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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

terjeber Re: I won't notice (329 comments)

to untrained eye, a good upscaler will typically look almost as good or just as good as source material

No, it will not. That's not even theoretically possible. An upscaler simply can not add information that isn't there. I have worked with both real-time upscaling and non-real-time, which is significantly better since it can spend a lot of time analyzing and trying to add detail. I have never seen any upscaler able to come close to the original material. Not from SD to HD nor from HD to 4K.

Notably a lot of "native HD" content out there is in fact upscaled in production.

That depends. If the material is of recent production it is not, it is downscaled either from 4K or 8K. If the images were available in decent quality on film, it is probably scanned at 4K and downscaled to HD. To see the difference, get the Blue Planet series, watch the Seas of Life part. Most of the Blu-Ray is filmed on film, scanned at high quality and down-sampled to 1080p. Most of the under-water scenes are shot in SD. To me, the transitions from HD to up-scaled SD material is jarring. Very jarring. Others do not notice.

Get a modern DVD player with a good upscaler

I own several of the very, very best ones. They can not touch "native" HD material. Not even close. I also shoot quite a bit in 4K and down-sample that to 1080P. 4K down-sampled to 1080P blows material that is shot in 1080P out of the water. The quality difference is staggering. At 1080P.

7 hours ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

terjeber Re:Protectionism never works (482 comments)

I was in the same boat as Anonymous Coward GP. My company paid me the same as regular workers, the lawyers were working hard to get me a Green Card (and I did get one too) etc. The H1B scare on /. always surprises me. A couple of questions:

  1. Is there a high level of unemployment in the sector that uses the most H1Bs?
    I left the US a handful of years back, but when I was there, that was not the case. I worked for a start-up growing from four to forty employees when I was there, hiring engineers was always an issue, we simply could not get enough qualified applicants from the US and was regularly forced (by our needs) to get H1Bs.
  2. Are typical H1B workers in the US paid worse than others with a similar level of education?
    Again, when I lived in the US, paying for a house, a cleaner, a nanny and a decent car on my salary was not an issue. My wife got a work permit and worked in a non-stem field, her salary was less than half of mine, but her job also required at least a bachelor.
  3. Are US engineers seeing their salaries going below people with an equivalent education level or lower?
    I'd love to see numbers indicating this. I hear from "Silicon Valley" about over-paid people driving people with "normal" pay out of the city and way out of the region due to property price increases. Are these stories untrue? The number of CEOs in these companies are not enough to make property prices sky-rocket, that phenomenon must be caused by lots and lots of "regular Joe's" in the tech companies having significantly higher salaries than the average in the area.

2 days ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

terjeber Re:Lies (360 comments)

Wooosh

2 days ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

terjeber Re:Do you really buy your own BS? (360 comments)

Given the rate we are reproducing we will run out of resources as well as overpopulate ourselves into a corner well before we are done in by global warming

Seriously. You still believe the population explosion myth? You need to read a publication on the issue that is newer than about 1970.

2 days ago
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Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

terjeber Re:TFA says 5 stories high (98 comments)

Note that usage of "floor/story count" for buildings varies from place to place

Nope. The naming does, but the count doesn't. In my end of the world the first floor is the lowest you can get (unless there is a basement) but in the UK, the first floor is my second floor. We'd not disagree on the number of floors though.

2 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

terjeber Re:my vote: (643 comments)

As someone else said, C#, for example, also fits those criteria, is open source etc. Once you have done a bit of work in C#, going back to Java is kinda painful. Design by Committee, which is what Java is now, is certainly a less efficient way of killing something than a bullet to the head, but it is also more painful.

2 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

terjeber Re:Proprietary (643 comments)

Now your boss

First, I'd recommend (futile, I know) you RTFA. Or at least what was posted here. The "Now your boss" isn't particularly relevant to a high-school student.

wants you to get your program running on a Mac. Or a Unix box. Or a Linux box. Or anywhere that isn't Windows....

You haven't been paying attention. .Net (VB is .Net) is officially open source and available for the platforms you mention. The C# compiler is even open source. No possibility of Embrace Extend Extinguish (if you don't understand why I can't help). Also, the language used in High School to teach kids the fundamentals of programming has no relevance to anything done for work. Ever.

