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Comment Uncommon Hardware (Score 1) 259

The biggest advantage for USB is for uncommon hardware configurations. For instance, I recently started using Yubikeys for authentication. Instead of getting a smartcard adapter for my desktop, laptop, and cell phone (god, just image carrying all that around!), I just have the one USB dongle that can plug into any computer or NFC to the cell phone.

I also do quite a bit of photography. Prior to USB, I honestly can't even remember a time when tethering a digital camera to a PC for remote shutter or instance image transfer upon capture even existed.

"Mass Storage" is one of those all encompassing things that USB does quite well these days. Need a boot device for a server? BAM, USB drive. Need to move just a couple GB of files from one building to the next where they don't have direct gigabit+ network links? BAM, another USB drive. Need to quickly access tools or drivers to fix a computer? Those are all on the micro SD card on my cell phone, which acts as a USB mass storage device when plugged into a computer.

Comment Re:That won't last long... (Score 1) 814

No, I was personally questioned quite a bit longer than just 90 minutes. I was detained for the entirety of the school day more once, even after switching schools multiple times.

This has happened to TONS of us, but it was back in the day before the internet was really the internet we know and love today. Mine happened in the days of AOL dialup, so it was hard to spread information other than for televised, mass print, or radio media. We didn't have court of public opinion via social media to help stand up for us back then. We were all simply labeled as "hackers" which Hollywood did a damn good job of painting us all to be criminals regardless of what we were all actually doing.

Comment Language vs Library (Score 4, Insightful) 169

For me, I use stack overflow for library related issues, not language related. Dealing with bullshit subtleties of things like jQuery, instead of fucking around for hours trying to figure out why a particular function has a weird ass edge case, someone else has already figured it out and documented it. It just so happens that said documentation is the comments within StackOverflow.

Comment Re: Is a JPEG at 0% compression a RAW image? (Score 1) 206

And thus, this is exactly my problem with "JPEG ONLY"... The camera does quite a bit more than just apply white balance and compress down to a JPEG from the sensor RAW data. Tonal curves, lens correction, sensor correction, sharpening, and a whole bunch of other processing happens during this conversion process. Most of what can be done in Lightroom can be saved as presets (using other tools) and loaded directly into the camera to be applied to a JPEG automatically on capture. Is this then wrong, because the camera did it rather than the user in the end? The results are still the same.

Comment Re: False metric (Score 1) 232

It could also be an indication of how hard it is to find vital information on a particular language. Search for anything in the Win32 API, and the MSDN will be the top result pretty much every time. Search for anything in the PHP language and will be the top result pretty much every time. Other languages are not even remotely as lucky. I personally find that finding even basics of other languages takes a few Google searches and several posts in various StackOverflow boards to get decent answers.

Comment Re:Free vs Fast Lane (Score 1) 89

In theory, yes. But they started with music streaming services first. Now they're doing it with video. Check the details, when this service is enabled, it forces content to 480p resolution at lower bitrates. Now, why would they want to do this? Firstly, this is actually overall reducing bandwidth. Secondly, it allows them to have a very steady and predictable usage pattern of their network. Browsing web pages or doing other things online are generally very spiky between needing lots of content, then idling for a while (while the user is reading or viewing images for example). Music and videos traditionally have larger buffering windows to deal with these lag spikes in the network. Now that bandwidth consumption can more easily be predicted, it is in theory easier to deliver said bandwidth to everyone on the network (such as QoS prioritization)

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