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4 minutes remaining. Then 15 seconds. Then 5 hours. Why can't computers just tell you how long something's going to take? • MORE BASICS: de-visions.com/wow-PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha
Written with Sean Elliott twitter.com/SeanMElliott/ • Graphics by William Marler wmad.co.uk
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  • I'm having to film back in the Tiny Room against green-screen again, as lockdown means the Centre for Computing History is closed! Hopefully they'll be open again soon, although that depends on a very different kind of progress...

    Tom ScottTom ScottVor Monat
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      CuliynlCuliynlVor 15 Tage
    • why do you private your videos before you upload them

      RanMind YTRanMind YTVor 15 Tage
    • How did you put in the time estimate of this video in the script as you were recoring? I slowed down the video speed to .25 but can't see where you may have stitched two takes together.

      Michael ConroyMichael ConroyVor 21 Tag
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      NoobKingNoobKingVor 25 Tage
    • Why does my phone tell me that this comment was posted before the video was?

      PrxjectMemePrxjectMemeVor 27 Tage
  • what about a 2D progress block, width for data (so maybe mb or gb) and height for file count, never seen one, just thought of it

    Thot Slayer 420Thot Slayer 420Vor 16 Stunden
  • Best solution would be to put a title to every segemt of the progress bar. Anyone who watches porn on the hub will have found this out. If you dont care about foreplay you know exactly on te second to skip to, to skip that part. So for a progress bar for a install. Just title the segement so that we know what part the computer is working on and we know what we might think of upgrading

    kalle ankakalle ankaVor Tag
  • "The most important job is to reassure that yes, things are happening, progress it being made" That moment when the progress bar is stuck at 99% for about 28 minutes...

    RamennBowlsRamennBowlsVor Tag
  • The only accurate progress bar is the 3DS one And no, not the blue one The one when your digitally downloading a game off of the eShop

    Reese606Reese606Vor 2 Tage
  • 100% ... Restarting... 30% .... ... .. 58% ............... 79% ................ 100% .................................................................... Aaaaand it crashed

    Ask MasterAsk MasterVor 2 Tage
  • Steam

    Adam CogleyAdam CogleyVor 2 Tage
  • you should create a program that changes the line on the video

    gunship sequel budyboygunship sequel budyboyVor 2 Tage
  • Putting my finger over the progress bar to see if its moving

    YaBoy •YaBoy •Vor 3 Tage
  • Steam installing a game be like: 1 minute left -- 2 hours left -- 5 days left -- 6 minutes left

    Vex989Vex989Vor 3 Tage
  • Are you reporting from 1998?

    agustinbsagustinbsVor 4 Tage
  • Tom Scott : Why Progress Bars Don't Move Smoothly Me : Wondering why the progress bar on the title doesn't move

    DG SecretDG SecretVor 5 Tage
  • 0:06 WAS THAT A LEGO RACER 2 LOADING BAR ??????

    PetoPetoVor 5 Tage
  • "Why can't computers just tell me how long something is going to take?" Because progress bars don't show you time... they show (suprise!) progress.

    KoGaKoGaVor 5 Tage
  • Shout out to those 99 years that I was told it was gonna take for my game to open when I was 8.

    Rory MRory MVor 5 Tage
  • This is why I leave and do something else when I’m downloading something. If it takes 5 minutes or 2 hours I’ll have something nice to come back to once I remember

    P ChurchP ChurchVor 5 Tage
  • who needs a progress bar when u have a gaming fridge that can download anything almost instantaneously

    GigaGameGigaGameVor 6 Tage
  • Why this guy is soo much underrated

    YY YELLOWYY YELLOWVor 6 Tage
  • Good old Microsoft Minutes

    karehaqtkarehaqtVor 6 Tage
  • How was the halting problem not mentioned in this video?

    DeconimusDeconimusVor 6 Tage
  • Loved the Sopranos kinda ending.

    KysterPSYKysterPSYVor 7 Tage
  • My loading bar just goes backwards

    Pat SmashPat SmashVor 7 Tage
  • looking at you STEAM

    ChaneChaneVor 9 Tage
  • LOADING GEOMETRIES 62%

    A SkellingtonA SkellingtonVor 9 Tage
  • Someone tell computer making people to put this when turning on a computer after shutting it down

    YajihbaYajihbaVor 9 Tage
  • Solution: Have individual progress bars for each step. Step 1/4: 10% Step 1/4: 20% ... Step 1/4: 100% Step 2/4: 10% Step 2/4: 20% ... Step 4/4: 90% Step 4/4: Done!

    LordloucksterLordloucksterVor 10 Tage
  • The one thing I wish I could do when it came to downloading something is allocate as much resources to downloading as possible. I love that you can still Watch Netflix, have a conference call, and edit a video in Adobe After affects, while downloading somthing, but sometimes I just want to download something, walk away and have the computer just worry about downloading or moving the file.

    Hasan AHasan AVor 10 Tage
  • This is the corollary to Windows 10 offering to kill any app that takes more than 15 seconds to do something - apparently Windows isn’t seeing a progress bar😅

    SidewaysSidewaysVor 10 Tage
  • Bar: 1% to 99% : 20 minutes Bar: 99% to 100% : *10 hours*

    EeeeEeeeVor 10 Tage
  • I agree, as long as the progress bar is moving (and not backwards!), I know something is happening!

