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Comment: It still sucks. (Score 3, Informative) 45

by Lumpy (#47808845) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

Nothing is really useable and stable enough. Lots of people dabbling, NONE doing feature length or even 30 minute tv episodes.

I go down this road every year and crawl right back to the single Windows box with Sony Vegas and After Effects on it. I really wish I could replace it with a linux system but it will never exist as the open source options are still not as good as even Adobe Premiere in 2004.

All pro and prosumer cameras record in MOV or AVCHD and if your editor can not handle those natively it is a major failure. I have no interest in spending 8 hours converting video and introducing generational losses right off the bat.

Comment: Re:In Soviet Maryland (Score 1) 258

by Lumpy (#47808585) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

A free society is messy....

Only to those that get off on controlling others. The sane people that are ok with other people being different have no problems with it.

Want an example? Black Woman married to a white man. The blacks go into a racist rage as hard as the whites do over this. and it's only the controlling insane ones that do.

The sane people are happy for the couple. Sadly sane people are outnumbered 3 to 1 on this planet.

Comment: When I were a lad (Score 1) 258

by Cederic (#47808453) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

GCSE English, coursework graded as part of the exam back in '89:
"Imagine a book in which the pupils take over their school in the same way that the animals take over in Animal Farm. Write the first chapter of the book."

I got an A, probably for the scene where the female maths teacher got thrown through a top floor window.

Creative writing is healthy, teachers should be allowed to encourage and practice it.

Comment: This is a bit wrongfooted. (Score 1) 258

by Karmashock (#47808009) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

They're looking for crazies that go on shooting sprees. What they should be doing is checking EVERYONE... not just people that publish books about school shootings while working at schools.

I frankly don't have a problem with them investigating the guy so long as they do it respectfully. That said, everyone should be checked out. These mass shootings are just crazy people acting out. Nothing more.

Comment: Re:Indeed... (Score 1) 104

by bobbied (#47807529) Attached to: Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

So I guess this never happened:

Yea, that website doesn't have a dog in this hunt now does it.. The US Department of Energy's numbers are flat wrong then? In the USA, I don't think so.

Look, you can believe what you want and come up with links to "prove" your view, but if you are choosing to ignore the data provided by the US Department of Energy, you are going to have to endure the scorn you richly deserve. I'm not saying the government data is correct in all cases, only that the department of Energy is about as close as you can get to an unbiased opinion, at least for the costs of energy production in the USA.

PV Solar is not a viable solution and another 40% cost drop is not in the future. The DOE says that PV Solar is at least 4 times more expensive. This isn't going to change all that much for various reasons, chief of which is that it will only work when the sun shines. The sun never shines at night and during the day it can be hit and miss, which contributes to a "availability factor" of about 25% (in sunny areas) or much less (in cloudy areas). Try as you might, you cannot fix that with technology. Don't start down the path to thinking that we can just store excess then use it when we need it later, that drives the "cost" of solar up by another factor of 4 (or more) due to conversion losses, and makes your position logically even worse.

Comment: Re:Diet is very important. (Score 1) 300

by Karmashock (#47806909) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

As to humans as a machine, I'm trying to separate what is healthy from what is psychologically going on in people's heads. They're different arguments that I'm not going to let you lump together.

You say that you can't sustain certain diets because psychologically you are compelled to break the diets when on them. Fine... that is a different argument then whether either diet is healthy.

I personally am able to eat carbs all the time and not over eat. This is largely because I have a different threshold for hunger. I eat when I get actually hungry.

If I eat a really big meal, then I might not even eat the next day at all. Why? Not hungry. This notion that humans have to eat 3 meals a day of certain ratios of food is absurd. Humans in nature didn't get that sort of meal. We are opportunists. We eat what we can get. And for the hunter gatherer that changes radically from one day to the next. You might get lots of tasty grubs one day and the next you might get mushrooms and the day after that you find a wounded animal and kill it... and the day after that nothing.

I eat a lot of odd stuff, on no particular schedule, in varying quantities, and I feel fine.

The main reason we do the 3 meal thing is because it structures our meals and syncs our social activities. If we lived together all the time and gathered food all the time then every minute we are awake would be a meal time. And at that point, it was. Over time we developed social patterns that have us eat in organized social meals. But our bodies don't need that. They just need a certain amount of calories per day. Perhaps that is even an exaggeration... maybe they only need so many per week really. That's how I personally function. I might eat more on day and less the next... or eat a lot one day and nothing the day after... I might have a big breakfast one day and then not eat breakfast for three months.

The body doesn't really care so long as it has the calories it needs.

Comment: Re:Simply ignore studies ... (Score 1) 300

by Karmashock (#47806829) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

are we equating carbs with sugars?... Because they're not identical. And regardless, you're arguing against thousands of years of human diet.

Wheat, Rice, Potatoes, Maize... that is what human civilization has eaten for thousands of years as its PRIMARY source of calories.

What do you have to say about that?

Comment: Re:Sucks but... (Score 1) 241

by Lumpy (#47806759) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

"Are you a "sheep" for buying an assembled car instead of building one from parts?"

Yes, in the hotrod and car guy world, those people are considered "poseur sheep", any moron can write a check. Real car guys build their cars. It's why corvette owners get zero respect at car shows unless the car is heavily modded and the guy has photos of the process.

It's the same as harley riders that pay for oil changes, They are not bikers.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.