Every. Frickin'. Time. I click "watch the video", or I follow a link to YouTube, or to GoogleVideo, or any other video clip on the 'net, and it delays a bit before playing. That delay is NOT what this rant is about - this rant is about that delay should be LONGER.
What's wrong with Martin, today? Well, skimming the list we find the video thing that recursively started this thing. Huh? Meh, I'm probably undercaffeinated today so this may not make much sense. I blame lack of sleep.
Videos are typically big files, often several megabytes in size. Even with a nice, fast, connection, my computer cannot load the video in zero seconds. Yet the player seems to assume that since loading speeds are usually higher than playback speeds, the video can begin playing as soon as the first second or two has been loaded and buffered. WRONG. Without fail, the video pauses, sometimes for only a fraction of a second, sometimes for several seconds or even up to a minute, when the playback reaches the end of the section that's been loaded. Urgh. Why not wait, say, three full seconds before beginning playback, with a little note saying "loading" so you know your computer hasn't hung?