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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

mister2au Re:Really? .. it comes with the job (767 comments)

unlawful enemy combatants

Sorry, as a non-American, what does that euphemism even mean? I only heard it a couple of time coming out of US media and it makes no sense.

Are there "lawful" enemy combatants and under who's law these ones unlawful?
And aren't they enemy combatants because a "coalition of forces" invaded their countries?

Not trolling, but is that just a euphemism to put an air of respectability around 'they are the bad guys so anything goes' ?

about a week ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

mister2au Re:Who's their test group? (239 comments)

Sounds like pretty much none of them are competent then ... If you are not managing your email into a follow-up (ie to-do) vs ignore (ie done or no action) grouping you would probably need to question how organised you are.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

mister2au Re:Who's their test group? (239 comments)

Yet, the Oxford English Dictionary would quite clearly disagree with your statement and endorse it as a verb: http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/...

Not to mention it is in common use and hence is correct usage by definition ...

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

mister2au Re:Who's their test group? (239 comments)

I'd be surprised if any half-competent business user didn't use it that way whether it is via flagged to-do items, storing them in a followup folder, archiving/deleting everything except open items or whatever ...

- If it is something you need to action and respond to, it stays in the to-do list until you action it.
- If it is a response with information from someone else, it stays in the to-do list until you have used the information.
- Otherwise, it gets filed (for reference information or ass-covering paper trails) or deleted.

On the other hand, personal users which are a big part of the Gmail user base would be quite different ...

I know MY work email is a to-do list, while my personal is like a never ending message log (a la phone SMS or IM apps) ...

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

mister2au Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (698 comments)

That is a really poor argument.

Australia is even more geographically diverse, equally as geographically large and yet manages to have never had a gun death at any high schools ... although we have had a grand total of 3 university deaths.

In contrast, the US has close to 300 school deaths in the last 25 years ... At least 7x the per capita rate of Australia and this is being generous given all 3 Australian deaths were in the last 25 years and only comprised 2 incidents.

about a month ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

mister2au Re:Ok... just turned two score, but... (438 comments)

This is just patently incorrect ...

200 years ago the average age at first marriage was 28 and 26 for men/women respectively - and that is EXACTLTY where it is for the US population at the moment. The lowest average age was typically around 20-21yo in 1950/60s (depending on country).

Norm of 16yo is just wrong unless you want to head back to medieval times and prior - even then I doubt it.

about a month ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

mister2au Re:True anticonformancy (176 comments)

whala? really? you said whala?

Voila perhaps ?????

about a month ago
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Next-Gen Video Encoding: x265 Tackles HEVC/H.265

mister2au Re:Decode performance (104 comments)

About 25-50% higher according to most estimates. There aren't any optimised decoders to really compare real-world performance though.

about a year ago
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Next-Gen Video Encoding: x265 Tackles HEVC/H.265

mister2au Re:Mobile video the key (104 comments)

Happy to be proven wrong, but I'd imagine fairly soon.

H.265 is a superset of H.264, so much of the same hardware could probably be used. As for complexity, it seems H.265 is around 25-50% more complex for DECODING so certainly not unreasonable for current mobile devices.

The current Samsung Galaxy S4 advertised both HEVC support and Full HD (1080p) playback - not sure if they are both together however.

about a year ago
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Next-Gen Video Encoding: x265 Tackles HEVC/H.265

mister2au Re:Next optical disc format (104 comments)

Agreed but 4x pixels does not equate to 4x bitrate for a given codec - typically more like 2x.

so maybe something like

4K H.265 = 75% * 200%* 1080p H.264 = 150% H.264

So not as bad as you'd think and a lot of current format stuff is still MPEG-2 as well so even more scope for improvement !!!

about a year ago
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Next-Gen Video Encoding: x265 Tackles HEVC/H.265

mister2au Re:This is great news! (104 comments)

The specific encoder you use makes a HELL of a lot more difference than the codec/format. Other H.264 encoders don't come close to x264. If x265 doesn't get the same kind of open source development boost, x264 will continue to improve, and probably outperform the newer format, as proprietary codec developers just haven't shown themselves willing or able to do a good job of perceptual encoding, yet that's where the bulk of our non-pirated content comes from...

Wow ... just wow!

I'll assume by "proprietary codec developers" you actually mean developers who have closed source implementation of the encoder. In which case, the statement may not be completely unreasonable ie closed-source encoders have not kept pass with this open-source implementation due to less comphrensive (and less costly) implementation of the encoding tools.

The rest is complete rubbish though ...

So what if the bulk of non-pirated comes from closed source encoders ... what does that have to do x264 or x265 or H.265 development? Is this just a shot at closed-source software given you seem to be VERY pro-open source?

The specific encoder you use makes a HELL of a lot more difference than the codec/format. Other H.264 encoders don't come close to x264. If ... blah blah blah .. x264 will continue to improve, and probably outperform the newer format"

Do you understand that H.265 is essentially a superset of H.264? You know, as in H.264 + extensions? How is x264 going to out-perform x265 given it is a subset of the later?

Do you understand that x264 uses a superset of the encoder algorithms implemented by other encoders? So what you attribute is primarily due to codec and then codec parameters and then software optimisations.

