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Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 161

Mostly because high res was easier on CRTs especially if you didn't mind horrible blinking, and it took LCDs a long time to catch up.

4K is still very demanding for 3D gaming, but since it's exactly 4X of 1080p scaling isn't a big problem. And artwork looks really beautiful in 4K, which seems a good fit for a game like Starcraft.

Comment How are the companies doing? (Score 1) 249

Everyone here should know that the best possible and worst possible cases are usually extremely artificial and almost never happen.

So I am curious about what has the actual impact of this has been? Because if companies managed to charge 5X what they did before, while delivering the same amount of power, the profits would have soared in an amazing manner. And that probably hasn't happened, because then this would have been noticed far sooner.

So I am curious about if a measure of the resulting average error can be made by looking at energy company economical info.

Comment Stupid and unprofitable (Score 2) 80

I looked into it out of curiosity about a year ago and concluded that I could make somewhere around $5 - $15 a month, while spending more on power. It long stopped being worth mining with common hardware.

Of course using someone else's equipment you don't have that downside, but those consequences far outweigh whatever pocket cash he made from it, unless it was installed on an entire cluster.

Comment Re:Oracle worked very hard at making a closed ecos (Score 4, Informative) 198

SQLite isn't remotely competitive with Oracle. It's nowhere near in the same league as even PostgreSQL or MySQL.

SQLite is a toy database with a huge amount of limitations that's found a niche in "I need a RDBMS for something simple, and rarely used". Thus the use for desktops to store things like configuration and music databases. In such cases it works well.

If you're even thinking at all of multicore performance, SQLite is not the database for you. It's got absolutely dreadful concurrency and will die under anything resembling a serious load.

Comment Re:Needless bullshit (Score 3, Informative) 136

Some ISPs and access points have been doing realtime traffic modification and inserting ads into websites. Since it's well known that some ads are malicious, then yes, it's very much beneficial for a recipe site run on SSL, because it makes it impossible to hijack the trusted and harmless site for nefarious purposes, such as serving you some kind of trojan via an ad.

Comment Re:Poor Nick Denton (Score 4, Insightful) 156

Yes, tell yourself this was all about one particular asshole and there's no collateral damage possible to freedom of the press or freedom of speech.

You intend as sarcasm, but that's entirely correct.

Peter Thiel is straight up evil. By all means, sue gawker for invasion of your privacy, outing a billionaire is not very nice I suppose. Billionaire responding by funding lawsuits against the news organization until it shuts down is censorship by any useful meaning of the word though.

Thiel did nothing more than exactly the same thing that's done by the EFF and the ACLU: supporting somebody who has a grievance, but lacks the money to pay for lengthy litigation.

I would have agreed with you if Thiel was supporting completely unfounded lawsuits that had no other purpose than making Gawker lose money by paying for lawyers. But that wasn't the case, Bollea had a very genuine grievance with Gawker, and all Thiel did was contributing money to it. It's not any different than when people fund litigation through aligned organizations (EFF, ACLU), friends and family, or crowdfunding. There's nothing illegal or immoral about it.

Furthermore what is actually disturbing is the implication that money makes right, and the right situation is where one loses a lawsuit not due to lack of merit, but due to the lack of funding, and that there's something wrong with a third party counteracting this.

Comment VR, huh? (Score 2) 69

Let's see.

2160 * 1200 (Oculus Rift CV1) 3 bytes per pixel * 8 bit depth * 90 FPS (Oculus Rift required spec) = 5.5 Gbps.

3840 * 2160 (4K) * 3 bytes per pixel * 8 bit depth * 90 FPS (Oculus Rift required spec) = 17.9 Gbps. At 60 FPS that drops to 11.9 Gbps. To fit in 8 Gbps you have to drop the framerate to 40FPS, which isn't really good for VR.

Yeah, it works for the CV1. But anyone who's used one knows that a higher resolution is badly needed, so obviously the next iteration will have to be better. I've been hearing talk of 8K not being enough for ideal performance.

Comment Damn (Score 4, Insightful) 251

Heads are going to roll all around after an event like this one.

Somebody will probably end up writing a book on what went on inside, because I imagine that the internal meetings had some serious drama involved.

I hope there's going to be a post-mortem at some point, because it would be very interesting to find out what went wrong in the end. Rogue manufacturer? Bad quality control? Maybe the phone doing something wrong with charging, as somebody suggested on reddit?

Comment Re:"free of snow and ice" (Score 1) 163

It's not going to be positive at all.

There's a set amount of energy to work with. The only thing solar panels do there is that now there's a shiny surface so part will be reflected away (making things worse), part will go to heat immediately (but perhaps less efficiently than a well made traditional road, with heat going to internals that eventually transmits to the ground underneath rather than the surface), and part will be stored for later.

Overall though, if a good black surface isn't melting the snow, a shinier surface isn't going to do better. The only upside this would have is being able to use power generated elsewhere or storing it for later, but melting ice electrically takes a brutal amount of power, and will need some seriously beefy cables which I doubt are there, and as for later, whatever batteries these have won't be enough.

Comment Re: The Market Quickly Crowded with Competitors (Score 1) 50

3D TV is a very fiddly technology. You need to sit in the right position, you need special glasses or just the right angle, and your position doesn't influence the image. 3D is also that doesn't fundamentally change a movie. It has depth now, it's a really cool thing in some cases, but it's still the same movie.

An HMD is a completely different experience. The effect is perfect without fiddling. You can look around a corner. And it gives an amazing sense of immersion, which for some games is an excellent advantage.

For instance Elite: Dangerous is far easier to play in an HMD. To access the menus and ship interface all you need to do is to look in the right direction. If a ship flies out of your field of view, you just need to follow it with your head. Sure, all that can be done through keyboard or joystick controls, but it's far easier and far more intuitive to do it the same way you would if you were sitting in a cockpit.

Comment Re:Normally I'm pro regulation (Score 4, Insightful) 146

The vast majority of people, even the really smart ones working for the justice system aren't expert biologists able to evaluate the quality of a lab's work. Neither would they be granted enough access to actually run a proper evaluation, even if they did have the knowledge.

And what's the benefit to allowing a lab that produces incorrect results to keep operating?

We need both. Regulation ensures that every lab performs correctly, and the free market ensures the labs compete against each other on the price and services they offer. With both those things in place and working properly we can ensure you can't go wrong by choosing a lab, and just have to concentrate on finding one that does what you need at an acceptable price and speed.

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