to be a huge surprise in terms of performance or as great a value as Polaris to claw some desktop GPU marketshare back.

If the next Xbox and Playstation ever materialize they'll likely stick with AMD for both the GPU and CPU for ease of backwards compatibility, and they will almost certainly be running Ryzen & Vega. AMD lost Nintendo this time around, with Nvidia powering the Switch. Even before it releases there are rumors of a "Pro" or upgraded model running on the Tegra X2 platform instead of the Tegra X1. I doubt we'll see such a thing for at least a full year. (At which point Tegra X3 will be out.) AMD still has at least one unannounced contract for a custom design. It's almost certainly for the Xbox Scorpio, and we'll get the reveal at E3.

If what we've seen of Ryzen holds true, and if Vega is competitive, AMD is going to have a great 12-18 months.

Comment Re:Why stop at $50? (Score 1) 246

HDCP 1.x is defeated. Publicly and trivially.
HDCP 2.2 isn't, as far as I know, publicly defeated. One vendor made and sold a working stripper at one point, but I don't know if it's still functional (I believe HDCP 2.2 has more updating capability to revoke blacklisted decoders). They also got sued.

Comment Re:Why stop at $50? (Score 1) 246

Non-comic-book movies I've seen recently that are absolutely fantastic, not utter crap:

Hacksaw Ridge
Manchester By The Sea
Arrival (actually this was just 'good,' not fantastic)
Rogue One (except maybe some of the weird CG human stuff at the end)
Finding Dory
Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings

Sadly I've been busy of late and haven't had time to watch that much, and there are a number I'd love to see but haven't, like Fences, Moonlight, La La Land, John Wick 2 (comic book movie? Video game movie??), Ip Man 3 (delicious chinese propaganda).

Zootopia was good.

Finding Dory was lame. Maybe the kids like it, I don't know. But there's nothing in it worthwhile if you've already seen Finding Nemo.

Manchester by the Sea is a depressing, boring, grey turd. It's extremely overrated even if you go in with the attitude of wanting to drown yourself in a miserable bog. I've discussed this movie in detail before.

Arrival is fucking dogshit. If the fucking heptapods can see the fucking future why couldn't they see us learning each others' languages (and thus learn ours in advance)? (As shown, the heptapods made zero effort to learn English, instead making us do all the work. However, there is a brief moment where it appears as if they understand English to some degree, so it's anyone's guess.) Or, why couldn't they see the bomb? Or, why couldn't they see that in 3000 years they will need help and fucking help themselves? This movie has all the failings and plot holes of a time travel movie without any of the excitement. I've seen this one most recently and yes, I'm mad about the time I wasted on it. It's not a fucking sci-fi movie it's a shitty movie about some mom whose kid dies or some shit and then gets magical powers from some aliens and through some paradoxical plot holes saves nothing because the aliens just evaporate anyone. Might as well have let the Chinese general blow them up.

Rogue One was simply unnecessary. It's Star Wars: Vietnam. You know what happens so the entire plot doesn't matter. The movie failed to make me (or anyone else) give a shit about the characters involved, which is about the only other option it had. The sound and visuals were typical Star Wars fare. A big fat MEH for this one.

I haven't seen Kubo.

I don't know about Fences or Moonlight.

I'll likely see John Wick 2 at some point.

La La Land was pretty much Hollywood licking its own genitals. It opens with an interesting musical number but they get progressively more boring from there. Plotwise, it's completely predictable. It follows the "meet, deny love, admit love, fight, reuinte" pattern just about every single love story does. The only difference is that in this story the "reunite" ends with "And they lived separately ever after. In separate lives. One was kinda happy or at least content, I guess. The other is alone and kinda sad, probably forever.".
But if you like your happy endings you can have that too - just turn the movie off 5 minutes before it ends. There's an entire extended daydream/what-if sequence showing the woman leaves her husband and child for the man to live a long, happy life together. Then it snaps back to reality - poor RyGoz pecking at the ivories and looking sad.
The movie has a handful of musical numbers (the first couple being the best by far), and then it has an overall theme that gets replayed and reused over and over and over. It's a nice theme for sure, but you'll be hearing it for about a full hour if you watch the movie. I don't care for singing (I'm not gay), so I won't judge that aspect either way. I've heard the Emma Stone did her own singing and people thought it was good.
I've also heard that RyGoz played the piano himself. Going into the movie I hadn't heard this, and there's one shot early on where you're wondering if he's really playing. The movie plays a cute trick on you - the camera pans behind his head, and then to his hands in one continuous motion. The idea of the continuous pan is to get you to believe he's truly playing, but because it went to the back of his head it would be easy for them to do some editing and fake it. At this point, you can't be sure. But immediately after, the camera pans directly to his face, removing all doubt.
I'm going to assume that just about every female ever has already seen this, because just about every female ever is in love with Ryan Gosling. For everyone else, you've either seen it with your female already or you're alone and the movie wouldn't appeal to you. As a musical it's sub par, as a love story it's sub par, and as a Hollywood circle jerk it takes the cake. As a complete package it's better than the sum of its parts. I feel it could have been a little shorter, but it was still a pretty good movie overall.

