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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

adisakp Re:The WHO (478 comments)

This guy is 72 and he kinda seems amazing. He's active, very much mentally there, and seems to have a real joy in life. And he creates one-of-a-kind miniature engines that are works of art.

about 2 months ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

adisakp Re:It was pretty cool in its day (192 comments)

I wrote a bunch of software for the Amiga back in the day and they all tend to run really well on a emulator on any decent modern PC - actually often better than on the original systems when I designed the game. Sometimes I get nostalgic and play them in an emulator.

The Amiga 500 had 512K of RAM and even expanded to 1MB, it's still less than the cache on a modern PC so you can emulate the entire machine in cached memory - combined with instruction througputs and current clock cycles, a current PC is something like 10,000+ times faster for 32-bit integer operations involving memory.

about 4 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

adisakp Re:HDMI has killed the need (502 comments)

Why bother? you cannot dismiss the hardware in the middle that GENERATES the audio... if your integrated hardware is poor -- your quality receiver amplifies poor quality audio.

HDMI can output DIGITAL Audio. MS has very good digital audio software mixing and playback algorithms. And many games use a library like FMOD which does software mixing and a DAC output anyhow.

You really only need to worry about a sound card if your PC is outputting ANALOG audio to HIGH QUALITY Amp & Speakers.

about 4 months ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

adisakp Re:Metromile Automotive Insurance (353 comments)

They do things like limit the number of miles per day. So you're charged per mile but the maximum number of miles is capped in a single day. This means if you do a road trip where you do a lot of driving in a single day, your insurance won't suddenly go through the roof. This only works if they collect mileage data per day. But they also collect other info like speed and braking which could determine whether or not you're at fault in an accident (and if you're not at fault, could possibly help you?).

about 4 months ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

adisakp Re:Metromile Automotive Insurance (353 comments)

You can save $$$ on low mileage car insurance if you agree to be monitored by Metromile.

Not quite sure how this is flamebait? Some people would actually like to save money even at the expense of a little privacy.

about 4 months ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

adisakp Metromile vs Automatic (150 comments)

I bought the Automatic for $99.95. I had a number of issues with it. When I found out about Metromile for free I decided to give that a try as well.

There were a number of things I liked about the Automatic app but the Metromile just seemed to work much better (didn't lose trips) and it was free. If you're gonna be tracked while driving, I'd recommend the Metromile device.

about 4 months ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

adisakp Re:Taxi Medallions (273 comments)

And with Sidecar, you actually have to enter where you are going before you request a ride so drivers don't have to take customers that would make them drive somewhere they didn't want to go.

about 5 months ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

adisakp Re:Taxi Medallions (273 comments)

Also, a bit of the "customer roulette" is removed in the ride sharing apps since Drivers can rate their Passengers. With Lyft, if a driver gives you a poor rating, they will never get you as a customer again.

about 5 months ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

adisakp Taxi Medallions (273 comments)

Uber, Lyft, Sidecar etc. all avoid the enormous cost of Taxi Medallions (which are hundreds of thousands of dollars and in some places pushing 7 figures) -- PER CAB !!!!

However, circumventing medallions is not necessarily a bad thing considering the downsides of medallions.

about 5 months ago
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SpaceX Landing Video Cleanup Making Progress

adisakp Re:Summary of techniques used? (54 comments)

FFMPEG is a program that supports hundreds of Codecs. It's likely they used a H264 or a compatible variant as the actual codec because a) its currently the most commonly used advanced video compression algorithm, b) there is plentiful hardware and software support for encoding / decoding, and c) it has a very good tradeoff for quality, bitrate, and processing horsepower required.

There is no guarantee you will get keyframes using H264 if you are compressing video without detectable screen cuts. Some H264 compliant codecs, like the very commonly used x264 library (used by FFMPEG), do not even need to have dedicated keyframes at all but rather use a technique called Periodic Intra Refresh to encode videos without keyframes. Periodic Intra Refresh provides much better streaming /live capture performance since it lowers both encode and decode latency for transmission and it lessens the incidence and severity of data rate spikes when using variable bit rate compression schemes.

about 6 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

adisakp Re:Hello automation! (1040 comments)

Unfortunately this will hit teenagers the most. Contrary to what the supports of the home cherry pick, those who earn minimum wage have the least amount of experience.

Did you know that in the 1980's you could make minimum wage and pay for rent, food, and your college tuition? In fact, minimum wage in the 1980's was around twice the average college bills for in-state tuitions. (While the article I linked was for Ohio, it holds true for most of the country at the time and certainly in WI where I went to college).

