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Comment Re:Add THIS to the map (Score 2) 27

>"Illegal exhaust and boom boxes are a law enforcement issue. e.g. compare Santa Ana with Irvine."

And here nothing is done about it, and it won't change.

>"Dogs are subject to ultrasound, easy to manage."

Not easy when not your dogs. Trust me, I tried.

>"And the sirens are new to me. You are suggesting that running the siren when going to fire is unnecessary? Or that agencies without need run their sirens?"

Yes. I estimate 75% of the time they are running with sirens unnecessarily; the lights are enough. In fact, often the sirens just scare people and are actually counter productive. They are a major source of unnecessary noise pollution. Many studies corroborate this.

http://www.jems.com/articles/2...
http://noiseabatementsociety.c...
https://www.emergencydispatch....
https://www.emergencydispatch....
http://gradworks.umi.com/35/54...

Comment Laumerlicious stuff (Score 1) 349

Chris, know what else would make a superb movie from Laumer? The Long Twilight. That book is awesome fun.

It has superhumans, aliens and alien artifacts, AI constructs, alien empires, broadcast power, several quite different levels of plotting, alternate history, near-future tech, military aspects of various ages, a love story, revenge, reconciliation... and it's all reasonably doable, movie-wise.

Any Laumer fan who hasn't read it... I highly recommend it.

Comment Add THIS to the map (Score 5, Insightful) 27

Airports and interstates don't bother me much; and I am near both (2 miles from an International airport, 1 mile from a major interstate).

What DOES bother me are:

* Motorcycles and cars/trucks with illegal exhaust modifications
* Dogs barking from neighbors
* Boom-box bass cars, which I can hear a MILE AWAY sometimes
* Unnecessary sirens

None of that is on the map.

Comment Re:Probably a minor oversight. Will likely be fixe (Score 4, Interesting) 198

It looks like its actually an underlying issue with Chromium, which is what powers Electron, the UI framework which VS Code is based on.

https://bugs.chromium.org/p/ch...

Simple CSS Keyframe Animation Causes Too High CPU Usage

Steps to reproduce the problem:
It happens on my Mac.

Demo page here: http://output.jsbin.com/vogaxa

Add a simplest keyframe animation to an element and Chrome will use 5-6x more CPU than it should.

e.g: .blinking { animation: 1s blink step-end infinite; }

@keyframes "blink" {
    from, to { visibility:hidden; }
    50% { visibility:visible; } }

What is the expected behavior?
CSS animation should consume equal (or close to equal) CPU load than its Javascript animation alternative.

Javascript setInterval consumes around 1.2% CPU on my Mac (Chrome's task manager)

1.2% for Javascript animation of a blinking cursor btw is the same usage that I get with no animation and the default cursor inside an input element.

CSS animation should produce the same results.

What went wrong?
CSS keyframe based animation consumes 7-8% CPU which is unjustified for such a simple case.

Comment Cockpit access (Score 1) 248

First, those only stop someone from commandeering the aircraft in the circumstances that we saw in 2001 and do not necessarily address destroying an aircraft

No, they don't. And you can't, completely. You can shoot one down, and nothing at all prevents that. And the TSA doesn't do anything worth doing at all. But the problem that arose in 2001 was using the aircraft as a ballistic weapon with intelligent guidance. Everything that came about post 9/11 was in response to that. We'd had various aircraft destroyed by bombs, and no one felt we had to go anywhere near the lengths we did after 9/11. So what I was saying was that in response to 9/11, we should have done what I suggested, and that would have adequately addressed the actual issues that 9/11 brought to the table.

One of the concerns about the cockpit door is a rapid depressurization of passenger cabin might force that the door be opened.

Fine. If this is a real problem (unlikely, but possible), start building new aircraft without cockpit doors, and replacing the entire bulkhead in older aircraft. Have an external hatch access the cockpit; another the cabin. The pilots and engineer(s) don't need to be in the cabin, and the passengers and stews don't need to be in the cockpit.

Then toss the (un)PATRIOT(ic) act in the sewer where it belongs.

Comment Re:Hollywood is usually awful (Score 1) 349

Voiceover is definitely called WRT Bolos. But here's the thing: this would actually be a challenging movie to make. As opposed to "just another story." And CGI is now up to the task. Even so, there are quite a few Bolo stories that are man and machine, and some of those stories are more than a little poignant.

No one's made a good mech movie yet (Pacific rim was freaking horrible.) I would love to see one.

But even if there's no studio capable of bringing Bolos to life, there are still many, many stories that haven't even been touched that stay in the usual zone of people vs whatever.

Comment Adult appeal (Score 1) 349

Why do adults see these type of movies? Mystifying. Someone should explain the appeal.

We adults were kids once, and some of us enjoyed reading comics. With a good superhero movie, we get to see some of that come to life. It can be done well, and has been; you can also get a real stinker. Like Superman vs. Batman.

You know, just because I'm 60 doesn't mean I'm dead. Yet.

Also, comics are an art form. Like most art, it doesn't speak to everyone. That's okay. Like most art, it can be done well, or poorly. Also okay. And conversions to movies... same. But when someone does such a conversion poorly, and then claims that the audience is at fault, as here, for sharing their opinion about it... well, that's just humor.

Comment Hollywood is usually awful (Score 3, Insightful) 349

It's not safe to make garbage and expect to turn a profit.

Exactly this. There are amazing numbers of untapped novels out there that would make wonderful movies.

That the movie industry spends most of its effort ignoring this resource leaves me with absolutely no sympathy whatsoever for any whining I hear from them. Where's Neuromancer? Where's Tau Zero? Where's (any one of) the Bolo stories, or Galactic Odyssey? Pretty much anything Gene Wolfe ever wrote? Axis of Time series? Novik's Temeraire? I could on for days just in the areas of fantasy and SF. There are tons of untapped thrillers and etc. out there too; Lots of as-yet-to-be-mades (not to mention as-yet-to-be-made-wells) from Clancy, Clavell, etc.

And then, when they commit crimes against art like create utter crap like "Soylent Green" out of really good books like "Make Room, Make Room"... then I'm glad they're not digging up good novels as sources. Let 'em make more formula superhero movies like the (utterly terrible) Batman vs. Superman we're talking about here. Keeps me from tearing my hair out.

Honestly, if the movie industry died (which it shows no sign of, this buffoon's whining aside), I'd just read more books.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 235

OK, but with the gaming examples you're talking about (a) a DRM system that was obviously broken and (b) DRM applied to something where you bought a permanent copy. I have much less sympathy for the content provider in those situations, and if they wind up having to refund a lot of people's money because they shipped a broken product then I still won't have much sympathy for them.

The opposite side is when you have DRM protecting a service like PPV or Netflix where you know you're not buying a permanent copy, and most people will just fire up the player and enjoy the show without ever knowing the DRM is even there. In that case, the DRM is transparent to legitimate viewers, but some form of protection is reasonable to prevent casual infringement.

As I've said throughout, there has to be a balance. DRM that breaks stuff is bad, and people who supply broken products should make good on the damage to their customers. But DRM also makes it practical to follow new and useful business models that can benefit everyone involved.

Comment Re:I noticed that they block you (Score 1) 237

>Noticed something annoying: in most web pages having an embedded youtube video, Fullscreen doesn't work unless you go to the youtube site"

I noticed things MORE annoying- websites with AUTO PLAYING video. And videos where your only option is to watch a postage stamp or take over the whole freaking monitor (like a "larger" or even full *window* option would be so difficult?)

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