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Comment: Decline of oekaki, too (Score 2) 175

by Waccoon (#49679399) Attached to: The Decline of Pixel Art

Pixel art in games has always been pretty well respected, even before retro became a thing. What's really surprised me has been the decline of pixel art in general outside of gaming.

I've been a long-time fanatic over oekaki art, which is essentially pixel art drawn directly on the web using Java applets or (rarely) Flash. The impromptu nature of the medium means most art will be done in 5-30 minutes, and the applets generally don't allow you to import a canvas, so the art is done from scratch and is all your own work. The communities are fairly small, dedicated, and consist mostly of artists. The most popular Java applets favor the pencil tool over airbrushes, an intentionally limited palette, and have special masking and dithering tools which results in most oekakis having a distinctive look. It's wicked fun, and much more creative and engaging than boards like 4chan.

Oekaki boards are generally hosted as standalone web sites. Since the rise of social networks, oekaki has all but disappeared, both the BBSes and the artwork style. The Java applets rarely work these days due to everyone's (and Oracle's) hateboner over applets, so there's really no way to draw online anymore.

What I find most interesting, though, is that everyone trying to write an HTML5-based paint program these days is trying to make a full-fledged painting application, complete with airbrush tools, transparent layers, and sometimes even trying to integrate complex features like the magic wand (and very badly). Performance and drawing lag is horrible. Why are there no pixel art or oekaki HTML5 apps? Pixel art is wicked fast with HTML5 canvas, so a good pixel art application would be ideal, but apparently nobody has an interest in doing this when they can write a bad Photoshop clone nobody wants. Even DeviantArt, which has a drawing app called Muro, has written their crappy paint app with an airbrush tool, and it's impossible to make even good art with that app, let alone pixel art.

It's getting increasingly difficult to keep my BBS alive due to the death of Java on the web. I may have to hire someone to write an HTML5 program for me.

Comment: Re:AdBlock Edge. uBlock. AdBlock Latitude. (Score 1) 286

by Waccoon (#49534649) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

Firefox has been rock solid stable for me for years, and I also questioned why people were complaining so much about stability.

That changed in (if I remember correctly) version 33 on Windows. I've had nothing but problems with it ever since, regardless of which plugins or extensions are installed. In particular, I've noticed that if the browser is open overnight, opening any menu will cause an instant crash. Frequently, right-clicks that bring up a context menu will also cause a crash, but only if the browser has been open for a while.

I have multiple installs of the browser for development purposes, including a "stock" profile with no plugins or extensions installed. I'm pretty sure the crashing is not because I'm holding it wrong.

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).

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