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Submission + - Cisco Attempting To Develop a Royalty Free Video Codec->

An anonymous reader writes: Video codec licensing has never been great, and it's become even more complicated in recent years. While H.264 had a single license pool and an upper bound on yearly licensing costs, successor H.265 has two pools (so far) and no limit. Cisco has decided that this precludes the use of H.265 in open source or other free-as-in-beer software, so they've struck out on their own to create a new codec called Thor. They've already open-sourced the code and invited contributions. They say, "The effort is being staffed by some of the world’s most foremost codec experts, including the legendary Gisle Bjøntegaard and Arild Fuldseth, both of whom have been heavy contributors to prior video codecs. We also hired patent lawyers and consultants familiar with this technology area. We created a new codec development process which would allow us to work through the long list of patents in this space, and continually evolve our codec to work around or avoid those patents."
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Submission + - HP's Sprout now integrates 3D capture and 3D printing->

An anonymous reader writes: “Hewlett-Packard's Sprout 3D-printing computer system, unveiled in October of last year, now integrates 3D capture and 3D printing...”

“Eric Monsef, Vice President of HP's Immersive Experience Computing Group, talked about [] the idea of “blended reality”, meaning a world where the user can work with both 2D and 3D.”

“The dedicated Sprout computer runs Windows 8.1 on an Intel Core i7 Processor, and has a terabyte of storage. The all-important graphical processing facility of the set-up relies on the NVIDIA CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) parallel computing platform, a general purpose processing GPU — or GPGPU — which is leveraged towards C++, C and Fortran developers for whose purposes Direct3D and OpenGL would be obstructive.”

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Submission + - Our early solar system may have been home to a fifth giant planet->

sciencehabit writes: A cluster of icy bodies in the same region as Pluto could be proof that our early solar system was home to a fifth giant planet, according to new research. That planet may have “bumped” Neptune during its migration away from the sun 4 billion years ago, causing the ice giant to jump into its current orbit and scattering a cluster of its satellites into the Kuiper belt in the outer solar system.
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Submission + - Thor: Cisco's IETF NetVC Contender->

An anonymous reader writes: Cisco has presented Thor as a candidate video codec to the Internet Engineering Task Force's Internet Video Codec (or NetVC) working group. Based in part on Cisco's own video codec patents, some of which are essential to H.264 and H.265, Thor as drafted is a royalty-free video codec "designed to achieve high compression efficiency with moderate complexity, using the well-known hybrid video coding approach of motion-compensated prediction and transform coding. The Thor video codec is a block-based hybrid video codec similar in structure to widespread standards." Video of the presentation is available along with slides. During a hackathon held at the meeting, some of Thor's components were experimentally integrated into Daala with some interesting results.
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Submission + - FBI Director James Comey to Citizens: "Encrypted Messaging Not Needed"->

davesays writes: FBI Director James Comey expressed alarm Wednesday about broadening use of encrypted communications, telling senators that investigators increasingly are unable to intercept or retrieve suspects’ messages. Apparently he has no Slashdot account — "“I haven’t met ordinary folks who say, ‘I really want a device that can’t be opened even if an American judge finds it ought to be opened,’” Comey said. and goes on to say authorities ‘will go to jail' if they look at American Snapchat messages, Instagram posts without a warrant.

Forgive me for not taking him at his word.

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Comment Re:Should be "gold pressed latinum" (Score 1) 265

So money would be a bit pointless

Not everything is universally available in the Star Trek universe. For me, an unsolved problem with the Federation economy is real estate. Why does Picard's brother live in a manor house in a vineyard? Why not someone else? Why not me? I want to live in a vineyard.

It wouldn't matter how many planets there were in the Federation. There would always be more people than planets, there would always be planets which are more desirable than others and there would always be particular places on those planets more desirable than other places. Who gets to live where? Who gets to own land to run a vineyard, instead of there being apartment blocks or suburban housing in the same place? It's never addressed beyond a vague sense of it not being a problem.

I think the Ferengi economy is actually the curiosity in this setting ; it seems to depend on artificial scarcity (and repression of entire social groups, from the way they treat their women).

I don't think it's a curiosity, it's deliberate. Narratively, the Ferengi business and economy is a deeply engrained part of their culture. Metaphorically, the Ferengi are us in the present day. They don't do business because they have to, they do business because they want to. Money is how they keep score. It's how we keep score.

Comment Re:Memory Leaks Solved? (Score 1) 152

Yes, I have had a currently open bug with FF21.0--that got worse with 22.0.

Where's the bug? Link to it.

And I and the other watchers of the bug I opened at Mozilla will dispute your contention that Chrome uses more memory. Simply not true!

Did you not look at the memory usage charts from Tom's Hardware? Chrome uses more memory than other browsers. This has been my consistent experience as well as Tom's Hardware's as well as most everyone's. Look at another memory usage chart from Tom's. They use Chrome's memory usage tool to measure it. Even Google disagrees with you.

Comment Re:Memory Leaks Solved? (Score 3, Insightful) 152

I won't be downloading any new versions of Firefox--nor will I enable automatic updates--until they fix the danged memory leaks that have been present since they began their whirlwind upgrade cycle with FF 4.0.

What memory leaks? If you've found new ones, have you reported them? Significant progress has been made in Firefox's memory usage in the last three years. Do you read the memshrink progress reports? If you don't, maybe you should.

Chrome is a handy replacement for what used to be a reliable friend--Firefox.

Surely you realise that Chrome uses more memory than Firefox. Look at a comparison of browser memory usage with a single tab open and multiple tabs open. If you're happy with Chrome's memory usage, you'll be happy with any browser's memory usage.

Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature. -- Rich Kulawiec