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Comment: Also too lazy to add a print option (Score 1) 114

by tepples (#48910397) Attached to: Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

The vast majority of users of any given site have connectivity while they're using the site.

Because most users think they need to be online just to read web documents, certain cellular companies in the US are raking in beaucoup bucks. Time is money, but I'd rather spend four hours of my time once and then not have to spend it again the rest of the year rather than waste $400 a year on a data plan.

I guess I'm asking if you've ever tried the print view

I never tried looking for it. I just tried five minutes ago, but it turns out that a randomly chosen article from Cracked.com doesn't appear to contain the word "print" at all. I guess what my homemade reader does is prepare (and cache) a printable version of new articles. I'm also aware of other sites such as Ars Technica that charge per year for access to printable versions.

And if they're doing lazy loading and don't have a print view, well, then they're just asshole developers; in which case, you should probably let them know that

I expressed my dissatisfaction with the site's lazy loading practice on the site's forum. But despite my best attempt at being thorough and polite, I got modded down.

Comment: Re:Offline reading (Score 1) 114

by tepples (#48910087) Attached to: Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

On this particular site, I would prefer the images to load when I load the page and the comments to load when I follow the "View Comments" link. So I spent some time writing an RSS reader that implements this behavior, transforming the attribute that the lazy loading engine uses into the src= attribute and dropping elements outside the main article. But I'm an edge case; most people won't have the expertise for that option.

Comment: Re:Offline reading (Score 1) 114

by tepples (#48909965) Attached to: Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

I understand what you're talking about. But on the sites I read daily, lazy loading happens at least an order of magnitude more often than interrupted HTTP connections. And scrolling to the end is problematic for two reasons. First, because placeholders are zero height, the page reflows after each image loads. And second, if I scroll too far, the comment widget loads on each page, which causes the machine to spend Internet bandwidth on downloading, and CPU time on laying out, comments from other readers rather than downloading and laying out other articles.

Comment: End of support without paid upgrade (Score 1) 321

by tepples (#48909919) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

they want me to go to their store and buy every little update and app for some extra fee.

Think of it this way: If you were distributing software for home users, how would you recover the cost of making and testing updates to correct security vulnerabilities? I'm interested in what you'd recommend other than charging for updates after several years.

Comment: Three-month-old Continuum screenshot (Score 3, Informative) 321

by tepples (#48905921) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Google Images search for windows 10 continuum brings up images such as this one from this page. It looks like a small chunk of a Windows 8 Start screen and part of a Windows 7 Start menu put together. I'm assuming that the appearance of the new Continuum start menu didn't change when Microsoft removed the option to use full-screen Start screen.

Comment: Re:Offline reading (Score 1) 114

by tepples (#48905105) Attached to: Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

You mean you don't check to make sure there wasn't a server issue or some other issue preventing the content from loading before you drop off of the network?

Usually I look at the first screenful of a document to see it is overwhelmingly more likely than not to have loaded. For most sites that don't use lazy loading, viewing the favicon and snippet of the <title> element in the browser's tab bar is enough. Or are you claiming that I ought to read the entire document before I read the document?

Comment: Tumblr (Score 1) 114

by tepples (#48900597) Attached to: Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

If there was a service that came out with 300 characters as a limit, it would crush Twitter.

You mean like Tumblr or Blogspot or LiveJournal or just about any other blogging platform?

superior services will demolish their business if they don't listen to the number one complaint about Twitter from their users

I thought the biggest complaint about Twitter was sockpuppetry. See Twitter use thirteen different characters.

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