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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

ljw1004 Re:Rather late (292 comments)

2c per CD? How does that price work out for those of us who keep our definitive backups on AWS or iCloud or OneDrive? And who also would need to pay for a fatter internet connection to get at all the files?

I have no doubt that FLACworks great for the niche who have lots of CDs, lots of hard drives, and who have time and money to spend curating them. But really, if you have kids or emmigrate or whatever, the FLACs are as good as gone when you realize you don't have the time or money you need to keep them useful.

yesterday
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

ljw1004 Re:Rather late (292 comments)

4-5 generations? ...

Our computers still support ASCII from 1960. I'm sure that mp3 support won't go away in my lifetime. And copyright terms will expire before even your 2nd generation of lossy recoding happens.

yesterday
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

ljw1004 Pop-up ads (309 comments)

The ads are replaced with a small message thanking them for being a contributor. The space where the advert would have been is filled with a pixelated pattern, instead of being removed entirely

Maybe we'll get to see pop-ups with pixelated messages of thanks!

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

ljw1004 Re:A message to Adora Svitak (148 comments)

At 17 years of age, you do not have enough life experience to say anything of real importance about anything involving the greater issues facing society. Incidentally, What Adults Can Learn From Kids ~ {null}, which is why society would function much more smoothly if the voting age were raised back to 25.

Wow! That's mean. As a 40 year old myself, I've learnt a lot from my and other kids. I wonder whether you, Anonymous Coward, have enough life experience to back up your claims?

about a week ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

ljw1004 Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

I have yet to be convinced that any of these vendors can provide as much uptime and reliability as a decent IT department

A good place to start would be getting the numbers. Do you know any numbers about uptime of web-servers maintained by IT departments?

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

ljw1004 Re:Even Donations Come with Obligations (473 comments)

If it is truly single player why would you need a network connection? If the changes are made centrally then there is no need for an always-on connection: just provide optional updates from time to time.

It sounded to me as if (1) yes they are providing updates from time to time, and that "time to time" is every time you do a commercial transaction. (2) why do they need the network connection? I assume because it was lower-risk for them and their schedule to use the same economy engine than to develop two separate economy engines.

Maybe they discovered that their economic engine felt a bit lackluster unless there are huge numbers of participants (reminds me of Ultima Online) and they wanted to force there to be a higher number of participants, both single-player and multi-player. So they're forcing everyone to contribute to make the economy engine feel more realistic.

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

ljw1004 Re:Shattered (473 comments)

Gosh, $500 is a lot. What kind of things did you keep paying for?

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

ljw1004 Re:Do they have choise but.... (473 comments)

Does Frontier even have a choise but do refund? Single player was part of contract that backer bought, you can go back later and change contract to your liking.

To be clear: THEY STILL HAVE single-player. The only thing is that single-player requires an online connection, and is done in a galaxy that evolves.

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

ljw1004 Re:Phew I'm glad I didn't sign up! (473 comments)

Call me anti-social but I don't like playing with others

??? They said the game would have single-player. Presumably that means "not playing with others". The only thing is that the single-player game will require an online connection and the galaxy will gradually evolve.

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

ljw1004 Re:Even Donations Come with Obligations (473 comments)

Now you are going to be sharing the galaxy with immature, adolescent school kids and any unusual features you will ascribe to a human moderator putting them there. It's going to have more similarity to Eve Online than Elite.

Why do you say that? They clearly state that they will have single- and multi-player. And they say that single-player requires an online connection so it gets a gradually evolving galaxy. That sounds more like automatically-downloaded DLC, entirely different from "sharing the galaxy".

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

ljw1004 Re:Wow Frontier Sure Can Shovel It (473 comments)

It took a while for me to decode all that marketing speak to figure out that they were canning single player.

How did you get that? What I understood was that single-player still exists, but it requires an internet connection and is in a galaxy that steadily evolves. Here's what they actually said:

it does mean the single player has to connect to the server from time to time, but this has the added advantage that everyone can participate in the activities that can happen in the galaxy

So: their statement is that single player exists, and it's in an evolving galaxy, sort of like implicit/automatic DLC.

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

ljw1004 Re:"Just pay extra..." (473 comments)

Honestly, your complaints seem totally ridiculous.

I'm in the same boat as you. I paid an initial kickstarter fee. I enjoy seeing screenshots and videos. And when the game comes out then I'll get a copy of it at no extra cost. That's what kickstarter is.

If you're "fatigued" by their requests for more backing? If you're upset that you don't get access to the beta without paying for more money? First world problems, a.k.a. "whining".

about two weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

ljw1004 Re:Trader Joe's Could Help (323 comments)

I love that one! Wife and I have a few squares after dinner each night. Delicious.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

ljw1004 Re:Brutal Load Times (525 comments)

I thought .NET cached its JIT images. Is this mistaken? If not, what's really new in .NET Native?

