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Comment: Except that August was never Double Fine's release (Score 2) 97

by boondaburrah (#42129557) Attached to: Kickstarter Games: Where They Are Now

Double Fine listed "October 2012" as their release, not August. Granted they've passed that now, but as a commenter before me said: communication is key. Since I see they're honest-to-god working on it, I'm not mad.

Double Fine Adventure was my first video game kickstarter - so I'm sort of using it as a measuring stick before I help fund other games. So far I don't feel burned - and I'm still excited for when it eventually does come out, so I think they're doing something right. It should be possible for things like this to pick up in the future.

I mostly just like the idea that the companies get funded without someone coming in and saying "hurr, we need to add more guns to this game for it to sell." "But it's a puzzle game!" "LOL Do it anyway! People Like Call of Duty!"

Comment: Re:Flipside (Score 1) 531

I'm pretty sure a large number of movies are streamed to netflix boxes and such via cloud services acting as CDNs. I think amazon books would still be owned by amazon - but third parties with agreements with amazon to distribute (such as netflix) may either have ...interesting ownership now - or have worked out special agreements with amazon to insure this legal trick doesn't befall them.

Of course, this won't make a difference to whoever has the most lawyers. They can probably even fix this retroactively.

Even if you did want to jump on this and claim the studios lost copyright 'cause of cloud delivery - that would only apply to copies you ripped from the cloud. They'd still nail you for torrents of blu-ray rips. And then they'd nail you again (always double-tap). Then they'd figure out how patent movie ideas and sue you for your home video that features your son running around in a cape.

Comment: wysiwyg Will Probably Always Have this Problem (Score 2) 545

by boondaburrah (#36430958) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Web Site Editing Software For the Long Haul?

Unfortunately, I don't really see any way to get what you want for the long haul. Companies keep changing, and so does the web. Even if you find one, it will produce code that breaks in browsers a few years from now, and sometimes current ones. What I would suggest is (bear with me) hand-coding your layout once, and then working it as a template for a simple CMS. I wouldn't want to hand code an entire website either, and for most a fully blown CMS is overkill (I don't need forums, or accounts at all: my website isn't really social), but there exist CMSs inbetween, and you only have to hand-code a few pages at worst.

I started with WolfCMS or something similar. Make one page, cut the code into snippets, and create a "layout" that includes these snippets. The CMS will fill the content in for you as you create pages. That's all I need, and it still gives me the power/flexibility to form my website into anything I want. Also, I would avoid one that has it's own scripting language. More pain than it's worth, especially for simple websites. You'll need to learn a little web development to get set up, but it should be relatively smooth sailing once installed. Wordpress can also be bent to create a number of different kinds of websites with their template system, though it's a bit more complicated. Handy if you want to include a well-known, well-supported (with plugins!) blog system, though.

As for hand-coding software, I tend to move around. I used GoLive for a time, for the preview, but now I just have some kind of programmer's GUI text editor in one space/virtual desktop, and a browser open in the other. I use Smultron on mac (I think it's been abandoned now though), Geany on linux, and Notepad++ on windows. Geany's my favourite so far.

Comment: Since you have root... (Score 1) 321

by boondaburrah (#36213252) Attached to: Rooted Devices Blocked From Android Movie Market
There's probably a way to only allow the app to see certain things, blinding it to whatever would give away rooted-ness.

In any case, Netflix works on rooted devices, so it's not like there's missing functionality. In theory, Amazon Instant Video should work as well (with flash player) Other than that, I'd need a bigger SD card to fit movies transferred from my computer.

Also, I personally still can't see why I want to watch movies on a 4-inch screen. (or a screen I have to hold, for that matter (tablets))

Comment: Not just gaming (Score 1) 283

by boondaburrah (#35637854) Attached to: High Performance Gaming Mice Don't Perform
I don't know if that stupid radioshack logitech I had was just particularly bad, but when I got a "gaming mouse" It felt a lot better. Of course, I mostly use this mouse for photoshop. Where the logitech couldn't seem to sit still or move tiny amounts, the razer is fine. Also, extra buttons are very useful in photoshop for tool properties, etc.

of course, the Gold Plated USB with Gajillion Hz Polling is a little much.
Security

+ - Aussie kids foil finger scanner with Gummi Bears-> 4

Submitted by mask.of.sanity
mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "An Australian high school has installed "secure" fingerprint scanners for roll call for senior students, which savvy kids may be able to circumvent with sweets from their lunch box. The system replaces the school's traditional sign-in system with biometric readers that require senior students to have their fingerprints read to verify attendance.

The school principal says the system is better than swipe cards because it stops truant kids getting their mates to sign-in for them. But using the Gummi Bear attack, students can make replicas of their own fingerprints from gelatine, the ingredient in Gummi Bears, to forge a replica finger. The attack worked against a bunch of scanners that detect electrical charges within the human body, since gelatine has virtually the same capacitance as a finger's skin.

