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Comment Re: Inexcusable (Score 1) 157

>As a display technology engineer, I find it plausible that a hacker could use the overlay to display a simple image in place of the usual content or flash a 1x1 pixel region at full frame rate.

Well I'm not a display engineer like your or the parent, but yes, it's pretty obvious that if you modify the firmware responsible for the OSD, you could overlay goatse or something. That's annoying, but not really a huge issue, and as the other pointed out, at that point you'd be already fucked anyway.

Comment Re:Simply liability (Score 1) 59

Even though Boeing wasn't found liable, they still had to deal with the lawsuits. They have an army of lawyers for that, I'm sure, but this isn't something a smaller drone manufacturer wants to deal with. Plus, you never know how the lawsuits might end up. Someone could argue that the manufacturer (like Boeing in your story) should've spent $5 to offer to implement geofencing and save are children.

Then there's always the hordes of people completely outraged whenever a drone flies somewhere where they think they shouldn't, like in line of sight of an airplane or a park or their house. The less attention these incidents incur, the better - they already have to deal with retarded registration rules and what not, and they don't want to create a demand for more rules that would put people off the hobby.

Of course, I'm happy to fly a manual controlled quad that does whatever I tell it to do, and as long as this option is available, I don't mind the mainstream products being a bit crippled to keep idiots out of trouble.

Comment Re:Well, crap (Score 2) 57

Why don't you reboot the system and see? =)

I have to say that as much as it sucks for those affected (which is not that much, since it's just the MBR), this virus is like a breath of fresh retro-air. Check out the message

Ahh, it's like being in 1998 again and getting your drive wiped by CIH. Those were the days.

Comment Re:Bork (Score 1) 281

The initial Win7->10 upgrade actually left my Grub and Linux stuff alone. I wasn't too worried as it was basically a toy installation but it was still nice to see.

What I've heard about the AU is that it just unchecks "Time to display list of operating systems" in startup options but otherwise everything is in place.

Anyway I'm in no rush to get the update so I killed the update service and will just wait until the dust settles.

Comment Re:When will VideoCards peak? (Score 1) 89

The progress is definitely slowing down, however. Far Cry was released in 2004 and looked amazing at the time. Crysis came out just three years later and was clearly a whole new level. That was 2007, or almost ten years ago. It still looks very, very good by todan's stanards, if not quite top notch. Crysis 3 is three years old now, and while it's a moderate improvement over 1/2, not much, if anything, surpassed it yet, certainly not to a degree that Crysis improved on Far Cry.

Hopefully it's been mostly an issue of consoles holding everyone back, but I'm not quite so sure any more. Processors are barely getting any faster, AMD's new cards are basically last-gen level of performance and efficiency, and Nvidia's, while a noticeable improvement, took two years to update.

Still, we'll probably hit that mark since it's not that far off. A 1080 can hit 50-60fps at 4k in most games, and simultaneous re-projection should enable stereoscopy at minimal cost. For VR, foveated rendering would also cut down on effective resolution significantly.

So we'd need double or triple performance, at least, with significant improvements to graphical engines and tech. Back in the day this would've taken a couple of years at most, but this is still doable within a decade.

Comment Re:Politicians are people, LESS trusted (Score 1) 1145

This is one thing that would actually be addressed by UBI - poverty causes people to make bad short term decisions so providing a guaranteed stream of income would slowly improve that.

Ultimately, as you say, everyone makes bad decisions, and you can't eliminate that even if you created a Department of Good Decisions that had to approve every choice everyone makes.

Comment Re:Oh yes! TOUGH! (Score 1) 729

Seriously, this. Case in point, I just bought an off-lease ThinkCentre with 8 gigs of ram and an i5 for about $150, swapped the PSU from my previous PC because it didn't have a 6-pin power connector, and it's ready for whatever GPU you want to slap in it. I just used my existing GTX650 Ti Boost until the 1070 is more available here.

The only serious downside is that the CPU is not overclockable (almost guaranteed in a business machine), which is the only thing preventing it from being 90% as good as any latest quad core CPU.

Comment Re:Sorry but (Score 1) 72

I'm not really into podcasts but most of the ones I have heard had ads and were pretty terrible with them. Just in the middle of content they'll launch into a ridiculous pitch like "Hey let me tell you about squarespace!" And it's always fucking Squarespace or Wix or some stupid shaving company, and the pitches are particularly annoying when the host pretends to really use and care about the product. I KNOW YOU ONLY CARE ABOUT THE MONEY JUST FINISH IT ALREADY!!

Comment Re:Loyalty to people not companies (Score 1) 765

On the other hand, companies are comprised of people, and by just dropping the mic and walking out mid-meeting, you might be throwing the people in your team who had nothing to do with your grievances under the bus.

IMO unless your're being actively fucked over somehow or your specific company has a habit of trowing people out without a notice and good cause, it's probably better to give proper notice. Just for selfish reasons if nothing else, you might end up running into these people again later in your career.

Comment Re:Current gen vs last gen (Score 1) 144

I think the 1060 is one of the more expensive x60 range cards so far. While the performance increase this generation is pretty decent, the combination of long time between generations and increased prices means that you could've bought a 970 at launch for maybe just $50 more two years ago and enjoyed 1060-level performance this whole time. Unless you can find a 970 well below $200 on a firesale somewhere, I'd definitely go with the 1060 (or RX480 if you're so inclide).

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