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Comment Re:Actually I wouldn't be surprised. (Score 4, Insightful) 692

Steve would have likely insisted that they find a way to build the iPhone out of its current materials but less expensively, and I'm sure the engineers would have lived up to the challenge.

He was a perfectionist, and while I didn't agree with all his decisions, his absolute refusal to compromise and insist that everything be exactly right is what led to Apple becoming what it is. I already see things going downhill and it's not going to be pretty moving forward.

I agree that Jobs has been responsible for a lot of good things, but he was accepting of imperfect products. If you thought otherwise, then you are an example of Steve's most valuable talent. His cult-like brainwashing of consumers has largely kept the demands of shareholders at bay. Going to follow that attack up with quick example other than Antennagate:

Remember when Macbook Airs lost their backlit keyboard? ... surely they didn't think this was something users wanted. Not even the most versatile touch typers are going to avoid looking at the keyboard SOMEtimes, at the very least to adjust their screen brightness. They put it back in a later model, but that decision just reeked of taking a beautiful product and trimming down the expenses, counting on reputation to facilitate user acceptance.

Back when Dell first came out, they were churning out beautiful products. When you opened up a Dell machine, you saw high-end. Let's talk keyboard again. Dell sold a $100 keyboard that was quiet, with keys firmly held in place. The letters were nicely printed on each key, beneath a smooth surface. It was getting old, so I looked forward to my next Dell, with a new keyboard. The new Dell arrived, and the keyboard was priced $50. The keys were shaky and slightly noisier. You could feel the printed letters on each key. It seemed so cheap that I frantically called Dell, asking if I could buy the previous model. They no longer sold it, thinking users were okay with a cheaper product, since they now just bought Dell based on its high-quality reputation. I think this strategy worked, but their reputation for quality is long gone. Michael Dell buying back Dell makes complete sense, because the company needs a major overhaul that shareholders are unlikely to be accepting of. I see Apple, without the brainwashing icon that is Steve Jobs, falling slowly but surely down the same path.

Comment We learned two things from this article (Score 1) 984

One, is that it looks like this could serve as clear precedent to help stem the flow of the obvious scam that is the US traffic court system. Everyone knows about the money-making scam that it is. How many here have gotten pulled over for speeding, then ticketed for a fancy license plate frame, or something that didn't result in "points", but still made revenue for the township? It's one of humanity's lesser but very prominent failures. The second thing is that, if you're ever around Cincinnati, learn where Elmwood Place is, and avoid it! Google Map of Elmwood Place:

Comment Re:I am the filmmaker (Score 1) 109

Our colorist did a great job with the grainy footage and deserves most of the credit, but I believe reducing the quality of the footage from 1080 to 720 also helped in our case. The HV30 was pretty adequate in low lighting, so it usually left us with a decent amount to work with. A lot of the night scenes are much brighter, noisier, and more colorful in the raw footage, so reducing the saturation and brightness to try and better represent what you see with your eyes in moonlight naturally helped hide the grain as well.

Thanks! I didn't realize how involved colorists were with picture quality, but it makes sense. I see they have to choose a balance between brightness and noise, demonstrated here:

Also, the HV30's 1/2.7 inch sensor size seems considerably better than my HF200's 1/4 inch sensor size, which probably also helps a lot. Just as a side note, a lot of people here might have DSLR's, and those.. especially Canon 5D Mark 2 and 3's, are very good for low light video, as long as you don't let the thing overheat and... I think you need special equipment for the focusing too.

Comment About SAG-AFTRA (Score 2) 109

I'd like to just get my two-cents in about SAG-AFTRA, the main actors' union filmmakers have to deal with these days. I make films too, and while I submit them to film festivals, just like this film I prefer to release it free online when it's out of the film festival circuit. While SAG-AFTRA does have accommodations for no budget films, where you don't have to pay the actors professional rates (actors, both union and non-union, often will work for free or very low compensation, mainly for the experience), they have a seemingly arbitrary limitation on how you can distribute the film afterward. A SAG-AFTRA rep told me that I could show my films in film festivals, or online (new media), but not both. If I distributed the film on both, they require me to adhere to the laundry list of standards enforced on big budget productions, including compensating each actor at $100/day. So basically, if you recruit a SAG-AFTRA actor for a no budget production, your film will get swept under the carpet after it's out of the festivals. My advice to indie filmmakers... do not consider union actors. Hold longer auditions if necessary.

