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Comment: Re:No device necessary (Score 3, Interesting) 75

I'm not going to buy an "expensive" upscaler, but I'd rather use the real consoles. I actually run into emulation errors with games I want to play on a semi-regular basis. I don't think that it's unreasonable to think about buying a scaler, even if it's unreasonable to buy this one.

It would be nice if someone would kick out a television with a fancy scaler built in. AQUOS and Bravia televisions (among others... I have an older example of the former, just barely pre-LED-backlight) have scalers which provide pretty good results for video sources at typical resolutions while also adding minimal latency, which is their primary appeal as compared to other lines — especially since the competition caught up in the black level department. But someone like Vizio (which is commonly favored by gamers due to sharp, clean scaling, if a bit jaggy at times) might consider offering some models with a seriously upgraded scaler and offering them to gamers as a means of improving their old-school gaming experience. Even people who don't own classic consoles, or who keep them in a box in their closet, might consider spending some extra money on such a feature even if they wind up never actually using it.

Not me, but some people :) Never know what the future holds for my TV, though.

Comment: Re:Red Hat move too slowly (Score 1) 199

by drinkypoo (#47770929) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

I install Ubuntu LTS

But who are you? You don't have a name, or a mother. You're just an anonymous coward. If you really believed what you're saying, you'd log in.

I install Ubuntu and then nvidia won't install until I fucking massage the thing. And that's the selling point of Ubuntu. Give me a break. It's cool how fancy it is, and how it supports stuff, but it's not cool how flaky it is.

Comment: You stole my thunder (Score 1) 202

by drinkypoo (#47770909) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Cars cannot trust communications coming from other cars.

This is an awful idea even without the idea of human malice. With it, it's an Orwellian nightmare mated to a Murphyesque fuckup. Cars which depend on communications from other cars cannot in fact be said to be self-driving. They're part of a hive mind, and if there's sickness in that hive, it's going to affect them.

Comment: Re:Provisionally, I'm OK with this: (Score 1) 202

by drinkypoo (#47770899) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Democracy demands that at least 50% plus one agree with you.

The people believe whatever they're told to believe. Americans were told that cars would bring them freedom, security, and individuality. Instead, the vehicles can be seized at the least pretext without recourse other than waiving of fees (if you are lucky), any attempt to flee a natural disaster will result in joining a traffic jam, and the individuality is just like everyone else's.

I love driving. It is probably my second-favorite activity in the whole wide world, although I've never actually flown anything outside of a simulator, and I have a feeling that would do even better. But frankly, a functional public transportation system would serve most people better. If the auto companies weren't running things in transportation we could at least have a national dialogue about replacing cars with something better, like PRT — which can provide all of the benefits of the personal auto without any of the drawbacks.

If anything, cars should be less safe and speed limits higher to force people to pay attention, or else.

If there were any evidence that this saved lives, then that might be a good idea. There isn't. What makes cars more dangerous is more speed — it doesn't necessarily increase the risk of an accident, but it does make an accident more dangerous. What makes cars less dangerous is more safety features. Stuff that keeps cars out of accidents, stuff that reduces the amount of energy transferred to the occupants. Not less safety features. Meanwhile, I want all the safety features for that moment when someone else isn't paying attention.

Comment: Re:That's not how science works (Score 1) 85

by drinkypoo (#47770803) Attached to: Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

This seems incorrect, do you have a source for this? For example:
Guy: All swans are white.
Girl: Look over there! A black swan!

That's not science. That's simple observation. There's no hypothesis involved, for one thing, just a statement which happens in this example to be false.

Comment: Re:The death of leniency (Score -1) 499

by drinkypoo (#47769471) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

The problem with this is that if all cops feel like they're being audited all of the time, they're less likely to let you off the hook for a minor violation.

That's not a problem. Selective enforcement, or IOW cops letting people off the hook for minor violations, leads to a lack of respect for the law, and the proliferation of bad laws which always end up used to punish some classes and not others on the basis of prejudice.

If rich mofos were prosecuted for bullshit crimes, you'd see those crimes fall off the books.

Comment: Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 1) 125

by drinkypoo (#47769445) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

And, once again, Martin demonstrates his learned discourse and debating skills.

You don't get to insult me and then bitch, piss and moan when I return the favor.

Are you really this much of an asshole, or is it just on Slashdot?

I usually only encounter people willing to act like as much of a lame as you have been in this conversation on slashdot, so it's pretty much just here.

Comment: Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 1) 125

by drinkypoo (#47765839) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

Out of curiosity, have you ever heard America referenced in conversation without it being a negative reference?

Yes. It always amazes me, but it seems to actually be the norm. Of course, that's because I discount all the outright hypocritical standards. For instance, I'm not going to bag on Pakistan for terrorism, because the USA is terrorist in many ways, if not most. We just call it something else because we're the biggest bullies on the playground. So when someone from the UK gets on me for free speech or criminal law, I laugh a lot but I don't count it as credible.

Comment: Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 1) 125

by drinkypoo (#47764657) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

Because, as far as I've ever heard it, it's only ever used as a pejorative term, and definitely not as an endearing shortening of the word.

Out of curiosity, have you ever heard Pakistan actually mentioned in conversation without it being a negative reference, anyway? The best thing I've ever heard said about the place is that they make cheap knives that will break easily and won't hold an edge. Maybe you've never heard it used any way other than negatively for a reason; maybe every time they were brought up, it was to make a complaint.

Gee, Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.