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Comment Read/write speed? (Score 2) 98

Maybe I missed this, but do they give any indication of whether speeds will be on par with the other cards in their Extreme Pro line? Having dabbled quite a bit in digital photography, I've been in situations where even 90 MB/s is enough of a bottleneck that the camera can't store images as fast as it can capture them. In sports or wildlife photography, shooting 4-5 images a second in raw format, with file sizes being in the 20-30 MB range, fast write speeds are critical. I ended up ditching all of my older, slower SD cards because having to wait 2-3 seconds for each image to save (once the camera's buffer was full) is painful.

Comment You have that backwards (Score 1) 233

That's not true. I suffer from motion sickness, and it has nothing to do with what your body feels (your sense of touch). It results from a discrepancy between motion detected by your inner ear and changes in your position and orientation as perceived by your eyes. Darkening windows is absolutely the worst thing you can do, as it prevents any opportunity to seek relief by visually orienting yourself to the exterior environment. Some of the worst cases of motion sickness I've ever experienced were times when I've been in boats with no, or in airplanes at night when everybody lowers their window shades. The back row of an MD-88 is the worst place I can sit since there is an engine mounted in place of the window - I get sick every time, but I have no trouble sitting in the next row forward.

Comment But what would the adapter connect to? (Score 4, Informative) 495

Maybe they could get away with this on the base Macbook or Macbook Air, but it's just asinine to remove the 35mm jack from a Pro device. Unlike phones, these are widely used for content production and A/V presentation in venues like concerts, schools and churches. Do they really expect these users to hook up an adapter to use Bluetooth, USB, or thunderbolt for audio out to professional equipment? You might not notice any reduction in sound quality while using bluetooth or a dongle to listen to music in your car, but you WILL notice it when amplified on a speaker system in a venue that seats 1000 people.

Comment Re:It's because the game has no long term goals (Score 1) 194

Doesn't this just make it unlikely for people to want to play Ingress?

Not really; I've been playing for several months now and I've noticed that 95% of the players don't really care about the storyline. It's all buried on various websites with DAYS worth of video and media, so most new players don't take the time to read the backstory - and I've never been able to find a "cliffs notes" version.

But things DO get interesting when the outcome of anomalies (big, meetup style competitive events that are held all over the world) affects gameplay dynamics. The Enlightenment (one of the two teams) won the last event, and one of the "characters" was killed (we think...) but the end result was that one particular item stopped being available at portals. Now both teams have to be very strategic in how they use their remaining supply of that item, and there are theories that it hurts one side more than another... when things like that happen, it definitely keeps the game more interesting, because team strategy has to evolve.

Comment Re: Good! (Score 1) 614

I assume you are just trolling, as most of that list is entirely superficial. Not being able to instantly stream the entertainment medium of my choice is NOT a burden! I'll argue that these items are true burdens that the baby boomer generation doesn't have to face to the degree that subsequent generations do:

- The cost of a college education can saddle graduates with decades of debt.
- Cost of living is far outpacing wage increases and career advancement opportunities.
- Graduates are no longer certain that they'll be able to find a stable job in the career path of their choice.
- Families are finding it impossible to maintain their standard of living on a single income (meaning spouses often hold jobs instead of staying home to raise kids).
- Health care / insurance costs are skyrocketing.
- With all the baby boomers retiring, there is more pressure on Social Security to provide money that was promised to this generation... and this money comes right from the paychecks of the current workforce.
- I won't even get started on the shifting cultural attitudes of fear and xenophobia that lead to a "nanny state" mentality that tells me I cannot raise my kids in the same carefree manner that I enjoyed as a child in the 80's... no, I have to constantly worry that my kid might get expelled for holding his chicken nuggets the wrong way.

Comment Re:It's about the AD potential (Score 1) 244

Do you have any idea how much Google makes from that text flagged with little yellow "Ad" on your search results?

I don't. Do you? ;-)

But seeing that Google has to resort to gimmicks like making those ads almost visually indistinguishable from the regular search results, or setting them apart using a background color so light that it isn't even visible on most monitors, I'd argue that those monies come more from accidental clicks than from users who knew they were clicking on an ad.

Comment It's about the AD potential (Score 4, Interesting) 244

Text ads are all but worthless at this point, users are quickly becoming jaded by still image advertising, but an all-video platform provides more opportunities to present video ads which seem to be the latest rage. My cynical side firmly believes that's why Facebook has placed more emphasis on video content lately, and introduced features like autoplaying videos in the news feed.

And yes, it's far-fetched to think that FB will be all-video at any point before they fade completely into irrelevancy. After all, it seems like virtually everything on my news feed at this point is links to clickbait websites, sappy inspirational quotes superimposed over stock photos, and "comment below then put this as your status" copypasta.

Comment Re:Edit The Map (Score 1) 767

Disclaimer: I'm a rank 5 editor (state manager) on Waze.

It is correct that there is a higher routing penalty for streets than for primary streets and highway road types, though it's generally a bad idea to start changing road types on Waze or to use the private road type in order to encourage/discourage routing. In most states, the road type used on the Waze map is derived from what's known as "functional classification" - which is determined by state and local governments. Editors convert the official classification to the most appropriate Waze one, so a road that the state classifies as an Arterial would be mapped as a Major Highway. If there's an official source that supports the assertion that the road classification is too high, by all means it should be updated through WME. But when users start lowering road types to discourage routing, or bump their favorite route home to minor highway, for example, this can actually make matters worse.

Comment This seems to explain what's going on (Score 5, Interesting) 96

Yes, I RTFA. And the discussion thread. And the other linked discussion thread on Sourceforge. And it still took me a while to figure out what this was all about... though I finally found an explanation on this thread which was linked to from a thread that was linked to from the thread in the third link:

Guest98123 5 days ago

I saw an instant 30% drop in revenue when switching my site to HTTPS in April. The implementation was done right, A+ rating from ssllabs, Google reindexed my main pages as HTTPS within a matter of hours, search traffic and overall traffic remained unchanged.

I poked around on my AdSense account to see where I was losing the revenue, since AdSense was still displaying the same number of impressions. It turned out I was seeing a 75% drop in CPC impressions, and AdSense was running low paying CPM impressions instead.

That's a graph of daily CPC impressions on my account. It's obvious when I switched to HTTPS. That was over a month and a half ago. It hasn't bounced back.

I'm faced with a difficult decision now; whether to go back to HTTP and inform the community we're going to a less secure system for increased ad revenues, or I need to accept a 30% drop in my yearly income, and hope the situation improves as more networks switch to HTTPS.

So it seems that, when using HTTPS, different ads are served. But it doesn't explain why if this revenue is so important, the developer hasn't yet taken the time to find a solution or workaround.

Comment Labels (Score 1) 260

I'm pro-choice and anti-abortion. And that's not a contradiction.

The issue that GP had was not with the terms themselves, but with the inflammatory undertones that have been attached to them. Much like how the term "liberal" is now used as an insult in conservative circles. Sure the term may be an accurate description of someone, and have a specific meaning, but it's been given another meaning in popular discourse that's intended to be inflammatory.

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