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Comment Re:Finally! (Score 4, Informative) 151

That's not planned for the moment, but with PreferenceStats.jsm (currently in Firefox Nightly), it is already possible to write an add-on that does monitors each tab. Firefox doesn't have a feature for stopping all scripts in a page yet (that's https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/s..., if you're curious), but reloading the tab without scripts (or other features) shouldn't be too hard.

Comment Re:intuitively I would think steam would be better (Score 1) 217

The key drawback of steam is that building a steam catapult that can vary its power output well enough to launch both large manned planes and (much more fragile) small drones is rather hard. And people _really_ want to launch drones from carriers.

Comment Re:What has Rust been used for? (Score 1) 181

Rust hasn't even hit 1.0 yet.
Due to language changes many have chosen to wait until the 1.0 release. So no, it's not surprising not to see anything "of note."

Despite this they have a very active subreddit with many people coding things - especially now that they've hit beta and the language is fairly stable.

There have been a few notable interested parties (that I've seen), including indications that Google is playing around with it and another large project investigating core usage.

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

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 Re:Next challenge: FirefoxOS phones (Score 1) 296

It will also be interesting to see how it affects the other hardware arenas.
We'll be seeing Firefox OS coming out on TVs, HDMI streaming dongles, raspberry Pi, and likely watches this year.
Upfront they focused on tuning it to run well on very low end hardware which may really pay off for them.

Comment Re:I won't notice (Score 1) 332

To quote the article you linked,

What the chart shows is that, for a 50-inch screen, the benefits of 720p vs. 480p start to become apparent at viewing distances closer than 14.6 feet and become fully apparent at 9.8 feet

So, if we are to accept the conclusions of this article, we shouldn't really be able to tell the difference between 480p and 720p until we get to roughly 10-12 feet. That's ridiculous, I could tell a 720p from a 480p image from twice that distance. If you can't, double-check that 20/20 of yours, may be time for a new prescription.

Comment Re:I won't notice (Score 2) 332

Permit me to disagree. I have not so hot vision (contacts, -4.50), and, unlike many people I know, I can clearly distinguish between, say, 720p and 1080p. I just moments ago installed my new 55" 4k Vizio (P series ftw!), and the difference is remarkable. It's fairly noticeable on upscaled 1080p content, but plug in a computer and push some real 4k (read: games), and the difference is remarkable. At a viewing distance of about 10 feet, the difference in clarity is readily apparent. And I'm not alone in this regard. The friends who helped me install this beast are fellow videophiles, and we were all blown away by the difference. I'm about to hop on to netflix to start up my subscription again (haven't had an active netfilx account in years) just so I can stream their 4k content (already have amazon prime), and I'm eagerly awaiting 4k blu ray (not that I'll spend much time swapping discs, as with current blu ray, they'll go in the drive just once, to be ripped, and then get carefully filed away).

Also, I heard many of your arguments years ago when HD was first rearing its head in the market. "There's no content, no one will buy it", "no one will buy it due to lack of content, so no one will make content", "current resolutions are completely sufficient, and no one will see a difference anyway". All wrong. Give it a year or two. Even if 4k blu ray doesn't take off particularly well, expect to see more and more streaming/downloadable 4k content. And, a quick perusal of 4k video on torrent sites show that 4k is already being pushed by the same people who have pushed every other major advance in home video for the last few decades: the porn industry. I couldn't find any 4k movies to download, but if you want to watch people screw in 4k, the future is now.

I'll go ahead and get off your lawn now.

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