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Comment: Re:Mac OS X Yosemite (Score 1) 151

by SeaFox (#47524205) Attached to: Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

National parks are selling commercial naming rights?

National parks aren't corporations, and national parks and operating systems on computers aren't the least bit related so you're not going to have a trademark collision.

And this is assuming I'm entertaining the notion the national park has any exclusive ownership to the name to start with.

Comment: Re:this is great news! (Score 1) 94

by SeaFox (#47518033) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

Once in a while I end up watching a DVD on a more normal player, usually as the result of watching something at someone else's house. I am astounded at how poor the experience is. One has to wade through irritating, poorly thoughtout and slow menues, and spend ages skipping (if you're allowed) a bunch of crap before starting to watch what you want.

When I stick a disc in my player it normally will just start up to the movie for me. I've heard this problem before, part of that is player features, part of it is the specific title you're playing. Unskippable content is lame, I agree, but if I get a disc like that I can just do a direct copy of the disc contents with the protections removed and re-burn to a dual-layer blank. Now I can play it back on the player and skip content, no change in quality. Still cheaper and quieter than a second PC in the living room.

And one of my favourite features is the reverse 10 seconds button. Great after unpausing or if you failed to catch an important line of dialog. I've never seen a standalone player with such a feature.

My Sony DVD upconverting player had a feature like that. Actually it might have been a 30 second forward-back skip, but they were one-touch buttons on the remote.

Why use a regular player? Because it "just works".

Not only does MPlayer "just work", it "just works" a damn sight beter than "proper" DVD players.

If you'll read back what you're replying to, you'll see the topic was blu-ray playback, commercial discs in particular, not DVD playback. For DVD playback on a monitor with a computer attached, yeah I would just use the PC, too. Because then I can have MadVR doing chroma upscaling. DVD playback on a PC just works thanks to DVDJon. It is the particular issues that software blu-ray players have verses standard stand-alone players I was talking about..

The experience is overall smoother.

Not for DVDs it isn't. I don't own a blu-ray player...

Do you play commercial blu-rays, direct-from-the-disc on your PC? Because if you don't then I don't know why you are replying to this, since it sounds like you have no experience in what we're discussing.

I don't have software incompatibilities or system resource issues effecting my playback like can happen on a PC

Get a better OS. I use Linux. It's marvellous, you should try it.

I've tried it and play with it in virtual machines often. Have also been checking out the new KDE 5 on a USB stick. I could switch over but there are a few pieces of software I like that are Windows only. Last weekend I built a newer machine for my mom, who I've had using Linux for months now... I was forced to give her one of my own N wireless cards as the wi-fi card she had been using in Mint 16 with no issues (a Belkin 802.11g card) wont stay connected to the wireless network in Mint 17. I tried swapping in a different 802.11g card and had the same issue. It just drops after a few minutes for no reason. My D-Link N-card seems to not be effected. Since I have the old computer and her card in my possession at this point I want to try and figure out the problem, but right now I don't want to spend any more of my free time in a terminal on a PC that sounds like a hair dryer when it gets revved up.

dedicated hardware and software for a consistent, assured compatibility experience.

Consistent compatibility with all the latest "rights management" stuff? No thanks!

I'd rather have Linux and MPlayer which are actually compatible with my rights, thankyou very much.

I want to buy the movie legally in HD and be able to watch it in full quality and without an Internet connection. I'm perfectly within the rights I purchased. I don't watch videos on portable devices and even if I did I have the know-how to rip the disc and make my own encoding. Even if I want to do something outside the rights I've been granted doesn't mean I need to resort to some self-imposed boycott of the approved equipment.

Comment: Re:this is great news! (Score 1) 94

by SeaFox (#47513517) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

I have the world's slowest blu-ray player, an original Sony. BDP-S300, I think. It lacks both ethernet and performance.

