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Comment A bridge to tech is needed (Score 1) 118

It might add some small amount of coders to the workforce who would otherwise have never tried it out. But, that is probably insignificant. What I'm more interested in is priming people to "get" tech.

Working at small non-tech companies for the past ~5 years really opened my eyes to how completely unready for tech most people are. Old, young, it doesn't matter -- so many people have no comprehension of what developers do beyond maybe "magic", and practically shut down when asked to participate.

We don't need America to have more developers, but we do need America to get ready for a world where every company is a tech company.

Comment How can Oculus know which code to remove? (Score 3, Interesting) 74

Carmack posted something pretty long saying he was not only extremely disappointed in Zenimax's expert witness, but was essentially barred from seeing the evidence he used. How can you remove stolen code if you don't know what to remove?

While it appears that Zenimax is going for the jugular here, it is almost certainly a negotiating tactic to get a large stake in Oculus. They're not interested in VR, but it would be a safe way for them to keep a foot planted in the market should it become big enough.

Comment Re:Techie Republicans why (Score 2) 113

Honestly very few politicians, regardless of what side they sit in, are on the side of tech. Democrats may be better on some issues, but by and large they're morons when it comes to Tech too.

What we really need is for everyone to write their critters to inform them about the issues that are important to them. We need a Neil deGrasse Tyson equivalent for tech, someone who can straddle the line between entertainment and education to keep the public informed and fight for what's sane.

Comment That's a bold move, cotton. (Score 1) 143

The iPhone isn't the in thing it once was. I'm surprised to see them making it dramatically more expensive.

Let's see if it pays off.

Wireless charging is the next step toward eliminating the charging port. I've been using wireless charging for about 4 years now and I've only ever plugged in to upload music. I'd guess most people don't even do that.

Comment Really impressive progress (Score 3, Informative) 146

A while ago, someone made the nnedi upsampler that uses neural networks to upsample. It's still one of the best image upsamplers available.

Google's approach is quite a bit different. Where nnedi worked to better extract detail out of what was already in the image, Google seems to literally fill in detail that was probably in the source but maybe not. Much, I guess, like how our own memories work. It's an interesting approach and the results look quite fantastic. My only question is how well it will work on a random sampling.

Comment Re:BS detector went off and is overheating (Score 1) 309

To be fair though, sometimes they do come out with complete BS. The claim that the sum of all natural numbers is -1/12 is a good example. It's not.

They don't claim -1/12 is the only answer, only that it is a valid answer. IIRC they present three or four possible answers and explain why each of them is valid, however unintuitive the theory behind them may be. They did not claim one was a -1/12 is "more correct" than the others.

Comment Re:Who needs 4k video? (Score 5, Insightful) 124

To enjoy 4k, you need a monitor that supports it, that is large enough relative to the viewing distance, enough bandwidth and processing power. You also need a 4k source. Few people produce 4k video : it is more expensive, more difficult and the result is only marginally better.

I think you'll find these boxes are checked more and more.

On the consuming side, 4K monitors are coming down in price very quickly and are at the point where it's reasonable for the layperson to get one. 4K makes a notable difference on a 24" monitor at the common 2-3' distance -- anyone who says otherwise has bad eyesight or hasn't used one yet. Bandwidth-wise 4K uses about 20-30mbit, which is a lot of users these days. With H.265 they should be able to drop that number considerably for most videos.

On the production side, 4K video is already becoming increasingly more common on YouTube as the latest inexpensive professional and amateur cameras -- even phones and gopros -- all support 4K. Editing really isn't much different versus 1080p -- it's not like they're using rendering farms to create special effects.

Comment Re:How is this even legal? (Score 1) 207

They're installing software I don't know about on my phone/laptop, then using that software to send personal ID details to unknown servers. This has to fall under at least one of the myriad hacking laws we already have on the books.

If the FBI does it, yes. A law recently activated that lets them legally try to hack someone using Tor or anything else that could hide traffic (like, perhaps a VPN).

Comment Re:I'm sure there's a reason... (Score 4, Insightful) 192

For movies, not much. There's definitely a wow factor in some of them but you quickly forget about it and just enjoy the movie.

But for coding and web browsing, I found 4K to be a surprising win.

The extra clarity in text is absolutely wonderful. With low-res screens I often find myself wanting to zoom in on text despite being able to read the small text without straining my eyes. When I got my first 4K screen I noticed I was no longer tempted to do any zooming.

Comment Re:Why is *This* Considered Ground Breaking? (Score 1) 127

Windows apps using the latest APIs can be designed to work seamlessly between desktop and mobile, so when you plug your phone into a monitor you get an almost full-featured Windows desktop with actual desktop apps.

The first time I did it, it was pretty neat. As a "power user" I haven't used it since, though my mother only uses a PC for email and web and I've had her doing it with 100% success.

Definitely not the first time someone has tried it -- I think I remember Motorola being first to market with it 5-10 years ago -- but it was the first for me that truly felt like a desktop experience.

Comment Good riddance (Score 1) 85

I've had nothing but issues with my Lumia 950. Windows Mobile has some really good design/usability ideas but jesus it is buggy.

I regularly need to reboot the phone to fix GPS issues. A patch came out a few months ago that made Bluetooth not randomly get completely corrupted with my car, but the implementation is still buggy. Using apps while playing music causes stuttering in the music. I've had the phone for over a year now and it still feels like a beta device.

The worst part of it is that the previous versions -- Windows Phone 7, 8, etc. -- were masterpieces. They were stable and exceptionally lag-free. The whole idea to merge the mobile and desktop OSes -- the kernel with 8 and the shell with 10 -- wasn't a bad one but the execution was just so incredibly poor.

If Microsoft is smart they'll gut the department heads working on mobile and get some new talent in. Or maybe bring some of the old talent back. Or maybe just fold the idea.

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