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Comment Idea! (Score 1) 58

Build a small raspberry pi machine that is programmed to install spyware on any phone connecting to it via usb port. Also steal as much data as it could and broadcast it via wifi to the mother ship. Pack it nicely, slap stickers saying "Free courtesy phone charging outlet from Port Authority of New York. (To make it useful to more commuters this outlet is programmed to stop charging after 30 minutes. Please disconnect in 30 minutes. Thank you for your cooperation)". Leave it plugged into outlets at various public buildings.

(Read it as an unordered bullet list with ... and profit. Thank you. )

Comment Re: (Score 2) 169

4 clocks can only tolerate 1 failure

That's only true if they fail simultaneously. Since they know one is bad, they can eliminate it before the next one fails. Now if one more fails, they are fine (the other two are still in agreement).

If they have a way of externally checking the correctness then they can have three fail and still be operational, because they know which one is correct.

Comment Re:Same could be said for color TV (Score 0) 336

Funny that you say "teleporting" - since that's one of the current trends in VR game design intended to reduce nausea.

It turns our teleporting *is* what actually grounds you - in reality. Your brain either needs to be completely fooled into the VR world (racing or flight sim games can do this reasonably well since the cockpit is the "grounding") or have a mechanism to remind you that you are not in fact in the VR world (teleporting, etc).

If you watch a non-interactive VR experience (or one that requires you to move laterally or axially without physically turning your body) that is too "realistic", your brain tends to get VERY confused, resulting in headaches or extreme nausea.

That's why true 3D is going to be *really* difficult for non-interactive media. The only way to do is perfectly (well, in my understanding, at least) is to record 360 degrees from a relatively static camera and let you look at whatever you feel like - which would be a nightmare from a storyteller's perspective (not to mention director, cinematographer, set designer, the entire "off camera" crew, etc).

Comment Re:Same could be said for color TV (Score 1) 336

I don't think so. While color indeed does make the image more realistic, 3D video doesn't.

Correction: 3D video projected from a small source with an extremely limited FoV doesn't make the image more realistic. The problem is all about the tiny field of view and imperfect crosstalk, etc.

3D video using a high end VR system makes the image MUCH more realistic. Yes, they glasses (headset, really) is even more intrusive, but the effect can be (for some people almost literally) shit your pants realistic...

Comment Re:Next up dead (Score 1) 336

I have no smart TV's in my house as I didn't see the need

That by definition means you don't have a 4K TV, or any non projection TV larger than probably about 40-50" less than 3 years old. It's pretty much impossible not to buy a "Smart TV" these days unless it's basically a computer monitor.

Not saying you can't get a better experience with a big monitor + STB/etc, just that you can't actually buy a high end 4K monitor that isn't also Smart TV (whether you use the software or not).

Comment Re:And when the successor to VP9 comes out (Score 1) 122

You clearly are one of those silly people who think that PC browser support matters in the overall digital video industry. Those same people thought Theora and VP8 would be killer codecs, not to mention RealMedia and Divx...

In the end all that matters is what the CONTENT PROVIDERS use. The SoC and hardware manufacturers will build in whatever it takes to play back what Netflix, Apple, Amazon, VUDU, etc stream. And eventually what Comcast, Verizon, Dish, DirectTV/AT&T, Time Warner, etc broadcast (all of those listed are already offering or experimenting with HEVC-based 4K streaming). Google has a near monopoly on funny cat videos, but they are a tiny TINY player when it comes to premium content delivery. The rest of the members of AOMedia are just hedging their bets.

Comment Re:iOS (Score 1) 122

$124M? Really? $124M is a small aqui-hire in the valley these days. Google has spend more than that on dozens of bad ideas that never saw the light of day.

Though as I said, I'm not anti-AV1, I would love to see a superior royaltyf-ree codec. But the reality is AV1 will "exist" when it's in all shipping SoCs. I'm not sure why I am even arguing with a stupid AC, I doubt you even know what SoC means. On the other hand I have already shipped software that streams 4K w/ HEVC in about 20 million devices, and growing.

You really have no idea how insignificant "web video" is to the overall video streaming market, do you? Not the least of which is that most current PCs won't get 4K regardless of the codec used, since they need to support the hardware DRM required by the studios. You won't start seeing significant 4K streaming to PCs for anything other than crappy Youtube videos until the end of this year (and probably later on Macs).

Comment Re: love the subtle anti-brexit push (Score 1) 164

I haven't had a Big Mac in over in a decade (really, I always disliked it, even when I was a kid and actually went to McDonalds I'd get the Quarter Pounder), and that's not going to change because I now live less then 3 miles from not one, but *two* In-N-Outs.

And as far as the market - good luck, Big Mac - the Double Double is already a dollar less!

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