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15 Nov 2012 12:35 PM   |   3180 clicks   |   CNN
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beantowndog     
The commercials at the beginning always work.

15 Nov 2012 09:03 AM
Sybarite    [TotalFark]  
I think I give it a lot more time because I still remember keeping a book at my computer desk to read while web pages were loading.

15 Nov 2012 09:12 AM
PainInTheASP    [TotalFark]  
I don't know why but I absolutely HATE videos on the internet and I always have. If one of the news sites has an interesting report that is a video, I will go to Google and search out a non-video link rather than watch it. And autoplay videos embedded in more traditional text-based articles? They can suck the sweat off my balls before I will let them play out.

15 Nov 2012 09:25 AM
Thoguh    [TotalFark]  

PainInTheASP: I don't know why but I absolutely HATE videos on the internet and I always have. If one of the news sites has an interesting report that is a video, I will go to Google and search out a non-video link rather than watch it. And autoplay videos embedded in more traditional text-based articles? They can suck the sweat off my balls before I will let them play out.


I like videos when I'm looking to watch a video, I'll even deal with ads on youtube. But autoplaying videos, especially with sound, when I'm not looking for them? Fark you.

15 Nov 2012 09:32 AM
Ennuipoet    [TotalFark]  
Clearly today's Interwebs user is spoiled. Some of us remember what is was like for the jpg to render just down to the top of boobies and then stop for a minute or two. Two seconds is nothing.

15 Nov 2012 09:35 AM
Luthien's Tempest     

Sybarite: I think I give it a lot more time because I still remember keeping a book at my computer desk to read while web pages were loading.


My parents had dial-up until two years ago... My dad and I always had books at the computer desk.

15 Nov 2012 09:51 AM
TheBeastOfYuccaFlats    [TotalFark]  

Ennuipoet: o


I vividly remember downloading my first animated gif file of porn. It was quite amazing to like, 12 year old me.

15 Nov 2012 12:25 PM
cgraves67     

PainInTheASP: I don't know why but I absolutely HATE videos on the internet and I always have. If one of the news sites has an interesting report that is a video, I will go to Google and search out a non-video link rather than watch it. And autoplay videos embedded in more traditional text-based articles? They can suck the sweat off my balls before I will let them play out.


I hate news videos. Fark that shiat. I can skim an article in 10 seconds and glean the important details, but if I watch a news video about it, I have to sit through a 30 second commercial, then the newscasters bantering, then let them slowly crap out the story with unnecessary drama. I drop it and go google a written article on the same topic as well.

15 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
hdhale     

PainInTheASP: I don't know why but I absolutely HATE videos on the internet and I always have. If one of the news sites has an interesting report that is a video, I will go to Google and search out a non-video link rather than watch it. And autoplay videos embedded in more traditional text-based articles? They can suck the sweat off my balls before I will let them play out.


The worst part? Not only must everything be multimedia, but the ISPs (both for mobile and standard providers) are getting increasingly stingy with bandwidth and even if you have an "unlimited" plan, they'll throttle you if you fall out parameters they define.

Something has to give.

15 Nov 2012 12:45 PM
SuperChuck     

cgraves67: PainInTheASP: I don't know why but I absolutely HATE videos on the internet and I always have. If one of the news sites has an interesting report that is a video, I will go to Google and search out a non-video link rather than watch it. And autoplay videos embedded in more traditional text-based articles? They can suck the sweat off my balls before I will let them play out.

I hate news videos. Fark that shiat. I can skim an article in 10 seconds and glean the important details, but if I watch a news video about it, I have to sit through a 30 second commercial, then the newscasters bantering, then let them slowly crap out the story with unnecessary drama. I drop it and go google a written article on the same topic as well.


This. I can get through content a lot faster reading than I can waiting for the idiot news anchor to read it of the teleprompter.

