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

turbidostato Re:I won't notice (276 comments)

"I disagree. I've watched a Blu Ray played on a 50" HDTV at 1920x1080 resolution, and next to it a 50" 4K (3880xwhatever) television was playing some UHD content. The difference in definition was very easy to see from even ten feet away."

On a mall, I bet.

Maybe you are an expert and I'm wrong, but you probably were fooled to think the UHD was better by gaming the controls of both screens.

yesterday
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

turbidostato Re:Hello insurance fraud (199 comments)

"the insurer absolutely will think you committed fraud"

Absolutly yes, of course. Heck! they probably default to think there's a fraud even if lacking any evidence.

A very different thing is for them to *demonstrate* there's a fraud or, at least, being a civil case, that it heavily smells like fraud.

"The police will then report that the skid marks indicate that the car must have been travelling at at least 50mph, not the 20mph indicated by the dongle."

And the insured will claim that his coverage is bound to the dongle as per the contract since his anual bill is also bound to it. So, on one hand, the insured will claim the real-time measures from the dongle are correct and, on the other, that even if they are wrong, his coverage and liabilities are bound to the dongle as per contract.

about a week ago
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Winston Churchill's Scientists

turbidostato Re:Diversity (75 comments)

"Sadly diverse fields, but not much diversity in hiring. "

And so, here comes the troll of the week.

about a week ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

turbidostato Re:Hello insurance fraud (199 comments)

"And the excess damage?"

What excess damage? You (the insurance company) have the data, and here is my car. There's no "excess damage", just "damage".

Do you think (the insurance company) that my accident should render less damage? That's not my problem, I'm neither a materials engineer, nor I designed my car.

Do you think I commited fraud? Why do you think so? Maybe because you know your devices are easily hackable? Maybe I should sue you (the insurance company) for puting me at risk for your lack of due diligence.

about a week ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

turbidostato Re:Spoofing! (199 comments)

"So, how can you tell by simply looking whether the catalytic converter is working properly?"

A "mechanic to look" is not just "simply looking". By measuring gases at the exhaust pipe you can know about the catalytic converter's health.

about a week ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

turbidostato Re:Civility shouldn't have borders (358 comments)

"While "nice guys finish last" is often extrapolated (dubiously) to areas like dating"

There's another adage that outdates this one: "all's fair in love and war" and, in Cervantes' words "Love and war are all one . . . It is lawful to use sleights and stratagems to . . . attain the wished end."

"Some bosses - like Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, or pre-mellowing Bill Gates were legendary assholes and still got great results out of their employees. There are other people who manage their employees with a gentler hand and play to their strengths, and get good results too."

You see how you had no problem to name some sucessful assholes but still didn't provide any name in the "sucessful but very nice" side?

"just remember that - to fight adage with adage - "you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.""

Right. But then, be it either using honey or vinegar, catching all those flies doesn't look like being so nice, once you kill them, don't you think so?

about a week ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

turbidostato Re:Civility shouldn't have borders (358 comments)

"If you can get an advantage by screwing over someone else, it's not really a fair contest."

Why not? It would unfair if only part of the contenders can screw up the others, but as long as everybody can screw the rest, it's fair. Maybe unethical, but certainly fair.

about a week ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

turbidostato Re:Mail between exchanges (174 comments)

"A bad deficiency we still are having is that the mail traffic between mail exchange servers is typically unencrypted."

No, it is not a deficiency but a feature as it highlights that anything but end-to-end encryption is pure rubish (and end-to-end encryption is not so perfect considering that at least one of the two ends can be already pwned).

about a week ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

turbidostato Re:Kind of expected this logic from the goverment (174 comments)

"The thing that you're forgetting is that you could run for office if you think you're so much better?"

