New interface for comedic news

2006-11-29

in Daily updates, Films and movies, Geek stuff, Internet matters

Comedy Central has rolled out a new interface for showing Daily Show and Colbert Report clips. The player seems to be rather more stable than the previous version, with no errors discernible in Firefox 2.0 and Mac OS X. The videos themselves are a bit bigger and seem to load faster. Perhaps the biggest improvement is that clip videos now play in sequence, in the order in which the bits were included in the actual episode.

The two biggest new problems are that the window in which the videos now play is very large and cluttered, and that video advertisements are now shown before the first clip you watch and sometimes in between them. For me, this is an acceptable price to pay for an improved viewing experience. It was very annoying to have to go through them one by one before, especially given how about one in three would encounter an error that prevented it from loading.

It would be better to just have it all on YouTube, but I can understand that Comedy Central needs to extract advertising dollars from we web-viewers. Of course, I won’t be de-activating my AdBlock extension or the Filterset G updater for it anytime soon. After a few weeks of using it, the web seems truly garish when viewed in a normal web browser. You need never be troubled by annoying banners again. Flashblock is also a godsend, since almost all the flash on the web is either advertising or potentially malicious.

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Milan November 30, 2006 at 1:29 am

I had read about that before. The most amazing thing, to me, is that the knowledge behind the device could have been lost for 1000 years.

Another fascinating example of a mechanical calculator is the Curta. It also has an interesting (and fairly tragic) story behind it.

R.K. November 30, 2006 at 12:47 am

You may find this interesting: it’s an article about an ancient astronomical calculator.

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