2 days ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

terjeber Re:The thing about new languages... (382 comments)

I totally disagree with you. I strive to learn a new programming language at least once a year. I also re-visit an old "friend" at least once a year. I have no need to "ditch" anything to learn something new.

For my daily work I do Java, C# and JavaScript mostly, and just because I have done some pet projects in Ruby doesn't mean I had to "ditch" C#. I can fit more than one programming language into my brain, but I can not be an expert in too many, obviously. Since C# and Java are syntactically more alike than different, and Google has all the standard Framework questions, I consider those two a single language, so switching between them is basically a noop.

So, if I only program in Java/C#/JS, why learn Ruby, Python or D? Simple. Every time I do a project in Ruby, I become a better Java/C# developer. If I brand into F#, I become a better JavaScript/Java/C# developer.

If I am in the process of hiring someone, if they have programmed in a single language for an extended period of time and do not have enough information to talk more or less intelligently about at least two other programming languages, I will recommend against hiring them. To me that is a far, far, far more important test than having them solve some retarded made-up programming related problem that they could find the solution to on Google in less than 30 seconds.

2 days ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

terjeber Re:MS FAIL (156 comments)

Sorry, if your IT department still has a significant amount of 2003 servers, they should be fired. You should be on 2008R2 by now.

2 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

terjeber Re:Nope (329 comments)

I've purchased and watched UHD format shows and movies.

Where? On Netflix? Netflix has never aired anything that resembles 4K. It's a scam.

2 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

terjeber Re: I won't notice (329 comments)

They can't add what is not there. Upscaling is never going to match a 1080p source. I have a fantastic upscaler and it gives terrible results on my 65" screen.

2 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

terjeber Re:I won't notice (329 comments)

The difference in definition was very easy to see from even ten feet away

Probably not. Not from 10ft away. What you probably saw was the increased color space in UHD, which is certainly discernible at 10ft, and has the effect of appearing a little like increased resolution. In addition the UHD content was probably over-sharpened, which looks like higher resolution but which is only a nasty, nasty, nasty trick. If you want to see the nasty trick, watch the Netflix "House of Cards" series. The editor of those should be locked up for creating disgusting over-sharpened junk.

Oh, and no, Netflix does not broadcast 4K anywhere in the world (perhaps inside the Netflix offices). The bitrate is abysmal and the content is so over-sharpened it is ridiculous. Any 1080p Blu-Ray out-resolves any "4K" broadcast from Netflix. Sadly, Average Joe is never going to know and he is going to think he can actually see 4K content from Netflix on his 50" UHD TV. Anything below 70" is a scam. Netflix 4K is a scam.

2 days ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

terjeber Re:The handwriting's on the wall: Alice v. CLS Ban (217 comments)

either force you by threatening to damage your ... your MS-dependent business ... threatening to sue unless you pay them for stuff they don't really have valid rights to

And all of this relates to the patent-free open sourcing that MS is doing right now, being the topic of discussion here? You do know that all patents related to this stuff is also covered in this push towards FOSS, right?

about a month ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

terjeber Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

BP was convicted for failing to properly install and inspect legally mandated safety equipment

Here let me google something for you: Hanlon's razor

about a month ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

terjeber Re:It's fairly simple (217 comments)

It's a monstrosity that does nothing much but add technical debt. Yes, people have made tons of money with it. I pity the poor sods who have to maintain these solutions.

about a month ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

terjeber Re:Embrace (217 comments)

So, how do they hurt the competition with such a move? Elaborate please. Who suffers?

about a month ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

terjeber Re:Does the job still get done? (688 comments)

But who's going to do the 10% of the work that can't be done by machines?

My niece asked me once, how can you sit in front of a computer and a keyboard all day? My answer: They pay me well, but I'd do it even if they didn't pay.

about a month ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

terjeber Re:The handwriting's on the wall: Alice v. CLS Ban (217 comments)

Wait for a company who you've hurt to be on the ropes financially

Microsoft hurt B&N? And here was me thinking it was a comination of Amazon and people not buying books anymore that was the problem. What was it specifically that Microsoft did? Cripple that horrible Nook thing?

about a month ago

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iPhone 4 - not in left hand please

terjeber terjeber writes  |  more than 4 years ago

terjeber (856226) writes "Looks like some iPhone 4 models, but apparently not all, will lose the signal if held in the left hand. Essentially the two antennas on the phone are connected by the skin of your palm if you do so, making them lose their signal."
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