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Cisco Releases Open Source "Binary Module" For H.264 In WebRTC

dFaust Open source still requires license fees (95 comments)

As pointed out in the comments on the Cisco blog post by a Cisco PR rep, if you use the source code (as opposed to the binary) you are responsible for any resulting licensing fees. Cisco is only covering the fees for those who use the binary.

1 year,26 days
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FiOS User Finds Limit of 'Unlimited' Data Plan: 77 TB/Month

dFaust Re:77TB? Sigh. (573 comments)

77TB is almost a fuckton of data. (At least metric, where 10TB is a shitload, and 10 shitloads = fuckton)

i believe you mean metric fuck tonne.

about a year and a half ago
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Galaxy S 4 Dominates In Early Benchmark Testing

dFaust Twice the cores (276 comments)

Given that the S4 has twice the cores of the iPhone5, this seems reasonable, if not a bit disappointing. I'd be curious to see some real-world benchmarks to see how actual apps fare, as they typically won't be making use of all 4 cores. For instance, while the S3 international flavor scores higher than the iPhone5 on this chart, there were many real world tests that the iPhone5 easily won.

I'll be anxious to see real world tests and see how well the S4 is making use of all of the available cores.

about a year and a half ago
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Video Inpainting Software Deletes People From HD Video Footage

dFaust Re:Common software (124 comments)

It's interesting you mention Boujou - the same company (2d3) announced basically this software, with some mighty impressive demo videos, at SIGGRAPH about 11 years ago.

As far as I know, though, it never saw the light of day.

about a year and a half ago
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What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader?

dFaust Re:1kpl.us (287 comments)

*) No quick way to select feed - I seldom read all but choose one at a time.

There's actually a feed button on the left that will expose all of your feeds and let you read a single feed. If your browser is wide enough that will be always exposed. I read my feeds in the same way.

about a year and a half ago
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What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader?

dFaust 1kpl.us (287 comments)

A buddy of mine wrote a Google Reader replacement back when they started making Google+ changes to it. I don't if its the best, I haven't checked out the others, but it meets my needs and I use it daily. It has some social features so you can share and comment on posts with your friends as well. http://1kpl.us/ (The name is a reference to when you have too many feeds and not enough time to read them - the old Reader counter would simply say "1000+" once you hit 1k unread posts)

about a year and a half ago
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Jonathan Coulton Song Used By Glee Without Permission

dFaust Hulu semi-acknowledging Coulton (307 comments)

On Hulu's homepage the Glee advertisement actually says the Glee crew "Jonathan Coultan-izes 'Baby Got Back'". It probably won't matter much for Coulton (though I hope it does), but it's also not likely do help Fox's case here.

about a year ago
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Megaupload Shutdown: Should RapidShare and Dropbox Worry?

dFaust The answer is obvious (428 comments)

Going after services like Dropbox, iCould, and S3 is clearly the correct approach. Shutter every one of them, once and for all! Storage is not a [pick your god or lack thereof] given right. You know who stores things? Terrorists. Have you ever been in The Container Store? It reeks of death and conspiracy.

more than 2 years ago
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I say (N. Hemisphere) Fall starts ...

dFaust Not for a few months (454 comments)

I live in Southern California. Fall starts December 1st, three months before Summer.

While some people are thrilled with that, I'm not in that camp.

more than 3 years ago
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Telehack Re-Creates the Internet of 25 Years Ago

dFaust Even the ability to handle load is simulated! (204 comments)

It seems to be getting Slashdotted, the site isn't consistently responding for me. Oh, and while paging through the finger results on my first connect I got this (for realsies):

"operator: Slashdotted..367 users, holy shit"

more than 3 years ago
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Cocaine Found At Kennedy Space Center

dFaust Occam's razor (276 comments)

Why is the assumption that the employees are themselves using cocaine? CLEARLY they're taking the coke to space. To sell to aliens. Sheesh.

more than 3 years ago
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Investigating the Performance of Firefox 4 and IE9

dFaust Re:Does the average user even notice? (105 comments)

Well, it's hard to define "average user", but I will say that at work we have several popular, commercial web apps that we use for various internal things (bug tracking, timesheets, etc.) that are staggeringly faster on Chrome 9 and especially 10 than on FF3 or Safari 4 or IE < 9 (I can't speak for 9). So much so that it's immediately obvious to your average non-technical person that has to interact with these apps. So much so that these average non-technical people are jumping ship to Chrome after trying it out just once because they're so impressed with how much faster things are.

Not that the features and plugins you're talking about aren't super nice to have, but to answer your question: from my experience, yes, the average user notices.

more than 3 years ago
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Cheaters Exposed Analyzing Statistical Anomalies

dFaust How do you cheat with your phone in your pocket? (437 comments)

Maybe I'm a bit slow on this, but I'm still trying to figure out how one cheats with their phone in their pocket. I get how on some phones you can send a text with your phone in your pocket, but how exactly do you receive an answer with the phone in your pocket? Does the person aiding you send you back 1 text for answer A, 2 for B, etc. and you count the number of times your phone vibrates? Of course in a smaller room, I'd imagine some people would be able to hear the vibrating and ask you to give up your phone.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple To Discontinue Xserve

dFaust Sad, but expected (304 comments)

This is typical of post-iPhone Apple, unfortunately. If you look at pre-iPhone apple, they had their hands in a number of places and were making some cool stuff. This is one example, but look at their various other pro and/or creative tools. They had some small but interesting ones such as Motion and Aperature. They also had tools like Final Cut Pro, which swept the NLE world, and Shake, which when they bought Nothing Real (creators of Shake) was taking over the high-end compositing world and was used in many of the big movies that needed heavy visual effects. They also bought Silicon Grail, makers of Chalice and RAYZ, niche high-end compositing apps that were moving up in the world.

