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HDTV Has Ruined the LCD Market 952

alvin67 writes "Microsoft Evangelist Pete Brown rants about the lack of pixels available in today's LCD screens: 'OK, that's it. I've had it. I want my pixels, damn it! For a while, screen resolution has been going up on our desktop displays. The trend was good, as I've always wanted the largest monitor with the highest DPI that I could afford. I mean, I used to have one of the first hulking 17-inch CRTs on my desk. I later upgraded to a 21-inch job that was so huge, that if you didn't stick it in a corner, it took up the whole desk. It was flat-panel, though and full of pixels. It cost me around $1,100 at the time." After some years of improvements, we've regressed, in Brown's opinion: "At the rate we were going for a while, we should have had twice or three times the DPI on a 24- or 23-inch screen. But nooo."
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HDTV Has Ruined the LCD Market

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 22, 2010 @08:43PM (#31948822)

    ...Because I know you spend all day reading Slashdot instead of what you are supposed to be doing...

    Would you please stop making disgusting sounds with your dentures???


  • by gklinger ( 571901 ) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @08:50PM (#31948924)
    My monitor has ONE BIG PIXEL. It ain't easy to use but I get by.
  • by dangitman ( 862676 ) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @08:51PM (#31948942)

    People with good eyesight who use complicated applications or requirements.

    How does one use a requirement?

  • by Neil Hodges ( 960909 ) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @08:57PM (#31949004)

    How does one use a requirement?

    Well, some people often abuse requirements, so using a requirement is probably similar to that.

  • by FooAtWFU ( 699187 ) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @09:04PM (#31949076) Homepage
    Bah! Whipper-snappers, the lot of ye! My monitor has one tiny pixel. And it's hardwired to black.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 22, 2010 @09:07PM (#31949112)

    Yes, really. The 30" Apple has really high ppi.

    But does it display porn?

  • by zill ( 1690130 ) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @09:08PM (#31949136)
    I was deliberating whether to mod you "troll" or "offtopic" when I finally realized you were talking about me.

    Sorry, I'll stop now :(
  • by brxndxn ( 461473 ) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @09:12PM (#31949188)

    On a computer screen, I want as much resolution as possible! And.. even on my hdtv, I want as much resolution as possible. Even in my living room, watching a Bluray at 1080p, I still see the pixels from 10-12 feet away on the couch. Maybe I'm more picky than the average person.. or maybe I have better eyes (not really.. i wear contacts)...

    But here's where I really get mad.. Half the people are posting that too high of resolution causes web pages to look too small.. or GUI's to look to funky.. That is where I have a problem! Why the hell don't we have vector graphics gui's by now? First, I blame Intel.. Intel sucks so bad at graphics that they cannot even run Aero properly.. still.. in 2010. Intel, your engineers are of average intelligence. And yet, your goddamn graphics chips are in half our computers. (Maybe some of you think Intel runs Aero fine.. but I'm still not happy with it.) Second.. WTF is Aero? It's a piece of shit GUI band-aid.. that's what it is. It adds like one 3d feature just so the dumbass consumer goes 'ohhh.. pretty candy'. Weren't we promised a vector-based GUI with Vista? So Microsoft, you suck too. Your management is incompetent and your programmers lack talent. Third.. Why the hell can't I take advantage of the contrast of a computer monitor and just have a black background? Why the hell am I pretty much forced with a white background and black text whether I'm running linux, Windows, FreeBSD, Apple, OS2, YourMom (an OS I wrote in like 5 minutes that's better than Windows 7.) Seriously.. every OS basically forces white background/black text.. Why not have vector-based black background with bright green text.. like in the 80's.. back when it was hilariously easy to read text on a crappy 14" CRT monitor? Fourth, fuck you both Firefox and Opera. You both should do a better job of seperating the CONTENT (read.. the fucking text) from the rest of the bullshit on the webpage. Let me, the viewer, decide what color I want for the background and text.. and figure out how to make it look halfway decent! IE, you don't even count because you are from Microsoft and therefore cannot innovate. Apple, do not think you're getting out of this.. You're still living in pixel land. Come on, Steve Jobs, force your overworked minions to develop the best goddamn vector graphics GUI in existence.. Then open the new OS to all platforms.. Then dominate the entire marketplace. Seriously.. the entire world will be scrambling to develop the highest resolution monitor.. Steve, if you don't do this, you have tiny balls. OMG, I almost forgot the monitor companies.. God you suck. I am using a Samsung 1920x1200 26" TV as my monitor right now.. Don't think I didn't notice you went from 16:10 to 16:9 behind my back.. I found the one TV on clearance that still had the 0:+1 more than everyone else.

    So, imo, where the entire computer industry is screaming, "Look at me.. I'm soo great.. I have multitouch or I have a stupid 3d feature.. or I have 1080p!", remember that you still have a lot to do.. Please hurry up and get it done..

    AMD, you get a free pass.

    I have a lot more to bitch about.. but I'm busy.. and I only have so much karma to blow.

  • by adamofgreyskull ( 640712 ) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @09:40PM (#31949494)
    Bah! Luxury! You think you've got it bad, at least you've got a monitor! I have to lick the VGA port and decode the signal on the fly.
  • by Tumbleweed ( 3706 ) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @09:48PM (#31949550)

    How is a mortal human being supposed to know what the holy shit "WHUXGA" means in a practical sense?

    I'm pretty sure WHUXGA is a volcano in Iceland.

  • by __aasqbs9791 ( 1402899 ) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @09:50PM (#31949582)

    Bah! Decadence! I have no tongue.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 22, 2010 @09:52PM (#31949612)

    You should try the lynx web-browser. It does not support the DOM introduced in HTML 4.01, but you can set the text to green on black background. You can use a terminal emulator to get any fixed-width fontsize you want. And of course, you are not bothered by graphics.

  • by Tumbleweed ( 3706 ) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @09:53PM (#31949614)

    This is just another in a long line of examples of why Flash is Evil.

    This is just another in a long line of examples of why the word 'kneejerk' is 50% 'jerk'.

  • by PenguinBob ( 1208204 ) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @10:08PM (#31949742)
    I just figure the more letters it has in it, the better it is.
  • by Fubari ( 196373 ) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @10:55PM (#31950154)

    My monitor has ONE BIG PIXEL. It ain't easy to use but I get by.

    Actually that's just the disk activity light.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 22, 2010 @11:00PM (#31950204)
    Sorry about this article. We'll all get off your...err...single blade of grass now.
  • by mjwx ( 966435 ) on Friday April 23, 2010 @12:32AM (#31951002)

    I have three 21" CRTs. My total resolution is 4800x1200. I can change the resolution to whatever I want.
    Wanna know what I paid?


    6 CRT monitors: $300.

    Cheap Shelving from Ikea: $120

    Chiropractor for back problems: $12,000

    Watching the whole thing collapse under it's own weight because you cheaped out and went to Ikea: priceless.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 23, 2010 @12:57AM (#31951214)

    Ahhh, web developers -- the Wal-Mart cashiers of the computing industry...

  • by BobPaul ( 710574 ) * on Friday April 23, 2010 @02:23AM (#31951722) Journal

    We are expected to make a website that renders 99.99999999% the same on all browsers, and now... we must cater to YOU or be called a moron too?

    That is correct. Additionally, I'll require you meet my needs as well as him, though I'll think of something more creative than moron to call you if you don't. Also, I won't tell you my needs unless you fail to meet them. ;)

  • by Chysn ( 898420 ) on Friday April 23, 2010 @08:30AM (#31953550)
    My god, what I wouldn't give for some rocks! I have to try to simulate the universe with crushed saxophone reeds.

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