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Comment Winelib (Score 1) 55

That depends on whether developers find it easier to use Winelib to port their Windows desktop apps to Android (with appropriate changes to sizes of controls and removal of mouseover actions) than to rewrite them from the ground up in the language that Google can't call Java anymore.

Comment VOD, except for sports (Score 1) 79

and maybe they're betting that more and more content will be streamed rather than recorded

Especially with the "TV Everywhere" video-on-demand offerings available over the Internet as a perk for subscribers to participating multichannel pay TV providers. The hardest thing to get on demand as I understand it is sports, but there's a strong tradition of watching sports live, or at least (in the case of baseball or American football) delayed by no more than two hours so that the viewer can fast forward past all the downtime.

Comment Every human language leaves out information (Score 1) 49

when the source language admits to intentionally leaving out information

Every human language leaves out information. Different languages just leave out different amounts in different ways in different circumstances. This is why instead of relying on Google Translate, the author of an Hour of Code activity this year is going to have to hire a professional translator who can ask the author for the information that one language left out for use in a translation to another language.

Comment Progressive lossless codecs are also lossy (Score 1) 306

Did you even read the title of the article?

It's a lossless format

It's designed to be "progressive". This means the prefix of any lossless file is a lossy file. In fact, the more graceful degradation of truncated progressive FLIF compared to truncated progressive PNG is touted as an advantage over PNG.

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