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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

BitZtream Re:YouTube never implemented Theora (166 comments)

Why wouldn't the new codec be GPGPU-accelerated too?

GPGPU acceleration doesn't really save battery in most cases as there aren't a whole lot of low power GPUs out there.

Dedicated hardware with just enough circuitry to perform a specific task will when over anything with GP attached to it.

GPGPU is for high performance computing, not low power computing.

7 hours ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

BitZtream Re:So Kind of open? (166 comments)

... all software is implemented on hardware. Even the instructions you send to your processor get translated into other software (microcode) which is what actually gets executed.

Hardware acceleration still runs software.

H.264 isn't 'amazing' because of the hardware acceleration built into everything, its extremely convenient. If OGG was built into everything, we'd be using that instead because thats what would allow us to have long battery life and lower heat dissipation.

H.264 isn't software anyway, its a collection of algorithms and protocols. There are multiple software implementations of H.264, of which cisco's is only one.

7 hours ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

BitZtream Re:Trusting a binary from Cisco (166 comments)

How do we know that we haven't been served with national security letters??!?!?!?!

Seriously, nothing will make you happy. Sad part is you're whining about this sort of thing, but you still use a computer that boots from proprietary code on a proprietary processor. The BIOS/EFI is the easiest place to insert a back door and is in fact the place that many motherboards emulate physical hardware using system management mode of the CPU.

But hey, you worry about cisco back dooring your video codec used by the browser with waning market share and about the only thing it can claim is that its more popular than safari.

7 hours ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

BitZtream Re:Trusting a binary from Cisco (166 comments)

Once you remove the strings from the app in question and look at the code, no its not really all that difficult.

7 hours ago
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SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

BitZtream Re:I wonder how long it would've taken NASA? (45 comments)

... NASA has been doing landings like this since Apollo, just not full size rockets like this.

You do realize that SpaceX really hasn't done anything new, ever, right? They are a commercial venture which is essentially doing nothing that NASA hasn't done already, the only difference is management is actually letting it happen (for obvious reasons) at large scales because SpaceX is for profit.

Get a clue, stop dogging NASA and fix the shitty ass congress that ham strings the ever living fuck out of them or puts ridiculous requirements on their processes because every congressman wants to make sure they get money in their state.

11 hours ago
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Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

BitZtream Re:Is this an achievement? (42 comments)

No, it doesn't impress me but for different reasons.

Surviving a typhoon on the surface is none trivial for any vessel of any size. Waves are no fun at all during a storm of that size. I think you underestimate how well the equipment in the steel container would have to be hardened. Its not unusual to suddenly fall a hundred feet or more, only to smack into water which is rapidly raising as you run into it. Imagine repeatedly being dropped from 100 feet or more into a pool for hours on end. Thats what being in a hurricane is like. Unless you're an experience engineer, I doubt you'd make something that survived without several tries.

On the other hand, for a submersible? Meh, not impressive. Dive below and it gets calm fairly quickly. The surface waves of a storm like that don't have that great of an effect on the ocean bottom at sufficient depth. The direct effects of the waves themselves end at about one half the wave length below the wave troughs. Indirect effects are probably worse though, and those can extend down to 300-400 feet.

If the water is deep enough and the USV can dive deep enough, its trivial to wait it out. A submarine for instance has little fear of a hurricane unless its stuck trying to get out of port because they waited too long.

11 hours ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

BitZtream Re:Mission creep. (277 comments)

The iPads don't seem to be useful if they're not connected

These aren't android devices that are required to be tethered to Google every waking instant to be useful.

iBooks alone with textbooks instead of physical text books, so the students aren't carrying 20 pounds of dead trees everywhere, is alone enough of a reason to do this.

Clearly they underestimated the bandwidth usage, thats kind of the point of the story, but go ahead and not read the story and tell us how they fucked it up without you actually having any clue at all.

I'm not sure you're aware of it, but not everything actually requires a constant Internet connection to function. Working offline is pretty common in the normal world, again, if you aren't on Android which does everything it can to keep you tethered to Google.

