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Comment: Re:Hasn't Google been doing that for a while now? (Score 2) 109

by ldobehardcore (#49420581) Attached to: Google Rolls Out VP9 Encoding For YouTube
I just downloaded the win32 binary of youtube-dl and the ffmpeg win32 binary, stuck them in a folder, opened a cmd.exe there, dumped that test commandline in your post, all in windows, then opened the resulting webm into VLC 2.1.5 for windows. Works like a charm. Maybe VLC would work for you on Ubuntu? Maybe the default distro channel in the package manager has an older proven-stable version of VLC? You might need to get a more recent package. There's also the chance that the x86_64 version of VLC might not decode VP9 properly while the 32 bit version might.... I don't mess around with 64 bit codecs for the most part because half the clients I'd use them in choke on 64 bit codecs. At least they do in windows.

Comment: Re:Horrible artifacts (Score 4, Insightful) 109

by ldobehardcore (#49420545) Attached to: Google Rolls Out VP9 Encoding For YouTube
That doesn't prove anything. It could have had all those ringing and mosquito noise artifacts when it was uploaded, and the vp9 could be completely transparent. Since we can't see the original file uploaded there's no telling how good or bad VP9 actually is. For all we know, that file could've been encoded in MJPEG then uploaded. Those ringing artifacts are pretty common with JPEG DCT type compression.

Comment: Re:Tracking (Score 5, Insightful) 569

That happy middle is called due diligence via police work. You don't send a swat team to do a detective's work, and that's exactly what more and more PDs are doing every day. It's a disgusting lack of intellectual effort on the part of the PDs, and exposes them for what they are: Soldier wannabes who are too cowardly to actually enlist.

Comment: Re:Patience is the key (Score 4, Insightful) 129

by ldobehardcore (#47822325) Attached to: The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

the operator was excellent at following instructions and telling me what exactly he was seeing on the screen.

As someone fairly green on the helpdesk (just hit the 1 year mark), I must say that I appreciate ten times more a user who follows instructions and describes what's on their screen, than users who claim to be tech savvy, broke what they were working on, and can't seem to fix it themselves.

What I really hate are those users who never learned how to use their computer. They know how to operate one or two programs on the computer, but they always say "I'm not a computer person", and use that as an excuse for never learning the difference between the mouse, the monitor and the tower. The kinds of users who can't take instructions because they're unwilling to focus their eyes in unfamiliar territory on the the screen.

I'm fine with ignorance, ignorance can be fixed, and ignorance is honest. What I can't stand is when people call in asking for help, but refusing to say what they need help with, then when you pry it out of them, they refuse to follow the instructions you give them. Those are the worst users.

So yeah. Compassion is great. I do my level best every day to put myself in the users shoes, because I understand how stressful it is when your tools fail you. But there is certainly a point where the patience runs out, because someone who is asking for help (often demanding help) is not willing to be helped once they have my attention.

Comment: Re:Failing as a math teacher (Score 2) 114

by ldobehardcore (#46415523) Attached to: Mathematicians Are Chronically Lost and Confused
When I was in high school, I was very good at math but couldn't be bothered to actually apply myself and take the highest level classes. I picked up everything pretty quickly, and I remember it being hellish when the teacher would say "break into small groups." Nobody cared to actually do the work. Most of the time it would be me and 1 or 2 other people in the class who actually got the concept, and everyone else would beg us to let them just copy off of me. I never consciously let anyone copy off of me. Most of the time, the other people who got the concepts would let everyone copy off them though. To this day that kind of laziness sticks in my craw, and I simply refused to let people copy. I offered to re-teach the concepts one on one, with the stipulation that they teach what they learned one on one to the others. This made it so I only had to re-teach the class once, then I could do my own homework. It was nice in that I was recognized for my abilities, and I was a decent teacher. I'll be damned if my students just copy off of me, so I did my best to make them prove they could do the math along the way. I think the biggest problem was probably that none of my math teachers actually gave a damn about math. They were all football/basketball coaches, and teaching math was just their night job, really. So the jocks and the cheerleaders always got passing grades, (at least C-) and everyone was left to flounder, since the coaches were too busy chatting with their favorite quarterbacks, pointguards, and cheerleader captains.

