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Comment Re:How to fix YouTube (Score 1) 146

AFAIK the only plugins marked as broken are actually broken. I believe the python API is now generated from C++ code directly rather than being hand coded, so some breakage is possible due to that, however, the vast majority will be broken due to website changes, rather than XBMC-side changes, which have been reasonably static for the last few months (i.e. plenty of time for add-on devs to work with).

There is no marking as broken as a matter of course on version update as far as I can discern. If anything, the add-on would simply not be moved into the new versions repository - i.e. current users won't be affected, but it won't (initially) be available to new users until the author has tested and approved it for the new repository.

Comment Re:TV (Score 1) 146

Considered purchasing a cheap Android box? There's a bunch of them now that work nicely with XBMC for under $100. I'm sure you can get some info on as to which ones work well and which ones are best avoided. Alternatives are getting a UPnP server that will transcode - XBMC won't do that, but there's many other apps out there that will. Ofcourse, there may be other deficiencies with your TVs UPnP client to concern yourself with - thus the suggestion of a cheap client.

Comment Re:Now to fix Android remotes... (Score 1) 146

There are touch based skins that might operate a little better with the mouse - Confluence works, but sure, it's not designed for it. The official Android remote should have an update for Frodo in the play store shortly (it's been submitted afaik). There are other remotes out there and apk's are available elsewhere in the meantime.

Submission + - XBMC Ported to Android ( 3

TheUni writes: "We have been keeping a little secret.. the kind that is so much fun to share when the time comes.

Today we announce XBMC for Android. Not a remote, not a thin client; the real deal. No root or jailbreak required. XBMC can be launched as an application on your set-top-box, tablet, phone, or wherever else Android may be found.

The feature-set on Android is the same that you have come to expect from XBMC, no different from its cousin on the desktop. Running your favorite media-center software on small, cheap, embedded hardware is about to become a hassle-free reality. And as Android-based set-top-boxes are becoming more and more ubiquitous, it couldn’t be a better time. In fact, primary development was done on a Pivos XIOS DS set-top-box. And that is no coincidence, you will notice that Pivos is now listed as an official sponsor (more on that later). XBMC is stable and works great there, as well as on various tablets and phones. Though with Android, as many of you probably know, that is only the beginning of the story.

Enjoy the stereotypical dev-shot low-quality demo video. More video, including phone/tablet usage in the next post."

Comment Re:Too many channels (Score 1) 298

It's 24dB/octave in a THX system, at 80Hz. This is typically done with a 24dB/octave Linkwitz-Riley lowpass filter at 80Hz in the receiver, matched with a 12dB/octave highpass butterworth at 80Hz set to match the natural (i.e. 12dB/octave butterworth) rolloff of a sealed enclosure speakers for the mains.

Your sub(s) won't be producing much of anything over 160Hz or so - and if there is anything the directional cue comes so much more strongly from the mains at that point it makes no difference where the sub is placed, other than overcoming room nodes.

So many people know absolutely nothing about the audio engineering behind good quality surround sound.

Comment Improvements? (Score 1) 104

A possible improvement to the algorithm would be to check all new edges during a merge of two components rather than just testing for whether the constraint of planarity is violated. This would avoid errors in merges - many of the sample images show components that join well on one or two edges, but badly on others.

Comment Re:would someone beam this guy out of my country (Score 2) 236

Don't blame Kim DotCom for the idiots that are the NZ police, or NZ politicians. They all need taken down a notch or two for not only illegal behaviour, but for idiotic behaviour. That we get to enjoy the show while it all goes down just adds to the amusement. Kim Dotcom will no doubt milk it for all it's worth, and so should he!

Comment Re:Ugh (Score 1) 188

I'm assuming you subscribe to the idiocy that in order to be in parliament, a member has to be directly elected by voters, rather than being high enough up a party heirarchy to be elected through the popular vote. If so, you're wrong, as _by_definition_ they were directly elected through the popular vote.

Comment Re:My Review. (Score 1) 77

If you're genuinely interested in improving XBMC (by pointing out why it didn't work for you) please go to the XBMC forums and let them know of ideas to make it better. "It didn't work" is useless both ways as you quite rightly point out. It's not going to get any better unless you give folk reasons to improve it! XBMC is 100% open. Boxee is not - both the hardware and (parts of) the software are closed. Which is an incredible shame, given it's origins. Just imagine what the XBMC guys could do with even 1/10th of that investment.

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