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Comment Re:I'm shocked. (Score 1) 528

You're talking about a fundamentally different situation to the rest of us here.

In your example, a remote service on which some functionality depended was disabled. Obviously anything that depends on some remote facility can be affected by changes there, regardless of changes to the local machine. This is a real danger of the kind of always-online systems we have today, and it can be (and certainly has been) abused by developers, but I don't think it was what the rest of us were talking about in this particular discussion.

What we were talking about before was whether Microsoft could forcibly affect a Windows 7 system itself to disable functionality, analogously to the Windows 10 updates that started this discussion. The only change to a local machine in your example appears to be via a software update, which you can choose not to install on Windows 7, while not everyone on Windows 10 has that option, short of actively circumventing Microsoft's system.

The Anniversary update for Windows 10 is particularly troubling, because up to now the only way to restore some of the control that earlier versions of Windows offered (notably including controlling Windows updates themselves) on Windows 10 Pro has been through group policies, and Microsoft have now demonstrated that they are willing to remove even that control mechanism if it suits them.

Comment Re: Sounds Familiar. (Score 3, Interesting) 156

This was known and discussed. But they found microgravity to be a compounding effect of radiation exposure

This just drives home how much of a risk interplanetary flight is right now. And we really don't have great solutions that don't involve great masses of shielding. Artificial magnetosopheres for example are insufficient to deal with GCR.

Comment Re:I'm shocked. (Score 1) 528

Perhaps the Win10 Pro users will qualify for a refund of some percentage of the $0 they paid for their free upgrade.

Then again, perhaps not, since unlike previous versions Microsoft have made no secret of the fact that they can and will force updates onto Win10 systems, and that the user is required to accept them, and that some of those updates may change or remove functionality instead of adding it.

The Schadenfreude is strong with this one.

Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 1) 328

I agree with you that many of us are no longer the teens or 20-somethings who continue to buy tickets.

I'm just not sure I agree with you on the not being numerous enough to matter. Apparently there are enough of us with enough disposable income to keep the home theatre industry going. I suspect we're also more likely to pay for genuine content, given a convenient source and inoffensive pricing, than younger viewers.

You don't beat piracy by trying to force people into a worse experience. You beat piracy by giving the people what they wanted all along, conveniently and at a fair price.

Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 1) 328

The most important attribute of my home setup:

Audience = Whoever in the household wants to watch

Sometimes my wife and I enjoy the same things. Sometimes one of us wants to watch something that doesn't particularly interest the other. Adults don't necessarily all want to watch family movies with the kids (again). If we have friends over, we just buy extra food and drink before the show.

A decent cinema has a big screen and good sound, but the experience with a high-end home system these days is close enough that if the movie is any good at all you're not going to notice.

For me, as someone with less free time but nicer stuff than I had 20 years ago, the only compelling advantage of a big cinema these days is that they still get the movies when they release, which means you can watch them before some [expletive deleted] spoils everything. Waiting for the Blu-Ray to come out (or some online streaming service to offer it, if that's your thing) takes an eternity, and it's an entirely artificial barrier that exists only to prop up cinemas that are otherwise losing relevance.

Personally, I would pay significantly more than the cost of a cinema ticket to have an actual, my-own-copy Blu-Ray of a film or show (or a DRM-free download from a fast, legal source) to enjoy in the comfort of my own home as soon as I want it.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 2) 603

I'm not so sure that a simple software fix can fix it. Some key notes:

About 4:40 p.m. eastern daylight time on Saturday, May 7, 2016, a 2015 Tesla Model S, traveling eastbound on US Highway 27A (US-27A), west of Williston, Florida, struck and passed beneath a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia truck-tractor in combination with a 53-foot semitrailer. At the time of the collision, the combination vehicle was making a left turn from westbound US-27A across the two eastbound travel lanes onto NE 140th Court, a local paved road. As a result of the initial impact, the battery disengaged from the electric motors powering the car. After exiting from underneath the semitrailer, the car coasted at a shallow angle off the right side of the roadway, traveled approximately 297 feet, and then collided with a utility pole. The car broke the pole and traveled an additional 50 feet, during which it rotated counterclockwise and came to rest perpendicular to the highway in the front yard of a private residence. The 40-year-old male driver and sole occupant of the Tesla died as a result of the crash.

US-27A is a four-lane highway with a posted speed limit of 65 mph. A 75-foot-wide median separates the two eastbound lanes from the two westbound lanes. Additionally, at the uncontrolled intersection with NE 140th Court, both eastbound and westbound lanes incorporate left turn lanes, allowing for a median opening of about 132 feet. At the time of the crash, it was daylight with clear and dry weather conditions.

Eastbound. Afternoon. May. Aka, the sun was right behind him. Clear and bright outside. This is a perfect recipe for light-colored objects ahead to be overexposed, against other overexposed objects, potentially including the road and the sky. If you have a big block of RGB(255,255,255), how do you determine the boundaries? The best you can do is recognize that it's a threat and disable autopilot, while warning the driver.

A more appropriate solution, if this was indeed the case, would be a hardware fix: read the *raw* data from the camera. A potential alternative, if the frame exposure time can be adjusted, would be to read out alternating short and long exposure frames and combine them.

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