I often take a more transparent style to the same approach: "We can't think of any good solutions, so here's a possible, but obviously flawed solution to talk about. Maybe it'll inspire something better."
People generally don't like to propose imperfect solutions because of the fear of looking dumb and wasting time. But, when everyone is stumped, sitting in silence is wasting time. Re-igniting the conversation by saying "I don't want to actually do this, but here's another angle" can kick the problem-space search out of a local minima.
I call this "proposing a strawman solution". I don't know why it works, but it frequently does. I think that doing a long search for The Perfect Solution is akin to premature optimization. Changing focus for a while seems to help.
A big difference in the techniques is that hq4x is a fix-rate upscaling, whereas Microsoft's can handle arbitrary target resolutions. At the same rez, they are pretty equivalent. But, MS has the option to go higher. HQ8x has not yet been developed. I doubt that HQ(arbitrary)x is possible without completely changing the algorithm.
I am not an expert, but I've read in many places that the omega-3 in flax oil is far inferior, to the point of almost being worthless, compared with fish oil. IIRC the problem is that flax contains omega-3 in the form of ALA, in contrast to fish oil, which contains EPA and DHA -- the forms we actually need. The body can convert ALA to EPA and DHA, but the conversion process is extremely inefficient (something like only 5% get converted).
I am not a fan of flax. Let me suggest walnuts as an alternative. Let me also suggest that consuming less of the "bad" oils is a much more effective preventive measure than eating whatever crap and then trying to supplement with a "good" oil.
Due to the nature of the preferential binding, the 3/6 has to be 1-1 or greater to do >any< good, and since walnuts have a 0.24 : 1 ratio in favour of omega-6s, unfortunately, you wont getting any benefits of omega-3s from walnuts.
Apart from algae sources, the alternatives are a couple of pints of flax seed every night, or going without so many things that you run risk of malnutrition. So, nuts/seeds aren't a solution.
I am curious what your background is/where you get this info? Because that does not fit with my personal firsthand experience with getting well in spite of an incurable inflammatory condition that is supposed to kill me and frequently makes me suicidal if I eat the wrong things (especially the wrong oils).
Unfortunately, due to the nature of the 'balance' (preferential binding), anything less than 1-1 in favour of Omega-3 is as useless as nothing. So, something with close to 1-1 ratios, like flax seed won't make any difference unless you eliminate omega-6's from your diet entirely. This isn't just impractical - it's so limiting, you'll have trouble with other nutritional requirements.
Many diets eschew flax seed in general, but something to keep in mind is that unground flax seed itself is a good source of fiber. Mind, I'm not saying it's the best source of EFA's, but it's far better than junk food or fast food. I typically will put a very large spoonful of flax seed into about 3/4cp of Greek yogurt and add a little honey for a tasty treat, but I do also supplement with fish oil pills. I'll also add glazed walnuts to a bowl of plain old oatmeal for a filling and healthy breakfast.
Jokes on HN are strongly discouraged. As much as people like them, their presence creates a feedback loop that drives the noise-to-signal ratio through the roof. Jokes can be made, understood and voted up very quickly. In a democratic situation like HN, this leads to a large volume of replies and up votes that quickly drowns out all relevant conversation. The more threads that feature jokes, the harder it becomes to discourage them in the future. It seems the fate of all vote-based forums to eventually devolve into a sea of memes (HN -> Reddit -> Digg). HN's anti-humor downvote brigade gets a lot of pushback, but they are so harsh because they are doing their best to hold back that tide.
I can't find it now, but I have read an article about a guy who wrote a script to ping speedtest once/minute. It made a clear, measurable difference in his download rate from other sites as long as he kept the script running.
Yep! Another commenter mentioned writing a script to do this. I would very much appreciate it if you could try to find the search terms to locate that article and post the article as a reply. I would appreciate it very much!