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Comment Re:year of the linux desktop (Score 1) 402

Yeah, if Steam ceases to function, that will be the end of my last motivation to use Windows. Maybe they should take that into account, because Steam is ready to make the switch.

Although Mint is my primary OS, I bought a SSD + Win10 last year for Steam games. Most of them run on Linux, but a few are Win-only, and even some of the Linux-capable ones run a little better on Windows. The last version of Windows I purchased was XP, and Steam games are literally the only reason I bought a newer version. If Microsoft breaks Steam, I'm gone.

Comment Re:Sickening (Score 1) 159

Agreed. This effect actually makes me feel faintly sick on TVs that have it turned on (AND, it's one of the primary causes of the Soap Opera Effect, which, even if it doesn't make you sick, looks like shit). I always have to find it and turn it off on the sets I use.

Well, I grew up in the CRT era, where some programs (including live programming such as soap operas and evening news, and programs recorded on video tape) ran at the broadcast television standard field rate of ~60fps. Although the broadcast image was interpolated, so they only sent half a frame at a time, the updates (and apparent fps) were 60Hz. The first LCD HDTV we got (Vizio in 2008) had this interpolation feature, and although the smooth effect it created didn't bother me (it just looked like the old broadcast standard), the problem was that the TV couldn't keep up 100% of the time, and would occasionally drop frames, running at 15fps for a second. So the sporadic oscillation from 60 to 15 fps was so jarring I couldn't stand it. I'm one of those people that had to set their CRT monitors to 75Hz minimum or the flicker drove me nuts, so I might be more sensitive to this sort of thing. The wife didn't seem to notice.

Comment Re:Arguing over the subjective (Score 3, Informative) 523

If you need to use < or > in your slashdot comments, you need to type &lt; and &gt; since slashdot interprets the < or > as marking HTML tags. If you have Notepad++, use TextFX Convert -> Encode HTML to automatically convert code samples, e.g.:

#include <iostream>
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Comment Re:perhaps more of a political choice (Score 1) 140

Google "snowflake babies". yes, there are religious organizations that are baptizing fertilized zygotes, so that their unborn souls can be with Jesus.

I really wish I was making this up.

Snowflake Children are frozen embryos that are implanted via IVF into a woman who's not the biological mother. If you're pro-life, and believe that embryos are human from the moment of conception, it's a logical step.

Comment Re:So SCOTUS says anonymous software = illegal (Score 1) 174

Well, it does say "concealed through technological means" which presumably would be contrasted with "concealed through physical means", i.e. hiding it in your closet. I wouldn't say wifi would qualify, because the range is short enough that if you know the location of the router, the location of the device would be very near (and in which case the district of jurisdiction of the device would be known to be that of the router).

Comment Re:Avant (Score 1) 135

The UI is actually built on HTML, Javascript, and CSS: the browser itself is actually a webpage (that you can edit), so graphics behavior when doing things like resizing won't be as snappy as native controls. The actual web page rendering is based on Blink and V8 (same as Chrome), which are very fast.

Many (most?) of the "cool new experimental" features are actually old ones that had appeared in the Presto-based Opera browser before it became another Chrome flavor. Tastes vary, and browsers are close to text editors in inspiring devotion and animosity, but IMHO it's the best of both worlds - the features of Opera with the speed and compatibility of Chrome. Ironically, one of the things that bugs me about Chrome is that they don't use native controls, but keep messing with their homegrown interface (often making it worse).

Comment Re:Only 2? (Score 1) 135

There's almost nothing that Vivaldi does, that Opera doesn't, except for Tab Stacks.

I was an Opera 12 aficionado, and resisted Opera Chromium as a long as possible. I tried it but gave up when they made the decision that certain MIME types (such as PDF) would be download-only, removing the ability to open in browser, or even using an external program, and refused to change despite many user complaints.

Comment Re:Vivalid kicks the shit out of Firefox. (Score 1) 135

It also needs better cookie settings. It only allows you to either accept all cookies or block all. There is no way to whitelist some sites but block by default.

Huh, my version (1.0.403.24 (Beta 3)) has the same options as Chrome, namely a global setting to allow all, block all, or clear on exit; with a hostname-pattern-matching exceptions list. So it can do exactly what you say it needs.

Comment Re:This is US (Score 1) 400

You should visit Chicago sometime. The combination of Metra, Pace, CTA rail (the "El") and buses provide a pretty comprehensive public transportation system for the city. Major routes have buses every few minutes during busy times. A central hub and city-wide grid street layout certainly help, and the state helps fund it. Public transportation here works really well, and is often the preferred choice, especially for trips to/from downtown. Many people don't even have cars. I used a combination of the bus + subway exclusively for commuting for many years.

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