Comment: Re:Even without anything playing they're useful (Score 1) 262

by ldobehardcore (#45316203) Attached to: Do You Need Headphones While Working?
Oh man. If my office had noise generators my sanity would crumble so quickly. It's bad enough my semi-cube is 10 feet from the corporate server closet, but if I had to deal with non-localizable static all day I'd be raving like a lunatic. I have pretty bad tinnitus from a youth full of fireworks and raves, and it'd probably get so bad I'd might as well be deaf in that kind of environment.

Comment: Re:you misquoted my quotation directly heres proof (Score 1) 143

by ldobehardcore (#45179301) Attached to: D-Wave Quantum Computing Solution Raises More Questions

properly understood, Quantum Entanglement is at the core of all Quantum Physics

To a US English speaker, this phrase can generally be translated to mean "All quantum mechanical reasoning relies on quantum entanglement" which is false. But the phrase you state leaves room for interpretation and can certainly mean "quantum entanglement is one of the basic features of quantum mechanics" or even "quantum mechanics requires quantum entanglement to be true". It's just that the standard way the phrase is parsed makes it seem you're saying entanglement is the most important or most fundamental feature of quantum mechanics. You aren't wrong, but the way you expressed yourself can be a little confusing.

Comment: Re:Rubish (Score 1) 199

by ldobehardcore (#44915977) Attached to: Linking Mass Extinctions To the Sun's Journey In the Milky Way

While technology and technological knowledge could certainly weather a large portion of the population vanishing, what do you think of the economic implications of a significant impact event?
How would the global economy react to a mile-wide rock hitting Manhattan? Or Hong Kong? Berlin? Tokyo? Any large city?
I have the feeling that there would be a global economic upset the likes of which has never been seen.

Comment: Re:Can we discuss the fourth amendment now? (Score 2) 322

by ldobehardcore (#44325397) Attached to: NSA Admits Searching "3 Hops" From Suspects

I don't disagree with the general premise that the NSA would resort to torture if they thought that it would be in their best interest.
I'm stating that since the NSA isn't exactly a military organization (in a strict sense), and since the NSA is known for using applied science, it would know that torture (or more specifically pain driven interrogation such as water-boarding) doesn't give reliable results when it comes to intelligence gathering. It's a fine line. Overt torture causes the subject to say whatever they think will make the torture stop. Too mild, and the subject won't give up the goods. Legitimate interrogation methods are far more effective than torture in secret, when it comes to getting information vital to national security. It's been discussed in many venues and on multiple occasions that torture isn't effective in helping intelligence organizations do their jobs.
The NSA has been so corrupted by the mandate of its task that it has decided to "gather all intelligence" but this is both simply infeasible (since one-time-pads and horribly inconvenient methods of encryption exist), and ultimately a waste of energy and time.
They can record everything they wish, but I'm not sure it will make a difference in fighting terrorism carried out by those who have a moderate education in information security and encryption. Granted it's not particularly easy communicating in a way that's secure against a government organization bent on destroying all semblance of anonymity, privacy, or security in one's person and effects, but it's certainly not impossible.

Sorry if I'm being too literal here. I just hate ambiguity. So I'm defining my terms.

Comment: Re:Can we discuss the fourth amendment now? (Score 5, Informative) 322

by ldobehardcore (#44324237) Attached to: NSA Admits Searching "3 Hops" From Suspects

Mod this guy up. The NSA may not be looking for you specifically, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be mad as hell that they're violating everyone's rights. They aren't torturing you at a black site now, but they could if they wanted to, because they have conspired to make themselves above the law.

Comment: Re: Fuck 'em (Score 1) 344

by ldobehardcore (#44245977) Attached to: Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

I assume it's illegal to make a copy and give away the original while retaining the copy. But what is true is that it is legal to make copies for personal use. Every 5 years the librarian of congress reviews requests for exceptions to the DMCA and this last time decided to allow copies for personal use and backup of DVDs as an exception.

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.