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Comment Re:Summary leaves out a key part of the quote (Score 1) 336

Interesting points there, and you've swayed my opinion a bit, but I think I'm still weighted against such policies. I remember when record labels paid out millions over such a minimum pricing scheme for CDs. I saw that as a consumer victory (if only a short-lived one; they were sued again for artificially inflating the price of downloads). Record stores didn't really compete on service or customer satisfaction, even with minimum prices in force. Sure, the clerk at the mom 'n pop place might share a joint with you in the back room, but it was still just racks full of CDs priced the same as every other store with racks full of CDs. I guess some industries are better suited to minimum pricing strategies than others.

Comment Re:Amazon 'marketplace', wish I could disable it. (Score 1) 336

Curiously Amazon has itself listed as both Amazon and, I have no idea why.

It's easy, you see, is a wholly-owned Irish subsidiary of Amazon, which purchases all of its goods and services directly from Amazon, which is a wholly-owned Irish subsidiary of, who contracts to Amazon through a 5-person office in Ireland operated under a franchise agreement through, an Irish corporation which is a holding company with exclusive license to all rights owned by Amazon, an Irish company.

Minor accounting matter, nothing to worry about.

Comment Re:Got that, Microsoft shills? (Score 1) 144

What is the collected data? last time MS responded, the data collected was no more than what you search engine collects.

1. I don't recall Microsoft ever detailing exactly what data is being collected.

2. It's encrypted, so we can't examine it for ourselves.

3. Microsoft has been deceptive and even telling outright lies since the beginning of the Windows 10 rollout.

I have yet to hear a case where this collection of data was detrimental to an individual.

See 2, above. No one can look and see what data Microsoft is collecting from their Windows 10 PC, so how is one to know whether or not they've been harmed? Your argument is the same one NSA uses to claim they can't be sued over warrantless wiretapping. "No one can prove they specifically were wiretapped, so no one has any standing to sue." I say bullshit to that argument.

Comment Re:Huffman alternative (Score 1) 135

Pfft.. too little, too late. JPEG is "good enough" and I don't want a huge clusterfuck of incompatibility problems with my libraries.

In terms of widespread adoption, I think you're right, Joe's Image Viewer is unlikely to ever come with Lepton support. But I wouldn't dismiss this so quickly, as large sites might force the issue into the browser space.

Take Facebook as an example, think of the trillions of photos they store (they claim 2 billion are uploaded each day). Facebook archives older, infrequently-accessed photos to Blu-Ray and has an army of jukeboxes ready to swap in discs when someone actually tries to load that family reunion pic from 8 years ago. Gaining another 20% on compression means not just 20% less live storage, but also 20% fewer optical discs, 20% smaller backups, 20% fewer disc-swapping robots, 20% less square footage to lease and cool... We're talking millions and millions of dollars in savings. Facebook would be stupid not to hand Mozilla a chunk of that money and say "Lepton, implement it." Google and Microsoft would realize their own enormous cost savings by putting Lepton capability into their respective browsers.

Comment Not all is bad. (Score 5, Informative) 209

I had an issue with being double-charged for an app from the app store about 5 years ago. Went to Apple's support site, wrote a description of the problem, then was asked if I would like THEM to call ME. Not the other way around. Clicked yes, a calendar popped up in which I selected the time window in (IIRC) 10 minute increments when I wanted them to call me.

Within a couple minutes of the 'start' my phone rang and I was chatting with a nice guy (said his name was Daniel in Texas). He already had my records up and he called to ask me if I wanted a credit on my iTunes account or refund to my card. He then said he'd call me back when it was done. About 10 minutes later he called me back and said the credit was issued.

That is exemplary customer service and one reason their customer satisfaction is always rated so high.

Comment No thank you (Score 3, Insightful) 29

Am I the only one who actively avoids videos whenever I'm not specifically seeking them out? If I'm looking to watch a movie or TV show or someone's recording of a concert, great, show me the video in glorious HD. Otherwise, please no. On the desktop, auto-playing videos and janky players annoyed me so much I installed a browser extension to force them all to prompt before playing. If I'm on mobile, videos chew through both my battery and my data plan much faster than I'd like. On Twitter where I follow lots of NOAA/NWS accounts, I'm not going to play the little tornado videos they post, I don't see how a 15 second 5MB clip offers compelling added value over a 300KB still photo.

I see multiple negatives and no real upside to communicating this way. I'd rather have fewer videos, not more. Annotating every inane social media comment with a video clip is just pollution. It's bad enough reading through some of that stuff through my own head-voice, I really don't want to experience it all in yours.

Comment Re:And Googles moral responsibility is. (Score 1) 304

Google is good because it interprets what you search for better than other search engines.

And it's good at doing that because it builds its index based upon context and what people are linking to. If you go to Google Images and search for Comcast, you'll see swastikas, a hammer and sickle, and other "inaccurate" images among the top results. That isn't because Google thinks Comcast is run by communist nazis, it's because many other sites out there have posted these images alongside text that refers to Comcast. Likewise, if searching for "three black teenagers" brings up mugshots among the top results, that isn't because Google is racist. It's because many other sites out there have posted those images alongside text that refers to three black teenagers.

Neither of these are Google's problem to "fix," they're examples of Google being good at what it does, as you said. If you don't like Google's results, maybe it's time to ask why the words "three black teenagers" coincide with mugshots so frequently.

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