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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

im_thatoneguy Re:Urban Fetch (127 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.

11 hours 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 (279 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.

yesterday
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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 (211 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."

3 days ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

im_thatoneguy Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (762 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week 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 (811 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 a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

im_thatoneguy Re:Anthropometrics (811 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 a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

im_thatoneguy Re:Cheapest Ticket (811 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 a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

im_thatoneguy Re:Anthropometrics (811 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 a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

im_thatoneguy Re:Anthropometrics (811 comments)

I'm 5'11" and there is plenty of room in Economy plus. If you're a frequent flyer you can get Economy Plus for free when you book a ticket on United, I assume Delta is the same for their frequent flyers.

Over the last 5 years United Airlines has had an average profit of 0.2% Delta : 7.3%. Southwest: 3.2% American: -5.3% (loss). JetBlue 2.9%. Those are very low profit margins. I'm one of the first people to call for government intervention when warranted but the airlines don't need to be bailed out or subsidized just because people aren't willing to pay the cost of an airline's seat. If people want lots of leg room or they're slightly taller they can pay for the extra space they want. If they want a super cheap, basement discount seat in exchange for a little less comfort then I don't see a problem with that either. Should we outlaw small cars too because they don't have large trunks?

Either one of two statements is true:
1) Access to air travel is essential to people of all economic means.
2) Air travel is a luxury.

If #1 is true then we shouldn't be forcing airlines to increase their prices. We shouldn't force airlines to increase their seat spacing since it would price many people out an already expensive product.

If #2 is true then we shouldn't do force airlines to increase their seat spacing because it's simply a luxury good and if people want a slightly nicer luxury they can pay for additional expense if it's truly valuable to them. And if someone really wants to know exactly what kind of seat they're in for when booking... they can enter it into SeatGuru and check.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

im_thatoneguy Re:bailing water at this point, ms. (126 comments)

Ummm, Bing is not Yahoo. Yahoo is Bing.

3% isn't great. But Apple only has 10%. So it's not *that* far behind what most people consider the leader.

IE is dead second. Well behind Chrome but way ahead of Firefox etc.

Bing is also the default search engine for the iPhone. So I guess that means Apple is in on this conspiracy to cram Bing down everyone's throats.

about three weeks ago
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

im_thatoneguy Re:Improved graphical quality? (120 comments)

Compression quality can increase with longer processing time. If they are pre-processing frames then they can spend a few extra milliseconds on compression encoding and decoding quality.

about three weeks ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

im_thatoneguy Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

Yes. Budgenator is correct, we do need to recognize that the models are wrong. They are .0000001% off. Clearly we should discard them and view them for the frauds they are.

about three weeks ago
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Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

im_thatoneguy Re:Fanboys, (113 comments)

Another way to put that is: "Why is it that Tesla and SpaceX are so disproportionately doing things worthy of the News for Nerds title?"

Imagine if there was some competition for cool new science in the consumer space.

about three weeks ago
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Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

im_thatoneguy Re:Fuck Lockheed (108 comments)

To be fair, the fact that it's a problem now isn't Lockheed Martin's fault, it's the US government's fault for denying access to the engine.

I say handle it like COTS. Offer a contract for X launches at Y price. If Lockheed wants to continue flying the Atlas they'll find a solution that matches Y price. If another vendor such as SpaceX can delivery Y price then problem solved. If both deliver, all the better.

However it's important to keep in mind that we already have 1 launch vehicle that is capable of fulfilling the air forces missions. This is about having a redundant second option. So unlike COTS where we needed multiple solutions to maintain competition--we currently have one viable solution we just would like to have a second one. So if one or the other is cheaper I would say no need to go with both as soon as it's viable.

about three weeks ago
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Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

im_thatoneguy Re:Raptor? (108 comments)

Are you suggesting that slowly transitioning a totalitarian state run by a single dictator into some semblance of a democracy is comparable to a cancer?

I was with you all along the way until you concluded that the elimination of a dictator was a bad outcome. I would say the Bureaucrats won as did Rome when freed from the tyranny of the Caesars.

about three weeks ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

im_thatoneguy Re:Wait (465 comments)

You're completely misrepresenting the facts. Nobody has denied that temperatures had flatlined. What they objected to was the false conclusion that the hiatus meant global warming was over.

Every single rebuttal of the "hiatus" that I've seen has been essentially "Yes there is a pause in global warming, but only if you carefully narrow the years studied."

For instance if you look at short segments of the long term warming trend you can find multiple instances of where over the course of a number of years it actually cooled. The hiatus proponents have essentially been looking at the temperature over a week time and said "looks like there'll be no winter this year, it's been warming the entire first week of November!"

So yes, it is a denier hoax, in that it hasn't meant the end of Global Warming as Deniers have proposed. And yes we understand the cause of this specific short term variability. If it suddenly got much hotter than we predicted we would also look for an explanation as to why things are above expected predictions.

Climate ultimately is somewhat simple. Just like a perpetual motion machine claim you have to look for input and output energy. Even though the world wasn't warming, it was still absorbing a massive amount of energy. Where was it going? If your water tank has a leak you can clearly see its level going down. You can know there is a leak without knowing the cause. There was a "leak" in the energy models. We knew how much water (heat) should be in the tank (world) but even with lots of water going in we didn't know where it was going since the water level wasn't rising (earth wasn't warming).

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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