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Comment: Re:What's in the EU water? (Score 1) 244

by GNious (#47897377) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Don't get me wrong, I'm fond of my language when it comes to identity and culture. But when it comes to communication having global terminology and one way of doing it makes everything so much simpler. Yes, there's a whole lot of "English" speakers out there but any resemblance of a common tongue beats trying to use translators. It's something of a first world issue though as 16% of the world is still illiterate in their first language but I hope that in 100 years you could talk to at least half the world's population in one language.

Now you know why I started to learn Mandarin a few years ago - yeah, I've accepted that I won't get far on Danish alone, and there are more people knowing Mandarin/Hindi/Spanish than English :)

Meanwhile, I'm trying to recall the short-cuts in MS Office's Danish version ... thinking they are the same as in the UK version.

Comment: Re:"console shooter" (Score 2) 93

by GNious (#47896701) Attached to: Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

Play your console-shooters using a mouse+keyboard then?

There is nothing technical in the current and previous console generations that keeps you from using a USB or Bluetooth mouse in shooters. The game-developer might have decided to not support it, but that is a question of the game, and not the platform.

Comment: Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (Score 1) 524

by GNious (#47862079) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Purely observation: In recent months, firefox has become mostly unusable for me when watching streamed video - I have to use Safari to get anywhere near fluid playback on a laptop with more than enough CPU power. It seems a recent'ish change to something in firefox messed up plugins....

Comment: Re:Autoplay is EVIL (Score 4, Informative) 108

by GNious (#47848715) Attached to: Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans

Why is it any more evil than animated GIFs? Both play automatically, neither happen with sound, and compression on x264 is *way* better than with animated gifs.

I was initially opposed to autoplay on FB, but after thinking about it, I changed my mind. We already see tons of animated stuff on web pages, and the videos from people who show up on my page about are usually things I'd find interesting (if the user posting them didn't usually post interesting things, I'd have stopped following them). There's no unexpected sounds to bug me, and the quality to size ratio versus animated gifs is, what, two orders of magnitude better?

1) I suspect videos tend to be larger than Anim-GIFs by an order of magnitude
2) Anim-GIFs do not have any sound, while video tend to have sound (ie. more data transferred even if muted during playback)
3) Modern browsers have options for disabling auto-play of Anim-GIF, while similar control for video might be up to a 3rd party plugin

Note how Google can use Anim-GIFs as a preview for YouTube videos on Google+ - I'm thinking they aren't doing this because it is fun.

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