A litany of fingerprint scanners have fallen victim to bypass methods, many of which are explained publicly in detail on the internet."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Small screens are great but... (Score 2, Informative) 243

by boondaburrah (#34013472) Attached to: The World's Smallest Full HD Display

That seems incredibly dumb. Especially since apple advertises the fact that they sell 100ppi displays and higher (or at least used to) so that means their own cinema displays are out of wack. I'm a big fan of OSX, but you'd think for "The Desktop Publishing OS" they'd get that right.

You might want to try the command line though. I think there's something like: defaults write -g AppleDisplayScaleFactor SomeFloatingPointNumber that would help out. Netbook hackintosh users use it to make things fit on the screen without changing resolution. You have to kill finder and restart it for it to take effect. This may be the feature that went "missing" when they switched from NeXTStep.

Comment: Small screens are great but... (Score 1) 243

by boondaburrah (#34010868) Attached to: The World's Smallest Full HD Display

When will the pixel density of my desktop monitor go up? It's been stuck at about 100ppi for quite some time now, and it's not like the prices for displays have dropped whenever they come out with new technologies like this. Did people really stop caring once they could fit a movie on their screen?

Though I suppose it would be a bad idea (for my eyesight at least) to feed the habit of running text-based consoles at max resolution. Mmmm... Monospaced characters. I'm a real hacker now!

Comment: The brain doesn't like what doesn't make sense (Score 5, Informative) 594

by boondaburrah (#33478348) Attached to: The Joke Known As 3D TV

If 3D content creators would stop making window violations and (my favourite) changing the convergence point of the screen without zooming (and vice versa) the idea that 3d is going to give headaches wouldn't have as much fact to go on. I'm sure some people get headaches anyway, but the majority of the people get them because of this stupid filmography. Also, stop changing the 3d depth every shot. I'm looking at you, Avatar.

If you give the brain realistic input that could actually happen, people would be more comfortable with it and it would be more likely to sell.

Also, the ghosting on some glasses is terrible. I could even see it in RealD, but it wasn't nearly as bad as some systems I've used (especially anaglyphs).

I hope it gets good before everyone becomes disinterested, because I'm actually excited for 3d to become kindof standard.

Comment: Re:simple math (Score 3, Informative) 973

by boondaburrah (#32795814) Attached to: A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars
You forget, as I often do, that time spent working is worth money too. It's true that recording a song costs much more money to hire musicians, get/rent equipment, edit, etc, but when you say

Does making sheet music take days of editing to get it to sound just right? No.

It really does. In fact, it can take weeks or even months before the artist is satisfied with their composition. During that time, the composer doesn't get nearly as much money as the people who are just recording, (as they can output faster) with about the same amount of effort (providing the artist isn't procrastinating). They have to make up that money in the end by selling copies of their composition. Granted, this isn't true for every composer, but to simply dismiss composition as a "cheaper" form of art is rather short-sighted. (Unless we're talking about top-20 hits or so, that is cheap composition)

(Side note: My Dad's an artist, and I definitely feel the difference in family budget when his prints are selling or not.)

Comment: Re:You can't code on iOS you fucktwits (Score 1) 436

by boondaburrah (#32668568) Attached to: Developers Expect iOS and MacOS To Merge

I've actually never met any audio guys who *use* windows. They've all been mac users, except for this one guy who used linux (his setup was rather strange, though).

My main issue with windows is I have a hell of a time with the audio subsystem. With Mac it just works (yay CoreAudio!), Linux took minimal twiddling with Jack (still not for non-geeky types though), but Windows would always work some days and not others. There were also annoying crackles and pops that would keep showing up no matter what settings or buffer size I used. Same stuff happened on XP, Vista, and 7 - with the same hardware (that works fine on Mac and Linux) Maybe Windows audio doesn't like firewire? - that sounds bad.

It's true that most of the DAW software and such work fine on windows, but I just don't trust the audio back end. I could see it being used for mixing and non realtime-critical tasks though - when I would need those specialized plugins.

Comment: Re:You can't code on iOS you fucktwits (Score 1) 436

by boondaburrah (#32668410) Attached to: Developers Expect iOS and MacOS To Merge

While it's true you can't really hear a huge difference over 48khz, it really depends on what you're doing. If you're recording audio, you should probably sample at 96khz so that when you pass it through a plugin that does something temporally with the audio, there's less artifacts. It's true those algorithms fix most stuff, but for anything that sounds "nearly identical," there will be generational loss. 192 khz is for when you feel insane (I've had these moments, but always noticed having no disk space afterwards)

It's a little bit the same way HD downscaled to SD looks better than SD that was recorded as SD originally.

For playback, you don't need 96khz, unless you have thousand-dollar speakers. (I tried some out, the difference exists). In reality the quality comes down more to how good the recording engineer was before you can blame the sample rate.

Also I was under the impression that it was 44.1khz because of the video hardware they hacked together to see what they were doing while developing CDs?

Comment: Who do I call? (Score 2, Insightful) 279

by boondaburrah (#32079714) Attached to: The FCC May Decide Not To Regulate Broadband
I'm wondering who I have to write to in hopes of keeping Net Neutrality (or something like it) afloat.

A friend of mine lives in an area that is entirely served by Charter Cable. If they get to do whatever they want, it's not like he can drop them and move somewhere else if they start messing with his internet.

Well, I suppose there's dialup (shudder).

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