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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

citizenr WebM/VP8 default? (224 comments)

The only reason Im using Flash on YT is Google insistence on forcing VP8 on my old Core2 laptop (intel GPU means no hardware video accel).
h.264 with mplayer plays perfectly in 1080p
h.264 with flash plays perfectly in 720p
VP8 with HTML5 stutters in 720p, and still drops frames in 640x480

If/when they finally remove Flash option I will be forced to script direct mplayer streaming of mp4 files from YT server bypassing their player altogether.

4 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

citizenr Re:DirectX is obsolete (134 comments)

Yes, phone platform with NO API for backing up sms messages will win the market!

" Cliff Simpkins (Sr Product Manager, Windows Developer) responded

Currently, the platform provides a number of SMS Access from a system eventing perspective (as of Windows Phone 8.1), and Windows Phone supports sms backup/restore for consumers as part of the base OS (Settings Backup). What we don’t provide is a backup API."

Currently there is NO WAY of exporting stored messages away from M$ proprietary 3% of the market crap.

about a week ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

citizenr inventor ?!?!??!?! (171 comments)

> [inventor Alex] Kipman ... idea he first pitched to Microsoft, which became Kinect

so he invented Kinect? hmm nope, that would be Primesense cleverly going around earlier patents on structure light (for example Viewpoint Corps US6549288 filled in 1999) by using random instead of striped dot pattern.

maybe Kipman invented original Natal aka Kinect 2 aka time of flight depth camera? hmmm nope, that would be 2 or 3 whole companies M$ bought (3DV, Canesta) spending over 1 Billion dollars before settling on ready to sell Primesense camera in the end.

What exactly did he invent? He is a manager at M$, not engineer.

about two weeks ago
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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

citizenr Re:You gotta be kidding me... (168 comments)

Too cheap, cant package in a neat marketable device, get lost!

about two weeks ago
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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

citizenr Re: Did Congress pass a law? (122 comments)

As we know, there is quite a bit that the President can do without congress

like close guantanamo for example ....

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

citizenr 'Presumably the Uber app can block based on IMEI' (299 comments)

No, Uber app can block on ANYTHING in your phone, including contact list, sms history, browsing habits. Did you all forget last months article about Uber app permission list and amount of data it collects and sends to the mothership?

about two weeks ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

citizenr Re:Tao (164 comments)

You forgot one minor detail - Windows guy was taking a dump.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

citizenr Re:gui? local? (264 comments)

You can host server part on same computer end user is sitting at.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

citizenr gui? local? (264 comments)

Today your browser is THE gui. This way you gain flexibility, portability, and reusability.

about three weeks ago
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Indiana Court Rules Melted Down Hard Drive Not Destruction of Evidence

citizenr Re:Hello microwave (181 comments)

BULLSHIT, name ONE lab and ONE documented recovery from single overwrite

about a month ago
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Indiana Court Rules Melted Down Hard Drive Not Destruction of Evidence

citizenr Re:Hello microwave (181 comments)

From what I understand, all it takes is one knock with a hammer to

trip mems sensor on HDD and leave permanent SMART 'physical damage' record

about a month ago
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Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life

citizenr Re: One fiber to rule them... (221 comments)

All it takes is a small modification to Netflix client software. Make it upload at 80% uplink capacity of EVERY SINLGE customer - BAM, overnight Netflix traffic stops being one way, all peering problems are over. Do you spot the problem? Peering agreements are stupid and easy to manipulate, its strange no one did it on this scale yet.

about a month ago
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Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life

citizenr Meanwhile in civilized world (221 comments)

Meanwhile in civilized world (Europe): Poland/Warsaw, Regulatory body prevented UPC Cablecom, European cable giant, from completely taking over local competitor. UPC was forced to sell hardware infrastructure gained in the merge, and obligated to lease it for at least 12 months after the sale.

"In May 2013 Netia acquired from UPC Polska a part of former Aster cable operator’s network, which was classified for resale according to the decision of the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) as of September 5, 2011 approving the acquisition of Aster cable operator by UPC Polska. Netia purchased from UPC Polska and UPC Poland Holding BV 100% of shares in Centrina Sp. z o.o. and Dianthus Sp. z o.o., which own cable networks in Warsaw and Krakow reaching a total of 446,000 homes passed. The transaction has been treated as a purchase of network assets and related liabilities with a net valuation of PLN 5.8m. Simultaneously, UPC Polska concluded with Centrina and Dianthus a 12-month network rental agreement in order to ensure service continuity to its customers during a transition period. Total consideration payable to Netia Group for this network rental amounts to PLN 4.5m. Moreover, Netia will receive discounts on certain ongoing commercial agreements between the Netia Group and UPC Polska. These discounts are estimated to amount to PLN 16.4m and will be recognized as they are received."

Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) - sounds pretty alien to all USians, doesnt it? :)

Result: 300Mbit/s internet is $17/month. 300Mbit internet + A la carte TV (YES, about $1.5 per 1-17 channel bundles you can freely pick from, 170 channels in total) starts at $20/month.

http://giga-kablowka.pl/

about a month ago

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New iGoogle sucks, users hate it.

citizenr citizenr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

citizenr writes "not really a story, Google updated iGoogle (home page) and Gmail iGoogle gadget (gmail reader on a google home page) yesterday totally ruining usability. Maybe if you mention it on the /. they will be pressured to at least give users option tio chose the old style. I propably should of posted this to digg as it is a non story in slashdot news, on the other hand only geeks use igoogle afaik and this is kind of a big deal for us geeks :)

http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=998259&cid=25405651

update to iGoogle (which is extensive and undoubtedly the cause of the outage) is quite a step backwards. It's a pretty clunky hybrid of a window based system and a widget based system, with a lot more AJAX and a lot fewer clickable links.

http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=998259&cid=25409497

http://www.google.com/ig/directory?hl=en&url=www.google.com/ig/modules/builtin_gmail.xml [google.com]

I commented how much it sucks an hour ago, and already 30 more people commented how much it sucks and my comment is gone (it displays only last 30 comments). People HATE IT with passion.

also this page
http://www.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=20324&topic=13918 [google.com]
is missing pictures of the "great" new Canvas crap that everyone uniformly hates.
We got TABS in our browsers, we dont need no canvas"

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