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Comment: Re:I won't notice (Score 1) 332

by Waccoon (#48897583) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

To me, the move from DVD to Blu-ray is a big deal, since I no longer have to suffer with those horrible compression artifacts. I can't readily see the difference in resolution on my modestly-sized TV, but with DVDs, compression artifacts are extremely noticeable, especially when things are moving quickly on screen. I still buy a lot of DVDs since they are cheaper and I can watch them anywhere, but for the really good movies I get Blu-ray.

4K doesn't appeal to me because the biggest problem with image quality, compression, has been solved.

Comment: Re:Seriously??? (Score 1) 467

by Waccoon (#48897537) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Aside from performance issues, this is the biggest reason I don't like using antivirus. Most programs are designed for idiots and helpfully take action for you, regardless of the circumstances or your experience. I'm shocked how many anti-virus programs will outright delete files without asking, let alone quarantine, and will not even give you the option to change the default behavior.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 823

by Waccoon (#48897507) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

My biggest complaint about automatics is they really want to go when you don't want them to. I hate it when a car wants to accelerate like mad without your foot on the fuel pedal, especially when going downhill, and I'll take a handbrake over a hill-holding transmission any day. Even with a drive-by-wire fuel pedal, a manual transmission gives a lot more confidence that you're driving the car and not the other way around.

Despite major changes over the years to improve responsiveness, shifting, and adding more gears, automatics simply don't perform logically. Forget paddle shifters -- if automatics had a "manual mode" which allowed the car to coast downhill or only move when your foot was on the fuel, I'd tolerate them much better (even if I still wouldn't want to own one for way more reasons than I care to list).

Comment: Re:Cha Ching (Score 1) 790

by Waccoon (#48786155) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

I take it you haven't watched cartoons in a while. They usually continue to flaunt old-fashioned technology like some kind of skeuomorphic time machine.

Mr. Krabs from Spongebob Squarepants is something of a technophobe and insists on using an old-fashioned register he calls "Cashy".

I think kids will continue to understand things like cash registers, gramophones, steam engines, and pencil and paper for a long time. Too bad they may not appreciate actual cel animation, though.

Comment: Re:sansa story (Score 1) 269

by Waccoon (#48591857) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

The reason I bought an m200 series is specifically because it runs off an AAA battery. I figured it wouldn't crap out on me after a year since the battery is easily replaceable, unlike all the devices with built-in lithium batteries.

It still works perfectly, and I still use it, at least at my drawing desk. I'm also finding it very difficult to part with it, despite the lack of storage.

Comment: Re:To infinity and beyond! (Score 1) 132

by Waccoon (#48308061) Attached to: Mozilla Teases First Browser Dedicated To Devs

The real problem is that once all that memory is allocated, it never gets let go. It' perfectly fine to say that your copy of Firefox doesn't exceed 300 MB of memory usage in most cases, but if it does, only a restart can fix it. That may not be a "leak" in the traditional sense, which is why the geeks are upset about the meme, but the end result is the same. The problem is very much real, and has been for, oh... about 8 years!

AdBlock is greediest memory hog. After enabling that one extension, 10 minutes of browsing bloats memory usage to beyond 1GB and the browser slows down BIG time... to the point where it's practically unusable.

The issue appear to still be the JavaScript heap. Close all tabs and point your last open window to "about:blank". Then look at "about:memory". Almost all memory usage, probably several hundreds of MB, will be in the JS heap, not caches. I understand that a large part of the Firefox UI relies on JavaScript, but if you close all web pages, I would expect most memory, or at least a reasonable amount, to be released. If you're using an AdBlock-enabled version of Firefox which has allocated 1.5 GB of memory and then do the "about:blank" test, memory usage doesn't go down at all, despite the fact the browser isn't showing any live content.

The infamous "pausing" problems are also still present. They occur only when Firefox has allocated a huge amount of memory, and are probably related to either garbage collection or session state saves. Firefox really needs some sanity checks, or at least some tweaks so massive memory usage doesn't kill performance.

Comment: Re:just like cell phones (Score 1) 415

by Waccoon (#48276609) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

My brother-in-law doesn't have a dedicated GPS in his car. He says he doesn't need it since he has his iPhone with him all the time. The problem is that when I'm driving and I need him to navigate, he keeps the iPhone tucked away 95% of the time. His justification? "I don't want to use up the battery."

I'll stick to my Garmin. It was cheap and works ten times better.

I for one don't understand how people so easily adapt to the practice of having to plug in their laptops and phones every couple hours, gravitate towards wall sockets, and lug around their wall warts all day (and leave them all over the place where you can trip over them).

Comment: Re:Yosemite (Score 1) 370

by Waccoon (#48184941) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Such toggles lead to low-use code paths in the OS, which means they don't get nearly the same amount of testing and they increase the complexity of the underlying software, increasing the risk of bugs in both settings

What testing? It's pretty solidly accepted that the last few iterations of iOS/OSX have been the buggiest in a long time.

After the iOS 8 update, scores of people on DeviantArt and other art sites I frequent said they were unable to upload any images from their Apple devices. Indeed, that was due to an OS bug. How the hell does something as fundamental to standards compliance get overlooked by QA?

If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.