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Comment Make sense when you think about it. (Score 1) 47

Without even having read the article yet (looking forward to it though), it makes complete sense for this to be the case. If the brain didn't continue to grow and adapt this way, you'd have a tough time recognizing someone's face after a few years. Who hasn't gone to a reunion or some other social event and recognized someone that you hadn't seen in years, even decades?

Comment Now if only... (Score 1) 192

... there was actually content that actually needed 8K resolution. Is it possible that watching `Two Broke Girls" or `Kevin Can Wait' in 8K will actually make them enjoyable. Maybe having the laugh track accurately positioned in three dimensions will be the must-have feature that makes the new HDMI spec worth the extra money. (Too cynical?)

Comment Yeah, they're slow but... (Score 1) 766

... not all of the blame lies with the browsers. My theory is that there must be some really poor code libraries that have gained a wide acceptance in the web designer community.

In a slightly off-topic vein but related to the browsing "experience": a major pet peeve of mine is web designers' failure to use the image size information to preallocate space on the page. Depending on the site and how busy it is, it can take as long as ten seconds for the page to finally quit re-rendering after every image dribbles in. "Behold our graphics-rich page layout! Isn't it impressive and worthy of an award? Oh, you wanted to read the content? We never took that into account." This is just laziness. The way to avoid this has been around since the Netscape days and is nicely described in O'Reilly's original HTML text.

Comment Once upon a time... (Score 1) 295

... when you order an item that was being shipped to your home, the delivery person rang the bell or knocked on the door. You then signed something that showed that you'd received it, and you took your package inside. Some shippers still do this. In fact, I have signed for two packages in recent weeks. If I'm not home, a note is stuck on my front door telling me that I missed the delivery and that they'll be back tomorrow. Or I can drive over to the depot, sign for the package, and bring it home.

I'm sure someone's now thinking "Oh, that's too inconvenient!" Really? More inconvenient than have the package stolen off your front porch? Live in an apartment? Always opt for he delivery option where someone has to sign for the package. If that's too hard for ya, there's still brick-n-mortar stores.

Comment Re:Um... they already did all that (Score 1) 88

At least one of the major grocery chains around where I live (Chicago) did away with their loyalty cards. I seriously doubt we ever got a 20% discount for using one. They lowered their prices (somewhat) and seem to have a lot more buy-two|three|whatever-get-discount deals.

I'm still not ready to entrust a company to have it's electronic hands on my wallet at an automated checkout line. (Go ahead and call me "old school"... I like it.)

Comment Re:How many bits? (Score 2) 103

I work for Dolby Laboratories, and am deeply involved with high-dynamic-range content creation and hardware.

We created the SMPTE 2084 standard HDR EOTF (electro-optical transfer function.) It turns out that human perception is such that by choosing the luminance for code values to be just barely indistinguishable from the adjacent ones, you can get 0 to 10,000 nits (10x as bright as this Panasonic display) with only 12 bits. SMPTE 2084 is what all HDR TVs are using today.

Comment Did Shazam ever stop to consider... (Score 3, Insightful) 126

... the security implications?

``If the mic wasn't left on, it would take the app longer to both initialize the mic and then start buffering audio, and this is more likely to result in a poor user experience where users 'miss out' on a song they were trying to identify.''

What if they'd actually turned off the microphone instead of fooling the end-user into thinking it was off. And, then, if user's complained about missing the first 0.25s (or whatever) of the tune, Shazam responded to the users that there was a slight delay but that it was necessary to protect them from potentially being eavesdropped on? How many users would have found that reasonable and been fine with that? Well, we'll never know because Shazam didn't, apparently, care too much about the end user's privacy. But making sure they could identify an effin' song? Well, that's of paramount importance!

Comment Prediction... (Score 1) 53

Here in the Midwest, 11/14 will be cloudy. Just like it is for the vast, vast majority of any astronomical events that are supposed to be visible. I haven't been able to catch sight of any of the annual meteor showers in years. We did see a couple of comets back in the late '90s and Northern lights a few years later but, by and large, the rest of anything that happens in the sky around here is obscured by clouds. Not that I won't be checking this out. Just in case.

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