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Hobbit Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second

Tom9729 Re:Change (607 comments)

Newer TV's take 24fps content and interpolate it to 48fps. Sometimes this makes the motion look like it's too fast, as you describe. Filming stuff natively in 48fps (eg. soaps, The Hobbit) shouldn't look "too fast" unless you think real life looks "too fast". :-)

more than 2 years ago

Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore

Tom9729 Re:In related news (460 comments)

TFS is flamebait. : Systemd use a lot of Linux only technologies (cgroups, udev, fanotify, timerfd, signalfd, etc). Do you really think the Linux API has been taking the role of the POSIX API and the other systems are irrelevant ?

Lennart : Yes, I don't think BSD is really too relevant anymore, and I think that this implied requirement for compatibility with those systems when somebody hacks software for the free desktop or ecosystem is a burden, and holds us back for little benefit.
I am pretty sure those other systems are not irrelevant for everbody, after all there are people hacking on them. I just don't think it's really in our interest to let us being held back by them if we want to make sure Linux enters the mainstream all across the board (and not just on servers and mobile phones, and not in reduced ways like Android). They are irrelevant to get Free Software into everybody's hand, and I think that is and should be our goal.
But hey, that's just me saying this. I am sure people do Free Software for a number of reasons. I have mine, and others have others.

He's saying BSD isn't really relevant on the _desktop_ (and sorry but no, OS X is not a counter-example to this) and that if developers want Linux to succeed on the desktop then they need to worry less about other platforms. In other words, don't cater to the lowest common denominator.

more than 3 years ago

Congress Dumps James Webb Space Telescope

Tom9729 Re:Science loses again (409 comments)

Isn't it a common complaint on /. that the PTO is understaffed and underfunded, hence all of the bogus patents that get granted?

more than 3 years ago

Intel Confirms That Android 3.0 Is Coming To x86 Tablets

Tom9729 Re:Intel (152 comments)

You can do this now, albeit with Android 2.2.

more than 3 years ago

USAF Gets F-35 Flight Simulator

Tom9729 Re:What I don't get (252 comments)

This may be naive but I think the point of a simulator is to model the plane's physical properties (things the engineer's already know, e.g. how much it weighs, how fast it can go) as closely as possible SO THAT you can use the computer to figure out the same things a test pilot would figure out without the risk an expense. It's probably also easier when the design changes to update the simulator than it is to update the prototypes.

more than 3 years ago

GameStop To Build Its Own Gaming Tablet?

Tom9729 Re:Will it run Linux? (53 comments)

Yes but only if you pre-order.

more than 3 years ago

Halo Reach Leaked To Filesharing Sites

Tom9729 Re:Does this mean... (160 comments)

You do realize the "bonus" from Gamestop for preordering is literally a belt and a little tiny chest plate, both of which have no effect on the gameplay whatsoever...

about 4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Gaming and Xbox Live

Tom9729 Re:Profit (99 comments)

Xbox Live is a multiplayer game service. You do not need Live or an internet connection if you don't want to play online.

more than 4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Gaming and Xbox Live

Tom9729 Re:Profit (99 comments)

If you shop around, Live is actually more like $30.

more than 4 years ago

Audi A8 Gets Factory Integrated Mobile Hotspot

Tom9729 Re:will support any combination of (126 comments)

People with kids? Also keep in mind "gaming device" could mean a portable system with wifi (eg. Nintendo DS, Sony PSP).

more than 4 years ago

Google Nabs Patent To Monitor Your Cursor Movement

Tom9729 Re:I assume webkit will be properly protected (198 comments)

But doing it that way would only work in Chrome, or would require users to install an extension of some kind (Google toolbar?).

It would also be much easier to block because I assume Google would be the only one using that functionality, and/or you could just uninstall the extension or use a different browser if it really bugs you.

Personally I don't really see what the issue is as long as they're just watching your mouse cursor on their pages.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Launches New Magical Trackpad, 12 Core Macs

Tom9729 Re:Cores do not equal power (432 comments)

TFA suggests the 12-core Mac Pro is actually a dual 6-core running at 3.33ghz. My last (albeit, budget) machine was a dual-core @ 3.15ghz. You're right that fewer cores = lower clock speed, but I don't think anything over 3ghz is really that bad (especially when you have 6-12 of them).

more than 4 years ago

OpenGL 4.1 Specification Announced

Tom9729 Re:Games are the G in Allegro (167 comments)

I never suggested Allegro wasn't for games, I was just pointing out that audio in Linux gaming isn't as much of a mess as you suggest.

Most (all?) of the ports Loki did for Linux used SDL. Quake and Doom on Linux use OpenAL, which means that any of the games based on those engines also use OpenAL (eg. Tremulous, Urban Terror).

I'm curious if Allegro sound is just broken under Ubuntu or if it's universally a PulseAudio thing? Seems like they have more problems with Pulse than anyone else...

more than 4 years ago

OpenGL 4.1 Specification Announced

Tom9729 Re:Sound (167 comments)

But since the introduction of PulseAudio, sound in Linux games has been a cluster[intercourse].

Most Linux games use SDL or OpenAL, not Allegro.

A little Googling seems to suggest that the Allegro issues can be fixed by using OSS as a backend instead of Alsa.

I'm honestly curious as a games programmer why someone would choose not to use a cross-platform API specifically designed for games (eg. OpenAL).

more than 4 years ago

What To Do With an Old G5 Tower?

Tom9729 Re:don't send it to china (417 comments)

Or he could just sell the whole computer for a few hundred dollars (hint: check eBay).

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Signs License With ARM

Tom9729 Re:XBox Portable? (148 comments)

Most (all?) Windows Mobile devices already run on ARM. Windows CE has supported ARM since 1997.

more than 4 years ago


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