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Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 2) 114

Years ago, I seem to recall an internet video. Was it Swedes listening to a car radio? I can't quite recall. Two parents in the front seats of the car. Two young girls sitting in the car's back seats. The video was a commercial for learning English. In the commercial, the two children understood the, um, shall we say, not so family friendly lyrics being played over the radio in English. The parents didn't understand the lyrics. The mom began to rock her head and snap her fingers to the music. The two children snicker at each other. Then the commercial fades to text that says Learn English . . . and name of a company that offers lessons.

Comment Re:Really?!? (Score 1) 94

Google developed a video codec to have better compression and quality characteristics. VP9 is royalty free, which is probably the other reason Google developed it. Since it is only the cost of some additional binary code in the OS to provide an additional codec, I don't understand why Apple didn't add this codec years ago.

Streaming quality may suck on pocket sized screens. It's not so horrible on a living room screen.

Comment Re:Treason ain't what it used to be (Score 5, Insightful) 515

Whistle blowing should not be considered treason. After seeing how other whistleblowers were treated, by the Obama administration, I can see why Snowden chose the actions he took. He was willing to give up his comfortable life to alert us all to a gigantic problem. One which has generated a huge amount of public debate. And has led to some actual reforms.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 5, Insightful) 515

Snowden should also be pardoned.

As for being able to make their case so the country can understand the issues, I suppose they could appear on talk shows. Write a book. Which then becomes a movie, er . . . oh, wait.

Even better would be if there had been legitimate channels where whistle blowers could have reported problems without fear of reprisals.

A pardon may not completely say that their acts were justified, but it at least gets them out of trouble.

The problem with a court proceeding is that it puts them back in jeopardy of whatever way the winds may blow in court.

Comment Re:Really?!? (Score 2) 94

So you provide a concrete example of what elrous0 was saying, as you insult Android which can play the videos that Apple users are unable to play.

I don't care what mobile OS you use. I'm not trying to convince you to use the one I use. But if you like yours so much, why do you care about others? And if you have a legitimate complaint about other non-Apple OSes, then state what those issues are.

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