Ip Man 3 is Ip Man 3. You already know what you're getting into. Just watch it if you've seen the others. It keeps up.

I'll chime in with Civil War and Dr. Strange, too. Civil War sucked ass. It was boring and a stupid. I thought no one could fuck up a vs. movie worse than DC did with Superman vs. Batman. I was right, because not even Civil War is that bad. But it's still fucking bad. Dr. Strange is basically a generic magic/fantasy movie with some of the typical Marvel movie tropes/references. Nothing special. It went on a little long for my tastes, and I doubt it elevated the character into popular culture.

I'm going to preemptively and prejudicially rate Passengers as well. It's fucking trash and it's not the sci-fi you're looking for. I'm sick of movies like Interstellar and Arrival and Passengers masquerading as sci-fi but ending up as romance/drama + /fantasy horseshit instead. Can' I get some fucking hard sci-fi, please?

One last FUCK YOU goes out to a special turd-in-the-making. Logan. Wasn't the last Wolverine movie bad enough?

Comment Re:Not that expensive (Score 5, Insightful) 246

Fifth, again... how does this hurt you? If you don't want to pay to see new movies, don't watch them; nobody -- including ranton -- is forcing you to do that or even see any studio movies in general.

If this is successful:
They'll delay the release of the bluray/whatever a bit more to capitalize on the home rentals.
They'll delay releasing it onto Amazon/Google/etc. for pay and to Amazon/Netflix/etc. for free for the same reason.
They'll use their rental streaming infrastructure to set up shop on their own and avoid popular services users already have (Amazon/Google/Netflix/etc.)
They'll eventually jack up the price or try to introduce shitty DRM to detect the number of people watching.
They'll inject ads, ads, ads before and probably during your rental.

If this is unsuccessful:
They'll throw a hissy fit and blame piracy.
They'll jack up the costs of blurays and streaming/download licensing, ostensibly to pay for the failed experiment, but really the higher prices will just be the new normal.

Comment Re:Lovely (Score 2) 87

No, the worst part is when they perform the truncation on the web end and your 64 character password gets cut down before being processed, then at a later date they change the limit and your 64 character password gets cut down to a different length before being processed, thus preventing you from logging in. This can also happen if they decide to disallow certain characters and don't bother considering that user's may have them in their passwords already. It can also happen if they silently strip out certain characters but at a later date allow them.

SCE.com had this problem several times. In one instance, they fucked up on the truncation. Their limit was 16 characters but it was truly 15. My 16 character password stopped working. Kill off 1 character from the end, boom it works.

T-Mobile's site has had similar issues in the past.

I've even run into issues where the password reset tool accepts a length and character set that the login page doesn't, so even a freshly-set and accepted password won't work.

Comment Re:Isn't it the victim's Echo they want info from? (Score 2) 116

You can monitor it, but is it encrypted? Voice at the quality the Echo records can be compressed down a lot. The Echo has enough processing power to filter data (as in, throw out boring data / near silence) and compress the good stuff. It can send the payload out whenever it wants.

As far as I know, no one has done useful testing. You'd have to run an Echo for some large window of time (30 days?) in an environment with lots of talking without the hotword (Alexa or whatever) and compare to an environment without much talking. Then you'd need to compare the amount of data sent out and try to correlate it with the amount of data it should be sending out based on the use of "Alexa" and the control/baseline environment unit.

Further, you're assuming it only uses your network. It could use any cell band without you knowing it, and with no obvious antenna or other hardware.
And what if the Echo only starts spying on you in excess when triggered by Amazon or some criteria (e.g., the Echo hears you say "Trump")? Your network monitoring only tells you how much data has gone out, ti doesn't tell you how much data could be sent out in the future or what the data contains.

In this day and age, do you really trust a corporation to respect your privacy?
Do you really trust an always-on, internet-connected microphone to not be spying on you?

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