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New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

gaspyy Re:Seem Negligible (155 comments)

This is not for the benefit of the users but for webmasters.
If you have a site with any decent amount of traffic, you pay for bandwidth and you have a content delivery network. 10% smaller images translates into 10% savings.
Moreover, Google takes site speed into account when ranking sites.

about a month and a half ago
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The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

gaspyy Re:Adobe Air (209 comments)

SWF was amazing for its time. Streaming vector animation with synced sound over modem speeds. Even today you need a hodge-podge of technologies - SVG, Javascript and a bunch of libraries to achieve what you could do 17 years ago! And I'm not even sure you can stream a svg animation+sound.

SWF has 2 shortcomings:
- it's proprietary
- it doesn't integrate seamlessly with its environment (browser).

For standalone apps, these are not big issues.

about 3 months ago
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The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

gaspyy Re:Adobe Air (209 comments)

I fail to see how AIR is a problem worse than Phonegap or what Chrome is offering right now as a wrapper over html5.

Making a cross-platform game is world of pain, especially when you're small.

I was able to make my chess game available on web, as a chrome app, as a native app for PC, Mac and Linux and for mobile on iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, even the now-dying Blackberry Playbook. The game is quite complex but 99% of the code is cross-platform, there are very few platform-specific lines.

I've been considering porting it to HTML5 but the amount of work needed is too much for one man. The AI is straighforward (Javascript and AS3 are closely related), but porting the UI, the multiplayer code and then tweaking it to make sure it works with all major browsers is not something I'm looking forward to. With AIR I can keep my sanity and concentrate on features.

about 3 months ago
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4 Tips For Your New Laptop

gaspyy Better sync/backup (310 comments)

First, syncing to cloud is not backup. Second, being at the mercy of a provider doesn't strike me as a good idea in long-term.

Better invest in a NAS. A 2-bay Synology would suffice. 2 4TB drives in Mirrored Raid work great. WD has the "red" line of drives specifically made and tested for NAS storage. They are not as fast but run cool, silent, no vibrations.

Most NAS units run on linux so you can easily add syncing, versioning, "personal cloud", maybe use to play movies on smart TVs via DLNA and so on.

Finally, from time to time do proper backups. For home use, proper backup means burning data on DVD/BD - on 2 separate discs.

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Predict Earthquake's Location and Strength

gaspyy Useless (44 comments)

This is beyond useless.

I live in a country with significant seismic activity.
We know for hundreds of years that every 30 to 50 years a big (7.6 - 7.8) earthquake will happen. We even know where the epicenter will be. We know how it will propagate.

It's been 36 years since the last one so many people who live in problem areas are beginning to get nervous. But we don't know when it will happen. Could be tomorrow or ten years from now.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

gaspyy Re:MS Security Essentials (408 comments)

For a while, MSSE was good, then it took a steep dive to the point it's not even tested by the labs anymore. Quite sad really.

Personally I went back to Bitdefender.

about 4 months ago
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Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

gaspyy Re:DigitalOcean (191 comments)

DigitalOcean is seriously oversold. If all you do is host a website you may not notice it though.

For small stuff I recommend RamNode. For bigger things, RackSpace.

I tried AWS and a bunch of others.

about 4 months ago
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The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

gaspyy Re:Oh noooos! (509 comments)

Anecdotically, I have two kids, a 9 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. Since the boy is older, I was expecting the girl to copy everything he does. She does, to a point - plays with his Legos and so on. But she also loves to play with anything remotely resembling a doll. She cooks for the doll, feeds it, argues with it. It's definitely not something learned or encouraged. Also, she wants to look pretty, has her own choice of clothing, again something her older brother simply doesn't care about. She's also not copying my wife, she's completely independent and different in these areas.

about 4 months ago
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Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?

gaspyy Re:Telco oligopoly (569 comments)

Exactly. Don't know about other countries, but Romania has a population density of about 90 people / sq. km. If we take only the major cities, we won't exceed 500 people / sq. km. Total land area is 240,000 sq. km.

We have 100 Mbps internet via fiber optics pretty much everywhere except remote areas. For remote areas, 3G is everywhere (over 99% coverage) and H+ and 4G is available in many rural areas.

