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Comment Re:Shipping and Handling (Score 1) 293

Somebody forgot about shipping and handling.

And Economics 101. If you somehow managed to bring that much iron to the Earth, it would completely change price structures. Iron would become essentially free as a raw material, with only transportation and processing costs. People would develop all kinds of new applications for raw meteoric iron to take advantage of its low price, etc.

Comment Re:the smell of E-6 in the morning (Score 1) 213

Supposedly slides are far superior to digital projection, and I could very well be persuaded to agree -- but at the same time, digital projection is kind of very crap these days at the low end, just like any other digital display technology.

Good digital projection beats the hell out of film, which is why the movie business has moved to digital*. Of course that good digital projection is expensive, but as a practical matter it takes a high quality, dedicated projection environment (e.g. a serious home theater room) before the quality of the projection is the limiting factor in quality.

*No, it's not just a cost reduction thing. In some of the tests where Hollywood was trying to figure out if digital projection was ready, film was literally booed off the screen in back-to-back comparisons. The qualitative difference, even with new prints, was that big.

Comment Not worth the effort (Score 1) 207

Curly quotes are primarily an aesthetic thing. If you are nesting quotes to the point you genuinely need the direction of the curl to tell you what's inside and what's outside, you're doing it wrong. Go back and figure out a better way of distinguishing quoted from non-quoted material and showing the depth of nesting.

Comment Re:I've never been able to wrap my head around thi (Score 2) 313

One reason people miss their flights is because they have busy, unpredictable schedules. They may be doing something like business negotiations that don't run on a nice schedule; they're finished when everybody agrees on terms. For someone like that, it's more convenient either to book multiple flights and then take whichever one works out or to pay the full, non-refundable fare that lets them keep changing their flight so they can push it back one day at a time. FWIW, this kind of thing is why there are still travel agencies specializing in business travel even in the day of online booking.

Comment Re:To avoid confusion... (Score 1) 239

These are predicted to happen in several cities around the world in particular atmospheric conditions... if things keeps getting worse though, you can predict that soon, along with heavy snow days, we'll also have heavy smog days for some cities.

This is old hat here in Los Angeles. There is a whole series of defined smog levels with different suggested and mandatory actions associated with each. There hasn't been a stage 3 alert (the highest level) since 1974, and even the lower level alerts are extremely rare, largely because Southern California adopted a really comprehensive approach to cleaning up the air. So it's only going to get worse in other places if they are fatalistic about it. If they are aggressive about trying to prevent smog, they can succeed.

Comment Re:Use case? (Score 2) 83

A possible use case would be an enterprise with a very specialized, expensive printer- like a super-high speed or large format printer- that's kept in a centralized location. Jobs would be submitted remotely and then the output would be shipped to the submitter. HP makes some very high-end printing products where that kind of workflow makes sense.

Comment Re:what about h.265? (Score 5, Informative) 76

It's not just about money, either. The licensing situation for H.265 a cluster-fuck, with patent holders having split into 2 licensing pools and several other patent holders that aren't participating in either pool. So even if companies were content with paying the licensing fees (which are significantly higher than H.264), they don't have any easy way of doing so that will cover all the patent holders. Most big players would prefer to pay and use H.265, but the patent holders have gotten too greedy and too splintered.

Most of the major players have gotten fed up with this shit, and committed to pool their patents and expertise create a royalty free format AV1, in place of H.265. Alliance for Open Media includes: Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, Netfix, Amazon, BBC, ARM, Intel, AMD, nVidia, Broadcom, Cisco, Polycom, and more. The only companies that haven't signed on yet and are big enough to prevent wide adoption are Apple and Qualcomm, and Qualcomm has previously supported VP9, so I don't know why they wouldn't support AV1 once it is ready.

Comment Who put the stick up his ass? (Score 4, Informative) 79

All upscaling algorithms are making up data based on assumptions on what "typical" hi-res images should look like given their low-res counterparts. That doesn't mean they are lying or misrepresenting. Furthermore, some assumptions are most statistically valid than others, and some produce more aesthetically pleasing results than others, actually resulting in images that are genuinely more likely to be closer to the true image than nearest neighbor.

Nowhere in google's paper are they suggesting that these images be used for forensic purposes, nor claiming that they are finding "deeper truth" or additional information in the images than what actually exists. They developed an approach that produces better results for common classes of images than previous algorithms, which is useful for a large number of applications that don't require the same level of rigor that forensics do.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 3, Interesting) 302

It doesn't have to be of unlimited length. In Outlook/Exchange, at least, it's possible to have a distribution group that is handled by the server, so including the group name in the To: (or CC: or BCC:) field will send it to everyone in that group, no matter how big. My organization has a #Everyone group that does actually go to everyone. I don't know if #Everyone is protected, but there are certainly some very large distribution groups- around 1/3 of the organization- that anyone is allowed to send to.

Comment Re:Trust but verify (Score 2) 90

The problem is that Google isn't manufacturing all those phones, chargers, and cables. It's not clear how much power they have to enforce standard compliance even among Android vendors, much less among people selling third party accessories like chargers and cables. And it's really hard for the phone to check standard compliance for those third party devices. OTOH, Google does have at least one engineer whose job seems to be testing third party USB type-C cables for standards compliance and posting on-line reviews with his results. They know they'll take the blame if customers damage their devices with cheap, non-compliant third-party devices, so they put the knowledge out there so nobody can claim ignorance.

Comment Re: Totally the right call (Score 1) 90

I don't think anyone is going to try charging a cell phone battery at 100W; that's so laptops can use a USB type-C connector for both power and connecting to peripherals. If you tried to use 100W to charge a tiny cell phone battery, you might very well put enough heat into the battery to get it to blow up, regardless of what cable you were using. I don't think any of the rapid chargers are drawing more than about 20 W.

Comment Re:Airport charging (Score 1) 72

Why add lots of charging stations at airports? When people are leaving their cars for multiple days, they don't need a 240v charger or anything fancy.

There's a lot of short-term parking at airports, too. There is a surprising amount of one day travel- fly out in the morning and back in the evening- that would benefit. And a lot of people who are flying for longer times don't want to park their car at the airport and pay for multiple days of parking, so they have somebody drop them off and pick them up. Short-term parking may make more sense in that case than driving around the airport, especially for pickups when there's some time uncertainty. If I had an electric car with some range questions, I would certainly want to park and charge while waiting.

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