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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

higuita Re:bad for standards (194 comments)

They are doing that, that is why the H264 battle is being abandoned, it's a waste of resources, mostly because the hardware support on phones and a W3C taking way too long to decide what format will be the standard (each day waiting is one more victory to H264).

So mozilla is using this solution as a good workaround, the closed source plugin can be controlled, the code reviewed, only the patent is still a issue. they will now try to setup the next battle in better ground.

4 days ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

higuita Re:Flash support (194 comments)

mozilla have a project (can't recall its name, sorry) to play most flash without plugin, using html5 and javascript. it can already play many of the flash out there, but not yet the flash videos and more complex flash games

4 days ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

higuita Re:bad for standards (194 comments)

Mozilla, as a US based company/foundation, can't directly add a patent code, but can add support to use external tools.
They already have done that for all major OS, but at least in android is a problem, as you can't install "other" tools to help firefox (for normal users, a rooted device you can always do other things)

4 days ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

higuita Re:bad for standards (194 comments)

OGG Vorbis changed the license to BSD to try to push if to replace mp3 and other closed source formats. It is much better than mp3 is similar to most closed source audio format... yet most of the hardware and software out there still don't support it... all of then support the weaker and patented lock mp3 format.

Timing have always to be perfect to gain the critical mass, but with all groups trying to reach the same goal, it's very hard to change this

So no, the problem is not the license, it's the groups behind each format and their power. Apple with macosx/safari and iphones, MS with windows and iexplorer, and google with youtube have the power to allow or block a format. Apple and MS both have shares in the H264 patent owners, so they clearly don't want to support any other format.

google could try to battle others (and with a good probability of winning) by first downgrade H264 quality over open formats and warn users to use chrome and firefox (to pressure MS and Apple to support the open formats) or install some plugin to support it. As youtube is so big and important, it is the perfect weapon for this. Of course, W3C should also be pressured to finally define the (correct) video standard. Sadly google is playing both sides, it's not doing enough to counter H264 nor promoting open formats and that makes Apple and MS stronger in to blocking any other open formats and leave Mozilla alone, fighting for open standards.

Alone, the open source community will have a hard time trying to fight this closed source/patented formats, as there are always lack of resources to developer as fast as companies that their only work is that. With support from big companies, friendly to open source, like google, cisco, ibm, facebook, twitter, redhat, etc, things could be better, but those companies always have dual standards and not always really support the open standards

4 days ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

higuita Re:Trusting a binary from Cisco (194 comments)

Don't forget that the GMP only have access to a certain number of firefox functions and runs inside a sandbox. That code is treated as insecure and as it have a very defined objective, is easier to sandbox (ie: no filesystem access, no network, etc).

Yes, is not perfect, but it's a good workaround for those software patents and DRM.

Those that still don't trust it, can choose to not install the Cisco OpenH264, its a "plugin" after all

5 days ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

higuita Re:Relieve pressure? (151 comments)

you have at least to extract the gas, that is very dangerous and turn a calm volcano into a explosive one... drilling is hard, as it too depth and too hot... explosions could help for the final steps, but even the small breach, at that depth, can cause the critical failure and a full eruption ... even if manage to do it, injecting huge amount of water to extract the heat it would only extract a very small quantity of the total, remember that there are volcanos under water too. Also, cooling one side might just deflect the magma flow to other place, creating more quakes, and create a new volcano where you really don't want.

about two weeks ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

higuita Re:Who is that? (268 comments)

and now slashdot will be sued too!! :)

about a month ago
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Freecode Freezeup

higuita Re:What was the point? (62 comments)

Agree, what would help a lot freshmeat would be a automatic link to sourceforce, github and friends. Developers would upload a new version and (if possible) flag it as a release and freshmeat would publish it automatically. Or allow the "update via new release mailling list". Forcing someone to enter freshmeat to update is a pain and push away many projects or keep the DB from showing obsolete versions.
Also, with this integration, better changelogs could be possible
Finally, keep a list of possible alternative software would help people searching, as one project can be dying and one can quickly find alternatives to it.

Simple things that could improve frehmeat and increase his traffic.

But no, instead they try to catch windows users by changing the name... and let it die
if they really wanted to catch windows users, they would need to add the most common windows software and create a "freshmeat" application that would flag and update the windows software (think ninite, but with both the closed source software and all the open freashmeat software)

I too will miss it

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

higuita Re:Better open source drivers, eh? (185 comments)

CURRENT open source drivers should work well on that card, get a more update distro or manually update the kernel, libdrm, mesa and possibly the xorg-ati driver. Also, this open drivers status is for Linux, for BSD the open status may not be as good due the missing/incomplete lower level support in the kernel

If it is failing on a recent distro, with recent kernel and mesa , you should open a bug (sometime fixing a bug on new cards can create another on older cards due the different features available)

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

higuita Re:Lock-in? (589 comments)

Agree, that is why i think people should report bugs when they find then and not simply complain and wait that they are fixed magically.
Even if the project don't seem to fix/care about the bugs, it can help other developers to see that is a common bug and fix it anyway.

about 2 months ago
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New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

higuita Re:Do any of those apply? (81 comments)

so?

what matters in a battery usually is the "reactive" surface, not how thick it is.

