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Comment Re:How many bits? (Score 2) 95

I work for Dolby Laboratories, and am deeply involved with high-dynamic-range content creation and hardware.

We created the SMPTE 2084 standard HDR EOTF (electro-optical transfer function.) It turns out that human perception is such that by choosing the luminance for code values to be just barely indistinguishable from the adjacent ones, you can get 0 to 10,000 nits (10x as bright as this Panasonic display) with only 12 bits. SMPTE 2084 is what all HDR TVs are using today.

Comment Re:k.i.s.s. (Score 1) 143

It seems like a design flaw to me since it happened on both shafts. That said, the whole point of a shakedown cruise is to find problems like this so they can be fixed before the ship it put into service. The headline could have read "Shakedown cruise finds problems, Navy promises to fix them."

Comment Re: Mainstream media DOES invent news (Score 1) 531

The whole Alt-Right thing is a big misdirection. While they do exist and they did vote Trump, the group is made of people who were voting for Trump regardless. Their direct impact on the elections has been overstated.

What turned the election was the Democrats running an out of touch insider and taking the working class vote for granted even though Hillary made no secret of being in the pocket of the 1%. At least Trump listened to them enough to tell them what they wanted to hear.

Comment Re:First or second part? (Score 2) 227

Somehow I don't think the telekinetic sex cult chapters are going to translate well to TV. I also thought it was amusing that the writeup called the novel timeless when my thought while reading it was that it was a product of its era, the 1960s. At least for the second half of the book. The first half should be no trouble to translate to TV, but I really do wonder where they are going to end it.

Comment Re:$15-$18 million of real money or FIFA money? (Score 1) 149

I really don't see the distinction there. Are you saying if the bots had to actually simulate the inputs and play a perfect game against one another for the purposes of farming coins it wouldn't be fraud? I'm still not sure I accept that it is fraud in any case. If this is fraud how is it not fraud when someone steals from the bank in Monopoly? Little brothers everywhere would be in so much trouble.

Comment Re:$15-$18 million of real money or FIFA money? (Score 5, Insightful) 149

My guess is that it was the part where they sold the coins to other people knowing full well that EA could revoke the coins or terminate the accounts of anyone who bought them.

But yeah, the actual crime of writing a bot to farm coins seems more like a TOS violation than a felony. Punishment should probably be limited to getting kicked out of the game and never being allowed back online. Maybe even kicked out of EA online servers entirely.

Comment When pigs fly (Score 1) 426

UBI will happen right about the time we convince corporations and the rich to give up their power and status and be just normal people.

How are you going to convince someone to work at McDonalds or out in the fields picking strawberries if you have UBI? Shit jobs depend on people having no better options.

Comment Majority meaning "barely more than half" (Score 1) 83

The summary damns the darknet with faint praise that a little over half of the content isn't illegal. If a full 45% of the people walking down a particular street were there to buy drugs or hire a prostitute or fence some stolen goods you can bet the cops would know that street well. That's a staggeringly high level of crime.

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