As it should be. Having video codecs in the applications themselves makes no more sense than the old days of having printer, sound and video drivers shipped with everything.
If you can teach us how to give every open source project unlimited distribution rights for h264 technology, we'd love to hear it. If you can't, then we cannot legally use h264 in our projects in a few countries of earth. It's far more sensible to support the technology where we know that is friendly to our community, even if it is technically inferior. That technical inferiority can be tolerated while a highly probably lawsuit regarding video patents cannot be tolerated.
Except that we don't know that its friendly - as others have pointed out, the odds of such a similar codec being patent-unencumbered are slim to none. That's part of why the patent was granted though; at the time it was both novel and meaningful, if it was simple to innovate something like this then VP9 would be notably different yet just as effective.
Others happen to show their idea to an outsider and the outsider takes it and tuns with it (Steve Jobs and the GUI he saw a Xerox).
I think that you mean:
Others happen to show their idea to an outsider who licenses it in exchange for a significant percentage of Apple's stock and does a lot of hard work implementing the idea and converting it into a production-ready system (Steve Jobs and the GUI ideas he bought and then improved after he saw them at Xerox).
"...there is no suggestion anyone was to blame for Walker's crash..." unless you follow that link which says that the police suspect that speed was involved. No question that anyone not in the car was to blame is a different sentence indeed. Looking at the pictures of the scene its hard to imagine that they were driving anywhere close to the 45mph speed limit.
To expand on that a little, if someone's trying to crack your account then they can probably afford to have a human involved who will have a somewhat reasonable chance of getting your clues correct. Most people don't care about the accounts they get though, and with millions to choose from getting the correct number cut down to 1% of what it would otherwise have been just doesn't matter any more. Web scale helps them in that case.
The presentation is awful as well. Full screen width monospaced fonts with no introduction describing what they're doing.
Or one rented pickup with a trailer.
Which defeats the silly monitor they're talking about - at a best case "goal" price of US$100 (already 2/3 of the cost of existing retail solutions quoted in the article), its not a throwaway piece.
It probably has something to do with the fact that while other tablets outsell the iPad, far more traffic is seen from iPads than from other tablets. Designing something pleasant to use takes more than +1'ing someone else's spec sheet.
So you're saying that the product they built doesn't meet your needs, therefore (ignoring the stuff that it has that you don't need) it is overpriced. Isn't that (to go back to cars) like comparing a Silverado to a Civic and saying that since you don't personally tow anything, the Silverado is an overpriced POS?
I live near Toronto sunrise in the winter is ~8am and sunset around 5 so you can literally commute to work in the dark and it is dark by the time you live the office seeing the sun for 0 hrs a day isn't a good thing if for no other reason than sometimes you need to do something outside where you can see what you are doing.
Indeed, the current TZ really helps your employer at the cost of the employee's personal time. And even that's assuming that they're using natural light, which these days is highly unlikely.
In fact, that'd gives you tons of free time in the light. Coordinating DST to work hours helps the employer (and only then if they use natural light) and hurts the employee.
Although in exchange you do get to knock off at noon!
And at least here in Austin kids have been going to school in the dark for a while now, so its not as if the current "solution" is solving anything much.
Even more - compared to Apple, Google is selling the Nexus 5 at hardware cost and taking a very large loss on Android itself, selling it for nothing, in order to get their hands on your data.