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Comment Re:Dude plays race case, threatens upper managemen (Score 1) 271

People are afraid of our legal system, and things are usually about making sure you can defend yourself against a lawsuit.
I had a friend who got a million dollar umbrella insurance policy when he put in a pool - just in case of a tragedy where a neighborhood kid drowned, he didn't want to be sued. The fact that you and a lot of others probably think "that's not a bad idea" means that lawyers have weaseled their way so deeply into our society that it's now the default behavior.

Just think about that. And watch things in your daily life. Our legal system is built to sustain the profession of lawyers. And do they actually make things better for everyone else, or just themselves?

Comment I'll probably keep it (Score 2) 25

We canceled our cable subscription about a year ago, and while I was OK with it my wife hated not having certain live TV channels. We'd tried Sling, but it was hit-and-miss on the stuff we wanted. Some channels, like BTN, aren't available at all on Sling. DirecTV is only a little more and actually covers the live programming we want.

Make no mistake, the launch was rough. I don't think they allocated enough hardware or bandwidth to handle their initial demand, so streaming cut out constantly. It's finally getting to be pretty solid, though, and I'd much rather pay Sling a few bucks than have anything to do with Comcast.

Comment Re:Now lets see. (Score 1) 1446

President Obama had a super majority congress when he was elected too. Don't worry, they never last long.

I wouldn't bet on that. The vast majority of congressional districts are gerrymandered so that only a very significant change in political preferences will change which party wins the seat. Obama managed that in 2008 but Trump (and the rest of the Republicans) will have to colossally screw up to make things change significantly in 2018. The Senate is even worse, as I understand it, most of the seats that come up for re-election is 2018 are already held by Democrats.

Comment Re:3D was a thing? (Score 1) 379

I am going to throw in with the parent here. When I watch TV I want to be comfortable and relax. Glasses don't maximize comfort, and in fact kinda suck a lot if you decide to stretch out on the sofa and need to lay on your side to face the TV. Pillows and glasses are basically incompatible.

If I have to wear glasses to watch something, I am going to watch something else

Comment Fundamentally flawed logic (Score 1) 165

There a fundamental flaw.

Brain are extremely parallel and highly distributed processing units.
Some region are more specialised in some tasks, but as a whole, no part of the brain absolutely needs another part for the brain to keep working.

From that perspective, CPU are a small single function device. They either work, or not. It's hard to have a *half functionning" CPU (unless you very specifically manage to burn a peculier par of the silicon that isn't core to the functionning. I don't see how that would be possible on a 6502 - except maybe burning a part of the microcode that is seldom used. Maybe on modern processors it would be possible to burn some acceleration core while keeping the main function intact).

If they wanted to apply fault analysis to analyse computers, the best situation would be approximated by randomly pulling *daughter boards* and see whcih function go missing and/or cause the boot process to hang.
(e.g.: remove the graphics adapter. Computer still boots but produces no video output, thus correctly confirming that these daughter board was the CGA).

Or you could reason at the scale of a cluster, by remove nodes.
(But that won't be much interesting. In a cluster, usually most nodes are entirely interchangeable. It would be as much informative as applying the method to analyse sponges).

Comment And batteries (Score 1) 379

You need to find the glasses when you want to watch 3D

and make sure their button batteries didn't die since the last time you used them,
if your 3D googles are of the more popular active variety.

(as opposed to passive glasses with polarized lens [like the cinema theater ones] and the TV screen itself is a polarized emitter).

Comment Connector (Score 1) 379

When you have a display that can handle the frame rate necessary to alternate the picture anyway... what's the cost?

- The weird proprietary connector, that goes to the weird proprietary array of infra-red emitters that needs to send the signal to sync the eyes.


- The integrated IR emitter in the TV that emits the sync signal to the 3D googles.

or, for TV that don't use active glasses

- A weird structure in the pannel that makes sure that every pixels emits light in a different polarity than it's neighbours
(either alternating horizontaly in scanlines, or vertically in column, or in a checkered pattern... whatever, as long a "left image" and "right image" pixels emits different light polarities that will subsequently get filtered by the passive 3D glasses)
(BONUS point : this setup gives dual-viewer capabilities (viewer A and B get to watch 2 different channels thanks to the glasses) which might be popular in some market with cramped living rooms ? Japan ?)

or, for display that do not use glasses at all (e.g.: Nintendo 3DS)

- an even more complex lenticular filter that makes sure that 2 different images are sent in 2 different directions (a little bit like a privacy screen, but viewable from 2 different angles, each showing only half of the horizontal resolution).
and starting from New 3DS, an even more elaborate viewer's face tracking technology to make sure that each of the view eyes get the correct image at the correct perspective.

So, in short : only the most clusmy 3D glasses are those that require the less hardware.
Out of them, only the first variant (proprietary connector) is the easiest to remove (say that the 3D pulse can be sent of the almost-never-used analog headphones jack),
and will still require a clunky setup (an IR emitter bar and active glasses) that will be quite off putting.
Meaning that even less people are likely to try the 3D, except to the 2 geeks at the back over there.

Comment Jack: In fact (Score 1) 379

Lots of TVs have headphone jacks, but only a vanishingly small number of people use the jack.

And in fact, you could output 3D image purely with a software upgrade by outputing the "alternate frame" pulse signal over the audio-out jack.
So 3D can be 100% software solution, no hardware required.

(Most of the headphone users are probably anyway getting their audio over bluetooth for the convenience of avoiding cable accross the living room.
And for the last 2 geeks that are interested in 0ms audio latency provided by analog AND want to use 3D, we will probably get entirely fine using one of the other outputs of the TV - cinch, scart, etc.)

Now I come to think about it, I'm sure that during the last craze around VR glasses on PC (late 90s, early 2000s - when glasses started to use standard connectors) there should be at least 1 geek who attempted to hack such a contraption to get around lacking VESA DDC pin support with soundcard output instead.
(I personally went for parallel port hacks and later auto-flipping + interlaced output abuses).

Comment If only... (Score 1) 184

If only there were some sort of central repository of information that you could query to quickly find the answer to your question, ideally in less time than it took you to click Reply, type in your question with extra unimportant information, click Preview, then click Submit.

Comment Re:Dude plays race case, threatens upper managemen (Score 2) 271

Maybe that's because the majority of slashdotters don't need to worry about waking up black or female. Waking up old, however, awaits us all...

Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

And I strongly disagree with the GPs assertion that there is "nothing inherently wrong with bringing attorneys into it."
That seems to be such a pervasive sentiment that it has made our society one that actually believes we need lawyers to behave like reasonable people. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy that has been created by - you guessed it - lawyers.

Comment Re:WHat I said on ars: (Score 3, Informative) 552

There is a difference between a pardon and commutation.

...which doesn't matter, of course, because the Wikipedia specifically said "clemency" (which is explicitly defined as including commutation). There is also a difference between jeans and grapefruit, but that's also irrelevant to the topic at hand.

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