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Comment Re: Try an Antenna (Score 1) 143

Yeah, there's a lot channels in Spanish, others in Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, etc. as well as the religious channels (those are super pixelated - they appear to be more worried about quantity rather than quality).

Out of the 129 channels there's probably about 20 of them I regularly watch(rather like getting hundreds of channels via DirecTV, but only regularly watching a few dozen - of course, I'm no longer paying for the channels I don't watch!). The High Def channels (ABC, NBC, PBS, KUBE, ION, etc) all look significantly better than they did on DirecTV. Likewise the Standard Def subchannels that I do watch look better (though not significantly) than comparable SD channels I used to watch on DirecTV.

The SD channels I watch are: This TV, Heroes & Icons, Laff(comedies), Movies!, Decades, Buzzr(game shows), Antenna TV, Comet TV(sci fi), The Works (though this network was dissolved last month and has been replaced by Charge! and I've not yet watched anything on it), MeTV, Get TV, and Grit.

Comment Saving $1500 a year's pretty significant to me (Score 1) 143

From the Looking back entry of my DVR Project blog series.

savings would be what I used to pay DirecTV ($146 a month) less purchasing shows à la cart - buying seasons via Amazon, iTunes, and physical media (Blu-ray & DVD sets).
I ended up saving $4575 over the past three years, for an average savings of $1525 per year!


Comment iPic Theaters are slick (Score 1) 213

Over the holidays I took family to the iPic Theater here in Houston for a screening of Rogue One. They have some really innovative seating pods - pairs of recliners share a table, and have a short sound proofing wall wrapped around them to help cut down on noise from other patrons.

I posted some photos of them at the end of this blog entry - Two million pounds of ice on a subtropical island!

Comment Re:Come on guys, isn't this a bit rediculous? (Score 2) 76

There is a major difference:

  • On color laser printers each C, Y, M or K dot is either either ON or OFF
  • On HDR display a single pixel can display any of 0-1073741823 colors. (Might also be 0-68719476735, the article doesn't specify which HDR spec the display is using, which is either 10-bits or 12-bits per RGB value)

As such, significantly more printed dots are required to get the same effective range as a single display pixel.

Comment Re:Totally false (Score 1, Insightful) 252

Legacy Port

A legacy port is a computer port or connector that is considered by some to be fully or partially superseded.

On the iPhone the 3.5mm headphone jack has been fully superseded by lightning and wireless. As such, legacy is the appropriate term to use in a discussion about iPhones and analog headphone jacks.

Comment Re:Benny Hill? (Score 4, Interesting) 124

Congratulations! You just disproved the theory that Americans (and especially us Texans) are the most arrogant people on Earth!

Talk about misinformed. We didn't "find it 20 years later". I'm 50. I watched Benny Hill and Monty Python with my folks in the 70s. I watched Red Dwarf in the 80s and 90s on PBS here in Houston. On November 8 I bought Red Dwarf series XI on blu-ray, less than two weeks after it finished airing in the UK.

Monty Python: Introduction to North America

In the summer of 1974, Ron Devillier, the programme director for nonprofit PBS television station KERA in Dallas, Texas, started airing episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Ratings shot through the roof, providing an encouraging sign to the other 100 PBS stations that had signed up to begin airing the show in October 1974—exactly five years after their BBC debut.

Comment Re:Does Tesla actually make a profit? (Score 1) 198

" the transmission line efficiency is about 50%"

You're way off on that one - How much electricity is lost in transmission and distribution in the United States?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that electricity transmission and distribution losses average about 6% of the electricity that is transmitted and distributed annually in the United States. 1
1 Average of annual losses in 2005 through 2014. Estimated losses in 2014 for the entire United States were about 5%.

