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Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 1) 162

I am very pro H1B and I agree with most of these.

1) The key point: Silicon Valley companies are paying 6 figures out of college for top talent. So for someone to be worth importing (and I believe many are), obviously $100k should be a minimum.

2) Paying a 10% tax? Maybe for 1 year, since it costs at least $10k to hire someone (probably also from out of the country, but at least they are putting their money where their mouth is when claiming there are no equivalent candidates (which I believe is often true!).

3) Bidding? The problem is if you limit the VISAs it just turns it into an oligopoly where Google, etc steals all of the top-top talent and no one even gets the rest. Bidding only works if you open it up to the full free market, someone needs to get the 2nd round draft pick who eventually kicks everyone's ass.

4 - or 3.2?!?) Cardiac surgeons. Yes! That's the exact problem. There is NO shortage of cardiac surgeons. There are 5x more medical residents that could be cardiac surgeons than get the chance. The problem is we make them all feel like professional and financial failures because they don't become cardiac surgeons...

Comment Re:Next up dead (Score 1) 365

I agree with you completely. If you don't want it, don't buy it.

Though "4K" is not really the real advantage of the new TVs coming out, the main benefit will be HDR. I guarantee you could be blind as a bat and if the TV can push 1000 nits you will notice it.

Comment Re:Large 4K TVs without Smart (Score 1) 365

Sorry, but that's idiotic. Seriously, you are using a "Sceptre" TV to disprove my point? Obviously completely shitty TVs technically exist but the people buying them are suckers. Read my fucking comment, "high end 4K monitor ". What you listed is so much worse than a medium range 1080p TV that it's a joke.

Comment Re:Next up dead (Score 1) 365

Is it 4K? If not, irrelevant to my post.

And while I agree with the general principal of "buy the best monitor" and plug in good sources, you obviously didn't, since I bought the best Panasonic from 2 years ago and it had (really crappy) smart features.

In general good luck keeping *any* TV for 10 years. I really hope yours lasts that long, but there is a reason the warranties are 1 year.

Comment Re: Same could be said for color TV (Score 1) 365

On the other hand, it would be a giant messy puke-fest for Jason Bourne (or any Paul Greengrass film, it seems), where apparently people were fleeing the 3D screenings asking for their money back even without a full-on VR experience...

Comment Re:Same could be said for color TV (Score 1) 365

"Get used to it" is the WORST advertising tagline one could imagine for VR (or any product).

It will always be a niche until the casual masses can use it without "getting used to it". If you actually want the field to advance more than the 90's VR crap and Nintendo Power Glove, moving beyond hard core gaming is the only path.

Comment Re:Same could be said for color TV (Score 0) 365

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) 365

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) 365

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) 165

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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