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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Scorchmon Re:What about (234 comments)

My local OTA channels are just as heavily compressed as the cable channels. Local stations are able to fit multiple subchannels into one regular channel, and to accomplish this, they reduce the bandwidth of the main channel. We're left with an overcompressed main channel and two amateur quality subchannels that show local ads and weather which earns the local station some extra income. It's going to get worse with everyone trying to cram more channels into their transmission medium without adding more headroom to compensate, and with so many people that can't even tell the difference between standard definition and high definition channels, the problem's never going to go away.

Some years ago, I was amazed when I went to a friend's house who had analog cable. This was before digital set top boxes were mandatory, and I was blown away by the quality of his SD channels which lacked any digital compression. Today's compressed HD channels actually look the same if not worse than the SD channels from before digital compression got to where it is today.

about 6 months ago

GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

Scorchmon Re:And nothing of value was lost (145 comments)

There were other options like Django, MPlayer, TEN, Kali, and Kahn. QuakeSpy/GameSpy became the dominant service.

about 10 months ago

Tesla Would Be Proud: Wireless Charging For Electric Cars Gets Closer To Reality

Scorchmon Re:Old news for buses (176 comments)

Not all of the power is being converted into a magnetic field. Some of it is being lost due to resistances in the circuit from cables, copper traces, and other components where it is converted to heat.

about a year ago

John Carmack Leaves id Software

Scorchmon Re:The end of an era. (154 comments)

He's the CTO for Oculus, developers of the Oculus Rift VR HMD. He already has his plate full, and the writing has been on the wall since August when he joined Oculus. Gaming has much more to gain from him now that he's no longer tied to the past and can put all of his effort into VR gaming.

about a year ago

Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps

Scorchmon Re:So what? (568 comments)

When we wanted to go to the moon, we did.

We only went to the moon to beat the commies. It was a competition. The current ISPs have no competition, and they have no reason to improve unless something like Google Fiber comes to their neighborhood.

about a year ago

Administration Admits Obamacare Website Stinks

Scorchmon Re:Gov't project (516 comments)

Papa loves Mongo.

about a year ago

Vonage Hit With $69.5M Judgement

Scorchmon Hurray (234 comments)

Well, on the bright side, we won't be having to hear anymore of that damn "Woohoo" song from their commercials.

more than 7 years ago


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