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Comment It is all about depth in scenes, and a lack of it (Score 1) 435

When you look at 3D movies that did well, such as Avatar, the thing that struck me was that there was a DEPTH to everything. It isn't about objects popping out of the screen, it is about scenes having a feeling that objects are in front of, or behind others. Things that pop out of the screen are more of a gimick to try to grab the attention of a viewer, and it almost always fails.

When you see 3D broadcasts, do you feel like there is that sense of depth? Of course not, because it takes someone with an understanding of what works and what does not to make a new technology thrive. Stereo when it first came out, it wasn't necessary, but it added to what you were watching. Surround sound also adds, but you may notice that it isn't used well all that often(music gets too loud, you can't hear what is being said over the music in some cases, etc). When done well, you feel that surround sound really adds to what you are watching, from crowds of people and people talking behind the viewer, to the sound of shots and explosions that come from all around, not just in front.

Until those who add 3D to broadcasts figure out that you CAN add depth to ANYTHING to enhance it, without objects needing to pop out of the screen, 3D just won't seem like much of an evolution. Again, it will never be seen as NECESSARY, but if it makes the experience of watching a movie, show, or even news broadcast feel more like you are there in the audience, it won't take off.

Things like 4K definitely enhance the experience. If you go into an IMAX(or IMAX experience) theater, you probably notice that the sound and visuals can be spectacular. Rogue One on the really is worth going out to see, but compare a typical movie theater to having a 55 inch or larger 4K TV with surround sound, and you may wonder if it is worth going out to see. has potential if done well, but most of the time, you get something that is very low budget.

Comment Common sense issues apply (Score 1) 210

There will always be people running old computers that should NOT run a new OS. Many, if not most of you don't remember when low end computers had 128MB or 256MB of RAM when Windows XP was first released. Needless to say, Windows XP was painfully slow for those who decided to pay to upgrade their computers to XP back in 2001-2002. When faced with "too little RAM" as the reason for the performance issues with XP, you had people who either stuck with Windows 98 or ME, or they upgraded their computers, either replacing them, or adding RAM.

Windows 10 feels a bit sluggish with less than 4GB of RAM, and that, or problems with a lack of drivers, will be good reasons to hold people back. Many didn't care for Windows 8 for a number of reasons, and some people don't realize that Windows 10 fixed many design issues introduced with Windows 8.

And then, of course, you have those who don't like Windows 10 for various issues, paranoid about security and what may be shared, and waiting to see if there will be fixes for the complaints they personally may have. There were also the initial problems that have scared people off, where they tried to upgrade to Windows 10 and something happened to break Windows for them in a way that wouldn't let them recover on their own.

Comment Idiots looking in the wrong place for a reason (Score 1) 499

It has been a given that almost all Republicans hate the Clintons. It is also a given that the majority of Democrats hate Trump, and what he has been saying. So, you now have a contest about who is disliked by more people, rather than how much people actually like the candidate. Add to all of this that the Democratic primaries were effectively stolen, and the DNC establishment rigged the primaries, so that the one candidate with genuine energy and enthusiasm was pushed out.

I blame Debbie and the rest of those Clinton-loving people in the DNC who rigged the process.

Comment Religion is NOT the answer (Score 2) 931

The real issue is that those who believe in a God that watches over them also tend to feel that their lives are being guided, and they PREFER to feel that someone is guiding/controlling/watching over them. Now, a big part of depression comes from feeling powerless about your situation in life, so from that point of view, feeling like SOMETHING is looking out for you is a positive thing, no matter what or who it may be. The solution to treating depression then, is to provide a system(can be peer based, not government) where people who are depressed have others who may be able to help them, or watch out for them to give support. What has happened with modern society is that there is a notable lack of community in most places, and that lack of community leads to depression, and a feeling of isolation. Picture if you had no friends living near you, and the only thing you do is go to a bar and drink by yourself, where you see others who have connections or are making connections. Do that for years, and depression is sure to set in. Neighbors would help, but if society makes it so people are not interested in being connected to your neighbors, that leads to depression.

Comment Re:So what... (Score 4, Insightful) 245

A fab isn't just some generic piece of equipment, and getting beyond 32nm has proven difficult for most companies. If it were so easy, then AMD would have 22nm processors currently and wouldn't be having nearly as many problems competing in the CPU space. There is also expertise that is required beyond the basic equipment.

Comment Re:Samsung can suck it (Score -1, Flamebait) 124

When Apple has not really brought anything NEW to the table in years, and instead has just done a copy of what others have invented, it becomes clear that people are not copying APPLE, but instead can be copying from the same inspiration that Apple used. For example, NFC is available on multiple Android devices, but it is NOT a new idea. Apple looks at this, comes up with its own modified implementation, and then claims it invented the idea of NFC, rather than their own implementation of the idea. Invention then becomes a new implementation of an existing idea to Apple, while for others, it is working on new concepts that really are new and innovative.

Larger screens and higher resolutions for screens, smaller, lighter, thinner implementations of the same thing...those are not INVENTIONS, and should be seen as naturally evolving things. Individual solutions in the form of copyright can make sense, since even if a concept is known, there is a lot of work that goes into figuring out how to implement that concept, and THAT should not automatically be open for others to duplicate. Without the concept of copyright, there is nothing that would prevent AMD from just looking at the exact designs that Intel is using in chips and then implementing them in its own chips.

