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Re: Random TV question: 'juddering' in fast pans
The problem with frame interpolation currently abused on HDTV's is that it tends to be too agressive and applied to the entire movie. Whereas what would be better would be for it to intelligently sense panning movement and only apply it then.
I wish Showscan would get used
Look at some Showscan explanations on Youtube. Basically in order to keep the 'filmic' look slow movement is displayed at 24FPS and fast action sequences at up to 120FPS using variable frame rates.
Doctor Who for the ADD crowd
No offense intended to those with the condition but really it seems we must be fed with less than 1 hour episodes with no cliffhangers but 'previews' of the next episode to get us to keep watching. The self contained episodes do not allow the freedom of old Who to introduce more interesting plot devices. Everything must be squeezed into one episode and everything runs at break neck pace with constant dialogue fired at you from all sides and lots of wizz bang effects.
This is not Star Wars and even that had breathing 'space'.
I find it very difficult to follow the dialogue these days too. The sound mix is horrendous with the soundtrack being very intrusive rather than complimentary. Murray Gold needs to pull back his grandiose montages and actually allow 'silence' to work it's magic. Sometimes I feel like I need to turn subtitles on!
So what if you just embed a link to a torrent link on another site that points to copyrighted material like a movie perhaps?
Desirability and ecosystem
iPhones adhere to the golden rule of 'desirability'. Most people are not technically minded. Most people who buy iPhones are 'herders' who see that Posh Pete has one (Keeping up with the Jones's syndrome). iThings are all about the ecosystem and saying something about who you are (be that a prat in a suit, black polo neck and skinny jeans or 'bling' and baseball cap casual wear).
iPhones are not sold on how much geek factor they have. But how much you want to be like your peers.
Samsung 840 EVO drives suffer speed degredation.
Applies to TLC drives only at present.
I don't understand the question.
Now if you mean sexy alien vampire furry cyborg Jedi pirates I can handle that!
Another Sci-Fi TV show that will last one season before being cancelled.
Copyright aping nature.
It says a lot about copyright in general when a monkey has more rights than the owner of the equipment.
Looks like the simians are alive and well working at the various copyright offices of the world.
There is a simple fix for this problem
Most password hacking relies on having a system that allows continuous retries until a password works. ALL password systems should work on the basis of an incorrect entry equaling a wait time for each retry with the wait time increasing exponentially for each incorrect entry. First inccorect entry. 30 seconds. Second 5 minutes. Third 30 minutes and so on.
Proof if ever there was
That those that make overreaching (overbearing?) laws don't understand the future consequences of making said laws. Laws need to be more flexible to change/adjustment when those laws come into conflict with public interests. Unfortunately it is VERY difficult to change laws once they are signed off (at least in the UK).
The system acts unfairly
My brother is currently unemployed. He is trying his hardest to find another job. He has a wife and young daughter. He rents a house.
He lost the last job he had which was on a 3 month trial basis due to 'gross' misconduct according to the welfare state and could be sanctioned for this losing his benefit. The misconduct was due to him falling asleep at the wheel of his vending machine delivery vehicle. He was expected to work from 3:30am to 4pm but often got home at 6pm because of traffic and lack of proper training so he took longer to do his rounds. As stated he was hired on a trial basis so it wasn't even a permanent job yet. It takes time to adjust to shift hours and some people are not cut out for it. Forcing people to take shift work jobs can causes serious issues including death (he could have been killed/killed someone).
My argument here and it will be if it has to go to appeal is that it was not 'willful' misconduct. It was one of health and safety. He did not wish to lose his job. He did not do it 'willfully' like punching the manager in the face etc. I see it like firing a road sweeper because he had leg cramp (granted this is not life threatening in any way).
The system is unjust and penalizes those at the very bottom of the chain with no wiggle room to argue the more complex issues surrounding why you are on benefits in the first place. Peoples lives are complex. You cannot tar everyone with the same brush.
In a politicians office far far away...
In a politicians office far far away the sounds of deep labored breathing can be heard. No it's not Darth Osborne fiddling the tax system. It's Nick Clegg writing up his next UK election exit speech.
It's the wololf! It's the wololf!
The sky is falling!
We may never really know what happened. I think that is the scariest part.
Excuse me there's a knock at the door...
All those delicious flavors to choose from. The cool looking tech designs. Those big clouds of vapor. The group 'chic' of it when hanging out with friends. Obviously these are desirable by youths. Obviously they are gateway to other nasty stuff.
WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!
Oh they already have and of course this will be one way they will use to crack down on it, ban it and/or tax it to death.
It's not about the money oh no...
