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    [–] Confused about "new" HDR when I've seen it about for years... sotopheavy 1 points ago * (lasted edited 4 hours ago) in AskTechnology

    You won't get HDR unless everything betwen the playstation and the TV/monitor supports it. That means the playstation, the hdmi cable, any Audio/Video equipment and the TV/monitor.

    To explain this, here's an example. Think of regular rgb colors like 720p and HDR as 1080p for a moment. They're not the same thing, but it works as an example.

    • If your game system supports 1080p, but your TV only supports 720p, then all you will see is 720p.

    • Also if your TV supports 1080p but your game system only supports 720p, your display might be able to upscale it a bit, but it won't look as good as true 1080p because there is only 720p worth of information in the signal going to the TV and it's being effectively stretched and then blurred to fill all those extra pixels.

    • If the cord between your 1080p game system and your 1080p TV/Monitor is old as time and only supports 720p, then the game system will likely fall back to 720p and the TV will possibly upscale, but it's not any better than having a 720p game system.

    [–] Capacitor maker zapped with price-fixing charge sotopheavy 1 points ago in technology

    Multiple ram factories burned down? Same time, same place, or freak coincidence?

    [–] California city begins trials for universal basic income sotopheavy 1 points ago in Futurology

    Why choose between those two? They just need rewards for anyone who turns in a fraud. Turn in a fraud that leads to an arrest and you get double your welfare money for 3 months. It would pay for itself and I could see people being very enthusiastic about it. Also frauds getting what they deserve while also not starving in prison.

    [–] California city begins trials for universal basic income sotopheavy 1 points ago in Futurology

    I didn't say that. I'm just very skeptical that there is no abuse or room to catch and clean up abuse.

    [–] CBS All Access with "no ads" for $10/mo. has ads! sotopheavy 15 points ago in television

    Maybe this whole time people have been pissed at cable companies when they really should have been angry at the content producers like CBS for being ass holes with their content. Well, ok, fuck cable companies too.

    [–] Capacitor maker zapped with price-fixing charge sotopheavy -1 points ago in technology

    Does your ideal price include considerations for inflation and increasing levels of consumer demand? I'm guessing demand has been going up because console hardware has started looking a lot like PC hardware not to mention premium mobile devices using modern ram. Also consumerism in traditionally third world countries is on the rise, it would seem like there are a lot of reasonable explanations. Eventually supply will catch up if this is the case.

    [–] Amazon patents a drone that can juice up your EV on the fly sotopheavy 1 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in technology

    At least you're not wrong, that electricity and gasoline don't mix, but I'm sure drones would be dispatched only upon request, and only to compatible vehicles. There would be multiple verification steps and so on. Money would need to change hands before any electricity was transferred either wired or wirelessly.

    [–] Amazon patents a drone that can juice up your EV on the fly sotopheavy -2 points ago in technology

    Well Amazon is a publicly traded company. So if they can make money doing this, then it would likely increase shareholder value and therefore they are obligated to do it. If it cannot be done profitably then there wouldn't be any competitors willing to do it anyway.

    [–] Capacitor maker zapped with price-fixing charge sotopheavy 1 points ago in technology

    Are you talking about RAM, as in DDR4? I'm seeing prices from $290 - $360 for 32GB of ram. That's about what I paid two years ago. Am I missing something?

    [–] California city begins trials for universal basic income sotopheavy 7 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in Futurology

    Pretty much every dumb or dishonest thought or idea I've ever subconsciously had in my life has been acted out by some idiot in real life. Sorry, but I am not convinced that nobody is abusing the system.

    If people are stealing identities to claim other people's social security checks and tax refunds, people are most certainly also committing welfare fraud.

    [–] End of the road: will automation put an end to the American trucker? sotopheavy 1 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in Futurology

    Everything from boats that carry massive cargo containers to naval ports to warehouses to large retail centers (walmart super centers) will be automated. In the sense of distributing goods to these locations. The last mile will come in a separate wave.

    In the second phase, retail centers will begin to allow drive-through pickup. At first, you will load your own car, then they will load your car for you, then autonomous vehicles will be allowed to drive through and it will automatically be loaded up. At the same time, self-driving vehicles will begin delivering packages to homes. Perhaps a person will ride along in order to bring the package to the front door.

    [–] End of the road: will automation put an end to the American trucker? sotopheavy 1 points ago in Futurology

    It depends on the stuff you're shipping, where you're shipping it and how much you're shipping. All large companies, and therefore 90% of all shipping volume will be better off with trucks. It's the most efficient for long-haul travel except where rail is possible.

    A smaller, local company might be able to benefit from vans. If I only had 2 trucks in my entire fleet or 12 vans, it would be much less risky to have the vans, because one truck failure could be devastating to my throughput.

    [–] California city begins trials for universal basic income sotopheavy 14 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in Futurology

    UBI, at it's very foundation, assumes everyone will and should get income. The conversation about who deserves it does not exist with UBI. If some mentally unstable person uses it to buy crack or a gun, that's something we, as a society, will need to address. Say what you want about capitalism, but even though many crazy people do have access to guns, the vast vast majority of the craziest ones are too poor to afford the means to go on a mass shooting spree.

    [–] 6000 motherfuckers! sotopheavy 12 points ago in Bitcoin

    Schrödinger's Twat (short "a" like in cat)

    [–] 6000 motherfuckers! sotopheavy 1 points ago in Bitcoin

    wubba lubba dub dub!

    [–] Burning iTunes or Amazon videos to DVD? sotopheavy 2 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in AskTechnology

    Probably shouldn't phrase this as advice or a suggestion.

    • ✔ Ethical

    • ✔ What you can get away with

    • ✖ Legal

    [–] Billionaire Bill Gates announces a $1.7 billion investment in U.S. schools sotopheavy 1 points ago in news

    On the other hand, some large companies become so complex and so slow that they fail to adapt to changing technology and circumstances and the US government is the ultimate large, complex, slow organization. The occasional jolt of money and energy sometimes is just what is needed to get people out of a rut and start innovating.

    Without spending money wisely, there is no amount of money that can really make a difference. The government could create wasteful policies that eat up 100% of all tax dollars without benefiting a single student if they wanted.

    Just because some teacher somewhere has to buy her own school supplies doesn't mean the school's administrative staff doesn't have some massively wasteful policy so as not to inconvenience them slightly.

    [–] All natural RGB sotopheavy 1 points ago in pcmasterrace

    You look like you could use some air... some compressed air, seriously.

    [–] How ironic sotopheavy 1 points ago in pcmasterrace

    I am so glad I bought a GTX 1070 last year and a 1TB NVMe drive this year. I literally have nothing on my PC that needs to be upgraded at the moment. I could go for another year or two before I get the itch again.

    But I do have two other PCs that could use some tinkering... My holodeck upstairs is not yet complete.

    [–] How ironic sotopheavy 1 points ago in pcmasterrace

    I assume you think they should get fined for collusion, not for being slow to meet demand? The latter has tons of reasonable explanations while the former would be pretty serious.