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2012-11-15 09:03:40 AM  
The commercials at the beginning always work.
 
2012-11-15 09:12:10 AM  
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.
 
2012-11-15 09:25:06 AM  
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.
 
2012-11-15 09:32:57 AM  

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.
 
2012-11-15 09:35:38 AM  
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.
 
2012-11-15 09:51:04 AM  

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.
 
2012-11-15 12:25:50 PM  

Ennuipoet: o


I vividly remember downloading my first animated gif file of porn. It was quite amazing to like, 12 year old me.
 
2012-11-15 12:41:02 PM  

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.
 
2012-11-15 12:45:18 PM  

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.
 
2012-11-15 12:45:51 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.


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.
 
2012-11-15 12:47:34 PM  
I was told there would be wardrobe malfunctions.
 
2012-11-15 12:51:36 PM  
I can't jog longer than 5 minutes but I'll watch a 27 minute progress bar while my porn downloads
 
2012-11-15 01:07:22 PM  
I completely agree with this...

These days, I have trouble maintaining interest for just abo
 
2012-11-15 01:09:22 PM  

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.
 
2012-11-15 01:22:57 PM  

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.
 
2012-11-15 01:23:04 PM  
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.
 
2012-11-15 01:29:51 PM  
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.
 
2012-11-15 01:33:38 PM  
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.
 
2012-11-15 01:35:55 PM  
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
 
2012-11-15 01:36:08 PM  

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.
 
2012-11-15 01:50:05 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.


And a three minute news vid piece, preceded by a minute commercial, takes 20 sec to read.
 
2012-11-15 01:50:18 PM  

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
 
2012-11-15 01:53:39 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.


Yeah this is why the progress bar was invented and quickly done away with in favor of spinning cursors
 
2012-11-15 01:53:46 PM  

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.
 
2012-11-15 01:55:41 PM  
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.
 
2012-11-15 02:05:39 PM  
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.
 
2012-11-15 02:38:07 PM  
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.
 
2012-11-15 02:44:34 PM  
TLDR
 
2012-11-15 02:58:09 PM  
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.
 
2012-11-15 02:59:05 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.


And, of course, the squirrels.
 
2012-11-15 03:00:36 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.


Some sites won't load the video completely unless it's actually playing.
 
2012-11-15 03:01:03 PM  
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.
 
2012-11-15 03:16:28 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?


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.
 
2012-11-15 03:30:05 PM  

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.
 
2012-11-15 03:36:22 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.

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
 
2012-11-15 04:00:17 PM  
Q. How many seconds before I close the window with a stupid slideshow?

/ A.
 
2012-11-15 04:00:53 PM  
If a commercial pops up first after attempting to watch a video, I cancel the video. Commercials suck.
 
2012-11-15 04:21:00 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.com image 466x137]


Damn that's a lot of porn
 
2012-11-15 04:33:53 PM  
If its YouTube, sure. It's because the video DOESN'T FARKING LOAD! Screw you, YouTube.

/Vimeo ftw
 
kab
2012-11-15 04:43:07 PM  

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.
 
2012-11-15 05:07:07 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.


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...
 
2012-11-15 09:28:07 PM  

beantowndog: The commercials at the beginning always work.


^^^
 
2012-11-15 10:44:59 PM  

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.
 
2012-11-15 11:39:02 PM  
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).
 
2012-11-15 11:43:43 PM  

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?
 
2012-11-16 01:28:49 AM  

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.
 
2012-11-16 10:30:34 AM  

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.
 
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