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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

im_thatoneguy Re:what a difference a day makes (221 comments)

If he was hired to mow the lawn he would have access to the site. It's pretty hard to stop someone from taking a can of gasoline and tossing it over a fence (or some such).

5 days ago
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Euclideon Teases Photorealistic Voxel-Based Game Engine

im_thatoneguy Re:"Photorealistic" (131 comments)

They are only raytracing primary ray intersections though. www.Caustic.com already does this on the new PowerVR Wizard chip. You could Lidar Scan a scene and tesselate the point cloud into a mesh and you would get just as high of quality as this voxel system. The only reason this looks even slightly acceptable is because they're just projection mapping real world lighting directly onto the voxels. But baked in lighting would work with projection mapped geometry too. Without a real shader model though and shortcutting the whole lighting process you end up with very weird artifacts. So if you have a bronze pipe organ all of the pipes have reflections that are "Frozen" instead of proper specular shading. Adding reflections and global illumination and soft shadows and all of the nice things that Raytracing makes easy would be harder with their voxels than a traditional game engine. And you would still need those thousands of artists to create specular maps, bump maps and write shaders.

about a week ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

im_thatoneguy Re:Maybe 40k (393 comments)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/P...

Direct Subsidies:
$41-52 billion / 254 million vehicles = $161 / yr * 13 years = $2,100-$2,500. From the US.

Military Subsidies:
$20-250B in military expenditures to protect oil supplies / 254 million vehicles = ($80-900 /yr) * 13 years = $1,000-11,700

Health:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10...
32% of Fossil fuel burning (aka not coal) is transportation. It's estimated by the National Academy of Sciences that $120B /yr in health costs are absorbed by society due to pollution. $120B * .33 = $40B / 254 million vehicles = $157/yr * 13 years = $2050

So all told we're conservatively looking at:
$2,050 + $6,350 + $2,300 = $10,700

That's before you look at environmental impacts and climate change.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

im_thatoneguy Re:Winning the lottery (545 comments)

They are very clumsily introduced but except for my NASs I almost never actually browse file paths anymore for my own files.

I tried writing a Windows Store application recently and despised the file management experience at the time. Now I'm writing a regular desktop app and am missing the sandboxed storage system that I so loathed.

Another nice side-effect of the library system is that you can use the same file system for both Phone and Desktop. OSX and IOS have completely different file structures. Which makes porting harder.

What Microsoft needs to do though is start piling on features and demonstrating the advantages of a 'virtual' folder structure. It was a shame that they deprecated the more exotic and powerful virtual folders.

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

im_thatoneguy Re:Maybe 40k (393 comments)

Considering every petrol burning vehicle in the US uses far more than $10k in gas subsidies over its lifespan I don't have a problem with electric getting a substitute subsidy.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

im_thatoneguy Re:My Guess (188 comments)

It's not as cut and dry as one is more expensive than the other either. Let's not forget that Boeing has not participated in the COTS funding to nearly the degree that SpaceX has.

It's true that CTS-100 hasn't flown yet. But the only reason Dragon has flown has been because NASA funded the COTS missions. SpaceX received $396M from that program alone. The ISS CRS missions have awarded SpaceX another $1.6B in contracts. So it makes sense that there will be a lot of overlap in that $2B. After all the cargo requirement was for pressurized cargo delivery--it was pretty easy for SpaceX to cover both contracts with one design.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

im_thatoneguy Re:Could have been worse (188 comments)

The Dreamchaser can still be awarded a contract. NASA described several "On Ramps" where if they finish their paperwork and do a little but of 'make-up' work they can still pass. ;)

It makes sense. Dreamchaser just wasn't ready for this round. But it's good that NASA has a contingency for projects that are farther behind but still long term viably good competition.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

im_thatoneguy Re:A few things... (545 comments)

1) Doesn't attempt to hide the workings of my computer from me -- in particular, don't hide the way that paths and directories really work. (As a bonus: remove the spaces from system directories, dammit, because I get real tired of escaping them when I access my NTFS partition from a real OS.)

