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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

prefect42 Re:This is one thing I love about it (544 comments)

There's no reason they couldn't offer a cosmetic stick as an add-on, with a soundtrack to match. It's not like petrol driven cars are above piping sound in via the speakers to improve the experience.

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

prefect42 Re:Lies (544 comments)

Quite, so film in front of a live audience. Red Dwarf is a good example where they switched away from a live audience, and you really notice the damage.

about two weeks ago
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New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

prefect42 Re:Why aren't we using PNG? (155 comments)

If you're talking about simple web graphics, then yes, PNG is often a good choice. Lossy compression simply makes more sense for photos, as the compression ratio is that much better. Always using PNG is idiotic, as is always using JPEG. JPEG2000 is not our saviour.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Formally Puts Palestine On Virtual Map

prefect42 Re: So they're more religious... (338 comments)

Oh don't get me wrong, I'm no different. But looking at religious behaviours in contended and violent regions is, in my own opinion, quite difficult to analyse. It might make you think that religious fanatics went to war in WW1 for example.

about a year ago
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UK Benefits Claimants Must Use Windows XP, IE6

prefect42 Re: Hardly anyone affected by this (230 comments)

Also note that if you're blind, you may be applying for DLA via a website that, yes you guessed it, isn't accessible...

about a year ago
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Wrong Fuel Chokes Presidential Limo

prefect42 Re:So, uh... (612 comments)

I thought petrol in a diesel caused excessive wear of some components that expected lubrication from the diesel that they don't get from petrol. If you look into average repair bills for misfuelling, it's considerable.

http://www.mis-fuelling.co.uk/misfuelling-faqs.php

1 year,29 days
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The End Is Near for GameStop

prefect42 Re:lolwut (393 comments)

You've seen Cooking Mama right? ;)

about a year ago
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Britain Could Switch Off Airport Radar and Release 5G Spectrum

prefect42 Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (175 comments)

They can have weather radar along with a radar altimeter, but I think you're right that they don't have radar for detecting nearby aircraft.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Name Conflicts In Automatically Generated Email Addresses?

prefect42 Re:KISS (383 comments)

We go with username@domain and A.N.Other@domain as the main alias, where there are conflicts they get a number added to the end. People want a fancier alias all the time, so it doesn't make sense to generate them ad-hoc as it'd just generate too many support requests.

about a year ago
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Can a New GPU Rejuvenate a 5 Year Old Gaming PC?

prefect42 Re:SSD (264 comments)

You must be comically RAM starved to get a frame rate boost from upgrading to an SSD (swapping of some form), or the game has to be shoddily written to be constantly hitting disk and blocking on it.

about a year ago
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Fedora 18 Installer: Counterintuitive and Confusing?

prefect42 Not sure how fair the review is (458 comments)

The installer's crap, I'll give him that. I've just given it a run through to see whether he makes fair points, and I think he actually misses some, but not all his complaints make sense to me.

KDE LiveCD worked just fine for me, logging in automatically. No errors about networks, no warnings about /var being full. No complaints about audio not working. Was he perhaps running with minimal RAM such that the LiveCD couldn't work properly. I couldn't get any similar failings even with dropping RAM down to 512Mbytes, which is a half the 1Gbyte recommended. But given his screenshot and /home being on /tmpfs I don't see how else it could report less than 100Mbytes free. Running with 512Mbytes shows a nominal 220Mbytes available in your home directory. I faintly wonder whether that's actually the source of most of his liveCD issues.

The progress bar showed Installing Software 100% but the bar wasn't all the way across. But that's because the progress bar is showing all install progress, not just installing software. The progress bar seemed sane to me. All in, the installer is less functional than the old installer, and certainly less clear. Having Done and Continue buttons just isn't helpful. After clicking Done, you'll be returned to a page showing out of date information, and you have to wait for it to update. This makes no sense, I'm with him on that. I get what they're trying to present to you, and it's possibly even useful in the way they've done it, but it's definitely less clear.

Some images are oddly low resolution, but I can live with that, it's only aesthetics. It needs fixing, but it's not worth holding up a release.

