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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

Sydin Re:Are you a programmer? (163 comments)

Actually AviSynth does have a (very basic) UI: AvsPmod It's not the fanciest thing in the world, but it does the job. You're still writing scripts, but it comes with some nice options like error reporting and previewing, which make life a lot easier.

about two weeks ago

Want To Record Xbox One Gameplay? Get Ready To Pay

Sydin It's called a capture card... (203 comments)

Or are they also doing HDCP just to make sure that if you want to record footage, you need to pony up the cash?

about a year ago

ITIF Senior Fellow Claims "America's Broadband Networks Lead the World"

Sydin Hahahahaha... (298 comments)

Oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder.

about a year ago

Sony's PS4 To Have Less Stringent DRM Than Microsoft's Xbox One

Sydin That's great and all... (509 comments)

But as far as I'm aware there's still another platform that offers far higher technical capability, zero DRM, much more flexibility as a media center if that's your thing, and can even be upgraded when parts break or become obsolete. Call me back when the PS4 gets all that, too.

about a year ago

White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

Sydin The White House has the right idea. (1145 comments)

Maybe before we rush to adopt the Metric system, we should stop to consider the consequences of blithely giving this measurement system such a central position in our lives.

about a year ago

LinkedIn Invites Gone Wild: How To Keep Close With Exes and Strangers

Sydin Linkedin is no better than Facebook (164 comments)

Both of them are hungry for all the personal data they can get their hands on, so that they can turn around and sell anything to you, and sell you to anything. The problem is that while I'm completely in control of my choice to have a Facebook account (read: I don't have a facebook account), my most recent employer requires me to have a LinkedIn profile. Moreover, a lot of tech firms won't even consider you if they can't find you on LinkedIn. It's a horrible site, but unfortunately everybody expects you to play the game.

about a year and a half ago

Yahoo First Quarter Results: Revenue Dips Slightly, Profits Increase

Sydin GAAP is kinda important... (84 comments)

better-than-expected (non-GAAP) earnings of $420 million, or 38 cents per share.

Oh, so it's cool to treat non GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) as hard facts now? Awesome, then I'm declaring $5 billion in earnings this day alone. See? I wrote $5 billion on this post-it note, so it must be true! I'll wait until Yahoo releases the numbers that came from actual accounting work, and not the CEO playing around in excel.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Restores Transfer Rights To Office 2013

Sydin Several months? (130 comments)

I applaud the change itself, but stretching the timeframe to actually having a good system implemented will do Microsoft no good. I hope they're okay with rampant piracy, since it will be more convenient to just pirate a new copy of Office 2013, rather than fumble around with Microsoft's customer support for a day while they double check my name, phone number, social security number, hair color, and genome sequence to make absolutely sure I really am the same one who bought that license in the first place.

about a year and a half ago

Cliff Bleszinski: Vote With Your Dollars

Sydin EA isn't a 'scumbag' because if microtransactions (369 comments)

Well, not entirely. They're considered 'scumbags' because they have a habit of buying up small studios and either gutting them for the sole purpose of eliminating a competitor or forcing them to wring out their talents and IP's until nothing is left but a shriveled husk. Maxis, Bioware, Pandemic, Origin Systems; I could keep this list going for awhile yet. EA could make an entire game based around micro-transactions, but it would still be a drop in the bucket next to the greater crime of smashing every talented studio they can hit with their money hammer just to keep the little guy down.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?

Sydin It varies significantly (605 comments)

As somebody currently attending a 'large, state-funded, public university', I can safely say that that how high the bar is set depends on the professor that students are assigned. The university I attend tries to mitigate this somewhat by forcing everybody to take a standardized writing test required for graduation, but the test is set somewhere around early to mid High-School level English skills, so there is definitely a low bar there. Whether or not the bar is lower than it was a decade or two ago: I cannot say. What I can say is that all of my peers with university-level writing skills always attribute them to a rigorous high school teacher or university professor who pushed them to get good, myself included. Those who were not lucky enough to have such a presence in their education still amaze me by including 'txt speech' in academic work, even into their Senior year.

about a year and a half ago

Google Declares War On the Password

Sydin For the last time Google! (480 comments)

