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Comment: Re:Don't forget Firefox Hello! (Score 1) 147

by asa (#49125077) Attached to: Firefox 36 Arrives With Full HTTP/2 Support, New Design For Android Tablets

Videoconferencing from any device on the planet without installing any special software is bloat?

YES, in the same way that every user on the planet would probably want a calculator once in a while but that doesn't mean the browser needs to add one!

Firefox comes with a couple of calculators built in. It has since before it was called Firefox.

Comment: Cost and Experience (Score 3, Interesting) 400

by Drathos (#48716921) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

IMHO, ticket sales are tanking due to the cost of tickets and the movie going experience. I'd pretty much stopped going to see movies in the theater because I was sick of paying a lot of money for a terrible experience at my local Regal. Starting with the supposed show time, you'd get about 15-20 minutes of commercials, the MPAA PSA that accuses you of being a thief, a couple of trailers, and finally, a half hour after it was supposed to start, the movie. Then, during the movie, half the audience would be jabbering away, cell phones going off all the time, and even people shining laser pointers at the screen. And the theater wouldn't do anything to try to stop it.

Now that I have an Alamo, I'm starting to go to movies again because it's completely different. Tickets for regular showings are cheaper than the matinee showings were at Regal and the experience is FAR better. Add to that good food and drink, and it's wins all around.

Comment: Re:Luggage? (Score 1) 349

by Drathos (#48709833) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

I realize it's not in their job description, but they chose to take over the only point that everyone has to go through. People can check in online and skip the ticket counter.

It's one thing for a bag that is slightly too big for the overhead on a smaller regional jet, but they're letting through the full sized bags that are blatantly oversized.

Comment: Re: tfa says carry-on, one-way (Score 1) 349

by Drathos (#48707613) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

I don't know if this is still OK in the United States of Scaredy-cats, but I got on a flight at the first stop (Las Vegas, instead of my booked origin of Salt Lake City) of my booked route without issue when I was on my way home from vacation several years ago.

Comment: Re:Luggage? (Score 1) 349

by Drathos (#48707559) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

My last few flights on Delta, they were gate checking bags though to your destination. There was no option to get it back at the next stop.

Frankly, I prefer this since it prevents the massive clusterfuck of people blocking the ramp waiting for their bag while everyone else is trying to get off the plane. A few years ago, you'd only see a dozen or so folks waiting, now it's half the plane since nobody wants to pay the the check bag fee. This wasn't helped by the idjits at the TSA checkpoint allowing bags that were obviously too large through as "carry ons." The security checkpoint should be making those people go back to the ticket counter and check their bags before letting them through.

Comment: What is the point? (Score 4, Insightful) 88

by asa (#48247381) Attached to: Firefox OS Coming To Raspberry Pi

What was the point of Firefox? IE was free and was a proven and already well-established browser. By your logic, we never should have built Firefox and the Web should have stalled with IE6 in 2002.

The world needs a truly open mobile OS as much as it needed a truly open browser a decade ago. Android is open in name only and Google is hurriedly moving its most lucrative components into closed proprietary services and apps that aren't a part of open source Android. iOS is as closed as everything Apple does. Windows is getting some nice HTML5 support for apps, but not nearly enough. There's clearly an opportunity for HTML5 apps to compete on mobile if someone can build a solid alternative platform to the monopolies and silos we're all stuck with today.

Comment: Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (Score 1) 406

by Drathos (#48143525) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

If that's the case, they should also be calling for a ban on books and earplugs and should stop providing magazines/SkyMall for people to thumb through during those phases. But they're not and, as far as I know, they never have.

Before the electronics ban was lifted by the FAA, I demonstrated to a few of flight attendants how my noise canceling headphones made it easier to hear and understand them (since it's really only effective on the steady (engine and wind) noise, not on variable sound (talking)).

Comment: Re:billing address checks? what checks? (Score 1) 172

by Drathos (#47921259) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

The content owners don't let Netflix have the same content everywhere. They have to negotiate whole new licenses for each country they want to serve.

They're allowing the VPN users because, to Netflix, it looks like it's coming from a valid IP in the US. That's the whole point of the consumers using the VPN services - to trick the geolocation check that Netflix has.

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