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Comment Re:The ballot screen is Europe only (Score 3, Funny) 169

The bad news is that, the screen is to appear only for users in Europe. I hope the US anti-trust takes hint a from their European counterparts and mandate in the US too.

I believe deliberate, artificial market segmentation is a violation of the sherman anti-trust act. It merely needs to be actually pursued by the justice department.


Shuttleworth To Step Down As Canonical CEO In 2010 163

LinuxScribe writes "In a blog announcement today, Canonical Founder and CEO Mark Shuttleworth revealed he will be stepping down from his CEO role to be replaced by current COO Jane Silber. Both execs do not see major strategic changes on the horizon. Silber's official blog and Linux.com each have more details on how the change will be implemented."

Comment Re:Mplayer OSX Extended (Score 1) 398

What's the quality like? VLC uses a lot less CPU than QuickTime on my Macs, but the quality is a lot lower - it doesn't do the same amount of postprocessing as QuickTime and so things like the BBC logo in the corner are crisp with QT and covered in macroblocking with VLC.

I have a keen eye and often notice visual inconsistencies others miss. I consider VLC to be overall smoother in motion scenes and better in overall image clarity. Though, results will vary from setting to setting.

Comment Re:I'll help! (Score 4, Informative) 398

I submitted the story. I'm not a member of the dev team, but give the popularity of VLC on this platform it absolutely astounded me this issue had not appeared on a major news site yet.

The forum thread linked from the article suggests you present yourself to the developer mailing list.

here is a list of all the videolan project's mailing lists - I believe the one they want you to contact them through is vlc-devel

Thank you for offering, i'd do so myself if i were not utterly sub-novice.

Comment Re:Does VLC really have any advantages over Perian (Score 1) 398

Seriously, with Perian you can pretty much play any video that plays in VLC in QuickTime, which also means that you can integrate it into all the other OS X apps(such as iTunes, iDVD etc). With VLC you are pretty much stuck using the VLC video player, which has a horrendous interface....

try opening any large matroska file in quicktime, call me in a few days when it loads under perian. Until the perian team can hack their way around that little problem their plugin will not measure up unfortunately.

It's a great idea, but it's not quite there yet, even though it performs admirably for smaller files and I do have it installed : )

Comment Re:Mplayer OSX Extended (Score 4, Interesting) 398

Sad to see VLC struggling, but there's always Mplayer OSX Extended for the mac. Get the extra codec pack and it can play anything!

Compare 1080p H.264 matroska playback in vlc to mplayer:

on my macbook pro (exactly a year old at this point) vlc plays it without a stutter, mplayer extended will drop frames like an epileptic. Im sure they both drop frames, but VLC does so much more gracefully, resulting in no noticeable distortion, while mplayer extended makes it obvious (and incredibly annoying) to the viewer. Nothing like watching blade runner final cut and being slowly infuriated by those epic scenes being subjected to massive chop and screen tears.

Comment Eu Contraire (Score 1) 398

My experience with VLC is that it has handled everything i've thrown at it admirably, with the few exceptions being horribly corrupted beyond recognition.

Mplayer will open and play more, but suffers horrible A/V desynch which, despite months of soliciting and applying arcane fix ideas, has remained persistent.

VLC is currently the only playback solution which can handle HD H.264 matroska without a major malfunction, and additionally has the highest quality video rendering, with more detail, smoother pans, and finer grained video controls than competitors.


Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac 398

plasmacutter writes "The Video Lan dev team has recently come forward with a notice that the number of active developers for the project's MacOS X releases has dropped to zero, prompting a halt in the release schedule. There is now a disturbing possibility that support for Mac will be dropped as of 1.1.0. As the most versatile and user-friendly solution for bridging the video compatibility gap between OS X and windows, this will be a terrible loss for the Mac community. There is still hope, however, if the right volunteers come forward."

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 8

Vuze is a horribly resource intensive program, and while I used it until very recently, I was compelled to discontinue when it began registering every torrent added to it as corrupted.

I've repeatedly come back to try mplayer after finding new tips on the AV desync issues with no success.

Quicktime has degenerated from a stable, efficient player in 6.x to a buggy, choppy mess.. and is now bipartite, featureless, and incomplete in 10.x

It pains me that I myself am completely powerless to help the project where it is needed. The best I can do is spread the news.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 8

You could get your hands dirty yourself. Never too late to code.

with my level of skill, it would take far too long to gain a full understanding of the project. I don't even have a passing familiarity with xcode.

Comment Re:I especially like.. (Score 4, Informative) 230

I like the complaint about the compiler. After all, Intel should be required to optimize their compiler for their competitor. To each according to his need...

The allegation is their compiler can, but deliberately does NOT, apply optimization to code if it detects the processor is AMD.

This is analogous to video game consoles refusing to use generic memory sticks or hard drives. Of course, intel will try to claim it's more like trying to attach a sata drive to an IDE port, but we all know the instruction sets for X86 are standard across both chips.

Comment Stop mischaracterizing net neutrality. (Score 2, Interesting) 187

Just think, there are people who want to hand over regulation of internet traffic to the government under the name of "net neutrality," yet here we have a government proving that it would happily censor content. Imagine what would happen once lobbyists convinced bribed politicians to regulate things like torrent traffic in order to prevent "economic terrorism."

the concept of net neutrality is to legislate specifically to PREVENT abuses like the one this politician is trying to perpetrate.

Note: he still has to go through the legislature, but ISP's already do this unilaterally whenever they think they can get away with it, and in the US Comcast is suing agains the FCC to keep them from preventing Comcast from butchering traffic.

Hard-right libertarians don't seem to understand: This is not the pre-industrial era anymore! Royalty no longer controls the economy. Corporations are now SEPARATE from but EQUAL in power to the government, and the only way to keep the little guy from being crushed is to use each to put the other in check. (part of this is intelligent regulation)

Comment So What are they REALLY after? ACTA? (Score 2, Insightful) 187

We all know this kind of outrageous proposal won't fly, so what's the next "iteration" this will be compared to to make it look "reasonable"? The question is what are these people actually after?

  It seems like this is yet another maneuver to "Frame" the debate around the upcoming ACTA clauses.

If enough of these outrageous ideas are being proposed, a simple removal of service for "egregious offenders" will look tame.

Remember, you have to boil the frog SLOWLY, and part of that involves acclimating the frog to heat before it goes in the pot!

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