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Comment Re:Note that what's large... (Score 1) 82

It sounds like a "standing wave" in the winds over the mountains. Which could maintain pressure differences that extend much higher and remain for a time.

Such waves can even have their own internal circulation, such as a horizontal rolling wind that is like a "tube" downwind from the mountains. I have seen such things near where I live, and I have seen videos available online.

But when the wind at lower levels changes, the standing wave could dissipate quite quickly.

Have such waves been seen in earth's upper atmosphere levels, from the ISS?

Comment Re:Startups (VC funding) should make $1million mes (Score 1) 408

... For example, I worked for a company that was growing 80% per year, becoming a leader in a new business segment. They would quickly duct tape together some software that would allow them to expand into another chunk of the market, a chunk that will be worth $20 million in four years. Later, they can spend $1 million to go back and fix the duct tape mess. They net $19 million that way, incurring $1 million in technical debt to quickly grab $20 million of the market before competitors do. ...

This is true.
But everyone involved should remember that if the heap of duck tape and bailing wire collapses just before the big demo, then they have all failed anyway.
This is the real cause of all those last second "disasters", like the blue screen of death at the Microsoft big reveal of a version of Windows some years back.
And at demos of some very promising new companies, that are no longer even heard of...

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 136

WTF is a piracy?

Hijacking an aircraft comes under the international laws on piracy, that were originally written for piracy of ships. They are in generalized terms, though, so they also apply to other large carriers of cargo and people.

At the time this event was called piracy, but (as they do now) the news media changed it to "dumb it down".

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 564

If you were a frequenter of venues with live audio, you likely qualify as someone who can't hear high frequencies.

We wore earplugs when going to concerts, and they were so loud that we could hear fine through them!
You couldn't talk to friends, whether you had earplugs or not. Many people got used to using hand signals. 8-)

I used to be able to hear 24Khz, but nowdays it is only to about 12khz. Might have something to do with a jet fighter landing about 60 feet away, when I was in the Navy.

Comment Re:The same reason it failed the last time (Score 1) 434

Interesting. But I would say: Separate the cameras by the same distance as a human's eyes. Shots that are farther than 200 feet should be shot with regular cameras. But make use of relative movement for 3D effect and known objects (like people) for indicating size. Like the movies used over 50 years ago!!

Regular movies are in 3D, they just don't use binocular vision effects. It's all in the camera use and scene composition.

By the way, for those who site-see, that's why some real scenes seem so flat. Too far away for binocular vision effects, too large to estimate size and distance and no familiar objects near them to compare. For your mind to start seeing the Grand Canyon in 3D, you might have to walk back and forth 30 or 40 feet to get enough difference for your vision to "click-in".

Comment Re:3D Entertainment has been real since 1500s. (Score 1) 434

I watch 3D shows at my local theatre. Live people and in 3D. I believe the blood and guts story Titus Andronicus pulled then in in the 1500s to make the theatre cast's salaries better than normal - violent 'porn' . I see no reason to spend on electronic devices that do not give me the same realism, and ability to talk to the cast afterwards.

Yes. My father was in live theater, and it is a real thing and real "3D".

When 3D TVs are that real and that convenient, maybe they will succeed. ;-)

Comment Re:It is all about depth in scenes, and a lack of (Score 1) 434

The impressive scenes in Avatar were at long distance, beyond the range of human stereo vision distance sensing. All of the 3D effect in those scenes is from the relative motion, as you say. So 3D screens would not be able to improve those.

The 3D movies and TVs only make a difference for things that are up close, closer than about 200 feet. That's what always leads to the directors "throwing things in peoples faces". 8-P

Comment The same reason it failed the last time (Score 1) 434

It has failed before, but the id10t hollywood people didn't remember. Remember old photos of audiances wearing wierd glasses with different colored lenses?

1. Throwing things at people's faces.

2. Clunky glasses.

3. The human bifocal vision is only part of the 3D effect, relative movement (parralax) is already in regular movies. So they are 3D anyway!

4. Human bifocal vision for 3D only works out to about 200 feet, farther than that it makes no difference.

So, a lot of bother for little real benefit.

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