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Comment: How about making the Canvas tag not suck (Score 1) 289

by Dwedit (#45763393) Attached to: Asm.js Gets Faster

How about making the Canvas tag not suck?
Seriously, you can give it the most simple test (draw an image every frame, or fill a rectangle), and it will run unacceptably slow. For comparison, a simple Win32 program that changes the background color of a maximized window once per frame has very low CPU usage, but a simple Javascript program that flashes a canvas red and blue every other frame uses 100% CPU usage if the canvas is 1024x768.
Until the canvas isn't the bottleneck anymore, Javascript graphical programs will continue to suck, and no amount of ASMJS magic will help with that bottleneck.

Comment: Old version of PcHelpware (Score 1) 116

by Dwedit (#45312493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Easy, Open Source Desktop-Sharing Software?

I use a custom build of the old version of PcHelpware, from the creators of UltraVnc. Not the new version, but the old version. The old version of PcHelpware lets me pick the port number, so I can get through restrictive firewalls that only allow well-known port numbers.

However, it's still a bit buggy on Vista/Windows 7, specifically, it crashes whenever a UAC prompt appears. I made a workaround for this, I replaced the main EXE with a stub version that disables UAC when you run it, and reenables UAC after it exits. I also got rid of the Login and Password prompt, because it's completely nonsensical and worthless.

When you want to support a PC, you just tell someone to download the EXE from your website, and run it. And guide them through the process of adding it to Norton's or Mcafee's exclusion list, reassuring Internet Explorer that it's okay to open EXE files, etc.

Comment: Non-centering joystick (Score 1) 139

by Dwedit (#45106593) Attached to: Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

So for several of the games, the left trackpad seems to be equivalent to a non-centering joystick or Turbo Touch 360 (touch-sensitive gamepad for NES/Genesis, etc).
The non-centering joystick of the Atari 5200 got really bad reviews, and the Turbo Touch 360 was rated the 9th worst video game controller of all time by IGN.

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold