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Human Eye's Oscillation Rate Determines Smooth Frame Rate

Twinbee Re:I RTFA'd, and I still want to know... (168 comments)

Just to say that Nvidia's new Gsync will allow for any frame rate perfectly consistent as long as you have a new Gsync monitor.

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Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype

Twinbee Re:"Haven't reached that point yet" (90 comments)

'Unfortunately', we also have a responsibility to ensure the safety of others, not just ourselves. When you drive your car, it's not just your life on the line.

For that very reason, as soon as self-driving cars reach a critical point of safety over normal drivers (perhaps at least 25% lives saved?), it's a GOOD idea to implement it ASAP. I like controlling cars too, but the roads are not for joyrides.

3 days ago
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Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype

Twinbee Re:Liability? (90 comments)

Why can't they all have slice of the liability pie? Not everything is a boolean value.

3 days ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

Twinbee Re:DDoS .. in which attackers flood (359 comments)

So THAT'S what OS stands for. Thanks also for linking to an overview on Wikipedia, since I had no idea otherwise! (initially thought DDOS was a type of OS).

3 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Twinbee Re:Whence the trend? (677 comments)

There is nothing wrong with a Basic Universal Income, or negative income tax to help offset the coming automation revolution. We can start by offering a small amount (£20 per person, unconditional), and increasing gradually as more jobs are automated.

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Twinbee Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

Excellent point. The 3D-ness of a real piano's sound is surely the main problem when it comes to synthesizing a piano.

about two weeks ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Twinbee Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

Could that 'warmth' simply be emulated by an adjustment of the equalizers? Perhaps an increase the amount of bass or mid-range may get the effect you're looking for.

If so, digital can emulate the older vinyl, but the reverse isn't true.

about two weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Twinbee Re:Better comparison site (377 comments)

You must've made an error or reversed the sides.

about two weeks ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

Twinbee Re:Magic Pill - Self Discipline (153 comments)

The difference is that there are people who can eat what they want and stay thin. Leavings things to evolution is often the safer bet.

about two weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Twinbee Re:Better comparison site (377 comments)

WebP is much worse. For example, try the 'Clovisfest' picture, and set quality to small, or especially 'tiny'. BPG is so much better it's not even funny.

about two weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Twinbee Re:Better comparison site (377 comments)

The difference is substantial - very substantial.

Try the "Pont de Quebec at Night" image making sure "Mozjpeg" is on the left and BPG-x265 on the right.

Then hover your mouse cursor over the image. Everything to the left of the cursor is JPEG, and everything to the right BPG.

Tell me you then can't see a difference.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

Twinbee Re:Why no 2tb model? (127 comments)

Many laptops don't have space for two SSDs, and even with a desktop, it's cumbersome to have two drives, instead of everything on one.

And never mind 2TB, 3D SSDs should manage at least 10TB right?

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Twinbee Re:So What (574 comments)

That option seems to be really popular on Slashdot. It's not something I or the majority of the population would gladly accept however.

about three weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Twinbee Re:So What (574 comments)

What a shame that your glorious robots would never get to taste, touch, see, hear, or actually experience anything.

Qualia.

...coming to the rescue yet again.

about three weeks ago
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Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing

Twinbee Re:News? (109 comments)

He also had no ability to comprehend sarcasm

So if you said "Wow you've got more coffee in that cup that all the lakes in the world combined!", he'd think you were serious?

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Twinbee Re:Price not yet announced (438 comments)

Like as if you'd want to use Windows own search. It's poor compared to third party search programs.

about 1 month ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Twinbee Re:wow (454 comments)

We don't control robot vacuum cleaners either, yet it makes more sense to buy one than to rent one because although it seems tempting at the time to only pay small amounts weekly/monthly, you'll lose money in the long run.

about a month ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

Twinbee Re:Where is the seat of consciousness? (114 comments)

The observer doesn't need to be conscious.

It's less mystic than even that AFAIK. I think the word 'observer' is misleading, and it's better to say some atoms (or photons) got in the way of some other atoms (or photons) and affected the result in an expected way. Right?

about a month ago

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The Insidious Creep of Latency Hell

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Twinbee writes "Gamers often find 'input lag' annoying, but over the years, delay has crept into many other gadgets with equally painful results. Something as simple as mobile communication or changing TV channel can suffer. Software too is far from innocent (Java or Visual Studio 2010 anyone?), and even the desktop itself is riddled with 'invisible' latencies which can frustrate users (take the new Launcher bar in Ubuntu 11 for example). More worryingly, Bufferbloat is a problem that plagues the internet, but has only recently hit the news.

Half of the problem is that it's often difficult to pin down unless you look out for it. As Mick West pointed out: "Players, and sometimes even designers, cannot always put into words what they feel is wrong with a particular game's controls.....Or they might not be able to tell you anything, and simply say the game sucked, without really understanding why it sucked.""

