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Comment: Re:Why still 1080? (Score 2) 63

Economy of scale. The HDTV standard settled on 1080p. That was worse than the 1200p that was getting quite commonplace at the time, but close enough that manufacturers could justify consolidating their product ranges into mostly making 1080p for everybody, thus reducing their operating costs. Price of 1080p went down, and the price of 1200p was raised as manufacturers' inclination to supply them dwindled, causing a resultant reduction in demand, and so 1080p became standard. It's a pity because 1900x1200 really hit a sweet spot. Still, consider that modern games tend to go so overboard with pixel shaders that people now complain about 1900x1080 being a too-high resolution.

Comment: Re:Yes, I agree, but no shortage of stupid GUI (Score 1) 564

by Barefoot Monkey (#49175103) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

As far as I'm aware most people find the grouping on the taskbar useful. Fortunately Microsoft did the right thing here and not only made a helpful feature but also remembered to make it optional. I wish they'd do that more often.

To disable it and have a separate button on your taskbar for each window, right-click on your taskbar and click "Properties". Look for a combo box labelled "Taskbar buttons"; it should have a value of "Always combine, hide labels" by default. Change it to one of the other values and press "OK" - no more button-grouping on your taskbar.

Comment: Re:fair? (Score 3, Informative) 143

by Barefoot Monkey (#49168423) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

What if my project requires custom licensing terms?

If you require terms that reduce or eliminate the 5% royalty in exchange for an upfront fee, or if you need custom legal terms or dedicated Epic support to help your team reduce risk or achieve specific goals, we’re here to help. See the custom licensing page for details.

Fill out that form and Epic will get in touch with you to negotiate terms for a custom licence.

Comment: Re:Is RDP really the answer? (Score 1) 189

by Barefoot Monkey (#49056983) Attached to: Wayland 1.7.0 Marks an Important Release

RDP is still 10 times quicker than anything linux has to offer in this area

Except for RDP, of course. Linux offers RDP, and this protocol is obviously not 10 times quicker than itself ;)

Pardon my pedantic attempt at levity. I haven't actually used RDP in Linux for ages, so I don't know how current implementations compare to those used in modern Windows, but I glanced on Wikipedia and found something you might find interesting: "In 2009, rdesktop was forked as FreeRDP, a new project aiming at modularizing the code, addressing various issues, and implementing new features. FreeRDP comes with its own command-line-client xfreerdp, which supports Seamless Windows in RDP6." Seamless windows is the thing you're looking for, so maybe give FreeRDP a try.

Comment: Science! (Score 1) 81

by Barefoot Monkey (#48332527) Attached to: EFF Hints At Lawsuit Against Verizon For Its Stealth Cookies

What happens if you send your own X-UIDH header? Does Verizon add a second header, replace the one you sent, or leave it alone? Can anyone on Verizon's network test this? I imagine that they probably ignore what headers are already being sent and simply add an additional one, as that would be the least work for them, but if they abstain from adding a X-UIDH header when one is already present then one could use this to re-anonymise your connection.

Comment: Re:and also should be worth mentioning (Score 4, Interesting) 72

by Barefoot Monkey (#47927201) Attached to: Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released

It is weird, looking back from a time when they're so closely associated with another kind of game.

There are other good examples - such as The Lost Vikings, made by none other than Blizzard. And before Epic became all about shooters and engines they made Jazz Jackrabbit, Tyrian, One Must Fall 2097 and Epic Pinball.

Comment: Re:The 'evironmentally-friendly' fuel propane (Score 4, Insightful) 82

by Barefoot Monkey (#47824329) Attached to: Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

A environment-friendly way of producing something does not mean that the product is suddenly environmentelly-friendly to begin with.

Not in general, but it does if the production is the main reason why the product isn't environmentally-friendly to begin with. If you have - just as an example - grass which captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to make cellulose, which then gets fed to bacteria to create propane, which gets burnt to produce carbon dioxide (and short-lived carbon monoxide) then you have a cycle with no significant net effect on the atmosphere. This is more environmentally-friendly than digging up fossil fuels, shipping them across the world, and burning them, which pumps into the air carbon which had until then been sequestered underground since before recorded history.

At the end of the day octane is octane and propane is propane, but what matters is whether it can be produced/consumed in a carbon-neutral manner or if we're just digging up more crude oil.

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