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Comment NetVC (Score 2) 184

The netvc Project (https://datatracker.ietf.org/wg/netvc/charter/) aims to create a video codec that is royalty free and better than current codecs using technologies from multiple contributors.

Current contributions include Daala(https://wiki.xiph.org/Daala) from Xiph and Thor(https://github.com/cisco/thor) from Cisco, both having good performance in different metrics(FastSSIM and PSNR respectively). Combined, both could achieve higher performance than a single one alone.

If the success of the Opus codec is any indication, this should work out quite nicely :)

Comment HEVC/H.265 (Score 2) 377

The main issue that is going to hold back adoption is the use of HEVC/H.265 as compression codec. While dedicated hardware is not needed to decompress the images in a timely manner, it also means that no licensing fees have been paid to the MPEG LA. Since the format is patent encumbered, I can't see this taking off unless the patent pool decides to give out a royalty free license for still images. Bellard himself assumes that most hardware will come with said codec licensed and built in but that does not include old hardware or even current hardware that is not being shipped with it. Barely anything ships with H.265 support other than the iPhone 6 and a couple of Mediatek SoCs.

Comment Web server (Score 1) 107

I am using mine as a web, email, storage and proxy server which works surprisingly well. Uptime is in excess of 60 days, although I have seen others reaching way more(I do patch my kernels after all).
One thing I have noticed is that WordPress is an extreme hog when it comes to wasting resources, hence static sites help out a lot(as well as a PHP cache).

Not really practical compared to a VPS but nothing beats having this warm fuzzy feeling of having your own underpowered hardware surviving against a horde of script kiddies and an abusive admin ;-)

Comment Nearing complete integration (Score 1) 176

The thing that interests me most about this generation is the progress towards a single chip solution. Ultrabooks and tablets can get a multi chip package with the PCH (last remnant of the old chipset) soldered along the CPU/GPU die. Shouldn't take long till everything is fabbed onto one piece of silicon, reducing power requirements and gadget size.

Comment Mp3 (Score 5, Interesting) 182

Once a standard becomes good enough, people will hang on to it for a long long time. Why bother re-encoding a complete music library from mp3 even if vorbis/aac is clearly the superior codec? Apple has enough difficulties pushing aac through, and not many hardware producers are including vorbis support. I guess the same could be said for windows xp and desktop hardware.

Comment Had one die twice (Score 2) 510

Had an aftermarket SSD for a macbook air fail twice in 2 years (threw it out and placed an original hdd after that). Both times the system decided not to boot and could not find the SSD.

In both cases I have suspected that the Indilinx controller gave way. This seems mirrored in quite a few cases with the experience of others who had drives with these chips in them.

In an ideal scenario the controller should be able to handle the eventual wearout of the disk by finding other memory cells to write to. Any cells that have been used up should still be readable as well since the floating gates basically have been filled up with electrons and will not allow further erasing.

I guess the main issue right now is the fact that SSDs cant notify the user once things get a bit too worn out. Eventually the controller wont be able to keep up with the useless cells and then might simply no longer respond. Things will only get worse when the cycles go down due to smaller manufacturing processes so that useless controllers in cheap SSDs are more likely to fail

Comment Re:AMD needs some high profile support (Score 0) 252

I think a major issue is that as machines become smaller AMD is unable to keep up with lower power chips, mainly due to their fabs being one or two production steps behind Intel.

Take the macbook air for example. The core i5 used in it runs at a 17 Watt TDP and includes both CPU and GPU. The only comparison from AMD would be (correct me if I am wrong) an AMD Fusion e450 with an 18 Watt TDP. This chip may be cheap but the CPU performance is also significantly lower (Graphics barely keep up). In fact I think its slower than the old Core 2 Duos used in the 2010 macbook air, hence Apple having quite possibly a problem with selling something that is slower and more power hungry in their next product.

Comment Paper (Score 1) 434

Forget Flash memory, the data retention of 10 years won't be enough even if usb ports remain viable in 25 years.

My tip: print your digital data out in hex along with documentation on how to read it out. Be sure to include redundancy among multiple stacks of paper. Oh and make sure the shipping container you use keeps out moisture...

Comment Re:Sennheiser PX100 (Score 1) 448

I recommend the Sennheiser PX 200-II with iphone controls. Closed compact headphones that are still comfortable and have very clear sound. Only thing missing is strong bass but its great for a large variety of music. The reason for choosing the iphone controls is the shoddy quality of the volume control on the normal version (some kind of cheap variable resistor which produces unequal sounds in the headset).

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