I recently scoffed at the 720p MJPEG codec used by my shiny new Pentax Optio camera.
Who knew that its ancient and inefficient CODEC is its saving grace when it comes to the topic of TFA.
But seriously, this is a case of Moores law making old stuff (mjpeg) work even for modern resolutions. I lacks the elegance of modern compression, but as long as the camera has fast/huge storage and fast raw processing power, we can use it and probably be happy with it too. The place where the fancy compression is always going to be key is distribution where the bandwidth is limited, be it spinning off a disk or streaming off the net.
Also it's unclear whether the webpage problems were due to bugs/limitations in Opera, or because of poorly written webpages that are only written for IE and Firefox.
As a web developer, when my pages are 100% valid XHTML and CSS, work properly on IE 7+8, Safari 2-4, Chrome, and Firefox 2-3.6, and they still break on Opera (which has a visitor rate of less than 1%) I'm not going to do much to support Opera. At that point, the ball is in their court to fix. I don't care if you get 100 on the Acid3 test if your browsers still chokes on things when surfing real sites.
I'm an Opera user, and I very rarely have problems with real sites.
So I'd tend to think your problems say more about your code than about Opera
A similar conundrum exists -- where are their tools? Any sufficiently advanced civilization should be able to create self replicating probes. Even without FTL, they should be able to spread to all the stars in the Milky Way in under a half million years.
Of course, even if someone did spread probes, would those probes broadcast in a way we'd hear? If not, even if they aren't "stealthed", how hard would it be for us to build something to detect them? And wouldn't stealthed "hunter" probes overwhelm any "broadcasting" probes?
This is hardly some major breakthrough.
Asus came up with a nice hack on their EeePC dubbed "Boot Booster". It dumps the system state right after POST on a HDD partition, and on subsequent boots it reads that straight into memory, so you have 1-second "POSTs" going straight to the bootloader.
And then you have coreboot, which is as fast as the machine it runs on: without taking any shortcuts, it can do all the grunt work in 3 seconds or so.
Maybe the breakthrough is Windows booting fast, but that's a different story.
I think you misunderstand--the patents were not Microsoft patents. I was helping to provide patent reviews so MS Hardware could make decisions about technologies in their future products. I know Microsoft designs their own hardware because I got paid to help them do it.
If you think "High Quality" and "Most Expensive in World" are synonymous, then perhaps it is you who are mistaken.
In all reality, extremely high-quality headphones can be had for a few hundred US dollars. Beyerdynamic DT 880s are very well-regarded, and cost only $275. Perhaps you can construct a better-sounding stereo system for a hundred times as much, and hopefully your $5,000 headphones sound slightly better. However, listening to something on $500 headphones is closer to a perfect listening experience than most people will get in their entire lives.
Double-blind testing is a magnificent thing. A shame so many audio nuts don't quite understand the practice.
"The Uruguay Round TRIPs Agreement, which is Trade-Related Intellectual Property, has nothing to do with trade. They just put "trade-related" because they had to put that in there to have it in a trade agreement. That was the real ingenuity.The entire piece is a good read, but as Kevin pointed out, it's interesting to see how Stiglitz fits some of these pieces together to show why globalization hasn't lived up to its promise.
There was already an intellectual property organization, called WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization. But they wanted the trade ministers to do it because the trade ministers didn't know anything about intellectual property, and that meant they were much more vulnerable to the influences of the special interests."
They put in provisions that were explicitly designed to reduce access to generic medicines. Just to highlight why that's important, a generic AIDS medicine, for instance, costs under $300 for a year's treatment. The brand name is $10,000. If your income is $500 a year or $300 a year, or even $5,000 a year, you can't afford $10,000 a year for the brand name. So when they were signing that agreement in Marrakesh, they were signing the death warrants for thousands of people in sub-Saharan Africa. That was the consequence.