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Comment Re:Welcome back to 2005 (Score 3, Insightful) 442

This is the year of HEVC/H.265, which is expected to give birate improvements for the same quality of up to 50% compared with AVC/H.264. Expect to see content in this format later in the year.

Ultimately though you're right: without 4K content there'll be little demand. Upscaling 1080p will only go so far.

Comment Re:Honestly? (Score 1, Insightful) 220

And still a tired old monolithic app. I switched to Chrome eight months ago, and although it uses a lot of memory it does give me the ability to properly manage its memory and CPU usage: it's so much easier to identify pages to kill when they're running in their own process space. Not only does this allow me to selectively reduce the app's memory footprint, but I can conserve battery life on my laptop by easily culling busy pages.

Comment Re:Read Again (Score 1) 453

I've wasted way too much time faffing around with alternative map apps and so far they've all been shite. I just want something that works out of the box thanks. I don't get the fuss about Open Street Maps either.

Comment Re:Mandarin Chinese (Score 3, Informative) 514

It gives you a chance to re-iterate in the other person's language what you meant. Or you could just consider it useful for good will and generally smoothing your relationships. You can't go wrong improving your language skills.

Having lead off-shore Chinese developments teams since 2006, I wish I'd invested time in learning the language. The smattering of German I learnt at the Goethe Institut a few years ago really helps me with my German colleagues, even if it's an opportunity for them to laugh at me over a beer. It does give me a better sense of what is being discussed if they're talking to each other in German though.

Anyway, the story is about somebody in the US mid-West. That's a brutal time difference for working with Chinese colleagues. I did it for a number of years from Toronto (12-13 hours time difference). I'm much happier doing it from London now: I'd rather start work at 06:30 than have to come back to work at 21:30 after being out for dinner and not know when I'm going to escape so I can go to bed.

Comment Re:Smart phone killed the mail client star (Score 1) 464

The iPhone uses IMAP for services like Yahoo. Way better than a web interface on the phone. On the desktop, I really notice no problems with IMAP. It takes a few seconds to get most messages, then access to them instantaneous unlike via a web interface.

My offline access is mostly when I'm travelling, trains, planes, or overseas between paying for internet. Even commuting to work has a significant length of time underground on the Tube with no internet access, but that's where I do most of the emailing from my phone. Longer emails are typically to distant friends and family. More complex emails might just be sending a bulleted list to my wife (annoying to do on a mobile device), or even a copy and paste of a table from our online banking account which works better in a MUA than web interface. Sounds pretty Joe Average, although a lot of people these days don't seem to realise how shit the user experience is away from a MUA because that's what they've mostly experienced.

Comment Re:Smart phone killed the mail client star (Score 1) 464

How do you think cell phones access these webmail accounts? IMAP perhaps?

Yahoo never really got on the IMAP bandwagon. Now that I've figured out how to do that, I use a desktop mail tool for writing longer emails, more complex email with better formatting and for working offline. Way easier than working on my iPhone, and a way better experience than Yahoo's web UI.

Comment Re:Thunderbird (Score 1) 464

What exactly is it about TB that is not capable of handling your need?

As I said in another thread: the limit of two email addresses per contact and mbox format. The HTML editing is poor too compared with other modern MUAs. Glad it's working for you though. I will stick to just using it for my webmail when I'm offline. I started using it again for this six months ago after a break of four years, and it felt like a regression more like ten years. I can't believe I'm saying this, but even Outlook is a million times better these days.

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