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Comment: Re:YouTube never implemented Theora (Score 1) 168

by BitZtream (#47518685) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Why wouldn't the new codec be GPGPU-accelerated too?

GPGPU acceleration doesn't really save battery in most cases as there aren't a whole lot of low power GPUs out there.

Dedicated hardware with just enough circuitry to perform a specific task will when over anything with GP attached to it.

GPGPU is for high performance computing, not low power computing.

Comment: Re:So Kind of open? (Score 2) 168

by BitZtream (#47518597) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

... all software is implemented on hardware. Even the instructions you send to your processor get translated into other software (microcode) which is what actually gets executed.

Hardware acceleration still runs software.

H.264 isn't 'amazing' because of the hardware acceleration built into everything, its extremely convenient. If OGG was built into everything, we'd be using that instead because thats what would allow us to have long battery life and lower heat dissipation.

H.264 isn't software anyway, its a collection of algorithms and protocols. There are multiple software implementations of H.264, of which cisco's is only one.

Comment: Re:Trusting a binary from Cisco (Score 1) 168

by BitZtream (#47518411) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

How do we know that we haven't been served with national security letters??!?!?!?!

Seriously, nothing will make you happy. Sad part is you're whining about this sort of thing, but you still use a computer that boots from proprietary code on a proprietary processor. The BIOS/EFI is the easiest place to insert a back door and is in fact the place that many motherboards emulate physical hardware using system management mode of the CPU.

But hey, you worry about cisco back dooring your video codec used by the browser with waning market share and about the only thing it can claim is that its more popular than safari.

Comment: Re:I wonder how long it would've taken NASA? (Score -1, Flamebait) 49

by BitZtream (#47516907) Attached to: SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

... NASA has been doing landings like this since Apollo, just not full size rockets like this.

You do realize that SpaceX really hasn't done anything new, ever, right? They are a commercial venture which is essentially doing nothing that NASA hasn't done already, the only difference is management is actually letting it happen (for obvious reasons) at large scales because SpaceX is for profit.

Get a clue, stop dogging NASA and fix the shitty ass congress that ham strings the ever living fuck out of them or puts ridiculous requirements on their processes because every congressman wants to make sure they get money in their state.

Comment: Re:Is this an achievement? (Score 4, Informative) 42

by BitZtream (#47516859) Attached to: Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

No, it doesn't impress me but for different reasons.

Surviving a typhoon on the surface is none trivial for any vessel of any size. Waves are no fun at all during a storm of that size. I think you underestimate how well the equipment in the steel container would have to be hardened. Its not unusual to suddenly fall a hundred feet or more, only to smack into water which is rapidly raising as you run into it. Imagine repeatedly being dropped from 100 feet or more into a pool for hours on end. Thats what being in a hurricane is like. Unless you're an experience engineer, I doubt you'd make something that survived without several tries.

On the other hand, for a submersible? Meh, not impressive. Dive below and it gets calm fairly quickly. The surface waves of a storm like that don't have that great of an effect on the ocean bottom at sufficient depth. The direct effects of the waves themselves end at about one half the wave length below the wave troughs. Indirect effects are probably worse though, and those can extend down to 300-400 feet.

If the water is deep enough and the USV can dive deep enough, its trivial to wait it out. A submarine for instance has little fear of a hurricane unless its stuck trying to get out of port because they waited too long.

Comment: Re:Mission creep. (Score -1, Troll) 277

by BitZtream (#47503503) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

The iPads don't seem to be useful if they're not connected

These aren't android devices that are required to be tethered to Google every waking instant to be useful.

iBooks alone with textbooks instead of physical text books, so the students aren't carrying 20 pounds of dead trees everywhere, is alone enough of a reason to do this.

Clearly they underestimated the bandwidth usage, thats kind of the point of the story, but go ahead and not read the story and tell us how they fucked it up without you actually having any clue at all.

I'm not sure you're aware of it, but not everything actually requires a constant Internet connection to function. Working offline is pretty common in the normal world, again, if you aren't on Android which does everything it can to keep you tethered to Google.

Comment: Re:Mission creep. (Score 1) 277

by BitZtream (#47503469) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Considering the whole iBooks is designed to allow for text book replacement thing, this is also good for the backs of students that can potentially not have to carry 20 pounds of text books with them every day.

Just because you've not bothered to understand all the ways having a tablet is a great advance doesn't mean its a 'probably'.

Schools run their own internal phone systems already? Mission creep? Just like businesses who run their own phone systems? At a certain scale its cheaper to pay a guy to do the work internally and do it in a way thats for YOUR best interest, not the guy selling it too you.

And by 'becoming their own ISP' what that probably translates too is upgrades to the existing private data lines between he schools and a bigger pipe into the district main data center to carry student bandwidth instead of buying WiFi access from AT&T/Verizon at a ridiculous rate. They'll buy bulk bandwidth instead of consumer and save a fortune.

Comment: Re:...The hell? (Score 4, Informative) 288

by BitZtream (#47501049) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Bennett HAselton is an ignorant douche who complains when he gets blacklisted by various email lists because he distributes lists of OPEN PROXIES and he's too stupid to know WHY he gets blacklisted ... and then calls that censorship.

He's an ignorant fucking douche, nothing more.

Any tangental work he does is irrelevant and generally most of the crap he spews is wrong. You get more accurate information from Fox news.

Comment: Re:lol (Score 1) 665

by BitZtream (#47497715) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

posting accusations that Russia was involved is for news sites not for supposedly unbiased material.

There is something utterly fucked up with that statement. Don't confuse me, its nothing you did.

The fucked up part is that 'news sites' are so fracking biased!

What I wonder is why the wikipedia article isn't locked already.

Comment: Re:One question: (Score 1) 772

by BitZtream (#47495529) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

America was doing a lot better when it paid the owning classes less, and the working classes had more purchasing power.

What 'America' are you talking about? The USA has never really been any different than it is now. You certainly don't mean when the 'owning classes' actually owned the people that worked for them, do you? Or any time in the last century?

Contrary to what your closed eyes might believe, the working class in America is better off than its ever been. That doesn't preclude the ability for it to be better, but if you think the working class in America have it harder now than any other point in the countries history, you're just ignorant.

Comment: Cost of living increase (Score 1) 772

by BitZtream (#47495493) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

So how much did the cost of living raise in those areas?

How much did it suck for every person above the new minimum wage that suddenly got an effective state mandated pay cut?

Raising the minimum wage is worthless if you don't control pricing of products as well, the price of bread, milk and everything else just goes up to compensate for the new higher minimum wage.

It goes up not only because it must to balance out the increased cost, but it also goes up because it CAN, those minimum wage workers can afford to pay more so they will be charged more.

The standard of living remains the same for minimum wage workers, and goes down for everyone else who got off their asses and put effort into being more than a burger flipper.

Comment: Re:complex application example (Score 1) 160

by BitZtream (#47494997) Attached to: Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

Honestly - why are people trying to do things that need guarantees with python?

Because they don't actually know how to do what they are claiming the requirements are and they refuse to turn it over to someone who does.

I'd have thought that was pretty clear. Trying to do real time work in python made it clear to me.

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