2 days ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

BitZtream Re:Mission creep. (277 comments)

Considering the whole iBooks is designed to allow for text book replacement thing, this is also good for the backs of students that can potentially not have to carry 20 pounds of text books with them every day.

Just because you've not bothered to understand all the ways having a tablet is a great advance doesn't mean its a 'probably'.

Schools run their own internal phone systems already? Mission creep? Just like businesses who run their own phone systems? At a certain scale its cheaper to pay a guy to do the work internally and do it in a way thats for YOUR best interest, not the guy selling it too you.

And by 'becoming their own ISP' what that probably translates too is upgrades to the existing private data lines between he schools and a bigger pipe into the district main data center to carry student bandwidth instead of buying WiFi access from AT&T/Verizon at a ridiculous rate. They'll buy bulk bandwidth instead of consumer and save a fortune.

2 days ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

BitZtream Re:Another high point is achieved ... (205 comments)

Everytime you see someone talk about parents doing something like this being 'wrong' you can rest assured that they've never had any children or taken care of them for any length of time.

2 days ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

BitZtream Re:original title (288 comments)

Then post your bullshit on your own websites. No one wants to listen to you ramble on about crap that you utterly fail to understand and whine like a little girl.

Go back to your hole and whine about what network providers blacklist your retarded lists of open proxies.

2 days ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

BitZtream Re:...The hell? (288 comments)

Bennett HAselton is an ignorant douche who complains when he gets blacklisted by various email lists because he distributes lists of OPEN PROXIES and he's too stupid to know WHY he gets blacklisted ... and then calls that censorship.

He's an ignorant fucking douche, nothing more.

Any tangental work he does is irrelevant and generally most of the crap he spews is wrong. You get more accurate information from Fox news.

2 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

BitZtream Re:lol (664 comments)

posting accusations that Russia was involved is for news sites not for supposedly unbiased material.

There is something utterly fucked up with that statement. Don't confuse me, its nothing you did.

The fucked up part is that 'news sites' are so fracking biased!

What I wonder is why the wikipedia article isn't locked already.

3 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

BitZtream Re:One question: (771 comments)

America was doing a lot better when it paid the owning classes less, and the working classes had more purchasing power.

What 'America' are you talking about? The USA has never really been any different than it is now. You certainly don't mean when the 'owning classes' actually owned the people that worked for them, do you? Or any time in the last century?

Contrary to what your closed eyes might believe, the working class in America is better off than its ever been. That doesn't preclude the ability for it to be better, but if you think the working class in America have it harder now than any other point in the countries history, you're just ignorant.

3 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

BitZtream Cost of living increase (771 comments)

So how much did the cost of living raise in those areas?

How much did it suck for every person above the new minimum wage that suddenly got an effective state mandated pay cut?

Raising the minimum wage is worthless if you don't control pricing of products as well, the price of bread, milk and everything else just goes up to compensate for the new higher minimum wage.

It goes up not only because it must to balance out the increased cost, but it also goes up because it CAN, those minimum wage workers can afford to pay more so they will be charged more.

The standard of living remains the same for minimum wage workers, and goes down for everyone else who got off their asses and put effort into being more than a burger flipper.

3 days ago
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Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

BitZtream Re:complex application example (160 comments)

Honestly - why are people trying to do things that need guarantees with python?

Because they don't actually know how to do what they are claiming the requirements are and they refuse to turn it over to someone who does.

I'd have thought that was pretty clear. Trying to do real time work in python made it clear to me.

3 days ago
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Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

BitZtream Re:both? (77 comments)

The current regulations don't do that. If they did, they would be based on drone weight, method of control, altitude, etc.

R/C aircraft also have rules related to these things, the current generation of quad just fulls well below the weight limit. Method of control is one of the points of contention, specifically the requirement for line of sight. Altitude is already limited to 400 feet AGL.

