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Comment: Re:I won't notice (Score 1) 235

by Tough Love (#48896659) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

The different between 1080 and 4K is stupidly obvious on any 60" TV, and readily apparent to connoisseurs on much smaller displays in the same way that the difference between a consumer speaker and a studio monitor is obvious to any sound technician even if it may be completely missed in favor of bass boost etc by the average consumer. If you care about image quality, you care about 4K. If you think your boom box sounds pretty damn good playing Lady Gaga then you will probably be happy with 1080p for quite some time, or standard DVD for that matter.

Comment: Re:I won't notice (Score 3, Funny) 235

by Tough Love (#48896639) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Well, if Sony and their idiot partners had not made such an absolute hash of the Blu ray experience by excessive DRM, offensive warnings that can't be skipped and crass shovelware loading of endless previews that are opt out (and sometimes, randomly either can't be fast forwarded or can't be skipped) and super slow clumsy content menus due to the braindamaged Java tie then consumers might actually care about the next Blu Ray standard. But Sony did make a hash of it and delivered an experience that makes you want to throw a shoe at the TV every time. The kick in the face that just keeps kicking. Sorry, no more crappy optical disks rubbing my face in whatever a content provider wants to rub my face in. Solid state, hard disk or streaming for me, Blu Ray can fuck off and die, and so can Sony.

Comment: Re:Left Hander Doesn't Care About Your Problem (Score 1) 304

by drinkypoo (#48896597) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

this is it. This is the ORIGINAL Trackman Marble.

The original Logitech Trackman Marble was a thumb trackball which predates that mouse by so much it didn't even have the super-smooth, metallic-painted design. You have no idea what you're on about, perhaps because you're twelve. The device you linked to came years later, after they had discontinued the original marble and replaced it with the Logitech Trackman Wheel T-BB18. I went through about three of the original Marbles back when I was into a whole lotta FPS gaming, they would just die. The Trackman Wheel, on the other hand, just the microswitches die most of the time. It's a relatively easy job to replace them. I got the last replacements out of a T-BB18 that did just become unresponsive, though.

The "Marble" name made a whole lot more sense with the original device, because the ball was smaller. But don't take my word for it, educate yourself on logitech thumb-operated trackballs and then you can scroll down past the device I'm using now and see the original Trackman Marble. Hooray internet.

Comment: Re:Left Hander Doesn't Care About Your Problem (Score 1) 304

by drinkypoo (#48895803) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

lasts for fucking ever

I'm using trackman wheels, the mouse that replaced the original trackman marble, and which was contemporary to the device you are thinking of as the marble. They're the thumb trackball. The actually original trackman marble might have been available without a wheel, but that was a long time ago. But the reason I posted is that I've had to replace both my left and middle buttons because they used cheap shit omron microswitches. did they actually use something reputable in the 2nd marble?

Comment: Re:The answer is always no (Score 1) 235

by drinkypoo (#48895757) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

That actually has a term for it. It's called "Betteridge's law of headlines"

What do you call the law about someone always being willing to step up and point out your shortcomings on slashdot? Er, not that I'm actually complaining, I'm genuinely curious — and I was actually wondering what this effect was called, so your comment is +1 informative in my book.

Comment: Re:Why do Windows programs just run? (Score 1) 115

by drinkypoo (#48895751) Attached to: Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

The fact is Windows is so far ahead in terms of backwards compatibility that at this point that its not even funny.

It's clear that you haven't actually tried this little experiment.

Even if it were true, here's something you apparently haven't caught on to: I can completely legally and trivially install the old Linux in a virtual machine under the new Linux, and run as many copies of it as I want. I can't do that with Windows. Oh sure, I run an XP VM under Windows 7 anyway, but I wouldn't want to count on it in a business context.

On Windows, it is __TRIVIAL__ to make it so that you unzip an exe built in 2015 to a folder and run it on pretty much every single x86-based windows flavor since Windows 95.

On Linux, it is trivial to make it so that you run a shar file and run it on any Linux anyone is actually running today. The upgrades are free (or part of your contract, I suppose, in the case of RHEL) so people upgrade, and you don't have to support Windows 95. Meanwhile, lots of software which runs fine on Windows XP won't run on Windows 7, and some of it won't even run in "XP Mode" because Virtual PC is virtually worthless. Most of it runs fine in vmware, though. Sadly, Microsoft isn't actually capable of making VM hosting software which will properly host Windows on windows, let alone arbitrary operating systems, nor buying one.

Comment: Re:Not a fan (Score 1) 255

by drinkypoo (#48895733) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

As soon as I finish paying it off, I'm buying a decent car.

