More on dvds

I upgraded my laptop to a Samsung SN-324FEN and the first two Lain dvds play nearly perfectly on VLC. VLC has the nifty feature that it's possible to hear the english dubbing and watch the english subtitles at the same time. Try that with windows media player.

Wacky cable

A 4.5 inch, red-black-black-yellow 4-strand cable came with a copy of Corel Wordperfect 11; around it was a sticker stating:
This piece of hardware is included
to complete the OEM licensing

Update to last post

Upgraded gdm through vnc;
ssh -l jonathan 


shutdown -r now
(Connection closed)

Repeat as needed.
The exact error message thrown by red-carpet is :(red-carpet:1940): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "bluecurve",
Error: Couldn't import gtk.

The exact error message thrown by vlc is: VideoLAN Client 0.7.0 Bond
[00000198] main input: playlist item `dvd:///dev/dvd@0:1'
libdvdread: Using libdvdcss version 1.2.8 for DVD access

libdvdread: Attempting to retrieve all CSS keys
libdvdread: This can take a _long_ time, please be patient

libdvdread: Get key for /VIDEO_TS/VIDEO_TS.VOB at 0x00000155
libdvdread: Elapsed time 0
libdvdread: Get key for /VIDEO_TS/VTS_01_0.VOB at 0x000003a8
libdvdread: Error cracking CSS key for /VIDEO_TS/VTS_01_0.VOB (0x000003a8)
libdvdread: Elapsed time 1
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The mplayer error message is :
Playing dvd://1.
Reading disc structure, please wait...
There are 22 titles on this DVD.
There are 19 chapters in this DVD title.
There are 1 angles in this DVD title.
DVD successfully opened.
Cache fill: 19.14% (1605632 bytes) LMLM4 Stream Format not found
MPEG-PS file format detected.
VIDEO: MPEG2 720x480 (aspect 3) 29.970 fps 8080.0 kbps (1010.0 kbyte/s)
Opening audio decoder: [liba52] AC3 decoding with liba52
Using SSE optimized IMDCT transform
AC3: 5.1 (3f+2r+lfe) 48000 Hz 448.0 kbit/s
Using MMX optimized resampler
AUDIO: 48000 Hz, 2 ch, 16 bit (0x10), ratio: 56000->192000 (448.0 kbit)
Selected audio codec: [a52] afm:liba52 (AC3-liba52)
Opening video decoder: [mpegpes] MPEG 1/2 Video passthrough
VDec: vo config request - 720 x 480 (preferred csp: Mpeg PES)
Could not find matching colorspace - retrying with -vf scale...
Opening video filter: [scale]
The selected video_out device is incompatible with this codec.
VDecoder init failed :(
Opening video decoder: [libmpeg2] MPEG 1/2 Video decoder libmpeg2-v0.3.1
Selected video codec: [mpeg12] vfm:libmpeg2 (MPEG 1 or 2 (libmpeg2))
Checking audio filter chain for 48000Hz/2ch/16bit -> 48000Hz/2ch/16bit...
AF_pre: af format: 2 bps, 2 ch, 48000 hz, little endian signed int
AF_pre: 48000Hz 2ch Signed 16-bit (Little-Endian)
AO: [oss] 48000Hz 2ch Signed 16-bit (Little-Endian) (2 bps)
Building audio filter chain for 48000Hz/2ch/16bit -> 48000Hz/2ch/16bit...
Starting playback...
a52: CRC check failed!
a52: error at resampling
a52: CRC check failed!
a52: error at resampling
VDec: vo config request - 720 x 480 (preferred csp: Planar YV12)
VDec: using Planar YV12 as output csp (no 0)
Movie-Aspect is 1.78:1 - prescaling to correct movie aspect.
VO: [xv] 720x480 => 854x480 Planar YV12
a52: CRC check failed! 2.175 ct: 0.000 1/ 1 0% 0% 0.0% 0 0 1%
a52: error at resampling
a52: CRC check failed!
a52: error at resampling
a52: CRC check failed!
a52: error at resampling
a52: CRC check failed!
a52: error at resampling
repeat the last two lines as needed.
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I now have a somewhat borked fedora system. Here is a list of events that happened before it, in no useful order.
  • Got the Equilibrium dvd out of the library; I have it for one week now.
  • Tried installing VLC; my windows laptop doesn't have a dvd drive, and this was the first time I've tried playing a dvd on fedora.
  • The first time I ran vlc, I selected the wrong mode and the it froze the whole computer. Not even the ssh client that I had connected was responding. Reboot with the power button.
  • Finish installing Open-carpet. When starting, it beeps some **GTK WARNING** and refuses to start.
  • Try vlc again, this time selecting a different format. Gets as far as showing a black window before yelling "Alsa error: no soundcard configured" or something of the sort.
  • Boot up into Knoppix to see if it detects the sound correctly. It does, and I play far too much Frozen Bubble. Knoppix + phoenix bios hangs on shutdown (Knoppix thinks the box is off, but it doesn't turn off), so I turn it off by yanking the power cable.
  • Try to boot up, and find that I get an error message instead of a normal graphical login prompt. The error is "There already appears to be an X server running on display :0. Should I try another display number? If you answer no, I will attempt to start the server on :0 again. (You can change consoles by pressing Ctrl-Alt plus a function key, such as Ctrl-Alt-F7 to go to console 7. X servers usually run on consoles 7 and higher.)", selecting no makes the same message appear, selecting yes makes it reappear with a :1 instead of :0. A google search suggests that this is related to gdm, the gnome display manager.
    One of the nice things about having multiple computers is that I can still SSH and VNC into it normally, even though I can't login!
Side note: GNOME has not been that stable for me since upgrading to Fedora Core 2, test 1 (release 1.90). When nautilus runs on display :1, none of the normal file icons show up; just the same generic white icon, and the logs are flooded with stuff like "** (nautilus:1649): WARNING **: No description found for mime type "text/x-log" (file is "hs_err_pid26159.log"), please tell the gnome-vfs mailing list. ** (nautilus:1649): WARNING **: No description found for mime type "text/x-log" (file is "hs_err_pid11572.log"), please tell the gnome-vfs mailing list. ** (nautilus:1649): WARNING **: No description found for mime type "text/x-log" (file is "hs_err_pid11572.log"), please tell the gnome-vfs mailing list."
Other side note: I was running the up2date applet during this time, upgrading about 3 or so packages at once, and it complained about a few a the packages not having valid signatures. I just clicked ok; not sure if that has anything to do with this mess. The Ars OpenForum would probably be a better place to post this.

