[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] Revert "Remove battleforthenet widget"

Michael Niedermayer michael at niedermayer.cc
Thu Mar 1 03:19:30 EET 2018

On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 12:33:55PM -0900, Lou Logan wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 28, 2018, at 11:25 AM, Jan Ekström wrote:
> > 
> > Looking at how much it got updated the last time when it misbehaved
> > shows really well how that worked the last time. Sorry if I sound
> > facetious, but I do use ffmpeg-all.html a lot and it got /really/
> > irritating.
> +1.
> I object to the patch. The widget is annoyingly intrusive, 

How is it intrusive if it is displayed once and never shows
again for 60 days (which is how its configured) if you close it ?

It will show again if you delete the cookie it uses to keep track of
you closing it i think. But MANY webpages will display silly first time
notes if you loose cookies regularly.

> but as a compromise I would not block a small, resized, temporary simple image banner in the bottom of the menu:
> <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gfot3MqZDAyBcmMUm2bunJMn5geNKf6v>

If you put this there, its of course better than nothing 
but i dont know if this is wise as a replacement for the widget.

As a user i much rather would want to be told that theres a problem in the
future straight in the face and how i might be able to help fight against it. 
Instead of a banner i wont realize is there and wont click on and wont realize
what it is about before iam hit with slower speed or increased fees from
an ISP or increased fees from random companies who need to pay for fast lanes
to keep operating

Its in fact a slightly sinister scheme, people could end up paying alot more
for their internet connection without realizing that they do. That is if they
end up paying all the companies who in the future may have to pay for their
connections not to be slowed down. The end user pays, the ISPs get the money
but the path is not neccesarily direct.

Michael     GnuPG fingerprint: 9FF2128B147EF6730BADF133611EC787040B0FAB

Rewriting code that is poorly written but fully understood is good.
Rewriting code that one doesnt understand is a sign that one is less smart
then the original author, trying to rewrite it will not make it better.
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