I really mean it: I don't want to have to login to the internet. You keep trying to get me to do it with Chrome, so I switched from that, but now you're going to badger me about this for my phone, too? Sometimes I want to surf anonymously. Sometimes I don't want Site X and Site Y knowing that I'm the same person logging into both. And I can say for certain that all the time, I don't want to be tracked by you so you can present me with more "targeted ads" to give me a better user experience. Let's not even get into what happens if my phone gets stolen, and suddenly all my consolidated information is at some stranger's fingertips. There are far, FAR too many problems with centralized authentication, and I'm really getting sick of Google trying to force it down my throat.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft May Replace Xbox Live Chat With Skype

Sydin Sounds like a winning combination (46 comments)

Skype constantly drops calls. The average Xbox Live voice chat user really needs to shut the fuck up. Win win.

about a year and a half ago

The Science of Game Strategy

Sydin Mind = blown. (136 comments)

So the more complex the game, the harder it is to find optimal strategies...\ Better break out the Nobel prizes early this year.

about a year and a half ago

Windows RT Jailbreak Tool Released

Sydin Re:windows rt (101 comments)

Most people who jailbreak don't do it for the value: they do it for the challenge. I doubt the ones who jailbreak iOS are thinking about all the cool new apps they'll get to run once they're finished: that's just a bonus. They're thinking that they want to be the one to break apple's security, to make apple scramble to fix it, and then to do it all over again.

about a year and a half ago

Giant Squid Filmed In Natural Habitat For the First Time

Sydin Incredible (98 comments)

I'm less impressed with the footage of the squid than I am with the Japanese for actually just filming the thing instead of killing it, eating it, than denying any evidence of it ever being there. Did they at least run down one or two environmentalist boats on their way back?

about a year and a half ago

EU Resists US Lobbying As Privacy War Looms

Sydin Re:And... (131 comments)

Exactly: after all, what is lobbying? No, the nice gentleman from facebook is not trying to buy my vote on this matter. We are simply good friends who like to take lunch together. Only I have a chronic habit of forgetting my wallet, but he's more than happy to foot the bill. He's also quite fond of my wife, and loves to treat her to the occasional gift of exquisite diamonds and spa trips. But it's okay: he never tries to influence my vote. We're just friends.

about 2 years ago

US House Votes 397-0 To Oppose UN Control of the Internet

Sydin What a shock! (297 comments)

An organization with an unlimited power has made a decision to keep that power, rather than parse out and distribute it to others. I've never heard anything so crazy before in my life.

about 2 years ago

City of Heroes Reaches Sunset, NCsoft Paying the Price

Sydin Re:Garrrrrrghhh nerd rage (290 comments)

I'd like to know the REAL reason for closing it down.

City of Heroes 2. Same reason Bioware/EA went out of their way to get Galaxies taken down just before the release of The Old Republic: they want to create a demand for a certain type of game, then provide it soon after.

about 2 years ago

City of Heroes Reaches Sunset, NCsoft Paying the Price

Sydin They could have at least handed it off to somebody (290 comments)

It's been fairly obvious since the initial announcement that a lot of people are interested in seeing City of Heroes continue, and going to extreme lengths to make it so. If NCsoft really does not, for whatever reason, want to continue to host it, than why not just pass it off to somebody else? I'm sure they could have sold off the servers to somebody and at least gotten some salvage value. Hell, they could have brokered a deal were whoever they sell it to still charges a fee to play, which NCsoft gets a percentage of. It's just boggling to me that there is very obvious money to be made, yet a company seems to have no interest in making it.

about 2 years ago

FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn

Sydin My mind is melting. (346 comments)

I won't lie: any day one of these child porn scumbags is caught is a good day. Even so, the story makes no sense. The FBI doesn't know how to remove Spyware? Any technician worth their salt would run DBAN and that would be the end of it. Yet the FBI went though what sounds like a two step process to wipe this thing, yet failed? I'm not buying it. At the same time though, I have no idea why this guy would have any reason to suspect that the principle would immediately start using his son's laptop upon return, nor any reason to think he was looking at child porn. This story is such a hodgepodge of plausible and impossible... I need a freaking drink.

about 2 years ago


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