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Experimental Virtual Graphics Port Support For Linux

WeblionX Re:Video Streams? (74 comments)

Perhaps JACK would be a better example?

more than 2 years ago

Experimental Virtual Graphics Port Support For Linux

WeblionX Video Streams? (74 comments)

Sounds like we're going to be able to start passing around video in the way PulseAudio lets you connect various devices together, and make it easier to handle miniature external/secondary displays. Though the biggest benefit seems to be of an easy way to pass rendered 3D content directly to a web stream or over some remote desktop connection.

Does anyone know if this would this provide a performance boost over something like VNC for similar things? Or how about the possibility to pass rendered output as a fake video capture card input to a virtual machine? I think I get what this does, but I'm kind of wondering how exactly it's better than current solutions to these problems.

more than 2 years ago

Crysis 2 Update a Perfect Case of Wasted Polygons

WeblionX Re:3D ready (159 comments)

4th spatial dimension. None of this time-as-a-dimension BS.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia Gives Some Hints On the Future of Qt

WeblionX Documentation? (329 comments)

Are they going to finally get all their documentation up to date? For a prototype application I tried using Qt and found the documentation to be conflicting, and where it wasn't conflicting, it was just generally lacking.

more than 3 years ago

If You Think You Can Ignore IPv6, Think Again

WeblionX Re:what about this (551 comments)

It is possible. The router could even have an IPv6 address for every private IPv4 address, and translate between them. Is this practical? If you're willing to pay more than $40 for a router (or use a repurposed computer), it could be.

more than 3 years ago

YouTube Adds 'Leanback,' Support For 4K Video

WeblionX Re:not the highest resolution: 8k super hi-vision (204 comments)

"Vector pixels" are squares of color, so you might as well just use a regular camera for that case. What you want is something that can detect shapes and textures separately. You can try to vectorize the textures, too, but once you start scaling you're still going to be lacking in anything of decent quality as it can only see the color and gradients. It'd have to know the physical makeup of the material to keep getting more detailed. At which point you might as well just do it CG.

more than 4 years ago

5.5 Earthquake Hits Canada; Felt in US Midwest, New England

WeblionX Re:Rochester NY area (560 comments)

Felt it on the third floor; just outside of Rochester. Was certainly not something I thought I'd experience here.

more than 4 years ago

The Go-Anywhere Cyber Cafe In a Shipping Container

WeblionX Re:Pentium 4? (145 comments)

Boy I ought to read more before posting. Someone brought the same dang thing up right below here.

more than 4 years ago

The Go-Anywhere Cyber Cafe In a Shipping Container

WeblionX Re:Pentium 4? (145 comments)

Not to mention a Core 2 Duo would probably put out half as much heat.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Released

WeblionX Newsgroups... (272 comments)

So, are they ever going to add combine-and-decode support? Maybe even support for other encoding formats?

more than 4 years ago

2009 Ig Nobels Awarded, For Gas-Mask Bras and More

WeblionX Re:An ignobel first. (123 comments)

Physics - Presented to David Schmidt of the University of Massachusetts, for his partial explanation of the shower-curtain effect: a shower curtain tends to billow inwards while a shower is being taken.

Oh, now I have to read the article to see if there's a way to counter act this!

more than 4 years ago

Carl Sagan Sings

WeblionX Loud (183 comments)

It's nice, but the music track is too loud compared to the voice.

more than 4 years ago

Bacteria Used To Make Radioactive Metals Inert

WeblionX Re:Interesting (237 comments)

Freeze to death? Not inside my computer!

about 5 years ago

Robots Make the Coins Go 'Round, Down Under

WeblionX Re:Port of Hamburg (126 comments)

Sounds more like you're giving robots guns.

more than 5 years ago

Breakthrough in Electricity-Producing Microbe

WeblionX Re:New energy source!?! (177 comments)

Mike Rowe's been saying that for a fair while. I bet he'll come out with his own version of these, though. "Mike Rowe's Microbes"

more than 5 years ago

NASA Has the Lost Tapes

WeblionX Re:Greatly improved quality? (256 comments)

They pointed a TV camera at a monitor displaying the SSTV footage so it would be compatible with TV broadcasts, hence lower quality.

more than 5 years ago

Sahimo Hydrogen Vehicle Gets Over 1,300 mpg

WeblionX Re:The real question (453 comments)

Judging by its size, it's more likely to just be pushed along when hit by a Hummer than to be t-boned in any real manner.

more than 5 years ago

HTML 5 should support ...