His complaints with the installed system also seem a little unfair. He installs easylife (not part of fedora), the complains that the repofusion repo hasn't been set up correctly, when that's been done by easylife... His flash/mp3 complaints fit into that same category. That's very much blaming windows for itunes not playing back FLAC files.

So I'd say that the installer sucks and was a mistake to put into F18, but things aren't necessarily quite as portrayed in that review.

about a year ago
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CentOS 5.9 Released

prefect42 Re:CentOS is awesome (96 comments)

Systemd isn't enough of a reason to jump distro, and gnome3 is no reason at all for servers. I'll be sticking with RHEL because they seem to employ bloody good developers who provide ace support to users of their software, and I don't just mean paying users.

about a year ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

prefect42 Re:As a lesson learned, actually. (599 comments)

Sure, monitors were expensive, and even the 19" was second hand (and still in active use by someone else). Monitors have almost always been the ultimate limiting factor, as they are now more often than not.

I've got an 11 year old 3840x2400 monitor at work that can manage a stellar 41Hz if you wire in all 4 dvi leads... I guess that monitor probably exceeds the limits of a graphics card, unless you count an X2 or eyefinity 6.

about a year ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

prefect42 Re:As a lesson learned, actually. (599 comments)

All I can say is lucky you. When I said 95, I was being entirely fair, that was still what I had in 97. I think I must have been slumming it lower down the pecking order than you, as even later on when I'd upgraded, I didn't have monitors of the calibre you're talking about. Think more like this, but 15").

http://www.computerdisplays.co.uk/17%20inch%20monitors/iiyama_1402.htm

In 2000 I upgraded to a 19" monitor driven by a matrox G200 (from a machine I bought in late 98). But that card only had a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@70Hz, so I still couldn't have hit your figure. I splashed out and bought a replacement graphics card in 2001 (GeForce 2 MX), that *still couldn't hit the higher than 2048 x 1536 / 75.0 Hz (but to be honest, the 19" monitor I was using wasn't sensible to use about 1600x1200). Right, so that's up to 2005 and I've still not owned anything that can hit what you're listing.

Right, then what did I own... ATI Radeon 9600 XT. Still maxes out at 2048 x 1536 / 60.0 Hz. Next... not sure. I had a ATI X1300. That could do 2048x1536@75Hz. 2007 I upgraded that to an nVidia 7950 GT. Done it, I've finally hit something I've owned that could drive a monitor at 2048x1536@85Hz, but by then I'd got rid of my CRT, so I'm back down to 60Hz again...

I'm not saying you *couldn't* do these things, but I'm definitely saying that *I* couldn't, and I don't think I was anywhere near slumming it at the bottom, I just wasn't cutting edge.

about a year ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

prefect42 Re:As a lesson learned, actually. (599 comments)

Yes I was talking 90s. I'd guess the median refresh in the late 90s was either 72 of 75Hz. I seem to recall the RAMDAC on my ATI Mach 64 1MB graphics card could only hit 85 at 800x600, and that was 1995 I had that.

about a year ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

prefect42 Re:As a lesson learned, actually. (599 comments)

I just have a different idea of not so long ago. I was thinking pre-PC era, although nobody was thinking about 60fps Wing Commander. But go further forward and read a review of a 3dfx voodoo card, which revolutionised PC gaming, and they'll talk about smooth 30fps gaming: http://tech.mit.edu/V117/N49/threedfx.49a.html

That's 1997 and we're still only talking 16bit colour, so I still think you're lightly rewriting history.

Roll forwards to 2000 and the geforce 256 was the next real revolution.

  http://m.tomshardware.com/reviews/leadtek-winfast-geforce-256-ddr-review,157-4.html

They describe 31fps as reasonable, and they're still benchmarking with 16bit colour. Indeed later in that article they refer to 30fps as "the magical barrier".

Also, you must be joking about running windowed for more performance. Dropping resolution, sure, but not windowed. voodoo and voodoo 2 couldn't even do windowed 3d.

about a year ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

prefect42 Re:As a lesson learned, actually. (599 comments)

No. Given lots of LCD screens top out at 60fps, and most CRTs were less than 85hz, this simply isn't true. Yes refresh rates of LCDs have gone up, but have you checked what yours is running at? Mine's at 60hz.

about a year ago

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