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Comment Re:I quit using DVR (Score 1) 60

You want to be behind so you can skip the commercials!

And you typically don't want to be caught watching a game that has already been decided.

Oh no, the horror! Wait, what? I think most people don't want to know the final score till they've seen the game, but I've never met anyone who "didn't want to be caught" watching a completed game. What kind of bizarre personal insecurities cause that? Watching the game on delay has been popular since the VCR appeared, never mind the DVR. (And with the VCR, you had to wait till the game finished before you could start watching.)

Comment Re:As a European... (Score 1) 265

An interesting take on it, when I was stationed in Germany, living in barracks that still had Wehrmacht eagles and swastikas over the doorways, there was considerable effort put into trivializing that whole period of history by the Germans I met. It seemed to me to be a type of denial then and still today. Perhaps if Germany had really come to grips with what happened, the Germans wouldn't have the Immigrant crisis they have today, there is a line between acceptance and self-flagellation.

Comment Re:what about h.265? (Score 1) 50

I hear it does great things for 4k, so it seems that it would be really great for HD, and even older 720 or 480 content too.

The main reason it does great on 4k/UHD is that the fixed 16x16 macroblocks in H.264 are too small, HEVC brings flexible coding tree units (CTUs) that vary from 64x64 to 16x16 which obviously has the most effect for the highest resolutions. If you restrict it to 16x16 CTUs you get a ~37% penalty on 2160p, ~19% on 1080p and ~9% penalty on 480p. So not as big a deal for older content as you might think.

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Journal Journal: Some post election clarifications

1. No, Liberals were not "in a bubble". Our reaction isn't because we were surprised by the Trump victory, we knew there was a chance of one, pretty much every liberal I knew in a swing state voted for Clinton because we knew how close it was. Our reaction post election is horror, not surprise. Insofar as we expected a Clinton win, it was because the opinion polls seemed to suggest that. Those of us who trusted Nate Silver knew there was a one third chance of Trump winning.

Comment Re:good (Score 1) 265

Pretty sure slavery is only bad in Christianity when it's the Israelites who are the slaves. Genesis 9:20-27 MSG:

I forget where it's established that Ham and the Canaanites were black, but there you go. If you don't enslave blacks, you're against god. Don't tell me that's not what modern Christians believe because I know better. I've seen it myself.

Actually if you're serious about using Genesis as a justification for slavery (of Blacks), you should also be advised it would be equally applicable to all of the Abrahamic religions including Judaism and Islam, not just Christianity; other than just being wrong.

Comment Re:See??? (Score 2) 293

You're missing the point. The mechanical possibility that the car can lock someone in is a safety hazard. Sure, it's great when it locks a car thief in on purpose, not so great if it locks someone in accidentally on a hot day or if the car has been in an accident (especially if it's on fire).

It's not a theoretical matter, people have died that way.

Comment Also nothing supports it (Score 3, Interesting) 50

I mean the newest devices support it in hardware, but it has to be a very new chip to have H.265 support. The vast majority of devices in use don't. For computers you could do it in software but that isn't ideal, since H.265 decoding is rather heavy so you'd hit the CPU pretty hard, whereas hardware accelerated H.264 would hit it almost not at all. For mobile/embedded devices though it just won't work. Too CPU intensive to do in software, so people need a new device.

Comment Re:Hell no (Score 1) 332

Programming isn't terribly complex.

Awesome that you think so! Now, program some realtime flight surface control software for a fly-by-wire jet and sleep well knowing that your program will never, ever, kill anyone... (Or, substitute any other safety critical software you can think of - and theres a lot!)

"Programming" (by which I really mean software engineering) is one of the most complex activities in existence...

Just don't cross the International date line east to west

Comment Re:Torn between reading and doing (Score 2) 332

I read most of volume 1. 30 years ago we were still working out basics and many programmer had to write or at least understand, basic processes. This is why this book was useful. In addition we were still writing lots of code, rather than just understanding and applying APIs. For instance no one is going to write a sort, or a gaussian elimination, or a GUI outside of classroom anymore. Few developers are going to have to know how to really code, or what is really happening in the engine they are using.

Comment Re:Hell no (Score 1) 332

Nah, I've been programming longer than Knuth has, starting with machine language. You just need to think procedurally.

That's a major challenge for most people and the more abstract the procedure the more challenging. A lot of us here "just get it" because our brains are wired that way, if your brain isn't wired that way it's extremely difficult to learn.

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