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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

GuB-42 Re:Are you a programmer? (152 comments)

Yep, AviSynth is a wonderful tool, escpecially for encoding. It has among the best filters for duties like de-interlacing, scaling and enhancement. Is also does a good job at split and merge operations.
However, if you intend do actually produce something like a short film from camera footage, the lack of good GUI frontends make it very teidous.

Another thing is that AviSynth is Windows only as it relies on DirectShow. This is somewhat surprising considering how "linux-like" this software feels. The cross-platform "AviSynth 3.0" project hasn't seen updates since 2007.

10 hours ago

Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

GuB-42 No (424 comments)

Do you want to be constantly monitored at work ? And if you are, do you think it is a good thing ? If not, why are things like this bad for you and good for police ?

Constant monitoring leads to micromanagment and people criticizing things they don't know. Policemen however should be able to film themselves to prove their innocence in case they are accused of wrongdoing. And complains against the police should be treated as it should be : like a fair trial, where both sides can present their evidence. And of course, the lack of videos from the police when they have the ability to present them should be seen as suspicious.

13 hours ago

Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

GuB-42 Re:Build more nukes! (218 comments)

In France, not all nukes are base load.
Running nuclear power plants at full power is more efficient but it doesn't mean they can't follow the load, at least for newer designs.
The ramp time is probably not in the seconds but to buffer rapid changes we still have hydro.


Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

GuB-42 Poor move Mozilla... (171 comments)

Mozilla communicates a lot about openness, privacy, etc...It wants to be the "good guy". Sponsored tiles (ads) are mostly considered evil.

IMHO, Chrome already has the technical advantage. Firefox tends to copy Chrome features rather than the opposite, and Chrome feels faster and more stable. It would be a shame to also lose the political advantage.

As for the comment "but the ads can be turned off". Sure, but look at ABP. They made their controversial whitelist feature completely optional, yet, it didn't stop people from raging and even create forks that just disable the option.

4 days ago

Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

GuB-42 Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (316 comments)

They still sell tape drives? Must be marketed toward the old geezer crowd or something.

Remember in 2011 when Google deleted thousands of GMail accounts because of a bug. They managed to restore almost everything... from tape.
So if even if the champion of cloud computing with consumer-grade hard drives uses tapes, I bet that tapes are far from dead.

about a week ago

Aussie Airlines To Allow Uninterrupted Mobile Use During Flights

GuB-42 Re:article summary is wrong (51 comments)

Despite the fact everyone on the plane already has their damned phone on, they are totally safe in call mode as well. If a cellphone can screw up the instrumentation of your aircraft, there's something wrong with the aircraft, not the passengers.

It CAN screw up the instrumentation. It won't affect flight controls or engines, however, it can mess up with the radios.

You know sometimes you hear some noise in your speakers or headphones when you are about to receive a call. Pilot headsets are no different and will pickup cell phone radio noise exactly the same way. In another instance, a cell phone external battery pack leaked enough radio noise to open the squelch of a nearby portable air band radio. There are all personal experiences. And if you don't think it is a serious problem, radio interference was involved in the deadliest plane accident (see ). Beside communication, ILS systems (required for low visibility landing) are very sensitive instruments and I don't know how robust they are to cell phone radiation.

Well, I hope that airliners are somehow less sensitive to radio interference that the small aircrafts I pilot but still, I once boarded a plane where the pilot made an announcement along the line of "someone is using a cell phone, I won't take off before it is switched off". Meaning that it did have a noticeable effect.

about a week ago

Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

GuB-42 Re:Agile can fuck off. (239 comments)

"Agile" is just a buzzword, like "synergy", it means absolutely nothing.
Good management is good, bad management is bad, whether or not they use the "agile" tag is irrelevant.

about two weeks ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

GuB-42 Re:Zero sum (610 comments)

Without ads, the manufacturers will probably do pass the lower marketing costs to us. Not because they want to but because without ads, a lower a price will probably have a bigger influence on the buyer's choice. People will also have a little less money due to the "no-ads tax", meaning that if manufacturers will have to reduce their prices to match the customers purchasing power.
Manufacturers that publish ads are not the ones who are in power. You, the customer, are. If you had no choice but to buy their products at the price they fixed, they wouldn't need ads in the first place.

But the real reality is that this scenario will simply never happen.

about two weeks ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

GuB-42 Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

Implying the Windows driver model is flawless.

Not at all, there are also many points where the Linux model is better :
I think that it is related to the monolithic vs microkernel debate. Each model has its pros and cons, and a lot of potential for flamewars too.

about two weeks ago

How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

GuB-42 Lithium shortage (143 comments)

Won't we run into some kind of lithium shortage if the demand for li-ion batteries raises ?
Or at least a increase in raw material price offsetting the decrease in manufacturing costs.

about two weeks ago

Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

GuB-42 Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

So your situation is something you saw on 24?

