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Comment Re:I work in online advertising (Score 1) 259

90% of ad networks vet their ads to run clean

Are you saying that if I send them an .swf file, they'll say, "no, send us the source, and we'll audit it and then compile it ourselves?"

Because if they don't do that, then they're not vetting jack shit.

(Putting aside the fact that Flash ads have mercifully fallen out of fashion in the last few years.)

Comment Re:I don't see the problem (Score 2) 99

Apparently one of the justifications for spending space on such a ridiculously specialized task, is that in the rare event that it's being used, some of the other stuff (e.g. the general-purpose parts) might have a brief opportunity to cool off a bit. Your bigger cache wouldn't have that advantage, because you'd be using it so often.

Some say often-dark silicon will be a growing trend.

Comment But what IS the liability? (Score 1) 706

Let's say your law is enacted.

Your wife sees your email address in the dump, and throws a glass of wine at you. $40 shirt: totally ruined. Oh, and she won't have sex with you anymore, ever. And Johnson in Accounting (who keeps his johnson in his pants, whereas you're obviously a total poon-hound) got that $10k/yr promotion instead of you (and the boss admits that you-being-in-the-dump was a factor in his decision). How much does the CEO of AM owe you?

I basically agree with your idea of holding them responsible, but if I'm on the jury, my damages award (so far; feel free to continue the story) is $0.

Comment Re:Warning (Score 1) 144

Excellent. Now, which one of the things you just mentioned, doesn't completely suck in such an overwhelmingly over-the-top hysterical comedy of disgrace, that it didn't make what you had a decade earlier, look like so-much-higher tech that it was indistinguishable from magic? Your entertainment system in 2005 shouldn't be nicer than your 2015 one. But unless you're a pirate, it is, and you look back on the old days with a tear in your eye.

As long as you are happy with Netflix's selection, its best-case upper bound, is that its quality (if Netflix is very nice and always makes all the UI decisions that you also would have made) can approach what you can do with local playback. Throw in one single exception (e.g. say you're into an Amazon Prime show, or an HBO show) then everything goes to shit and now you're using different tools for different contents.

"I've got it in alphabetical order," she says, "but see? No 'All My Circuits' in the As."

"Oh," you explain, "that show is on a different list, and you use a different player for it. Here, give me the other remote, and I'll just set the monitor to that input (or I'll alt-tab to that other window) (or I'll click to that other browser tab)."

"WTF, it's showing an ad, and I can't skip. I wanted to watch the show, not the ads."

"Oh, that other player let you skip, but this one doesn't."

"Even my Tivo fifteen years ago could fast forward. My grandparents VCR could fast-forward. Whatever. Ok. Why is the window so small?"

"You clicked the wrong thing. This player's full-window control is the square, not the arrows."

"Screw this, I'll watch 'All My Circuits' some other time. Let's watch a show where we can skip ads."

"Ok, let's watch 'Everybody Loves Hypnotoad' because its player works better."

"Yay!"

"Click. Click. Ok, here we go. E. E. So many Es to scroll through."

"Just do a keyword search. There can't be many hypnotoads."

"You're thinking of that other player. This one doesn't have as good of searching and indexing. ER. ET. EU. Everybody. Here we go. The hypnotoad. Play. Oh. Ignore that, just wait."

"Buffering? Is this a joke? You subscribed to this one months ago. Surely it has downloaded by now!"

"No, this is streaming, not local. You don't cache things quite so aggr--"

"We've been talking about this for seconds! Why isn't it done yet?"

"I guess I have a lot of activity right now. Don't worry, it won't take too l-- see? Here we go."

"We already saw this episode."

"Oh, yeah, I guess the current episode isn't out in our region yet. I know, let's watch 'The Sound of Nazis.'"

"Ok. They say that one is funny."

"Just a minute. Ok, good, I already have that tab open over here. Oh, it was playing an ad. Maybe that's why Hyponotoad was slow. Doesn't matter. Sound of Nazis. Sound of Nazis. Here we go."

"Ooooh, pretty! This one is fast! And no ads!"

"Yeah, I guess you could say we finally have the perfect player here, and nothing could possibly go wrong in any sort of embarrassing way at this point."

"Yep. Hey, wait. 'Sauerkraut in my lederhosen?' I think I misunderstood that. Can you make the subtitles English? My German's not so good."

"Uhhh.."

"I know you can get subs for this movie. I saw them online."

"Maybe so, but I don't think I can load subs into the player. It only plays whatever content is on the remote server."

"Ok, let's watch 'Death Blow'!"

"Death Blow! When someone tries to blow you up, not because of who you are, but for other reasons altogether!"

"Muahaha! Yeah! Let's watch it!"

"Oh. They removed it last month," you say. But then the world goes grey and YOG-SOTHOTH appears.

YOG-SOTHOTH: "You are now merely complaining about a miscellaneous service limitation, not a problem with players and services being tied together. Even with standard players, a service could fail for whatever reason."

SLOPPY: "No, hold on, I'm going somewhere with this, which will continue to illuminate the stupidity of nonstandard interfaces."

YOG-SOTHOTH vanishes .. temporarily.

"But we didn't watch it yet," she says.

"They removed it. They had it, but now they don't. We should have time-shifted."

(YOG-SOTHOTH's distant voice: "Oh, I see where you're going with this.")

"Timeshit? What's that?" she asks.

"Time-shift. Something your parents did so that they weren't always getting totally fucked over by someone else's schedule."

"Look, this other player+service has 'Sack Lunch!' They have it. Let's watch it."

"Ok. Here we go."

"Why is it black?"

"Oh right, monitor didn't authenticate."

"So what? It's your player. Why would it do something you don't want it to do? This is your computer."

"Well, sort of. We used to own our computers, but these days it's complicated. Nowdays you buy a computer to serve many other masters."

"Those other masters should buy their own computers."

"No, they want mine. Look, I just need to get the new whitelist. Let's do that some other time."

"I know! Let's go outside!"

Comment Re:So before ordering... (Score 4, Insightful) 280

Create a video of you doing that and put it up in YouTube.

WTF. Did you really bring a camera into my restaurant? I'm calling the cops. BTW, how did you make it past security with that thing? The head waiter should have found it when he patted you down. Needless to say, no, you won't be putting this on youtube, because the waiter's uniform and my chef hat are copyrighted. You'll at least have to crop those out. Oh, and my barber says you need to blur out my moustache if you use this conversation in your video, too. (No, your video can't have my restaurant's tables and chairs in it; the supply company was very clear about their IP.) Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out, and obviously I don't need to tell you why you can't show the door, because even if the door itself weren't copyrighted, it also happens to have our business-hours sign on it...

Comment Re:Warning (Score 1) 144

8 dollars isn't the problem. It's the fact that I would need some trade secrets (and it'd probably also involve a DMCA violation) in order to write a player for Netflix, which is the problem.

You don't ever want to be in a situation where the people you buy a service (or media) from, are also in control of the software that you use. Think back and see if you can ever remember a situation where that happened, and the result was anything better than terrible. (And to answer your retort, NO, horrible isn't better than terrible!)

Pascal is a language for children wanting to be naughty. -- Dr. Kasi Ananthanarayanan

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