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Comment Re:Sad (Score 1) 380

>"If it wasn't clear, I was saying motion interpolation is a failure. "

Ah, I thought you mean the opposite. Sorry. And yes, I was referring to 4K in the living room. Sounds like we are a lot alike as far as tastes in TV tech...

And yes, curved TV's was/is, hands-down, the biggest scam of all. All it does is create a crapload of MOVING reflections (yep, they move dramatically with even the slightest head motion). It is really horrible! It would only serve a use for something like a computer monitor, where you are sitting much closer to it.

Comment Re:News for Nazis (Score 1) 1450

>"If you're talking about land size. Canada is the world's largest democracy. (unless you consider Russia democratic- then it is)."

Perhaps you should talk about reasonably HABITABLE land size. Probably 2/3rds or more of Canada are areas where people would not want to settle/live. Same thing with Russia.

I mean, sure, we would have to throw out Alaska, but Canada would have to throw out all the NorthWest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, and a good portion of the tops of most of the lower provinces. Look at a graphical population density map and a huge percent (almost all) of Canada's population is all just above the border of the USA.

Comment Re:Sad (Score 1) 380

>" But that does not mean the new features are a "failure" (except motion interpolation)."

See, that is a perfect example of how people are different. I absolutely HATE motion interpolation. I hated watching the "high framerate" Hobbit in the theaters, and I hate what interpolation does on my TV (and it is turned off). It makes everything look like it was shot on a handheld camcorder :)

When I was at a friend's house and they were showing a 24P movie with that frame interpolation turned on, I actually asked if he would turn it off because it ruined the experience for me.

Probably a lifetime of watching 24P means I am ruined and can't adjust very well. Actually, I can tolerate a very mild amount of interpolation, probably up to a virtual 30p or so. Seems the younger people can adjust to it easier. And many people can't even tell the difference, which is amazing to me.... speaking of which...

4K is generally a scam. I would love to do a study of people at normal viewing distance, just to prove to the nay-sayers that 99.9+% of people would not be able to tell if it was 2K or 4K.

Comment Sad (Score 4, Insightful) 380

>"But some viewers will be sad to see the feature go."

That would be me. I am glad my Samsung TV supports 3D (I had to jump to a higher end/significantly more expensive 7100 series model to get it in August of 2015 because the feature was disappearing on most models). I enjoy watching the occasional 3D Bluray movie. In fact, the only Blurays I own are 3D and I would buy more if more were made (and were decently mastered).

3D shot/rendered correctly does add to the enjoyment of a film for many people. But, sadly, too much poorly shot 3D was released and helped to ruin the market.

Comment Re:Massive failure from all involved (Score 5, Insightful) 165

This isn't so much about modeling thought processes as it is about illustrating how even in a simplified model one of our debugging approaches fails.

The logic that they're arguing appears to be:

"If we can't even properly reverse engineer an extremely simple deterministic computer chip using fault modeling, it's extremely unlikely that we can infer the mechanisms of an extremely complex non-deterministic processor like the brain."

Comment Yeah, not a surprise (Score 5, Insightful) 552

>"it appears that Assange will not hand himself in to the Department of Justice"

And that surprises anyone? I see it now: "Oh, I said pardon, not reduced sentence." "Oh, I meant immediately." "Oh, I meant within 5 minutes of it being announced." "Oh, I only meant if the record was expunged completely too". Whatever.

Comment PC (Score 0) 309

>"Oracle America paid white male workers more, leading to pay discrimination against women, African American and Asian employees."

Please, if you are going to be politically correct, do it equally for everyone:

"Oracle America paid European American male workers more, leading to pay discrimination against women, African American and Asian American employees."

Comment Re:Scientists and doctors.. (Score 1) 296

>"So, markdavis, nice job of malicious ignorance. Viagra was developed to improve heart health, and you object because it's a cash cow that makes possible more pharmaceutical research"

So, ChrisMaple, nice job of malicious replies. How many dollars went into all ED drug research, validation, studies, etc, regardless of the origin? My point is perfectly valid- tons and tons of money is spent on drugs that have high marketability. Antibiotics are way low on the totem pole.

Comment Re: Great strides (Score 1) 129

This criticism is based on a naive look at $/kg aka you sacrifice 30% of payload for re-use and it costs 30% more. But that ignores the fact that many launches are already well within the capabilities of the launcher so there isn't a 30% additional payload that anyone wants to send.

It's a bit like the old trope "An SUV uses less fuel per passenger than a car!" while ignoring the regular use cases where a bus operates at half or quarter capacity.

It also only assumes a 30% reduction in cost/kg which is where SpaceX is *starting* at with re-use and will undoubtedly improve as they apply the lessons learned from returned stages.

Comment Re:Look to history (Score 2) 296

>"Antibiotic-resistant infections can happen anywhere. Data show that most happen in the general community; however, most deaths related to antibiotic resistance happen in inpatient healthcare settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes"

And that is mostly because the people in healthcare settings are already sick and have compromised or weakened immune systems.

Comment Re:Scientists and doctors.. (Score 2) 296

>"...have been warning us for decades and nobody cared to listen."

Actually, lots and lots and lots of people listened and acted. But it was not enough and too late. For many years, good physicians have been restricting antibiotic use and there has been a huge educational push telling people they MUST take all their antibiotics, exactly as prescribed. And healthcare facilities have been using all kinds of new techniques to hold down infections and transmission- silver, UV light sterilizers, better cleaning techniques, ozone generators, along with screaming about universal precautions and other education.

One of the main problems has been the lack of development of new antibiotics. We rested on our laurels for too many years while the bacteria have not (and evolved). This is a problem that won't just go away, we have to continuously develop new medications.... but until it is profitable, drug companies aren't interested. They would rather pour their money in high-dollar-return crap like Viagra.

Comment Re:No Gut no Glory (Score 1) 67

I think once you reach 98%+ reliability the most expensive part of the failure: grounding the fleet, no longer occurs. Once the Falcon 9 design stabilizes this year if they lose one after 50 successful launches they'll probably take a few weeks off but not months on end. There was even a substantially shorter down-time in 2016 with the most recent failure than in 2015.

And the other thing they have going for them now is re-usability and re-use. That could hypothetically result in new failure modes but it also should catch any obvious manufacturing flaws. Rapid re-use also means loads of more data and experience. If they can prove that their design is 98% reliable it just becomes "Welp, insurance will cover that. Sorry about the inconvenience."

Comment Re:Loses credibility (Score 1) 164

>"Normal users just seem to be experiencing battery life consistently around half of the advertised 10 hours instead of occasionally varying above."

Which pretty much matches the advertised battery life for every model and brand of computer and tablet I have ever purchased or used (from any company). In fact, I actually tell people- take what the manufacturer claims and cut it in half and that is a more realistic starting point.

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