You are viewing kylecassidy

if you can't be witty, then at least be bombastic - Don't you hate it when? [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
kyle cassidy

[ website | My Website ]
[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

Don't you hate it when? [Aug. 15th, 2014|06:19 pm]
Previous Entry Share Next Entry
In some meeting room 8 or 10 or so years ago someone said "I think when Standard Definition video is played on a 16:9 HD television, the default should be 'stretch video to fill screen'." I'm betting that person was not an engineer.










Add me: [LiveJournal] [Facebook] [Twitter] [Google+] [Tumblr]
linkReply

Comments:
[User Picture]From: lois2037
2014-08-16 03:00 am (UTC)

(Link)

People actually like that! I stayed with friends who have that kind of set and, of course, reset it to normal for some things so they wouldn't be all squashy and creepy. They just reset it and claimed to like it better that way because they're "used to it!" It's why we're keeping the Proton.
[User Picture]From: fyr3lyt3
2014-08-16 09:55 pm (UTC)

(Link)

I've actually been blaming engineers all this time and assuming it was only graphics people who flinched at the idea of 'stretch to fill'. Do I need to apologize to some engineers?
[User Picture]From: mattcaron
2014-08-25 02:04 pm (UTC)

(Link)

Well, I'm an engineer and the only thing I'll even consider is "stretch to fill preserving aspect ratio" which either clips top and bottom or vertically letterboxes, depending on the source.

I cannot abide messing with the aspect. That feature needs to die.
[User Picture]From: fyr3lyt3
2014-08-25 11:05 pm (UTC)

(Link)

Then I offer you a formal apology, Mattcaron, for perpetuating the unnecessary rift between design and engineering. May your aspect ratios be ever preserved!
[User Picture]From: mattcaron
2014-08-26 01:40 pm (UTC)

(Link)

In turn, on behalf of all software engineers, I offer you an apology for Facebook. The desire you may have to claw out your own eyes or find the people who designed such a steaming wreck is merely an indication that you are still sane.
[User Picture]From: mattcaron
2014-08-25 02:05 pm (UTC)

(Link)

I bet it was product management. Basically, they figured that if people hooked up their new 16:9 and threw a 4:3 on it, and saw the vertical letterboxing, they'd get customer support calls and returns about the TV being broken. Engineers would look at this as an opportunity to have a dialog and educate the customer, but CS and PM would look at it as a cost to be mitigated.