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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Aaron H Let's see (161 comments)

Let's see how Internet Explorer can manage to munge THIS tag up.

about two weeks ago

Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

Aaron H Re:working in Debian Sid VM (201 comments)

Grab the netflix-desktop package from the compholio PPA. Until the Chrome hack becomes easier to use, this is still the most reliable way I've found to watch it, sans-VM

about a month ago

Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

Aaron H Re:Why is (201 comments)

Linux tech support == internet searching / asking the audience

about a month ago

Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

Aaron H Re:Why is (201 comments)

Netflix is Washington based. Microsoft is in Washington. IIRC, Reed Hastings served on the Microsoft board until 2012.

about a month ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Aaron H Ha! (401 comments)

Does anyone else remember the AOL Cancellation video from years ago? I just now noticed that it was an AOL person trying to cancel their account. COMEUPPANCE.

about 2 months ago

Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Aaron H This is a weird obsession (346 comments)

Why does the news coverage always seem to focus on whether or not there is a start menu, or whatever kind of primary UI navigation it uses? Is this really that critical of an issue? This is one of those things where I feel like Microsoft tries to get everyone to fixate on this one feature so that they don't think about other areas that might need to be improved or overhauled.

It's like if you worked at an office where the working conditions weren't great, you get them to focus on some issue like The Coffee Machine, or something... make that a hot topic of discussion that gets everyone's attention... then people are less likely to notice things like "oh, we haven't gotten a raise in a few years" or "we don't get very much paid time off."

I quit Windows several years ago and have been 100% ubuntu since; I've not looked back. The few times when I have to use Windows at work, it's so stressful and frustrating. I don't know how people put up with it.

about 2 months ago

Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

Aaron H Re:Wait a sec (772 comments)

There is an implicit fallacy of equivocation when an evolution denier (generally a YEC or ID proponent) uses "belief" in this context, as they often try to frame it as a "faith" position. eg. "belief in evolution" using belief as the same as "belief in the supernatural", which is different from saying "I believe the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis better explains speciation than Lamarckian Model".

about 4 months ago
top and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

Aaron H I still don't understand (494 comments)

I still don't get how the website could have failed so incredibly miserably.

The problems the site faces seem to be elementary, the type of mistakes that I made when I was first doing web development. I get that the scale of the site is massive, and that at that scale you have to do many things a little differently than smaller-scale web apps. But this was a president who had very tech-savvy people at hand on his campaign, and even in his first term (Look at "" for example; that site gets massive traffic and holds up pretty well, even if the responses from the WH are patronizing as hell at times). How come this site crashed and burned so pathetically?

about 10 months ago

Stephen Wolfram Developing New Programming Language

Aaron H Did anyone else think of this... (168 comments)

"The Wolfram Language does things automatically whenever you want it to"

Did that make anyone else think of

about 10 months ago

Bill Gates's Plan To Improve Our World

Aaron H THIS (445 comments)

"But capitalism alone can't address the needs of the very poor."

Nice to see a hyper-wealthy businessperson actually admit this.

about 10 months ago

The Battle For the Game Industry's Soul

Aaron H Not to sound like a gaming hipster or troll... (272 comments)

I don't think I've ever played a AAA title. Well, ok, Skyrim. Lots and lots of Skyrim. And Civ V, if that counts; I don't know that it does. I've seen my friends play games don't even know the names of them. Call of Duty: MW was the last one I remember seeing. Oh, and Left 4 Dead. I read a lot about GTA5 on Reddit too.

I regularly purchase games from the Humble Bundle. I recently got Fez and fell in love with it. So clever and so brilliantly designed. I think that game was made by one person, wasn't it? I understand that "AAA" titles look amazing and realistic and everything... but does that really make the game THAT much more fun to play? Serious question. Is the gaming experience, say, *actually* 1000x better if the budget is 1000x more?

