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Gate One Will Support X11: Fast Enough To Run VLC In Your Browser

Beardydog Re:Ever seen...? (164 comments)

I wasn't trying to sell it to you, just answering the question in the headline. I have seen a streamer fast enough that I often use it to play unsupported video on an iPad (I'd rather do things like that locally than use one of the many "cloud browsers" that used to get articles here when iOS's lack of Flash was still worth talking about) , and have played a little Fallout 3 on it when the TV was in use. It's also worth noting that the streamer does run on Linux: http://www.splashtop.com/linux

Benefits aside, I've come to hate a Splashtop as a company, and they manage to make the software progressively worse with each update. If there were a FOSS alternative, I'd switch in a heartbeat.

1 year,21 days
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Gate One Will Support X11: Fast Enough To Run VLC In Your Browser

Beardydog Re:Ever seen...? (164 comments)

It's only one of the many things iOS 7 has done to make me hate it.

1 year,21 days
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Gate One Will Support X11: Fast Enough To Run VLC In Your Browser

Beardydog Re:Ever seen...? (164 comments)

They do have an Ubuntu package for the streamer, at least, or they used to. But not a client? I don't know. I've only ever needed to connect to Lonux, never from.

http://www.splashtop.com/linux

As for trust, yeah, no. My understanding is that the first version did, in fact, stream your screen completely unencrypted over the internet for remote sessions. And they charge a subscription for remote connections. Ridiculous. Which is why I use a VPN when I stream, and never log into their awful account system.

1 year,21 days
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Gate One Will Support X11: Fast Enough To Run VLC In Your Browser

Beardydog Ever seen...? (164 comments)

Yes. Splashtop Remote. I haven't used VNC in years, literally. Splashtop streams audio and video we'll enough to play games over, locally. Their account-based system nonsense is horrific, buy you can avoid it if you connect over a VPN.

1 year,21 days
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New Goggles Offer Minority Report-Style Interface With Heads-Up Display

Beardydog What should we call it? (67 comments)

I don't know.... iSomething? Something Air? Something Touch? None of those are quite Apply enough...

about a year ago
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Improved Image Quality For HMDs Like Oculus Rift

Beardydog Re:Distortions (55 comments)

It's not a lens problem. The lenses are trying to correct for the fact that current games display 3D images meant for display on flat surfaces. The lense is there to distort to image and make it wrap around your eyes, but the portion of the image you're wrapping is distorted and lacking detail, even before the lens smears it across your peripheral vision. This is a method for making the initial image much better and full of data so that less aggressive smearing is necessary, and the per-smear image has more data in it to begin with.

about a year ago
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Improved Image Quality For HMDs Like Oculus Rift

Beardydog Better for Multi-Monitor Gaming (55 comments)

Oculus Rift is one of the greatest products ever, and Ima let you finish, but this is even better for multi-monitor gaming.

At least Oculus Rift had identified and addressed the problem of distortion, even though their solution loses image quality. Multi-monitor gaming has been garbage for a decade because everyone seems content with horrific distortion at large FOVs.

I know, it's all a matter of screen placement and eye positioning. That's dumb. I want a wrap-around image. I want to aim a projector at each of three walls and have the result make sense.

If you've tried Fisheye Quake, you know it's hell on your system, and still doesn't look great. If this technique is at all performance, everyone needs to start shipping with support, and they need to start yesterday.

about a year ago
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Digital Revolution Will Kill Jobs, Inflame Social Unrest, Says Gartner

Beardydog Kodak vs Instagram? Really? (754 comments)

I agree with the general thrust of the article, but comparing Kodak to Instagram is straight-up retarded. Instagram is not replacing Kodak. It does not do what Kodak used to do with only 13 people. It does almost nothing, and does nothing worthwhile.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?

Beardydog RouterOS (193 comments)

That's a thing, right? Am I making that up?

about a year ago
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Science Magazine "Sting Operation" Catches Predatory Journals In the Act

Beardydog Re:Who? (194 comments)

I think he's building a railroad...?

about a year ago
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Do Comments On Web Pages Ruin Science?