15 Nov 2012 12:45 PM
dj_spanmaster     
I was told there would be wardrobe malfunctions.

15 Nov 2012 12:47 PM
madcan34     
I can't jog longer than 5 minutes but I'll watch a 27 minute progress bar while my porn downloads

15 Nov 2012 12:51 PM
imfallen_angel     
I completely agree with this...

These days, I have trouble maintaining interest for just abo

15 Nov 2012 01:07 PM
FizixJunkee     

PainInTheASP: I don't know why but I absolutely HATE videos on the internet and I always have. If one of the news sites has an interesting report that is a video, I will go to Google and search out a non-video link rather than watch it. And autoplay videos embedded in more traditional text-based articles? They can suck the sweat off my balls before I will let them play out.


Ditto.

15 Nov 2012 01:09 PM
pyrotek85     

PainInTheASP: I don't know why but I absolutely HATE videos on the internet and I always have. If one of the news sites has an interesting report that is a video, I will go to Google and search out a non-video link rather than watch it. And autoplay videos embedded in more traditional text-based articles? They can suck the sweat off my balls before I will let them play out.


Yeah I always look for a transcript or an alternate source like you said. It's far quicker to read, and you can do a word search as well if you're looking for something specific.

15 Nov 2012 01:22 PM
filter     
Finance people drive me crazy--- they get furious if a report (that queries 40 million rows of data AND needs to be converted to PDF) takes more than 14 seconds to open.

15 Nov 2012 01:23 PM
WordyGrrl     
This is why Google kicked ass from the start. It wasn't the "amazing algorithm." In the dialup era, Google loaded much, much faster than any other search engine out there.

/Back in the day, it was all about how fast a site loaded up. And about wearing the right onions on the belt, of course.

15 Nov 2012 01:29 PM
Captain Darling     
It's not just impatience, it's that the delay is open-ended. If a video hasn't loaded in 10 seconds it may well not load in 60, or at all.

15 Nov 2012 01:33 PM
colimar     
Lately youtube has been very slow and glitchy anyway. What i dont get is how some videos in full hd load faster than cats filmed with cellphones

15 Nov 2012 01:35 PM
MrEricSir     

cgraves67: I hate news videos. Fark that shiat. I can skim an article in 10 seconds and glean the important details, but if I watch a news video about it, I have to sit through a 30 second commercial, then the newscasters bantering, then let them slowly crap out the story with unnecessary drama. I drop it and go google a written article on the same topic as well.


^ THIS.

News in video format is about as offensive as Microsoft Bob in terms of being talked down to. Believe it or not, news companies, most people on the internet can read just fine.

15 Nov 2012 01:36 PM
filter     

MrEricSir: cgraves67: I hate news videos. Fark that shiat. I can skim an article in 10 seconds and glean the important details, but if I watch a news video about it, I have to sit through a 30 second commercial, then the newscasters bantering, then let them slowly crap out the story with unnecessary drama. I drop it and go google a written article on the same topic as well.

^ THIS.

News in video format is about as offensive as Microsoft Bob in terms of being talked down to. Believe it or not, news companies, most people on the internet can read just fine.


And a three minute news vid piece, preceded by a minute commercial, takes 20 sec to read.

15 Nov 2012 01:50 PM
moothemagiccow    [TotalFark]  

PainInTheASP: I don't know why but I absolutely HATE videos on the internet and I always have. If one of the news sites has an interesting report that is a video, I will go to Google and search out a non-video link rather than watch it. And autoplay videos embedded in more traditional text-based articles? They can suck the sweat off my balls before I will let them play out.


Probably because you learned to read a few decades ago. Text is the superior medium for most news. Even when they include a clip I want to watch, it's 5 minutes of jabber and 10 seconds of the thing I want to see

15 Nov 2012 01:50 PM
moothemagiccow    [TotalFark]  

Captain Darling: It's not just impatience, it's that the delay is open-ended. If a video hasn't loaded in 10 seconds it may well not load in 60, or at all.


Yeah this is why the progress bar was invented and quickly done away with in favor of spinning cursors

15 Nov 2012 01:53 PM
pyrotek85     

moothemagiccow: PainInTheASP: I don't know why but I absolutely HATE videos on the internet and I always have. If one of the news sites has an interesting report that is a video, I will go to Google and search out a non-video link rather than watch it. And autoplay videos embedded in more traditional text-based articles? They can suck the sweat off my balls before I will let them play out.

