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Comment VP8/VP9 free of MPEG LA threat; H.265 has 2 pools (Score 1) 108

For one thing, back in 2013, Google bought a one-time license from MPEG LA to sublicense MPEG LA-administered patents essential to VP8 and VP9.

For another, exactly how are you sure that there's not some submarine patent waiting to surprise everyone on H.265? I'm aware of already more than one patent pool for that codec: MPEG LA administers some patents and HEVC Advance administers others.

Comment Re:I don't get it... but maybe I'm not supposed to (Score 1) 115

The Super NES was good, but crippled by the fact that MODE 7 could only scale and rotate backgrounds, not sprites.

In the same generation, Genesis needed the Sega CD peripheral to rotate anything, and though Neo Geo could scale, it couldn't rotate and was too expensive for most players.

Comment Re: False premise (Score 1) 482

If there isn't enough demand for low end computers they'll just disappear

Exactly my point. The market will have locked down appliances at the low end and high end general purpose computers at the high end. This spells trouble for anybody who wants to make the transition from tasks that can be done on a locked down appliance to tasks that require a general purpose computer.

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