Let me drop a 2 pound UAV on your head from even 10 feet above you, then will talk about how those rules need revising now that any idiot and his 8 year old son can control one. My lightest UAV weighs about 4, the largest about 12. The weight rules were made back in the 60s when it took real skill to fly, months of meticulous building and thousands of dollars. The people who had those aircraft were careful and thoughtful or they wouldn't even get anywhere near the flying field. Now days anyone can buy a fully ready to control one from walmart. The rules have to be revised.

It amazes me how often people completely ignorant of the issue talk about how the FAA isn't being logical.

The commercial bit limits the number of people who will try it because it makes the only incentive to do so one of pleasure and interest in the process and skill, not money.

The polices appear to be designed solely to ensure that nobody creates any jobs for Americans, earns income to support their families, or offers useful services that other are willing to pay for.

Ah yes, you're one of those people. The government doesn't want to create jobs! It just wants to tax us more while we're unemployed! The gubment is evil, Bush is ebil, Barak Osama is ebil.

You're an idiot.

3 days ago
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Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

BitZtream Re:both? (77 comments)

Random anti-poaching people are examples of doing it wrong, just like the jackasses on Whale Wars. Every example of anti-poaching with UAVs 'I've SEEN' has been an example of breaking the law because its okay for you but not them.

If I understand correctly you are saying that the FAA's June Interperative Ruling, which bans FPV and claims that model aircraft are subject to the same rules as full-sized aircraft (all in direct opposition to the 2012 Reauthorization Act which says FAA cannot regulate model aircraft at all),

You're utterly wrong on your interpretation of this. It reiterates that FPV is banned. This isn't new. Doesn't stipulate that RC aircraft are required to follow the same rules as full sized aircraft at all, unless they want to operate for commercial purposes, but again, this isn't new.

FAA claims their Interpretation of the law is enforcable as law

The FAA makes the law in this area. They are correct in principal. From a technical perspective however, they are suing based on policies not actual regulations.

that's the whole point of these lawsuits.

No, the point of these lawsuits is the FAA is attempting to enforce based on policy they haven't made into official regulation yet. They are attempting to stop people who refuse to wait until proper regulation can be ironed out. This is not a good thing. Its a horrible thing.

Its horrible because these people are essentially going to force the FAA to rush the process of coming up with actual regulations.

The easiest thing for the FAA to do is to open the regulation for public comments, ignore them all, and just turn their policy as it stands into actual regulation. Then these court cases are over and the FAA wins, period. NO ONE WANTS THAT.

It's true that they have not gotten any signficant bills to congress

They don't have to get any bills to congress. The FAA makes the regulations governing the skys. Congress delegated that authority to them the 50s or so. The FAA has to follow certain rules about how it makes regulations, including open public comment periods, but they are in no way required to listen to the public comments and congress doesn't get to tell them what to do, only appoint people to lead the organization.

The FAA is one of the few government organizations that actually does its job reasonably well. I have no idea how this manages to be the case, but so far it is.

It seems you are arguing that their incompetence is actually a clever tactic they are using to protect us from themselves. Is that what you meant?

... I'm stating that they are NOT INCOMPETENT. They are taking the time to properly evaluate the situation and come up with a workable plan, as they always have. One that allows hobbyists to keep doing our thing and allows for safe commercial use without killing or maiming people.

By the way, I disagree with most of your supporting anectdotes and facts

Well of course you do ... Its possible to disagree with anecdotes, though doing so by offering your own response without providing any facts or anecdotes at all just makes you look silly. Disagreeing with fact just makes you look stupid however.

If you look at the postings related to UAVs on slashdot its fairly easy to see my point, but that would require you educating yourself rather than just disagreeing, wouldn't it?

4 days ago
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Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

BitZtream Re:Why are you so angry? (77 comments)

Because he's an ignorant douche who thinks the FAA is wrong and is talking about getting 'bitchslapped'.

He's the kind of person who causes the rest of us problems and that sort of ignorance pisses me off.

