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Comment Re:vs TIFF files? (Score 4, Insightful) 311

In lossless compression, it beats TIFF hands-down for the mainstream compression methods (packbits, LZW, ZIP). You can use pretty much whatever compression you want in a TIFF file (it's more of a container format than an encoding definition), but given how well FLIF compresses vs other image compression methods, it's pretty good.

The progressive loading is also superior to TIFF, which generally don't use progressive at all. I'm not sure how much this matters, though, as their example of using it for responsive design assumes that the graphic at lower resolutions 'as is' gives an acceptable enough result to replace current solutions that serve a different resolution image that may well have been specifically tuned for a given resolution/bandwidth. JPG already has similar progressive loading, and I don't know of any browser that will halt a JPG download after the Nth iteration deeming it 'good enough'.

It also apparently has animation support, which may be better than APNG and MNG and others. For now GIF still seems to rule the animated image domain, despite its many shortcomings (imgur's faked-out video -> gif -> mp4-served-via-html-named-gifv doesn't count).

On most other fronts, though, it seems TIFF (and other formats) may be superior. A rather big one is that it doesn't yet support metadata. Another big one for the graphics industry would be lack of CMYk and other color spaces.

It also seems to support 'only' 16 bits per channel. There's a variety of 32bpc encodings for TIFF (straight, LogLUV, etc) and I do hope that it's just an arbitrary limit such that the work done in FLIF could conceivably be added to formats like OpenEXR.

That would also largely take care of concerns like the lack of additional channels, layers, etc. that can be presented in TIFF. This would make OpenEXR the container format and FLIF the encoding (or, at least, the compression).

That would still place it squarely in the interest of those dealing with graphics (a very fast decode of the progressive version used when framescrubbing, then loading the full 10k plate when paused for a bit, for example), and not so much the average consumer.

For consumer adoption, it would need broad support among browsers (lack of webp support means that hasn't particularly taken off), from digital imaging device manufacturers (you're more likely to upload 'a FLIF file' if that's what rolled out of the camera / got written to the SD card to begin with) and in common software (but that tends to follow from the other two).

Comment Re:Patreon still hacked (Score 1) 79

How does that relate to being 'hacked' any more than the latest blockbuster movie released on blu-ray getting ripped and distributed?

For a good chunk of Patreon content, you don't even have to bypass much of anything (unlike blu-rays' copy protection) as they're just regular youtube-hosted videos.

There's a good discussion to be had there about content, ip rights, piracy, the pros/cons thereof and the pros/cons of using patreon and similar system in the first place, and whether or not it's terrible when it's people just trying to make a few bucks on the side but okay when they're getting $arbitrary_amount/month off of patreon - but in the context of 'hacked', the occurrence of videos getting downloaded and re-uploaded elsewhere does not seem to fit in.

Comment Re:EEVblog (Score 1) 66

1. From the article (I know, I know):

Recently, one of my favorite YouTube channels, Dave Jonesâ(TM) EEVblog, came under attack after having published a series of videos debunking a product claiming to vastly extend the life of alkaline batteries

2. Subtle, but not entirely unimportant: it's an IndieGoGo project, not a Kickstarter.

Comment Re:Police state San Jose (Score 1) 258

It is invasive, because it allows the wholesale collection of information on people without any effort

Hold up... it's the collection of information on cars. More specifically, it's the collection of information in license plates.

Every time somebody tries to argue that a speed ticket is not for them because they cannot be identified in a photo as having been the driver, a lot of people are ready to accept that license plate != person(s) for the same reasons that they would argue that IP address != person(s).

By the logic they employ, the same should extend to situations which are less favorable to them.

If we really want to start picking and choosing when something invades a person's privacy (drones taking pictures of your house even when not over your property), and when something is totally okay (google streetview), we better start making one hell of a database of exceptions to exceptions to exceptions to the rules.

Comment Re:*shrugs* (Score 2) 25

The court will allow the studio to send invoices to downloaders if it only charges downloaders for the cost of a legitimate copy of the film, and if it pays the bond.

