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Comment Re:How come html5 but not on firefox? (Score 1) 69

HTML 5 video has many mechanisms to restrict media access based on client properties. For example, there is a robustness parameter which implementations are expected to evaluate according to their perceived ability to prevent user-controlled access to content.

I suspect that Widevine (the DRM plugin used by Firefox) did not provide a robustness level on Linux which Netflix was comfortable with. To a degree, this is still ongoing. I think the maximum resolution you can get on Linux still is 720p, while Windows will go to at 1080p at least.

Comment Re:Depends what you want (Score 1) 141

Yep.Both are close enough that I'd probably make the choice on principle of not giving facebook any money. Still, if you seriously want one now, I'd try both first to see the ergonomics and image quality for yourself.

I was really hyped about the Rift and then the Vive, exactly until the point they announced the EU prices. I might've been willing to jump in as an early adopter but not at almost a grand. If you can, I'd suggest to wait and see what happens.

Nobody knows when the Rift/Vive mk2 will come out, but MS and its partners should have some cheaper headsets with inside-out tracking and comparable video, there's a wireless kit for the Vive, and there might be some options with eye tracking out soon as well. There will also be more and better software at lower prices. In the meantime, you can do what I did and go on a vacation. Or just go outside for once :)

Comment How about setting maximum size for passengers? (Score 0) 266

The seats aren't big but not really out of line with what I've seen in coaches or even trains. Sucks for super tall freaks but the fat bastards, who are the majority complaining about this, should just put down the sammich for a while. Fun anecdote: on a recent trip I've watched a fat family cram themselves with various junk food they brought onto the plane while barely fitting into the seats. Nobody else had to snack before they brought the food.

If you want, pony up for first class and get the full regulation-era experience including the pricing.

Comment Re:yeah, tax the robots (Score 2) 392

>The implied assumption in this statement is that there is a fixed amount of wealth in the world, so clearly if some people become richer others must become poorer. Many economists, and even more entrepreneurs, would disagree with that. Wealth is not zero-sum, and can be created (and destroyed) as well as merely redistributed.

That's not implied in that statement unless you really want to strawman it like that. Nobody says that those rich people become so rich by making African dirt farmers poor.

What is pretty clear, however, is that if they shared some of that wealth with the world's poorest, it would make a huge difference to literally billions of people.

Comment Re:Emergencies? (Score 1) 222

That's not true at all, most airplane accidents are very survivable. There are of course those few you see on the news where the plane blows up mid-air or plummets into the ground at mach 2 and they have to count the passengers by the number of teeth found.

But overall, even including serious cases with fire or other extensive damage to the airframe, the survivability rate is almost 80%.

Thankfully, very few people are even among those 80%, because mishaps are so rare, so there's nobody around to talk about it. Just like with hyperloop, which will have way less stuff to fail, and the failure modes are way more forgiving. Like, being stuck for a while.

Robotics

Skin deep? Robots To Wear Real Human Tissue (thememo.com) 77

Scientists are already growing muscles, bones, and mini-organs in the lab. But these tissues are generally small and simple. That's why two scientists from Oxford University are proposing that we use humanoid robots to grow engineered tissues instead. From a report: Robots dressed in human flesh would benefit people who need tissue transplants, Oxford University researchers have said this week. At present human cells are grown in stationary environments, but moving humanoids could help them develop in a far more healthier way. Robots could "wear" tissue grafts before transplantation, researchers Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and Andrew Carr propose in the latest issue of Science Robotics. Today sheets of cells are grown in stagnant tanks, but these "fail to mimic the real mechanical environment for cells," say the scientists. The resulting tissues aren't used to moving, stretching and straining, which make them problematic for use by patients.

Comment Re:What about in a accident? (Score 2) 114

A quick google will show dozens of videos of people trying to break glass out of car windows using hammers. It's clearly not as easy as you seem to think, nor is breakable glass considered to be a safety feature. Sure there may be a few edge cases where it might come in 'handy', but overall it's better to have stronger glass than weaker, not even by a little bit.

Comment Re:Propaganda (Score 1) 119

Of course, everyone is shitty to some degree. But this is exactly what the Russian trolls are using to muddy the waters. Oh so somebody in Ukraine renamed a street? Well RUSSIA INVADED AND OCCUPIED part of the country and is responsible for THOUSANDS DEAD AND MILLIONS DISPLACED. So we're totally even right?

Like, it's not nearly remotely the same. But they'll stick in every discussion about Ukraine/Georgia/Syria and try to confuse the situation. It works so well that in real-life discussions people will claim that Ukraine is governed by literal Nazis, when the closet thing to them, the Right Sector, have exactly one seat in the parliament. Russia's LDPR, headed by this nutjob has 39 seats in Duma, for reference.

Hey, by the way, did you know the Czechs sterilized Roma women without consent?!?

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