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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 a month 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 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 a year and a half 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 a year and a half 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 a year and a half 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.

 

about 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.

more than 2 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.

about 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 3 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 3 years ago
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Dual-Core CPU Opens Door To 1080p On Smartphones

mr_exit Re:Enlighten me please (314 comments)

Except that they're shrinking the die size enough that these new dual core, 1.5Ghz + chips will use less power then the current Snapdragon ones.

about 4 years ago
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NZ Plan For Fiber To the Home

mr_exit Re:What about the bottleneck? (169 comments)

With Akamai, googles local caches and other content distribution networks bringing the big content closer to users there isn't actually a bottleneck, the southern cross cable isn't close to being saturated, it's just that telecom charge too much for access to it. Competition in the form of more cables is planned and will make a real difference http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/3435625/Top-business-figures-in-bold-broadband-bid

more than 4 years ago
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NZ Plan For Fiber To the Home

mr_exit Re:good plan (169 comments)

That slow upload is still a pain for video conferencing etc, With cable we get a 10Mbs down 2Mbs up and 20Gig monthly limit for about $100

more than 4 years ago

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