At no point did I say I was for making the hobby illegal. His sort of ignorant response and the public behaving like that is what will result in the hobby being regulated to all hell and back.

The reason the hobby has been so loosely regulated to date is because we've been self policing and proactive about it. It used to require experience to get into the hobby, so if you were some arrogant dangerous prick trying to learn, you'd have to spend a lot of money replacing equipment because no one who flew would help you learn so you'd have to do it by brute force.

ArduPilot and Multi Wii changed that. ArduPilot and MultiWii showed that you could, fairly easily, control an aircraft with cheap MEMS sensors for a couple hundred bucks at most. I can get a full autopilot from hong kong (a cheap ArduPilot clone) for under $100 that will fly pretty much ANY RC airplane, helicopter, or quad as well as control an RC car. Completely autonomously.

Now anyone can control an aircraft. Note: I said control, not fly. ArduPilot flies the aircraft, you just tell it where to go more or less. ArduPilot is more or less what all these knockoffs are based on. Well, not ArduPilot alone, there are a handful of OSS implementations that are all somewhat related to each other even if they aren't sharing code. Parrot and Phantom quads? Those are straight up are almost certainly direct rip-offs of ardupilot or the other MAVLink software who's name escapes me and I'm too lazy to look up.

No, I want to be able to fly my aircraft, but dumb ass statements like 'the FAA needs to be bitchslapped' are the exact people who will fuck it up for me.

4 days ago
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Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

BitZtream Re:both? (77 comments)

Well I do happen to have a rig that can take this kind of picture.

So do I, hence why I'm talking about it. I also have sold photos to real estate agents with it, yes, I acknowledge I'm doing exactly what I shouldn't.

Am I allowed to photograph my own property from the air and give the pictures to my agent to include in the listing? What if I have a friend who's selling their house and I want to take pictures for him to give to his agent? What if I really enjoy taking real estate pictures and I have a friend who's an agent and I enjoy going out on a Saturday morning to take aerial photos of properties before we play a round of golf at the club? No money's changing hands so it seems like it would be fine by the FAA's "guidelines".

No, if you bothered to read and understand the policy, none of those are legal. The photos taken can not be USED for commercial purposes. The VERY FIRST post to this article has a link to make it clear for those of you who fail at reading comprehension. Long story short, just because you don't get a check or a $20 bill doesn't mean its legal, but I suspect you knew that well before making the bunk argument.

Also, $500 will get you the whole kit and caboodle these days. That's the price of a low-end Phantom with camera and they're dead-simple to fly. I bought their first model a while back and it's he first multirotor that I was able to fly. All the previous cheap stuff was more a matter of "avoiding crashing" than flying. If I were selling a quarter million dollar property and $500 could get me some aerial shots, that's a no-brainer.

I have a $30 toy heli with a built in camera as well. But just like a $500 phantom, its no where near the quality required to do actual commercial work.

$500 will barely buy you a camera of high enough quality to do any commercial work, it certainly won't buy you the UAV of sufficient size, gimble AND the camera. I have gimbals that cost more than a phantom. Putting a $10k USD UAV into the air for quality photos is pretty normal, but it can be done 'good enough' for $1500 as well. $500 ... no, that shows me you don't actually know what you're talking about. Theres a whole lot more to aerial photography than strapping a $40 digital camera on to your toy.

Just because you have a phantom with a go pro attached doesn't mean you know what you're talking about.

I'm not really sure why the FAA got this bug up their ass about realtors.

Again, if you had any idea what you're talking about, you'd know that realtors are the ones that are eating this stuff up. Beautiful shots of homes on demand without paying for a full sized heli to do it. MUCH cheaper. Thats where 95-99% of the photo work for UAVs is done right now. Theres also construction work where someone wants to see some progress of construction as its going along without being on site or get an overview to see what the contractor is doing. Surveying for farming is probably third on the list. Then the lowest I've dealt with is things like events, which is good because those are the most dangerous as they almost universally involve flying around crowds of people.

