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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.

Comment Re:Piracy = Theft Analogy (Score 1) 432

Funny - reminds me of my kid when he was a 9 year old. I made a comment to him about not having computers when I was a kid and he said "why not? were people too stupid to make a computer back then?" I got a little huffy with him and told him to go out in the back yard and dig around in the dirt, find all the minerals and elements it takes to make a computer and bring me back a working computer because that's what we had to start with. He went out in the middle of the yard, stood there, looked around for about two minutes, came back in and basically said, "oh, I get it".

Comment Re:Piracy = Theft Analogy (Score 1) 432

The multi-hundred dollar software is usually reserved for desktop workstations as everything doesn't translate down to a handheld device, so the developers can throw away a lot of support expectations. In the video business, that means you can discard directly attached storage through SCSI/SATA/SAS or Fiber SAN, multiple GbE or 10GbE ports, multiple DVI monitors, AES audio I/O... things you won't find on a handheld device. The interface, within the capabilities of the device, will for the most part translate down. Avid video editing software (now called Pinnacle Studio) for iPad is $12.99. It's no Media Composer, but it's not $2,500 either (current list price). Back in the day, Media Composer with equivalent functionality/frustration as Pinnacle Studio on iPad would cost $80,000. We've come a long way.

Comment Re:What about the week prior? (Score 1) 143

I found some data points at 24 and 48 hours after the initial release of iOS6 and another after a week. First, a broad statement which seems a little like speculation:

"..within the first day, iOS 6 peaked at more than 15 percent of Web traffic to its mobile ad network.."

Then something that seems more like data that isn't going away:

iOS 6 on 25% of iOS Devices 48 Hours After Public Release

And finally:

iOS 6 Adoption At Just Over One Week: 60% For iPhone And 41% For iPad"

Comment Re:Its becoming clear (Score 1) 306

Ummm... the Muslims were swinging their swords all through the Med and got halfway across Spain, which is what triggered the Crusades. The Crusades had a stated goal of restoring Christian access to Holy sites shut down by Muslims all the way back to Jerusalem. All these sites were Holy for Christians, Muslims and Jews since they all come from the same Abrahamic religious roots.

Comment Re:Its becoming clear (Score 1) 306

The Christians had their Crusades, alright, but it wasn't just "hey, let's go kick some Muslim ass". The Muslim invasions which were sweeping through the Mediterranean and lower Europe for about five hundred years, spreading Islam by the sword, triggered the Crusades to beat them back. They got as far as [what is now] Spain before any significant counter force was applied. So, they started it.

Comment Re:But (Score 1) 255

Ok, when Apple ditched their USERS, Active Storage started up. Sort of a nuance. You know Alex? Smart guy. How about Emjay? One of the coolest support techs around.

Not to appear combative, but in which category was Apple the #3 supplier? That IDC document got pretty granular and I'm having a hard time finding some math that correlates that. Like in 2007, the "Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Terabytes Shipped by Supplier" chart says Apple shipped 67,500.3 TB while HP shipped almost 20x more at 1,299,213.7 TB. Between them was EMC (834,670.6 TB), IBM (834,670.6 TB), Dell (588,671.1 TB), NetApp (488,719.2 TB), Sun (268,570.3 TB) and Hitachi (225,565.8 TB). Apple shipped less than one-third of Hitachi. The Xserve RAID was discontinued in 2008, so 2007 was probably the best year for shipments.

Maybe it's the timeframe. I sort of remember in the early days of the Xserve RAID, they sold quite a few because it was about half the price per TB of pretty much everything else.

Comment Re:But (Score 1) 255

The storage/server people who were ditched by Apple started their own company - Active Storage. I've got 600TB of it running in my shop so far and will add another 300-600TB next year. The NASCAR video facility in Charlotte, NC has many Petabytes of it and there are lots of other takers in the video post production world. They've tuned the storage to be friendly to continuous streams of 100GB single files, applications where I've seen EMC, HDS and DDS fall over on.

To the claim of being the #3 storage vendor, I found an IDC competitive analysis from a DDN wen site. They weren't #3, more like between #6-ish and #18-ish depending on which fragment of the industry got measured, but they did win out over some surprising competition. I'm not too upset about the Xserve RAID, but the Xserve was a pretty nice box - like a giant Swiss watch compared to the sloppy assemblies of the competitors.

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