Probably because you learned to read a few decades ago. Text is the superior medium for most news. Even when they include a clip I want to watch, it's 5 minutes of jabber and 10 seconds of the thing I want to see


Yeah at least if it's hosted on youtube you can fast-forward and skip the nonsense. Most news sites have their own propriety flash video player that disables any skipping ahead or rewinding, it's really obnoxious. If I wanted that I'd just watch TV. I think news organizations don't understand why this medium is more popular now.

15 Nov 2012 01:53 PM
lunkhed     
Those of us who learned how to build a web page under dial-up conditions laugh at modern shiat with original-size/dpi images, flash, vids etc.

Get off lawn.

15 Nov 2012 01:55 PM
The Voice of Doom     
Ennuipoet
Clearly today's Interwebs user is spoiled. Some of us remember what is was like for the jpg to render just down to the top of boobies and then stop for a minute or two. Two seconds is nothing.


Ah yes.
And then there were the webpages that used progressive/interlaced JPGs so that you would get the whole image quickly, but at a lower quality, i.e. the image would slowly increase in quality instead of being loaded line-by-line from top to bottom.

If you use Gimp, you can still save JPGs with that option.

15 Nov 2012 02:05 PM
SuddenlySamhain     
The Advertising Whisperers are grooming the population for increasing ad yokes.

All is for sale including you.

hu·man·i·ty
[hyoo-man-i-tee]

noun, plural hu·man·i·ties.
1.
device used to consume merchandise and generate monies for their pushers.

15 Nov 2012 02:38 PM
gokiburijin     
TLDR

15 Nov 2012 02:44 PM
Funbags     
Doesn't anyone else use "tabbed" browsers? I never sit idly and wait for a video to load. I just click the play button, click again to pause it, and continue browsing in another tab. A couple minutes later, boom, fully loaded video.

The people in this study sound like the type to stand there watching the toaster make toast.

15 Nov 2012 02:58 PM
Fish in a Barrel     

SuddenlySamhain: The Advertising Whisperers are grooming the population for increasing ad yokes.

All is for sale including you.

hu·man·i·ty
[hyoo-man-i-tee]

noun, plural hu·man·i·ties.
1.
device used to consume merchandise and generate monies for their pushers.


And, of course, the squirrels.

15 Nov 2012 02:59 PM
SuperChuck     

Funbags: Doesn't anyone else use "tabbed" browsers? I never sit idly and wait for a video to load. I just click the play button, click again to pause it, and continue browsing in another tab. A couple minutes later, boom, fully loaded video.

The people in this study sound like the type to stand there watching the toaster make toast.


Some sites won't load the video completely unless it's actually playing.

15 Nov 2012 03:00 PM
fickenchucker     
2 seconds sounds about right. And what's with 30-second commercials? 100% close tab for me.

15 seconds for internet commercials is fine you need them, but 30 seconds?

I remember life before the world wide interweb, and then dial up, as many of you do, and I'll be damned at this point to tolerate anything but lightning-fast. Slow-loading sites and videos can bite my hairy yellow butt.

The ad agency I work at does all sorts of behind the scenes data crunching to make sure what we do is built correctly and loads quickly. I expect nothing less from the sites I go to and the pron I secretly watch at home.

15 Nov 2012 03:01 PM
WxGuy1     

fickenchucker: 2 seconds sounds about right. And what's with 30-second commercials? 100% close tab for me.

15 seconds for internet commercials is fine you need them, but 30 seconds?


This.

My willingness to sit through a 30+ second commercial is only >0% if it's a relatively long video (like a full episode on Hulu or a 10 minute video blog). If I'm thinking about a short video clip (e.g. an SNL skit, a news story, etc.), there's no way I'm sitting through a 30 s commercial. Get the fark out.

15 Nov 2012 03:16 PM
Prometheus_Unbound     

Thoguh: I like videos when I'm looking to watch a video, I'll even deal with ads on youtube. But autoplaying videos, especially with sound, when I'm not looking for them? Fark you.


THIS. What really sucks is one starts playing when I've just opened multiple tabs and the video is near the bottom of the page, so I'm scrambling to find the farking thing to shut it off.