Comment Win10 Anniv Update was PAINFUL (Score 1) 110

A couple of months ago I'd gotten sufficiently fed up with Android that, when my Android tablet decided to reset itself again, a week or so before I was going on a trip, at the same time that Fry's had an Ematic Win10 tablet on sale, that I'd give Windows tablets a chance. The one I bought had 32GB of flash (plus a microSD card slot), and had 15.9GB of that free. I ran Windows Update, which told me that Anniversary Update was available and needed 16GB of free space; turns out that doesn't mean 15.9, nor 16, nor 16 with an empty 64GB SD card - I had to drag&drop enough different things over to the SD card to get about 18-19GB free on the built-in to get the update to run. But once it had enough space it ran cleanly.

The latest outrage from MS is that the email account I registered it with had the form "", and MS has decided that to protect me from losing access to the account if I forget the password, they need to VERIFY that by sending it an email, which never arrives because they're confused by the "+tag" in the name field, so when I tried to add a different email by answering a bunch of bogus security questions with the same answers as last time, they sent the "VERIFICATION" email to the new address, I clicked on it, and the first thing it does is demand that I re-verify it by having them send a code to the old address. I have not given them a phone number to call, since I have no interest in giving them my real information; I'm tempted to borrow a burner for that, or see if they can send the code by audio to a VOIP system or something.

(That's not even counting that Windows 10 tablet mode is pretty lame, and works much better with a keyboard, and the nice ergonomically designed keyboard that came with the tablet died after about a month, but that's more a symptom of what you get for $70 on sale.)

Comment Re:This isn't really that hard to understand (Score 1) 680

The problem with climate science is that it's so difficult.

No, it is actually VERY VERY SIMPLE.
1. To show that CO2 has an effect on heat, get two glass jars. One filled with CO2, and one filled with air. Shine an infared lamp (or even just sunlight) on both jars. You can measure that the CO2 jar absorbs more heat, because it's hotter than the air jar. This principle has been known and well-understood for over 100 years, and you can demonstrate this in an elementary-school classroom.

2. To show that human industrial activity releases a shitton (ie. enough to affect the whole world's climate) is also relatively simple. Get in a plane, and fly over the Los Angeles basin. Just look at the carpet of constantly running automobiles, as far as the eye can see across many hundreds and hundreds of square miles. Wrap your brain around this happening 24x7, week after week, month after month ... for decades. Get on Google Earth, and look at the land-area we're talking about; and multiply that by all the major cities of the world. This is completely non-mathematical, but very easy for most people to visualize, if they've ever had the opportunity to fly over any urban sprawl area and just watch it happen. Maybe with a little observation of a car exhaust, and how the engine works, and what kind of volume of gasses it puts out while it's running. Also think about jet engines, and the volume of gas they put out as they're running, and think about the tens of thousands of flights happening right now, and every single day: again, 24x7. Non stop. For decades.

These two simple observations are obvious and plain enough that it affected me on a gut-level. No math required. It's plain and obvious. Not at all subtle.

Now: to observe the actual effects on the world, is not so easy. One way is to look at photos, over decades, of glaciers that have receded. If you've been alive for 30+ years (or longer), you know damn well that even though we've had a couple of harsh winters, it's certainly not like it was when we were kids. If you ask older people, they can tell you that things have definitely changed. But this effect is subtle enough that even the very old people who remember Minnesota winters 70 years ago, don't seem to be able to grasp how very different the climate there is now.

Comment Attack the Economic Position (Score 1) 680

They have very convoluted and complicated arguments against Climate Change.

On the Economic side, you hear that the Carbon Tax, and funding for research into renewables (and smart grids, and mass energy storage, and electric cars, and etc); will have a net positive effect on the economy. Yet when you're talking with a denier - they're arguing that any tax is going to cause economic devastation and abridge everybody's quality of life and standard of living, and that shutting down all the fossil fuel jobs will leave millions unemployed. Nobody questions this claim (in the newsmedia), and rarely are the economic arguments compared or scrutinized. This is also an important point that needs to be made to climate change deniers. Where renewable investment has been made, where carbon taxes were enacted, positive, measurable benefits have been observed. Most mainstream economists actually agree with this, but those arguments are silenced in the mainstream newsmedia.

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