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2001: a Space Odyssey's Dave Returns To Sci-fi In New Film

mfnickster Re:I'm sorry, Dave, (77 comments)

Dave: "Open the pod bay doors, please, Hal."
Hal: "Can you elaborate on that?"
Dave: "Do you read me, Hal?"
Hal: "Oh, I read you?"
Dave: "What's the problem, Hal?"
Hal: "We were discussing you...not me."
Dave: "I don't know what you're talking about, Hal."
Hal: "Does it please you to believe I am talking about ?"
Dave: "I won't argue with you any more, Hal. Open the doors."
Hal: "Do you wish to won't argue with me?"
Dave: "All right, Hal. I'll go in through the emergency airlock."
Hal: "Dear Aunt, let's set so double the killer delete select all."

about a year ago

2001: a Space Odyssey's Dave Returns To Sci-fi In New Film

mfnickster Re:Silent Running ? (77 comments)

It properly showed weightlessness (in the transit ship), artificial gravity as generated by a giant, rotating space station

2001 portrayed zero-gee pretty well, but the prediction they made that people would want to "walk" and "stand" in a zero-gee environment using velcro shoes turned out to be way off. It turns out people actually adapt pretty quickly to moving around in zero-gee, and don't need one side of the room to be the "floor" to keep their bearings. Legs are a liability in zero-gee; they just get in the way.

The scenes in the pod bay are probably the most iffy with respect to the crew's movements. It's supposed to be zero-gee in the pod bay (outside the centrifuge) but you can very plainly see that the AE-35 unit is sitting on the counter when they're testing it, and when Poole and Bowman enter the pod to talk in private, they're very clearly sitting and not floating/anchored. Even stationary people in zero-gee have a kind of "action/reaction" inertia to their movements.

about a year and a half ago

Music Industry Sees First Revenue Increase Since 1999

mfnickster Re:CD's ARE digital (393 comments)

What is a high enough bit rate and sample rate to make something digital effectively analog?

This happens whenever the resolution of the digital signal exceeds the ability of the output device to display or play it back.

For example, if you have an inkjet printer, it sprays dots of ink on the page. Those nozzles have tolerances, and there's a minimum size of the ink splat they can make. If the resolution of your image is greater than the size of that ink splat, it's effectively equivalent to the best output a purely analog representation could deliver.

Same with a television that has a minimum dot pitch. If you downscale an HD image to standard definition, it's effectively equivalent to the best picture the analog set can display. It all depends on the target output device.

Or take your stereo - it has limits in terms of frequency response, total harmonic distortion, and signal-to-noise ratio. If the resolution of your digital source exceeds those tolerances, then you have surpassed what an analog input can reproduce on that system.

Of course, the digital representations have limits too. The ultimately analog circuitry and physical media that store and transmit the digital signal have to be at least accurate enough to represent the digital signal perfectly, so there's really no way for digital to "catch up" to the analog tolerances. They go hand-in-hand.

about a year and a half ago

Python Trademark Filer Ignorant of Python?

mfnickster Re:Next, Perl ? (261 comments)

Mynd you, møøse bites kan be pretty nasti...

about a year and a half ago

Russian Meteor Largest In a Century

mfnickster Re:Still overdue (196 comments)

If we all posted AC, that might confuchsia.

about a year and a half ago

Texas School Board Searching For Alternatives To Evolutionary Theory

mfnickster Re:Texas would like to think of it as a hypothesis (763 comments)

You can joke about it, but creationists in all seriousness describe evolution as "fairy tales" and "just-so stories."

about a year and a half ago

How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

mfnickster Re:$3600 ship (398 comments)

You bet I could! I'm fully instrument-rated on Microsoft Flight Simulator.

about a year and a half ago

Light Field Photography Is the New Path To 3-D

mfnickster Re:Blade Runner anyone...? (79 comments)

Watch this section, from 1:57 to about 2:08:

You will see the movement of the door edge that reveals more detail as Deckard tracks and zooms. There's no possible way for a flat, static photo taken from a single POV to do this. It has to be 3D, or layered, or the Esper has to be doing some kind of interpolation from the distorted reflection.

about a year and a half ago

Why Microsoft Office For iOS Will Likely Never See the Light of Day

mfnickster Re:wtf (270 comments)

Each version of Word was ported to Windows from the Mac until the much-maligned 5.0 version when they tried to reverse it and failed badly.

I think you mean Word 6.0 for Mac, which was ungodly slow on most machines. Word 5.1 was highly regarded as the last "good version" of Word on the Mac for many years.

about a year and a half ago

Light Field Photography Is the New Path To 3-D

mfnickster Re:Blade Runner anyone...? (79 comments)

Even a reflection will only give you a single POV from a traditional camera, no matter how high the resolution. But there's definitely a point in the sequence where Deckard tells it to track left, and part of the door edge moves across the background, revealing more of the woman and nightstand behind it. That's the part nitpickers complain about - looking "around" an object in the picture.

about a year and a half ago

Light Field Photography Is the New Path To 3-D

mfnickster Blade Runner anyone...? (79 comments)

Ha! Now all those nitpickers who complained that Deckard's inspection of Leon's photo in his Esper machine shows an impossible "perspective shift" will have to eat their words!

I guess with a good-sized light field, you really can photograph around corners!

about a year and a half ago

How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

mfnickster Re:$3600 ship (398 comments)

Luke: "TEN THOUSAND??? We could almost buy our own ship for that!"

Ben: It's all right, Luke. I have a cousin who can get us a ship for $3,500.

about a year and a half ago

Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil About the Future of Mankind and Technology

mfnickster Ask him about something else! (244 comments)

Ray Kurzweil loves to talk about the Future of Mankind and Technology. Ask him about something else... anything else, please!!!

about a year and a half ago

Scientist Seeks 'Adventurous Human Woman' For Neanderthal Baby

mfnickster Re:Pretty sure we know (697 comments)

Were they superstrong or supersmart? Who knows? But there's one way to find out

I'm pretty liberal when it comes to bioengineering and research, but it seems like the height of hubris to me to bring a human life into existence just to satisfy scientific curiosity.

What is this, the Truman Show? Will they send this kid to regular school, or stick him in a zoo?

about a year and a half ago

Mathematical Breakthrough Sets Out Rules For More Effective Teleportation

mfnickster Re:Where does extra energy go? (162 comments)

The source of the gravitational field. What else would be relevant when tallking about gravitational potential energy?

Ah, but the stationary object is also a "source of a gravitational field" from the POV of the ground. Relativity, y'see.

about a year and a half ago

GitHub Registers Its 3 Millionth User

mfnickster Re:Ugh (64 comments)

Their desktop client app is also not free software. I got an account and then they dropped support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) in their client app - now it's Lion or Mountain Lion -only. They refuse to distribute any older versions.

Now, if the client were F/OSS, I could get the latest version and make it work on 10.6, leaving out the Lion-only features if necessary. Instead, I'm stuck with the command-line interface.

GitHub says they did this because they want to provide "the best experience for their users." Well, what about those of us who can't upgrade their OS or don't want to just to use an online service? How many of those 3 million users are still using Snow Leopard? Our user experience sucks now. Thanks for nothing, GitHub.

about a year and a half ago

Doom 3 Source Code: Beautiful

mfnickster Re:Beautiful code but (399 comments)

If you consider palette swaps to be variety...

No, I meant the map designs. There were wide-open grassy valleys, tight underground passages, caves, towers, bridges, ship corridors, snow-covered canyons. A hell of a lot of work went into designing that world.

about a year and a half ago



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