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Comment Re:No surprise... (Score 1) 196

The other factor that is rarely mentioned is the available motherboards and chipsets.

Hopefully AMD's chipset offerings will be a match for Intel this time around. Things like the SATA controller, how fast it is, how many ports, how well it works with SSDs, if it supports M.2 or whatever the latest stupidly fast interface is... And USB, if you use a lot of USB drives. Things like PCIe lanes are pretty plentiful these days, fortunately.

Comment Re:Come on guys, isn't this a bit rediculous? (Score 1) 70

4k on a 5.5" screen is a little over 800 DPI, which is a bit excessive. 500 DPI is where print looks pretty much perfect, printers go to 600 because it's double the old 300 de-facto standard. So yeah, a 1440p screen is about the reasonable limit for a 5.5" phone, although 1080p is visually perfect and uses less power for most people.

In fact, previous 4k phones have rendered everything at 1080p anyway, except for video and photos which could use the full 4k.

The only reason I can think of to have 4k on a phone is for when you want to screencast to a bigger display. Maybe Android has some limitation that the casted screen can only be the same or lower resolution than the main one.

The HDR I can get behind, but the 4k resolution sounds like a gimmick.

Comment Re:The banality of ubiquitious genius will doom us (Score 1) 170

In Larry Niven's Puppeteer society nothing that can be done by citizen is automated. There are too many citizens, they live too long and they get bored, so would rather do menial tasks than nothing.

A more likely scenario for humans is that there will be a difficult period of transition, where people are used to working and being paid and have to adapt to living on some form of welfare (e.g. universal income) and very early retirement. Those who do carry on working will probably be resentful and angry, even though they don't really want to stop working or get less money.

Eventually people will only work if they choose too, and many will choose it. Robots will do everything else. Probably super smart ones will make lesser robots and control them, because wouldn't you make a dumber clone just to do all the drudge work in your life while you attend to the interesting bits.

Comment Re:Yes, but it won't happen any time soon (Score 1) 119

Actor's pay has nothing to do with how hard they work. It's about how much money they bring in for the movie. If having their name on gets people to watch it, instead of it ending up as a limited release and then straight to $10 DVD movie then it's worth paying them a few million.

Same with athletes. Clubs pay a lot for players not because they work really hard, but because they generate lots of revenue.

Comment Re:Yes, but it won't happen any time soon (Score 1) 119

Streep is an exception (and good for her if she can still pull in that kind of money.) Most actors don't pull in anything like that amount of money, and even those that are able to pull in six digits or, occasionally, seven, digits per movie do so usually knowing they have a shelf life, and that Hollywood will discard them when they get into their 30s. At that point, many know they'll be difficult to hire in any other professions, as they just devoted much of their lives to a single profession, and have no skills outside of that, and have fame as an added handicap.

20 million, incidentally, is dirt cheap for a modern movie (to put it into perspective, the pilot episode of the 2000 TV series Dark Angel cost that much), and the right star can be the difference between a $60-250M movie (which is more the ballpark) either making a loss, or making an outrageous profit. The ticket price, which seems to have held steady at around $10 per adult for the last 20 years now, is what the market has determined is what people will pay, so that's not going to come down if studios were to cut actors salaries. So... why complain about this, specifically? If they're the ones making the movies profitable, and if the money's there, why not let them have a cut?

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