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Comment Re:Switched to PulseAudio today - here's my story (Score 5, Informative) 322

Bottom line, I guess: PulseAudio in 2017 _just effin' works_.

Just effin' works? You gotta' be effin' kiddin' me.

Pulse is _barely acceptable_ if you ONLY deal with stereo.
If you're using 5.1, or better yet, 7.1, you are sooooo fucked.

1. Pulseaudio has "enable_remixing" enabled by default.
This effectively ruins stereo content when played back on surround hardware. It sends L to L, SL, BL, and C. It sends R to R, SR, BR, and C. Do you see the problem here? C=L+R.
Bonus, it will also synthesize a LFE channel for you. LFE=L+R lowpassed at 200hz.

This can be disabled in the config file. I've never seen any pulseaudio manager with an option for it.

2. ZERO of the about 40 linux games which support surround in my steam library actually work properly in 7.1. (This might be steam runtime's fault). It invents channels that don't exist in a 7.1 configuration. Instead of SL and SR, there is a Front-Left-of-Center and, Front-Right-of-Center.

If remixing is disabled, you will have no output on SL and SR. If remixing is enabled, you will have incorrect output on SL and SR (A mix of the front and rear channels).

3. If you're trying to set up 5.1 over optical SPDIF, may god have mercy on your soul. Good luck getting it to output 5.1 DTS. I was only ever able to get stereo, but I hear it's doable.

Comment Re:Is Wine Useful? (Score 2) 202

1. Can I open Chrome in it and watch netflix / other streaming services that people watch?

Who cares? Netflix has been working in Linux-native Chrome for over a year now. There's no need to mess with Wine.

2. Can I download Steam on it and play a library of games without running into driver issues?

Most D3D9 games (and also the relatively-rare OpenGL or Vulkan titles) work fine. If you have a problem with any of them, it's usually an issue with 3rd-party DRM. D3D11 support still has a long way to go toward getting playable results.

Comment I never even noticed AMP until last week. (Score 1) 56

Last week, a friend on facebook posted a link to wwww.google.com/amp/ $ARTICLE_URL and it confused me. I didn't understand why they were linking to google instead of $ARTICLE_URL.

I have never seen an AMP site, because on mobile, I only surf with Firefox + Desktop by Default and Phony addons, and with Phony's user agent set to "Desktop Firefox" (For some sites, you gotta' use both). I've hated "mobile" sites so much for years that I've been avoiding them since before Google rolled-out AMP.

Honestly, Firefox for Android is the only thing that makes mobile browsing tolerable for me. All the mobile browsers I've ever seen on every "Mobile" OS are just absolutely fucking horrible. Firefox for Android is the least horrible. I tried Desktop Firefox on Ubuntu Touch, but Xmir has too many nasty bugs to be usable.

Comment Re:Hardware or software? (Score 1) 351

I doubt it's hardware, so wiping the drive and installing Windows or Linux from a fresh ISO should get you back to lotion pounding again.

But what about other computers, such as iThings or Android computers? I can't find the text of the bill anywhere. Would these be covered? It can be quite difficult to replace the OS or remove pre-installed applications on these computers. "Fuck it, I'll just switch to SailfishOS" isn't an option for most computers which can fit in your pocket.

Comment Re:Before or after? (Score 2) 227

Private companies and organisations are free to enact their own codes of censorship for using their services. This is just as censorious as having a dress policy. You use their services, you abide by their rules of censorship. It is absolutely censorship.

You don't have to be a government to be a censor.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 131

prepaid CC FTW


I tried to use Uber with one. The app let me create an account, but when it actually came time to get a ride, Uber wouldn't take my prepaid. Even though it had several hundred dollars on it, and I had the $20 first-time-user credit, and my ride was only expected to cost $12 (meaning I shouldn't have been expected to pay anything anyway), the app refused to let me book a ride, citing "There is a problem with your card, please use another."

So, I just called a real taxi and paid cash. Then, I uninstalled the Uber application.

I think they don't want to do business with a card that can't be overdrafted.

I would have liked liked to be an Uber customer, but they simply refused to take my money. Fuck 'em. Now they're rolling out invasive tracking. Fuck 'em again. Of course, their whole "we're not a taxi company, so we don't have to deal with licenses and permits" shtick is nonsense. Fuck 'em some more.

Comment Thankfully. (Score 1) 259

I was not affected by this bug. Thankfully, my USB hub is also not working after the anniversary update, so plugging in my Kindle was unable to crash it. I'd make a video to prove it, but the update also broke my webcam.

All that stuff is working fine for me on Arch though. I had only booted Win10 because I wanted to play the new Deus Ex, but since it looks like a Linux port is likely coming soon (Thanks Feral!), I guess I'll just keep not using Windows, and play the game in a few months.

Comment Re:Lawyers get millions (Score 1) 232

The real winner hear was the one or two corporations doing super computing with PS3s. They likely have that info

Since they were never destined for gaming, they likely also never installed the update and never lost any functionality. If not for obsolescence/power expenses, they could still be chugging along right now. Sony could easily justify refusing to pay them, because they never harmed them.

Comment Re:Lawyers get millions (Score 1) 232

The only proof required should be proof of ownership of a PS3 which was manufactured before they removed the OtherOS feature. A serial number should suffice.

The full retail purchase price should represent the actual damages. Sony should pay 3x that, because their actions were performed knowingly and willfully.

The executives responsible should face criminal charges.

If it puts them out of business, good. Fuck 'em. They're a bunch of criminals and thieves and they should go out of business.

Comment Re: Edge on Linux and OS X could kill Firefox. (Score 1) 260

A huge share of web browsing is now done on smartphones, tablets and even chromebooks where Firefox is a complete non-starte

Firefox for Android is a non-starter? I've never had any trouble launching it.

Firefox is arguably the best browser available for Android. It certainly sucks, but all the others suck even more. At least some Firefox extensions are supported on Android (we have uBlock, but no uMatrix), compared to the complete absence of them on Chrome.

Even though FF for Android is the best, it really does suck quite a lot. Sadly, the only way to run a decent browser on Android is with a desktop Linux in a chroot, where you can use desktop Chromium or FF.

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