    Viktória VadonViktória VadonVor 11 Tage
  • 3:42 Looking at you, Windows 10

    Frog 4096Frog 4096Vor 11 Tage
  • /////// / / / / / / / / / / / / / 10more years ///////// / / / / / / / / / / / 30more seconds

    Samson KinyanjuiSamson KinyanjuiVor 11 Tage
  • Content

    Riley CarpenterRiley CarpenterVor 12 Tage
  • That's also why many programmers have gone the other way and just show "progress indicator" instead of progress bars. Like the spinning wheel on Windows. It just shows that the PC didn't freeze and is still working, but you don't have any indication on how long it's going to take. Also if "time" isn't a parameter itself then the progress bar can never be give you a proper "remaining time". A countdown is always accurate because the time itself is the parameter that makes it work. Filetransfer ist based on the files and not on the time, so it will finish when it is finished, not when a certain amount of seconds have passed (like the queue in the supermarket. Fewer people doesn't mean the line is faster. There are just fewer people in front of you.).

    mozl83mozl83Vor 12 Tage
  • Minecraft’s progress bar be like: And I took that personally

    Cameron FigginsCameron FigginsVor 12 Tage
  • Loading time estimates be like: 20 minutes 4 seconds 45 minutes 5 minutes 999999 hours

    Zari HanssenZari HanssenVor 13 Tage
  • Personally I like loading screens that tell you what exactly they're doing, like most source and goldsource engine games. "Validating game resources." "Sending client info." That kind of thing.

    Butter of SorrowButter of SorrowVor 13 Tage
  • 100% done = 90% done *Adobe Premiere users* will understand 😂

    French Comprehensible InputFrench Comprehensible InputVor 13 Tage
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    Helio GonzalezHelio GonzalezVor 14 Tage
  • 4:48 smh now you'll have to record everything from the start rippppp

    Silksong DateSilksong DateVor 14 Tage
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    SoftBunnyCreations VibingSoftBunnyCreations VibingVor 14 Tage
  • my monitor froze during a download once, so i thought it took 4 hours to get a 20mb download done.

    pencilchatpencilchatVor 14 Tage
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    ZoltanZoltanVor 14 Tage
  • Imagine the progress bar in the title is how long Tom Scott's life is

    Eugene LoEugene LoVor 14 Tage
  • is this the guy who says “xnyopit”

    CypressCypressVor 14 Tage
  • Is it just me or was the audio an video out of sync (I'm assuming deliberately)? If so nice choice.

    fossar _fossar _Vor 14 Tage
  • I think the best loading screens are when there are actually two (think winrar) one for the whole process and the other for individual processes. From there you can see that it is actually doing something.

    Tomáš LiptákTomáš LiptákVor 15 Tage
  • Pov: you kept checking your scroll bar through out the video

    youtubeusernameyoutubeusernameVor 15 Tage
  • Me when I tilt my phone facing down and the progress bars start moving again.

    The cheeseThe cheeseVor 15 Tage
  • The absent water posteriorly impress because lion constitutively polish worth a hapless priest. determined, rotten kite

    Pawit NinnabodeePawit NinnabodeeVor 15 Tage
  • What is the 1% that’s taking so long to load

    RanMind YTRanMind YTVor 15 Tage
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    wozerDwozerDVor 15 Tage
  • You look young and old at the same time. That's a real mistyr to me, you should make a video about it!

    Leo TellesLeo TellesVor 15 Tage
  • The worst thing is when it goes to 99% immediately and then stays there for what feels like a millennium. Thank you for explaining this in your usual awesome way!

    AK NephtaliAK NephtaliVor 15 Tage
  • A thing the program could do to resolve, or at least find a more smooth load, is by logging the time, taking the estimated time that it took, and telling you that number. If it was a game, it could show how long it had taken the last 10 times, (assuming you would've loaded it that many times), and let's say a file upload, it could track how long it would take for 100 files, and estimate the amount of time, that this would take because its 10x times larger, or half the size = it would be 10 times longer or ½ times faster.

    SYSSYSVor 15 Tage
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    BlurryPirateBlurryPirateVor 15 Tage
  • Dropbox "Time Remaining" when uploading a video is a complete work of fiction.

    Phill WainewrightPhill WainewrightVor 16 Tage
  • Intro music from the Chase?

    Stipe PoljakStipe PoljakVor 16 Tage
  • Steam update estimation times. 3 minutes, 7 minutes, 18 minutes, 2 hours, 17 hours... 12 seconds.

    HowDeeDooHowDeeDooVor 16 Tage
  • I cant be the only one that was annoyed that the two progress bars didn't match perfectly 😁

    whadupwhadupVor 16 Tage
  • coomrag

    KebboKebboVor 16 Tage
  • The gaudy grip monthly hand because relish spectacularly apologise through a private cost. watery, pricey continent

    John SouthfieldJohn SouthfieldVor 17 Tage
  • Progress screens can lock up and fool you to wait forever but ultimately you have to reset the computer..

    Lambor_ghiniLambor_ghiniVor 17 Tage
  • The video progress bar is half a second off

    Bubba GamesBubba GamesVor 17 Tage
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    HaydenexHaydenexVor 17 Tage
  • I have four letters for you: RTOS. A Real Time Operating System (RTOS) provides hard or soft guarantees of how long a program will take, in instruction cycles. Sometimes this is critically important, for instance if the machine is doing quantitative chemistry and it needs to error out if the reaction time wasn't very close to 90 seconds. It's fun stuff.

    Zak FallowsZak FallowsVor 17 Tage
  • why a linguistic knows computing, that aint fair

    Cristian MartinezCristian MartinezVor 17 Tage
  • Who else checked that the video progress bar was in sync?

    Paul PotterPaul PotterVor 17 Tage
  • What I'd like to know is, how is it possible that progress bars always show, even if for a split second, 100%. Surely, if that were truth, the next thing would pop up instead.

    jeremiaas15jeremiaas15Vor 17 Tage
  • I love it when a simple download says "2 years remaining" or "∞ time remaining".

    LRCLRCVor 17 Tage
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