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Why Are Some People Mosquito Magnets?

tzot Re:You have got to be fucking kidding me. (183 comments)

From wikipedia: "The O in ABO is often called 0 (zero, or null) in other languages." I can testify that in my language too (not English, obviously) it's called zero.

about a year ago
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AMD Launches New Richland APUs For the Desktop, Speeds Up To 4.4GHz

tzot Re:I beg your pardon (153 comments)

technically most of the Middle East is on the European continent

I find it hard to understand how “technically” most of the Middle East is in Europe, when none of the countries of the area are in the European continent. Only a small part of contemporary Turkey is to the west of Bosporus.

about a year ago
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Taking Action For Free JavaScript

tzot Re:Gosh!!! (318 comments)

I used the word “country” in a parenthesized paragraph, because it wasn't essential to my message. (In my country, btw, voting isn't just allowed; it's obligatory for almost everyone of age; so now I know something about your country and you know something about mine. Let me get back to the issue at hand.)

My reply to your post was that the percentage of the total population is irrelevant to a quorum; it matters only what the percentage is amongst those who care: they care to vote, they care to run a company, they care to run and get elected for congressmen or senators or whatever they are called in each democracy. A fraction of votes over total population is useless (the .1% you mentioned), it's always votes over total voters (the 100% I mentioned).

about a year ago
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Taking Action For Free JavaScript

tzot Re:Gosh!!! (318 comments)

AC: So there's over 7 million of us who do? That's a quorum, let's get this happening!

KGIII: That is like .1% of the population.

Does it really matter what percentage of the population it is? 100% of those who care is a quorum. Whatever the percentage of the remaining population, they don't care; ergo they don't get a vote since they never asked for one.

(A different take: a country might have 100 million population but you don't need more than 50 million votes to win an election with more than 50%.)

about a year ago
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ARM In Supercomputers — 'Get Ready For the Change'

tzot Re:IMHO - No thanks. (238 comments)

> The x86 addressing modes are so powerful that they even created an instruction to leverage the addressing generation logic without accessing memory...

I don't know which instruction they created, but it sounds dangerously close to the LEA instruction that existed on the 68008 my Sinclair QL was using, and it was neither Motorola nor Intel that originally came up with this idea.

BTW: 68k assembly was a pleasure to write.

about a year ago
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Listening To the Big Bang – In High Fidelity

tzot If that is... (85 comments)

..."let there be light" in God-speak, no wonder that our guys didn't get the tree warning.

about a year ago
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GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode

tzot Re:So, they heard the complaints... (267 comments)

It's humour. Did you perceive it was a valid argument against the Gnome 3 interface?

about a year ago
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GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode

tzot Re:So, they heard the complaints... (267 comments)

Type what you want to do, and you'll find what you want ... that's the theory.

Sure. That was the theory for Zork too.

about a year and a half ago
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'Hobbit' Creates Big Data Challenge

tzot Re:Smart play by the studios (245 comments)

Sorry, the torrent I downloaded was a better version than yours. I'm not sure about compression differences, but my version has all of the extras included.

about a year and a half ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

tzot Re:Why? (599 comments)

I didn't understand your question was intended as rhetorical; that's why I answered it. Perhaps you should've answered it yourself in the same post, making it thus truly rhetorical, saving both my time and yours.

about a year and a half ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

tzot Re:Why? (599 comments)

All that said: Why was the magic number of 30 chosen?

Isn't the typical answer that North-American/Japanese etc AC power is 60 Hz and European etc AC power is 50 Hz?

30 is 60/2 and 25 is 50/2.

about a year and a half ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

tzot Re:Why? (599 comments)

Any camera man with instructions from their director. I believe “Gladiator” and “Saving Private Ryan” are two typical examples of famous directors using high-speed shutter in their film.

about a year and a half ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

tzot Re:Why? (599 comments)

24 fps from a high-speed shutter camera (usually digital these days), can be disturbing. 24 fps with low-speed shutter (older analog cameras), where there is motion blur is ok; motion blur approaches what we see with a naked eye.

24 fps from a video game, which is a sequence of stills, typically without motion blur as it requires more CPU time, is awful.

Assuming Jackson used digital cameras, 48 fps should be an improvement.

about a year and a half ago
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Ban On Loud TV Commercials Takes Effect Today

tzot Re:sometime it's just stupidity (383 comments)

Or something like that. It's not only about average loudness; it's also about dynamic range.

about a year and a half ago
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Vector Vengeance: British Claim They Can Kill the Pixel Within Five Years

tzot Re:VECTORS (221 comments)

These “video codec” vectors describe the motion (in space and/or time) of macroblocks (image sections: bitmaps); you take a bitmap and with vectors and more bitmaps (among other things) you describe how it changes in time.

Not exactly the same as describing the whole image with vectors (no bitmaps involved until the image is rendered on bitmap devices like a screen or a printer).

about a year and a half ago
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Vector Vengeance: British Claim They Can Kill the Pixel Within Five Years

tzot Re:maybe I am missing something (221 comments)

Well, as I see it, there is an analogy with raster and outline fonts. Both are shown on a basically pixel device (screen, printer) but they are drastically different.

The predicted “death of the pixel” is an exaggeration that one should ignore.

about a year and a half ago
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Intel Announces Atom S1200 SoC For High Density Servers

tzot Re:The Dearly Published (78 comments)

Although Intel still declare that their TDP is *not* maximum draw in their Measuring Processor Power: TDP vs ACP paper, so I am not sure whether you answered out of personal experience/knowledge or based on plain theory.

about a year and a half ago
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Intel Announces Atom S1200 SoC For High Density Servers

tzot Re:The Dearly Published (78 comments)

So your reply is “Yes, this has changed, and 6W is the maximum power that the S1200 SoC should draw.”

Thank you.

about a year and a half ago
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Intel Announces Atom S1200 SoC For High Density Servers

tzot The Dearly Published (78 comments)

There is one thing I'm still not clear about.

Wikipedia says that TDP is “thermal design power”. I thought it was Thermally Dissipated Power, but I obviously was wrong. Anyway, Intel used to publish TDP numbers where “T” was equivalent to “Typical”, while AMD's “T” was equivalent to “Top” (in the sense of maximum). Has this changed? The S1200's 6W are a Typical or a Top value?

about a year and a half ago

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