Perhaps then you can make the Honda a full-track car. I followed your link and it sounds like mounting some super badass springs will solve your problem, at the expense of massive ride stiffness. I used to have a 240SX fastback on 550lb/in front and 500lb/in rear Eibachs and Koni Yellows (and about a 3" drop... scrape!) along with a limited slip, and it was absolutely ludicrous around corners. I eventually sold it because I moved to a county where the roads wouldn't support it, and started bending wheels. TSWs are cheap, but I'm not so flush that I can be replacing even them all the time. They were around 10lb wheels, though. That car even had stock sways, the rear was extra-puny but the front was pretty lame too.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 235

by drinkypoo (#48895699) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Let me guess - you took the time to adjust the brightness, contrast, color, etc. settings to suit your room?

Hell, I got out the Eye-One and calibrated my TV. Problem is, sometimes the sun is in the room, and that's a feature because I like light and the house is passive solar... and sometimes the sun is down. So I calibrated it for nighttime when I can actually see the most detail, but even so the solution is not ideal.

First world... FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS. Cue the music.

Comment: Re:TV system doesn't match (Score 1) 235

by drinkypoo (#48895673) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

The Apex would scale 576i at 50 Hz to 480i at 60 Hz. The others just threw up their hands and gave up.

They may actually have been throwing up their hands at gunpoint... Apex players were generally more willing to do stuff the encoders of the disc didn't want you to do even without unlock codes, and most of them have not-so-secret codes enterable from the remote to make them region-free. Or at least, that's how it used to be. Unfortunately, they also were some of the less reliable DVD players on the market, and their remotes were horrible. I don't know if they're even still around, let alone have fixed any of this, hence my tense.

Comment: Re:Uh...no (Score 1) 235

by drinkypoo (#48895657) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

PAL/NTSC doesn't really exist in DVDs (yes, I know people will argue that, but I can put any DVD from any region, NTSC or PAL into my old DVD player and it'll output what NTSC or PAL based on a software switch). That's a function of the player.

Yes, but it's also a function of the DVD encoding. DVDs can even be encoded with interlaced or progressive video, which blew my goddamned mind when I found out. Apparently they decided it was better to enable as-cheap-as-possible decoders which wouldn't even have an interlacer (which is cheap) at the expense of everyone else who wanted to have halfway decent-looking video, who was going to need a deinterlacer (which is comparatively expensive). And DVDs can actually be encoded with PAL or NTSC conventions, which is to say frame size and rate.

Ideally, movies shot on film and edited at 24fps are encoded and shown in "film mode" at 24fps. Most dedicated DVD players support this, and these days probably most TVs as well. PAL DVDs have more lines, and are still 24fps in film mode, so ideally films are presented in PAL film mode for the highest resolution and most accurate frame rate. But anything shot and edited at 30 fps ought to be shown in NTSC mode. And everything should be progressive scan, because if you can even find a DVD player without it today you should take a picture as you gasp in amazement that it still works.

Showing a DVD on 720p is much better than broadcast 1080p on a 1080p TV.

In theory no, in practice yes. But it doesn't have to be that way. On the other hand, who the hell is watching anything where quality matters on broadcast TV?

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 235

by drinkypoo (#48895609) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Reminds me of how VGA could readily handle higher resolutions than modern displays, component video even better, but everything had to be digital so they could sneak in their DRM.

The problem with that idea is that the quality of the VGA cable dramatically effects what kind of degradation there is going to be of the signal by the time it reaches the other end, and that there will always be degradation. Skinny VGA cables that worked perfectly fine back when I was using 800x600x60Hz displays had to be thrown away when I got up over 1280x1024@75Hz because they just didn't have the bandwidth necessary to carry the signal. This is not a big deal over short run lengths, less than 6' say, but running a 50' HDMI cable is no big deal — even the part where you pay for it.

The same stuff is of course also true of component cables. Their quality varies wildly. Some equipment will only output up to 1080i on component, but 1080p via HDMI, possibly for this reason or maybe just to sell TVs and receivers with HDMI connectors. I, for one, only recently got one with component video switching.

Comment: Re:Not news (Score 1) 115

by drinkypoo (#48895563) Attached to: Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

Apparently you didn't read it at all. It was a bug in the application, not a compatibility issue.

Uh, dude, that's what I said. It's a special case, just for that application. It doesn't affect other applications. It doesn't speak at all to the general attitude towards backwards compatibility because it's fucking Simcity. It's not like they added this special case for Arcade Beach Volleyball, you know, the CGA game where you were ball-shaped and you head-butted a ball over a net? One step up from Pong, for DOS. It's Simcity, you can't break Simcity.

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