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Kim Dotcom Faces Jail At Bail Hearing

mr_exit Re:No Cash Left (166 comments)

The guy has got buckets of money. He just managed to spend $4.5M on a splashy political campaign in NZ. In a country of 4 million people that's a very expensive campaign.

He's been spending mountains of money on lawyers to delay and delay his extradition hearings. Anyone without his resources would have been deported by now, not living in a mansion on bail.

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

mr_exit Re:What about long-term data integrity? (438 comments)

Photography is a keen hobby of mine and I have roughly 4Tb of photos dating back to my first DSLR in 03. And yes I do a rather thorough pass of removing photos that are not good, duplicates or otherwise not worth keeping from every shoot I do. Raw files from Canons 22 megapixel 5DMkIII are 40 - 45Mb a pop. Jpegs aren't any use to me.

about a month ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

mr_exit Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (323 comments)

It's very labour intensive. Having the right strains for the area, picking it at the right time, fermenting it for just long enough and drying it properly all have an effect on taste. And that's all before it leaves the farm

about a month ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

mr_exit Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (323 comments)

Hi, another kiwi here. If you want to taste chocolate as good as it can get then grab a few bars from Wellington Chocolate Factory http://www.wcf.co.nz/ They do bars made from single farms or villages, treated well, so you can really taste the differences in the beans used.

That's why I say grab a few bars, tasting them against each other is startling how different and complex the flavours can be.

If you're in Wellington, call in and see them, they're friendly and will feed you amazing things. - I'm not affiliated with them, just a very happy customer.

about a month ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

mr_exit Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

That is until the thermal protection kicks in and the game starts to crawl.

The Ouya found this, they had room to add a small heatsink to the otherwise standard mobile SOC, and were able to get a lot more performance out of it because it wasn't hitting the thermal limits.

about 4 months ago
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My credits by name in (released) software:

mr_exit Missing option (190 comments)

I write some code but my credits are all in IMDB you insensitive clod. ( nm1487742 )

about a year and a half ago
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Google Launches 'Keep' To Rival Evernote

mr_exit Re:Google notebook (205 comments)

They already make a ton of money off RSS advertising. For most of my feeds, the banners are google adwords or google delivered banner adds.

They make money off Reader just by being the ad network that everyone uses.

about 2 years ago
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Light Field Photography Is the New Path To 3-D

mr_exit Re:Lytro's 3-D is inherently limited (79 comments)

As long as you've got enough parallax to work out the depth information from your scene, you can push the effect to recreate viewpoints that are wider then you have real data for.

You will end up with tiny slivers of image that you don't have pixel data for when there's a foreground element that diverges more then it did before, but that's easy to recreate. All post converted 3d films have this problem to an even greater extent, there's algorithms out there to clone the surrounding pixels or even use pixels from other frames if the object is moving through the scene

There are lightfield cameras out there that instead of using a single chip, they use an array of small cameras (think cell phone cameras) The adobe one is 500 Megapixels

See the research by Todor Georgiev http://tgeorgiev.net/ The Lytro camera is a nice cheap toy, but there's some stunning results form researchers.

about 2 years ago
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Dreamliner: Boeing 787 Aircraft Battery "Not Faulty"

mr_exit Re:Which way will it go? (184 comments)

Another NZer here.

The difference in approach is that Airbus bet the farm on big planes travelling between hubs, then small (A320 sized) planes taking people to their final destination.

Boeing has bet the farm on smaller long range planes taking people exactly where they want to go.

It's going to be interesting if one of them has hit the winning formula, or if there's enough competition and different habits to support both approaches.

about 2 years ago
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100GbE To Slash the Cost of Producing Live Television

mr_exit Re:There is another issue and it is a constant one (180 comments)

In film land and the visual effects industry where the 2k was standard long before HDTV was invented, it' was always a measure of the horizontal pixel dimension.

It makes sense because you would start with a 2048x1536 scan from the 35mm Frame (4/3 aspect ratio) and cut off the top and bottom to reach 2048x853 2.35:1 aspect ratio seen in the cinema. These days you also work with a mask at 2048x1152 that matches the 16:9 or 1.77 aspect ratio used in HD tv.

The delivery back to the editor is often the full 4/3 frame which gives them room to rack the picture up or down per shot. This lets them frame the theatrical release and the Bluray release slightly differently, mostly in scenes where peoples heads are near the top of frame and you want control over how close they are to the edge of frame.

 

more than 2 years ago
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Cyanide-Producing GM Grass Linked To Texas Cattle Deaths

mr_exit Re:yeah, except for the true part (305 comments)

The Roundup resistant gene was found in nature, and Monsanto just copied it into soya beans. There are also plenty of weeds that have naturally generated a resistance to Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.

more than 2 years ago
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Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

mr_exit And some of us are Cold when it's meant to be hot (618 comments)

And in the southern Hemisphere, We've had one of the coldest and wettest summers on record in New Zealand.

But you only hear about climate change when people are hot.....

more than 2 years ago
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Aerospace Corp Pays $2.5m To Settle Rogue Software Dev Case

mr_exit Re:Creative billing (129 comments)

Oh that's easy, I've billed a 40 hour day before.

First 10 hours was at my desk in New Zealand, then I was put on an overnight flight to LA and billed 17 hours traveling time. Because I traveled back over the date line, I arrived before I had left. Then when I landed I spent 13 hours fixing the machine that broke on the way. Tada, 40 hours worked on Friday.

about 3 years ago
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North Korea Forced US Reconnaissance Plane To Land

mr_exit Re:No it doesn't (417 comments)

I've got a friend who lived in Yugoslavia when NATO attacked. NATO had these anti radar missiles, tens of thousands of dollars a pop. The Yugoslavs took old microwave ovens out into the field, rigged them to work without a door and pointed them at the sky. they would flick them on when NATO planes were reported. The plane would empty it's load of anti radar missiles and immediately turn home.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs: 'We Don't Track Anyone'

mr_exit Re:Steve Jobs should let Apple know that (373 comments)

They say it's "anonymous" here, but combined with the "unique device identifier" they already said they collect with it, you have to wonder exactly what "anonymous" means in Apple-speak.

They mean anonymous as in it isn't directly tied to your name. It's possible that is has how much you spend, what apps and websites you use, what areas you live, spend your day, shop and eat, where you go at christmas, how often you go to the hospital or what day you go grocery shopping, how fast you drive and how far each week.

They can collect an incredibly dense picture of your life, but as long as they refer to you as 155264 rather then your real name (which isn't really that useful to marketers, as any sane person would freak when they saw their name in banner ads on a website), then they can say it's anonymous

more than 3 years ago
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Hobbit Film Finally Gets Green Light, To Be Shot in 3-D

mr_exit Re:This could be a problem... (261 comments)

the Movie Magic (tm) would be to have the interoccular (the distance between the cameras) larger on the bilbo shots, this exagerates the 3d effect, and the increased separation makes your brain think you're looking at something smaller then it really is.

more than 4 years ago
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Against Apple, Ballmer Floats Microsoft Merger With Adobe

mr_exit Re:First post! (520 comments)

Apple bought a professional compositing package called Shake. It was roughly $10K a licence. They left the windows and Linux versions at $10K and made the Mac version $5K. It was pitched as, you could get a Mac workstation and a license of Shake for the cost of a license for the other platforms.

They since killed it and rolled it's useful retiming and keying bits into Final Cut.

more than 4 years ago

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