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we got some cheap 4K TVs at work, so they had to be properly tested by running +Battlefield 4 at 4K.  it is, in a word, stunning.

the only other full-motion 4K content out there are crappily-compressed YouTube videos, so they don't quite cut it when you want every pixel represented.  what better way to test it than with the eye-gouging beauty of BF4 (now BF4K)?  this Seiki won't do 4K at more than 30FPS, like all HDMI-bound 4Ks, but my PC can barely push 4K at 30FPS anyway.

for the record, i'm not going 4K until the desktop monitors get cheaper and better-made or the TVs are able to do 60FPS over DisplayPort or the yet-unreleased HDMI 2.0.  otherwise, they're kind of a waste of money outside of 4K video editing or informational displays.

FYI:
- 3840x2160 30Hz
- Seiki 50" UHD TV
- EVGA GTX770 FTW
- Ultra settings, no AA

#battlefield4   #4k   #allthepixels   #nvidia  
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NASA is going to do the coolest relativity thought experiment for real!  a twin in space and a twin on Earth will be compared after a year.  will the spaceborne one get super powers?  will the Earthbound one get sick of Game of Thrones hype?

i think the result will be that the mobile twin has "aged" more.  yes, special relativity would predict the mobile twin to age less than the (relatively) stationary one.  however, the added radiation and general stresses of life in space may accelerate genetic degradation and "age" the mobile twin far more than the negligible effects of a year of time dilation.

#physics   #spaceexploration   #iss  
 
Separated at Launch! Next year, with the assistance of the world's only twin astronauts, NASA will conduct an unprecedented experiment in human biology. While one twin remains on the ground, the other will circle Earth aboard the International Space Station for a full year. Will the twins still be identical when they are re-united? The answer could help NASA make space travel safer for generations of astronauts to come. http://go.nasa.gov/Q1va98  
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 get sick of Game of Thrones hype?  LOLOLOL
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today's schadenfreude is brought to you by the letters F, B, and I.  California State Senator Leland Yee was arrested and indicted today on corruption and firearms trafficking charges.  yes, the state's legislator most known for penning severely restrictive gun control laws (virtually all of which have failed) got arrested for gun running with a Hong Kong criminal syndicate.  the FBI doesn't just toss around indictments for state-level elected officials, so there may be some serious meat to these charges.

#bribery   #painfulirony  
State Sen. Leland Yee was indicted Wednesday on public corruption charges as part of a major FBI operation morning spanning the Bay Area on, law-enforcement sources said, deepening the cloud of corruption over the Democratic establishment in the Legislature and torpedoing Yee’s aspirations for statewide office.
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wow, PopTron just threw it down with a complete surprise song in their rotation:  a dance-synth-electro-pop station is truly incomplete without Flight of The Conchords's "Too Many Dicks (On The Dancefloor)" to make sure the scene remains well balanced.  don't let it become a brodeo!

#musiceveryday   #kiwis   #sausageparty  
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i just had an apocalypse moment in the mess hall here at work:  walking in, i see a coworker standing with an unopened can of soup as our office manager tells him that the can opener is missing...

"oh, heh, Emilio, do you have a can opener?"
"yeah, right here."

my keychain-bound P-51 ensured that Joe won't starve today.  where's yours?  (no, not a P-38.  there's little reason to use one over a P-51 unless it has to go in a tiny container.)

#apocalypsewow   #fallout   #dayz   #survival  
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lol +Tin Le, i'm reminded of the scene in Top Secret! where the can of Hawaiian Punch is dispensed via and old-school piercing oil can spout.
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we got some cheap 4K TVs at work, so they had to be properly tested by running +Battlefield 4 at 4K.  it is, in a word, stunning.

the only other full-motion 4K content out there are crappily-compressed YouTube videos, so they don't quite cut it when you want every pixel represented.  what better way to test it than with the eye-gouging beauty of BF4 (now BF4K)?  this Seiki won't do 4K at more than 30FPS, like all HDMI-bound 4Ks, but my PC can barely push 4K at 30FPS anyway.

for the record, i'm not going 4K until the desktop monitors get cheaper and better-made or the TVs are able to do 60FPS over DisplayPort or the yet-unreleased HDMI 2.0.  otherwise, they're kind of a waste of money outside of 4K video editing or informational displays.

FYI:
- 3840x2160 30Hz
- Seiki 50" UHD TV
- EVGA GTX770 FTW
- Ultra settings, no AA

#battlefield4   #4k   #allthepixels   #nvidia  
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an open letter to +Sonic.net about leaving the Fusion DSL service (yes, i really did sign up for Comcast - ugh):

Dear Sonic Team,

I am moving and must end my Sonic service on Sunday, April 13th.  While I am moving to Santa Clara, an area with Sonic service, I will be living with a couple other heavy internet users and single-line Fusion won't be sufficient for us.

We considered the bonded dual Fusion, but it is just not cost-effective compared to the normal service: it costs over twice the monthly cost of a single line, and that's after the pricey set-up fee.  While I considered paying this premium to continue enjoying Sonic's service, it just doesn't fit in the budgets of my housemates compared to the speeds offered by Comcast for half the price of dual Fusion.  I have serious problems with Comcast's business practices, but my housemates' budgetary needs trump my ethical concerns.

