[mythtv-users] OT: Browser plugins are evil (was Re: XvMC not working - Nvidia)
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Mon Mar 26 21:51:11 UTC 2007
On 03/26/2007 05:14 PM, R. G. Newbury wrote:
> Well I just tried glxgears here on my Intel 2.4G P4 with nvidia NV44A
> (Geforce 6200) and got a whacking great 15FPS if I hid the gear window
> behind the console window and about 8 FPS in the open.
> So 'glxgears is not a benchmark' is quite true. This system plays an HD
> test clip of tennis in xine using about 50% CPU total: about 40% xine
> and 10% X...
> But here is your real problem and a REAL speed up for you.
> Run glxgears and note your FPS.
> Run ps-ae and note if you have any acroread processes running.
> Run killall acroread.
> Now re-run glxgears..... Mine jumped to 1275!!!!! My Via SP13000 board
> at home has topped out at 796 FPS so 1279 fps is just right.
> If you have suffered from slow screen reactions while in Firefox it may
> be because the acroread plugin is a cycle stealing piece of crap.
> Do 'cd /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins'
> Then 'mv nppdf.so nppdf.so.old'
> Then open an instance of firefox, open any page you like, pull up a
> console over that, try glxgears and get 1280 fps!
More proof of my view that browser plugins are evil.
> That fixes the problkem at the expense of not being able to open pdf
> files natively in a browser window. You will have to select to download
> the file, and save it or open if with xpdf or gsview etc.
> Cost in mouse clicks to do this: 2
> Extra time to do this: 2 seconds
> Effect on computer speed: priceless.
Does anyone _really_ believe that opening a PDF document inside the
browser window (rather than popping up a new acroread/xpdf/whatever
window) is a good thing? I mean, do people really want to take the
browser's document area--which is some area smaller than the screen size
due to browser toolbars, status bar, tabs, menus, decorations, etc.--and
embed an application--with its own toolbars, status bar, ...--within
that area to display--in an even smaller screen area--the document that
I presume they wanted to read when they clicked on a link?
Hmmm. I think my dash key just stopped working after that bit of overuse...
Just because you /can/ do something, Adobe, doesn't mean you should.
(Not going to mention the fact that the "Display PDF in Browser"
checkbox in Adobe Reader /only/ works with Internet Explorer and does
not unregister the plugin from Mozilla-based browsers.)
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