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Comment Re:Plasma (Score 1) 103

Burn-in is the issue for OLED displays. It's not a problem for watching movies but I wouldn't buy a current-gen OLED for a computer monitor or for video games.

Another OLED issue is that the blue pixels wear out faster than the red and green, leading to a colour shift over time.

I give very little weight to anecdotal evidence on these issues, and there's plenty around. I want to see specs from the manufacturers or, even better, from independent testers, that give brightness reduction numbers for each of red, green and blue.

Comment The Decline of Big Media has been Noticed (Score 1) 359

This is the government realising that the internet is taking control of ideas away from big media and giving it to the people ... of the whole world. Unfortunately some of the people are apparently paid by the Russian government and that's going to be hard to deal with. Big media is relatively easy for the government to control, or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, neither of them like the change in the status quo. Luckily for those in the US, you have strong constitutional protections for free speech.

Comment Re:Not new, just a holiday reminder PSA (Score 1) 179

The precise details of the Earth's rotation just aren't that important, except to a few hundred professional telescope operators

My guess is that there are way more navigators than astronomers who need accurate time. Navigation is essential for safety. Sure, celestial navigation is only a backup for GPS these days but I think we'd all prefer that there was a backup available. The US Navy certainly thinks so. At the equator, four seconds makes a difference of one nautical mile.

The US has been pushing for the abandonment of leap seconds for some years but has so far failed to have the standard changed.

Comment Re:Is there a precedent for this? (Score 1) 215

The physical safe analogy is not a good precent for strong encryption because no safe was secure against the government. If the evidence was important enough, they could find a way to open any safe to access it. (It costs less to break open a safe than it cost to make the safe.) As far as we know, correctly implemented strong encryption can be secure against any attack unless a brute-force attack is stunningly lucky. This makes governments uncomfortable.

Banks certainly have to comply with lawful orders to search safety deposit boxes. There's no great burden on them to comply; they have the key. If you want to make an analogy from this, imagine a bank invents some technology such that they themselves can't open the boxes without the customers' passwords. Now a lawful order to open a box translates into a huge burden; they can only comply by finding a way to break their own technology. Not only could this be expensive, but it would also greatly and permanently reduce the value of the technology.

Comment A Tesla on Autopilot is NOT a self-driving car (Score 1) 198

Repeat after me: "a Tesla on Autopilot is NOT a self-driving car." Do not take your hands off the wheel. Be ready to hit the breaks when necessary. I'm sure it's there in the manual: read it.

It's probably time for Tesla to publicly announce that they're changing the name of this feature since it's the public (and sales staff) perception of its capabilities that is causing problems. Didn't the German government demand this change recently too?

Comment Highlighting this Capability is a Good Thing (Score 1) 161

Releasing software allowing the editing of spoken words in audio recordings is probably the best way to ensure people know this capability exists. Everyone knows about Photoshop and the kinds of things it makes possible so that the old phrase "the camera never lies" is known to be obsolete. If audio speech editing capabilities were somehow kept from the public the potential for abuse would be much greater.

Comment Re:Utter bollocks (Score 1) 171

It's bad math for dumb people. Profits are positive, by definition.

Sorry if you find the maths and financial concepts too hard, but it actually makes way more sense to calculate the percentages this way. Otherwise you're excluding the market impact of all the companies who make a loss. How can you sensibly compare figures from quarter to quarter and from year to year if you're excluding a different set of companies each time depending on who makes a loss? There's a boundary between simplifying concepts so that more people can understand them and oversimplifying to the point of being wrong; you've crossed it. If anyone is trotting out "bad math for dumb people," it's you.

Comment Re:EA Need To Do The Right Thing (Score 2) 121

I'm pretty sure that any attempt by EA to send money to embargoed countries is going to be seen as illegal and is even more likely to attract the attention of the authorities than processing the original purchases. For one thing, they won't be able to claim ignorance; any refund attempt would be clearly corporate-sanctioned embargo breaking. If you must blame someone, let it be the US Government; their law punishing presumably innocent citizens of selected countries is the root cause of this injustice. EA's only contribution has been some incompetence from which they are unable to recover.

Comment Re:Muh Rights (Score 1) 197

Uhm... it says right in the part you quoted which part of the law it violates.

Just because the article says it violates the law doesn't make it so.

They have these other things, called statutes or "laws," that are in addition to the Constitution.

And they have still other things called courts who get to interpret both the laws and the constitution. There's no mention that courts have ruled on this situation yet.

The key thing I note is that both laws require the ad to indicate a preference. When you place the ad with Facebook you can indicate a preference for who the ad is targeted towards but that's not the same as the ad itself indicating a preference. Could be an interesting case though IANAL.

you're taking alliteracy to a new level

When accusing someone of being illiterate it's always good to know how to spell the word. No, it wasn't a typo on your part: the "a" is about as far as you can get from the "i" on the keyboard.

Comment Re:Is it really hard to figure out? (Score 1) 176

It wouldn't be exactly simple but it would be possible. The main issue would be that GPS transmitters near the Kremlin that were installed by anyone other than the Russian authorities would be very quickly noticed by them and would be relatively easily located. Since the anomalies appear to have been present for a long period of time it's a pretty safe bet that they're being caused by the Russian authorities.

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