Painful image of the day

Anyone what to celebrate Ashoura this year?
Whacky sig
Slashdot user pizza_milkshake has perl -e'$_=q#: 13_2: 12/o{>: 8_4) (_4: 6/2^-2; 3;-2^\2: 5/7\_/\7: 12m m::#;y#:#\n#;s#(\D)(\d+)#$1x$2#ge;print'; when run that evaluates to

        ____) (____
      //^--;   ;--^\\
            m m
Mild car accident
I've been learning to drive and last sunday while I was backing out of our driveway in my dad's 1988 blue manual transmission accord, I hit a red saturn. Not how I would have liked to start a week.
Canonical vs. absolute paths in Java
When I tried running my filesystem scan utility on my redhat box, it got stuck in an infinite loop because /home/jonathan/.openoffice/user/work/ pointed to /home/jonathan/, so it quickly gets stuck repeatedly scanning paths that begin with /home/jonathan/.openoffice/user/work/.openoffice/user/work/.openoffice/user/work/.openoffice etc. However, requesting the canonical path instead of the absolute path renormals it.
I'd like to post links to files that I write in here; anyone have any recommendations?

My latest addiction side effect . . .

. . . Was the creation of a piece of software that can read a *.demo file, and display statistics on time taken and types of moves made in a tree format, mirrored in a text pane for easy pasting. Get it here(zipped exe) or here(jarred java source). Sample outputCollapse )
Note: since free geocities accounts are have so many limitations, you might have to paste the address into a new window to download it. When enough people read my journal, I'll buy a better site.

Cool news of the day

Mentioned at trnmag, nature materials, and Philips
Philips has built a 64 x 64 monochrome flexible organic transistor display that's 1/3 of a millimeter thick. They've managed to integrate some of the control circuits into the plastic as well, starting with shift registers. It's been bent back and forth 100 times without noticeable degradation. It has a white reflectivity of about 35% and a contrast ratio of 9, being based off of E-ink More detail here
and here.