Before Snowden we would have said the same thing about mass government surveillance.

Except that in this situation, we are not talking about surveillance, we are talking about bricking phones, which is quite the opposite.
Surveillance is about gathering as much data as possible. Bricked phones don't gather much data.
Plus, the kind of surveillance uncovered by Snowden is the of "spying" kind, where the goal is to make the targets unaware that they are being watched. In contrast, bricking phones is very obvious.

about two weeks ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

GuB-42 Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

In Linux, there is no ABI. Drivers have to be accepted and included in the kernel source tree. Yes really. It's that well thought out.

This means that you have to have code review from the Linux kernel team. And you have to divulge any amateur or buggy code embodied in the source. Which may compromise the imaginary advantage your marketdroids think they have on other platforms.

That's linux stance, which is consistent with both the monolithic design and open source philosophy.
However, this is not without problems.
First problem is that some drivers can't reasonably be opensourced as they offer a real competitive advantage to the companies writing them. Or they may use licensed code that prevent them to go opensource.
Second problem is that it relies on "kernel developers" or "the community". We shouldn't forget that these are made up of people with limited time and resources and chances are that they won't bother with your obscure long tail device* which mean that you'll have to constantly maintain your driver for every changing kernel version.
Third problem is that stable linux distros are commonly build around a specific kernel version. If, for some reason, you need use hardware that is too recent you can't easily add support without changing the whole kernel.

(*) : no, I'm not talking about a black cat

about two weeks ago

Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

GuB-42 Re: Unconstitutinal (376 comments)

Put in a 2 second delay between one road getting the red and the other getting the green. Done. Do people still rush lights? Yes they do....but.... a lot less collisions.

Well, where I live, it is already the case. I thought it was the same everywhere...

about two weeks ago

Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

GuB-42 Re: Amost sounds like a good deal ... (376 comments)

There is nothing special about positive and negative in formal proofs, in fact, using contraposition, they can be seen as equivalent (A->B !B->!A !A|B).

It only matters in law due to the presumption of innocence, and even then it isn't absolute, otherwise the judicial system would be pretty much powerless. The idea is that the accusation only has to prove that you are very likely to have committed the crime. After that it's up to you to prove that you didn't do it. Defense is a negative proof.

about two weeks ago

Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

GuB-42 Re: Unconstitutinal (376 comments)

- Red light cameras are not at all red lights, only on random "profitable" red lights
- There may or may not be signs on red light cameras, same with speed cameras
- Rushing a red light is bad, but it is not always more dangerous than exceeding the speed limit. Crossing when the light just turned red or during traffic congestion is more of an annoyance than a real danger. And while you are clearly at fault if you get T-boned because you rushed a red light, it may not have been deadly it the other guy obeyed the speed limit. Excessive speed not only causes accidents, it also makes accidents worse even if you are not the one who caused it.

about two weeks ago

Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

GuB-42 Logical conclusion for founders (98 comments)

If you are a man and your have a women in your team, put her in front, whoever is the actual leader. Or maybe at least let your wife/GF/sister/whatever do the advertizing.
I believe it should better if she is hot (but not slutty) as it should work on both men and women.

This is assuming of course that the study is unbiased and that gender really matters (i.e. : causation, not simple correlation).

about two weeks ago

Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

GuB-42 Re:Makes sense (144 comments)

Fax was much more popular in Japan than it was in the west so it's no wonder that it is still in use today.
One of the reason for the popularity of fax, in addition to writing, are maps. Japanese addresses have no street names, they use a combination of district/block/house numbers which is very effective at losing people. As a result, it is common practice to send a map to mark a meeting place.

about three weeks ago

Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

GuB-42 Re:Government selection of connector technoglogy. (191 comments)

Wireless charging is not that good. It is energy inefficiant and you can't move your phone while you are charging. As for data transfer, wires are more secure and more reliable.
Mag-safe type connectors are excellent for frying pots (that's were they were first used) and good for laptops but mobile devices are too light for mag-safe to offer a meaningful advantage.

about three weeks ago

Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

GuB-42 Re: What for? (191 comments)

I think they can get away with it using better materials (thicker gold plating maybe) and electrical protection built in the cable electronics (lightning cables are active).
Remeber that apple doesn't have the same cost constraints as other manufacturers due to their ludicrous sale prices.

about three weeks ago

Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

GuB-42 Re: What for? (191 comments)

What you have to consider is that Apple devices are almost luxury items, which mean that they can get away using components that are too expensive for low-end devices.
USB is designed to be cheap and good enough, otherwise it couldn't be "universal".

about three weeks ago


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