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Chromium To Support Wayland

Dwonis Re:The real purpose (61 comments)

It all runs through an open-source compositor, which can render the video wherever it wants. Wayland even has "frames" built into the protocol; This is in order to avoid tearing, but it would also make it easier to re-encode the video at the correct frame rate.

Remote X11 never really worked properly anyway; It doesn't survive interruptions, and it's basically unusable over high-latency connections (you end up needing to use things like VNC). Network transparency is a nice feature, but X11 embedded it into the wrong layer, and it doesn't really work very well today anyway. Building a VNC server (or maybe something more rich based on streaming video) should be a lot easier under Wayland than it ever was under X11.

about a year ago

Chromium To Support Wayland

Dwonis Re:Not compared to accelerated X? (61 comments)

"Will wayland offer benefits as decreased power usage or better acceleration, compared to using X11?".

Based on playing around with Weston for a weekend, I think it'll get there sooner than you might think. Wayland's developers are familiar with Xorg, so they're not wasting a lot of time with NIH-syndrome rewrites of stuff that works (for instance, Weston uses the same low-level video drivers as Xorg, and xwayland is just a special build of Xorg). The protocol is specifically designed to take "frames" into account (so, no more tearing, ever), so even if it's somewhat slower (which I don't expect), it'll *feel* more responsive.

Flash in Chromium/X11 under xwayland already renders video more smoothly on my machine than it does on native Xorg (well, when rendering doesn't hang or crash xwayland). If you cut out some of the middlemen, I expect it'll only get better.

about a year ago

It Takes 2.99 Gigajoules To Vaporize a Human Body

Dwonis [OT] Re:Disintegration (272 comments)

Being disintegrated makes me very angry.

Very angry indeed.

1 year,2 days

Campaign Raises Funds To Send Wikipedia Readers To Kids Without Internet

Dwonis Re:Yes, spread the false information. (97 comments)

Exactly. People who dismiss Wikipedia because of its inaccuracies often forget about what we usually did *before* Wikipedia existed: We made stuff up based on our intuitions, *maybe* talked about it at a coffee shop with a small number of our friends, and believed it as fact. Sure, if we were doing academic research, we were more rigorous (and that's improved, too, IMHO), but how often did that happen? Now, with portable devices that can access the WWW, our first reponse when we're not sure about something is often to look it up.

I can't emphasize this enough: Instant access to the web is resulting in a culture shift from making stuff up to looking it up, and Wikipedia is the most important place where people go to do that.

So, yes, even though Wikipedia is a repository of groupthink (and the critics are right that we mustn't forget that), it's groupthink that takes into account the views of a much larger number of contributors, and is much more accurate than the groupthink of a small, isolated group of people.

about a year ago

Intel To Help Stephen Hawking Communicate Faster

Dwonis Re:Hook him to the NSA's supercomputer (133 comments)

No, people say the right thing. I've never heard anyone verbally confuse lose and loose. They just fail to transcribe it correct. Hence, it's a spelling mistake.

about a year and a half ago

Adrian Lamo Explains His Decision To Expose Bradley Manning

Dwonis Re:Eyewitness (341 comments)

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

about a year and a half ago

Adrian Lamo Explains His Decision To Expose Bradley Manning

Dwonis Re:I don't believe him (341 comments)

I think he got into something that was way more than he expected, and he pulled a c.y.a. move and sent Manning down the river.


Saying he did it for the good of the Afghan people that might be named in the documents seems revisionist.

It's not just revisionist, it's obviously false. He's acting as if those documents were transmitted in secret to the Taliban, and that if it weren't for him, nobody else would know about it. In reality, Wikileaks published the documents, so those Afghan people already had just as much warning, regardless of Lamo's involvement.

about a year and a half ago

Cox Comm. Injects Code Into Web Traffic To Announce Email Outage

Dwonis Re:Work yourself around it (271 comments)

I agree, but we'll have to wait for XP to die to switch everyone over to IPv6, too. :)

about 2 years ago

Strong Climate Change Opinions Are Self-Reinforcing

Dwonis Re:What if we set up a denial campaign? (655 comments)

Great Scott! What's in New York? WALL STREET! They're afraid of higher taxes, so they pre-emptively orchestrated this FAKE "DISASTER" in order to get us to send MONEY their way!

Sheeple! Wake up!

about 2 years ago

Bitcoins Join Global Bank Network

Dwonis Re:Why is this good news? (84 comments)

Maybe, but I see it as more of an online payments system that scales down to micropayments and up to large, multi-million dollar transactions.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

Dwonis Re:no love for mutt? (464 comments)

but when you receive mail from business people, it's usually an image embedded in a Word document, or at the very least a pdf. This is where mutt fails.

I'm not sure about images, but mutt has a really fantastic auto_view feature, which will automatically decode HTML email, PDFs, Word documents, etc into text and display it inline in your viewer. When people email me PDFs, I can not only view them without spawning an external viewer, but the PDF/MSWord text gets included in the quoted text when I hit "reply", so I can just reply to their PDF/MSWord text in-line.

about 2 years ago

Researcher Discloses New Batch of MySQL Vulnerabilities

Dwonis Re:You deserve it! (76 comments)

Indeed. Firewalls break end-to-end connectivity, and incentivise a protocol-encapsulation arms race that is bad for the Internet. It's 2012; You have no business writing more code that speaks the Internet Protocol unless it can actually handle being on the Internet.

about 2 years ago

4 Microsoft Engineers Predicted DRM Would Fail 10 Years Ago

Dwonis Re:DRM is not useless (142 comments)

You seem to misunderstand what DRM, a.k.a. "copy protection", is advertised to do. It's about preventing copies of the content that is "protected" by DRM from becoming widely available to non-paying users.

The negative effects of implementing DRM systems, which is that users' devices remain out of their control (for most users), are alive and well. That doesn't mean that DRM is accomplishing its stated purpose.

about 2 years ago

Firefox 20 Will Finally Fix Private Browsing Mode

Dwonis Nonsense owl (186 comments)

What has been seen cannot be unseen.

about 2 years ago

New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games

Dwonis Re:No Good (553 comments)

The first Humble Bundle was advertised as DRM-free, and with a portion going to the EFF. So were several subsequent ones. It shouldn't be a surprise that people are pissed now.

about 2 years ago

How Do You Participate In Black Friday?

Dwonis Re:I'm not in the US, you insensitive clod! (231 comments)

The rest of the world doesn't celebrate thanksgiving, so there is no black Friday here!

You think you're safe, eh? Consider that Canada's Thanksgiving is *on a completely different day* from U.S. Thanksgiving, and yet somehow, Black Friday still happened in Canada on Nov 23.

No one is safe.

about 2 years ago

UK Court Sanctions Apple For Non-Compliance

Dwonis Re:Apple and their lawyers were lucky (217 comments)

The ad wasn't just big, it changed sizes as you resized the window, while the same ad on the US site did not.

about 2 years ago


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