If only it had been Nolan
What the movies lack is grit, forgetting about the science behind the gadgets, a good sense of humor and characters (actors) that are charismatic and likeable. The last episodes were full of CGI, stiff as board acting/characters, too much pseudo science bullshit and the humor was shoe horned in by way of stupid aliens and robots.
A lot of the gung-ho from the originals was lost. It's not a sci-fi movie. It's a cheesy cowboys and indians movie that just so happens to be set in a sci-fi universe. A universe where we do not need to worry about things like gravity or the vacuum of space (sound). It's more about the storytelling and empathizing with the characters than sweating the small details. These things set the overall tone of a movie and allow us to decide whether it's enjoyable or not.
I can never forgive Lucas for reducing the force to something detectable in the bloodstream. It's like telling you father Christmas and the tooth fairy don't exist when you are aged 5.
I just came to post that I only clicked on this article because of Flufflepuff!
But on net neutrality. In the end we all have to pay for something somewhere up the pipeline and if advertising does not cut it then something (someone) else has to give in order to support it. Just because you pay your ISP a fee each month for access does not mean everything else on the net should be provided for free.
With the iWatch Pron you no longer need to charge your 'i' device as it works on friction.
This is a stick up and it's stuck up here!
Re: Names. Names. NAMES!
I've just had an idea. People keep going on about how complicated IPv6 is when setting up. Mostly for internal networks I may add. I think the answer is that the devices need to have their own DNS translation system inbuilt. Instead of you having to enter a specific IPv6 address you just enter a unique name and let the device translate that into a unique (out of the gazillion possible addresses) IPv6 identifier. So for instance HTCM8.ABC.123. Dealing with all this numbering network nonsense should have been done away with ages ago. We only need a unique identifier for each device and the hardware should automatically translate it to the required address without any collision without even a network guru having to touch it.
Re: Names. Names. NAMES!
I meant to add that it's not the lack of number address that is the problem. It's the lack of EASY TO REMEMBER names that is at issue here. It's kinda like when you sign up on a big forum or social network and find that the username you want to use has been used by untold other. Tom1234 instead of plain Tom for example.
Names. Names. NAMES!
I can understand it for devices that wish to auto connect to other stuff whereby you don't need to know what their address is. But say you want to access your home energy system remotely. Entering a series of digits, letters, colons and wotnot does not really inspire much confidence now does it? You want a simple DNS system to connect over IPv6 don't you? Ah! But a helluva lot of names are already taken in the existing DNS system. All the easy to remember ones at any rate. You want to access Toms.Home.Energy? Tough 1,000 others already have variations of that including jumbled digits for letters and capitalizations. The only other way would be to have your own unique domain (tomshome.co.uk) and uses sub domains I guess.
My HTC One sucks
I have a HTC One M7 and sure it was a poor choice of phone when it comes to photos (not bad in low light but terrible at everything else) but then again I carry a Canon S90 around for any photo opportunities. For everything else I use a 70D (Previously a 450D) if I know I going someplace interesting. I have seen very few shots from a smartphone camera that are 'good enough' yet. There are some examples on display on the net of course. But not to be found on most social sites. There is more to photography though than merely pointing a lens at your mates in the pub or your furry friend (pets included). Light, composition, subject matter etc. Everyone can be a photographer but not everyone has an eye for something you want to look at more than once.
Luckily my old Dlink router has a free service for one domain. I've just registered and will use that from now on. dyndns was good while it lasted though.
Call me again when they (the TV and media player) can playback The Hobbit in it's native 48FPS. I look forward to higher dynamic range. Higher frame rates (120FPS support would be nice). Refresh rates above 120Hz. Infinite black levels. No motion judder or blur. No clouding or halos. High contrast. Doesn't lose it's brightness after a year or two's usage or pixels going bad. Doesn't have color uniformity issues. Motion interpolation that doesn't have nasty artefacts. Doesn't have image burn or retention issues. Doesn't have a PSU or caps that buzz or need a fan that makes a noise after a few months use. I am not even interested in all the so called 'Smart' TV crap.
4K without much in the way of content isn't much use either although I agree it does look nice when you get it. Besides 4K isn't even true 4K which is why we get the UHD moniker.
Until then you can stick your curvy TV's up your curvy bottom hole!
A bright idea.
Just don't stand next to bright lights. That was just off the top of my head.
I'd rather trust the NSA with the aquisition.
Where there is a demand..
Like this has ever worked in the past.
Spotty fy more like
They are somewhat spotty on their international music rights. I still cannot listen to most of what Asia has to offer. World music seems to be a bit lacking. Until I can listen to the latest Yui Horie track they can take a run and jump of a short plank.
All I want...
