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HDR Video a Reality

4D6963 Re:This is not HDR (287 comments)

I have to disagree, because as soon as any kind of tone-mapping is involved you change the respective relationship between two intensities in a photograph, and that will never look right.

more than 4 years ago
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HDR Video a Reality

4D6963 Re:Unimpressed (287 comments)

I have to concur, even with proper tone-mapping, after a while you just realise that it's not a good idea to compress a high range into a smaller one. It's very analogous to compression in music where you take a sound with a dynamic range of perhaps 90 dB and compress it so it takes less than 60, or even fisheye photography where you'd shoot with a FOV of 180 degrees and view it with less than a 40 degrees FOV. Both are helpful if you really need to view the whole dynamic range at once within a smaller dynamic range, but in general you don't want to do that.

HDR in consumer and professional photography has a future but tone-mapping not so much, as it's good to be able to adjust exposure after the shot (the real use of HDR) but you don't want to squeeze the dynamic range.

more than 4 years ago
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HDR Video a Reality

4D6963 Re:HDR? (287 comments)

Another way to put it is that it's high-pass filtered (actually part of how it's achieved), hence the glow in the sky around dark buildings.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'

4D6963 In other news (780 comments)

And according to another study, Blackberry owners are 'big stoopid doo doo heads', while the same study finds that Android users are smooth, cool and 230% more likely to have sex with more than one partner a week.

more than 3 years ago
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Kepler Investigator Says 'Galaxy Is Rich In Earth-Like Planets'

4D6963 Re:Unconfirmed planets (206 comments)

If you knew anything at all about exoplanet discovery you'd know that most discovered planets orbit awfully close to their star and as a result have a revolution of only a few days, mostly when it comes to observing transits. You're not gonna observe a transit of any planet in the solar system from any other random system (you'd probably never get a single transit because you wouldn't be aligned with the solar system's plane to begin with).

And then I believe that by "same distance" you meant "same revolution", or perhaps you also ignore everything about how gravity works?

more than 3 years ago
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Sun's Dark Companion 'Nemesis' Not So Likely

4D6963 Re:period of passing through the galaxy ecliptics? (306 comments)

No it fucking doesn't. Just because there's something you don't like doesn't mean you can pretend like it's not really there. "And their analysis shows an excess of extinctions every 27 million years, with a confidence level of 99%.". We're talking about hard statistical analysis, there's absolutely nothing that goes in the way of your bullshit "anomaly/bias/incomplete data" explanation.

If your interpretation of Occam's Razor is "if I can't see why things are the way they are then they mustn't be like this" you need to do some reading.

more than 4 years ago
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Flying Cars Hop Slightly Closer With FAA Weight Waiver

4D6963 Re:I hate the idea of flying cars (123 comments)

There's a slight distinction between engineers who create things and users who use things. Your analogy is worse than a car analogy.

more than 4 years ago
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Flying Cars Hop Slightly Closer With FAA Weight Waiver

4D6963 Re:I hate the idea of flying cars (123 comments)

What I really don't get is people like you. We live in an age where we can almost make cars drive themselves through traffic. For a VTOL like a sci-fi flying car, it would be even more trivial to have a system that would take off vertically from a point, reach a specific altitude, follow a specific set of paths and land vertically on a programmed spot.

This would be relatively trivial to achieve, so can you tell me of any single damn reason why an eventual flying car should require more input than "take off and take us to school"?

more than 4 years ago
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DIY Synthetic Aperture Radar

4D6963 "GOSTATE in pushpins" (118 comments)

Am I the only one who read "GOATSE with pushpins" and thought that it sounds a lot more painful than the regular goatse?

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo 3DS Early Impressions

4D6963 Re:No stereoscopic vision (273 comments)

Yeah, so basically any form of 3D display is useless to you. The only thing that'd any good to you would be something that'd track the position of your watching eye to modify the display accordingly. In a way you've got it good, it's technologically simple for you to be fooled into thinking what you see is like real 3D.

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo 3DS Early Impressions

4D6963 Re:No stereoscopic vision (273 comments)

If you have a lazy eye aren't you screwed whatever the technique? How can you see in 3D if you only use one eye?

more than 4 years ago
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Iceland Votes "Já" To Proposed News Haven

4D6963 Re:is it just me? (232 comments)

All of our email, web and telephone traffic is monitored by the state.

Yeah? Tell Americans about that.

As for our "free" health care - it's not free, we pay it through taxes.

Hahahaha. You can't really that dumb, can you?

more than 4 years ago
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AMD's Fusion Processor Combines CPU and GPU

4D6963 Re:vs Larrabee (240 comments)

lol, I figured as much (usually when you see "1=0" your maths troll detector should go off), it's just that usually when you see that it's from a real head scratcher, this one would just keep someone busy for 10 seconds and then dismiss it as idiotic. Or perhaps I was trolled into expecting something clever to instead find the opposite?

more than 4 years ago
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AMD's Fusion Processor Combines CPU and GPU

4D6963 Re:vs Larrabee (240 comments)

Off topic : I just want to point out that your signature is stupid. You can't do that with a non-monotonic function like square, because you can find more than one possible values by reversing the function.

more than 4 years ago
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New Radar Device Helps Blind People 'See'

4D6963 Re:Computer vision (73 comments)

The article is thin on details, so I was wondering if it wasn't about the same thing except with depth information (as in, a depth map) instead of an unprocessed image.

If you hear a depth map it'll be a hell of a lot more useful to navigate through a crowd than raw images.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Are Indian Kids So Good At Spelling?

4D6963 Re:They are Americans! (534 comments)

Wouldn't that be E Pluribus Pluribum? Never mind me, I'm French, we may not have spelling bees, but we learn Latin. And English. And Spanish. And German. I think you get my point.

more than 4 years ago
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J. P. Barlow — Internet Has Broken the Political System

4D6963 wtfamireading.jpg (773 comments)

Is it me or does this summary make no fucking sense whatsoever?

more than 4 years ago
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New Estimates Say Earth's Oceans Smaller Than Once Believed

4D6963 Re:How about some metric figures? (263 comments)

Another perhaps more meaningful way to put it is that it's the same volume as a sphere with a diameter of 1366 km (roughly the size of Iapetus), knowing that the Moon has a diameter of 3476 km, which means a sphere with 16.5 less volume than the Moon.

more than 4 years ago
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Stanford Robot Car Capable of Slide Parking

4D6963 Re:Just a few points... (265 comments)

Oh please, guiding missiles is fairly trivial, mostly compared to this. When you're far beyond stall speeds it's just a matter of comparing your vector with where you want to go and adjusting where your nose is pointing accordingly.

Here what's done is non-trivial because of how hard it is to even simulate accurately the slide. Actually they're pretty much just using a replay so when you think about it that's somewhat unimpressive.

more than 4 years ago
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Don't Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

4D6963 Re:You're not seeing (1015 comments)

lol... translation "no I'm not a nutjob, aliens abduct us and you're closed minded for not accepting that despite a lack of compelling evidence".

more than 4 years ago

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