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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

ninlilizi Slight of hand (475 comments)

Sure, that may sound like a reasonable low water mark for a cap now.
But in 5 years time when people are trying to stream in 4k they'll be laughing all the way down into their diving tank of money

about 3 months ago
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Meet Ununseptium, Best Contender Yet For Element 117

ninlilizi Re:Worst movie line ever (54 comments)

My votes in for Unobtanium

about 4 months ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

ninlilizi Re:Relevant Skills (355 comments)

It also invovles a similar set of mechanical motions to open as a swipe to unlock interface.

about 4 months ago
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Functional 3D-Printed Tape Measure

ninlilizi Re:Let me know when... (134 comments)

The joke at my local hackspace is that the only thing 3d printers are good for. Is printing other 3d printers.

about 5 months ago
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Harsh Wireless Conditions? Send In the Drone Hot Spot

ninlilizi Re:Warflying (20 comments)

Finally drone strike victims will be able to live tweet the experience.

about 5 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

ninlilizi Re:So (373 comments)

I keep my Steam sandboxed to its own physical set of drives. Far away from my actual working OS and data.
If I want to play a game. I power down. Swap out the entire array and boot back up.

Had thought this was pretty much the standard way of operating when dealing with an untrustworthy blob that pulls down even less trustworthy payloads wrapped in piles and piles of 3rd party DRM and rootkits.

Given Linux lack of stereoscopic gaming support. A dualboot is required anyhow. The extra 10-15seconds to swap out a few drive caddies is a non issue.

about 6 months ago
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Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

ninlilizi Re:Beta woes (271 comments)

I only got the Beta once.

At which point I prompty removed my eyeballs with an icecream scoop and summoned a couple of priests to banish it away again.
Not seen it since.

about 6 months ago
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30 Minutes Inside Valve's Prototype Virtual Reality Headset

ninlilizi Re:Familiarity counts? (59 comments)

This is problem that will most likely take many by surprise.

Psychologically. There is a threshold point where immersion in an alternate reality for a particular ratio of time over the really real world causes the brain to switch over into believing the other reality is the real one. This crossover point is not totally predictable and varies person to person.
Those who play for several hours a day. Day after day. Or have a naturally weak grip on reality being particularly high risk.

I'd imagine after the first bunch of inevitable cases of people jumping off buildings believing they can fly or fighting off zombies at their local mall the media response could get quite interesting.
Am imagining some mash-up of 60's anti LSD propaganda with modern anti video game rhetoric.

about 7 months ago
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95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

ninlilizi Re:Obvious choice I think (346 comments)

Not only ATM's.

Where I am even the robotills and vegetable weighing devices in the supermarkets are all running XP.

It's trivial to break out of the application and turn them all into dedicated solitaire terminals with the staff just looking on like scared rabbits which then pretend the machine no longer exist then trying to figure out how to handle the situation.

about 7 months ago
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Sony Announces Game Streaming Service

ninlilizi Re:Latency (144 comments)

It's a very tight engineering challenge. But IMHO, its doable.

At 30/60fps your looking at a window of 40/30ms respectivey between frames.

I don't own a console but in what format flame wars I stumble upon. Many console games running at 30fps seems to be a common complaint.
So, assuming that many console gamers are used to such low fps gaming. Lets use 30fps for our math here.

That is 40ms between frames to receive the next one, get it decompressed and pushed to the fame buffer.
A cursory google for Gaiki press releases suggests an average bitrate of 5-6mbps. (http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/16/4442372/inside-gaikai-how-to-make-cloud-gaming-as-easy-as-watching-youtube)
Which gives us a round likely top figure of 200kb/25kB per frame.

Now, I've never seen a 1080p or even 720p jpg get that small and still be visually pleasurable. So this suggests some sort of real time video compression similar to mpg and pals, where its only transmitting updates between keyframes.

I've little idea of of latencies outside of Europe... But within the EU, over fibre, a typical ~10ms ping between anywhere in the same country is fair.
So, you need to recieve 25kB inside of 10ms. Which is ~10% utilization of even a low end 60mbps fibre link. (Not allowing for protocol overheads, but still generous)
Then 30ms, to decode and push to the gpu. Normally in this sort of time a machine would be having to render everything. So a tiny bit of decoding, especially if its optimized to run on the GPU so the CPU just has the task of relaying bits from the network to the GPU is tiny, and leaves the only barriers to entry connectivity and bus/memory bandwidth.
With higher network latency. The obvious solution is to just have an additional 1 or 2 frames in transit at any one time. Brining latency between pad and screen to 80 or 120ms tops. Which could be bareable for many non-twitch based games. And if this sort of thing takes off. Then future games could be degined to work better with such temporal compression, in their HUD and gameplay elements or whatever.

