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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

green1 Re:3dTV is a flop? (196 comments)

I own a 3D TV, So I'm part of that statistic that proves how well 3D TVs sell. .. I also do not own any 3D glasses, or any 3D content, or have any intention of ever doing so.
I have a 3D TV, not because I wanted one, but because the manufacturer wanted me to. I couldn't find my other requirements without it at a price I was willing to pay. I'm certainly not alone in this category, many people have no interest in 3D, but own 3D TVs, not because they want a 3D TV, but because the TV they want happens to have that feature.
Look at sales of 3D content and 3D glasses, not 3D TVs to gauge the interest, I'm sure it's a lot lower than the industry would have you believe.
Thing is, the industry is desperate, we just went through the transition from SD to HD, which provided real value to the end user, this caused millions of people to go out and buy new TVs to replace ones that were still working fine, that's petering out now and most people have already replaced their old SD TVs. The industry desperately wants to replicate that situation and force people to go buy all new TVs again, but people just aren't biting.

2 days ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

green1 Don't do business with the USA (502 comments)

This is one more reason to make extra sure that companies that you deal with have zero US presence. In fact in many jurisdictions it would be illegal to follow these US laws due local privacy laws. By doing business in the US, any data on individuals that you have, even stored in other jurisdictions is subject to their laws, meaning you'll often have the choice of breaking US law, or breaking the laws of the country you're in.

Much safer to just avoid all dealings with the USA.

about three weeks ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

green1 Re:Role reversal (398 comments)

Simple, they cut off your service for non-payment, and you move your internet connection to the competi....er... well, does Netflix still run a DVD service?

about three weeks ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

green1 Re:My reason (550 comments)

Only partially true though, what they ignore is that those same people need glasses for distance. So it's a choice of needing glasses for reading, or for distance, or for both. Not needing glasses isn't really the option there.
With Lasik you'd need your reading glasses, without you'd need either distance glasses, or bi-focals, depending.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

green1 Re:Skip Lasik: Go PRK (550 comments)

Although the risk of dislodging the "flap" is real, I question for how long it is an issue? I don't think you're likely to be able to dislodge it months later as it will "heal" the same way the new layer grows back after PRK

I know that the Canadian Army used to require PRK for this exact reason, but I believe they've now changed that and allow both.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

green1 Re:Eyes & high G forces... (550 comments)

For this reason the Canadian Army used to insist on PRK over Lasik, the difference is that in Lasik they open a flap in your eye, and then re-seal it. in PRK they cut the flap off and let it re-grow. That said, I believe with more experience that they've changed the rules to allow both now.

There is a risk of dislodging the flap after Lasik, though the risk goes away with time (I'm not sure how much time?) Though I don't think G-forces alone are enough (at least not survivable ones) they were worried about direct trauma to the eye.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

green1 Re:chiming in (550 comments)

I actually got my lasik done from the same surgeon that did my opthamologist... so I felt fairly confident (I did do quite a bit of my own research too, but when I asked my opthamologist and they gave me the name that did theirs I'll say it carried some weight)

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

green1 Re:Sensitive eyes (550 comments)

I'm actually in the same boat, but that was one of the things that pushed me to do the Lasik, there's no way I could ever use a contact lens, I wouldn't be able to get it in to my eye, and glasses pissed me off. But for an hour of misery I bought a lifetime of freedom.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

green1 Re:Loved every bit of it? (550 comments)

Hated every moment of it, one of the most miserable experiences of my life. And worth every moment.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

green1 Re:Because (550 comments)

LASIK is permanent, but some people's eyes continue to change post surgery, a competent surgeon will refuse the surgery if your eyes haven't been stable for at least a couple of years pre-surgery for that reason.
I had my lasik about 10 years ago. my vision is currently 20/15, same as it was a week after the surgery.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

green1 Re:not a permanent fix (550 comments)

This is why most surgeons won't do the surgery unless your eyes have been stable for a couple of years already. The Lasik didn't wear-off, her eyes just hadn't stabilized before it was done, so they continued to degrade afterwards.
I had the surgery approximately 10 years ago, and my vision now is 20/15, exactly the same as it was a week after the surgery.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

green1 Re:My reason (550 comments)

