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Comment Re:What about (Score 2) 234

My local OTA channels are just as heavily compressed as the cable channels. Local stations are able to fit multiple subchannels into one regular channel, and to accomplish this, they reduce the bandwidth of the main channel. We're left with an overcompressed main channel and two amateur quality subchannels that show local ads and weather which earns the local station some extra income. It's going to get worse with everyone trying to cram more channels into their transmission medium without adding more headroom to compensate, and with so many people that can't even tell the difference between standard definition and high definition channels, the problem's never going to go away.

Some years ago, I was amazed when I went to a friend's house who had analog cable. This was before digital set top boxes were mandatory, and I was blown away by the quality of his SD channels which lacked any digital compression. Today's compressed HD channels actually look the same if not worse than the SD channels from before digital compression got to where it is today.


Lucas, Ford to Start Filming New Indiana Jones Film 477

Alchemist253 writes "George Lucas has announced that the script for the long-rumored fourth Indiana Jones film has been finalized and is to begin filming this year, with Harrison Ford once again in front of the camera. From the article: 'In a statement, the 64-year-old Ford said he was ready for another turn as the globe-trotting archaeologist. "I'm delighted to be back in business with my old friends," he said. "I don't know if the pants still fit, but I know the hat will."' All three of the earlier movies were shot in the 80s. How well do you think this character is going to translate into a movie made today?

Submission + - XBox 360 has been cracked

Hopscotch writes: German IT site heise news reports, that during the 23. Chaos Communication Congress this week in Berlin the XBox 360 has been cracked and evidently unsigned code has been executed. A completly disguised hacker came in to the lightning talk session on day four and brought an XBox 360 connected via serial port to his notebook. The XBox was also connected to the beamer. First he booted into the game "King Kong" where he loaded a saved game. During that the screen changed from black to white and our beloved penguin along with the Mac OS logo and the text "comming soon" started bouncing around. The bouncing seems to be the proof that this is not a plain shader hack but actual unsigned code running on the box. The video can be downloaded here.

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