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Comment Parse Error (Score 4, Funny) 159

Parse error: Detecting Chess Cheats Taxes Computers
Parse error: (Detecting) Chess Cheats Taxes Computers
Parse error: (Detecting Chess) Cheats Taxes Computers
Parse error: Detecting (Chess Cheats) Taxes Computers
Parse error: Detecting Chess (Cheats Taxes) Computers
Parse possible: (Detecting Chess Cheats) Taxes Computers
Parse possible: (Detecting Chess Cheats) Taxes Democrats
Parse SUCCESSFUL: (Detecting Chess Cheats) [consumes] Computer [resources]

Comment Re:The patent fees will expire soon. (Score 3, Informative) 320

Giving up mod powers for this:
How few? In 2027.
Summary: http://www.osnews.com/story/24954/US_Patent_Expiration_for_MP3_MPEG-2_H_264/
Patent break-down: http://scratchpad.wikia.com/wiki/MPEG_patent_lists#H.264_patents
To quote the summary

H.264 is a newer video codec. The standard first came out in 2003, but continues to evolve. An automatically generated patent expiration list is available at H.264 Patent List based on the MPEG-LA patent list. The last expiration is US 7826532 on 29 nov 2027 ( note that 7835443 is divisional, but the automated program missed that). US 7826532 was first filed in 05 sep 2003 and has an impressive 1546 day extension. It will be a while before H.264 is patent free.

Comment Re:Streaming? (Score 2) 409

I voted "streaming" for one reason: (US) $7.99 through Netflix to watch whatever I want / whenever I want without commercials is orders of magnitude cheaper and more convenient than $125/m Comcast "HD". And the quality is higher. Also, I've come to the realization that I really don't need to archive 10+ TB of "crap", even though I consume said "crap".

Comment Re:same as it ever was (Score 1) 297

Why shouldn't he?

Sure, a lot of people use Linux on the desktop but (not counting phones) its server market share is (much) better. Frankly, if these patches are super-duper-mega-ultra-awesome, like you hint at, distro maintainers would be including them. I don't count phones because they're so far away from what you and I call "Linux" that it doesn't really count. I'm sure there are layers of proprietary garbage that would make latency worse with or without these patches.

Most Linux users use a kernel supplied by their Linux distribution. Some distributions ship the "vanilla" and/or "stable" kernels. However, several Linux distribution vendors (such as Red Hat and Debian) maintain another set of Linux kernel branches which are integrated into their products."

Linux Kernel

If it wasn't for Newton, we wouldn't have to eat bruised apples.

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