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Comment: Re:We don't all work in Windows + efficiency (Score 1) 394

by Grishnakh (#48900461) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

But there are a number of times where explicit copy/paste is much nicer.

I don't know what DE you're using, but in KDE, both modes work, and they go into different buffers. So if you feel the need to do the explicit copy/paste with Ctrl-C/V, it works fine, and you can even highlight something else afterwards, then paste the two separately with middle-click and Ctrl-V.

No, having one buffer is not better in any way. It's stupid in fact. Better is KDE's Klipper, which keeps a history for this buffer and lets me choose things I previously highlighted or copied.

Comment: Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 394

by Grishnakh (#48900439) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Yes. For people who use real computers, middle button = "paste selected text".

Yep, that's exactly what I use it for too. I make very frequent use of this function.

However, I have no problem just pressing on my mouse's scroll wheel to do this. I'm using a Dell laser mouse I picked up on Ebay for $6 and it works just fine this way. My previous Logitech G5 worked fine this way too (unfortunately I had to stop using it because the laser part stopped working for some reason).

Comment: Re:CA requires commercial licenses for pickup truc (Score 1) 164

IMO, the *real* reason for commercial licenses was the concept that commercial drivers are driving much larger vehicles that require special training/skills to operate safely on the roadways. (Your average licensed driver can't just hop into an 18-wheeler and operate it.

Exactly. That's the same reason people should be required to have commercial licenses to drive pickup trucks. They're much larger vehicles than regular cars, and need more training to drive properly. From what I've seen of most pickup truck drivers, they obviously lack the necessary training and skills for driving 6000-pound vehicles, especially ones with dual rear wheels.

A vehicle anyone buys at a regular car dealership and uses as a "daily driver" for things like commuting or trips to the grocery store should NOT require a commercial license.

Yes, it should, if it's a large vehicle. If someone buys a Kenworth and uses it for grocery runs, should they not be required to get a commercial license? It's no different for a Hummer. If you want a vehicle for getting groceries and commuting, get a 4-door sedan like everyone else.

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 2) 250

by Grishnakh (#48900351) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

This is an idiotic comment.

C, C++, and PHP are still very popular languages. Perl is not; it's largely faded away except for a few niches, for various reasons, and has been replaced mostly by Python.

Pascal has been mostly dead for a long time. However Python (which you obviously favor as "clean") is hugely popular these days, and Java is still holding its own in the enterprise space.

Obviously, your opinion of what is "ugly and unreadable" or "clean" has absolutely nothing to do with which languages are popular.

Comment: Re:Uh...no (Score 1) 297

by AK Marc (#48898971) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

I've looked at a lot of receivers, and you typically have to spend over $500 just to get downscaling, let alone deinterlacing.

I linked to one that was the first one I looked for (because I have an Onkyo, I am relatively familiar with their general line). Under $500. And does downscaling and deinterlacing. Would you like the link again? Reality trumps your opinion.

I spent $20 on my DTS receiver (only 5.1, though) and repaired a bad solder connection to a relay.

So you bought broken used trash, and managed to fix it up. Not representative of the norm. But then, you assert that $440 is greater then $500.

And then, it still wouldn't be half as good as what XBMC can do while playing my media.

Kodi is software, not hardware. Your DTS receiver doesn't run Kodi. So I'm not sure why you brought up that irrelevancy. How many HDMI inputs does your HTPC have?

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 790

by Grishnakh (#48895919) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

If your automatic dies in the middle of an intersection, can you put it in gear and crank the starter to move it? Didn't think so.

You don't need to do that. Put it in neutral and push it, fat-ass.

If your car is dying in the middle of an intersection, it's time to take it to the junkyard and buy something newer than a 1985 model.

Can you get an automatic with a dead battery rolling down a hill, pop the clutch, and start it? Didn't think so.

Try that in any manual-transmission car made in the last 15 years and get back to me. It won't work.

Plus, manual transmissions serve as an anti-theft device. There are numerous accounts of theives breaking into cars, finding a stick shift there, and not being able to drive it, fleeing the scene on-foot.

If the car they're stealing is a model which is hot and frequently comes with a manual (i.e. any sports car, "sport compact", etc.), this isn't a problem for the thief. Thieves targeting those cars know how to drive them.

Comment: Re:Uh...no (Score 1) 297

by AK Marc (#48895915) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Ideally, movies shot on film and edited at 24fps are encoded and shown in "film mode" at 24fps. Most dedicated DVD players support this, and these days probably most TVs as well. PAL DVDs have more lines, and are still 24fps in film mode, so ideally films are presented in PAL film mode for the highest resolution and most accurate frame rate.

So we should use 48 Hz, rather than 50 or 60 for the TV? Interpolate, or double-expose for the frame-doubling?

I have one of the expensive de-interlacers. Comes "free" in any reasonable receiver. I feed it anything, SD, 720i/1080i, 4k at any frame rate and tell it I want it at 720p 60 Hz, and it comes out looking better than "native" all the way through. Something like http://www.cnet.com/products/o... for under $500. Mine is an Onkyo, but not a current model.

Comment: Re:Uh...no (Score 1) 297

by AK Marc (#48895841) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

As I've told you many times,

You've told me how many times, and how is anyone supposed to know it was you, when you are just some A/C? That, and wasn't your first reply after my last post saying it? So you've told me no more than once, you just did so in multiple places.

I don't know where you get the idea that some people are out buying new TV's every year,

Do you not know how to read? The post I was replying to said "This upgrade-your-TV-every-6 months crap is getting old."

I didn't question him. I know I don't upgrade my TV that often. Sounds like you are agreeing with me in a most disagreeable manner.

Comment: Re:TV system doesn't match (Score 1) 297

by AK Marc (#48894871) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

"TV system doesn't match"

Were you going RCA video out? HDMI is 2-way, and the player and monitor negotiate. But most of the other video standards, like RCA, composite, S-video and such are 1-way. It would be *impossible* for the system to "know" that the TV doesn't match. I found a "cheap" DVD player with a PAL/NTSC output switch, and it was (naturally) region free. It's never had a problem playing anything on everything. Same as playing a DVD on a computer. I've never had any DVD played on a computer (or by association, out the computer's video out) that cared about PAL/NTSC.

At least with HD, PAL/NTSC is gone. They still technically exist, but are now compatible so that everything plays on everything, so long as you are 720i or better.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 790

by Grishnakh (#48894787) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Nope. Automatics have had lock-up torque converters for most of my life; I remember them being in cars in the 80s. According to Wikipedia, they first appeared in 1949, but only saw widespread use in the late 70s due to fuel economy concerns. But only recently have automatics gotten better highway fuel economy (or even equal) than manuals.

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