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Comment: Re:AdBlock Edge. uBlock. AdBlock Latitude. (Score 1) 278

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).

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.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb

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