15 Nov 2012 03:30 PM
lordargent     
Funbags: Doesn't anyone else use "tabbed" browsers? I never sit idly and wait for a video to load. I just click the play button, click again to pause it, and continue browsing in another tab.

There's a firefox extension that lets you download most embedded flash based videos.

// Why yes, I HAVE heard of tabbed browsers. And my workstation at home has the power to abuse the hell out of tabbed browsing.

lordargent.comView Full Size

15 Nov 2012 03:36 PM
SoundOfOneHandWanking     
Q. How many seconds before I close the window with a stupid slideshow?

/ A.

15 Nov 2012 04:00 PM
ferretman    [TotalFark]  
If a commercial pops up first after attempting to watch a video, I cancel the video. Commercials suck.

15 Nov 2012 04:00 PM
SuperChuck     

lordargent: Funbags: Doesn't anyone else use "tabbed" browsers? I never sit idly and wait for a video to load. I just click the play button, click again to pause it, and continue browsing in another tab.

There's a firefox extension that lets you download most embedded flash based videos.

// Why yes, I HAVE heard of tabbed browsers. And my workstation at home has the power to abuse the hell out of tabbed browsing.

[lordargent.com image 466x137]


Damn that's a lot of porn

15 Nov 2012 04:21 PM
LDM90     
If its YouTube, sure. It's because the video DOESN'T FARKING LOAD! Screw you, YouTube.

/Vimeo ftw

15 Nov 2012 04:33 PM
kab     

beantowndog: The commercials at the beginning always work.


Done in 1.

If there isn't a 'skip this ad in 5 seconds' button, I won't be watching that video.

15 Nov 2012 04:43 PM
Richard_The_Clown     

kab: beantowndog: The commercials at the beginning always work.

Done in 1.

If there isn't a 'skip this ad in 5 seconds' button, I won't be watching that video.


It's like on Hulu. If I'm on my lunch break at work and I want to watch the latest episode on my smartphone, it has to load. We don't have the free wifi set up yet, so it's 3g. The commercials on Hulu always load quickly, play with no problem. The minute my show starts, then it's buffering, buffering, buffering...

15 Nov 2012 05:07 PM
Britney Spear's Speculum     

beantowndog: The commercials at the beginning always work.


^^^

15 Nov 2012 09:28 PM
ReapTheChaos     

beantowndog: The commercials at the beginning always work.


For me the problems the exact opposite. The commercial will stall and stutter all the way through, but when the video finally gets on it plays fine.

15 Nov 2012 10:44 PM
lordargent     
SuperChuck: Damn that's a lot of porn

Sadly, that many porn tabs would have melted my computer to slag.

This was a bunch of news sites from an RSS feed and I did this after upgrading to 12 gigs of ram.

Basically, it was a "I wonder how many tabs I can open before my browser explodes".

BUT, since news sites are mostly text, firefox handled it fine (chrome OTOH with it's process overhead, died a miserable death).

15 Nov 2012 11:39 PM
Arn_Dee     

Luthien's Tempest: Sybarite: I think I give it a lot more time because I still remember keeping a book at my computer desk to read while web pages were loading.

My parents had dial-up until two years ago... My dad and I always had books at the computer desk.


Are their pages all stuck together?

15 Nov 2012 11:43 PM
moothemagiccow    [TotalFark]  

Funbags: Doesn't anyone else use "tabbed" browsers? I never sit idly and wait for a video to load. I just click the play button, click again to pause it, and continue browsing in another tab. A couple minutes later, boom, fully loaded video.

The people in this study sound like the type to stand there watching the toaster make toast.


Whatever. Want to watch now. Internet should work. Waiting is for chumps.

16 Nov 2012 01:28 AM
asquian     

PainInTheASP: I don't know why but I absolutely HATE videos on the internet and I always have. If one of the news sites has an interesting report that is a video, I will go to Google and search out a non-video link rather than watch it. And autoplay videos embedded in more traditional text-based articles? They can suck the sweat off my balls before I will let them play out.


This. I don't know why, either. I'd just much rather read an article, with links to sources as needed, then be spoon fed infotainment in a video, I guess.

Love noscript and flashblock for these reasons.

16 Nov 2012 10:30 AM
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