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nagisa_kaworu noticed this priceless excerpt of a 70s sex ed film, from s1e4 of Russell Howard's "Good News". It's far too damn funny not to be enjoyed in its entirety. =:D (Seriously, how many opticians have you been to where they have an anatomical diagram of a penis concealed above the eye chart, waiting to be unfurled at a moment's notice?)

Say hi to a new bun on LJ! rav_bunneh is a good sort, willing to engage on matters technological, political, and more, stuck on that hellish archipelago known as Hawai'i. Also photographically inclined, though with an affinity much more toward film emulsions than CCDs. ^_^

Speaking of shorts you wouldn't expect to be quite so funny, you might like Kim Jong-Il and Kim Jong-Un inspecting apartments. The quaveringly enthusiastic voiceover is quite wonderful, as we're treated to the former leader diligently turning on water and opening cupboards, above a curiously romantic, swelling soundtrack apparently performed by North Korea's Liberace.

Amongst the better known animated releases of 2012, there's one I'll particularly want to catch: the Suicide Shop. "Based on a bestselling book by Jean Teulé, it's a black comedy about a family that runs a suicide supply shop in a dreary town. The family's business is threatened when a new baby arrives who makes everyone around him happy."

I'll be getting a SSD for Dandelion sometime in the coming months, so I'm gradually becomng acquainted with the subtleties thereof. One aspect I hadn't been aware of is the existence of synchronous and asynchronous NAND, with starkly different performance characteristics of drives using Intel's SandForce SF-2281 controller. Of course, such differences tend to be tucked away in the fine print of the tech specs, if present at all. Manufacturers may offer both varieties, so it's not a simple matter of looking for, or avoiding, certain brands: eg the asynchronous models include the OCZ Agility 3, OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G, and Corsair Force 3, whilst the synchronous include the OCZ Vertex 3, OWC Electra, and Corsair Force GT. (A fuller list can be found here, noting the controller and NAND flavor, plus links to many reviews)

I'm not huge on tech rumors, but I did notice one batch of iPad 3 burblings mention "IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) flat panels", seemingly the next step along from current in-plane switching panels. 'Course, given DigiTimes is in the mix, it could be pure imagination - I don't follow display industry happenings. By the sound of it, it'll permit all the right things - higher light transmission (so less light required behind the panel), and higher resolutions.

Cute little newsreel clip from 1941, sadly a mere 51 seconds long, on a Salvador Dalí dinner party. About as conventional as you'd expect. =:D
 
 
 
 
 
 
as far as Apple goes I'm hoping they still keep the iPod touch around, at least if they start putting the hydrogen batteries in them that have also been hinted at. Then again if they boosted the time you can keep a tablet running I might finally get one.
I imagine the iPod touch is safe - all the cellular gubbins cost money, so omitting those and shaving off the thickness permits quite a lower cost. 'Course, there's always the option of an out-of-contract iPhone - same lack of monthly obligation, but the option if desired. Mine's been "free" for a long while now, currently on a cheap PAYG carrier - my first £5 top-up lasted about six months. =:) And now with AT&T finally happy to accept iPhones on their GoPhone SIMs, I was able to ditch the nasty little (CDMA, so useless in most of the world) Nokia candy bar - a very old school dumbphone - on my last orbit around the Bay.

The iPad's battery life is pretty good - around eight hours of real use, so quite a lot more if it's only actually on half the time. I've been quite impressed with its longetivity - ideal for long journeys, like SFO-LHR, or just a longer train ride. The form factor means you can enjoy films at a nice size (though currently, it'll only decode up to 720p, so if you've got anything 1080p, you'll need to transcode it first. Perhaps the iPad 3 will change that, especially if it winds up with the rumored doubled resolution. There's not a huge difference between 720p and 1080p, but certainly enough that I prefer the latter for watching on Dandelion (1920x1200 17"), despite the extra file size), in far better quality than any airline LCD, and with the option of noodling around on all manner of synths and sequencers, platformers, puzzles, and what have you, without the awkwardness of a laptop versus airline seats. =:)

I ought to try researching what's been going on with fuel cells - they've been on the sidelines for several years now, but never seem to've quite hit mass adoption yet. I suppose it's a case of the devil in the details - there are often promising technologies, but turning them into real devices that can be turned out reliably by the million is another matter.
I wouldn't bet on the screens this year, but they must be close.
After all, they'd have to be 2048x1536, if they wanted to keep their perfect scaling. At 9.7", that would only be 263 ppi, but it's still a lot of load for the graphics engine. We have to take into account not only the next-gen graphics performance, but also the energy drain (which is the main reason iPhone 4S doesn't have 4G).