...is a 4K OLED
Re: Exploiting National Resources for Fun and Profit
I read a news item a few weeks back about some guy who was using uni resources to mine crypto currency. He obviously was interviewed anonymously but I wonder if it could be the same person. Perhaps Harvard saw the news item and decided to dig around in their systems to make sure it wasn't them being exploited and caught him. It may just be coincidence though.
GCHQ. We hear you. We just don't care.
Something else you should know
If you are on Three network and have a block on 08 numbers (why is this still not been sorted yet I thought they was going to banish call charges on 0800 at least?) in some cases you still get charged. Or rather the call will be allowed through. If you are in credit or a credit is due to be paid back to you for the following month you will get charged if you make a call to an 08 number. I think the saem applies to international numbers too.
I rang a number in France last month and even though the phone never picked up I still got charged for it (£1 something). So international calls still get charged even if they do not pickup.
The entire system is a mess and it's about time roaming charges were scrapped altogether. Imagine if Captain Kirk had switch off his communicator every time he visited Ursa Minor for fear of some huge intergalactic phone bill.
Re: Isn't Bitcoin itself ...
Crypto currency is a gamble (albeit an educated one) like any other. It's like investing in things at the stock exchange. You may never get rich working your 9-5 job. But if you invest in crypto currency and are good at working the system a lot of money can be made from it (or lost obviously).
You can only hear the difference if you have something to refer it against. In other words you would need the studio master to know whether a piece of spinning plastic is authentic to the original or not. That and a decent hi-fi and 'good' hearing.
Re: Blatant sexism at El Reg
Surely it should be called Fappy Birds?
I'm alright Jack
The problem has ALWAYS been an attitude of 'I'm alright Jack' with the voting public. Until an issue directly affects them then they will continue to vote for the status quo (not the old rock group variety). As soon as it affects them in the pocket they stand up and take notice. Also. Nobody cares about privacy when their entire life story is on social media sites. Until it comes and bites them on the arse when they're looking for a new job of course.
It's the great British apathy. We're too busy doing too many other things to worry about politics. I personally believe that voting should be compulsory. At least we would get a 'real' idea of what the public think that way.
"Perry accepted there were limits to what the government could achieve through legislation. “We can’t force people (i.e. parents) to turn filters on.”"
But you have. It's opt out, not opt in.
The NSA and GCHQ etc don't need to request from Apple because....wait for it....
...there's an app for that!
Badum tsh! Thank you very much.
I have an issue where I can't see close things with my glasses on and can only see distant things. I can get bifocals but I didn't want to have to keep tilting my head up and down between blurry and non-blurry vision. The top of the glasses would be the distant vision so where this sits it at the top would not work for me. Also why can't these just be attached to regular glasses? Why the fuck do I have to buy a new pair of glasses? It's can't be hard to make a version that just clips to the side of regular glasses after all.
Re: join the club...
It's because the cursor automatically defaults to the Google page search box instead of the URL. I blame the browsers for allowing it to steal focus at startup.
Forget the local loop
I could do with the French peer my ISP is currently routing through sorting out their damned router! Proxad.net's routing to a site I stream to has been b0rked for at least two weeks now with massive packet loss in the evenings. What are those French doing I wonder. Hogging the bandwidth with Grand Freres(sp)?
But my ISP tells me it is out of their control. :(
People who wear glasses
Someone up above said that the bar on these things could obstruct vision. So can the bar on any spectacles if you have a penchant for fashion (some specs have large sides). Anyhow. All Google has to do is ad an app that detects idiot pedestrians, that you are driving too close to the car in front, a speedo that alerts you when you are going over the limit etc and they will become a required addition to driving that is set in law.
Now if they could only build
An 8K HD 3D display into them.
And so it begins
The first thing I thought of when they announced a few years back how we would have all these 'smart' devices connected to the net was 'I bet someone figures out how to turn them into zombie spambots or worse'. I must not have been the only one to think this was a dumb idea in the first place. You don't really need your fridge connected to the internet ordering milk you lazy sods out there with too much money and too little sense to operate one.
Now look at what's happening. It will be a nightmare to try and sort this crap out in years to come. I say we scrap the internet and start again. Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
The greys are coming
They now have a list of who is naughty and who is nice. Don't feel butthurt about it though.
Err. I don't think it means what you think it means.
Advised my father to get a Nook HD
No regrets yet. It's small and light enough to hold for long periods. It has a great display. Latest firmware gives you the Play store. It has a rubberised casing as he often falls asleep in the chari/bed and drops it to the ground so it survives those knocks easily. Runs rather speadily too for what it does. Oh and it was cheap!
But again it's all about marketing so Amazon steals all the glory.
I just deleted my G+ account
I feel so much better now.
Something about horses and bolts
If they never listen. Will they ever learn?
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