Thats' not my understanding at all. my understanding is that when you get old your vision doesn't so much "change" as become less "elastic", you loose the ability to easily re-focus. The end result is that you no longer need just one prescription, but two (bi-focals) Lasik can't fix that, but it can set one of the two, so that you only need reading glasses instead of bi-focals.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

green1 Re:My reason (550 comments)

vision changes throughout life, but for the most part people's vision pretty much stabilizes when they are in their early 20s, and stays that way until their 50s, at that point it's a different problem though, unlike in your younger years when your eyes are changing, the problem when you get older is that your eyes don't change as much making re-focusing more difficult. End result is that instead of needing one prescription, you end up needing two (bi-focals). I had my Lasik done at about age 25, and at age 35 my vision is still 20/15 (same as it was the week after the surgery) Eventually I'll probably need reading glasses, but there's a good chance I'll avoid needing bi-focals.

As for dry eye... I do wish someone had mentioned that before the surgery, I never saw anything at all about that in all the research I did (and I did quite a bit) but I will say that post-surgery my eyes are much drier than they were before the surgery. I won't really say it's an issue, I just wish I had known ahead of time. (that said, I would still have done it again in a heartbeat, best decision I ever made!)

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

green1 Re:Color vision? (550 comments)

Nothing official, but I can say that even after the surgery I still seem to have better colour sensitivity than many others I know (I can tell subtle shades apart better, especially in low light) Actually drives my wife nuts some times, she'll tell me something is black and I'll have to point out that it's actually a very dark green, or dark blue, or I'll be able to tell the dark blue and dark green apart when she can not.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

green1 Re:No (550 comments)

I can relate. I had Lasik done because I was sick of glasses, and there was no way I could ever put contacts in my eyes. The surgeon described me as having a "very aggresive blink reflex" and they had to pretty much pin me down to do the surgery. I'll admit, the surgery was probably the most miserable time of my life, but it doesn't last long, and it was so worth it in the end. (and yes, the eye drops needed for about a week afterwards were also extremely difficult for me, but I still don't regret the surgery even the least little bit.)

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

green1 Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (550 comments)

I was very worried about decreased night vision post surgery, stories of halos etc abound. But when I actually researched it, nobody could actually say that they had had a worse outcome post surgery than before. Most of it seemed to be propaganda more than anything. I even talked to a couple of people with poor night vision post-surgery, only to find out that they really didn't have decent night vision pre-surgery either.

I have very good night vision (apparently I have larger than average pupils) I have noticed zero issues post-surgery. no halos, no diffraction spikes, no increased glare. I continue to have better night vision than any of my friends.

Lasik was the best decision I ever made. absolutely zero regrets. I don't miss my glasses one bit.

about a month ago
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New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

green1 Re:Translation (121 comments)

Party of the idea behind cash is that regulations would be difficult to enforce. Not impossible, because if you're buying stuff with cash then you still need a delivery address. But difficult.

I could go on, but the point is that none of this is new with Bitcoin. Cash, which has been around a lot longer without society collapsing, has all the same regulatory problems.

about a month ago
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New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

green1 Re:Translation (121 comments)

And the appropriate way to treat it is like cash. Can you do untraceable cash deals and avoid taxes? Yes, but it's not legal to do so. Bitcoin is the same. I believe that the law already covers this anyway, technically you must pay tax even when bartering. Will people abuse this? Of course, but no more so than they do with cash today.

The thing is, I don't see why any new law is needed. If I pay you cash to fix my sink, tax is supposed to be paid, likewise, if I trade you supper for you fixing my sink, legally tax is supposed to be paid on the value of the meal. So why do they think a new law is needed just because it's Bitcoin? Do they need to write another law for litecoin separately? How about one for the next currency that comes along tomorrow? There are already laws, use them.

about a month ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

green1 Re:Is this new? (702 comments)

I was asked once to power up one of my radios, batteries were dead so it wouldn't power up, luckily it used AA batteries so I borrowed some from my girlfriend's Discman (this was a few years ago...) and although those batteries were also quite dead it was enough to get a "beep" out of the radio which seemed good enough for the people at the checkpoint. Not entirely sure if this was before or after 9/11, I suspect after, but I can't say for certain.

about a month and a half ago

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