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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Bitmanhome Re:Editors schmeditors (323 comments)

That's no space station, it's a planet! ...Mars!

about two weeks ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

Bitmanhome Re:Ob (229 comments)

You think Facebook did market research before starting up?

Yes, basically. According to the movie, Zuckerburg copied another in-development app, one that was likely to be successful. And being at the school he saw a need that he carefully wrote his app to fill.

"Market research" doesn't need to be charts and surveys; if you know your field well enough you can generate good ideas.

about a month and a half ago
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How 3D Printers Went Mainstream After Decades In Obscurity

Bitmanhome Re:How it happened? Easy: gigabytes of RAM (69 comments)

I suspect cheap and huge computers had a large effect too. I haven't done a 3D print, but the app that slices an object for printing and plans the head path probably takes a significant amount of CPU and RAM. The printer could easily have been built in the 80s, but only recently have home computers become powerful enough to drive them.

about 2 months ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Bitmanhome Re:They outsourced their engineering to India (200 comments)

Citation needed. Govt projects still need "advertising" at least inside the govt to convince people it's worth spending money on this mission. Probably much lower than for films, but can't be sure.

about 2 months ago
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Video Released, Crowdfunding Underway For Axiom Open Source Cinema Camera

Bitmanhome Don't see the need (52 comments)

My camera-nerd friend loves the new Sony a7s, as it's optimized for video. Considerably less expensive than this.

If I were to hack an image sensor, I'd work on phone cameras. At this price range, I expect the thing to be awesome out of the box, so "open source" doesn't really add anything.

So that just means the project is not for me. I hope it's successful regardless, but I suspect it's much cooler for the inventor than it will be for the users.

about 2 months ago
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

Bitmanhome Re:Slashvertisement? (92 comments)

I agree with most of your post, but this is simply false. USB 3.0 is a completely new interface, bolted on USB 1/2 to make it seem like a seamless transition.

I've been wondering about that -- Since a USB 3 port has separate pins for ultra-speed and high-speed, shouldn't I be able to plug two devices into the same port?

about 4 months ago
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"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

Bitmanhome Re:Don't sweep it under the rug as collateral dama (157 comments)

But if the claimant doesn't have any copyright authority, I don't believe the claim is actionable under the DMCA. If I claim your video violates someone's copyright, YouTube is under no obligation. If I claim the video violates my copyright, only then is YouTube obligated to take down the video. And this triggers the perjury clause.

about 4 months ago
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Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

Bitmanhome Re:4k at viewing distance isn't that special (304 comments)

20/20 is the ability to read things made of lines 1 arc-minute thick. If the letters are smaller, you might not be able to read them, but you can tell tell it's text because the rods and cones are much more dense than that. "General colored images" usually have texture.

Another big value that's not discussed often is that the higher the resolution, the harder the pixels are to see. This is why even 480i content looks better on an HD TV -- it's a much smoother, cleaner picture. Also, through some quirk of physics, when my eyes de-focus I can see pixels.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?

Bitmanhome Re:Panasonic AG1980P (201 comments)

Be sure to test every tape with the TBC on and off. I've noticed a hint of pixelation with it on, and the dynamic range seems to be a bit narrower too. I believe you should leave TBC off as much as possible as long as your capture device likes the signal.

about 7 months ago
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Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges

Bitmanhome Re: But is it even usable? (208 comments)

I start with
# ls "/!BigData!"
to verify the computer is finding the dir I want to delete, then edit the command and insert rm -rf.

about 7 months ago
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Camera Module Problems May Delay Samsung's Galaxy S5

Bitmanhome Re:How many megapixels is enough? (70 comments)

There's two advantages to silly numbers of megapixels on a phone. One is that there's no room for a zoom lens on a phone, so the more pixels your sensor has, the more useful digital zoom becomes.

The second is that us nerds buying high-megapixel senors funds research and development of high-megapixel sensors, eventually making them cheap enough that something like the Lytro light-field camera becomes possible on a phone.

about 8 months ago
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NVIDIA Unveils Lineup of GeForce 800M Series Mobile GPUs, Many With Maxwell

Bitmanhome Re:seperate mobile GPU's is declining market (83 comments)

By ordering low-end GPU, you annoy everyone -- the users have to put up with crappy chips, IT has to support more complex systems, and budgeting has to pay for chips noone wants. So instead, order most of the laptops without discrete GPU to save a few bucks. Then order a few with high-end GPU for the few people who want them.

about 8 months ago
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Google Glass User Fights Speeding Ticket, Saying She's Defending the Future

Bitmanhome Re:Reinforcing the term (464 comments)

No actually, a dash-mounted tablet (or phone) is not legal unless it is not "operating" (term is not defined), or it has explicit interlocks to prevent app and video operation while driving. IANAL, but the only way I can find to legally use your phone as a GPS is to install it facing away from the driver, and use it only in voice mode.

about 10 months ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

Bitmanhome Re:Officials say? (644 comments)

No, you're thinking of banks. The purpose of insurance is to take your money and provide as little as possible, as long as you keep paying the premium. That insurance is useful these days is due to regulation, but it's not in the nature of insurance to behave this way.

The rest of your paragraph I totally agree with, except the last line -- It's not the government who's corrupting the system, it's the insurance company requesting laws that reflect their true nature, and the public constantly demanding free health care.

about a year ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

Bitmanhome Re:Officials say? (644 comments)

I don't care "how it was sold," I can only be a responsible human and analyze the claims for myself. It's obvious that:

  • the hospitals support it because it means they can continue overcharging;
  • the insurance companies support it because it forces ALL health care money to go through their hands;
  • the public support it because they believe it means free health care;
  • the politicians know there's no way to make a workable plan, but the public wouldn't shut up about it so they pushed something through;
  • and, most importantly, this is clearly socialized medicine, though more complicated than other countries.

I don't understand the anger at the perceived lies. Insurance is fundamentally a fraud, and health care costs are also fraudulent. You're already happy with this level of corruption, and you're happy with encoding this corruption into law. Why are you suddenly unhappy with the way it's being done?

about a year ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

Bitmanhome Re:Officials say? (644 comments)

One of the flaws in the law is that it doesn't allow for people who CAN afford healthcare and want the MINIMUM of insurance. That kind of catastrophic care insurance program is rarely useful for most normal people, but for those who are independently wealthy the plans are just fine.

It's not a flaw at all, that's how socialized medicine works. If you can afford your own health care, you still pay in to float all those who cannot. So your rich friend is not being scammed, he's simply paying the new U.S. health care tax.

about a year ago
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

Bitmanhome Re:What did you expect? (233 comments)

I haven't seen it, but the plot descriptions make it look like Tragedy.

1 year,9 days
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Panasonic Announces an End To Plasma TVs In March

Bitmanhome Re:OLED (202 comments)

Organic doesn't mean alive, it means it was grown without pesticides and manufactured without preservatives.

1 year,25 days

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