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Comment What alternative was there at the time? (Score 1) 247

The people upset are those who can't access the videos on there iDevices.

The HTC Dream didn't exist when the original iPhone came out, and when Android came out, iPod and iPhone were still using DRM on music. What viable alternative was there when people first started to get locked into the iEcosystem?

Comment Battery life and Nokia (Score 1) 247

What exactly is their reason for not supporting an open format?

One reason is battery life, as it'd have to be decoded on the CPU instead of on the dedicated MPEG ASIC. When you really need to make a call, you don't want to lose touch after having watched a bunch of videos earlier in the day. The other is Nokia's decision to assert its patents against the use of VP8.

Comment Re-buy everything after switching (Score 2) 247

Never, but it can add to a list of small frustrations, getting a user to switch manufacturers next contract renewal.

Someone who switches from an iPhone will lose all his purchased videos, all his purchased books, and all his purchased iPhone apps. Only the music is DRM-free. He would have to re-buy everything else on Android, provided that they're even available on Android and not exclusive to iTunes. The iPhone, for example, is the only phone that can stream video from Amazon.

Comment This security feature is new in 4.2 (Score 1) 137

unless someone enables debugging and authorizes a computer with its individual key to connect.

Authorizing an individual computer wasn't introduced until around 4.2 (Jelly Bean 2) or thereabouts. There are still Android devices in use running older operating systems whose manufacturer declines to update the operating system.

Comment Decoding Vorbis is drop in bucket (Score 1) 37

where is he gonna get a phone that will actually play the resulting 64kbps Vorbis? [...] he'd be better off encoding to 128kbps MP3 or simply investing in a bigger microSD

No iPhone has a microSD slot. So unless and until Windows Phone or BlackBerry becomes popular again, pretty much any phone with a microSD slot is going to ship with Android. And as chowdahhead pointed out, every Android device I've owned going back to 2.2 has come with a Vorbis decoder.

Vorbis is strictly CPU decode which will end up costing more in battery life.

MoonShell and Guitar Hero On Tour run 67 MHz ARM9 (ARMv5) CPU of a Nintendo DS, and they decode Vorbis in real time. With the higher clock speed and signal processing instructions of the processor in a modern phone, CPU use of a Vorbis decoder would probably be a drop in the bucket compared to things like the cell and Wi-Fi radios, the screen, and even the headphone op-amp. The Settings > Battery report on my Nexus 7 tablet consistently shows two-thirds of energy spent on Screen.

Comment Re:Early-adopter CRT HDTVs (Score 1) 59

but it's not like there's a black border, why would you not want to view the edges?

I guess it must throw the composition out of balance, especially for things like news tickers at the bottom and sports scores at the top. And older film and video might still have things like a boom mic just out of the action safe area (but protruding slightly into the overscan).

Comment VFW limits (Score 1) 188

The difference is that it's 'plugins' that anything can use, rather than your specific choice of media player.

True, Video for Windows codecs and DirectShow codecs work in a wider variety of media players and editors. But I know VFW applications such as VirtualDub can't use DirectShow codecs. And I'm told VFW itself has limits that make it less than ideal for certain codecs and containers, which is why you don't see a lot of, say, MOD players using the VFW architecture. I guess Nullsoft might have developed its own input plug-in architecture to work around VFW's limits, and I have since learned about other players that can also use Winamp input plug-ins for just this reason.

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