Now the judge just has to argue that the cost of a legitimate copy of the film is $0.smidgens (based on downloaded film duration as a fraction of a Netflix subscription, say) and there's truly no reason to ever buy a movie in Australia... other than for that fuzzy warm feeling of sending money to the media conglomerates.

Comment Re:Russian-made, not Russian (Score 4, Insightful) 249

This is indeed the problem. The Russian government (and tbh, all others involved) can - and will - continue to shift the blame. First it's a Ukrainian fighter jet, then it's not a Russian-made rocket, then it's Ukrainian 'rebels', then it's pro-Russian separatists they have no control over, then it's not their fault the recently-dismissed-from-Russian-army people shot down the wrong plane, and finally what were commercial planes doing there anyway?
( Hint: That's already the debate in various lawsuits against companies and governments other than the Russian one - as even the family members of victims realize Russia's covering their ass all too well. )

So the report's conclusions - which apparently need political debate to finalize - really don't matter much.

In the mean time, Russia imposes sanctions against countries involved in investigations leading to bankruptcies left right and center (oh right, that's why the conclusions need political debate), vetoes any U.N. proposal they dislike (the U.S. does much the same in other matters.. can't blame them for that one - too bad there isn't a cap on the number of vetoes votes one can cast per given time period), and happily go about business as usual knowing that in the end, this is barely even a blip on the radar in their history - much the same as Korean Air Lines 007, Iranian Air 655, Pan Am 103 (might ring a bell under 'Lockerbie ') and many others.

Comment Re:Yeah 22 seconds? (Score 1) 664

So the shooter was already outside in his own backyard with an appropriately loaded shotgun* just waiting for any old drone he had never seen to come by at random??

From the article:

During its first flight, the Phantom apparently gave an error message and could not fly past this road without a setting change. So, Boggs brought it home, fixed the settings and swapped its battery -- giving time for Merideth to go inside, retrieve his shotgun and wait for the drone to return

( emphasis mine )

Comment Re:The moral of the story... (Score 4, Insightful) 59

While the general sentiment of your statement is correct - given the plurality of services they have discontinued in the past - do note that this autocomplete API wasn't particularly "offered to the public"; it was never official or particularly supported.

Relying on undocumented / unofficial APIs always carries such a risk.

Comment Re:Easy way out for Uber (Score 1) 193

How long would they last if every 2nd or every 3rd vehicle you called was a rusted heap with smoke billowing out the hood and the exhaust pipe?

You're taking a jab at the taxi industry in some locations, and that tickles me some.

But... isn't prevening that exactly the sort of thing - via user reviews and such - that is part of Uber's appeal?

Every rusted heap with smoke billowing out the hood would quickly garner negative reviews (for that particular car, for the company that sent it, maybe both), and people would no longer order that taxi / from that company through Uber.
Alternatively, people see the price as being super low and think that a little bit of smoke isn't so bad when they can save a few bucks, and people would order it regardless.

Either which way, Uber's system would be working.

Comment three cargo aircraft crashes [citation needed] (Score 1) 69

lithium battery fires have caused at least three cargo aircraft crashes


2? 3? Not sure - plenty of "implicated but not proven" or "something caught fire, landed safely, nobody hurt but extensive damage".

This is an interesting read, though - lengthy report of incidents, including minor (e.g. smoking bag before being loaded) between March 1991 and April 2015:

Comment Re:Arent botnets (Score 1) 56

No, he's probably right. Don't forget that things like a Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black and TiVos and smartphones and so forth and so on all run some flavor of Linux as well. It could very well easily be billions when you include all of the platforms from the simplest device (that could have done with a simpler microcontroller but using a more beefy chip meant cost savings on not having to use a separate display driver and running a lightweight Linux distro on there seemed like a perfect fit) to supercomputer clusters.

What GP should have said was 'desktop share'. Where people use the computers more directly. Where people are fallible. Where people will click "Yes" when they're asked if they really, really want to run a program after they downloaded it from a site that kind of looked like their bank's so it must have been legit, etc. There's little to no defense against botnet type behavior in any operating system when the attack vector is human ignorance, gullibility, or straight out stupidity

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe