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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

jlp2097 Re:Why? (2219 comments)

You may add


to your list. I received an invitation titled "Exclusive Look: Slashdot Redesign Alpha" on 2013-09-17. Assuming that a lot of people gave rather negative feedback, this has been going on for a long time.

about 7 months ago

Opera Supports Google Decision To Drop H.264

jlp2097 Re:Sad news for the web (336 comments)

Why would it "probably" be as patent encumbered as h.264?

Dark Shikari, a developer of x264, made an extensive analysis of WebM / VP8. Here is his summary regarding patents and VP8 (for details read the blog):

Finally, the problem of patents appears to be rearing its ugly head again. VP8 is simply way too similar to H.264: a pithy, if slightly inaccurate, description of VP8 would be “H.264 Baseline Profile with a better entropy coder”. Even VC-1 differed more from H.264 than VP8 does, and even VC-1 didn’t manage to escape the clutches of software patents. It’s quite possible that VP8 has no patent issues, but until we get some hard evidence that VP8 is safe, I would be cautious. Since Google is not indemnifying users of VP8 from patent lawsuits, this is even more of a potential problem. Most importantly, Google has not released any justifications for why the various parts of VP8 do not violate patents, as Sun did with their OMS standard: such information would certainly cut down on speculation and make it more clear what their position actually is.

more than 3 years ago

Narco-Blogger Beats Mexico Drug War News Blackout

jlp2097 Re:El Blog del Narco (518 comments)

Or use Chrome, which has a very neat inbuilt translation. When it detects a page with a langauge different to you main language, it asks whether it should translate it : Picture. Extremely useful!

more than 4 years ago

TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists, Again

jlp2097 Re:Standardized tests (417 comments)

So by doing this they are not serving their actual customers but bowing down to the pressure of school / testing entities. Interesting indeed.

As somebody who's not from the US I've never quite understood why TI behaved this way. But they are basically bowing down to SAT and other tests like this. Thanks for the explanation!

more than 4 years ago

TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists, Again

jlp2097 Why? (417 comments)

Seriously - why are they trying to stop this? It's not like there is a huge app store (phones) or a huge market for pirating apps (nintendo ds/psp) where they would lose money by allowing this. Can somebody explain the reasoning behind their unwillingness to allow hobbyist applications to me?

more than 4 years ago

Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

jlp2097 Re:Post the IP address (765 comments)

Or, if everything else fails, try writing an email to your account saying you want your laptop back and are willing to pay for it. The thief might read it. I know this pretty much sucks because you are paying the thief but if have you tried everything else and want the laptop really bad this could be a viable option.

more than 4 years ago

Grigory Perelman Turns Down $1M Millennium Prize

jlp2097 Re:Why (226 comments)

He should be honored and respected for his actions, not called abnormal.

Yeah we should give him a prize or sth. Oh, wait...

more than 4 years ago

Getty's Flickr Sales, Money Spinner Or Ripoff?

jlp2097 Re:Value (98 comments)

The only value that Getty Images could add would be offering legal services to those who photos are used in violation of whatever the licensing terms are.

Not true - they have something much more valuable: direct access to customers willing to pay for images (newspapers, press agency, online news sites, etc.). That is their main business model after all. That is also why they will pay such a small sum to flickr photographers - because they know that they are in the stronger position. Photographers / flickr users are easily replaceable, but Getty Images is not replaceable.

more than 3 years ago

UK Newspaper Websites To Become Nearly Invisible

jlp2097 Re:And nothing of value is lost (454 comments)

There is nice quote by Robert A. Heinlein for what you described:

"There has grown in the minds of certain groups in this country the idea that just because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with guaranteeing such a profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is supported by neither statute or common law. Neither corporations or individuals have the right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back."

