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Comment Re:Not a Microsoft Issue (Score 1) 189

Google Chrome product manager Paul Irish, posting to a thread on Hacker News, said, "Chrome is doing the full rendering lifecycle (style, paint, layers) every 16ms when it should be only doing that work at a 500ms interval. I'm confident that the engineers working on Chrome's style components can sort this out, but it'll take a little bit of work."

Why on earth would anything with a simple static 2D interface need to repaint every single frame? Yes, we can have nice animations - but does it really also need to refresh when no actual animation is going on? What madness is this? Who on earth writes a 2D gui framework and decides to just repaint at 60Hz whether the application is idle or not?

At any rate, this goes a long way to explaining where our computer power went. Apparently selectively refreshing the screen, and only doing so when necessary, are no longer a thing. Bloody hell, I have my own GUI framework that I carefully optimized not to do any unnecessary drawing because that tends to be expensive, and other people are doing _this_? Either I am mad, or they are.

Oh, and since we are here. Last night I noticed Firefox occasionally moving text on an otherwise static screen. It looked very much like there were two rendering engines competing who was going to have the last word on positioning the text, with parts of sentences shifting back and forth by a single pixel every second. Madness, I say...

Comment Re:Sounds nice! (Score 1) 121

What if they prolong the long, decaying years as well?

I'd assume, in that case, that most people would stop taking the antiagathics at some point.

I mean, 120 years of prime adulthood with antiagathics? Great! Followed by either 30 years of old age sans antiagathics or 120 years of old age with them? Put the antiagathic bottle down, and go out relatively quickly.

Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 1) 234

So basically all the money the government has collected as fines and penalties is distributed evenly to all taxpayers. That money was collected as compensation for crimes against society, and this way it gets distributed back to society.

Even your seventh-grade Social Studies teacher wouldn't buy that as having any chance of happening. An empiricist would say that you're being farmed for tax money to be distributed to political cronies for favor and power and that this recalibration is a response to simmering unrest which is building due to the abuse.

They have the right idea in Britain - there they climb the pole, throw an old tire around the red light camera, fill it full of diesel fuel, and light it up. At least some of their citizens realize that red light cameras haven't really ever been about safety, except on the overt marketing literature.

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 1) 234

Why change the red light grace period? Red light is red light.

If you want to reduce accidents, increase the yellow period. People who push the limits of an extended yellow don't deserve grace. All this is going to do is now make people more comfortable running a little bit of red.

From the summary: "following recommendations part of a recent study of its red-light cameras. " https://www.documentcloud.org/...

or, short version here: https://www.cityofchicago.org/...

Comment Re:in other countries (Score 1) 234

So basically all the money the government has collected as fines and penalties is distributed evenly to all taxpayers. That money was collected as compensation for crimes against society, and this way it gets distributed back to society.

That's exactly how it works in other countries (e.g.: Switzerland).

Notice what what Kokuyo says about Switzerland in a post above.

Comment Re:I am very skeptical. (Score 1) 99

Unless, of course, the report assumes that anything running Lollipop or older is not recently patched, which seems like a reasonable assumption.

According to Google, 65.9% of users are on Lollipop or older. That means 29% of up-to-date Androids would have to come from 34.1% of users, or that 85% of Marshmallow and Nougat users are fully patched. I'm skeptical.

Also, nearly half of Android users are using an OS at least 2.5 years old. :-/ Compare with 79% of iOS users on a 6 month old OS, and 95% of iOS users on an OS less than 1.5 years old.

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