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Comment Re:dark patterns huh? (Score 4, Interesting) 119

Notice how news sites like CNN are gradually going all video? And not the good videos that explain a lot succinctly or put you into a snippet of the news action, but those excruciating new wastes of bandwidth that just display story text, in a giant font, screen after screen, backed by nothing but a musical bed, until you realize that you have spent ten minutes watching one paragraph of text.

Yeah, it's like a powerpoint presentation set to music.
I don't think it's possible to get the information to bandwidth ratio any lower than that, but I guess I shouldn't underestimate marketing and management. I'm sure they'll think of something.

Comment Re:dark patterns huh? (Score 4, Insightful) 119

That was my thought too - a video?
AV is notoriously imprecise, and tricks people into judging by how they feel about the presentation instead of the actual contents.

And, of course, as the old sysadmin adage goes, a picture takes up more bandwidth than a thousand words. And video is orders of magnitude worse.

I also thought the new owners here listened to the discussion right after they took over, where they asked whether /.ers wanted video links or not. Overwhelmingly, we did not.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 4, Insightful) 206

I haven't seen anyone else noting this, so...

She is a copyright holder, and have released the images under one license, that does not incur any payment, but restricts how people can use the images.
That does NOT prevent her from also licensing the images under a different license, which gives the licensee other rights. (Like, for instance, being allowed to modify, re-sell, or not give attribution.)

In the software world, there are plenty of examples of dual licensing, so this shouldn't be news to anyone.

She is the copyright holder, and what she could have charged for other licenses is her stake.

Then add punitive damages. Tripled because of Getty having lost other cases that means they were definitely made aware of transgressions, and any new transgressions of the same type have a high chance that they will considered willful.

Comment Re:As a C programmer (Score 2) 306

Do a locate \.so | wc -l on your system - chances are that the libraries *not* written in C are a rounding error. Pick just about anything remotely useful - chances are it'd more more useful if written in C, because at the very least you can open the executable using dlopen/dlsym and invoke main() with the correct arguments.

Well, personally, I find the fortran written fast fourier tranform (fft) libraries rather useful...
To call from C, even :)

I'm sure there's way to create good C versions too, but the librarary sources might need a lot of macros, and leave a lot more to the mercy of compiler optimizations.

Comment Re:As a C programmer (Score 1) 306

Yes, like memcpy, except memmove (there should be an 'e' at the end for the C89 ANSI compliant name) allows memory to overlap. memcpy can be optimized to be faster since it doesn't have this constraint.

And memmove() can call memcpy() if it determines there is no overlap, so there's not a lot of benefit to memcpy() for other than tiny copies that can be inlined.

Optimizing becomes more challenging when doing copies from unpinned threads on NUMA systems. You want to avoid reallocating a big block between CPUs, while at the same time avoiding big locks.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 599

But I still contend that their handling is too poor and this would be extremely dangerous because of this. SUVs (all of them) should be limited to about 65mph IMO because of safety (or maybe even 55). Their handling is just too poor for them to be driven faster. If you want to drive safely at higher speeds, you need a vehicle with a lower center of gravity.

There are SUVs and then there are SUVs. You can't really put a Porsche Cayenne or BMW X6M in the same class as an Explorer.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 599

You do realize that a Ford Explorer Interceptor has a twin turbo, 365 Horsepower engine? It will easily do 140mph.

The gp post didnt say high speed was an issue, but high speed handling.

Really, even if you can get a Police Interceptor Utility up to 130 mph or so on an air strip, you don't really want to drive it at 80+ if there are curves, hills or slow traffic to avoid.

Comment Re:Regulations (Score 1) 181

Actually the issue was the water coming from the plant.

The failure was they wanted to save a few thousand dollars during the switch so they opted not to treat the water to prevent it from attacking and leaching lead from the pipes/fixtures.

This was not an unforeseen event or a mistake anyone could have made. They knew going in that corrosion would be an issue and that treatment would be required to prevent this and they decided not to.

Comment Re:Location from Wifi? (Score 1) 109

It is very useful. The vast majority of wifi access points have fixed locations (homes, businesses). In my experience (I used my phone with GPS off in an older handset because it wasn't implemented properly and drained the battery), it's nearly as good as GPS - usually able to pinpoint you to about 20 meters.

However, can fixed location be taken for granted in a life and death situation? My phone might pick up an access point of someone who just moved here and brought their WiFi router with them. The databases will still have the old address. So the dispatcher sends a response team to that location because it is "more precise"?

Comment Re:Thanks to (Score 1) 365

How about making modded-up ACs a bit more visible?

I was thinking of giving an automatic +1 boost as soon as a moderator gives a +1 to it. That is, they end up at +2 after a single moderation. Less waste of mod points for the good ACs.

Please think it through. Many of the trolls and spammers already use sockpuppet accounts. With your proposal, they'll have a much easier time upmodding themselves (and in a few cases, each other). Two others would have to spend a modpoint to undo that - mod points that could better be used to promote good postings.

Comment Re: Compromise (Score 1) 365

Are trolls and spammers really a problem? They start at 0 and often go down to -1 fairly quickly. You only see them if you opt to, by default they are hidden.

Well, yes - if you hide the -1s, you also hide a lot of good comments that have been downmodded by people who abuse the moderation system.

Also, many of us score boost long (and hopefully thoughtful) comments. Which, unfortunately, also boosts many spam posts. Personally, I think that's an acceptable price to pay.

What would fix the troll and spamming problem is to not rely on automation, but having actual people go through and auto-hide those posts. Implement a -2 that can only be set by /.
But don't delete them.

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