- Robert A. Heinlein, "Life-Line"

more than 4 years ago

Why IE9 Will Not Support Codecs Other Than H.264

jlp2097 True, but obvious (436 comments)

This wasn't supposed to be an anti-MS article - with all the previous discussions on /. regarding html5 and video I thought this was rather obvious. Quite the contrary: the article was supposed to highlight why MS made that decision and let us discuss their arguments. I for one would have probably made the same decision as the IE9 manager.

more than 4 years ago

Why IE9 will not support other codecs than H2.64

jlp2097 Fix the headline! (2 comments)

Grrr. If this gets to the front page of slashdot please fix the headline:

other codecs than -> codecs other than
H2.64 -> H.264

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Adopts SVG For Internet Explorer 9

jlp2097 Re:Nothing new (152 comments)

And with all that said, perhaps it's time to put Microsoft's SVG implementation through the /. torture rack.

Not necessary - here is a nice comparision for all current browser implementations of SVG and how much tests of the official SVG test suite they pass : SVG Implementation Table. If you click on the chart you get a very detailed view.

To summarize:
IE9: 29% of the SVG test cases,
Firefox: 72%,
Chrome/Safari: 83
Opera: 93%

IE9 is way behind, Opera is the winner in this test

more than 4 years ago

Google Wants To Be Your Electricity Meter

jlp2097 Re:already exists (206 comments)

These devices are starting to get common in Europe (and maybe elsewehere) - they are called smart meters. They will be required for a smart grid which in turn is presumed to be required for mass deployment of electric cars. These devices are neither new nor did google invent something that hasn't existed before.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Foundation Begins Redraft Process For MPL

jlp2097 Re:Wha? (65 comments)

Whoops. Looks like my pseudo-HTML is not well formed (look at the closing brackets). But you get the idea.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Foundation Begins Redraft Process For MPL

jlp2097 Re:Wha? (65 comments)

(I am not the orginal poster). But inspecting his post, this seems to be fairly easy: [b][em][strong]you text here[/b][/em][/strong]. This is the result: result . Slashdot should really not allow stuff like this.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Bots Effectively DDoSing Perl CPAN Testers

jlp2097 Re:So how do we DDoS Microsoft? (332 comments)

Not necessary. A Bing Product Manager has already commented on the CPAN Testers blog entry upon which the article is based:

I am a Program Manager on the Bing team at Microsoft, thanks for bringing this issue to our attention. I have sent an email to as we need additional information to be able to track down the problem. If you have not received the email please contact us through the Bing webmaster center at

As said below, never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. (Insert lame joke about MSFT being full of stupidity here).

more than 4 years ago

CES, Reporter Breaks "Unbreakable" Mobile Phone

jlp2097 Seriously? (316 comments)

Seriously? A story about breaking a phone which surprisingly is not unbreakable? If it's a slow news day at least put it in idle!


more than 4 years ago

Cassini Captures Saturn's Northern Lights

jlp2097 Video on Youtube (33 comments)

I'm not going to install quicktime just to watch the video. So here's the youtube link: linky

more than 4 years ago



Mozilla Encoder improves JPEG-compression

jlp2097 jlp2097 writes  |  about 6 months ago

jlp2097 (223651) writes "As reported by Heise (german), Mozilla has introduced a new jpeg encoder called mozjpeg. Mozjpeg promises to be a "production-quality JPEG encoder that improves compression while maintaining compatibility with the vast majority of deployed decoders". The Mozilla Research blog states that Mozjpeg is based on libjpeg-turbo with functionality added from jpgcrush. They claim an average of 2-6% of additional compression for files encoded with libjpeg and 10% additional compression for a sample of 1500 jpegs from wikipedia — while maintaining the same image quality."

Why IE9 will not support other codecs than H2.64

jlp2097 jlp2097 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jlp2097 (223651) writes "There is a new article up on Microsofts IEBlog explaining why IE9 will only support H.264:

First and most important, we think it is the best available video codec today for HTML5 for our customers. Relative to alternatives, H.264 maintains strong hardware support in PCs and mobile devices as well as a breadth of implementation in consumer electronics devices around the world, excellent video quality, scale of existing usage, availability of tools and content authoring systems, and overall industry momentum – each an important factor that contributes to our point of view. H.264 also provides the best certainty and clarity with respect to legal rights from the many companies that have patents in this area.

The article goes into detail for each of these points and is an interesting read, confirming a lot of points already discussed here."

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