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Comment Re: The ego... (Score 1) 428

AM/FM radio still has commercials and does in fact pay the music industry (not sure about artists cut) to play songs. Internet radio, like Pandora, follows the same sort of rules as AM/FM radio. The product (music) is free to the consumer, but the distributor (radio station) gets paid by ads.

The same is true for Spotify, which he takes a swipe at as well. That kind of partisan bickering makes this seem far less like a principled objection to Youtube's business model (which does, by the way, pay revenue to artists) and more like an attack at anyone competing with his employer.

Comment Re:It doesn't help that much, a little bit. (Score 2) 187

Oh, and I forgot to mention -- I run with hundreds of tabs open from time to time as well, and it's usually just one or two bad apples that grind things to a halt. Since you're on 47 or later, you can go to about:performance and see which pages are chewing up CPU time. Closing the top CPU-hogging tabs makes everything work *much* better.

Comment Re:It doesn't help that much, a little bit. (Score 3, Interesting) 187

If you're going to go multi-core at least give me 1 full core for my current tab...

A lot of the pain you're feeling is probably due to on-thread content rendering. Since you're already living on the bleeding edge by running nightly, you might as well try turning on async pan/zoom, which renders content on a separate thread. This has some dramatic responsivity improvements. Go into "about:config" and set the pref "apz.drag.enabled" to "true."

Comment Re:Calculate age of mars? (Score 1) 41

I have creatinists on my family, so I’m always looking for more simple and direct arguments about the age of the universe ...
- Where did all the water go?
- At what rate was the water lost?
- What, therefore, is the minimum age of the planet planet on the basis of this analysis?

Answer: God took it away to test our faith, and it disappeared instantly. You're fighting a losing battle here. In the same way that you can't prove religion with logic, you can't disprove it with logic either. They are unrelated concepts.

Submission + - Mozilla Seeks New Home for Thunderbird

chefmonkey writes: In a report commissioned by Mozilla to explore the next home for Thunderbird, two potential new hosts have been offered: the Software Freedom Conservancy (host to git, boost, QEMU, and a host of other projects) and The Document Foundation (home of LibreOffice). At the same time, the report discusses completely uncoupling Thunderbird from the rest of the Mozilla code base, and bringing in a dedicated technical architect to chart the software's roadmap.

Given that the two named organizations are already on board with taking Thunderbird under their wing, is this a new lease on life for the email program Mozilla put out to pasture four years ago?

Comment Re:Bad summary. (Score 1) 158

Re-read what the original message in this thread said: "Netflix's deep catalog ended my piracy, since they made it so much easier..." -- sending little plastic-and-metal disks around isn't easier than piracy.

For those who care about being moral/legal, it is.

Oh, well that's sorted then. If content producers could just live in a world where that's the rule rather than the exception, everything would be fine.

Comment Re:Bad summary. (Score 4, Insightful) 158

Netflix "still" has DVDs and Blu-Rays of everything.. So does RedBox.

Re-read what the original message in this thread said: "Netflix's deep catalog ended my piracy, since they made it so much easier..." -- sending little plastic-and-metal disks around isn't easier than piracy.

Re-read what I said: "...impromptu Friday-night movie nights..." -- sending little plastic-and-metal disks around isn't conducive to this kind of opportunistic moment.

It's not that the DVD/Bluray service is useless, just that it's qualitatively worse than the alternatives of legally streaming or illegally torrenting the same content for most people. And decimating their content catalog is going to push people to one of those two behaviors.

But more to the point: Netflix's stock took a 9% pounding when an independent analysis firm predicted that 2016Q1 subscriber numbers would be 13% lower than Netflix had forecast. I don't see how the next three quarters can be much better for them unless they get their content licensing shit back together. And at some point, a 9% quarter-over-quarter decline will make them a wholly-owned subsidiary of someone else. Or a bankruptcy liquidation.

Comment Re:Bad summary. (Score 2) 158

Huh? You're not being logical.

If netflix ended your piracy, why not keep using netflix?

No, I see it. I've had similar thoughts. It used to be that you could go to Netflix and type in the name of a semi-recent (say, from last summer) popular movie that you didn't see in theaters, and there was a better than even chance that it was right there, ready for you to watch. It made impromptu Friday-night movie nights with the kids easy. Nowadays? Well, the last two times we tried this, literally nothing of interest was available.

Go try it yourself. Inside Out? Nope. Big Hero 5? Nope. Age of Ultron? Nope. Fury Road? Nope. Tomorrowland? Nope. Jurassic world? Nope. Terminator: Genisys? Nope. Minions? Ant-Man? Fantastic Four? Nope. Nope. Nope.

That's not how it used to be. That is very much not how it used to be.

So they're not culling the rare stuff (you can still, for example, watch Primer -- and you should): they're failing to get rights to the big popular stuff that made Netflix popular in the first place. I'll be surprised if they aren't seeing their subscriber numbers plummet.

I'm sure not getting what I want from the service, and am likely to drop it soon. Me? I'll probably pay the $4 per movie to watch it on iTunes or Amazon Prime. I can see how it might drive other people back into the arms of Torrents, though.

Comment Re: ban anonymous cowards (Score 0) 109

I think everything you're proposing can be achived via psuedonymity, which allows you to create a new persona detached from your real one (insulating the real you from persecution), but which allows the rest of use to set the "dipshit" flag on that persona if you're clearly a dipshit. Anonymity encourages assholism. Just reading through the "anonymous cowards" comments on Slashdot should be enough to make that fact evident.

Comment Re:Security design-flaw in Firefox (Score 2) 112

Well, sure. The issue is that add-ons have historically been loaded into the same security context as the rest of the browser code, which means they could literally do anything. The recent move towards having a better-defined API -- one that would prevent the kinds of things you think should be prevented -- is being done in large part to make this a far more tractable problem to deal with.

Of course, as soon as there's any noise about preventing add-ons from doing literally anything they want to your computer, Mozilla is painted as control-freak fascists out to destroy Firefox forever. So it's kind of a rock-and-hard-place situation.

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