And then they realized they could be FAR more profitable selling phones and without fanfare have slowly but surely left all of their little niche markets behind. They convinced companies to switch their infrastructure over to Macs to use their amazing tools, and then just leave them high and dry. I get that it makes business sense, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth, as I'm sure it does to many of the companies that dumped huge amounts of money into their products.

about 4 years ago
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The Recovery Disc Rip-Off

dFaust Just happened to me (551 comments)

Well, not me directly. My father bought my son an eMachines computer, against my advice, this past Christmas. My son was staying with my folks this past month, with his computer, and it turned out the hard drive failed (despite being only 7 months old). My dad ended up paying for a recovery disc and then taking it to Best Buy (presumably where he bought the computer) for them to install it - which I'm guessing wasn't free. It wouldn't have necessarily been cheaper to get a new computer, but it sounded like a big crap fest. And with that kind of quality, what's the cost associated when you actually care about the data on your hard drive? Sadly, getting my parents or son to do regular backups just ain't gonna happen.

more than 4 years ago
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RIAA Paid $16M+ In Legal Fees To Collect $391K

dFaust Re:Money well spent (387 comments)

I wonder how much they've really curbed piracy through their fear mongering, as one significant change since Napster, et al is a HUGE improvement in legal digital distribution of music. Now, if I hear a song on the radio and I just want that one song... especially at 1am... I can go and grab it. For about a buck. In a few moments. Frankly, it's just far, far more convenient for people, hence that alone curbs some of the issues. Beyond that, with my iPhone and Shazam I can now hear a song on TV, the movies, the coffee shop, anywhere and in a few moments purchase and listen to it, no matter where I'm at. This is a level of convenience that Napster, et al. just couldn't offer - esp. after the networks got more and more clogged with shite and greedy downloaders. So I have to question what had more impact for the casual pirate - the RIAA or services like iTunes, Amazon music, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

dFaust Wrong about multitasking (568 comments)

Apparently the author who wrote about multitasking hasn't actually tried it out yet, because he's off-base. While the app tray does quickly get cluttered, as he mentions, the lack of true multitasking is exactly why this doesn't matter - you can have as many apps down there as you want but they're not actively consuming resources. Where he's really off is in his implication that it now becomes difficult to find your apps to switch back to them. Look, if I'm playing Peggle and then use 4, or worst case 8, apps after switching out of Peggle - mentally I just won't even think to look in the task tray for it anymore. I just can't keep track of every app I've used in my brain. The tray will quickly let me switch back to my most recently used apps, which is really handy - but when I want to switch back to the middle of my Peggle game a week and 20 other app uses later I... and this will sound crazy... click the Peggle icon wherever it's located on my main screens. The author seems to think that the only way to resume an app is from the task tray, and that's simply not true.

Granted, I had some uncertainty about how this would work, too. But I grabbed a new iPhone and tried it out to see exactly how it works, rather than hopping on the interwebs and writing up an article with uninformed assumptions which then ended up on the front page of /.

Additionally, he goes on to say that developers have to explicitly add multitasking. While that's true for using the background services, my understanding (and correct me if I'm wrong folks, as I have this on good authority but haven't actually tried it) is that for the base level of background freezing, which for a majority of apps is all that's really needed, all you have to do is recompile the app against iOS 4. It's not automagic, but it's really not so bad as the author implies. The worst bit about it is submitting to the app store, but it should be pretty painless to get to that point.

Granted, it's not true multitasking. Everyone knows that by now. But frankly, I'd rather the phone always be responsive and maintain its battery life than have true multitasking for the vast majority of the things that I do and have no desire to have to actively manage my apps (which contrary to the author's claims, I don't have to do). Maybe some day I'll change my mind on that. Maybe right now this level of multitasking isn't good enough for many people out there. And that's cool, we have options now - get one of the many excellent Android phones. But please don't write a blog post of inaccuracies.

more than 4 years ago
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Flash Builder 4 — Defective By Design?

dFaust What does this have to do with Flash Builder? (66 comments)

There's a distinct difference between Flash Builder and Flex/Flex SDK. One is an open source application framework (Flex), the other is a standalone version of Eclipse running closed source plugins (Flash Builder, formerly Flex Builder, also available non-standalone).

I take issue with the fact that he's singling out Flash Builder when his complaints actually seem to be with Flex (not even the SDK per se, but the framework/API). That alone makes me question his credibility. I really regret clicking the link as I fear he's just a whiny traffic whore who wants people off of his (relatively new) lawn.

more than 4 years ago
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Fines Fail To Curb Cell Phone Usage While Driving

dFaust LA may be better (339 comments)

My own casual observation (and one that my friends seem to agree with) is that since Los Angeles introduced a similar law last year, it has in fact curbed such behavior. Prior to that it seemed to be a much bigger problem (as it was in previous cities I lived in). This isn't to say you don't still see it most of the times that you drive, but more frequently it's that one idiot on the cell phone during your trip rather than a whole road full of idiots on their cell phones.

Everyone I know has also made it a point to get a bluetooth headset to use while they're driving, as well. Your Los Angeles Mileage May Vary.

more than 4 years ago

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