Comment Re:Article is misleading (Score 2) 543

This also brings into question the idea of special pricing based on market being what is at fault. Why should the exact same product that is being sold for a low price in China sell for more in the USA, except for the cost of shipping, import tariffs, and taxes? From that point of view then, if you buy a product outside of the USA and then sell it here, the seller should be expected to pay all of the associated fees, and that would generally eliminate any benefit for selling the product cheap(because you give up your profits and then some).

Comment Re:That is virtually every electronic device. (Score 1) 543

The problem is that pretty much every product these days uses computer chips or various sorts, which WILL have all sorts of copyrights, patents, and such. Since many chips are made outside the USA, that DOES mean that just about everything has at least one element that comes from a foreign country.

Comment So many posts from people with little experience (Score 1) 244

There are many places where new highways/freeways are needed, and many places where expanding on existing roads makes more sense. To say that because YOU live in a place where there is no need for a new highway that it isn't a good idea to build new ones just shows the limitations in understanding that so many people have.

One thing that adds to costs of goods is the cost of shipping. If you have a very rural area that has small roads with only one lane in each direction, that means that transportation of goods will slow down, and that increases costs. The whole Interstate system in the USA was introduced to help deal with that issue, but there are still MANY places that have a horrible road system. There are also areas where you can NOT widen the existing highways due to limited space, or where it would help, but not do enough in the long run.

On the flip side, many people do not know what it is like to live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, and where you need to drive 30-45 minutes just to get to the nearest highway. If you did, then the idea that a new highway that connected your town to the rest of the world would be a really big positive, and would open the doors for more businesses to move into the area, which means more jobs. Adding highways to an area that already has one or more highways just does not sound like it would help, though it CAN.

The big thing is that people should not assume that their own personal experiences apply to EVERYWHERE. People in the Northeast USA really have very little comprehension of what life would be like in a small town in Kentucky for example, because it is going to be VERY different. Then again, most people have a problem with thinking outside the box, or assuming that knowledge of EVERYTHING around you will prepare you for anything that might happen. Isaac Asimov understood this very well, and reading the Foundation series(both the original trilogy as well as following books) will illustrate that idea. The more you think you understand everything, the less prepared you are for the unexpected.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1, Flamebait) 223

Considering the piss-poor quality of Intel based machines in the $500 and under range, and when AMD based machines do tend to have higher quality components in that range, you could compare buying an Intel based machine like putting a Ferrari engine into a Yugo. Yea, it may be faster, but the overall experience of owning it will be shorter and more prone to failure. Obviously, going to a higher end Intel machine would result in a better experience, but at the low end, Intel based machines have a much higher failure rate across all brands compared to AMD.

Comment Re:Unfair benchmark publishing from AMD (Score 3, Insightful) 223

In this day and age, CPU performance means less and overall performance is the thing people look for. A quad-core 1.5GHz is easily enough for your average home user for day to day, and at that point, GPU power for things like full-screen youtube or Netflix videos becomes a bit more of a concern. We WILL have to wait and see what the performance numbers come in at, but a 10% bump in CPU performance is expected over the last generation from AMD.

Comment Re:Honestly (Score 2) 436

What, Creative Labs can't release a decent driver for a new version of Windows? There is NOTHING new there since they couldn't come up with a decent driver for Windows XP for the SB Live cards, and actually drove me and many others away. Creative has NEVER been good about drivers.

Comment Re:This Poll is Dumb (Score 1) 436

There are a number of things in Windows 8 that look like they WILL be a big improvement, but it will take some time to get used to the changes. If you think about it, we have had "explorer" since 1995, so for most people, a "start" button is very natural and anything different would take time to get used to. With that said, many people are really resisting the change in the UI, to the point where they are looking for excuses to NOT make the switch. Yes, Windows 7 is the best version of Windows to date, and we CAN expect a number of annoying issues with Windows 8 due to the number of changes to "how you use the computer". I suspect we will see most of those issues fixed with service pack 1. The problem is that the longer you avoid the upgrade to Windows 8, the more difficult it will be to adapt and accept the changes.

There really is an almost instinctive fear in humans of change. Moving is considered a traumatic experience...for those who have not moved very often. New jobs involve change, etc. So, embrace change, and adapt. Those who can not adapt will eventually die as others who can adapt will move forward more quickly. It is all just a part of being human.

You can wait, but I STRONGLY suggest doing a multi-boot at least so you can get used to the changes in Windows 8, because it will only continue to evolve, and hanging back will only cause YOU more grief in the long run. Again, expect issues, but the original Windows 95 wasn't perfect either.

Comment Apples, Oranges, and Banannas! (Score 1) 513

Apple has one thing going for it, very few models with fairly little variation between models. This means that the OS can be EASILY updated for every iOS device without a ton of effort. With Android, there are a ton of different hardware combinations from many different vendors, and to offer an OS update, you need DRIVERS that will work on each model. This is also why you have driver issues with each architecture change in Windows, because getting hardware vendors to get good drivers out requires EFFORT.

Now, considering that fairly few devices have come with Jelly Bean on them, it makes sense that the adoption rate would be low. Device drivers seem to have come out, and device makers have been working to certify that JB works PROPERLY on existing devices before doing the release.

Comment Re:Irreparably harming Apple? (Score 0) 553

Market cap means NOTHING. You could have a 5 employee company with 10 trillion shares going for $1 each and end up as the largest publicly traded company in the world, but it doesn't mean the company is big or even matters in the grand scheme of things. How many employees, what is the gross and net profit and so on is what is really important, and Apple is NOT in the lead in that regard.

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