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Comment: Re:Also those sliding "give us your email' boxes (Score 1) 394

by Waccoon (#47497689) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

"Pop" is too kind a term. What usually happens is that the screen darkens, and an animated box will slowly scroll into view, then the ad will fade into the box, followed my more JQuery-ish transitions before the close gadget (if you can recognize it as such) finally comes last. Click the close gadget, and the whole thing proceeds in reverse. Really nice when combined with paginated content!

Once I see a page darken, I immediately hit F5. If it darkens again, I close the window. There are actually some sites on the Internet where I intentionally disable AdBlock, but I won't tolerate any site that attempts to block content on purpose.

Comment: It's all in the bridge (Score 1) 101

It's been known for a while that if you place a banjo mute or any other metal object directly on the bridge, not only does it mute the volume but it also eliminates the characteristic, metallic ring. Placing objects anywhere else along the strings, pot, or even on the drum has little to no effect. The "valley" created by the bridge pressing into the drum is surprisingly small, so only a very small area of the drum affects the behavior of the bridge.

The bridge is what defines the sound of the banjo, and using differently shaped bridges has a bigger impact than using different drum materials.

It's a shame I lost most of the strength in my fingers over the years. I tried different setups for my banjo, but I could never actually play it. It's a wonderful and fascinating instrument.

Comment: Re:I dislike electric power steering (Score 1) 128

by Waccoon (#47134603) Attached to: Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

I just bought a 2015 Subaru WRX with electric steering, and the feel is pretty incredible. Way better and gives much more feedback than my old 2005 WRX with hydraulic steering. People are still saying good things about the electric steering in the Subaru BRZ, too.

It wasn't long ago that all American cars were very soft and all drove like boats. Whether the technology works or not has little to do with the mechanics and more to do with the tuning and manufacturer's priorities. Thankfully, Ford has shaped up a lot since the 2008 economic crash,and they'll probably do it well. I'm not sure how GM and Chrysler would fare.

Comment: Re:Better question (Score 1) 160

by Waccoon (#47024583) Attached to: The Shrinking Giant Red Spot of Jupiter

Fluid simulations have shows that vortexes spinning in the opposite direction of a planet's rotation tend to continue spinning in a stable manner, and will eventually consolidate into a single vortex. Vortexes spinning with the planet's rotation will dissipate.

I assume something similar explains the hexagonal shape of the storm at the pole of Saturn.

Comment: Re:Conditions of instability: (Score 2) 207

I have huge issues with Firefox, mostly with regards to memory management. However, stability is not one of them. I have maybe one or two crashes a year, and that's with a minimal, carefully culled selection of extensions.

The big disappointment is AdBlock Plus. This extension is the source of most slowdowns, and after the v27 update, AdBlock slows Firefox down to a crawl, and sucks up so much memory that regular restarts are needed to keep the browser from going berserk due to running out of memory.

I do know that AdBlock merely aggravates Firefox's memory management issues, though, rather than causing them. On its own, Firefox will still choke itself to death over time, and it appears to be related to its JavaScript engine.

Good salesmen and good repairmen will never go hungry. -- R.E. Schenk