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Comment: BMW (Score 1) 790

by JustNiz (#48878745) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

I believe BMW was actually the first to pump completely fake engine nosies (electronically created not just amplified) through the stereo quite a while back, and I think nearly all their models do that now. Its one of the bigger reasons I wouldn't ever buy a BMW, and apparently now you can add Ford to that list.

That said, where do you stop in being critical? Nearly all sports car makers invest a LOT of money on tuning exahusts to get the sound they want, even possibly at the cost of some performance. I guess at least if its coming out the exhuast its orignally an actual engine noise, and that people outside the car can hear too.

Comment: Re:Frustration (Score 1) 358

by JustNiz (#48840553) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

I totally agree.
Adjusting to the US business culture of "Don't offend anyone even with the truth" thing took a LOT of getting used to when I emigrated to the US from England about 12 years ago. Not least because I don't actually agree with the sentiment.

I'm fairly sure I still unintentionally offend people sometimes by saying stuff that would be considered perfectly polite in the UK.

Comment: Re:and when BSD moves to systemd... (Score 3, Insightful) 402

by JustNiz (#48822823) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

>> If you're a Linux fan, I'd be surprised if the only reason you like Linux is it's script-based init system.

For me at least, its not the only reason but its certainly one of the big benefits. I like being able to non-ambiguously see and control exactly what is really going on, and to even be able to run those scripts individually in a sandbox if I want.

I also really like plaintext system log files, having to now use some commandline tool to continually create them first is nothing but a giant pain in the ass.

For me at least, Systemd takes a lot of simplicity and usability away, with nothing even close to a correspondingly sized gain in other benefits.

Comment: What ever happened to quality reviewing? (Score 1) 74

by JustNiz (#48811293) Attached to: Ars: Samsung Gear VR Is Today's Best Virtual Reality

The occulus team have put a massive amount of resource and effort into identifying and minimizing motion blur, input lag, head tracking lag and other artifacts that cause nausea and other subconcious effects that make their unit less useable and/or realistic.

Consequently there is literally no way that you do or even could ever get the same experience just from strapping a phone to your head. This is yet another example of sloppy unprofessional reviewing based on only the most superficial and immediately apparent aspects of the product.

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