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Comment: Re:DIY (Score 1) 130

by Virtucon (#47853211) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

All this has been baked and there's multiple documents covering it along with any customizations. I realize handbrake is out there and I use it but sometimes ffmpeg direct is always best for me. scaling example:

-vf scale=640:480

for removing black bars example:

-vf "cropdetect=24:16:0" to a dummy file, then once you know the size of the bars (crop detect output)
-vf "crop=640:256:0:36"

Again, there's lots of recipes out there and it's all documented as well. Just search.

Comment: Re:Tonya (Score 1) 811

by Virtucon (#47846593) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

she didn't bop Nancy on the knee.

Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and her bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt,[6] hired Shane Stant to break Kerrigan's right leg so that she would be unable to skate. After failing to find Kerrigan at her training rink in Massachusetts, Stant followed her to Detroit. When she stepped off the ice after practice at Cobo Arena and walked behind a nearby curtain into a corridor, Stant struck her on the thigh a few inches above the knee with an ASP telescopic baton.

Comment: Re:TIme for high speed rail and lower rail prices (Score 1) 811

by Virtucon (#47846567) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

I can't see both as being compatible. High Speed Rail will require large amounts of capital investment and in order to be successful will need to be 1) more convenient/reliable than air travel 2) Competitive in terms of routes and time schedules with airlines 3) have the political backing to accomplish this. Telecommuting is probably the easiest answer and is even mandated for federal employees but I don't see the old ways changing.

Comment: Why not be courteous? (Score 1) 811

by Virtucon (#47846535) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Instead of just pushing your seat into recline first, why not politely ask the person behind you if they'd mind? Shit flying is a fucking pain in the ass now, with Security, Airline Policies and Ticket prices the last thing I need is some rude fuck flipping the seat back into my lap. Usually I just wind up sneezing a bit and coughing. The seat recline usually stops after that. Yeah it's faux germ warfare but it works.

Comment: Re:quiet = powerful (Score 1) 116

by Virtucon (#47828727) Attached to: The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

What would green or not green have to do with it being racing or not. Racing is the act of competing with others over time/distance/velocity. If someone chooses to take their formula towards less fuel use, it's still racing. Sure, it's not the racing of your childhood. But, to be frank, I don't want those times to come back either.

Then go for something truly radical instead of electric cars, go for some geewhiz-bang nuke-powered cars. It should make shimozzles into the barriers much more entertaining. Tracks like Imola are now "unsafe" how long before Spa and Monza disappear because of the same wimpy ass thinking? Shit we might as well fit training wheels and big L stickers to the backs of all the cars now.

Wrong. So wrong. Power Units are only frozen over the season. You can make changes in-between seasons. Also, contrary to popular belief, some constraints actually bring more creativity. As the old saying goes: "An F1 engineer reads the specs twice: Once to see what it says, once to see what it doesn't say"

Really? Humm I think you need to rethink that statement. That's not accurate, the FIA wants to lock the designs in so they have this year and next, from 2016 on it'll be pretty much a locked-down affair. This all goes back to cost reduction efforts. Meaning no more real evolutions of the power units.

If one of the power trains is performing significantly worse than the others, can the manufacturrer apply for a performance upgrade?
Not in principle. However if that situation arises it is clearly not in the interests of the sport so some common sense needs to be applied. The rule makers looked at this and pre-empted it in some ways; they decided that all manufacturers should be allowed to make a small number of performance upgrades after one year, so the engines will be re-homologated this time next year. And in 2016 there will be a smaller list of areas where they can make further performance steps.

Read that "small number of performance upgrades" nope, like the previous 5 years with the V8s, the FIA will lock it down, no real innovation, no real changes, boring as shit racing and the team that can either come up with a super not so secret aero innovation wins. Couple that to the rules on MAP and Gearing changes again in the name of "cost" and if you don't get it right in the winter test sessions, you're screwed the rest of the year basically.

As we've seen from previous unlimited series, innovation actually was reduced, because it devolved into "Biggest engine, biggest turbo, some duct tape, and a contract clause that makes the driver unable to back out"

And what's wrong with that? Duct tape works, bigger engines, bigger turbos. Let's not forget this is a spectator sport here with fans paying a lot of money to see these races. Like I said earlier get that shit for brains Flavio dancing around the paddock in a Monkey suit if it'll bring more excitement to F1. I want the arms race, I want to see six wheeled Tyrrells and Brabham blower cars, shit this is supposed to be exciting not a bunch of fucking Prius (Priuses, Priusen?) going round and round in a circle! I don't give a rats ass if Caterham can afford to be in F1, I do care if team X can fund a team and be competitive. Shit, even the 107% rule should be truly enforced and tightened because most of the time they let the back markers race anyways. With your logic it'd be like Youth Soccer leagues in the US "Everybody wins! Everybody gets a trophy!" Screw that.

Comment: Re:ok (Score 1) 116

by Virtucon (#47827913) Attached to: Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

And if there's a big hole in the contract that works in favor of them, would they point it out to the customer? Not hardly. Shit if I had a contract that just paid me for no deliverables or vague delivery requirements I'd be sitting pretty because you can easily point out to the customer that you met their requirements as stated. Clearly Oregon fell asleep here and I don't feel bad for either party. Politicians right now are just trying to cover their asses in the fact that they let a contract out to a shark.

"I have more information in one place than anybody in the world." -- Jerry Pournelle, an absurd notion, apparently about the BIX BBS