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Comment No need for a board. (Score 1) 86

So I guess Mozilla is going to think about dissolving in the next few years?
I mean, if they are going to stop developing their own technologies and Firefox is to become just a special skinned version of Chrome, there's no need for all those developers -- of some well-paid (but productively useless) board of directors.

Comment Re:Pretty shocking (Score 1) 115

The US being on the bottom of the list is finally a good thing. Of course we just import the finished goods and let manufacturers (China) worry about the pollution we cause.

I missed where we were forcing China to run their industry the way they do. If they care so much about the Earth they can institute pollution controls and pass on the costs to their customers (the U.S. and other countries). We can, in turn, pay for the higher cost of goods down the line to the end consumer.

Maybe this will make having Chinese factories build our goods less lucrative for the Companies in California that do it.
Maybe this will reduce the demand for Chinese exports and cause a resurgence in domestic manufacturing.

Either way, no one is holding a gun to Shenzhen's head and forcing them to poison themselves. They've made it clear what matters more.

Comment off YouTube...? (Score 1) 308

YouTube audio quality at the HD setting (720p/1080p) is 128kbps AAC, which is close to being considered "audibly transparent" (I believe for AAC the bitrate is a little higher for that - 192kbps?).

128 kbps? Audibly transparent?
Only on the promotional materials for MP3 players that came out at the beginning of the century (back when capacity was still measured in megabytes on most of them). That whole "64 kbps is FM quality, 128 is CD quality" was a huge joke -- even then.

Comment Re:Why do people care... (Score 4, Insightful) 92

... whether or not somebody else records them in a public place? For fuck's sake, if they are within earshot, they are recording your audio and if they are in eyeshot, they are recording your video... the only difference is that the device that is doing the recording is their brain. When wetware becomes a thing, even that distinction to external devices such as cameras or microphones will be irrelevant.

Because currently a memory is only usable to the witness, and is often forgotten. It cannot be saved in perfect detail, duplicated (only described), or packaged and sold for monetary gain. When wetware comes to be, as you point out, these issues will need to be dealt with at an ethical and legal level, but the that's not coming as soon as you believe, I think.

Comment Re:Superdistribution of Content (Score 4, Insightful) 205

The web, like e-mail, is going through death throes.

Gimmie a break. You know how often I've heard "email is dying"? Generally it's from some stupid millennial, or the mouthpiece of a social networking company that offers a messaging feature that, for all intents and purposes, is email (except with formatting and picture/video inserting bells and whistles). What they really mean is "we wish email were dead, so everyone would be forced to become one of our users and we could become the new defacto email".

When those kids go out and get a job and have to communicate in a serious fashion, it's not Facebook they're going to be launching -- it's Outlook.

Comment Re:What TypeScript is (Score 0) 88

I wasn't sure what TypeScript is so I looked it up.

It's a language similar to JavaScript that allows you to optionally use types on variables. It "transcompiles" to JavaScript, so you can write programs in TypeScript and then they will run in standard web browsers that only support JavaScript.

You left out the part about it being developed and maintained by Microsoft. So it's a language that generally imitates something someone else has done and is already a standard, but adds it's own special new features that are not in the original, thus making a case you should use this new Microsoft technology and not the other.

Where have I heard that before...

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