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Comment Re:Stupid (Score 2) 146

Anti-aliasing is not "providing data that is not actually there", anti-aliasing is removing data that is actually not there, more specifically high-frequency aliases of the low-frequency information. Hence the name anti-aliasing.
In practice, this means that the best any algorithm can do to improve a (general) blocky image, is smooth the edges of the blocks. What this algorithm apparently does, as far as I understand, is just correlate the blocky image to a library of known facial features. This has nothing to do with FFT or anti-aliasing whatsoever.

Apart from that, unless your name is "M", I am afraid

I know this because I am friends with both of the "B"s in BBM.

doesn't really mean anything.

Submission + - NOAA deliberately published flawed report on climate change 6

elgatozorbas writes: The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed. A whistleblower and top NOAA scientist claims NOAA breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders.

Comment Re:But, but, we have alternative facts! (Score 1) 366

Politicians will lie by very rarely will they straight up deny an easily demonstrated fact. If you allow straight up fiction to become the historical record then you're allowing someone to write their own history.

Indeed. America, please stop supporting this "the emperor's new clothes" bullshit. "Alternative facts" are no facts. A schoolkid would be slapped in the face for telling such nonsense, but apparently coming from the White House this becomes acceptable or what???

And I do not even intend to attack the US here. To use a more patriottic twist: did the first nation to put a man on the moon do so by inventing facts? By pretending the moon is only a few miles away (insofar as there is room with this apparent abundance of asteroids there)? Is this how the master negotiator will deal with Putin? By not even acknowledging the simplest and unambiguous of observations??? Because that is the problem: you may pretend all you want, if the other party does not go with your delusion, it buys you nothing but mockery.

If I were an American, I would be infuriated with a president that makes us the laughingstock for the rest of the world. Your country deserves better.

Comment Re:Have they added DRM yet? (Score 1) 303

This! I don't want vinyl, what I want is a digital download of the master used to produce the vinyl. The one that doesn't have to compete in the loudness wars and isn't compressed all to hell.

IIRC this is exactly what Neil Young's pono player was offering, which was confused by other top musicians that heard it with the pono player technically being superior to CD and SACD.

Comment Re:Security expert? (Score 1) 377

Screw your "regardless." Honest people wouldn't have taken it. Same as I should be able to leave my doors unlocked and not have strangers walk into my home and take stuff.

Yes and no. You are right in that the victim of these offenses is not guilty of these offenses.
The OP is right in that a security expert should typically not be the type of person to rely on the honest intentions of others. On the contrary: these people's work is exactly to anticipate criminal behaviour and try to prevent it as much a possible. This is the very reason "security" was invented in the first place.

So you are comparing apples and oranges here.

Submission + - Galileo satellites experiencing multiple clock failures (

elgatozorbas writes: According to a BBC article, the onboard atomic clocks that drive the satellite-navigation signals on Europe's Galileo network have been failing at an alarming rate.

Across the 18 satellites now in orbit, nine clocks have stopped operating. Three are traditional rubidium devices; six are the more precise hydrogen maser instruments that were designed to give Galileo superior performance to the American GPS network.

Comment Re:He cheated OTHER players (Score 1) 406

When you play baccarat, you are playing against other customers, never the Casino's money.

Not according to TFA, stating that "Bond was shown playing a baccarat relative called chemin de fer, in which players bet against each other instead of the house.) " suggesting that the baccarat described here does not involve betting against other players.

Comment Re:Disagree with the language used... (Score 1) 576

As Linus expects others to write proper code, I expect people to conduct proper communication.

While I agree completely with what you say, Linus may be more important that you are and therefore his expectations may be more important than yours as well (in internet-slang: may be given more fucks about than yours).
Mozart. McEnroe. Maria Callas... Their game, their terms.

Comment Re:This guy should be a lawyer (Score 1) 203

The idea that you could react faster or make a better critical decision than the computer is sort of funny actually.

Your reaction to this article is also sort funny. The situation you describe, with the computer making faster and better decisions, is what you expect to happen. A desirable output. And most of the time this is what WILL happen.

However, in liability issues we are not interested in the desired result. We are interested in failures. When things go wrong in whatever imaginable or unimaginable way. As this Volvo CTO seems to be more aware of than you, this WILL happen some day. That will most likely be the same day that the GP's prediction comes true, and Volco announces it doesn't count as a flaw in their system.

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