about 7 months ago
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NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer

ninlilizi Re:One word (221 comments)

Exactly,
For all the unknowns in bitcoins history. Such a thing could as easily be a clever way of crowd sourcing the generation of massive rainbow tables.

about 8 months ago
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Ford Self-Driving R&D Car Tells Small Animal From Paper Bag At 200 Ft.

ninlilizi Good news everyone! (207 comments)

We're now only one military project to add guns and automonous firing controll short of the robot uprising.

about 8 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Buy a UHD 4K TV This Year

ninlilizi Re:Tempting? I Don't Have a TV... (271 comments)

TV is a thing that doesn't exist in my life, or the life of anybody I know either.
It's not even a case of people just not having a dedicated box, and watching online.
Nobody I know watches anything. Ever. Beyond the occasional film pulled via bittorrent.

I'm the exception in the lack of big screens in owning a 720p 3D projector for gaming on. Am quite happy with 720p, and likely wont have any interest in upgrading till we get a version of the HDMI spec for 60fps 3D at greater resolutions. /and/ my 3 year upgrade cycle putting GPU's in my box that support it. Only then will I even begin to watch and wait for a mature, low latency DLP to upgrade too. Till then. 720p will remain king. As 3D is my only reason to want a screen bigger than 20" for what would otherwise be a web browsing and pile of SSH session handing machine.

about 9 months ago
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Sex Offender Gets New Hearing After Hearing Officer Rants Against Arial Font

ninlilizi Re:Ranting against Arial is just insane... (312 comments)

Comic Sans is appealing to children.
Ergo. Comic Sans comes with a mandatory conviction of child abuse. Even if the defendent is only on trial for shop lifting or being fabulous without due care and attention,

about 9 months ago
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

ninlilizi Re:Old silent SIM firmware (352 comments)

Modern phones also have a Speakerphone mode.
Making the mic more sensitive. To where it can clearly hear anybody within a few meters.

about 9 months ago
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Duke Univ. Device Converts Stray Wireless Energy Into Electricity For Charging

ninlilizi Re:Eunuchs! (216 comments)

If you'd check the specification sheet that came with your cat. You'd discover the electrical characteristics of fur are not dependent on the observation of its quantum state.
Living or dead. Your cat will perform identically in this application provided your beowulf cluster is designed in a way to minimize hair loss and skin decay.

Unfortunately, Wolfram is unable to give me the weight of a standard cat. But I'd guestimate your feline autostroaker cluster to weigh in similarly to your cars existing battery with the much lower energy density preventing you from driving under any bridges or entering multistory carparks.

about 9 months ago
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Credit Card Numbers Still Google-able

ninlilizi Re:Nothing for me... (157 comments)

You can block javascript for the site using something like noscript.
It degrades quite decently. Or at least did when I was last trying to save my sanity on an underpowered box.

about 9 months ago
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Anonymous Clashes With D.C. Police During Million Mask March

ninlilizi Re:Stay behind the line! (388 comments)

I'm inclined to agree with you. With the exception of some magic stick determining weather a protest is 'legal' or not.
If your giving thought as to the legality of a protest. Then its not a protest. It's mearely Acceptable Decent.
Acceptable Dessent being the smoke and mirror trick that presents an authoritarian regime to the world as a democracy.

about 9 months ago
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Online Retailers Cruising Tor To Hunt For Fraudsters

ninlilizi Re:vpn use triggers the 'cancel the order' logic (188 comments)

This stuff drives me insane too.

I live off-grid. I'm reasonably mobile and don't have an address. Any address, nor does any of my family... To complicate things my internet is via a satellite link that at times can terminate half a continent away.

Places like Amazon and Ebay don't present any trouble at all... But any smaller or more specialised businesses is like playing russian roulette. Worse, every so often I encounter a jobsworth who doesnt seem to have anything better to do with his week then cause me as much hassle as he can creatively manage.
So I find myself having to learn to think and behave like a fraudster. So I can spend my own money without having to deal with all that drama.

about 10 months ago
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Kickstarter For Open Source GPU

ninlilizi Re:Dubious Market? (108 comments)

I guess thats what their betting on.
That enough people see the value in the concept, regardless of an immediate need for the product.

about 10 months ago

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BBC scraps digital archive project

ninlilizi ninlilizi writes  |  about a year ago

ninlilizi (2759613) writes "Project is scrapped after the BBC admits wasting £100 million with no quantifiable results to show.
This looks more like the incompetence of the person in charge of overseaing the project. And am sharing this, as Slashdot covered the project launch"

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