Nice images of the result of the downsampling on the iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus screen is 1080 x 1920 pixels, but that’s not an even multiple of 414 × 736 (the point resolution of iPhone). That means the iPhone 6 Plus renders the screen into a 3x buffer of 414 × 736 ( = 1242 × 2208) and then downsamples it into 1080 × 1920 (by 13%).

The idea that is there are SO many pixels on the screen to the human eye you shouldn’t notice any weird downsampling artifacts. I’m a little skeptical that at 400ppi (pixels per inch) we’re at the point where that is the case. The article here gives a good breakdown of the method and the results.

comp.lang.java post from Larry Page

I love and hate the internet because nothing is ever forgotten. Like this post from Lawrence Page, a.k.a. Larry Page, on the comp.lang.java Usenet group about setting the HTTP header for a web crawler (which became Google)…

How the hell do they make plywood?

You always see large single pieces of wood, one that are like 8ft by 10ft, and I always wondered how they made it like that when trees are basically never that wide.

Home Depot has the answer, and it’s basically unraveling and layering.

Note: the video falls to the classic corporate video editing failures; horrible stock music and titles.

Apple = 5.4% of Taiwan’s GDP

A ton of manufacturers that Apple gets parts from are located in Taiwan, and it shows.

Taiwan’s 2013 gross national product was $499.8 billion, so this would translate to Apple making up around 3.6% to 5.4% of the country’s GNP, a measure that includes offshore production by Foxconn and other suppliers.

Never ending lego

In terms of things that happen constantly but you never think about, I think shipping Lego across from the world to store shelves in the US ranks pretty high. However, in 1997, one of these ships en route from Tokyo to New York ended up losing an entire shipping container of Lego (4.8 million pieces) into the sea after an ill-timed wave. And, if you thought the Exxon-Valdez was bad, nearly 17 years the Lego are still washing up on shore. Ironically, some of them are nautical themed, and I can’t decide if this is the greatest beach in the world.

PS — on the plural of Lego via here:

Technically, the official plural form for more than one element of LEGO is “LEGO® brand building bricks”. That’s ridiculous, though, so most LEGO fans refer to one or more bricks as “LEGO”, following the grammatical convention of “fish” and “sheep.”

Secret US conspiracy to start a war with Russia

According to (Putin’s) Russian media, Malaysia Airlines flight 17 might be a conspiracy by the American government to start a war with Russia. My favorite theory is:

On the necessary day and hour, it flew out, bound for Malaysia, but inside were not live people, but corpses. The plane was flown not by real pilots; it was on autopilot. Or take-off (a complicated procedure) was executed by live pilots, who then ejected on parachutes. Then the plane flew automatically. In the necessary spot, it was blown up, without even using a surface-to-air missile.

This is obviously in stark contrast to the American media talking points about Putin being a murderer or Russia implicitly allowing someone to shoot a civilian plane. Who said the Cold War ended?