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Comment Re:Great. (Score 1) 311

GIF was created by Compuserve in 1987 for their BBS-like service, so they had a captive user base. Their previous image standard was black and white -- 8-bit color was a new thing. JPEG was created by an international standards group to handle photographs, and I get the impression it came along about as soon as computers could handle it. I couldn't find any earlier (pre-1992) lossy color image formats. PNG was developed in 1995, within a year of Unisys announcing that it was going to enforce patents on the LZW compression used in GIFs, and even then it took many years and some bad publicity for Unisys before PNG really caught on.

GIF and JPEG were the first major color image formats of their type, and they were created about as early as possible. PNG was created in response to the limitations of GIF's patent status and 8-bit color, and was adopted much more slowly. I don't see a new image format catching on without a compelling reason, and historically, improvements in compression have not been enough. A reasonably high-quality, high-resolution image is just not that big.

By comparison, new video formats come along more frequently due to the large and increasing bandwidth requirements of high-quality streaming video, with early adoption coming from pirates, anime fansubbers, and other tech-savvy user bases.

Comment Re:Why do teens *need* all these drugs??? (Score 1) 133

Good Lord, We had no inclination of taking the slew of pharmaceutical drugs back in my day as a teen ... we did just fine without all the anti-depressants turning kids into zombies so early ln life.

What makes you think you would have known all about other people's mental illnesses when you were a teenager? Or who was medicated, or who attempted suicide? The first instinct most people (and their families) have is to *hide* their mental illness, and that's only if they make it past denial in the first place. SSRIs are usually taken once a day at home. When I went on Prozac in high school 15+ years ago I didn't tell anyone, and I don't think anyone knew. People noticed that I was in a better mood, and my grades went up, but it's not like there was a sign over my head that said "I don't want to kill myself anymore."

Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 1) 372

And that would help how?
Why would it matter?

Well, what you said before was (emphasis mine):

I myself have an account created on an escort-related forum, solely for reading other people's stories. I never used the service and I don't plan on doing so, but it was the only way to read the stories posted there. Now, that forum might get hacked, my account might be exposed and my wife might leave me for something I haven't done but she would think I did.

You presented a scenario: Your wife discovers something about you that she didn't know. This new information leads her to suspect that you have been deceiving her, and have broken the trust in your relationship. (Not an uncommon thing, sadly.) Telling her the information in advance averts the surprise, and makes your explanation appear less likely to be ("another") lie. She might even enjoy reading other people's stories too.

People are illogical.

I'm not talking about "people". I'm talking about one person, who (I hope) knows you pretty well.

No, I don't care. He's master over his own life and unlike others I don't impose my morality over his.

You don't seem terribly concerned about your friend's wife, or the control he's imposing over her life by lying to her. I'm not saying you should stop being friends with the guy, but not caring at all seems quite extreme.

Personally, I find that my friends influence how I change as a person over a long period of time. Thus, the morality of my friends matters to me. I'm not interested in imposing my morality on others, I'm interested in improving my own.

Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 1) 372

I myself have an account created on an escort-related forum, solely for reading other people's stories. I never used the service and I don't plan on doing so, but it was the only way to read the stories posted there. Now, that forum might get hacked, my account might be exposed and my wife might leave me for something I haven't done but she would think I did. Would that be fair?

This problem can be solved by the simple method of telling your wife that you have such an account.

I personally would never cheat on my wife, however I have no problem with a friend cheating on his wife. It's his problem and I won't think less of him for engaging in extramarital sex. To me, it's like smoking.

If you don't care whether your friend violates the trust of the person he's supposed to be closest to, that's your decision. But most people would consider that an extremely low standard. Would you care if he lied to you?

(If his wife knows about it and is okay with it, that's different. But it doesn't sound like that's what you're talking about.)

Comment Re:The 555 timer sucks. (Score 1) 170

Sure, people will scream "why waste a microcontroller on something a simple 555 timer can do." The answer is "because the microcontroller costs less and is way the fuck more reliable."

On the other hand, a microcontroller needs software, which means a development and programming toolchain. Those tend to change fairly often -- come back to that project in a few years and you might have a whole new IDE to learn.

Comment Re:Anyone thinking about health here? (Score 1) 43

Man I'd hate to be someone in the middle of that path without knowing it, perhaps where a fault or something ejects lots of these neutrinos upward through some guys bedroom where he sits idle for hours absorbing them.....

The neutrinos are traveling in a straight line through the Earth's crust. They barely interact with normal matter, so I don't think it's possible for there to be a "fault" that changes their path. For the same reason, neutrinos aren't terribly threatening to humans. Here's a Stack Exchange question with more information.


Comment Re:wft ever dude! (Score 1) 215

From everything I've seen it looks like a police state and media cartels wet dream, the ability to assign a unique address to every.single.device like a digital fingerprint so they can trivially trace back every statement, every video watched, every move, for later prosecution?

That was supposed to be the case with IPv4, and for a long time it was. If you want point-to-point communication, you need some kind of unique address on each end. It doesn't matter whether it's an IP address or a TCP port number. What makes it traceable is logging. Logging might be easier if every device actually has a pre-assigned static IP, but I suspect that for technical reasons ISPs will continue to prefer dynamic IP assignment. Tracing will probably be easier, but I doubt it will be "a police state and media cartel's wet dream".

Of course, inventing imaginary villains "SJWs" will ruin your mood regardless of technological infrastructure, so maybe you should work on that before worrying about IP addresses.

Comment Re:bumblebees have range? (Score 1) 225

I don't understand. For the sake of argument. How does an average temperature that's half a degree warmer than it was 40 years ago wipe out the bumblebee's habitat?

Think of it in terms of energy. Raising the atmosphere's temperature by half a degree is the energy equivalent of detonating about two million nuclear warheads. The heat capacity of the ocean is a thousand times that of the atmosphere, but I'm not sure if the whole ocean has warmed along with the atmosphere. If it has, that would be two billion nuclear warheads. Earth's atmosphere is a huge, complex, nonlinear system. Adding more energy affects different parts of the world in different ways. (That's the nature of averages.) It can get a lot more than half a degree warmer in some places and a lot more than half a degree colder in others.

On top of that, you also get more chaotic weather. Heat is energy. Energy makes things happen.

Comment Re:Goodness (Score 1) 307

I'm just saying that years of teeth-gnashing and arm-flailing has had pretty much the opposite of the desired effect.

Do you have any evidence for that statement? Do you believe that quietly saying "Hey, we need to spend a ton of money and 10-15 years upgrading the internet, but take your time, there's no hurry" would actually prompt businesses to act?

This has been pitched as a dire and urgent danger for ages.

We're changing the internet infrastructure of literally the entire world. Do you really think 10-15 years warning is too much? Think about all the things that have to happen. You have to create and formalize a standard for a new protocol, which takes years. You need to design, debug, and manufacture core routing hardware, which takes years. You have to upgrade all the consumer-level end equipment, which takes many years. None of this is trivial or fast. IPv4 took five years to go from final specification to total adoption, at a time when the total number of internet hosts could be measured in thousands. Today there are almost a billion hosts.

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