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+ - What Are the Books that EVERYONE Should Read? 3

Submitted by dpu
dpu (525864) writes "Part of my NYR is to encourage reading as a hobby in those around me — especially my friends' children (ages 2 to 22), but my wife and I as well. There is a lot of "classic" literature out there I'm familiar with and will be pimping to the short masses here (Fahrenheit 451, To Kill A Mockingbird, In The Heat of the Night, Huckleberry Finn, Cryptonomicon, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, A Wrinkle In Time, When Rabbit Howls, etc.), but I know many of you are much better read than I am.

What recommendations would you make? What are the books that everyone should read? I don't care if it's been banned by schools, burned by communists, or illuminated by 15th century monks. If you think everyone around you should read it, I'd love to know about it."

Comment: Re:link directly to an iphone compatible file (Score 1) 68

by dpu (#28003653) Attached to: Embedding Video In a Site For iPhone/iPod?

Appreciated, but there are two reasons we wanted the object/embed code kept:

A) future-proofing

B) a screenshot is just that, a screenshot. A picture on the page, with no context. If the screenshot is loaded by the object/embed code, the screenshot shows not only a "Play" button and QT logo on the iPhone, but the exact same code can be used for other platforms without changes, making maintenance far easier.

Comment: Re:Where has research gone? (Score 1) 68

by dpu (#28003603) Attached to: Embedding Video In a Site For iPhone/iPod?

Uh, actually you CAN browse YT from Safari on the iPhone, and it DOES play videos, and I KNOW there's no Flash on the iPhone (I even said so in the original post).

Prick. Talk about not doing any research...

Incidentally, tell me a better way to play video through a web page than Flash and I'll listen, despite your clear lack of social and relationship skills.

Comment: Re:Where has research gone? (Score 1) 68

by dpu (#27989471) Attached to: Embedding Video In a Site For iPhone/iPod?

So you know, I wasn't asking about the codec - YouTube seems to have a smooth way of presenting itself to the iPhone and I was looking to replicate it (since YT doesn't publish it's code, obviously). All of our videos are already in h.264 format for use with JW-FLVPlayer (won't work on iPhone) and with the exception of one clients assets, they're all 640x480 or smaller and within the bitrate limit of the iPhone (over WiFi, at least).

I appreciate your response, but read the entire question next time you feel like putting on the grumpy old bloke hat :)

Comment: Problem partially solved! (Score 2, Interesting) 68

by dpu (#27989133) Attached to: Embedding Video In a Site For iPhone/iPod?

Thanks to those that took a moment for a constructive answer! Turns out that using the embed/object parameters slightly differently solves both the thumbnail and auto-orientation issues.

The bad thing is that the video object (at least using Quicktime - iPhone Safari doesn't support the HTML5 video tag yet) can't be scripted via Javascript.

The ADC has absolutely no mention of scripting the iPhone video object via Javascript - it doesn't say it can't be done, but the object doesn't fire any events that I can find either.

We use JS to handle tracking - we need to know how much of the video the user watched, if they muted it extensively, etc. due to the credit requirements of one of our clients. We'd love to deliver an iPhone-capable version of the site, but without scripting capability it won't happen.

So the bonus question to this post is does anyone have (or has anyone found) information regarding scripting the iPhone 2.x video object from a web page using Javascript?

Media (Apple)

+ - Embedding Video in a site for iPhone/iPod

Submitted by
Russ writes "Our corporate media delivery platform is in the process of being refactored (at long, long last), and one of the preferred requirements is the ability to serve streaming video to iPhone and iPod Touch devices, similar to the way YouTube does it — show a screen shot, and when the user taps it, the video should play full-screen and landscaped automatically.

The problem comes from the severe lack of documentation Apple provides on how, precisely, this can be done. From what I can tell, YouTube still fires a Flash object to the iPhone despite its lack of Flash support. I have, to a certain extent, been able to review some of YouTube's Flash code and get a hack working on our platform (no screenshot, not landscape, but does play automatically), but I'm sure I'm missing a "trick of the trade" somewhere that makes the process transparent to the user.

Has anyone out there done this before, and if so, how? The standard (and non-standard) Quicktime object/embed codes seem to only provide partial functionality on the iPhone/iPod."

Comment: You can still blame Netflix... (Score 1) 207

by dpu (#27200467) Attached to: Netflix Throttling Instant Video Streaming

As it happens, the video in this story is being served up by Limelight (a CDN similar to Akamai, but aimed at streaming media), not Netflix itself.

That said, if Limelight is pulling the original file to its edge servers (Los Angeles, in the case of this story) from a Netflix-controlled origin point instead of a Limelight origin point, then shitty speed on Netflix's server would translate to shitty speed from Limelight for the user.

Disclaimer: the company I work for (not Netflix!) uses both types of origin points with Limelight, and we do occasionally see serious speed issues on files served from our self-run origin points. Usually only on the really big ones though (like 1GB +). And a phone call to Limelight's client support usually fixes the problem within a few minutes.


+ - High-speed LAN without cable or line-of-sight 2

Submitted by
dpu writes "I'm moving in 5 months to a basemment suite out in the country. I've already had the two local wireless providers out, and both have told me that I can't receive a signal at that location.

However, the next door neighbor (about 200 feet away) does receive a signal from the one company. Unfortunately, there are two rows of trees between our houses, which makes line-of-sight problematic at best, and non-existent at worst.

My question for Slashdot: how can I get a high-speed, non-LoS signal from my neighbors house to mine without stringing cable between the two rooftops and preferrably for less than $500? Is it even possible without cabling?"

Comment: Something to consider (Score 1) 1104

by dpu (#23258760) Attached to: Pidgin Controversy Triggers Fork
What I found most interesting in the discussion on Pidgin's site is that both the users and devs considered "arbitrary input resizing" to be a feature and not just a standard UI component. Personally, I consider being able to drag the border of that text input box a UI feature, not a program feature. Why would they override what most would consider the default (and expected) behaviour?

+ - Subscription Television, Revisited->

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dpu writes "Just to reiterate: the $0.0014 per episode per month that I would pay my cable company includes no on-demand convenience, it includes between 30 and 40 untargetted ads (spam) that interfere with the entertainment factor of what I'm watching every single hour, and it includes no guarantees of service or availability. Even the accuracy of the program guide is not guaranteed."
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