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Comment Re:I've had this as a plug-in. (Score 2) 107

And the sad part? So many here will cheer when HTML V5 video is worse in every metric than Flash by a country mile!

Uses more resources? Yep, both CPU cycles and memory, just compare Flash/VP8 to HTML V5 H.264 of the same quality and you'll find its a pig. they try to hide how big a hog it is by offloading to the GPU but guess what? GPU cycles don't grow on tress and all that extra power sucking will equal much quicker battery drain.

Has less features? Yep again, when it comes to animation and gaming HTML V5 isn't anywhere as good as Flash, despite it being in development for...what? The better part of a decade?

And finally the rotting elephant in the room...DRM. Adobe not only has always allowed any format to be put in a flash container but they also have had zero problems with people redistributing Flash or even producing a FOSS option in Gnash. Compare this to HTML V5 which thanks to APPL and MSFT is tied to H.264, a format owned by one of the nastiest patent trolls on the planet. Anybody think they are gonna let FOSS OSes add support without cutting them a check?

I'm all for replacing flash but it should be with something BETTER, what we are getting with HTML V5 is practically a wish list written by APPL and MSFT to help their position. think APPL wants HTML V5 to be great for animation and gaming and possibly compete with their appstore? Think MSFT wants a video format that doesn't have a patent tollbooth for any possible competition?

So if you want to replace Flash? Then replace it with something BETTER, with more features, more open formats, less resource usage. What we are doing is replacing one bad idea for another and that isn't progress to me.

Comment Re:Which is why (Score 1) 177

By the way, the current state of research seems to be that carbohydrate restricted diets work well in the short term but have only modest success in the long term.

Right, I linked that story because it speaks directly to the deception from the NIH and the USDA. It wasn't about the diet — I had great success the first time, and less weight loss the second time, so now I'm just watching what I eat — but about the deliberate attempts to deceive by our government. Shock, amazement, I know. At best they were trying to look busy. More likely, they were working on behalf of the rising processed foods industry.

Comment Re:Mirrored drones = deadly disco balls? (Score 4, Informative) 103

The mirror coating is barely reflective to a laser, and will burn off just about as quickly as the camouflage coating which you propose. What is needed to have any real effect is an ablative laser coating which continues to be reflective as it is burned away. AFAIK no such material exists as of yet, in spite of being prophesied in roll-playing games (i.e. Battletech.)

However, yes, there will be some reflections while the target is being cooked, and if it is at low altitudes that could be quite dangerous to any spectators.

Comment Re:When the alternative is paywalls (Score 1) 185

Would you prefer to have to buy a separate $20 per year subscription for each domain that you visit? Or what third option am I missing?

More sponsored content with embedded advertisement, of course. Some of this is shit, some of it is entertaining. The world's fastest car show sponsored by battery tender may be stamped battery tender all over it, but it doesn't really detract from the experience. It's almost kind of nostalgic, in a mutual of omaha's wild kingdom kind of way.

Comment Re:"In the interim"....now and forever (Score 1) 185

People having promiscuous sex should use condoms. Not in the interim while we are working for a cure for HIV, not until there are some better treatments for herpes. If you are engaging in sex with multiple partners, it will ALWAYS BE A GOOD IDEA.

Well, perhaps someday we will reach the point where phage therapy is more reliable than condoms. At that point, it will be largely irrelevant. Of course, that's assuming our society makes it long enough to develop that far...

Comment Re:Advertisers, worry about security? Get real (Score 1) 185

Noscript has been around for a long time, and many of us have been using it for a long time. I used to use Flashblock, back before malicious javascript became a serious thing, but then I switched to using Noscript, which also flashblocks.

It might be a hassle figuring out which script sources to enable, or to have some sites just never work. It's a bigger hassle to reinstall Windows.

Comment Re:I work in online advertising (Score 1) 185

We actually ended up on the phone to the guy who ran the site, begging him to switch to another advertising provider. He wasn't exactly enthusiastic, so the adblocker remained in place. Don't know where things have got to since then.

Probably nowhere, and fast. Dude is willfully aiding and abetting crime by carrying a known-malicious ad network. What scum.

Comment Re:Indians. (Score 1) 74

India really is quite wealthy. Yes, there's a lot of poverty. That's what most people seem to want to see for some reason.

That's what people see both because there's more of it around to see, and because the rich-poor divide is even wider in India than it is in other nations. While many of the descendants of the Raj continue to live opulent lifestyles surrounded by servants, whole swaths of the Indian population lives in a degree of squalor and dirt which you don't even see in most developed nations.

The fact that there's a lot of money in India doesn't stop large portions of its population from living in abject poverty.

Comment Re: A little surprising (Score 1) 52

I find this a little surprising. The NSA might have some great spy tools, but some of the most incredible programmers and IT people that I have ever known are German.

And yet, no software houses but Crytek are known for being German. And when the Nazis wanted to manage the concentration camps, they called IBM. I don't see any evidence that Germans are particularly good at software development.

Comment Re:39% without secondary false-positives. (Score 1) 177

Sound outlandish? We already have an AGW denier in here claiming psychology result replication numbers is just that proof.

Well, they genuinely have a psychological problem, but people throw out babies with bathwater constantly just because they're too lazy to fish out the baby, so it's a widespread one.

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