As for tablet battery: Have you looked into the Asus Transformer Prime? It gets something like eight hours, but you can plug it into a laptop dock for an additional five or six hours of charge.
The comments on that N. Korea video are amusing and sad at the same time.

Since when is Hawaii hellish? Methinks you need your head examined. :P
Eeg, indeed.. I usually refrain from reading YT comments, but in that case, I thought I'd give them a try, just in case there might be some insight available. *cough*

It's next to impossible for anyone to really tell what might happen hereon, given the extreme control exerted by the powers that be. Hypothetically speaking, as I've no evidence to suggest Kim Jong-Un will be anything more or less than a young copy of his father, I rather suspect even if he did want to bring about real reform, he'd soon find himself with a terribly unfortunate and fatal illness. But, it's anybody's guess - the situation there makes classical Soviet court politics look transparent.

China, which has long run a foreign policy of maintaining border states, is unlikely to want North Korea to collapse, as that would bring a veritable wave of refugees, as well as the end of said buffer. Yet, they're not in much more of a position to dictate North Korea's future than is the South, or the US.

The best outcome would arguably be a gradual thawing, with greater mobility across the borders, giving both China and South Korea time to ramp up the support necessary to assist the North into the 21st Century. Still, we saw East Germany able to reunite abruptly - not that it was easy and without some resentment, but I doubt anyone would consider it a bad outcome, beyond a vague nostalgia for the stability afforded by the dictatorship. (Östalgia, I believe they called it)

Just my turn of phrase. =:) He knows how amazing a place it all is, even if things could be better, but that's his story to tell.
how many opticians have you been to where they have an anatomical diagram of a penis concealed above the eye chart

Well, it'd certainly be a test of how good your vision was...
Ha!

"Now, just a quick comparison here.. cut.. or uncut? Cut.. or uncut?"
Laptop SSDs? Happen to know of any decent PATA laptop SSDs at least 160GB (current HDD capacity) and not too horribly expensive?

The HDD I have in my laptop right now is a Samsung HM160HC, and while it seems to be an improvement over many other laptop HDDs (single platter, reviews seem to show 7200RPM-like specs even though it's 5400RPM, &c.) - and definitely an improvement over the stock Hitachi 40GB/4200RPM HDD, I'd still sort of like an SSD. Less worry about mechanical failure or impact damage, uses a lot less power, probably quieter, might even generate less heat.
Any PATA SSDs are going to cost you a pretty penny for very little speed. Probably something like $300 or more for that size.
If you've got PCIe 2.0 4x, you can try a RevoDrive at 230 GB for $300.

But yeah, today's SSDs beat HDDs in every way except capacity. They're completely silent, and rarely generate any appreciable amount of heat. They also fail on write, which means they can block off that sector and just write the data elsewhere; HDDs tend to fail on read, from what I've heard, which means that if there's a bit of damage the data is lost forever.
Sorry, to go on and on, but you understand the frenzy that comes with pet topics.

Intel doesn't make an SSD controller at this point in time (though they did for their older X25-m). SandForce is the name of a company, and they make the most impressive NAND memory controller. Actually, I don't think Intel is even using any of their chips, or those of Indilinx—I think they're using something made by Marvell.
Uh, so there are a few names for you.

Do you know if your machine implements SATA III? If you're still on SATA II, the difference between Synchronous and Asynchronous memory probably isn't going to do too much.
Still, if you can, get a SATA III drive. If you upgrade your machine within the next few years, you'll be able to use the full potential of the drive.

In real-world benchmarks, the stack is like so, starting with the best:
Kingston HyperX
OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G
OCZ Vertex 3
Intel SSD 510

Of course, the more capacious drives have more parallelism, and so are faster. 6Gbps (SATA III) drives running on SATA III are also slightly faster than the same ones run on SATA II.


Of course, the new models are going to come out right away, so this is all going to change. I haven't been keeping up with the news, so I can't really say more.