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Pac-Man's Ghost Behavior Algorithms

phision Re:Programming lesson (194 comments)

A wise man once said... well I can't remember the exact words, but it was something along the lines of "Wisdom starts with humility". If you can't laugh at yourself than thats something you should work on. Recognising your shortfalls is the first step to overcoming them.

And another wise man said: "If someone can't take a joke - fuck it" (Tucker Max).
A little rude, but you can't be fun, honest and polite at the same time. I (like him) prefer tossing the politeness out.

more than 4 years ago

The Ignominious Fall of Dell

phision Re:Commerce IS deceit (604 comments)

And it is called economics. Which stems from the law of nature - survival of the fittest. If you manage to deceive the others to give you resources you survive, the others do not. If you manage to detect the lie you (and the honest ones) survive, the lier does not. It was always like that, and will be only on a different level as we evolve.

more than 4 years ago

Do Car Safety Problems Come From Outer Space?

phision Re:Why they tell you to turn off your phone... (437 comments)

Agreed. Toyota has bugs in their software, caused by the mistakes of their programmers. Of course their software team had no choice, but blame other factors - like the cosmic rays. No self respecting programmer will admit he made an error.

more than 4 years ago

Multicore Requires OS Rework, Windows Expert Says

phision Re:This is new?! (631 comments)

From what I recall he then went on to work at FPS systems

I didn't know the First Person Shooter systems were that old ;)

more than 4 years ago

Complex Life Found Under 600 Feet of Antarctic Ice

phision Re:Not likely (237 comments)

If you try hard enough you may find complex life in Europe. As for the intelligent life... lost cause

more than 4 years ago

Microbes That Keep Us Healthy Starting To Die Off

phision Re:mother nature (260 comments)

As for the antibacterial soaps - they are effective only for a certain type of bacteria. The result is that these soaps kill around 10% of the bacteria on your hands. The only effective way of getting rid of bacteria is with alcohol - which would kill around 90% of the bacteria on your hands. A simple explanation here:


about 5 years ago

Can We Really Tell Lossless From MP3?

phision Re:Because they are supposed to be hard to tell .. (849 comments)

i.e. in a car; there is plenty of extraneous sound to mask most limitations of compressed audio;

The luxury cars and some mid-class models are very well sound isolated. I agree that the dynamics are not that important, but there are other effects that are clearly distinguishable - for example the high frequency filtering in MP3.

more than 5 years ago

Micro-Black Holes Make Poor Planet Killers

phision Re:Do they mean a black hole or a singularity? (314 comments)

To escape the black hole sun once you were, say, 3.1 km away, you would need to somehow achieve a speed near to the speed of light, which we simply can't do.

Seems the term "escape velocity" is somewhat misinterpreted by many people.
It is actually not needed to achieve the escape velocity. If you manage to achieve and keep up a speed different than zero, in a direction outwards of the center of the object you will "escape" its gravitational field.

more than 5 years ago

Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?

phision Re:How can that be? (978 comments)

The quantity of food is important, but the quality and balance are more important, as it turns out.
Let's take the only scientifically and statistically proven diet I have heard of - the Zone Diet. What Dr. Sears recommends is - eat the right protein/carb ratio in each meal and your body will go into fat burning mode (with all the benefits of this). As for the quantity - there is a formula to calculate how much proteins you must intake for the day. It turned out that it is hard for me to eat that MUCH food. And, I still eat the same tasty stuff I eat before, just shifting a little the ratio to the proteins.

P.S. Man, the donuts taste like rancid shit.

more than 5 years ago

Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best?

phision Re:US Electrical system is better (1174 comments)

And what about audio power amplifiers? Consider the average surround amp: 7x50W=3500W + 150W for the subwoofer = 3650W. Add 30% for the losses.
So I have to run my amp from the dedicated circuit?

more than 5 years ago

Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms

phision Re:PEBAAC (1146 comments)

I totally disagree. My current car (Citroen C5) has a drive-by-wire throttle and it is a very unpleasant experience to drive it. There is like 0.5 - 1 second delay in the reaction of the throttle. This leads to difficult starting (especially on a slope), revving up while changing gears and so on. I am already used to the slowness and I manage to drive smoothly, but I do not like the feeling anyway.
Of course there may be some problem with my car. I got it diagnosed by my dealer and they assured me everything is OK and this is normal. It is hard for me to believe that the computer inside is too slow ;), so I guess this behavior is intentional.

more than 5 years ago

Evolution's Path May Lead To Shorter, Heavier Women

phision Re:Idiocracy is classist bullshit (411 comments)

Of course you are talking about the legitimate children. But consider that the rich people have more illegitimate children than the poor - maybe without even knowing. As I remember somewhere about 20% of the people are conceived in infidelity. This skews the statistics quite a lot.

more than 5 years ago

Will Google and Android Kill Standalone GPS?

phision Re:Android GPS - works for US only (439 comments)

Therefore the only practically viable option unless you don't care how much you spend on your phone costs is by using an offline solution like a Tom-tom or Garmin device.

Or use software for a smartphone with pre-loaded maps. The only disadvantage I can think of is the low accuracy the smartphone's GPS chips have.

more than 5 years ago

"2012" a Miscalculation; Actual Calendar Ends 2220

phision Re:Assuming... (600 comments)

Did you invent the lyrics of that song...

My idea of fun
Is killing everyone

more than 5 years ago

50+ Android Phones Expected In Near Future

phision Re:Any have a decent Camera? (378 comments)

Totally agree. My current phone has a 8 MP camera and the quality of the photos is almost the same as my old phone's 2MP camera. The optics are the limiting factor here, and the phone size optics allow no more than 3MP-like quality.

And, to the grandparent - we are far from the limit of the human eye yet.

more than 5 years ago

PulseAudio Creator Responds To Critics

phision Re:Can I tell it to go away when I don't need it? (815 comments)

--nodeps :)
try supplying the option of your package manager to ignore the dependancies and everything shall be fixed.

As for the article - I also got rid of pulseaudio, although it kinda worked for me. I just wanted to be sure, that no re-sampling/mixing/sw volume adjustment took place. All this processing distorts the stream, and the quality you get is lower than with the old "single-app-blocks-sound-card" OSS. When I play a movie or music I do NOT want any other sounds mixed in.
The only use-case when I need mixing is when I play some music as a background and I want to hear my IM notifications. So, it will be best if I can switch easily (automatically?) between the two modes. Pulseaudio does not have this ability, that's why it is gone. I may try OSSv4 though...

P.S. To windows fans - in windows it is even harder to guarantee undistorted output - the directsound driver will resample and mix everything.

more than 5 years ago

The Ultimate Limit of Moore's Law

phision Re:Anyone else get the feeling... (418 comments)

And maybe actually the universe is single threaded and nothing happens simultaneously. It is just too fast and we do not notice it. The "parallel" computing will be of no help in this case.

more than 5 years ago

Computer-Based System To Crack Down On Casino Card Counters

phision Re:This is not what gaming should be (597 comments)

And, someone told me recently, blackjack IS dropped in many of the casinos. The ones that still offer the game do it as a favor to their clients. The casino managers know they may lose in blackjack, so there is a limit on the bets. Thus the loss is miserable compared to the win of the other games.

more than 5 years ago


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