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Comment: Re:Nobody uses OTA... (Score 1) 589

by firewort (#26383589) Attached to: Obama Recommends Delay In Digital TV Switch

I use OTA.

I have cable internet. I turned off the video, turned in the box, and put an antenna in my attic pointed at the HD towers.

I get great picture, never have to hear my wife say "we pay for this?!" or care about how many channels are showing variants of "Law and Order."

Of course, when they do actually do the transition, the bastards are changing the frequencies they broadcast on, so instead of being all UHF, they'll be back in VHF as well. I'll need to get another antenna, and rescan for channels.

Why they couldn't just stick with the mapping of 59.xx to 5-1 which has worked well for the past few years, I do not know.

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+ - Developing the Neuros OSD: It Takes a Village->

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ThinSkin writes "What happens when consumer electronics are designed, tested, and maintained by volunteers from around the world? The Neuros OSD is what happens, of course. ExtremeTech features an in-depth looks into the rocky history of Neuros Technology, a Chicago-based company that uses open source methods to develop products. Backed by Joe Born and a community of developers, Neuros was able to attract the attention of Texas Instruments to develop their most promising product, the OSD (open source device), a network-connected set top box for media playback and recording. The article offers a detailed glimpse into the world of open source development and how a company like Neuros was able to keep the community strong."
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+ - Neuros negotiates release of DSP toolchain from TI

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firewort (180062) writes "Neuros, makers of the Neuros Audio mp3 and ogg player and the new OSD, have negotiated the open source release of a DSP toolchain from Texas Instruments. "The toolchain includes a compiler, optimizer, assembler, and linker. The OSD is based on a TI DM320, and features a C54x DSP clocked at 120MHz. The C54x is also found in DM270 parts. As for other Linux devices? Born said, "There are Cowon and other devices that use the c54x,""so this opens up a DSP to developers that was formerly only available through a closed-source license and at a cost of $3000 for a developer board to work upon. The OSD has been endorsed by no less than Linus Torvalds."

Comment: Re:An Explanation (Score 1) 925

by firewort (#20004441) Attached to: What's Keeping US Phones In the Stone Age?
Example, or not, they wrote an application to the API and worked with Google to perfect the application. The Apple-proclaimed reasoning was that doing so allows them to give the user greater control than is possible through the web interface alone.

My experience with the application on the phone bears that out. When you step through the travel instructions, the map zooms out and in as needed (it just seems to get the level of zoom correct at each step without my need to pinch-zoom to adjust it), and it gracefully slides the map around at the same time.

Switching to the list view and back to map didn't require any hit on the edge network, it cached the whole thing first. In a browser, it would hit up the network again.

So I find Apple's claims to be sound, that it needed to be a separate application to deliver the experience.

I expect that Google and Apple will work together when the API for maps changes to avoid breaking it.

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