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Submission + - Cisco To Open-Source H.264 Codec, Mozilla Plans Firefox Integration

An anonymous reader writes: Cisco and Mozilla today made a joint announcement that will see the popular H.264 video codec opened up to the broader Web. Cisco plans to open source its H.264 codec, while Mozilla is in turn promising to include it in future versions of Firefox. H.264 has been the industry standard for years, but it unfortunately requires royalty payments to MPEG LA under terms that prevent distributing it with open source products. By open-sourcing its H.264 codec under the BSD license, and providing it as a binary module that can be downloaded for free, Cisco is choosing not to pass on its MPEG LA licensing costs, effectively making H.264 free for use in WebRTC.

Comment Re:How is this news? (Score 3, Informative) 617

Oh, I always thought the reason VHS won, was that VHS allowed porn to be distributed on VHS tapes, whereas Betamax and Video2000 (owned by Philips) didn't allow this. Philips and Sony thought it would bring down their reputation. VHS - not being tied to any one manufacturer in particular - could get away with porn. Video2000 was superior over either VHS and Betamax BTW. Even on ordinary TV sets the difference was very much notable (Video2000 could also do noise free stills for example).

Comment Re:also Autodesk software needs local admin to run (Score 1) 139

I cannot remember any version of AutoCAD (and I am started administrating AutoCAD systems from version 10) needing local admin rights to run. AutoCAD has been one of the few apps to support non-admin users as soon as windows enabled that feature (windows NT3.5 anyone?). Only if you seriously mess up your AutoCAD settings inside your user profile or the registry will this happen. Of course you're messing with those if you don't pay for the software you use...

Submission + - Joyent ports KVM onto SmartOS (cloudpro.co.uk)

JBdH writes: Joyent made a port of linux-kvm to run under SmartOS, a Illumos distro (which in turn is the fully open community fork of the OpenSolaris operating system).
from TFA : “This combination of virtualisation options, data consistency through ZFS and access to DTrace for rapid troubleshooting, is the most powerful and efficient collection of technologies in cloud application development,"


Submission + - The computer labs that created the digital world (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "Throughout history there is a recurring theme of like-minded individuals coming together to create a shared “hive mind” intelligence that is greater than its constituent parts. . In the time of Socrates and Plato and Cicero, this would’ve been the local forum or sophist schools, and the Enlightenment of the 18th century was triggered by homely gatherings at salons and fueled by the steaming hotpot of coffeehouses and caffeine. Today we still use forums of course, and plenty of inventions and insight still originate from coffeehouses, but most innovation occurs in laboratories.

ExtremeTech takes a look at the six computer labs that gave birth to the digital world — from Bletchley Park in Blighty, to PARC labs in Palo Alto, and everything in between."


Submission + - LinuxCon 2011 Keynotes Streaming (and Free) (deviceguru.com)

DeviceGuru writes: All keynote sessions from the LinuxCon North America 2011 conference held in Vancouver this week are being made available for free public streaming today through Friday (August 17-19). One noteworthy highlight: today's 4:45 pm (pdt) keynote will feature Greg Kroah-Hartman in conversation with Linus Torvalds. Viewing the streams requires free registration.

Intel Co-Founder Calls For Tax On Offshored Labor 565

theodp writes "Intel co-founder and ex-CEO Andy Grove calls BS on the truism that moving production offshore to locations with much lower wages is a sound idea. 'Not only did we lose an untold number of jobs,' says Grove, 'we broke the chain of experience that is so important in technological evolution. As happened with batteries, abandoning today's "commodity" manufacturing can lock you out of tomorrow's emerging industry.' To rebuild its industrial commons, Grove says the US should develop a system of financial incentives, including an extra tax on the product of offshored labor. 'If the result is a trade war,' Grove advises, 'treat it like other wars — fight to win.'"

Submission + - 10 Funniest 4thofJuly Bottle Rocket Fail Videos (tumblr.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A perfect 10 videos to start the 4th of July weekend off. Awesome top ten of guys failing miserabley at shooting bottle rockets from butt cracks.

Submission + - iPhone 4's LCD Compared Against Other Smartphones

adeelarshad82 writes: If there was one thing Apple has tried to focus on with iPhone 4, it's the display. And this probably begs the question that exactly how good is the display compared to other top smartphones. To test this out, PCMag teamed up with Dr. Raymond Soneira to compare iPhone 4's LCD against Motorola Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible and HTC EVO in terms of brightness, contrast, color depth, and color accuracy. One important thing noted before the test was that the four smartphones use three different types of screen technologies. The Droid X and HTC EVO use traditional TFT LCDs. The iPhone's screen is an IPS LCD, a variant on TFT LCD, where as Droid Incredible is AMOLED. Even though the overall winner here might be predictable, there were a couple interesting results. For instance when it came down to contrast, iPhone 4 and Motorola Droid X were neck in neck, 1097 and 1071 respectively, where as HTC Droid Incredible measured a staggering 39,373. Moreover Motorola Droid X has the most accurate colors out of the bunch; it offers 94 percent of the sRGB color gamut. On the other hand the iPhone 4 falls extremely short in color accuracy, with colors undersaturated by 36 percent, similar to iPhone 3GS. iPhone 4 did kill the competition when it came down to full blown 24-bit color experience and brightness measuring up to 536 cd/m.

Submission + - US manufacturers can't find skilled workers (nytimes.com) 1

andy1307 writes: The New York Times has an article in the business section about the inability of US manufacturers to find workers with the right skills. During the recession, domestic manufacturers appear to have accelerated the long-term move toward greater automation, laying off more of their lowest-skilled workers and replacing them with cheaper labor abroad. Now they are looking to hire people who can operate sophisticated computerized machinery, follow complex blueprints and demonstrate higher math proficiency than was previously required of the typical assembly line worker.

Makers of innovative products like advanced medical devices and wind turbines are among those growing quickly and looking to hire, and they too need higher skills.

Supervisors at Ben Venue Laboratories, a contract drug maker for pharmaceutical companies, have reviewed 3,600 job applications this year and found only 47 people to hire at $13 to $15 an hour, or about $31,000 a year. All candidates at Ben Venue must pass a basic skills test showing they can read and understand math at a ninth-grade level. A significant portion of recent applicants failed. In a survey last year of 779 industrial companies by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, the accounting and consulting firm, 32 percent of companies reported “moderate to serious” skills shortages. Sixty-three percent of life science companies, and 45 percent of energy firms cited such shortages.

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