Beardydog Moderation (281 comments)

Maybe instead of shutting down commentary, they should have implemented the kind of half-decent moderation system that the only usable comment sites have adopted.

about a year ago
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The Other Pong

Beardydog Table Tennis (98 comments)

The only people I've ever met who liked table tennis were terrible people. I'm not sure if terrible people are drawn to table tennis, or if table tennis is a black scourge that seeps into men's souls and consumes the heart of them while it still beats, but there is an absolute correlation.

about a year ago
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USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

Beardydog Re:old, really old, news (586 comments)

So, flip the switch when you cross into enemy territory. Don't switch it over North Carolina.

about a year ago
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OpenSUSE May Be First Major Distro To Adopt Btrfs By Default

Beardydog Pronunciation question... (104 comments)

Should I be calling it "Butterface"? Because I am calling it "Butterface."

about a year ago
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Multi-Display Gaming Artifacts Shown With AMD, 4K Affected Too

Beardydog Re:Multi-Monitor Gaming Just Sucks (148 comments)

I'm not just looking for an advantage (and not talking about competitive games, importantly. I know how important FOV equality is at that level), I'm just looking for immersion. Skyrim with an ultra-wide FOV let's me see approaching enemies a little sooner, but it looks absolutely atrocious. Beyond that, human vision can cover a 270-degree field if you allow eye movement (but not head movement). That's 90 more degrees than any shooter will give you.

about a year ago
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Multi-Display Gaming Artifacts Shown With AMD, 4K Affected Too

Beardydog Re:Multi-Monitor Gaming Just Sucks (148 comments)

Exactly! But it's easily (haha) solved by rendering a separate view for each monitor.

about a year ago
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Multi-Display Gaming Artifacts Shown With AMD, 4K Affected Too

Beardydog Re:Multi-Monitor Gaming Just Sucks (148 comments)

And that's why they'll also never port their first-party library to Linux. Except that they are doing that, and there are probably more multi-monitor (or potential multi-monitor) gamers than there are Linux gamers.

about a year ago
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Multi-Display Gaming Artifacts Shown With AMD, 4K Affected Too

Beardydog Multi-Monitor Gaming Just Sucks (148 comments)

The biggest problem with multi-monitor gaming is that it's just plain garbage in any kind of "surround" configuration. Apart from Fisheye-Quake and some fancy pants flight sims and racing games, arcing three or more monitors does nothing but waste power and processing capability to render a smeared-out mess on every monitor but the one in the center. Most games aren't even mathematically capable of producing a 180-degree FOV. I've never been quite sure who should get the ball rolling in that department, but I've just decided it should be Valve. I don't have a good reason. Get on it, guys! Ubiquitous support for rendering games to multiple-viewports.

about a year ago

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SkyOS now free (as in beer)

Beardydog Beardydog writes  |  about a year ago

Beardydog (716221) writes "SkyOS, the commercial, alternative OS created almost entirely by Robert Szeleney, became free (as in beer) sometime last month. Alternative OS enthusiasts can be forgiven for missing it, as the website has been largely derelict, and the forums overrun with spam, since the project was halted in 2009. It's not clear from the announcement whether the ISO available is the traditional build, or the version rebuilt around Linux. The post announcing the free version provides a license name ("public") and registration code that must be entered during setup. While it isn't quite the open-sourcing that most followers hoped for, it's heartening to know SkyOS won't be completely lost in the mists of time."
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ReactOS 0.3.15 Released

Beardydog Beardydog writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Beardydog (716221) writes "From the ReactOS.org bulletin, "The ReactOS project is proud to announce the release of version 0.3.15. A culmination of over a year of development, 0.3.15 incorporates several architectural enhancements to create a more compatible and conformant implementation of the NT architecture. Perhaps the most user visible enhancement is initial support for USB devices, both storage and input.""
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Jailbreakme.com 3.0 Activated

Beardydog Beardydog writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Beardydog (716221) writes "Jailbreakme.com has been officially updated, providing the first public method for jailbreaking the iPad 2, and the easiest method for jailbreaking most other iOS devices. The jailbreak works with iOS 4.3.3, and it is recommended that users update before a new release from Apple closes the vulnerability exploited by the jailbreak."
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MtGox.com Bitcoin trading site compromised

Beardydog Beardydog writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Beardydog (716221) writes "Bitcoin trading site MtGox.com has suspended operations for the rest of the day after illicit access to at least one account resulted in a steep drop in the price of Bitcoins on the site. Commenters to the support page for the event are reporting that a list of usernames and associated email addresses and password hashes have been posted online. MtGox are currently planning to roll back all of the day's trading, email notices to all affected users, and require replacement passwords for affected accounts."
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