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Comment Re: love the subtle anti-brexit push (Score 2) 139

Yeah, someone is really unclear on the whole concept of semi-joking-metrics (to quote The Economist, "Burgernomics was never intended as a precise gauge of currency misalignment, merely a tool to make exchange-rate theory more digestible." - I'm sure pun intended).

If you look at the "Big Mac index" almost every country is now considered "vastly undervalued". So while it may be fun, it's basically a teaching tool and not reality.

Though I *do* think the index shows McDonalds may not necessarily be adjusting pricing... it depends on how they source their raw materials, cost of labor, and just plain what the market will bear.

(If you want to see a *really* good example of how there is no reason to think US companies have to match their pricing to currency valuation - go look at drug prices by country...)

Comment Re:love the subtle anti-brexit push (Score 1) 139

Being an "island" has nothing to do with prices in UK.

According to the index, a Big Mac in Alaska averages $4.87. In CA it's $5.11, in NY it's $5.23, and in HI it's $5.31.

Hawaii is a pricing exception to almost every rule, though, since it's an island thousands of miles away from *everything* and is too small and too tropical to grow many crops like corn or wheat or raise significant cattle. UK is BIG, has plenty of farming, a significant cattle industry, and a tunnel to Europe that will get you to France in a bit over a half hour. Big Mac prices in UK have to do with many factors (same with why they are expensive in CA and NY) but being an "island nation" is not one of them.

Comment Re:love the subtle anti-brexit push (Score 1) 139

Can't believe this is my takeaway from a Brexit discussion, but - wait, a Big Mac is now almost $5 in the US!?!

I guess the fact that I haven't been to McDonalds for lunch in a decade means that shouldn't surprise me, but it does. Especially since an In-N-Out Double Double is only $4, and it doesn't make me regret the next 4 hours after I eat it...

Comment Re:iOS (Score 1) 117

You are probably the same AC I just answered... but what you are saying just isn't true or relevant, sorry. As I said in my other post, I really hope AV1 succeeds, but it's not even done yet, and so it's going to be a while before it gets into the chips that power most TVs, BD players, game consoles, etc.

People who actually work in the industry (as opposed to open source fanboys and academics) have already adopted HEVC as the 4K standard 2-3 years ago. Yes, they may have to pay some fees, but that's the same as always happens. They will continue to sell devices, stream movies, etc and someone will get a small cut of their profits. Nothing new.

Comment Re:And when the successor to VP9 comes out (Score 1) 117

And given the ridiculous licensing situation for HEVC patents, that feature alone is enough to make VP9 the better option.

No, it's really not. All patents mean is you have to pay to use the technology.

If a streaming company can provide the same quality at 30% lower bitrate, that translates directly to storage and network costs, which can add up to millions (or in an extreme cast like Netflix, hundreds of millions). Google/Youtube is sacrificing quality in using VP9. If I'm a customer paying a premium to stream a 4K movie, I don't give a crap if the codec is open, I want the best quality I can get.

And I really hope that AV1 does well. But I work in this industry, and for the embedded video (ie living room devices vs PC browsers) market, it's often the first to market that wins. AV1 isn't even finished yet, and once it is it's still going to take a while to get it into SoCs that will go into your TVs and STBs. Will be 2018 before it's starting to get adopted, at which point HEVC is already going to be in like a billion consumer devices...

Comment Re:"4K" playback on iOS? (Score 1) 117

No worries, I'm not confused... and don't need to walk through any stores, I have (almost) one of every 2016 (and upcoming 2017) 4K TV models in my office. And in fact I am going to LG's offices tomorrow to do some HDR quality analysis on their upcoming OLEDs ;)

I suppose it was a bit of an exaggeration to say "majority" of 4K TVs over $500, though AFAIK all of LG's 2016 support HDR, down to the $499 42UH6100. But other manufacturers haven't been quite as aggressive...

That said, there is a big difference between HDR10 and Dolby Vision. There really aren't many quality standards for HDR10 as long as it can handle 2160p HEVC Main10 with rec.2020 color and SMPTE 2084/2086 EOTF, etc, whereas Dolby Vision TVs have to be certified by Dolby to make sure the TV handles the same content in (pretty much) the same way. HDR10 is much more of a crap shoot, it's amazing how different the same video can look on different HDR10 TVs.

All that said, I'm looking to buy a new 4K TV this year, and having most of what the big players have to offer, the mid-range LG OLED is a top contender (the high end Samsung and Sony are also solid). It's only downside (besides price) is it can't push quite the same nits as the quantum dot LEDs, but the color, uniformity, and of course contrast & black level are unreal...

Comment Re:Leaf off the air too (Score 1) 125

This is why I like to buy used rental cars - in addition to not having leather seats (I prefer cloth, especially on a hot day), they typically have very simple stereos and lack a lot of the bells and whistles that often break or become obsolete. I'd much rather clip my smartphone into a holder and have the very latest nav technology, up to date maps, and entertainment options.

Comment Re:No bounds of hypocrisy (Score 1) 81

Does Verizon cap FIOS? Here there is no hard cap, though the sales guy said that if you end up being in the top 0.xxx% of users, they would likely cancel your contract (or push you into a business tier). DSL reports seems to indicate that this number is around 4TB/month. For me I guess the discussion is academic since I don't come anywhere near 4TB.

Comment Re:iOS (Score 1) 117

Dead in the water!? Umm, Ultra HD Blu Rays have been out for almost a year, and streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, VUDU, Fandango, etc (even DirectTV and Dish have a few) have been using H.265 for UHD streaming for longer than that. All 4K TVs, STBs, and the recent 4K game console updates support H.265 decoding.

It may be a licensing mess, but it's one that *will* get resolved, just as it did with H.264...

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