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Comment: Re:systemd (Score 1) 442

by nadaou (#49555715) Attached to: Debian 8 Jessie Released

if the fucking thing wasn't being rammed down our throats there wouldn't be an issue. but it is, so people are up in arms about having something they do not want being rammed down their throats.

personally the saddest part of this for me is to witness the political maneuvering which brought this to be invade beautiful debian. it is toxic to the goodwill of the community, which has always been debian's most valuable asset.

Comment: Re:Disappointing! (Score 1) 117

by nadaou (#49476887) Attached to: SpaceX Dragon Launches Successfully, But No Rocket Recovery

> I am watching every try with a great deal of emotion.

When you look at the news today (classic cliche) there's precious little
good news about the progress of the human race. I guess that's why local
rural news about farm shows and parades and even tech news is so engaging.
It's the new, the positive, the hope and it's ever a rare thing to witness.

It's why people follow Musk, he's not innovating, his teams are actually inventing stuff.

Comment: Re:Proprietary formats suck. (Score 0) 109

by nadaou (#49420951) Attached to: Google Rolls Out VP9 Encoding For YouTube

gimmie a break, the command line encoder is fine. just cut and paste from the example in the VPx wiki page and you're in business.

Should Handbrake have VPx + Opus support in additional containers out of the box? Hell yes. But until then the command line version works just fine.

Fear of the CLI is just plain Gump-level stupid.

Comment: Re:VP9's place in the landscape (Score 5, Interesting) 109

by nadaou (#49420907) Attached to: Google Rolls Out VP9 Encoding For YouTube

My guess is that VP9 probably isn't quite as good as H.265, but it is definitely in the ballpark.

You'd be wrong about that actually. Monty's given it his usual expert and honest analysis, see one of his blog posts from late last year. Caveat: If you compare VP9 today vs. some tuned H.265 of the future the roles may reverse. Or not. Who knows that's just pure speculation and it's not like VP9 won't tune up either.

But VP9 is not too late for the war with H.265

In fact VP9 spec was finalized quarters before H.265, and Google has the ear and other anatomical bits of all the hardware manufactures in the Android world, so VP9 hardware support from the start is in very good shape.

And what is never mentioned in the press releases is that VP9 and H.265 make their impressive bandwidth (or filesize) improvements at the cost of double the CPU needs. You do not want to be running these codecs without hardware support.

The exciting stuff is Daala.

Comment: Re:Media streamer? (Score 2) 60

by nadaou (#49134339) Attached to: Intel Updates NUC Mini PC Line With Broadwell-U, Tested and Benchmarked

The brand new RPi 2 boards are quad core 900 MHz and can easily keep up. The original single core 700 MHz Pi boards could just get away with XBMC, but it wasn't all that pleasant.

The GPUs on both versions were designed and built for this task (they were originally out of set-top boxes) and have no problem at all with HD video.

Comment: Re:Location, location, location (Score 1) 212

by nadaou (#49102365) Attached to: The Best, and Worst, Places To Drive Your Electric Car

though sometimes you do hear ocean acidification raised as a possibility

it's not just a possibility it's a basic chemical reality based on partial pressures. the acidity of the oceans has already increased by 30% since the start of the industrial revolution.

Every program is a part of some other program, and rarely fits.