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Comment: Re:The coping mechanism is to fix the room (Score 1) 93

by Malc (#49178661) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Wireless Microphone For Stand-up Meetings?

Yep, you can improve acoustics a little with soft furnishings and plants for instance. Bonus is a better environment.

Polycom isn't necessary. I work with two remote scrum teams who both try standing around a shared desktop in their rooms for their stand-ups via Lync. One of them has great audio, the other doesn't. Both are in large echoey rooms. The only difference in systems is their mic and room decoration.

The team in the room we can't hear clearly have resolved the issue by doing all meetings from their desks using headsets. They also now have long drawn out stand-ups. Hmmm, proves the point about standing up.

Comment: This isn't ethics (Score 1) 162

by Malc (#49128323) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?

This is neurotic navel gazing. Take responsibility for your own actions, which includes getting drunk in the first place because you know before the first drink that this will lead to suspension of judgement. If you choose to use a tool like a robot to get you a drink, that's your decision, even if it kills you. What next - a controlling nanny state that raises the drinking age to 21 or it makes it illegal to jaywalk?

Comment: Re:I've posted this 1312 times (Score 1) 146

by Malc (#49125817) Attached to: Firefox 36 Arrives With Full HTTP/2 Support, New Design For Android Tablets

I switched to Chrome a few years ago because I was fed-up with Firefox's monolithic single process architecture. With a single process I have no way to tell which tab is draining my battery, which is a bigger issue than the constant memory leaking. The devs at Mozilla and Netscape before it have never really understood the benefits of multi-processing.

My laptop failed a few days ago so I'm on an old machine I haven't used for three years, but seeing as Firefox is the default I thought I'd update it and give it a shot. Mistake. One tab having trouble loading a web page blocks the whole UI leaving me wondering whether the app has hung up and needs to be killed via Task Manager. What a load of utter shit. Internet Explorer is better these days.

When did they promise that Electrolysis would be done this Feb? How many years have they been promising it full-stop? Now it seems it'll be later this year. No commitment, and apparently incapable of either running a decent engineering operation that can deliver anything sensible in a predictable and reasonable time frame.

Back to Chrome.

Comment: Re: Bad format in the first place (Score 3, Interesting) 65

by Malc (#49078875) Attached to: BBC Radio Drops WMA For MPEG-DASH

I'm surprised you expect to hear about it here. Most people here seem to care about the codecs and whether they're free. DASH doesn't really care about codecs and really just defines how you create and use adaptive streams and is based on existing codecs/formats. It only standardised relatively recently and it's going to be big (but hopefully transparent), for example: Expect to see it as a vendor neutral alternative to things like MS SmoothStreaming and even Apple's HLS, although the later requires you to have a player with your own decoders if you're sending more than a certain size to iOS devices.

That said, most implementors are doing AVC or HEVC with AAC in a fragmented MP4 container. VOD content is probably one file per stream and live is multiple files fragments) per stream.

Comment: Re:owners of older machines, behold... (Score 1) 177

by Malc (#48809159) Attached to: Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

How's that Electrolysis project coming along? Will they ever be done?

I switched to a modern browser years ago simply because multi-process is better. With Firefox there is no way to know which tab is draining your battery or consuming all you memory. Actually memory stopped being an issue for me when I switched to Chrome, so perhaps Firefox was just leaking it everywhere, but being able to identify pages using a lot of CPU and selectively killing them is the must-have feature that all the other major browsers have had for years. The improved performance, stability and security is a bonus.

Mozilla devs and the Netscape ones before them never could get their heads past the whole monolithic process concept.

The beer-cooled computer does not harm the ozone layer. -- John M. Ford, a.k.a. Dr. Mike