You should have waited is all I can say. Reviews for blu-ray players always mention how long it takes to load discs for a model, and those times get shorter with each generation. Panasonics used to be the fastest, but I think we might be reaching a point where everyone is starting to even out. Just like how picture quality is generally the same on all players now. You can tell when the tech started to reach maturity because suddenly blu-ray players got a lot smaller front to back (this was when the BDP-S350 or maybe 360 came out for Sony). The groundwork was laid and thermal issues were worked out, and equipment makers could focus on miniaturization and competing on features.

A modern blu-ray player isn't just about disc playback now, it's about streaming services available on it, PC file compatibility, and possibly DLNA client usage.

Comment: Re:this is great news! (Score 3, Interesting) 94

by SeaFox (#47513303) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

why use a regular player? it runs unknown code, can blacklist your devices, forces menus and ads on you and takes too long to startup.

ripped files play right away and on any vlc or video software player.

the days of NEEDING a standalone video player are long gone.

I suppose you never owned a DVD player for your TV because it forced you to sit through ads at times?

How many devices have been blacklisted in the last 10 years. And I mean blacklisted as in "too bad, you can't update the firmware on your source or display device to fix this, you have to buy new hardware, and you have no legal recourse". How many times?

Tell me about the audit you did of the code that ran the recording abilities on your last VCR.

Why use a regular player? Because it "just works". Blu-ray players need to have their firmware updated [i]occasionally[/i], but they don't require anywhere close to the constant stream of little patches blu-ray playback software for PCs does (or blu-ray ripping software). Sometimes it's just to get a single disc to play back properly. Keep in mind that patch had to be written by the developers. What if the disc that doesn't work isn't a popular movie? Well, they may not bother fixing the issue. Or maybe they'll only make the patches available for the latest version of their software, forcing you to upgrade. You can argue that the same thing could happen on stand-alone player -- but it doesn't. I still get a firmware update every once in awhile and my player is over three years old.

The experience is overall smoother. I don't have software incompatibilities or system resource issues effecting my playback like can happen on a PC, plus a stand-alone player is quieter than a computer. It's really the same arguments as to the ways game consoles can be better than PC gaming -- dedicated hardware and software for a consistent, assured compatibility experience.

Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 1) 774

by SeaFox (#47498389) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

How about admit to yourself that you are not _supposed_ to be able to support yourself on a minimum wage job?

What is the purpose of having a "minimum wage" to begin with then?

If the jobs that pay this are only supposed to be for people who are co-dependant on others to meet their living expenses (especially shelter and utilities), what is the goal this "minimum" is supposed to be enabling in the people getting paid it?

Comment: Re:Misuse of FOIA (Score 1) 231

by SeaFox (#47444419) Attached to: NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

... the real story is that Snowden, Libtard hero, never even tried to whistleblow.

He's no patriot, he's just a cowardly little shit.

He did something he knew would raise the ire of the government to the point they would want to capture him and torture him, dooming himself to a life on the run for the rest of his days. Yeah, he's a real yellow-belly.

Comment: Re:Windows DLL injection attack vector. (Score 4, Informative) 75

by SeaFox (#47441479) Attached to: Source Code Leaked For Tinba Banking Trojan

Remind me again why a free, "superior" operating system couldn't gain any appreciable market share in the consumer space

Because consumers will generally buy what they're convinced they should by marketing before they get off their butts and actually do research and then make choices. Windows has a major corporation pushing out advertising backing it. Whereas for much of Linux's existence it's coding was a volunteer effort, let alone having paid marketing. Why did Betamax, the superior video cassette tape format, lose to beta? The consumer space was flooded by JVC pushing licensing to anyone, unlike the more restrictive Sony -- gee, kinda like IBM/PC vs Macintosh.

Comment: Re:LEDs (Score 1) 278

by SeaFox (#47440705) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Some bulbs are still incandescents, mostly because I haven't been able to find a satisfactory replacement. These are small chandelier lights (that would need at least 40 watt equivalent output) and the three-way bulbs on the night stand (Cree just released them). Products are available, but both require shipping from the States. I'll wait a little longer before making the complete switch.

Would you be talking about the small-base bulbs used in bedside touch lights?

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