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Comment Re:Bad Idea, but that's what Germany is up to now. (Score 4, Insightful) 58

The correct way to do this is with a heads-up display. Projecting images on the road will have all sorts of unintended consequences, including but not limited to distracting the drivers of oncoming cars ( those people who are so inconsiderately sharing the road you imagine you "own" ).

While the road projection seems like a dumb idea, some of the other features of these smart lights as shown on their site actually sound really useful, such as intelligently not blinding oncoming traffic by blocking your headlights from projecting light at their faces while still lighting up the rest of the road in front of you.

Comment Re:Why is input lag still a thing? (Score 1) 40

Do the manufacturers think people *like* input lag and intentionally increase it on products marketed as TVs or something?

It's post-processing like resolution upscaling / image interpolation / temporal smoothing / etc. that all add overhead and may need several video frames of data to cross-reference, leading to lag. When you're watching a static stream of video (e.g. TV or a movie) that delay is irrelevant, but it can kill real-time applications like video games.

On many displays those 'enhancements' can be disabled all but removing the lag in the process.

Comment Re: Are linux adverts still bad adverts? (Score 1) 535

Why is that trackpad offset to the left of the machine? I see this alot on Windows laptops. What's up with it? It just makes no sense whatsoever.

You'll typically see this on laptops that include an actual numerical keypay besides the keyboard, the trackpad is often centered below the standard part of the keyboard which theoretically makes it easier to switch back and forth between typing and using the trackpad. In practice I find it really annoying myself as well, and all things being equal I'd probably pay extra to have the trackpad in the center of the laptop instead.

Comment Re:Is this a record? (Score 2, Interesting) 152

It's not so much that it 'crashes' 9-11, it simply ties up all the available operators so there won't be anyone available to answer the *real* emergency call coming in at the same time -- there's only so many dispatchers available to answer calls, after all. Too many calls is too many calls, regardless of how competent the initiator is.

Other than prioritizing certain calls (e.g. the ones that haven't been calling you a thousand times already today) there's not a whole lot you can do to mitigate this while remaining available to everyone.

(There often already are other call routing prioritizations in place, e.g. if there is an incoming landline and cellphone call at the same time and only one dispatcher available, they'd typically answer the landline first -- A single car accident on a busy freeway can generate dozens of incoming cellphone calls reporting the same accident, while a landline call is more likely to be a new incident that needs action.)

Comment Re:AOL AND Yahoo!!!? (Score 2) 27

So Verizon now has both AOL and Yahoo! ??? Why do they want/need both?

They live 20 years in the past, as proven by their broadband offerings as well. What's the most delusional about this takeover is that Verizon's main goal of the takeover is to leverage yahoo and almost double their customer base to 2 billion in the next 4 years. Neither Verizon nor Yahoo has a good track record attracting or retaining customers any time there is even a glimmer of choice involved, and they don't exactly have a captive audience here.

Comment Re:eBay / Local (Score 1) 166

I much prefer the eBay / local company route (like Re:PC). Instead of just scrapping old hardware, it is serviced into other older machines to keep them running.

And for every HP 2100 that you save, a thousand others just chucked away a shoddily built three year old inkjet printer that's not worth fixing or even buying new ink for when it runs out. There are millions of pounds of e-Waste that *noone* wants. An old CRT monitor will cost you a hundred times more to mail to someone that that anyone will be willing to pay for it, just to name something.

Comment Re:HP not all bad ... (Score 1) 387

Another problem with HP- if you run out of yellow (or any single color) you just can't print at all. Even your black only documents will refuse to print.

Worse than that: I ran into that issue with an HP combination printer/fax machine, years ago. We never used it for printing, just faxing. After a few years it all of a sudden refused to print incoming faxes (using black ink) because the color cartridge (which had never printed a drop of ink) had "expired". As soon as you turned on the device it would fail to initialize and wait for a non-expired color cartridge.Which meant that the only way to continue receiving B&W faxes was to throw out a 100% full color cartridge and spend $34.99 on another one.

Instead of buying color ink, we purchased a samsung fax instead.

Comment Re:Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

I will never, ever buy another inkjet printer as long as I live. Those cartridges seem to dry up, clog and die even if I don't use them. I got sick of spending $30 on a set of cartridges, only to get a hundred pages out of them before they became useless from age. At least laser printer toner seems to have an almost unlimited lifespan.


Laser toner is essentially tiny flakes of plastic, that get melted onto the paper during printing.
Inkjet ink ink will dry, especially the ink exposed to air at the end of the nozzeles in the print head itself. If you don't print anything for a few weeks, your ink cartridge will become unusable.

Comment Re:Other than Brother... (Score 4, Informative) 387

IIRC the brother cartridge has a small peephole with a mirror on the far side, and if an infrared beam reflects back it means that there is no toner in between the window and the mirror. With the dark tape in place it won't see the reflected beam, the low toner won't trigger, and you can keep on printing.

While it perhaps triggers early, at least it requires a certain amount of toner to have been used at all. Some other vendors use a chip that simply counts the pages, and will claim that you're low/out after -x- pages regardless of how much or little toner you've actually used.

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