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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

xlsior Re:Better comparison site (377 comments)

The below site offers a better comparison interface than the Lena image link from the post. Drag your mouse across the image to see the effect:

http://xooyoozoo.github.io/yol...

Interesting, thanks for the link -- I must say, I see pretty much no visual difference at all between BPG and the WebP format on those sample pics, at identical file size.

about a week ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

xlsior Re:Big fucking deal. (422 comments)

Frankly, if I could just die at age 70 before my mind turns to shit and I can't control my bodily functions I'll be happy. Living for an extra 10+ years in the shadow of what you once were is not living. It's a cruel form of torture.

Keep in mind that environmental factors reducing your lifespan don't mean that you're going to remain perfectly healthy until you're 70 and then just suddenly keel over. Healthy people tend to not just die for no apparent reason -- the decay leading to death will likely just manifest itself at an earlier age and progress more rapidly too. Congratulations, now you can't control your bodily functions at 65 instead of 80.

about 2 months ago
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Sharp Developing LCD Screens In Almost Any Shape

xlsior Round? (60 comments)

Surprised that one side needs to be straight, considering that there's already round LCD's out there as well -- e.g. "LG G Watch R" smartwatch (completely round), or the Motorola Moto 360 (while the latter does have a straight edge, it's still narrower than the center of the display itself)

about 2 months ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

xlsior Re:First world problems. (610 comments)

In your view, the fact that people were given for free a piece of music is something they should rightfully complain about? Without us making fun of them?

Musical tastes differ -- if I left a bag of crap on your front porch without asking first if you were interested in receiving it, you wouldn't complain / be annoyed by it?

about 3 months ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

xlsior Re:why not build it stronger (296 comments)

and put a vacuum in it?

Wouldn't work: The read/write heads are actually floating a microscopic distance above the platter on cushion of air/helium/whatever. Without the gas, the distance between the heads and the platter would vary wildly, and it would almost immediately and literally come to a grinding halt, scratching up the disk surface in the process.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

xlsior Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (193 comments)

While a hard drive may be cheaper at time of initial purchase,it likely has a significantly shorter lifespan as well, leading to much higher costs over time to replace failed drives. (Especially considering that the $140 you mention is for a consumer-grade drive, with a 1-2 year warranty -- more reliable "Enterprise" drives typically cost three times as much)

about 4 months ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

xlsior Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company"

about 4 months ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

xlsior Re:All wrong (81 comments)

If you need an xbox to watch TV, you're doing it wrong.

There's a difference between 'needing and xbox to watch TV', and the desire for a unified, integrated one-stop destination for your entertainment: games, TV, streaming media, using a single remote control and consistent interface.

That may not be a big deal to you or me personally, but i can definitely see a potential market for something like this.

about 4 months ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

xlsior Re: Not creepy (106 comments)

Hard to track eye movement when wearing sunglasses, which many/most people do when driving in summer.

about 5 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

xlsior No. (502 comments)

"back in the day" the main selling point of a "good" soundcard, was compatibility. Under Dr, each and every game had to reinvent the wheel and communicate directly with the soundcard. Unless you had one of major 'good' cards (Soundblaster, Gravis ultrasound, and one or two others) old games wouldn't have sound at all. When Windows became the norm, the hardware communication was abstracted hough the windows driver - as long as Windows support the card, a game could use it. Combined with dirt-cheap integrated cards in most motherboards, there's very little need for discrete audio for non-professional use anymore. We've reached "good enough" 15+ years ago.

about 5 months ago
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New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

xlsior Re:IE EIGHT? (134 comments)

So use Firefox or Chrome. No big deal.

