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Comment Re:Same likely holds true... (Score 1) 258 258

thats not entirely true. some ads are welcome

  I recent got a new car (well new to me) and one of the things i want to do is get fitted seat covers as the interior is an off white and i am....well a slob

  so after looking for a few weeks i havent found anything that fits my needs (fitted, not leather or fake leather, and well made)

  well I noticed some ads all of a sudden starting to show up for fitted car seats and eventually i found what i was looking for because of google ads

  I will admit it is the first time ive found it useful, but when ads are done right, they are not a bad thing

Much less helpful is when you google for something you need, find it, buy it, then keep getting ads for something you already purchased and have absolutely no need to purchase again...how long after you bought your seat covers did you keep getting ads for them, do you remember? I have friends who bought a new(ish) vehicle over a year ago, yet their displayed ads are still heavily slanted towards local vehicle dealerships...

What would, possibly, make these ads useful (maybe) is if the user could 'x' them out, indicating that they aren't interested in that type of ad or that product. I hate advertising in general, but that might give the user an illusion of choice, at least...

Comment Re:Browsing with mosquitoes (Score 2) 258 258

"Some of them don't even have the "X" corner icon."

Or worse, the Close X is slightly off the screen. At this point I have no choice but to abandon the website.

If it actively drives me away from you site by preventing em from going past a certain point, it's not an advertisement. We need a new term for it.

We have one: it's basically a pop-up.

It behaves like one in every way, just the mechanics of how it's displayed is different...so maybe browsers need to dust off their 'pop-up blocker' option code and update it to block these damn things too? The simple fact that pop-ups were annoying enough to enough people that blocking them became a standard feature in browsers should perhaps be a hint to the people who use these things that their days are numbered...

Comment Re:Time to cut the cord (Score 1) 100 100

They ought to make some shows about Alaska. Can't believe nobody has thought of that yet.

Yeah! And gold, people LOVE gold, right? It's a sure thing!

Or, I know...how about a show that takes a mildly challenging profession and drama's it up a bit? You know, take months of footage, then cut and edit to make it sound like the most dangerous thing in the world, worse than swimming with sharks while wrapped in a bacon wetsuit! It's prime-time GOLD!

Comment Re:Duh. But correlary (Score 1) 21 21

So you do understand the word "expect", but instead of asking me why I would not be as willing to converse with an unknown person who will remain anonymous you insert your own reasoning. You are really no better off with this statement than your first.

The irony is that you fiercely guard your own pseudo-anonymity, while scorning others who seek even deeper anonymity.

Oh, you're right, the proper English term is not 'ironic', it's 'hypocritical'. Thanks for clearing that up :)

Comment Re:Complete Gibberish On Its Face (Score 1) 503 503

"Wealthy retirees today also already live an essentially post-money existence"
You have to be really, truly full of shit to say something like that

I don't even think the absurdity of that statement even registered with the summary writer.

It's one of the most semantically null statements I've see on /. yet, essentially "The wealthy don't need money to live well." Oookay, but if they didn't have money, they wouldn't be wealthy, now would they? *head-shake*

Comment Re: Tell us about "AlmostAllAdsBlocked+" Coren22 (Score 1) 189 189

Awww...do you talk to your tv, too?

Seriously dude, it's a bot, it has to be. Nobody could be that consistently annoying: they'd have to have an off day once in a while....

Sure wish the developer of the bot would meet a graphic end involving bobcats and sriracha sauce in various orifices, though...

Comment Re:Lies, damn lines, and statistics (Score 1) 102 102

That one billion figure doesn't sound as impressive after one considers that it's fairly likely that it's mostly obtained by counting every Android install that comes bundled with Chrome. I'd be shocked, just shocked, if Google does NOT count someone who used Chrome a few times, before installing Firefox mobile. Like me, for example. I hardly ever use Chrome on my Googlephone. But, I'm sure I'm counted in that billion-plus figure.

Exactly what I was thinking. Should it really count if the user can't uninstall the damn thing?

Would be a more useful metric if they subtracted the number of users that have it disabled in their android devices, or haven't opened it in the last year, or whatever...but maybe they did, I don't really care enough to find out :P

Comment Re:This is like transmission on web sites (Score 2) 168 168

Maybe our TVs just need an "incognito mode" on the remote?

A button on the remote isn't necessary, a paper bag with eye holes will do the trick... If you don't have a black mustache and wear glasses, a set of Grouch-o Mark's glasses might work too.

...or a strip of electrical tape...

(^^^^^ that's for the camera, so don't get too creative...:)

Comment Re:Use an existing standard please (Score 1) 358 358

Yeah, I totally hate HDMI cables too, they suck! So what if I can get pure digital HD video and audio on the same tiny cable, as opposed to the five required for component (with stereo sound and lesser vidoe quality). I just hate having to actually look at the cable and port I'm trying to plug it into: I'd much rather just jab them together blindly until it goes in!

Nice attempt at sarcasm, but you missed the point. People want 'everything'. I'd say that I've plugged more cables in under less than ideal circumstances than with a good view of what I'm trying to plug in - such as into the back of a computer when I can't see the back, less than ideal lighting, odd angles, etc.. Having a cable where I don't have to worry about orientation makes it so much easier. Component video is less than ideal because you still need 3-5 cables plugged into the correct spots.

Roughly speaking, the question might be WHY is HDMI only orientable in two ways? Could they have made it so it's reversible without sacrificing any utility?