I pay $10/month for 100 Mbps (tested). Fiber end to end. No caps, no traffic shaping.

about 6 months ago
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US Forces Undertake Two African Raids, Capture Embassy Bombing Figure

gaspyy Re:And we're reading about it here why? (229 comments)

The second raid failed, it's pretty clear by now. What do you want, confirmation from the US government that the SEAL forces had to withdraw? You'll never hear it. They'll redefine 'success' and say the mission was successful.

about 6 months ago
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For Overstated Claims, Gore, Tesla Upbraided By NWS, NHTSA Respectively

gaspyy Re:Rating system broken (195 comments)

Not sure about UK, but elsewhere in Europe home appliances were also rated from G to A initially. Then they had to add A+ and even A++

about 8 months ago
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Obama's Privacy Reform Panel Will Report To ... the NSA

gaspyy Re:Getting screwed (569 comments)

And this surprises you?

Last time I was surprised was in 2003, after it became evident there were no WMDs in Iraq. I expected public outcry, heads to roll. Nothing happened.

about 8 months ago
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Malaria Vaccine Nearing Reality

gaspyy Re:Do Away With This Disease? (209 comments)

Well, Bill Gates was showing a special container that doesn't require electricity and can keep medicine refrigerated for up to 50 days at high outside temperatures.
The whole point of a malaria vaccine is to make it affordable for poor nations. The demand for a malaria vaccine in rich countries is pretty low.

about 8 months ago
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Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

gaspyy Re:German code comments (238 comments)

Romanian here. Everyone worth their salt here writes code, comments and docs in English. I have my own pet project where I'm basically the only one who ever needs to see the code, yet everything is in English. Considering that the programming language has English keywords (if, while, class, etc) and the text strings are in English too, it's simpler for me to keep everything consistent rather than to make any mental switch.

about 9 months ago
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Visual Studio vs. Eclipse: a Programmer's Comparison

gaspyy Re:Very differant experience (543 comments)

Agreed. I use Eclipse regularly (FDT and PDT) but whenever I get to work in Visual Studio, it's a much smoother experience.

about 9 months ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

gaspyy Re:Nice (719 comments)

The major cause of war/unrest in the world isn't skin color, it's religion

No. Religion has been used in the past in the same way "the war on terror" is used now. It's a way to rally people against a seemingly powerful, brutal and subhuman enemy.

about 9 months ago
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Ubisoft Hacked, Account Data Compromised

gaspyy Re:The point? (138 comments)

According to an article on Ars Technica, salted hashes are no longer relevant - they are cracking the hashes anyway without using rainbow tables. Using SHA256 instead of MD5 has more benefits in this regard than salted vs. unsalted.

about 10 months ago
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Google's Crazy Lack of Focus: Is It Really Serious About Enterprise?

gaspyy Re:Discontinue Unsuccessful Products (226 comments)

I stand corrected. Indeed it looks like the Persuasion was simply abandoned and none of their programs can read those files.

about 10 months ago
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Google's Crazy Lack of Focus: Is It Really Serious About Enterprise?

gaspyy Re:Discontinue Unsuccessful Products (226 comments)

What discontinued Adobe product are you talking about? It's a serious question.
They either transitioned the software (GoLive to Dreamweaver for example) or they still support it (Framemaker, Director).

I can't think of any of their products that was abruptly discontinued without an upgrade path or support for quite a long time.

about 10 months ago
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World Press Photo Winner Accused of Photoshopping

gaspyy The author has the RAW file. Case closed (182 comments)

The gritty look on the picture can be achieved with a local contrast filter. Combined with contrast and saturation manipulation, it's pretty easy to do. In Lightroom is just a matter of setting a few sliders - Darks, Highlights, Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation.

Furthermore, the author says he has the RAW file and it was examined by the jury. Personally I know of no software that can currently reverse a jpeg into raw. It should be possible in theory to fake a raw file, but I sincerely doubt it's the case.

Analyzing jpeg artifacts is snake oil. My photo workflow is this: shoot in RAW. Edit in Lightroom. Convert to ProPhoto 16bit/channel. Open in Photoshop, make any fine adjustments if needed. Output to jpeg. Only fools edit and re-save jpegs.

This is simply one of the "fake moon landings" conspiracies, started by people who don't understand photography.

about a year ago

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New Flash Player available for Linux too - Now

gaspyy gaspyy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gaspyy writes "Contrary to all the jokes here on Slashdot about poor support from Adobe, the new beta of the Flash Player is available for Linux too. It looks like Adobe is serious with supporting Open Source. With Silverlight threatening their leadership, they'd better be."

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