So again, like I stated originally, just because you can buy something capable of doing the deed doesn't make you qualified to do so. You can buy a hammer and some wire cutters from the hardware store, do you think that makes you qualified to build a safe house for people as well? Hint: It doesn't.

4 days ago
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Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

BitZtream Re:both? (77 comments)

How many pictures of your house are you going to take? 1? 2 flights? Are you even going to bother spending the money to get a rig to do it with? Is it going to last more than the weekend you bought it simply because it isn't all that interesting too you by itself?

Now if you're doing it 5 days a week, for income? How about just weekends, for income?

The difference is frequency and motivation. You're unlikely to spend the money required on the camera alone if its just for your house and there is no profit. You certainly aren't going to take too many risks with a $500+ (minimum) camera and $500 UAV if theres no financial gain.

Now if you can pay for the UAV and make a profit? You'll be doing it FAR more often and you'll be FAR more likely to do stupid shit that could hurt people or property.

Yes, I've read their chart. I've commented on their website. Its the same logic as to why you can give your friend a ride to the airport in your personal car with a normal drivers license but you aren't allowed to charge a fee, carry random passengers and run a business without special permits and a CDL.

There are reasons we regulate businesses.

4 days ago

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FTC Offers 50k for an effect way to block robocalls

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  about 2 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "

The Federal Trade Commission is challenging the public to create an innovative solution that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones. As part of its ongoing campaign against these illegal, prerecorded telemarketing calls, the agency is launching the FTC Robocall Challenge, and offering a $50,000 cash prize for the best technical solution.

Apparently mandating that telephone companies filter invalid caller id data from their customers and prosecuting the violators of robocall laws is too much effort."
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Mozilla partners with Microsoft Bing for a special

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Mozilla has officially sold out, this follows on the heels of the revenue sharing agreement with Twitter. Mozilla now has an official distribution that defaults to using Bing for the search box and home page."
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Office 2010 Beta Released

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Microsoft has begun notifying people about the availablility of the Office 2010 beta. Don't bother trying to download it with anything other than IE however, it would appear at least for the moment that Safari on OS X (With Silverlight) and Google Chrome on Windows just sit at a page with a twirly when attempting to download after signing. IE on the other hand works instantly so it doesn't appear to be a load issue."
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Google Chrome is out of Beta

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "This morning Google announced that Chrome is out of Beta, and showing improvements for plugin support, most notably Video speed improvements. It also contains an updated javascript engine claiming that it operates 1.4 times faster than the beta version, and work has begun on an extensions platform to allow easier integration with the browser by third parts. The original Google blog post can be found here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/google-chrome-beta.html"
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BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "I'm curious as to how slashdot readers would handle my current situation.

I ordered a Wii bundle on June 6th from ebgames.com and paid the extra for overnight shipping. On June 8th the Wii product page said: Orders placed before 6/8/07 will be shipped on 6/11/07.

On June 11th, nothing happened on the ebgames.com status page for my order so I emailed them. The response was typical:

We apologize for the shipping delay this order has experienced. We are
currently investigating the problem; we will fix the problem and get
this item shipped out as soon as possible.

Later that evening my order status changed to 'Processing'. It hasn't changed since. So today, (June 13th) I called them twice. The first time was around 5pm EST and I was told the order had shipped and I will get it on the 14th. So I wait till this evening, around 9pm and call back to get a tracking number since I'm a bit skeptical. Now I'm told my order has not shipped, and it will be shipped tomorrow and I will get it on Friday, the 15th, at which point I promptly state that I expect my shipping charges to be reduced. No deal, they won't do it. Okay, cancel the order, the won't do that either.

This is entirely unfair in my eyes. I can drive to the local ebgames store and buy a Wii right this instant, but then I'll end up with two and have to go through the process of selling one.

I have very little faith that I'll get it on Friday now since they've obviously lied about it being shipped once already.

My question is simple, is there anything that I can do to get out of this deal other than contest the charge with the credit card company since they already have my money?"

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