I don't disagree that AAA titles push the boundaries of technology w/r/t video gaming, but one of the big criticisms I've seen of these titles is that they essentially become interactive movies, and lose a lot of the "game" aspect; ie. less mentally challenging, more mentally stimulating. I do not know whether or not this is the case, but do people who like AAA titles prefer that sort of game? Hyper-realistic interactive movies?

about a year ago

Microsoft Investors Call For Bill Gates To Step Down As Chairman

Aaron H Re:Power grab (218 comments)

Yeah, just imagine... they'd put profits over quality and the product would start to suck and its advertising would feel really patronizing, with lots of glitzy flash but little substance.

Man, I can't even imagine a world where Microsoft operated that way.

about a year ago

Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway

Aaron H Re:Steve jobs says: (311 comments)

Take that, TSA.

about a year ago

With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

Aaron H But...14.04 will be out.... (426 comments)

I guess I understand them not wanting to do last-minute dispatches, since 14.04 is scheduled to come out in the same month they're releasing these CDs... but they're just going to have to upgrade the 12.04 systems almost immediately since 14.04 (the next LTS) will be released that same month.

about a year ago

Twitter Eyes Signatures To Kill Fake Followers

Aaron H use it or lose it? (52 comments)

It would be nice if online accounts like this had some sort of "longevity health" that was a function of how often they were updated (and when they were last updated). Every tweet, for example, would add some length of time onto the lifespan of an account, based on some kind of metric on how often people should be interacting with their stream (ie. 1/day or something like that).

When a user does not log into their account, a clock ticks down and when it hits zero, the account is archived and deactivated. The user can "reset" the countdown by logging into their account. And the more interacting they do while logged in the longer the countdown lasts while they are logged out.

May not be the best implementation, but it would just be nice to see some kind of auto-culling behavior on networks like these. Not just for spammers but for people who create an account, send three tweets about "what do I do on here?" and then never log in again. #namespacewaste

about a year ago

A Radical Plan For Saving Microsoft's Surface RT

Aaron H zune (391 comments)

It won't make the iPad look like the Zune. The iPod didn't beat the Zune because it was cheaper, it beat it because it was a superior product. (I'm no apple fanboy, though I did briefly own an ipod before I got my smartphone). Dropping the price really low will make it look like a knock-off product, like "COBY" headphones or a fake Louis Vitton bag. Everyone will have one, but everyone will know that you paid a pittance for it.

about a year ago

Lenovo Announces Grand Opening of US Manufacturing Facility

Aaron H You know... (153 comments)

They're probably just trying to take advantage of that cheap American labor...

about a year ago

Leaked Microsoft Video Parodies Chrome Ad

Aaron H Wait... (243 comments)

Wait, how is "tracking me" taking money out of my pocket?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What If We Don't Run Out of Oil?

Aaron H ~4B barrel increase is minimal help (663 comments)

Last year, we consumed 6.8 billion barrels of oil. This has been a pretty consistent average over the past 5 years, all things considered (5 years prior it was 7.5B, but seems to mostly fluctuate around 7B). And this is US consumption *alone* -- not even factoring in the increased rate of Chinese consumption, or any of the European, African, Asian, Australian, South American nations (Antarctica gets a pass, because it's effing cold down there and they can use a little oil to not die while watching penguins)

7.4B to 11B barrels is 2 years AT BEST if we pare down our oil consumption. Then those resources are GONE.

Considering "oh, but there might be more than we think left over!" is pretty pointless when we alone are consuming oil at this rate. Absorbing the mild inconvenience of reducing our oil consumption should be priority #1 for all of us. It doesn't solve the problem but it will (a) give us a *little* more time to get off the sauce and (b) start altering our habits and consumption practices in a direction that will prepare us for the inevitable end of oil reserves, which are guaranteed to happen someday.

about a year ago

Disney Announces "One Star Wars Movie Per Year" Plan

Aaron H indefinitely? (342 comments)

One movie per year....for the trilogy? Or until Harrison Ford finally dies?

about a year ago


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