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Comment Re:WebM is too "geeky"; too "open/free" (Score 1) 267

Have you ever heard of Android? Anyway, the point is that it is "easy" to implement and all it needs is "just" better marketing so the consumers start to demand it. And that would be good for everyone involved, except the holders of the rights to all these other proprietary formats and codecs. That's were a 800lbs gorilla like Google enters the scene to change the consumers' perspective on the issue ;)

Comment Re:Excellent! (Score 0) 366

  1. 1. But being a monopoly is not illegal, while anti-competitive practices sometimes are.
  2. 2. A company pushing open source is not only undercutting its rivals, it is also working for them for free. They can embrace open source too... ;)

Google is kind of scary, but it's difficult to deny that they seem to be trying to "not be evil".

Comment Re:Shocking: Apple and MS are doing the right thin (Score 1) 493

No, they are forcing you to pay a licence to be able to use a basic infrastructure. And they are preventing any Free alternative OS in the countries were the mpeg-la patents are valid. Maybe someone else will sell you an OS properly licensed (say Red Hat or Canonical), but that won't allow you to share it (i.e. it won't be Free).

Trust me, I'm not one of those floss over-zealots, but they first came for the video tag but I didn't watch any videos online, then...

Comment Re:Shocking: Apple and MS are doing the right thin (Score 1) 493

Can you share ffmpeg or x264 binaries in the US without asking mpeg-la for a licence? Remember that your ignorance won't help you from being accountable for your breaking of the law ;) and if you start doing some money from your work and refuse to pay up, you'll be sued to oblivion.

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