WeblionX A combination, perhaps. (392 comments)

How about it defines a single codec that a browser has to support, but not limit it to that codec. Therefore, if Theora is chosen, then anyone can use Theora and know it will work, but if they want to use something else, they can tell the user to install the new codec, perhaps with a link to a website.

more than 5 years ago

Why Don't MMOs Allow Easier Transportation?

WeblionX Re:Guilds Wars method (337 comments)

Tabula Rasa had something similar to this, where you had way points that you could acquire once you got to a region. There was wormholes for traveling between planets (But not as many as way points, so you still had to do some way point hopping). And you could buy personal way points so if you were in the middle of nowhere and needed to get back to a fort, you could just drop one and teleport back.

Overall it was a pretty good system, but there were still occasionally areas that required a bit of trekking, though generally only a few minutes at most.

more than 5 years ago


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In regards to Linux drivers...

WeblionX WeblionX writes  |  more than 8 years ago



So I have a KWorld ATSC-110 video tuner/capture card. While I am kind of disappointed with what it could do, since I thought it could do more than that, it's still a pretty nice card if you can get it cheap enough. It's based on the Philips 7134 capture chip, and has very good, although not perfect, driver support under Windows XP.

Unfortunately, VLC and mplayer don't seem to display the stream properly, leaving me with Windows Movie Maker and Beyond TV (Which came with the card).

Beyond TV doesn't seem to be able to record the video stream for any great length of time, or perhaps if you don't lock the computer/let it go to screensaver. And even before it stops recording video, I tend to get green lines in the video as it can't seem to record it quick enough.

WMM will record the stream as long as I don't lock the screen or let it go to screensaver (Or log back on) as it complains about the screen resolution changing, which it doesn't, and which WMM shouldn't be concerned with. But, if I happen to turn off the screen saver and let it run, it can record, but only at 512Kbps 320x240 pixels or less because it's reencoding it as a compressed WMV in real time. So, only having a 2GHz Athlon 64 isn't enough to get any high quality.

Now, what's this to do with Linux? I can view the composite video stream under Linux, but only after modifying the 7134 driver to include my card. And so far I can only get composite working (Haven't tried svideo) as I can't guess the right voodoo incantation to get the tuner working. Then, there's mplayer, which can't seem to save the stream there either. (I tried mencoder too!) VLC didn't even open the stream. I'm going to poke around with it later, but I'd like to be able to capture a 640x480 video stream. Forget about the promisied 1920x1080i HDTV capture capability. So, anyone here happen to work on the 7134 capture driver? :X

In addition, it'd be nice if the composite/svideo in/output of the Matrox Millenium was supported (Yes, the original 8MB VRAM Millenium with 26-Pin (High Density) media connector with 2xMic/Line-In/Line-Out/2xComposite-In/Composite-Out/SVideo-in/out.


Stuffs & Stuffs

WeblionX WeblionX writes  |  more than 8 years ago For some reason my post seems to not contain the link to the site (A good thing?), which is here

In other news, my 200GB HDD died & was replaced under warranty.

BeyondTV is bleh. It needs to allow dedicated viewing of svideo/composite instead of making that only for external set-top boxes.

Media Portal is also bleh. Haven't tested it too much.

KnoppMyth is scary. It seemed like it was going to wipe my entire drive during install, so I aborted. (Using the "quit" button did nothing, which is even scarier).


Microsoft Bypasses Their Own Security.

WeblionX WeblionX writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I have a laptop with Windows98 (I believe it is not second edition). On it is a shared folder with two passwords. (One for read only, one for full access.) I accessed the laptop from my desktop with WindowsXP on it and there was no prompt for a password. It just worked. Full access and all.
    Weblion "Who needs to hack when Microsoft bypasses their own security?" X


Back from the dead

WeblionX WeblionX writes  |  more than 11 years ago Weee... I have a journal. Anyway, I'd like to state that Operating Systems suck. Yeah, I've tried installing both Slackware and Gentoo. They installed okay, but neither like the wireless NIC, so I couldn't emerge Gentoo or access the internet under Slackware, and then I went back to Windows XP. XP installed after five tries, and then it took most of a day to get the drivers for the wireless NIC to work. I think that I've come to the conclusion that Operating Systems don't suck per se, but the fact that there is so little support for some kinds of hardware sucks. (BTW, just so I don't get killed, I have three partitions, XP, Slack, and Gentoo, so just leave me be. Well, a fourth if you count the swap... Meh, whatever.)

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