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Comment: Give me less. (Score 3, Insightful) 353

by AnotherBlackHat (#49081157) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?

By far the most useful extensions are the ones that reduce my "browsing experience"
Things which prevent things from being pushed at me (NoScript, AdBlock)
Things which allow me watch videos at my pace and choice of quality instead of "streaming". (youtube downloader)
And in general things which reduce the number of features I'm forced to contend with.

Comment: Pirating music is much quicker. (Score 1) 196

1 compressed movie is about the same space as 200 compressed songs.
If it takes you about 20 seconds to download a song, then it takes you about 1 hour to download a movie.

Movies could be an order of magnitude less "popular" than music and still appear an order of magnitude more "often".

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 196

... YouTube doesn't even qualify as decent audio.

Picking an arbitrary list of 10 "top of the pop" songs,
youtube-dl reports that one is "only" 128kbps @ 44,100 Hz, and the other nine are available at 256kbps @ 44,100 Hz.

You may not accept that as "HD", but it takes a truly warped view of the world to claim it isn't "decent".

More to the point, the difference in quality between what you get from Youtube and the Pirate Bay is almost nil.
I.e. it may well be crap, but it isn't youtube's fault that it's crap.

Comment: Re:Nitche Market (Score 1) 433

by AnotherBlackHat (#48593911) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

The loudness wars started long before CDs.
It's prevalence has more to do with how music is produced than with the format it's recorded on - i.e. it's easier today to over compress something than it used to be.
If vinyl was still successful, there would be just as many over compressed piece of shit vinyl records as there are over compressed piece of shit CDs.

Comment: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Score 1) 205

by AnotherBlackHat (#48552143) Attached to: The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

When money is involved, the question that comes to mind is "who should be in charge?"
There's a surprisingly consistent answer to this question.
I hear it a lot, from a lot of different people and that answer is "I should".

Snowdrift describes a way to raise funds.
It might even be more effective at raising funds.
But I see nothing that promotes spending those funds wisely.

Comment: Re:next gen batteries (Score 1) 293

If you're going to compare that way, you need to factor the relative efficiencies of the two fuels -
electricity can be converted into kilometers about 3.5 times as effectively as petrol can.

Rule of thumb; Electric cars get 5 km to the kWh
500 kW watts for 10 minutes = 83 kWh = 400 km = 250 miles

But really, who cares which is faster, which do you think about first when deciding what car to buy;
Fuel economy, price, style, carrying capacity, cost of maintenance, or speed of fill up?

Charging doesn't have to be fast, it just needs to be fast enough.

For most people, electric cars can be charged at home overnight.
It may be a longer overall time, but it's a lot less of my time (a few seconds to plug in vs. a few minutes to fill up).
For long drives, a diner/charging station would work fine. Thirty minutes to eat and charge.

Comment: Taxis - The Self Driving Car of Today (Score 1) 454

by AnotherBlackHat (#48444281) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

We have a "self driving" car technology, it's called a "taxi", and millions of people use them and avoid buying a car already.
Most of us avoid these due to a thing I like to call "being rich enough not to have to put up with that shit".

I own a car because I don't want to share.
That's not going to change if the car can drive itself.

"I may kid around about drugs, but really, I take them seriously." - Doctor Graper