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Comment Re:Jeez (Score 1) 589

As a non-American I'm not sure if you are joking or not ...

The answer is forever ... the macho stuff is only when the tough 99% can sit at home and cheer on the 1% in uniform that throw their bodies and billions in weapons at a foreign enemy ... bring that closer to home and it's a different story, hence why 9/11 had a huge impact but bugger all outrage over losing 3x as many soldiers in the direct response (and god knows how many to PTSD and other issues since)

and don't kid yourself, it's the same in most affluent western countries

Comment Re:Really? .. it comes with the job (Score 1) 772

unlawful enemy combatants

Sorry, as a non-American, what does that euphemism even mean? I only heard it a couple of time coming out of US media and it makes no sense.

Are there "lawful" enemy combatants and under who's law these ones unlawful?
And aren't they enemy combatants because a "coalition of forces" invaded their countries?

Not trolling, but is that just a euphemism to put an air of respectability around 'they are the bad guys so anything goes' ?

Comment Re:Who's their test group? (Score 4, Insightful) 239

I'd be surprised if any half-competent business user didn't use it that way whether it is via flagged to-do items, storing them in a followup folder, archiving/deleting everything except open items or whatever ...

- If it is something you need to action and respond to, it stays in the to-do list until you action it.
- If it is a response with information from someone else, it stays in the to-do list until you have used the information.
- Otherwise, it gets filed (for reference information or ass-covering paper trails) or deleted.

On the other hand, personal users which are a big part of the Gmail user base would be quite different ...

I know MY work email is a to-do list, while my personal is like a never ending message log (a la phone SMS or IM apps) ...

Comment Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (Score 1) 698

That is a really poor argument.

Australia is even more geographically diverse, equally as geographically large and yet manages to have never had a gun death at any high schools ... although we have had a grand total of 3 university deaths.

In contrast, the US has close to 300 school deaths in the last 25 years ... At least 7x the per capita rate of Australia and this is being generous given all 3 Australian deaths were in the last 25 years and only comprised 2 incidents.

Comment Re:Ok... just turned two score, but... (Score 1) 438

This is just patently incorrect ...

200 years ago the average age at first marriage was 28 and 26 for men/women respectively - and that is EXACTLTY where it is for the US population at the moment. The lowest average age was typically around 20-21yo in 1950/60s (depending on country).

Norm of 16yo is just wrong unless you want to head back to medieval times and prior - even then I doubt it.

Comment Re:Mobile video the key (Score 1) 104

Happy to be proven wrong, but I'd imagine fairly soon.

H.265 is a superset of H.264, so much of the same hardware could probably be used. As for complexity, it seems H.265 is around 25-50% more complex for DECODING so certainly not unreasonable for current mobile devices.

The current Samsung Galaxy S4 advertised both HEVC support and Full HD (1080p) playback - not sure if they are both together however.

Comment Re:This is great news! (Score 2) 104

The specific encoder you use makes a HELL of a lot more difference than the codec/format. Other H.264 encoders don't come close to x264. If x265 doesn't get the same kind of open source development boost, x264 will continue to improve, and probably outperform the newer format, as proprietary codec developers just haven't shown themselves willing or able to do a good job of perceptual encoding, yet that's where the bulk of our non-pirated content comes from...

Wow ... just wow!

I'll assume by "proprietary codec developers" you actually mean developers who have closed source implementation of the encoder. In which case, the statement may not be completely unreasonable ie closed-source encoders have not kept pass with this open-source implementation due to less comphrensive (and less costly) implementation of the encoding tools.

The rest is complete rubbish though ...

So what if the bulk of non-pirated comes from closed source encoders ... what does that have to do x264 or x265 or H.265 development? Is this just a shot at closed-source software given you seem to be VERY pro-open source?

The specific encoder you use makes a HELL of a lot more difference than the codec/format. Other H.264 encoders don't come close to x264. If ... blah blah blah .. x264 will continue to improve, and probably outperform the newer format"

Do you understand that H.265 is essentially a superset of H.264? You know, as in H.264 + extensions? How is x264 going to out-perform x265 given it is a subset of the later?

Do you understand that x264 uses a superset of the encoder algorithms implemented by other encoders? So what you attribute is primarily due to codec and then codec parameters and then software optimisations.

You could have said "I hate standards .. I love open source ... I hope H.265 fails" ... much quicker and doesn't need any pretence of understanding video codecs.

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