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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Nahor Re:No accounting for taste. (215 comments)

And your character can kill people with mostly impunity, how come?

We don't want a "realistic" game, there is "real life" for that! "Realistic" should only go so far as to improve the game, not hinder it.

about 3 months ago
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Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats

Nahor Re:Autoimmune disorder... (350 comments)

And then when someone calls 911 because of a real hostage situation or bomb threat, then people go all up in arms because SWAT was too slow, never mind that they were only checking if the call was legit.

What's scary is how people always overreact, no matter what, and require blood if the outcome doesn't please them, even if everything was done right otherwise.

about 5 months ago
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Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

Nahor Re:And A Rebuttal (360 comments)

What if the movie is an independent movie with a little to no budget? They are commercial but can't always afford the copyright license? How is school play not a derivative works but a broadway show is?

The real issue here is that we just don't want rich people for profiteering from others without fair compensation while helping less fortunate people to benefit from older works. We want the "assets" (money, copyrights, patents, ...) to trickle down and not up. But how do we decide who is "up" and who is "down"?

about 8 months ago
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How The NSA Targets Tor

Nahor Re:How about the nodes (234 comments)

Did you read that definition of yours? "Anonymity is the penultimate of privacy" implies that anonymity is a part of privacy, that privacy is a super-set of anonymity. It is not. You can have anonymity without privacy. That's what Tor is. It ensures that nobody can know *who* is doing something. It doesn't prevent one from knowing *what* is being done. One just needs to be the exit node or sit in front of the target server (or anywhere in between those two) to know that "what". If one wants privacy, one should use an end-to-end encryption like SSL.

So yes, I reconsidered my terminology and stand by what I said.

about a year ago
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How The NSA Targets Tor

Nahor Re:How about the nodes (234 comments)

By strict definition, TOR doesn't ensure privacy. Your connection still ends up somewhere on the regular Internet and whatever you post in Slashdot will be visible by everybody. What TOR ensures is anonymity.

about a year ago
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Adobe EULA Demands 7000 Years a Day From Humankind

Nahor Better question... (224 comments)

How much time would one person waste reading all the EULAs (s)he has to agree to?

about 2 years ago
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Why Would a Mouse Need To Connect To the Internet?

Nahor Re:razer synapse (249 comments)

Without a reboot, you have only the basic mouse functionalities.
I have a left-handed DeathAdder which has the mouse buttons reversed in hardware ("left-click" is on the right button). But I'm used to left-click with my major and right click with my index so I use the software to revert it. Without the reboot, the buttons are not reversed.

about 2 years ago
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Hobbit Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second

Nahor Re:Can people actually tell the difference? (607 comments)

And so do digital movies and 3D movies. Yet the movie industry did it. Are those two "improvements" worthier of the expense then increasing the frame rate that supposedly 90% of the population notices?

Moreover, unlike convenience stores, the movie industry isn't fighting to reduce the cost to the consumer as the trend on ticket sale price show. Quite the contrary, they are quite happy to add a gimmick and increases the price as necesary, especially if that gimmick is not available easily on TV making movies more attractive, as again the digital and 3D movies show.

more than 2 years ago
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Hobbit Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second

Nahor Re:Can people actually tell the difference? (607 comments)

If they shot at high speed and didn't add the motion blur when reducing the frame rate, then they got the same effect as in video games.

I haven't seen the studies so maybe I'm talking out of my ass but I follow the news about video games, especially the technical side and from the way people talk about frame rate, while I can believe that 50% of the people can tell the difference between 60 and 70fps in games, I don't think it's much more than that and it would have to be if 50% can tell the differences in movies that have motion blur.

more than 2 years ago
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Hobbit Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second

Nahor Re:Can people actually tell the difference? (607 comments)

I don't have links handy but they aren't terribly hard to find. Most of the population (more than 90%) can tell the difference between 24 and 48. Most (over 50%) can tell the difference on any 10fps jump (i.e. 60fps to 70 fps) up to 80 fps IIRC. Beyond that it starts to dwindle, but there's still a substantial chunk (20ish%) that can tell a 10fps difference at 120fps. By 240fps you reach the point where basically no one can tell the difference between that and anything faster, no matter how much faster (e.g. 240 vs 480 fps benefits basically no one).