The real problem right now for graphene is how to produce it! :)

about 2 months ago
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New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

higuita Re:Intense skepticism. Fraud? (81 comments)

That means there is little electrical resistance, which seems impossible if both electrodes are made of carbon. Metal has low electrical resistance. The electrical resistance of carbon is much higher.

Tell that to the graphene, to the nanotubes and to any superconductors build with high resistance (isolated) materials.

Most of the time, each material have different behaviour than simply the sum of all parts, the interaction between different atoms change their global proprieties

about 2 months ago
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New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

higuita Re:Intense skepticism. Fraud? (81 comments)

what the problem of a HTML site?!

Not everyone likes flash, javascript and php/ruby/whatever

You can build a good site using some scripts and templates and building HTML pages when they are needed (say using a Makefile)

about 2 months ago
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New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

higuita Re:Why swapping stations don't exist (81 comments)

No, the battery charge cycle is really the main problem!

everything is expensive when is new, old gas station where also expensive, but when demands grow, so will the deployment.

The problem is that batteries are EXPENSIVE and that price must be paid during the lifetime of the baterry. This makes the all process very expensive, the price of gas is for many people cheaper than having a "monthly" subscription to replace batteries on "gas" stations. This keep the sales and the demand low and everything will keep being expensive and rare.

With longer batteries, their cost can be paid during more time, making everything cheaper (think in airplanes). With cheaper subscription more willl buy EV cars and the demand for gas stations will go up, reducing the deployment cost.

Standardization is quickly solved by the car builders if there is demand, or by the government (think in Europe) to speed up things. Just look to the LPG/GPL cars, they aren't many, but a standard for gas station was created without much trouble.

This problem is always the same: better batteries will solve most problems by improving the demand, being best by much higher energy density, or by being much cheaper or last much longer. If you can get 1 of this, is good, 2 is great, 3 would be as finding the holy grail

Also don't forget that you can also combine batteries, you can use the long lasting battery for the small charge cycles (breaking, plug-in anywhere, solar, etc) and use the high density ones for the nightly charge (and if needed, to keep the other battery on the optimum charge level)

about 2 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

higuita Re:Cheaper beer (264 comments)

The old hardware is a useful metric, as no company or public entity will replace desktops each year, they must survive for several years.

in no place i said that one must buy only old hardware, just that companies have then and can use then longer than in windows.

if you want to buy recent machines, why not?
what hardware is missing linux support today? brand new 3D cards? Nvidia and AMD support then but closed drivers, Intel support then with open drivers ( AMD is in each new hardware iteration is releasing faster the open drivers, with the final objective of any latest distros version already have at least basic support for any hardware released). Those cards also don't show up in office workstation
The only things not supported i remember are "retina" displays, but those aren't also found in office workstations yet.

So in linux you can support BOTH older and new hardware. Top level, brand new hardware might not be perfect in linux... but people that want brand new high end machines right now will probably don't want linux too... is just not their style! :)

about 3 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

higuita Re:There was also transition to Linux and... back (264 comments)

They where using ancient versions of thunderbird and openoffice because of internal rules that didn't allowed upgrades... by doing this, of course any interoperability problem would get worst each year. They even report that updating most software would solve most problems...

So it was not a open source problem directly, but a internal planning and rules that caused the problems. I'm just guessing, but i suspect that the one that made the "no updates" rule didn't knew anything about computers or was already secretly preparing everything to cause problems and propose later a migration.

about 3 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

higuita Re:Cheaper beer (264 comments)

yeh, right, just because all those problems never happen in windows!!

and it is really just the reverse of what you said. Linux support better older hardware, when it gives errors, is easier to debug and if you have any problem, is a lot easier to verify the system (file checksum, OS and hardware) remotely and clone and replace the faulty desktop if needed. If it is a HD problem, you can even create a fallback network boot to keep the user working (slower, but working) until someone replaces the HD.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

higuita Re:Lock-in? (589 comments)

i can crop and rotate just fine in LibreOffice...

the rotate is 90 jumps, not free rotate, but for a word processor i think that is OK
Crop, you have to go to the picture properties and choose what how much and where to crop. It's also not a free-on-the-fly crop, but then again, write is not a picture editing tool

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

higuita Re:Lock-in? (589 comments)

you can write: search on the online help fails to find simple cacl functions names

if is enough to flag the problem to some developers and admins... if it will be fixed fast or not, that is another question :)

about 3 months ago

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How to comunicate Faster-Than-Light

higuita higuita writes  |  about a year ago

higuita (129722) writes "With faster technologies showing up everyday, people need to prepare in advance the problems of faster-than-light communication. The main problem is that packages will arrive to the destination before they are sent, forcing a huge redesign of most protocols. Read here the first draft RFC. Any network expert is free to help fine tune this draft."
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Bounty to fix page or firefox

higuita higuita writes  |  about 7 years ago

higuita (129722) writes "In this blog post (yes, darkgreen text over black, just select it to read), the Portuguese government is paying 1000€ for someone to fix a problem with the https://private.eu2007.pt/ page/certificate. This page works fine in all other browsers, but in mozilla ones it fail to check the certificate, due a problem reported in bug 245609. Read the blog post for more information and start hacking!! Lets seen how long it takes. :)"

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