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Comment Re:Get a TV (Score 1) 186

Programmers need pixels

How ironic. The VA panel in the Seiki crap feature a pixel blend specific to TVs.

So you get to choose the way you want to kill your eyes:
1. half pixels blending
2. 30hz during scrolling in your code and mouse movements

VA panels are not monitors. They are TVs.


Programmers need monitors.

Comment Re:Get a TV (Score 1) 186

Seriously now, an article from January about the 2013 Seiki crap? That was covered by Slashdot already.

TVs and monitors are two different markets with different technologies and priorities:

1. The TN panels used in monitors prioritize fast response time, high frame rate and cost over color fidelity and viewing angles.

2. The IPS panels used in monitors prioritize good color fidelity and viewing angles over response time and cost.

In both TN and IPS panels pixel precision is paramount, blending is not acceptable.

3. The VA panels used in TVs are prioritizing cost, color fidelity, brightness and viewing angles. These panels have horrid pixel precision and have huge response time, pixels blend with each other on a regular basis. Using TVs as monitors are painful to the eye.

Comment Updated information (Score 1) 186

The TFA is quite outdated. Those Seiki and 24/30hz stories are so 2013.

There are now at least 9 manufacturers making 4K monitors based on the 28 inch TN panel from Innolux and at least 4 manufacturers making 4K monitors based on the 31.5 inch IPS IGZO panel from Sharp. Both TN and IPS panels are capable of 60hz and 10bit color(8bit native+2bit FRC) at 3840×2160.
They come with a wide range of connectivity, including HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2, both of which are capable of 4k @ 60hz,
Two G-SYNC 4k monitors have been announced so far(AOC and Samsung).

The competition is fierce and prices have dropped significantly: for the TN panel prices go for about 500-600$, for the IPS one range is 1600-3000$.

Don't expect to run Assassin's Creed 4 at ultra settings on 4K at 60fps+ unless you are driving a couple of 295X2 in 4xSLI. But if you adjust settings to medium/lower settings 60 fps is not that hard to reach is most games already. And G-SYNC will help a lot with those spikes when the fps drops below 60.

So yeah, mass-media will always do what they do best: scare mongering with cheap info they got in 30 seconds of google searches.
I'm been following the 4K phenomenon closely in the last 4 years. This year has been an amazing year for advancements in 4K and surpassed any of my expectations. I expected these low prices only in 2015 or maybe 2016.
Is it the time for 4K now? It depends what type of person you are. For me, I've been having a 2560x1600 monitor for the last 5 years and yes, its time for 4K.
But if you the type of person are looking for a "hand-me-over" monitor for 50 bucs, possibly second hand, fvck no. Actually, maybe even 1080p is too much for you :)


Comment Signs of a weak American Internet (Score 1) 227

- "Unlimited" plans with traffic limits
- Net-neutrality issues: deep packet inspection low-prioritizing torrent and SSL traffic
- Asking for money from 3rd parties to allow customers to reach them

All these "problems" are non-existent in countries with decent Internet connection. American ISPs provide crappy connections at high prices and they struggle to find new ways of scamming the poor customer, instead of upgrading their extremely old tech.

In my country you can pay 15 bucs a month for an external 1 Gbps line, and the provider will not say anything even if you do 500 TB of traffic each month.

The solution is easy, and it was in front of your eyes starring at you for more than 20 years: proper regulation of monopolies.

Comment Password strength matters (Score 1) 288

Because password strength is the most important attack vector ever to threaten the security of our systems. Because nobody has ever implemented throttling. [/sarcasm]

How about this Pavlovian technique:
- every time a sysadmin puts a strong password requirement, kick him in the balls
- every time a sysadmin accepts simple passwords or completely skipping auth for trivial stuff that nobody ever care to "hack", give him his salary

[...mutters something about 80 accounts for a person, from which 78 are trivial accounts, while searching for a sysadmin to beat to death ...]

Comment No they are not (Score 1) 482

Smartphones are not tied to contracts. They've never been. There is not even one mobile provider on this planet that will refuse to hook your phone to their network because you didn't bought your phone from them!

Those "best explanations" are complete bogus, simple excuses for stupidity.

I'm at the 4th smartphone over 7 years, none of them came with any contract.

You have to understand your mobile service provider is not a phone manufacturer. They will never sell you a phone - they will try to sell you their services.
But there will always be idiots who are willing to pay double/triple masked behind "special deals", just so they don't put the whole money at the start and live under the impression they paid less. Every human on this plant wants stuff for free and the large majority end up growing old without realizing there is no such thing. And then go on the Internet to complain, like Bennett did. If you did that there is none to blame but yourself. Its not Nokia/Google/Apple's fault, its not Verizon/AT&T's fault, its not Obama's fault, its not the entire world that is wrong. Its your fscking fault!

Comment Autoupdaters suck, all of them! (Score 1) 402

One exception: maybe the Chrome one is decent.
But most of them start updating - making your system/app unusable - exactly when you need the system/app the most (because nobody keeps the computer running at 3am).

So people set it on manual. Additionally, a thousand vendors make a gazillion background auto updater services that run all the time, wasting memory, CPU and IO. Then we find ways to take down those pesky background services too.

And then we forget(or low prioritize) to update. And we are vulnerable.

Lets stop pointing fingers and fix the update system - find ways to make autoupdate smooth, viable and with ZERO disruption to the running system. And make it not optional anymore. Then everyone will be forever up to date.

Comment Social advertising != astroturfing (Score 2) 391

You are exaggerating. Astroturfing is a WAY more serious manifestation.

It looks to me that in this case they are just begging you to support the product you are working on. There is no way for them to verify you actually did, but maybe (big maybe) the company doing better will reflect on you as well, so it may be in your own interest to show a bit of support. People do this ALL the time, its both legally and morally correct, and its still just a choice for you, they are not forcing you to do this.

People are doing some really crazy fucked up shiat out there, this is nothing. Nothing. Do whatever you want, and create less drama.

Comment Omg its the end of the world! (Score 3, Interesting) 646

Someone, please, just think of the poor children running SCADA systems!
Oh wait, its only Windows XP
Oh wait, its actually in 2 years
Oh wait, its just support

Seriously, do we need a "Windows XP is gone and the world is already burning" scare-article posted every month on Slashdot? For the entire period of 7 years of pre-announced end of support for an ancient OS? This shouldn't even be on idle. Is this a tech site or little Suzie's shopping ground for pink dresses?

Comment Number 1 cooling method: environment (Score 1) 56

After spending thousands of euros on many various cooling systems across the years, I can tell you which one is the most effective:
The good old home air conditioning.

Perhaps reducing the power consumption may beat the environment as the number 1 factor. We don't need more and more sophisticated cooling systems, we need less power consumption and good environment.

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