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Comment: Re:And BD-Java is good how exactly? (Score 1) 85

by jedidiah (#47516107) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

> Yes, you can muddle through all the playlists by hand and extract everything you want, but sometimes you just want a family member to be able to play the damn thing.

Actually, if you want to play the "joe average" card here it makes much more sense to rip the media and present a simple menu option so that "a family member is able to play the damn thing".

The whole Tivo/iTunes/XBMC interface is MUCH simpler for rube relatives than anything that a DVD or BluRay will present to you. It's f*cking ironic that people will defend this sh*t. Each disk is it's own personal precious little snowflake with it's own interface and quirks.

It's the exact opposite of what all of the HID groupies say you should be doing with user interfaces.

If you want to "just play the movie", the interface that something like XBMC gives you is FAR superior to the usual consumer option.

Comment: Re:this is great news! (Score 1) 85

by jedidiah (#47515669) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

> Why use a regular player? Because it "just works".

Kind of sort of after a fashion with lost of nonsense and bother.

I ditched my last console DVD player because "just works" doesn't really work.

> The experience is overall smoother.

No it isn't. A PC provides a much better playback experience. It's simpler, more direct, and completely under your control. You can enforce a single standard UI across multiple playback devices.

Ripping a BD can be a pain but it's usually worth the effort even for a rental.

Comment: Re:this is great news! (Score 1) 85

by jedidiah (#47515331) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

> Yes... because there is no way the compression schemes of ripped files can improve over time.

Except we aren't talking about "ripped files", we're talking about STREAMING. What you can achieve with genuine ripped files will actually make the streaming services all look hopelessly pathetic.

Streaming services suffer from the same problem as cable providers. They are corporations that want to cut corners and they know that the average American will eat dirt.

The entire "download-as-you-go" concept is fatally flawed.

Bandwidth caps aren't even the biggest problem here despite being the likely show stopper.

Comment: Re:Depends on the tasks (Score 1) 86

by dbIII (#47512993) Attached to: Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)
There would be a point if I had something else a new sparc could be doing. Until then two old bits of kit with almost zero resale value will keep things going, with no real problems unless both die at once, and even then the original SparcStation10 the original software runs on still turns on but is slowwwww.
A sparc VM on x86 that actually runs sparc solaris would be nice, and apparently such things were seen in the wild in the past but are unavailable now.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 404

by dbIII (#47512961) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

it''s about 'dblll' or is it 'dbIII'....trollers use screen names with lots of capital 'i' and lowercase

Look at the UID - I've had that account since before trolling was a problem here.
It is my second account but was set up because I lost the password to the old one (mandelbrute) and had it linked to an email address that I could no longer access - so I have not posted on the other account for something over a decade.

Comment: WTF? (Score 1) 404

by dbIII (#47512797) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures
How is any of the above a troll? How is it even critical of you?
Just because you disagreed with me about the usefulness of X some time back enough to mark me "foe" should not be a reason why I can not discuss other unrelated issues where it even appears we agree, but I just have a bit more to add (look at Rei's post for detail, that poster has much more again to add on the subject and shows what I was attempting to convey).
And what's with the threat? If you feel you really are being trolled then just do it instead of threatening to do so.

Comment: Depends on the tasks (Score 1) 86

by dbIII (#47512703) Attached to: Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

You'll also need to buy a lot of those pizza boxes to make up for the processing power that you can find in a box half its age, let alone the newer iron.

It entirely depends on what you are doing with it. If the task is not CPU bound on an old box you don't need a lot of them.
I've got one old sparc box for occasional use for some legacy software from 1996 and 2002 - it flies on a machine from around 2008. Another has a pile of old tape drives of various types hooked up to it, once again, for occasional use. The only gain in either situation from replacing them is theoretically increasing longevity. Neither case lends itself to a virtual machine unless the thing running that VM has a sparc processor, in which case there's no point for a VM.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 86

by dbIII (#47512651) Attached to: Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

If you're saying HP doesn't produce quality gear, you have apparently not used their servers

They also produce such crap that they have been fined for false and misleading conduct in relation to the sale of computer products (Australia's ACCC). It's difficult for the buyer to determine what is top notch HP gear and what is not based on what HP salesfolk are spouting.

in an all-Dell shop

Dell used to be mostly ASUS until ASUS went it alone. There's plenty of white-box vendors that are very good in certain segments so are worth looking at before playing potluck with HP (or Dell) who will always have something to sell to you whether it's what you are really after or not.

Comment: Re:How do you (Score -1, Troll) 699

by jedidiah (#47511791) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

> "A man threatened to rape my mouth with a shit-covered horse-cock this afternoon."

Oh really? I don't see any bruises on your hands from where you beat the crap out of him.

I'm really surprised that more women don't use the social norms and double standards to their advantage and take the opportunity to lash out. They might find that they even get some assistance with the beat down.

Comment: Re:Movies still unreleased on DVD (Score 1) 312

by jedidiah (#47509033) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

> What do you do if the movie you want to watch hasn't been released on DVD either?

A much much MUCH smaller problem.

Your own remarkably obscure examples demonstrate this.

Streaming requires permission from the relevant publisher THIS SECOND. That permission can be REVOKED an hour from now.

On the other hand, what's available on physical media represents everything that was consented to EVER. That consent can NEVER be revoked. We can trade old copies of that media until the publishers get blue in the face.

"It was never published on DVD" is a much smaller problem than "it is not currently available for streaming".

Comment: Re: Here we go... (Score 1) 404

by jedidiah (#47508873) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Even Egypt doesn't want to deal with these people. That's why the Egyptian side of the Gaza strip is also closed.

From their point of view, Gaza is full of the same kind of nutbags that they just got done deposing.

Jordan and Egypt both could probably end this mess tomorrow by claiming the respective territories bordering their countries. They don't want the Palestinians anymore than anyone else does.

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