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Comment: Re:I think your finger pointed the wrong way (Score 2) 295

by najay (#46403741) Attached to: Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

wow. what an incredibly impressive rant. I always love when my competence is brought into question by an anonymous coward.

FYI, my linux port DOES work, just not on the specific platform that the client initially chose. I offered to explore this cost reducing move, which was progressing swimmingly until i hit this linux/intel/qml opengl incompatibility.The only downside was I spent some of MY time exploring the options, and we now need to stay running Windows Embedded for a little longer, until we can qualify a arm based board that will work.

Comment: I agree - the linux GPU support is broken (Score 2) 295

by najay (#46401029) Attached to: Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

In 2 words: THEY SUCK.

I had to abort a windows to linux port because the intel linux graphics driver is BROKEN (Intel Atom N455). I spent weeks convincing a customer he was better off moving his code base to linux, and when I finally got the OK to build a prototype, the UI was unusable. I really wish the GPU manufacturers would provide enough documentation so the Open source ppl could come in and fix it.

Comment: Re:No law is needed (Score 5, Interesting) 318

by najay (#43475031) Attached to: ACLU Asks FTC To Force Carriers To 'Patch Or Replace' Android Devices

I own a Motorola Atrix 4G. It is an excellent smartphone platform. It has been abandoned
by Motorola even though the phone can easily run ICS and Jellybean. We Atrix 4G users
may never see an official update, on a phone they originally PROMISED to update.

Sad thing is Motorola Mobility is now owned by Google. Go Figure.

Comment: Violence has become more Violent (Score 1) 161

by najay (#43128373) Attached to: If Video Games Make People Violent, So Do Pictures of Snakes

I think the real problem is the violence in video games, TV and film has desensitized people to what constitutes violence and brutality. Most people have their 'humanity' meter calibrated to know what is right and wrong. They will find most of the media violence repulsive or intriguing, but completely unacceptable as reality.

The problem becomes the sociopaths and psychopaths who do not have a way to determine what is acceptable behavior. It used to be that even showing blood on TV was a no-no. Now we show beheadings, dismemberments, and mass murders as almost common occurrences. How is somebody who has a poor grasp of reality supposed to interpret this information?

Another contributing factor is the extreme repression of anything sexual in the media - it forces most forms of entertainment into violence.

We live in a very screwed up society.

Space

+ - Delta IV Rocket Launched With Secret Payload->

Submitted by a_hanso
a_hanso (1891616) writes "The National Reconnaissance Office has announced the launch of what we may assume to be a rather large reconnaissance satellite. According to the NRO press release, it is the third of a series of six such payloads. We can only speculate as to what kind of monitoring capabilities these satellites will bring to the US defense/intelligence community once they are fully operational."
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Television

+ - JVC Shrinks Super High-Def Projector->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "JVC on Tuesday unveiled a projector compatible with an experimental broadcasting format called Super Hi-Vision (higher than high-def) that is less than half the size and a quarter the weight than previous devices — and is cheaper to boot. At 7,680 pixels by 4,320 pixels, a Super Hi-Vision picture has 16-times the resolution of today's high-def TV and four times that of 4K digital cinema. You can watch this video of the device in action, but you'll have to take our word for it that the images are far better than anything you've seen."
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Earth

+ - New Sunlight Reactor Produces Fuel->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "A new reactor developed by CalTech shows promise for producing renewable fuel from sunlight. The reactor hinges on a metal oxide named Ceria that has very interesting properties at very high temperatures. It exhales oxygen at very high temperatures and inhales oxygen at very low temperatures. From the article, 'Specifically, the inhaled oxygen is stripped off of carbon dioxide (CO2) and/or water (H2O) gas molecules that are pumped into the reactor, producing carbon monoxide (CO) and/or hydrogen gas (H2). H2 can be used to fuel hydrogen fuel cells; CO, combined with H2, can be used to create synthetic gas, or "syngas," which is the precursor to liquid hydrocarbon fuels. Adding other catalysts to the gas mixture, meanwhile, produces methane. And once the ceria is oxygenated to full capacity, it can be heated back up again, and the cycle can begin anew.' The only other piece of the puzzle is a large sunlight concentrator to raise the temperature to the necessary 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The team is working on modifying and refining the reactor to require a lower temperature to achieve the two-step thermochemical cycle. Another issue is the heat loss which the team claims could be reduced to improve efficiency to 15% or higher. Since CO2 is an input, the possibility exists for coal and power plants to collect CO2 emissions to be used in this process which would effectively allow us to "use the carbon twice." Another idea listed is that a "zero CO2 emissions" is developed along these lines: 'H2O and CO2 would be converted to methane, would fuel electricity-producing power plants that generate more CO2 and H2O, to keep the process going.' The team's work was published last month in Science."
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+ - google's war on h.264->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With google offering a "no-cost license" to camera hardware IP that encodes/decodes video in google's vp8/webm, all the way to the silicon VHDL, are we going to see big camera companies like panasonic changing their h.264 media format to vp8? What about digital television broadcasters (like DVB), will they move away from h.264?"
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