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Makers Keep Flogging 3D TV, Viewers Keep Shrugging

dwhitman No good if your eyes are bad (457 comments)

I have glaucoma, giving me the classic arc-shaped loss of visual field in each eye. Bottom line is that I really need both eyes at the same time to get a decent 2D view. Persistence of vision notwithstanding, alternately displaying images to each eye just doesn't add up well when each eye is depending on the other to fill in missing data. I can usually perceive the 3D effect, but at the cost of most detail in the middle of the image, and overall dramatic reduction in brightness vs. a 2d display.

I'd rather have a high quality 2D image than a crappy 3D one.

about 3 years ago

SEC Hit With Data Destruction Complaint

dwhitman Re:Anyone surprised? (148 comments)

Where do *you* get your information about the appointment process? As long as the President is willing to take the political heat for it, the appointment process provides (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recess_appointment) a method for Obama to appoint heads to those agencies.

The R's have keep Congress in session via the farce of keeping one clown in DC to gavel in 1 minute sessions each day. No recess = no recess appointments. Thanks for playing.

more than 3 years ago

Court Approves TSA Body Scans, But Calls For Public Comment

dwhitman Re:we could take back control... (292 comments)

Airlines would go out of business very rapidly if they weren't running at near capacity and with overbooking. If passenger demand goes down, they attempt to minimize the bleeding by simply scheduling fewer flights or cancelling flights that check in under the magic number that makes them profitable. (Happens routinely if you're flying into/out of an out of the way airport.)

They will still feel the pressure of reduced demand though - idling expensive assets eliminates the fuel cost, but they still need to pay off the airplane capital cost.

more than 3 years ago

Army's Huge SAP Project 'At High Risk'

dwhitman Re:That's what you get (166 comments)

There is a saying, I keep hearing: "No-one ever got fired for choosing SAP"....

Not a developer and certainly not a SAP consultant. But I did live through implementation of SAP at a Fortune 500 manufacturing company. For all practical purposes, the CEO bet the company by committing us to implementing SAP. The project cost was something like $3e8 in a company with sales of about $3e9. You spend that kind of cash, you bloody well better recover it in improved profitability.

Politically, with those kinds of stakes, the project is going to succeed. If it isn't a success, reality will be adjusted to make it a success. The only people getting fired in an SAP implementation are those stupid enough to say that it isn't succeeding.

more than 3 years ago

A Nude Awakening — the TSA and Privacy

dwhitman Re:Some People (728 comments)

It is not you on the plan the TSA cares to keep safe. It is what the plane can crash into.

And how exactly is a bomb smuggled on board going to enable a terrorist to commandeer a plane and crash it into something?

more than 4 years ago

Free E-Books, With a Catch — Advertising

dwhitman Re:oh boy (194 comments)

The sky above the port was the color of a Sony Aquos HDTV, tuned to a dead channel.

more than 4 years ago

Cambered Tires Can Improve Fuel Economy

dwhitman Re:I bet they work even better... (317 comments)

I always inflate my tires with Nitrogen. Unlike you peasants, I like to ride on a noble gas.

[Inigo Montoya] I do not think that means what you think it means. [/Inigo Montoya]

more than 4 years ago

Sprint Unveils HTC Evo 4G Super Phone

dwhitman Re:Battery life? (284 comments)

Don't worry, it's powered by Orbo.

And that just great until we run out of witches. Doesn't anyone think these things through? It's not scalable.

more than 4 years ago

NASA's Mars News Is Not Life, But Perchlorate

dwhitman Re:Contamination? (289 comments)

Converting most oxides to O2 costs energy, usually a lot.

Converting perchlorate to O2 is energetically downhill. You get O2 plus some heat for your igloo.

more than 6 years ago


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