We are talking about movies here, not video games. In video games, one notices the framerate because of the lack of motion blur. In movies, with the motion blur, the frame rate is a lot less noticeable. If 90% of the population could distinguish between 24 and 48 fps, the TV and movie industries would have increase that rate a long time ago.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's iBooks EULA Drawing Ire

Nahor Re:Next step (308 comments)

If Bic gave you the pen for free, and included with it a bunch of their pre-designed templates for your use (plot outline, prewritten characters, whatever), your analogy would be a bit closer to the mark.

The pen comes with one pre-designed template which sets the color and line width of your text.

more than 2 years ago
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US Bans Loud Commercials

Nahor Music and soundeffects in movies (289 comments)

I hope they will pass a similar law for movies so one could hear the actors without getting deaf from the sound effects and soundtrack.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Launches SSD 830 Drive

Nahor Re:Big questions (148 comments)

The impact of missing TRIM depends a lot on your usage. When the FS starts to reuse blocks from delete files, performance starts to go down because the SSD doesn't know that part of the block can be discarded and will have to do extra work to keep that unused part intact (as Bengie explained in more detail in his answer).

So if you mostly use big files, the impact will be negligible because the FS won't use partial blocks very often.
Or if you don't delete files often, the impact will be negligible because there isn't many blocks to partially reuse.

But think of it, if TRIM was added, it's not just for the fun of it, people saw the performance degradation first. Just read the comments on the web before TRIM was added. Just read the benchmarks when the first drives with TRIM came out. Yes some user will never notice it, but that doesn't mean that nobody does and that TRIM isn't useful.

about 3 years ago
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Samsung Launches SSD 830 Drive

Nahor Re:Big questions (148 comments)

A good garbage collection can't replace TRIM. Overwritten blocks are not the only ones that can be GC'ed. There is also the blocks from deleted files. And unless the FS uses those blocks first (which any recent filesystem will avoid to do to prevent fragmentation on hard-drives), they will eventually use a significant amount of the SSD and kill the drive performance.

And worse, some modern filesystems use "copy-on-write", so no data is ever overwritten (from the SSD point of view) the SSD performance will drop even more quickly.

about 3 years ago
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In Praise of Procrastination

Nahor Re:From personal experience (118 comments)

"I feel like saying something to her right now, I should say it." - Good.

"I want to have sex with you" - Yeah, I'm sure it will work out well.

Any present actions have future consequences. Not thinking of the future means you ignore the consequences. That can't be a good thin.
As in pretty much everything in life, moderation is key. Don't over-think things that you end up never doing anything. But you still need to think things a bit. ("There is a time for thinking, and there is a time of acting")

The other reason for over-thinking is negative target fixation where one focuses too much on the possible obstacles, ending up scaring oneself too much to act. Fix your mind on where you want to go, keeping a peripheral view on possible obstacles.

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA Wants 'Net Neutrality' To Include Filtering

Nahor Re:"Cause I'm the only judge of what is proper"... (212 comments)

They wanted to say "I reject your reality and substitute my own" but they were afraid it would result in a public explosion (plus it's copyrighted by the TVAA but I think it's a minor detail they would be willing to ignore).

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Goes To Flash 10.1, Forgoes Security Fix For 10

Nahor "Direct rendering" != "Hardware acceleration" (320 comments)

"Direct rendering" != "Hardware acceleration".

Correct me if I'm wrong but:
- "Direct rendering" = decode the data directly to Video buffer. Otherwise the data needs to be decoded to a RAM buffer which then needs to be copied to the Video buffer to be actually displayed.
- "Hardware acceleration" = use the GPU for decoding (because a GPU is usually way faster than the CPU for this kind of work).

So you can have "direct rendering" without the "hardware acceleration" (and vice-versa though it's unlikely to happen in practice).

more than 4 years ago
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The Truth About Net Neutrality Job Loss

Nahor Re:How can maintaining the status quo cause job lo (187 comments)

So how exactly would passing a law that basically codifies current practices cause job loss?

1. The legislation passes
2. People get angry at their ISP and set their HQ on fire
3. The ISPs build bigger meaner bunk^H^H^H^H HQs which requires manpower
=> more jobs

1. The legislation passes
2. The ISP demands their protection money
3. The CEOs and other members of the boards become richer
4. They buy bigger houses
5. They requires more maids and gardeners
=> more jobs

1. The legislation passes
2. The ISP demands their protection money
3. The customers become poorer and can't pay their bills
4. The customers are evicted
5. The customers now homeless lose their jobs
=> more jobs (for the others)
6. The customers get depressed and kill themselves
7. They are buried or cremated
8. Graveyards and crematoriums flourish
=> more jobs

more than 4 years ago

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