Even if you never consciously launch IE, it doesn't mean you're safe: the IE rendering engine is used behind the scenes by a ton of other Microsoft and 3rd party applications as well, each of which is a possible attack vector as long as the IE vulnerability exists on the system.

about 7 months ago
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New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

xlsior Re:IE EIGHT? (134 comments)

Unfortunately, IE 8 is the last version of Internet Explorer that's compatible with Windows XP.... Meaning there are hundreds of millions of computers out there that are vulnerable to this exploit, which can't 'just' upgrade to a newer IE version without paying a hundred bucks to upgrade their entire OS first. Annoyingly, this bug was reported to MS when XP still had 6-7 months of extended support for XP left on their count-down clock. Today, XP is no longer supported and unless this bug starts getting heavily exploited in the wild a fix will probably never come.

about 7 months ago
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Ouya's Unsung Strength: Multiplayer For Parties

xlsior XBMC (54 comments)

Combined with a USB MCE remote, the Ouya makes a fantastic XBMC media player -- there's a free 'official' XBMC release in the Ouya store which supports hardware video decoding, and plays back 1080p video without a hitch.

about 7 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

xlsior Excersise for the reader: (409 comments)

Whenever you see "in the CLOUD!", mentally replace it with "using someone else's server" -- all of a sudden it looks a whole lot less appealing. Yes, you gain some flexibility, but you lose a LOT of control. Case in point: gamespy's recent announcement that they're closing up shop, and all of a sudden hundreds of major games from big-name software houses will lose their online multiplayer abilities. How's 'the cloud' working out for them?

about 7 months ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

xlsior What if... (393 comments)

So today the universe apparently is 99.99999% matter / 0.000001% antimatter -- What about the possibility that when the universe started it began as 50.00000000001% matter / 49.99999999999% anti-matter, and the observable universe today is 'simply' made up of the remaining 0.000000000002% that didn't annihilate itself billions of years ago? Even if matter/antimatter each have an equal chance of getting created, randomness is not perfectly distributed. If you roll a set of dice an infinite amount of times, you WILL from time to time end up with weirdly skewed results that may appear non-random, even though they are. Since we happen to live inside this universe and have no way of observing any potential failed precursor universes, we have an observation bias to our particular outcome -- there could be a near-infinite amount of alternate universes with matter and antimatter perfectly distributed which completely annihilated themselves before the universe as we know it today ever came info being.

about 8 months ago
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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

xlsior Re:e-ink display (97 comments)

Unlike their initial announcements, the Pebble doesn't actually use an actual e-ink display -- it's a 1.26 inch Sharp Memory LCD, also used by several other devices. http://www.sharpmemorylcd.com/...

about 9 months ago
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Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

xlsior Re: WRONG (249 comments)

Provide tools to migrate Android data to iOS. For example, allow an Android user iCloud access, and be able to load that data (including app-specific data) from iPad/iPhone. Make the bar to convert to iOS as low as possible.

Except doing so also lowers the bar leaving the Apple ecosystem behind... Given that Apple has a significantly smaller market share than Android does in most countries these days, it seems like it would be a losing strategy for them.

about 10 months ago
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Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

xlsior Re:Sales Problem and Technical Problem (254 comments)

it's a sales problem. Customers don't grasp the differences between letter versions (a/b/g/n) so they purchase the one with the most letters, perpetuating the filling of the limited bandwidth available.

Not just sales -- if you've been bit by this a few times, you tend to buy the hardware that supports the most frequencies even if you may think you don't need them. For example, the Nintendo wii has a built-in 802.11b/g wifi adapter, but it has some bugs that prevent it from working on plain 'g' for many people. From the Nintendo support site: "Ensure that the router is set to broadcast in "mixed" or "b/g" mode. Routers set to "g only" may not be able to allow a successful connection from the Wii console."

about a year ago
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Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

xlsior Um... (254 comments)

....should find a way to let some wireless gear leave those versions behind

So... similar to how pretty much most/all modern routers give you the option to switch between 'a/b/g/n' mode, or enable just 'n', or just 'ac'? And like how they let you choose to use the 2.4GHz band or 5GHz or both, or...? It seems to me that there really isn't a technical problem here, just a user education issue of TELLING them that there may be a speed benefit to turning off standards they aren't using anyway.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

xlsior Re:case in point (382 comments)

/.
and no way to turn it off.


Eh?

You do have the option to switch between the mobile and the full site on a mobile device

about a year ago

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