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Video Quality Matters Less If You Enjoy the Show

P-Nuts Re:I think this is a crock of pooh.... (366 comments)

The artefacts on digital terrestrial, viz. Freeview in the UK, seem to be particularly bad with grass pitches and crowds (focus pulls are also a problem). This spoils my enjoyment of the highlights programmes of football and cricket, and I don't watch very much else. I can't justify the cost of HD/satellite/cable, because I only watch a very few hours a week as it is. Even so, live HD football at the pub has the same problems to a lesser extent. With analogue TV, I get ghosting on some channels, which is also very noticable on a grass pitch. C'est la vie.

more than 4 years ago

Sentence Spacing — 1 Space or 2?

P-Nuts Re:One space (814 comments)

That said, I'd rather LaTeX used single/double spaces to tell whether or not it's a sentence end, because then I wouldn't have to go back and put backslashes in front of all the spaces where it made a mistake. LaTeX is perfectly happy to have me type various numbers of hyphens to get the right sort of dash, but tries to be too clever for its own good when it comes to sentence spacing.

more than 4 years ago

The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

P-Nuts I don't know (375 comments)

There's a few floppy disks in a cupboard but I don't have a drive for them. There must be something on the 5¼" ones that goes back a long way. I should probably throw them out.

more than 4 years ago

For taking notes by hand, I prefer ...

P-Nuts Double spacing (373 comments)

I write on narrow-ruled paper, but only on every other line. The gaps leave plenty of room for corrections.

more than 4 years ago

My laptop's battery's good for roughly ...

P-Nuts Re:So I am of an extreme minority... (454 comments)

I replied based on the battery life of my netbook. I don't have a normal-sized laptop. I'm too lazy to lug around a big heavy laptop, and too poor to afford a powerful laptop. So I have a powerful desktop for general use, and a netbook for portability. A static IP address and a firewall configured to let me SSH to my NAS means I can get at my files if I'm away and have forgotten something.

more than 4 years ago

The Race To Beer With 50% Alcohol By Volume

P-Nuts Re:Methanol (297 comments)

Does it matter? If you start off with beer which wouldn't make you go blind, then remove some of the water, there isn't going to be more methanol in it than you started off with.

more than 4 years ago

Rent an iPad For Inflight Entertainment

P-Nuts Re:There is also the issue of attention (198 comments)

So why don't they ban books on takeoff and landing? Someone reading a book is just as distracted as someone using a computer (though less distracted than listening to music), and if it's a hardback it's just as dangerous a potential projectile.

more than 4 years ago

Earthlink Announces It Must Honor Comcast Cap

P-Nuts Re:Perspective (306 comments)

To offer some perspective, here in the UK we have monthly limits that are most commonly in the 15-30Gb range, with a premium limit of 50Gb being offered by a minority of service providers.

I'm in the UK, pay £16 a month, and get an 80GB limit. Overnight usage doesn't count to that total, so I can set a large download going before going to sleep.

more than 4 years ago

Looking At Google's Flashified Chrome

P-Nuts Re:Can it display PDFs? (385 comments)

Yes, but while I like the PDFs to open in a separate window, I don't like being left with a pointless tab showing a blank page, which seems to happen quite often (but not all the time) on Chrome.

more than 4 years ago

Extremists Warn South Park Creators Over Muhammad In a Bear Suit

P-Nuts Re:Hmm.. they already had depicted him before... (1131 comments)

They depicted Muhammed in Super Best Friends in season 5 (which is what your screengrab shows). In season 10's Cartoon Wars (which is about the fictional controversy of depicting him in Family Guy) he appears covered by a black censorship screen.

more than 4 years ago

New Speed Cameras Catch You From Space

P-Nuts Re:mythbusters (351 comments)

I've been wondering if one can beat the average speed cameras that enforce 50 mph on motorway roadworks (which take photos from the front of the car) by tailgating an HGV extremely close as you pass them. I can't see Top Gear trying that though because it's probably both feasible and ridiculously dangerous.

more than 4 years ago

In the past year I've taken [answer below] photos:

P-Nuts Re:More than 10,000 (256 comments)

So do I, but I quite like that plenty of my friends take photos and put them online, so I get the fun reminiscing without the effort of taking the photos.

more than 4 years ago

Research Suggests Brain Has a 2-Task Limit for Multitasking

P-Nuts Every one else is bragging... (257 comments)

So many posts bragging about being able to do a million different things at once. I don't think I can do two things at once. Once I get going I need a hardware interrupt to stop me. Usually it's the "desperately need to piss" interrupt.

more than 3 years ago

Research Suggests Brain Has a 2-Task Limit for Multitasking

P-Nuts Re:Musicians (257 comments)

They adjust brake bias on the straights. The straight at the current Grand Prix at Shanghai is so long they'd have time to swap CDs if they only had a stereo in the car.

more than 3 years ago

Revised Mass. Gambling Bill Won't Criminalize Online Poker

P-Nuts Re:no one here plays poker? (104 comments)

Yeah, I thought online poker would appeal more to the Slashdot crowd too. The main poker site is the Two Plus Two forums, and there's a lot of good strategy advice to be found amongst a fair amount of childish rants.

I play micro-stakes cash games. Last night I played 1000 hands and lost six buy-ins, but I think I played reasonably well nonetheless. Statistics backs me up as I turned a small profit according to "all-in expected value" (a calculation that removes the luck factor from hands where all the chips went in with cards still to come). It's just a bit annoying as I was hoping to move up stakes soon, and it will probably take me several thousand hands longer now.

more than 4 years ago

NHS Should Stop Funding Homeopathy, Says Parliamentary Committee

P-Nuts Re:Article title not true (507 comments)

I didn't know the taxpayer funded homoeopathy (since this is an article about the UK, I'm bloody well using the British spelling). When and by whom was this started?

more than 4 years ago

eBay Urges Rethink On EU Plan's "Brick and Mortar" Vendor Requirement

P-Nuts Re:Don't let the States hear about this (139 comments)

But that's because sales tax is really complicated in the USA. In the EU there's only VAT (the rates vary between the countries, but it's one tax at one rate within each country). You can't get out of paying it just by buying online.

more than 4 years ago

I Use Twitter, Please Rob Me

P-Nuts Re:What's more fun than shooting fish in a barrel? (403 comments)

Yup. And the guy who put the spikes in the road was crazy lucky. Even clearly marked booby traps are against the law pretty much across the US, and if the guy riding the 4-wheeler fell on a spike and was injured or killed, the owner could expect some fun jail time as well as a most excellent lawsuit.

What's the legality of the "severe tire damage" spikes you have in car parks to stop people going the wrong way?

more than 4 years ago

The 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors

P-Nuts Re:Bad Idea (534 comments)

Holding a gun to somebody's head won't make them a better developer.

You need to hold a gun to his head and have a girl suck him off to get the best results.

more than 4 years ago


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