Imagine being able to work a minimum wage job part time through college and come out with a degree and little or no debt. While it sounds ludicrous in today's world, this was the reality of America only 30 years ago.

about 6 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

adisakp Re:Hello automation! (1040 comments)

At least the machines will get your order right.

Ummm... have you tried talking to Siri or Cortana or Google Now lately? Yeah... I'm sure the machines will get my orders right at least 25% of the time.

about 6 months ago
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California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

adisakp Re:now I never looked into it (420 comments)

The difficulty is not the ability to do it, it is that the energy requirements make it economically uncompetitive. Boiling that much water and then collecting the condensation generally takes a LOT of energy which is quite expensive in most cases.

It's worth noting that you can use the energy released by condensation to preheat water before it's boiled as well as use the temperature difference between just condensed water to preheat intake water. If you have high enough efficiency in your heat exchangers, you can significantly lower your energy requirements to boil water.

about 7 months ago
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OpenSSH No Longer Has To Depend On OpenSSL

adisakp Re:OPENSSL_NO_HEARTBEATS (144 comments)

You're referring to the exploit-mitigation-mitigation in OpenSSL, which indeed couldn't be disabled, as per tedu@openbsd, but OPENSSL_NO_HEARTBEATS was a separate option that noone has volunteered to claim of not working.

OPENSSL_NO_HEARTBEATS has since been made the default and only option in LibreSSL, and the heartbeats were removed.

But even with OPENSSL_NO_HEARTBEATS, if you are using a faulty allocator that lets you read data that has already been freed, you will still may be able to come up with other exploits (which are highly likely to exist in complicated software) that will let you read that data that you thought was "gone".

about 7 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

adisakp Re:People forget the massive power in numbers (465 comments)

Except it doesn't work that way at all. Analysis of political contributions show that the wealthy donate disproportionately more. A mere 0.01% of the population (27,000 donors out of a population of 304M) are responsible for about a quarter of political donations (24.3%).

In the video game industry, we see a similarity with profits on "free to play" games where the vast majority of profits comes from the top few percent of "whales".

The truth is, most people won't part with large sums of money unless they have a lot of disposable income (or poor judgment). In politics, the "whales" are typically the richest of the rich - the top fraction of a percent.

about 7 months ago
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OpenSSH No Longer Has To Depend On OpenSSL

adisakp Re:Compiler option (144 comments)

Yes it did. You were not vulnerable if you have built OpenSSL with the feature disabled.

Except that OpenSSL actually didn't run with the "feature disabled" (internal freelist-based memory allocator) due to uninitialized memory bugs in OpenSSL that required newly allocated blocks of certain types to have memory set in them from previously freed blocks. See details here.

about 7 months ago
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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

adisakp Re:Price for Bitrate / Resolution? (347 comments)

Although, ideally, you'd just pay for a movie once to own it in the highest resolution available and then you'd be able to watch it in any quality that or less on any device.

about 7 months ago
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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

adisakp Price for Bitrate / Resolution? (347 comments)

I'd be ok with a price for bitrate or quality.

You can have a much smaller / lower quality file (SD'ish) for a smartphone than for a 60" TV (where you want at least 720 and probably 1080).

They already charge a higher rate for HD movies than SD movies on a number of streaming rental sites so it's not even a "future" rental model.

about 7 months ago

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OCZ Anounces Faster SSD's at 1/2 the Price

adisakp adisakp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

adisakp writes "OCZ just announced their new Core series SSD drives.

Core series SSD drives are available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB and deliver incredible 120-143 MB/s 80-93 MB/s read/write speeds and seek times of less than 0.35ms, making the Core series up to 10x as fast on a seek-time basis and up to 40% faster on a R/W basis that the best performing 2.5" HDDs on the market, all while consuming 50% less power. MSRPs at time of launch are USD $169, $259 and $479 for 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models respectively."

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RIAA: Ripping MP3s Illegal, Grounds for Lawsuit

adisakp adisakp writes  |  more than 6 years ago According to an article on Fox New's website, the RIAA is now claiming it is illegal to simply convert a song on a CD to MP3 format to listen to on your iPod or Zune. This simple act of actually using music you paid for is grounds for a lawsuit according the record companies.

Copying a song you've paid for in CD form is "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy,'" Sony BMG top lawyer Jennifer Pariser testified.

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