Heck, consider the bandwidth available from coax. Why do we need all those wires, because it's cheaper?

Well, I suspect it would have something to do with keeping to a standard pinout. Yes, they probably could have made HDMI a fully x/y mirrored plug, but probably at the cost of doubling the number of power and data connectors, hence doubling the connector and socket thickness or length...while knowing full well that one set of contacts will be idle every time the cable is plugged in. Apparently apple gets around this by using both serial data paths at the same time, but the HDMI standard needed a bit simpler connection: it didn't have the equivalent of a desktop computer's processing power on either end to handle variable serial data streams across one set of contacts. Note that I said didn't: with the rise of smarter and smarter devices, it's entirely possible that now it does have that brains on either end...but we do have to pick a system and go with it, and the one that works with the widest array of devices will ultimately win in the end.

From an engineering and materials efficiency point of view, having uni-directional plugs is simply an accepted standard. Other than audio and component video cables (and that little apple plug, of course), what else is omni-directional? (Okay, the lightning plug is only bi-directional, but you know what I mean) Hard drive connectors (sata and IDE), all of the power connectors in your computer, 120V plugs, 20A plugs, USB cables, thumb drives, etc, etc, they only go into the socket one way: if you force it you break it. At least micro-usb has those little springy things on the bottom: I can feel them with a finger, figure out the orientation and plug in my phone in the dark, no problem. If it were a USB-A plug, I might be cursing a bit...

Comment Re:Use an existing standard please (Score 1) 358 358

Speaking of power, those wall outlets supplying mains voltage also require orienting them correctly, as do ethernet cords, even fibre optic cords are designed to require proper orientation (though that one has always struck me as odd) people seem to manage all of these in their daily lives without issues, yet as soon as you put it on a phone it confounds them.

Yet they still manage to get their sparkly cases on their phones, even though there's not a camera and charger hole on both ends...funny, that :)

Comment Re:Use an existing standard please (Score 1) 358 358

To be fair, a cable that is plugged in daily is a very different use case than one that is plugged in once and left plugged in until a component is replaced. The design tradeoffs are different if it gets a lot of plugging in/out action.

You mean...like USB Type A cables and thumb drives?

Yeah, maybe we should scrap the lot and go back to every developer using proprietary plugs to drive up peripheral sales. Works for me!

Comment Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 1) 335 335

Well, I don't use data upload software. That does not absolve the OS from a responsibility of elementary fairness among processes, nor routers from the same among connected devices. This is a primary function of OS and router.

That you admit through silence the same lack of features in CPU throttling, is proof enough.

Google drive might not be justified in omitting a feature that is necessary because of limitations of YOUR OS and router, but I wouldn't have the fundamental responsibilities of different software blurred.

Sorry, now you're just talking out of your butt. The onus for responsible resource management is not on the OS, it's on the programmer. I don't know of an OS that won't give a program whatever free memory and/or CPU cycles it requests by default (i.e., without the user setting explicit limits), because the OS frankly doesn't know what the program wants to do with them.

For video encoding, it's entirely reasonable that the software could peg the processors, bogging down everything else running on the computer, but that's a function of the nature of the program. It needs those cycles in order to process video in a reasonable timeframe, and the user should be aware of that when they install it. This behavior is not acceptable for, say, a browser, which is why Firefox got a lot of bad press about five years back: memory leaks and periodic takeovers of processing power. People complained because that's not what a browser should do, and rightly so.

Omitting throttling on an upload client is like omitting color correction in a photo editing suite. Sure it'll do most of what you need, but it severely restricts the usability.

Comment Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 1) 335 335

Ok, Google drive awaits the same fate then. I don't see a problem. But that is irrelevant because I was talking about expectations from software in general, which don't include throttling as universally as you claimed.

Just curious: what data upload software do you use that doesn't provide user-controlled bandwidth settings? I honestly can't think of any other than the GDrive client...well, perhaps browsers, but in their case the throttling has to be built-in and transparent (or a function of http traffic?), because when I use GDrive through the browser interface, it behaves.

Comment Re:Use an existing standard please (Score 1) 358 358

The only actual features of the lightning connector are that it can be used by people who have suffered too much brain damage to understand spatial orientation

One way sockets that are hard to get the right way around first time annoy people. If you haven't noticed that, then you are very unobservant. If you think that kind of annoyance isn't worth fixing with new sockets, then you are an idiot.

Good plug & socket designs go in the first time, and don't require looking. Take the jack plug as an old, yet excellent example.

Yeah, I totally hate HDMI cables too, they suck! So what if I can get pure digital HD video and audio on the same tiny cable, as opposed to the five required for component (with stereo sound and lesser vidoe quality). I just hate having to actually look at the cable and port I'm trying to plug it into: I'd much rather just jab them together blindly until it goes in!

Same goes for DVI, S-Video and even VGA! Yeah, screw them all, I'll stick to composite, man! Fight the power!

Comment Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 1) 335 335

How does MS Excel allow the user to specify that 20% or 600 MHz of CPU is available for it? I couldn't find the setting.

I suspect your OS is better in fairness about CPU allocation than network. Foreground vs background heuristics are easier for CPU, I guess.

Um, I think you missed the point. If I were running a program that was bad-mannered enough to consistently hog all of the processing power available to it, then I would be 'throttling' it...by uninstalling it. Which is what I did for Google Drive.

I will not tolerate poor manners from people or from software.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990