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Top 20 Apps for an Infinitely Fast Computer

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Twinbee writes "What would you do if you had access to an infinitely fast computer with infinite memory and zero latency? The question has rarely been asked before, but the implications could prove interesting. Some of the applications include more obvious things such as weather prediction, and games featuring incredible path-traced graphics with worlds made from molecules. But more subtle ideas explore what a programming language may look like, how graphics creation may fundamentally change, and the chance to use sheer brute force to find a Grand Unified Theory for the universe."
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Renoise 2.1 Goes Gold

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Twinbee writes "The music DAW — Renoise 2.0 (and more recently 2.1) has been released for Mac, Linux and Windows. For those not familar with the 'tracker' style of music editing, many would say it's a welcome change from programs such as Logic, Cubase or Reason due to the sheer speed of editing and navigating notes, which are fed into a compact and information-rich spreadsheet-like structure. Although the learning curve may be a little steeper at first than the aforementioned (keyboard shortcuts are king), trackers have come a long since the early days of Protracker, OctaMED, FastTracker et al.

Essentially, it's suitable for create anything from classical to electronic, to jazz. Standard features include full VST/LADSPA/AU support, PDC, multi-core load balancing, rock-solid GUI, envelope automation, MIDI i/o, and a decent community/forum. The latest 2.1 version offers ReWire / Jack Transport support, and pattern 'scheduling' to allow for live performance mixes."

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Existence of Real 3D Mandelbrot?

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Twinbee writes "Could there ever exist a true 3D analogue of the Mandelbrot which isn't just an extruded mountain, lathed rotation or Quaternion cross section? If such an object did exist, it could look indescribably beautiful. This site goes in search of the mythical beast, and gives us hope that we may even find it one day. There's also a nice 'cream of the crop' collection of 3D fractal pics on display at the end (from many artists) which are well worth a look."
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MP3 Player Comparison - Winamp vs iTunes vs WMP

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Twinbee writes "Skytopia recently featured a comparison of four of the most popular music organizers for Windows, including Winamp v5.51, iTunes v7.6, Windows Media Player v11.05, and MediaMonkey v3.01. The review focuses on "basic operation, including file types, searching features, tagging, and the speed of the program", and goes into quite some depth over the five pages.

Winamp turned out to be the winner, but only just. According to the writer, all of the players may be close enough to warrant sticking with for now, especially if you're used to their way of working."

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Greatest Widget Toolkit for C/C++

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Twinbee writes "I'm a C/C++ programmer looking to expand into the world of the GUI. The ideal widget toolkit should be cross-platform, but adhere to the native widgets where possible. It should also be simple to use with the shortest code possible, yet flexible and mature to suit large-scale projects. Finally, the applications should all run like greased lightning and have decent WYSIWYG GUI editors if possible.

After a cursory look, it would seem there are so many; wxWidgets, Ultimate++, JUCE, GTK, QT, V, Fox, Lgi, WTL, ZooLib, and SmartWin. After experiencing some of the horrors with the Win32 API, which of these are worth trying out?"
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Aerogel Hailed As New Wonder Material

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Twinbee writes "The amazing properties of the space-age material aerogel have been known for some time, but only now is it beginning to be manufactured for widespread use. Highlights of the news article include resistance from a blowtorch at more than 1,300C, and how "6mm of aerogel was left almost unscathed by a direct dynamite blast". Perhaps the most obvious use for the 'super-sponge' like material is for insulation, whether we're talking about mountain boots, house insulation, or any winter wear.

Quote: "However, it has failed to convince the fashion world. Hugo Boss created a line of winter jackets out of the material but had to withdraw them after complaints that they were too hot.""

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Record Cost/watt for Solar Panels

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Twinbee writes "We've just had a Slashdot story which reports the efficiency of solar panels has increased yet again, this time from 40.7 to 42.8%. However, what's surely more important is the price per watt statistic. It's the benchmark which more than anything else, will help propel us into a cleaner energy age.

So, Slashdot readers, what is the current record? From a quick Google, I find a few results to get us started: $26.60 per watt (Maplins). $4.40 per watt (the-green-company) $4.16 per watt (GE Energy GEPV-173 Solar Panels)

I have zero affiliation with the above companies, and no, I have no idea why Maplins panels are so expensive.

Can anyone find anything better $4.16 per watt?"
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Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Twinbee writes "I was wondering what you lot would consider the best 2+ player games of all time. Apart from games for mixed skill players, this has never been asked on Slashdot before, so it would be interesting to see. From my own experience and research, it looks as though a top 50 would include games such as Streetfighter 2, World of Warcraft, Speedball 2, Super Mario Kart, SWIV, Ikaruga, Stunt Car Racer, Super Monkey Ball, Puzzle Fighter, and Mario Party. Whether they are competitive or cooperative, Slippery slope or Perpetual comeback, 2-player or multiplayer, retro or cutting edge, I want to hear them! I would prefer MMOG games not to be included, unless there is a good deal of interaction between the people in the 'same house' (e.g. perhaps they can team up and play against the world)."
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Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Twinbee writes "Well 57 to be precise. Ever wondered how far off we are to creating a working flying skateboard, disintegrator disc, or anti-sleep pill? Mysteria Onera from Skytopia.com is a rather strange, but entertaining article that sets out to discover how useful these gizmos would be, the closest we've got so far, and a prediction date for when (or if) we can expect it to appear. As always with these kind of things, it's not going to be 100% accurate, but it's an interesting and humorous look at some of the weirder technologies out there."

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