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Comment Re:Not a replacement yet (Score 1) 340

Like every energy breakthrough in the past, someone decided the Big Oil companies would know how to handle and distribute it. Somehow, all those promising alternative energy sources never seemed to work out. BP axes solar power business, Transition from oil to renewable energy 100 years away, says Exxon Mobil and dozens more.

Comment Re:So MS may now back WebRTC??? (Score 1) 112

Correct again. Microsoft likes to play the "standards" game as long as they can retain a proprietary component inside. Their very first attempt at "standards" was to contribute WMV to the HD-DVD consortium and press for its adoption for Blu-ray without releasing any information required to create the codec. The effort eventually became the VC-1 standard, but the people I knew on the standards body said Microsoft kept thinking they didn't have to release any details about the codec believing the world would simply accept a Microsoft based "standard" because nobody dared bet against them. Meeting after meeting ended with no resolution which looked anything like a disclosure suitable for standards ratification. That was about the beginning of the end for Microsoft (the very first concrete indication that nobody trusted them any more) and signaled the end of HD-DVD.

Comment Re:So who won? (Score 4, Interesting) 182

You're being very kind by saying WebM is "less effective" compared to H.264. I'd put it closer to "why in the hell would I want crummy looking compression unless I use at least twice the data rate?" This from someone who's livelihood partially comes from putting compressed streams on the Internet. WebM isn't good enough and just got lapped again.

Comment Re:A strange game.... (Score 1) 597

China has just voted against North Korea probably for the first time. How angry are the North Korean leaders I wonder? How long before North Korea starts biting the hand that feeds it? If China thought through the likely outcome of what the North Korean behavior is, they'd probably take the DPRK out themselves.

I just looked up some sources on artillery and the DPRK has lots of artillery, most of which can't reach Seoul. They apparently have 17 guns that can, however, and those can be quickly located and silenced before too much damage is done to Seoul. All they have to do is fire one round from each gun and we'll have return fire on the way before their shell hits anything. It's likely that the South Koreans have figured on intercepting projectiles from these guns. The U.S. has had field portable radar systems since the 1960s designed to calculate the source of mortar fire for this purpose. I can imagine it's more sophisticated now.

The DPRK million man army (and 8 million reservists) would likely come pouring over the DMZ in an old fashioned charge and get chewed to ribbons before they finished the 40km trek to Seoul through the rugged mountainous areas. There are a bunch of mountain passes to defend but they can forget about making it through the passes or the mountains. The ROK army has thought of that and they've got some nasty surprises ready to go.

I'm sure the DPRK has got missile systems to deliver plenty of fire power to Seoul, so that would be the bigger worry. If I were a leader of the South, I'd have a line of anti kinetic weapons systems aimed northward. They already know where it's coming from.

I'd say a DPRK attack would create more psychological impact than physical damage to Seoul, much like the V1 and V2 rockets of WWII. Most everything coming over the DMZ would get toasted. Once the DPRK shoots that wad, they're essentially undefended. Then what?

Comment Re:Market manipulation? (Score 0) 298

After that post, your sig is pure irony.

I see WAAAYYYYY more ads for Android phones than iPhones. Even the contents of the ads are very different. Apple ads show people using the device (more or less). Android ads usually show a bunch of futuristic imaginary bullshit. Really - I've never had to strap myself into a chair with lasers firing into my veins to make a playlist on my Apple device. You don't have to do that with Android either, but somehow they've identified some really gullible people who respond to that kind of marketing.

Apple did innovate but they've stagnated and the shiny (as you put it) is rubbing off. Innovation isn't "invention", it's more like putting things together in a way nobody has seen before. Sure, there were mockups or half baked attempts at a new phone form factor, but when Steve Jobs pulled that first iPhone out of his pocket in January of 2007, all you heard for months was the sound of mobile phone carrier executives shitting themselves. Before that moment, Android was busily copying the Blackberry form factor. It took years to hone the iPhone so Jobs could pull a working device out of his pocket as witnessed by how long it took Android to start over and catch up, even given a device to copy from. The innovation was actually shipping the device everyone else was supposing was possible - some day. Now pretty much everyone is using that specific type of device. I love the way people say that what Apple did was "obvious" now. They're probably the same people who predicted the iPhone to be a complete failure.

The iPad was a little different. The Android camp jumped all over that immediately and came out with admittedly crudely inferior embarrassments. They're much better now and even worth considering (if I was to consider such a device). Still, the old meme of "HP had tablets back in 2000" makes me laugh. I had one of those. It was a laptop with a swiveling screen, no battery life, chunky, clunky and slow. The innovation of the iPad was to change the form factor of existing things to make it workable. There are even people who insist that the iPad was copied from Star Trek. I wonder if they knew Star Trek was futuristic imaginary bullshit?

Competition is a good thing, I agree, and I don't like patent law here in the States. It's stupid and restrictive. I still think Apple's competitors should come up with their own ideas rather than making counterfeit iPhones. These are crazy times, but the only major company I see that's innovating and NOT copying Apple verbatim is Microsoft. They're doing what competitors should do, namely come up with something they think is different and better. I'm not seeing much of that from the other camps.

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