JIT has to be done very quickly. Therefore it's purely local (method-by-method) rather than cross-method. Also even within a method it only has time to do simple easy optimizations. NGEN is a way to do JIT ahead of time. But it still only uses the same JIT algorithm, i.e. doesn't do heavy-duty optimization.

Also, .NET Native does build-time generation of interop and serialization code. .NET Native uses the VisualC++ compiler backend, benefitting from its long history of optimizations. All this adds up to massive perf benefits - in some apps, 50% cold startup time improvements, 85% reduction in .NET startup costs.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

ljw1004 Re:Brutal Load Times (525 comments)

.NET applications still need read about 1GB of libraries from the disk (only portions are kept in memory). This is why .NET applications are so brutally slow to load. Will this improve?

.NET Native speeds up startup times considerably. The way it works is it compiles your .NET app into native code, does whole-program optimization, and "shakes out" all the bits of the framework that aren't actually even needed by your code. (.NET Native is still under development, and currently available in preview form for store apps)

disclaimer: I'm on the .NET team (in particular on the VB/C# language team)

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

ljw1004 Re:Open, but will it run? (525 comments)

In concept making the .NET framework open source sounds cool. But, does making it open source mean that I can make a change to the framework, recompile it, distribute the binary framework along with my dependent application, and expect that someone else can just install my version of the framework and be good?

Yes exactly that. Imagine you wanted to change System.Xml.dll. You'd do that, and distribute your modified version of the binary alongside your app. (You won't be installing the binary framework system-wide; you'll only be distributing your updates to it locally).

disclaimer: I'm on the VB/C# language team.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

ljw1004 Re: Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (525 comments)

They're taking it Mono a Mono. With nasty patent clauses, no doubt.

:) Microsoft's patent clauses are spelled out here https://github.com/dotnet/core...

I guess these are the key paragraphs:

Microsoft Corporation and its affiliates (“Microsoft”) promise not to assert any .NET Patents against you for making, using, selling, offering for sale, importing, or distributing Covered Code, as part of either a .NET Runtime or as part of any application designed to run on a .NET Runtime.

If you file, maintain, or voluntarily participate in any claim in a lawsuit alleging direct or contributory patent infringement by any Covered Code, or inducement of patent infringement by any Covered Code, then your rights under this promise will automatically terminate.

Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, but I am on Microsoft's VB/C# language team

about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

ljw1004 Re:Science fiction comes to life, again (176 comments)

One thing not well documented (but it is covered if you take the tour at the Minuteman National Historic Site):

A missle will not launch until at least two capsules "vote" for launch. For a capsule to "vote" - both operators must engage the key within N seconds of each other

Or, a missile can also launch if there's a hardware or software bug in the mechanism, or if there's a hardware or software failure.

about three weeks ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

ljw1004 Re:Guns (250 comments)

. There may be something to the idea that allowing them to play out violent fantasies on a computer is catharic enough to reduce real world violence?

Catharsis is a pop psychology concept from Aristotle and Freud that has been discredited in the light of scientific study.

about three weeks ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

ljw1004 Re:No link? (250 comments)

Catharsis doesn't exist. It's a pop psychology concept from Aristotle and Freud that's discredited in scientific psychology. At least that's my reading on it.

about three weeks ago

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What's up with no-ip?

ljw1004 ljw1004 writes  |  about 5 months ago

ljw1004 (764174) writes "In April 2013, the OpenDNS blog reported that no-ip was the second most popular dynamic-DNS site for malicious software. No-IP responded that they have a very strict abuse "policy", and they want other people to help by reporting violations of the TOS to them. They also scan daily and filter by keyword. In February 2014, the Cisco blog reported that no-ip had risen to be the worst offender, and no-ip again responded that they have a strict abuse policy, and they want other people to report violations of the TOS to them, and they scan daily and filter by keyword. ... Were no-ip doing a good enough job at policing themselves?"
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Drug halts decline in Alzheimer's disease

ljw1004 ljw1004 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ljw1004 (764174) writes "Alzheimer's disease: researchers are divided on whether it's caused by "beta amyloid" (a peptide found in alzheimer brains) or by "tau protein" (normally used for cellular scaffolding, but can aggregate of control and destroy neurons). Today in Chicago a new drug has been anounced which stops tau aggregation and appears to have halted alzheimer-related decline in 300 clinical trial patients. Do you have friends or family who appear to be dementing? Here is an online questionnaire, part of one used in the clinical trial to diagnose dementia. (disclosure: I made the online questionnaire, and my father is one of the scientists behind the drug.)"
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