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.
Curiously Amazon has itself listed as both Amazon and Amazon.com, I have no idea why.
It's easy, you see, Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com, who contracts to Amazon through a 5-person office in Ireland operated under a franchise agreement through Amazon.com, 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.
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.
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.
Perhaps they will.
The 10 year chart is pretty damning though:
That's a lot of free money floating around.
> No evidence yet of an imminent recession
It does seem like the market will continue to inflate as long as the Fed continues to keep the interest rates at zero.
That certainly is tough on people on a fixed income or even just hoping for some return on a passbook savings account.
The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.