Yes, someone could run for office. But would stand a chance without public visibility and media campaign funded by the powers-that-be?

about a week ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

turbidostato Re:What's wrong with Europe nowdays? (174 comments)

"It didn't lobby the Spanish government to actually do anything"

Well, you are wrong. USA *do* lobby Spanish government: at the very least, the Monsanto, copyright, "free" commerce... cases are fully documented.

about a week ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

turbidostato Re:It's a badly written article/summary (481 comments)

"Socialism isn't bad per se, but it has inefficiencies that reduce total wealth creation [...] Think of it as being a pie {...] In most scenarios the average person ends up with more pie"

Let's say I accept all you say. That, in fact, the ability to "produce pies" of northern-europe style socialdemocracies is in fact shorter than that of "free hands" capitalism and that in most scenarios that ends up with "less pie" for the average person.

It seems that current globablized world (and the one in the years to come) is one of those scenarios that make the exception: the average citizen ends up with less pie now, even if the pie is bigger.

about a week ago
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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

turbidostato Re:design flaw with placement of antenna (130 comments)

"Perhaps the placement of the antenna was a design flaw?"

It doesn't look like. The antenna needs energy to work and the energy comes from the solar panels. Given such a dependency it doesn't seem wrong to make the antenna serviceable dependendant on the solar panels being deployed -with the nice side effect that the panels will somehow protect the antenna at landing.

about two weeks ago
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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

turbidostato Re:parachutes? (130 comments)

"I guess the circuits controlling communications got screwed up, so it was assumed to be lost."

I know this is Slashdot and people is not expected to RTFA but you... guess!!!???

From the header:
"Beagle's design incorporated a series of deployable "petals," on which were mounted its solar panels. From the images, it seems that this system did not unfurl fully. "Without full deployment, there is no way we could have communicated with it as the radio frequency antenna was under the solar panels," explained Prof Mark Sims, Beagle's mission manager from Leicester University."

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

turbidostato Re:Hope the trend continues. (261 comments)

"Except without the public posting of them."

Except the menace of the public posting seems to be the only way for the vendor to move forward.

Is my bet that if Microsoft were doing their best effort to patch the bug and keep informed Google about it and the expected resolution time, they wouldn't have released the information.

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

turbidostato Re:Evil corporation cage match! (261 comments)

"And that fact negates the OPs comment how?"

By stating that since Microsoft business practices equal those of Google and then more, it can't be followed that Google is any more evil than Microsoft.

Signed: Captain "So I thought" Obvious

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

turbidostato Re:I agree with Lennart (551 comments)

"The only reasons I've heard for systemd that seem valid are that a system will boot faster and hibernation/sleep modes will work properly"

Add another one: init dependencies working properly.

I.e.: a raid-ed root filesystem out of iSCSI volumes. These kind of scenarios are certainly not very well managed by standard sysv and require manual ad hoc tweaking.

about two weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic To Launch 2,400 Comm. Satellites To Offer Ubiquitous Broadband

turbidostato Re:2400 towers? (123 comments)

"Granting satellites get past the political boundaries."

Yes, but it is much more Dr. Evil-esque.

Is it "Virgin" or "Virtucon"?

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

turbidostato Re:It's a badly written article/summary (481 comments)

"People pay higher prices for cars and houses (and various forms of imaginary property) in the US because they have to."

No, they don't. They can rent, or move to a cheaper neighborhood, or stay longer in their parents' home. And with regards to cars, USA is the 4th country in the world in vehicles per capita only behind San Marino, Monaco and Liechtenstein. They want to, which is different.

"then to be fair"

You see... it's called free market, not fair market.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

turbidostato Re:It's a badly written article/summary (481 comments)

"The problem is that so far everything else we've tried has sucked more."

Do you really think that, for instance, Norway, or Denmark, or Finland suck more than USA?

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

turbidostato Re:What special about beliefs if they're religious (873 comments)

"My personal view is if they can't accept and live with it then they should emigrate to a country with laws more to their liking."

And their personal view is to change the laws to abide to their liking.

about two weeks ago

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