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Comment: Re:Not so hot for hi def content (Score 1) 488

by HardCase (#27450199) Attached to: VLC 0.9.9, The Best Media Player Just Got Better

Yes, I've regularly upgraded VLC, primarily because I prefer its user interface and appearance (and I keep hoping that the codec business will change).

Now, I'm referring to Media Player Classic, not Windows Media Player - I agree that Media Player is no good.

I use a 1.6GHz C2D to play my high def content. VLC, unfortunately, cannot play 1080P without dropping frames, but Media Player Classic with CoreAVC Pro works very well. I'm sure that with a faster processor and a more powerful video card I could get VLC to do the job, but as a card carrying cheapskate, I'll stick with what I've got.

Comment: Not so hot for hi def content (Score 3, Insightful) 488

by HardCase (#27446959) Attached to: VLC 0.9.9, The Best Media Player Just Got Better

VLC has been a non-starter for me because I can't use better performing codecs for high definition content. The internal codec doesn't approach the performance of several other codecs. I'm sticking with Media Player Classic for my XP system. It's a much better player.

By the way, does anybody else feel like the story's headline looks like it came straight from Digg?

Comment: Re:Oh well (Score 5, Insightful) 348

by HardCase (#27421181) Attached to: Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay

See, back in the day, /. used to come up with one really good original April Fool's joke. It was like they crafted it over the course of a month or two, then popped it on an unsuspecting crowd. It was elegant, it was funny and it suckered lots and lots of people.

That evolved into the new philosophy of the past few years which is "if one really good joke was great, how about a bunch of really lame ones?" It's quantity over quality which, I guess, is what we want now.

I miss the old /.

Comment: Dysfunctional Father (Score 1) 260

by HardCase (#26696829) Attached to: Workable Fusion Starship Proposed

History calls him the father of the hydrogen bomb, but it ought to call Stansilaw Ulam the stepfather. Teller was the whiny "my way or the highway" guy who wouldn't believe everybody else when his design was shown to be fatally flawed. Without Ulam, who knows what would have happened. Anyway, after Teller was pushed out for being a chronic a-hole, Ulam got the job done, for better or for worse.

Oh, and don't forget what Teller did to Oppenheimer. Man, talk about some egos at work...

Just a sidenote to history, of course. Richard Rhodes has written two very good books about the fission and fusion bombs.

Comment: Re:Your freedom stops when you hit my nose (Score 1) 528

by HardCase (#26607237) Attached to: Indymedia Server Seized By UK Police, Again

And since the information is from one source (the aggrieved party), I'm gonna be a little skeptical that the whole story is on the table.

Besides, it's not like they're trampling on the Constitution! (Yeah, yeah, but this isn't the same.)

Sure as sunrise, this is gonna shoot right over somebody's head.

Comment: Re:Thank you Sun (Score 1) 221

by HardCase (#26566861) Attached to: Red Hat Set To Surpass Sun In Market Capitalization

I agree. Anyway, it's been quite a while since market capitalization has been a good comparison of companies, particularly in the tech sector and especially with the current chaotic market. I guess that market cap is good for bragging rights, you know, "Ha, ha, we're bigger than you," otherwise, it's a minor component of many others that we use to compare companies.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.