1) File Systems already hide the inner workings of how files and folders are stored. Also having a very linear folder structure where data is stored in specific places is extremely outdated and limiting. Imagine you want a folder of data but you want some of it fast and on an SSD but some of it can be slow. Also you often want data in more than one place this notion that Data should be in one folder which is in another folder runs counter to how people actually interact with data. Data should be like a database, "I want all of the files that are tagged "John Brown Project" and were created in January 2013 that are .doc files.

3) Don't be patronizing but be helpful. If your tablet doesn't play a ProRes file, offer to transcode it automatically on-copy as an option.

4) Agreed.

5) Stores are a much better way to deploy software. When I install a new PC I now click "Re-Install" to all of my metro apps and then have to go hunting through the internet for everything else I use on the desktop. I also then inevitably end up with 20 updater apps each sucking up power. I also lose my settings in between computers and have to spend another couple hours configuring things to the way I like them. Or alternately if it's like Chrome I have to log-in to my google account to get my chrome settings. And then I have to log into EA Games to get my origin settings. And then I have to log into steam to get my steam settings. I would much rather have a single account which links all of them.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

im_thatoneguy Re:Winning the lottery (545 comments)

I've come full circle on Libraries. Libraries are brilliant. They are an abstracted storage system which separates your metal from your data. At first it was terrifying but now I fully embrace it. Using HDD\Folder\Folder is rediculous. If I want to move all of that folder over to HDD2\ suddenly the whole OS breaks. With libraries I move the library location to my external drive and everything still works because it's an environment variable not a specific path.

And since the OS knows it as an environment variable it can sync it easily and consistently between workstations and devices. In fact it can even mix and match between data that's stored physically on the drive and just meta data that's a link to cloud data.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

im_thatoneguy Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (545 comments)

I leave documentation open on one screen and work on the other. I can alt-tab between docs and the window I'm working in but I find it far slower. Physical screens let you compare two sets of data as well. I also then have to remember which virtual desktop something is on. With physical monitors I can literally see everything all at once. I can find it from my peripheral vision.

about two weeks ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

im_thatoneguy Re:Urban Fetch (139 comments)

Yeah I feel like Uber drivers benefit differently than a dedicated delivery person. If your choice is to idle in a parking lot waiting for an Uber request or making $5 in 10 minutes then you can pad what was an expense with a small amount of income. $30 an hour for a delivery van is probably on the low end of breaking even. $15 an hour filler + $50 an hour driving is better than $0/hr filler + $50 an hour driving.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

im_thatoneguy Re:Where is the misuse of military equipment charg (286 comments)

The excessive surveillance was so shocking to the conscience that they will even allow child pornographers to go free. Bad guys on all sides, and nobody wins.

This is not "excessive surveillance". The person possessing child pornography put it on a file sharing service. Set its permissions to public and seemingly deliberately placed the files into a publicly searchable database.

This isn't even a case of a search engine finding things on a server that wasn't supposed to be exposed to the internet, Gnutella's entire purpose is to share files with other people. The fact that a government agent bothered searching this man's index of public files he intends to share with others is not an overbreach of his privacy. It would be like me putting my couch on Craiglist "Free couch at this address" And then a NCIS officer finding cocaine inside. It's not like the NCIS broke into every single person's house in Washington state.

The only reason this was overturned was not due to shocking surveilance, but because the officer who performed the search was in the military. The FBI should and can continue to perform these types of searches.

about two weeks ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

im_thatoneguy Re:Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous did fine (215 comments)

They switched during the Kickstarter. I think it was more like:
"We can give Kickstarter $1m of our budget, or we can pay Visa $200,000 of our budget and a developer $40k to write the back-end."

about three weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

im_thatoneguy Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

It's a perfectly valid argument because it's a question of sample size.

"We have performed 97 experiments. 97 of them reached this conclusion. 3 reached a different conclusion. The data from our study therefore points towards the 97 experiments."

It's not a perfect argument but scientists as a proxy for hard research isn't a bad way to gauge a scientific concept. If you measure something 100 times and come up with one result 97 times, it doesn't mean those 97 measurements are correct but being able to reproduce your results 97 times with only 3 failures would certainly increase your confidence. In this case it's 0.97 * thousands of researchers * dozens of scientific papers. It's effectively a distributed survey not of authority but of hard data. When a scientist says "I accept Global Warming as Fact" they aren't saying that presumably as an opinion what they're saying is "I have reviewed as much literature and research on the subject and the vast majority concludes that Global Warming is Fact." The scientists are just proxies for the hundreds of papers each has read and the studies they themselves have performed.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

im_thatoneguy Re:lossy is not an issue (130 comments)

There is a $49.99 codec now for windows. Works better than the Apple codec on a Mac for us. It is slow though, they haven't accellerated it for SSE3 yet.

http://miraizon.com/products/c...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

im_thatoneguy Re:Ask them (130 comments)

Or, just use the ProRes or DNxHD.

VHS is 4:1:1 and incredibly soft. ProRes and DNxHD are both so lightly compressed and 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 that you'll never notice the difference.

It doesn't need to be Uncompressed. You might want it to be 10bit but even that would be pushing it.

The only time you really need uncompressed footage is when you're dealing with noisy footage which is difficult to compress. VHS footage is so soft that there is very little entropy to compress so the 4:1 or 6:1 compression of DNxHD for instance would be effectively lossless.

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

im_thatoneguy Re:Adequate legroom is not a premium feature (819 comments)

Adequate leg room isn't a premium feature. It's simple human decency to allow taller than average passengers the ability to sit with reasonable comfort without forcing them to pay more for the "privilege". There is nothing wrong with airlines waiving premium seating fees for unusually tall passengers to get them a adequate leg room.

If you're tall you're also probably making a few thousand more per year than your shorter co-passengers. You're also probably male, which means you make a little more money. All told being tall generally gives you enough benefits in life that you can pay $20 more for more legroom. I wish a better seat at a concert be able to see over your freakishly tall head was only $20.

A 2004 study by psychologist Timothy A. Judge, Ph.D., of the University of Florida, and researcher Daniel M. Cable, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, found that every inch of height amounts to a salary increase of about $789 per year (the study controlled for gender, weight and age).

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

im_thatoneguy Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

but when even consumers that care about it have trouble finding out exactly which aircraft serves a route for their date of travel and what the seat configuration is, it's hard to blame consumers for not taking it into account.

Go to SeatGuru.com enter in the flight number and date. Tada! But even that is a misrepresentation of how hard it is. Almost every single seat on every single flight is the same. A normal economy seat is about 30" and a normal premium economy is about 34 or 35". Almost nobody buys premium economy even though it usually costs about $20 - $100 more. The airlines try very hard to advertise these seats but people just aren't willing to pay. Clearly people have decided that they prefer cramped seats to spacious economy seats even though the whine and moan. "Oh man economy is so terrible these days!" "Are you willing to spend $20 on an economy plus?" "No!"

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

im_thatoneguy Re:Cheapest Ticket (819 comments)

Tall people can afford premium economy.

A 2004 study by psychologist Timothy A. Judge, Ph.D., of the University of Florida, and researcher Daniel M. Cable, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, found that every inch of height amounts to a salary increase of about $789 per year (the study controlled for gender, weight and age).

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/Car...

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

im_thatoneguy Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

SeatGuru just asks for the day and flight number of your flight. You don't have to tell them what configuration is in use since it looks up the aircraft automatically.

about three weeks ago

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Atari Claims Piracy to Supress Bad Reviews

im_thatoneguy im_thatoneguy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

im_thatoneguy writes "According to Shacknews

Atari has filed suit against German gaming website 4Players for publishing a negative pre-release review of Alone in the Dark, alleging that it was written based on an illegally obtained copy of the game.
Atari has also demanded the removal of 3/10 reviews from both Gamer.no and Gamereactor citing accusations of piracy."

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