Comment Re:Not really surprising (Score 1) 659

That is what I was wondering. So really you had a congestion issue, that was causing breathing difficulties. Did you have a sleep study, and if so, how many episodes did you have per hour? It surprises me that they weren't able to tell it was a congestion issue. I used to have obstructive sleep apnea and they used all sorts of diagnostics to determine exactly what my problem was. They scoped my throat and nose, took x-rays, performed sleep studies, etc.

Yep, did the sleep study. Was diagnosed with "mild sleep apnea".. was told I didn't have to worry because my oxygen levels didn't dip under 90%. But it felt miserable to me. I went to an ENT and a couple of other specialists/PCPs. Eventually I figured I was getting nowhere and I just thought about it logically and got to the bottom of it. I'd rather not write further details on /. :)

Comment Re:Not really surprising (Score 1) 659

How exactly was under-hydration causing sleep apnea? Are you saying that your tissue was swelling because it was drying out? Or something else? I've never heard of dehydration causing sleep apnea before.

Well, if you want to know explicitly, mucus is more viscous when less hydrated, and can clog up airways.

Comment Re:Not really surprising (Score 1) 659

The patient has one huge advantage over the doctor. That patient lives his/her life every day as, the patient. A doctor's 30 second assessment of seemingly minor symptoms in no way compares to a systematic evaluation of daily experience over weeks, months, or even years of the patient's life. I diagnosed and fixed my own sleep problems after consulting many doctors over a long span of time. Ultimately, I found that I was suffering sleep apnea because I wasn't drinking enough water. In hindsight, there were obvious signs pointing at under-hydration, but none of the doctors investigated this.

I think a computer programmer is well-suited to logically "debugging" themselves. I do agree that it's easy to "jump the gun" in today's WebMD world, but as long as you're not taking potentially harmful medications or performing a self-biopsy, putting the error logs in a smart patient's hands is only a good thing.

Comment Re:Disposal fee (Score 2) 357

I would say they are trespassing to deliver it. If they want to have the postman deliver them fine, but I am not giving them permission to step foot on my property.

Not worth trying to keep them out. There are many laws that allow some people to walk up to your door. I tend to believe this explanation, explaining how it varies by local ordinances:

But even if it is with purely commercial interests, don't expect to change the world, let alone Google:

Comment Re:2.02% so quickly? (Score 1) 372

You don't get a lot for free in life, but at least you get your ass.

Most don't give their ass away for free, as shown here:

I'd demand top dollar for your ass if I were you! Unless there's something wrong with your ass. Then god bless the kind soul who gives your ass a nice home. Just remember to treat your ass well. Insurance doesn't cover most things that can go wrong with it.

Comment Separating office space from living space (Score 1) 455

The key, I think, to working at home productively (when you have kids/pets/toys/etc) is to have a completely separated part of your home designated for work.. could even have a separate front door if possible. This is pretty much what the government is expecting of self-employed folks who write off part of their rent/mortgage as a home office anyway. The colocation is a huge time saver and convenience, and is great for the environment. While especially in our line of work, the price of repeated context switches are huge, I'd argue that many workplaces don't do a very good job shielding us from these either. In a perfect world, employers should use half the money saved on monthly office space rent to pay for one-time home office accommodations, and for employee compensation/perks.

Comment Re:Marketed for the Military (Score 2) 53

I'm sure the military will be a customer, but $125k for any major corporation is negligible. I was going to reply saying the cost of building a concept car, for instance, is peanuts compared with $125k. However, the industry standard, upon further looking into it, is to build a large scale non-working prototype. If they want it functional, they might take the drive train out of an existing car. This is pretty close to the functionality you get out of prototyping with VR, and the majority of the cost is the CAD. The big savings comes with the modifications. The "let's see what it looks like if you did this". The time savings would be immense, to produce a new model for every change. Also, the remote transmission of prototypes. A movie studio in California, and a machine shop in Colorado might want to see what the latest Dalek costume looks like in a new Dr. Who movie, produced by designers in Japan. If this is the best thing out there, $125k seems to be the right price.

Comment Re:There is this thing called a Union (Score 1) 665

This is - I am afraid to say - JUST MUSIC.

I would not underrate the importance of music. Movies depend on music. Much of the advertising industry depends on music. When the iPod was introduced, it was an absolute game changer for the lives of many. Music has the power to define generations. And more importantly, it takes a lot of raw talent to make good music. There's incredible demand for it, and it has a big impact, directly and indirectly, on the economy, so don't undersell it, even if it isn't something that is a basic human need.

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