I have been a happy Sonic customer for years, and I'm sad to leave - so long, static IP.  But the expectations and needs of home internet users are growing past the 20/1 that Fusion offers, especially with consumers' increasing need for upload bandwidth.  Frankly, I need outbound speed and I'm enjoying the 10Mb up that Comcast is giving us, while Sonic has nothing in the South Bay to contend with that.  I'm afraid that, despite the reliability and wonderful support, Sonic isn't keeping up with residential usage and will continue to lose significant value in the eyes of consumers.

You're already pushing ADSL2+ to its limit, so it’s a slowly dying technology barring another leap forward in twisted-pair protocols.  As much as it pains me to acknowledge, Sonic’s only long-term hope for competitiveness is fiber-to-the-home.  However, at the rate you’ve been rolling it out I don’t expect Sonic fiber to be available in the South Bay for at least another four years.  Meanwhile, Fusion DSL probably only has about two years of perceived value left at the rate competitors' performance and consumers' expectations are growing.  Fusion DSL’s competitiveness is shrinking a bit every day.

My advice is this:  do whatever you can to bring Fusion Fiber to Santa Clara.  Santa Clara’s utility provider, Silicon Valley Power (SVP) runs a dark fiber network known as SVP Fiber Enterprise.  SVP FE is a large loop and series of sub-loops throughout Santa Clara’s commercial and residential areas that they lease to connect datacenters and high-density service areas.  Essentially, they have already run a wide-area backbone and you can just focus on the last mile.  I know the rollout plan has always been "we’ll bring it to neighborhoods that have enough Fusion DSL customers", but at the rate that competitors are growing you have a catch-22: if Fusion DSL isn’t competitive, no one will sign up enough to make a neighborhood dense enough to bring fiber to.

Rolling out in Santa Clara will have some big advantages (aside from bringing me a badass symmetric line):
- SVP FE has already generated some buzz lately by being a candidate for Google Fiber rollout, but we all know how much of a load of hype Google Fiber is compared to their actual rollout schedule.  Sonic could beat Google at their own game, in Google’s own backyard, and generate a lot of buzz in the process.
- It will help cement Sonic as a competitive choice in the highly dense South Bay, even if it doesn’t serve the entire area (think about how many people are waiting for Google Fiber in areas that have no chance of getting it in the next 10 years).  Santa Clara borders numerous cities, and the residents of those cities will be excited and envious to see a neighbor get next-generation broadband.
- It will also allow Sonic to test service in larger and denser areas than the North Bay with ready access to major networks and without having to lay out the backbones.

I will immediately sign up for Fusion Fiber if it becomes available in Santa Clara - I will even do it before it’s widely available if you need a test house!  My new address is * and please consider it a guaranteed customer when it’s time to evaluate neighborhoods.

- Emilio G

#broadband   #fibertothehome   #googlefiber  
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Hey maybe they'll throw a job offer at you
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do you know anyone who knows how to make a DCP file?  if you know me then, yes, you do!  and if you read this handy article, you will, too.  Digital Cinema Packages are a standard for packaging - you guessed it - movies for display in digital cinemas.  they point and laugh at things like frame-based analysis, MPEG conversion, and muxing.  Blu-Ray discs?  bishpliz.

oh, you wanna know what it actually IS?  are you ready for this?  while there are a number of formats, one of the most common is a freaking JPEG2000 image sequence.  it's basically a 24FPS slide show with a separate soundtrack, and in that way it's more like a reel of film than it is a typical digital video format.  the actual DCP is a folder with MXF-packaged audio and video files plus some XML files to get the show going.  feature films can exceed 500GB, and according to Wikipedia the max datarate is 250Mb/s or 1.3 megabytes a frame at 24FPS.

#allthedata    #digitialvideo   #movietheaters   #videoediting  
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the rear shot of that receiver makes my pants tight. holy shit.
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Today I Learned that "cat6" is a way to write a vulgar Cantonese slang word.  ooof, "cat6 twisted pair" sounds painful.

#TIL   #languagehumor  
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ah ha!  I translated as - cocky fuck.  right?
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your ass...  it isn't moving enough.  you may have a severe Outkast deficiency, one addressable with a shot of "GhettoMusick" off Big Boi's side of their 2003 SpeakerBoxx/The Love Below dual album.  seriously, what a bangin' track...  take care when operating heavy machinery.

"fuck y'all box!"

#musiceveryday   #hiphop  
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I, like you, have to listen to SpeakerBoxx/The Love Below everyday to get my heart pumping and my body moving.
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i come back here regularly for the burgers. i don't drink, but my friends that do appreciate the beer menu; a buddy that lived in Germany for a while liked that the waitress didn't blink when he ordered some weird German cocktail of beer with a shot of soda in it. for a while they seemed to be perpetually understaffed, just one or two servers short of what you needed for speedy service, but they seem to have worked out their schedule and service is reasonable now. the burgers are a good size without feeling ridiculous, the meat is good (beef or lamb!), and the fries and onion rings are proper. the sausage sandwich menu is mixed: some of them are big and good, some are smaller and a bit on the bland side (start with the smoked kielbasa and then explore).
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