You could have said "I hate standards .. I love open source ... I hope H.265 fails" ... much quicker and doesn't need any pretence of understanding video codecs.

about a year ago
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Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone To Facebook: Start a Premium Subscription Service

mister2au Re:Missing the point completely (156 comments)

Nope - think we agree on the numbers

$1 billion / 600 million users / 12 months = $0.139/user/month ... $0.15 is close enough

about a year ago
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Poll Shows That 75% Prefer Printed Books To eBooks

mister2au Looks correct. (312 comments)

US books sales were running about 80% hardcopy / 20% electronic in 2012 vs 85% / 15% in 2011 ...

Current numbers of up towards 25% e-book share seem completely reasonable

However, the growth rates have plummeted and seems that e-books may top out at less than 30% market over the next few years

The biggest surprise is that the "new-ness" of ebooks may be wearing off

about a year ago
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Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone To Facebook: Start a Premium Subscription Service

mister2au Re:Missing the point completely (156 comments)

means that that consumer should pay a lot more in subscription fees than they bring in in ad revenue, especially considering that with a significant amount of the users opting out the value of the rest of the userbase drops.

That is really the guts of it ...

Ad revenue is actually tiny at around $0.15/mth/user up from closer to $0.05/mth/user last year ... any subscription would be SUBSTANTIALLY higher than that and it questionable how far they can push ad revenue given people are complaining at the current levels.

I agree the userbase is the product so you can't afford to push them away with too much advertising - the question is how to monetize the userbase.

about a year ago
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Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone To Facebook: Start a Premium Subscription Service

mister2au Re:Big fallacy (156 comments)

And that's the problem ... Around $0.15/user/month in ad revenue is a lot lower than $1

And your logic problem:
- it's not 10% * $10/mth subscription vs 100% * $1/mth ads
- it is (10% * $10/mth subs + 90% * $1/mth ads) vs (100% * $1/mth ads)

Replacing 10% of your user-base at higher profits ($10 vs $0.15) while retaining the ad-revenue for the rest kind of makes it a no-brainer.

As for Office - it still has something like 90-95% market share ... it may be struggling in certain niches (in fact, I'm sure it is!) but overall it's doing quite well ... the bigger problem is that productivity software is quite a mature market now, so prices and profitability drop but that is the same as most high volume software of any sort - OS, games, office suites, etc

about a year ago
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Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone To Facebook: Start a Premium Subscription Service

mister2au Re:Annoy by Design (156 comments)

Answer: Because it is not a failed model but is the traditional life-cycle of ANY business product.

The cycle is:
- develop a product
- create demand for the product
- monetize the demand
- continue until the life-cycle is over

Part of monetizing the product is to segment the market based on willingness/ability to pay. Premium vs ad-supported is a very easy and successful way to do that with media-type products.

Where this model fails is where there is not a viable business to start with and an attempt to monetize then completely fails - that was most of the original dot-com bubble of the late '90s

What businesses are you thinking you that built up large userbases before screwing it up?

about a year ago
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Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone To Facebook: Start a Premium Subscription Service

mister2au Re:Missing the point completely (156 comments)

Yikes - you butchered that analogy.

We can see where you started with the mantra "facebook (A) is not the product for users (B), but users (B) are the product for advertisers (C)" ... 3 separate entities and a reasonable concept ...

You've concluded that "ads (A) don't finance users (B), users (B) are the target of ads (A)" ... only 2 entities and logically inconsistent given the ads are there EXACTLY to finance a free subscription model

What has been proposed may actually make sense given it makes facebook the product for a group of customers:
- advertisers value the platform at $2/user per annum
- the subscription model suggested values the platform at $120/user per annum
- i'd guess that anyone who wanted ad-free would worth less $120 (ie 60x the average) to advertisers

Nothing wrong with fragmenting your market and cashing in the high-value component. Exactly what most of the media does - pay services for high value customers and throw low value advertising at the others. Think why cinemas still exist when TV viewers are the product for advertisers and that can be a free service????

about a year ago
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The Little Bomb-Detecting Device That Couldn't

mister2au Re:Authority Testing (217 comments)

To save you actually reading:
- yes, they tested them
- those authorities that knew how to test (i.e. blind tests) knew they didn't work
- those that didn't know how to test properly fell for the Ideomotor Effect

Disassembly of the devices showed they had NO active components - hence the lack of a power source (supposedly run on static electricity !!)

But more importantly, one can infer that there was a lot of corruption in the sales processes to a number of third-world and war-torn countries ... hardly an incentive for them to find they don't work and not buy them when you'd miss out on your kickbacks.

about a year and a half ago

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15 Current Technologies We'll Still Be Using in 2030

mister2au mister2au writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mister2au (1707664) writes "Laptop Magazine has an interesting counterpoint to the game-changing future technology predictions we are used to.

They propose a list of 15 current technologies that will still be alive and kicking (and prospering) despite being in areas to potential technological change.

Hardware: QWERTY keyboards, PCs, Clamshell-Shaped Notebooks, Local Storage, Laser Printers, TVs, Lithium-Ion Batteries
Interfaces: USB Ports, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm Audio Jacks
Software: Email, HTML-Based Websites, JPEG files, Microsoft Office
Other: Cash"

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