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New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

kuwan Re:Why aren't we using PNG? (155 comments)

JPEG XR is actually quite good and is now an open standard. I recently did an extensive evaluation of JPEG 2000 vs. JPEG XR. While JPEG 2000 has slightly better compression quality (less visible artifacts) at the same file sizes it’s decode performance is substantially slower than JPEG XR (the same is true for encode performance, but decode is much more important). In my testing, one of the fastest JPEG 2000 libraries, Kakadu, is anywhere from 1.8 to 2x slower than JPEG XR at decoding files. Kakadu is a commercial framework, the open source OpenJPEG library is supposed to be substantially slower.

Compared to standard JPEG, JPEG XR has on average the same or very similar decode performance. The bottom line is that with JPEG XR you get compression quality and file sizes that are similar to JPEG 2000 with performance that is similar to standard JPEG. In my eyes, it’s the best successor available to replace JPEG. But it has a long uphill battle ahead of it.

about 6 months ago

New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

kuwan Re:JPEG XR (155 comments)

That a software license covering a reference software implementation that Microsoft provided, not a patent license. They've made the patents freely available to implementers since 2007 as part of their Microsoft Open Specification Promise:

Microsoft has patents on the technology in JPEG XR. A Microsoft representative stated in a January 2007 interview that in order to encourage the adoption and use of HD Photo, the specification is made available under the Microsoft Open Specification Promise, which asserts that Microsoft allows implementation of the specification for free, and will not file suits on the patented technology for its implementation,[39] as reportedly stated by Josh Weisberg, director of Microsoft's Rich Media Group. As of 15 August 2010, Microsoft made the resulting JPEG XR standard available under its Community Promise.

about 6 months ago

Soda Ban May Hit the Big Apple

kuwan Refills aren't free in NYC (1141 comments)

I gather you haven't actually lived in Manhattan? Refills aren't free at most restaurants in NYC. It's just another one of those "taxes" that you pay for the privilege of living in the city.

Anyway, I'm glad I no longer live there especially with Bloomberg trying to pull crap like this.

more than 2 years ago

Chain World — Innovative Game Design Sparks Debate

kuwan Re:Pretentious twits (178 comments)

That's what happens when you become a god.

more than 3 years ago

Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming

kuwan Customers have been paying for bandwidth for years (548 comments)

His point is that local bandwidth is cheap but long-haul bandwidth is expensive and the equipment necessary to stream the kind of bandwidth Netflix needs to a significant portion of their customers simply can not be purchased and maintained for the current price of a residential broadband connection.

And I call that bullshit. For how many years have Comcast and other ISPs been overcharging their customers for the services they provide? If they sell unlimited bandwidth then they should expect heavy usage and they should be investing heavily in upgrading their network to support the bandwidth requirements of the future. Comcast's customers have been paying a premium for years to use the bandwidth. If Comcast was shortsighted enough to not see that bandwidth usage would be increasing dramatically then it's their own damn fault for not upgrading their infrastructure to keep pace.

The subscribers have been and are currently paying for the bandwidth. Level 3 shouldn't have to pay for something that Comcast's customers have already paid for.

more than 3 years ago

Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming

kuwan I paid for the fucking bandwidth... (548 comments)

Not to be a dick but I paid for the fucking bandwidth. And so did all of Comcast's other subscribers. Comcast is trying to double-dip here - chargin me, the subscriber, for the bandwidth as well as charging Level 3 for the bandwidth. And that's just bullshit.

more than 3 years ago

Can Apps Really Damage a Cellular Network?

kuwan Re:If they had any sense... (309 comments)

Set up multi-tiered data plans and charge the bandwidth hogs accordingly.

Kind of like what AT&T just did for the iPhone and iPad?

more than 3 years ago

FSF Announces Hardware Endorsement Criteria

kuwan Completely Irrelevant (273 comments)

No one that matters cares about this. By which I mean almost all consumers could care less if a product is endorsed by the FSF - the vast majority will have never heard of them.

more than 3 years ago

Skype App Updated, Allows 3G Calling On the iPhone

kuwan Re:The iPhone is 2008 news. Droid's the future. (109 comments)

Nobody cares anymore.

Oh you'll start caring if Skype pulls this same bullshit for their Android client and starts charging for Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G. I think you might care about that.

more than 4 years ago

Skype App Updated, Allows 3G Calling On the iPhone

kuwan Re:I don't get it.. (109 comments)

Why do you think that it took 2 years to get Skype on the iPhone?

Because Skype's been too busy with their thumb up their ass trying to figure out how to "monetize" Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G for the iPhone. And, as others have pointed out, Skype has been available for some time on the iPhone, they've just restricted it to only working over WiFi up until now.

AT&T lifted the 3G VOIP restriction months ago and Skype should have been able to release an update the day that AT&T did that. After all, it requires MORE code to check if you're on a 3G connection and display an error message. When there are no restrictions you don't need any code to check what type of connection you're using you just use the data connection without regard to where it's coming from. But no, Skype sat on their asses trying to figure out - Hey, how can we get iPhone users to pay us more money? Then some conceded dumb fuck said - I know, let's start charging for Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G, that will get us making some money.

Yeah, the service that's always been free for any other computer, phone or any other device. Skype's going to start charging us for the 3G data plan that we're already paying for. Well, I'm sorry Skype but you can go fuck yourselves if you think I'm going to pay you for that.

more than 4 years ago

Apple May Face Antitrust Inquiry

kuwan Re:[sigh] (457 comments)

They made the change when they unveiled iPhone OS 4. That the release of CS 5 was coming soon is a coincidence and nothing more.

more than 4 years ago

South Park's Episode 201 — the Expurgated Version

kuwan Re:You don't say (1224 comments)

The problem is that the fundamentalist/extremist Muslims don't fear the repercussions of their actions. The reason why they don't fear retaliation is because we don't have the resolve or guts to break their will. In ancient warfare you decimated your enemy until he had no desire or will to continue fighting. There was no care or hesitation for collateral damage. That type of warfare will never happen in this day and age (at least not from us) which is why we'll never be able to fully suppress zealots such as these.

more than 4 years ago

South Park's Episode 201 — the Expurgated Version

kuwan Pathetic (1224 comments)

What Comedy Central did was absolutely pathetic. Parker & Stone had already self-censored the episode by not actually showing any pictures of Muhammad and the way they did it was absolutely hilarious. But apparently you can't even speak the work "Muhammad" on Comedy Central. That Comedy Central allows them to ridicule anything and everything - any and all other religions are open game - but when it comes to anything Islam-related suddenly there's a whole new set of rules. Hypocrisy and cowardice at its finest.

I hope that the uncensored version makes its way out soon.

more than 4 years ago

Homemade PDF Patch Beats Adobe By Two Weeks

kuwan 3rd-Party security fixes (238 comments)

Yes, because we should all get our security patches from unknown 3rd-Party sources. Sounds like a plan for success to me.

BTW, I've got this great IE patch, it makes the Internet 10x faster!

more than 5 years ago

OMG Did U C What U R Paying 4 Texting?

kuwan Re:TXT vs. unlimited data (721 comments)

The solution is to start a movement among people with unlimited data plans to download as much stuff as they can as often as they can until the Cell companies include unlimited texting with unlimited data plans.

Oh, you don't want me to download 2 GBs a day every day? Just give me unlimited texting please.

more than 6 years ago


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