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Comment Re:8 channel audio + gbps on aux lane. Short cable (Score 1) 406

HDMI is actually worse at long runs than VGA/DVI/HDSDI/10BaseT. One major advantage of VGA is that it doesn't carry that fsking EDID (Extended display identification data) signal.

Ever had an issue with plugging a video source (laptop/xbox/camera) into a monitor over HDMI and having the signal cut to black? Or when trying to capture video onto a laptop? It's because both the source AND the monitor have to do their little handshake and exchange EDID numbers if they're using HDMI.

This is a defect-by-design implemented to prevent piracy-- it's why you can't easily record a store-bought blu-ray or DVD onto a digital camera.

This has the added effect of causing connection failure at longer HDMI cable runs if you aren't using ACTIVE hdmi cables, signal boosters, or EDID spoofers, since any interference at long runs can cause the EDID signal to be lost, and the monitor will automatically take a shit on you.

I'd rather use VGA than HDMI for this reason-- the resolution isn't 1080p, but the signal is stable at least. This is why you'll see VGA being used in auditoriums, lecture halls, etc-- the presenter tends to be really far from the projector.

Comment You can fix programming problems with good design (Score 2) 402

From TFA:
"What should developers who can't attract designers do? They shouldn't wait around. If they can hire a designer, great, but .... developers should look to improve their own design skills"

As a dev, I want every possible option and every possible option to be exposed to the user, 'cause that's how I think as I'm programming.

As a designer, I know better-- a good interface HIDES options and choices from a user (and the less technical your expected audience, the more should be hidden) until necessary.

There's been many times where I've found that design choices can eliminate many programming problems and bottlenecks.

Comment Matrox dual/triplehead? (Score 1) 80

No one here has used these? http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/th2go/displayport/

They need power and they're semi bulky (about the size of two decks of cards) but there's a VGA and HDMI version, they have no lag, they're cross platform.Lots of configuration and resolution options as well-- especially helpful if you have differently sized monitors.

Video techs and staging crews use them for video presentations or video installations. And the price point is better.

Comment History of Comics: "Ten Cent Plague" (Score 1) 165

With the risk of un-hijacking this thread I notice you didn't specify comic book reading suggestions, just reading suggestions connected with comic books and a certain period of history. There's a couple great histories of the pre-comics code comic book industry: The Ten Cent Plague-- The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America

You can also check out Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book I didn't read the first, but it's supposed to be pretty good. The second focuses on some of the cool and quirky characters that really were the founders of a new industry. I found it entertaining and inspiring.

Comment ads == money laundering (Score 1) 347

you would think that the money involved would bring creativity, but it's quite the opposite. Keep in mind ad agencies are slaves to their clients (the days of renegade "mad men" are long gone, and I suspect their gonzo reputation of yesteryear was a fabrication) and as a result the typical creative process is:

--Look at the ad trade magazines from last year.
--See which ads "did the best" which really means, which ads all the other advertisers ranked the highest.
--Do exactly that same ad, but tweak it for whatever pop culture thing is hitting as of six months ago.
--The metric ad agencies give to their clients is not how much product got moved-- it's what "rating" their superbowl ad got.

The superbowl is a money laundering scheme for advertisers-- it's very incestuous and the only real beneficiaries of the superbowl are the ad agencies. Certainly not football fans.

Submission + - SnapChat turns down 3 Billion offer from Facebook (wsj.com) 1

Dr Herbert West writes: For those who don't know, the way Snapchat works is that you send a message—text photo, whatever—to a friend or group of friends. But instead of the message being persistent, it "disappears" rather quickly. The young 'uns like it because it's a superior method of sexting that doesn't leave yourself open to incriminating pictures of yourself circulating online.

The general consensus is that it's a mistake to turn down the offer since Snapchat has no revenue and doesn't seem like a promising ad service... but possibly the 23 year old founder may have felt that a threatening acquisition would ruin the platform (think Flickr and Yahoo).

Cash out early, or "dare to dream big"-- what do Slashdotters think?

Comment Re:Good Lord... (Score 1) 274

You, sir, are a do-er of good. If more people would treat advertising as the noise it is, rather than an annoyance to be endured (we kill mosquitos, don't we? Why put up with ads?) the world would be a better place.

Before someone flames me for "Won't someone think of teh jobz", full disclaimer: I'm occasionally employed by ad agencies. Can't stand it... til I get the paycheck.

Comment Re:Easy (Score 1) 235

You're completely right-- and sometimes it's a real bummer when we show up at the place (stadium, concert hall, ballroom, corn field, whatevs) and all the info we need to set up boils down to "isn't that a power outlet over there? It is! Good luck!"

Hence, the comparison to someone getting back from Ikea with an electric couch and setting it up with... instructions in Swedish?.

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