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Comment re: Fuck GIF (Score 1) 99

It belongs back in 1995 and has no place being used for anything anymore. Use a real fucking format. I mean it's no wonder it's 12 GB, If this had been a Webm it would've compressed into a couple MB easily.

Actually, any dedicated video format would do better than this. I have seen some sites that accept uploading of GIFs only to convert them and serve them as MPEG4. The additional advantage is supporting a larger colour range.

GIFs seemed cool until I discovered how big they were, compared to the equivalent video. Can anyone explain why they still seem attractive?
If it is because they are treated as images, maybe the browser image tag could silently accept MPEG4 or WebM and treat them as equivalent somehow?

Comment Re:American vs. European 'safety' (Score 5, Insightful) 181

I thought the same thing, but in TFA:

Of particular concern to safety groups is the finding that passengers in a typical EU model are 33 per cent safer in front-side collisions, an accident that often results in serious injury, than those in a typical US model.

I suspect there is a bias towards driver safety in the US standards, since cars tend to have a single occupant.

This is part of the problem with the TTIP and other 'negotiated in secret' trade agreements. Populations in different cultures and populations have different priories for them, so a government is penalised for trying to be stricter on companies, than in another geography, there is a problem. The TTIP just encourages the lowest common dimonator to rule the board, since that is going to make it easier on corporations, rather than protecting the interests of citizens in a given location.

The only winners for TTIP and the sister trade agreements are US centric multinationals, at least from what I have read.

Comment Re:Living While Black or Brown? (Score 1) 243

The primary role of the police is to protect the rich from the poor. Any protections granted TO the poor are secondary and generally accidental.

Makes me wonder how much this aligns with people who vote vs people who don't vote. If the poor are less likely to vote, then is that because they don't understand the importance or they get convinced it is not worth it? The other question, is if a person from this community stood up and got voted in, would that person remain loyal to those people, following the change in wealth status?

Comment Re:Move to the latest version? (Score 1) 435

Some of the options DNS, mDNS and I am sure Windows has its own native approach.

The truth is, IPv4 addresses are probably too many numbers for the average person anyhow. For a tech, they are probably remembered in a limited context/time period anyhow. Names are what is easiest to most people. The whole 'IPv6 addresses are too long' argument, is only valid when you don't have the right services on your network and even then is not a good argument for not moving to IPv6, instead it is just a hard reality of dealing with more resources. The argument is almost like not to growing a company, because you won't be able to remember everyone's name - accept change that progress requires or risk becoming irrelevant.

Comment Re:Move to the latest version? (Score 2) 435

No thanks. IPv6 addresses are a mouthful, typically 3x as long when printed. We should move to a version that makes them 1 byte longer.

You know that's not much longer and it will not break anything, well at least that's what marketing told me. The engineers keep on telling me that even 1 extra bit will break everything, but what dot they know? Something about assumptions of 32-bit fixed size. Whatever that means? Aren't they paid enough to do their magic and satisfy the business requirements set out by marketing, instead of pushing back?

Comment Re:Doctor what's wrong with me? (Score 1) 111

Those genes are not expressed, and we don't have copies of those viruses floating around our bloodstream.

Probably, and for the most part. But we used to think the genome was mostly "junk DNA" before we understood that much of it was homeotic in function. It seems to me that virus copies would not be conserved over time unless they were serving some function.

Comment Re:That's what Nokia, Moto, and Microsoft said (Score 1) 535


I also don't buy that argument -- otherwise how the hell did Tesla jump start into an already saturated market? If Apple was smart they would just buy Tesla to save them years of experience. :-)

Just because a company is_currently_ not in an existing market doesn't imply that they won't be hiring people who can lay the foundation.

Impossible? No. Hard? Yes.

Agreed. The past has shown that being late to market is not necessarily a problem, if you have done your homework. Also, this being Apple, they would rather not go to market than offer a lame horse - think of the AppleTV TV (or whatever it was meant to be called).

Its nice to see these companies uncomfortable, because it would hopefully make them rethink of the market. If they don't, well then that is plenty of opportunity for the newcomers who can play their cards right.

Comment Typical Nintendo (Score 1) 151

Nintendo is very aggressive at eliminating anything it doesn't like. It really doesn't seem to get the notion of community or of just letting it slide. They also haven't quite got the hang of the Streisand Effect.

I can understand to a certain extent why they do this, but like the unofficial Pokemon party, they need to know when to turn a blind eye, or play community building tactics behind the scenes. BTW I am curious to know whether this action was by Nintendo Japan or Nintendo USA and how they vary in their legal aggression?

I wish Nintendo would just chill sometimes and just focus on getting the 21st century.

I say all this as someone who ends up buying the consoles from each generation, but still feeling they could do more to foster the love of the community and third-party developers.

Maybe I am just a regular loopy fanboy?

Comment Re:Self-awareness to read maps? (Score 1) 165

Correct me if I'm wrong but myriad commercial GPS navigation systems will alert a pilot when going into a no-fly area. Since all the increased regulation since 9/11 I'd expect that to be a major selling point.

I suspect so, though even if they don't Google has demonstrated a solution which detects no-fly zones: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

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