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Submission + - Cisco releases free and libre H.264 code for browsers (

pietromenna writes: Video codecs continue to be a problem for the Web standards community. The H.264 standard continues to be the dominant option for streaming video, both via Flash and using HTML5's tag, but it has outstanding patent issues that make free and open source implementations problematic. H.264 codec implementers must license the patents that cover the specification, and that requires payment of royalties. Though most browser developers—including Mozilla—have acknowledged that H.264 is non-negotiable for , due to its abundant use and widespread hardware support, the codec question continues to be a live one. The WebRTC specification for plugin-free real-time audio and video chat from within the browser also needs video codecs. Once again, H.264 has widespread industry usage, but its patent problems remain.

Submission + - U.S. Accuses Germany of Causing Instability ( 2

PolygamousRanchKid writes: As punishment for Germany's NSA spying complaints . . . ?

The United States Treasury singled out Germany for criticism in a report released on Wednesday that said Berlin’s reliance on exports was holding back its struggling partners in the European Union. The document, the Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies, outlines the practices of America’s top trading partners over the first half of 2013, concluding that none “met the standard of manipulating the rate of exchange between their currency and the United States dollar” in order to gain an unfair trade advantage.

Yet Germany was a focus of particular — and unusual — scolding from the Obama administration, which said that Berlin’s “anemic pace of domestic demand growth and dependence on exports have hampered rebalancing” and hurt its ailing European Union partners. For decades, Germany’s manufacturers have produced more than its residents demand, sending more of its relatively low-cost goods into the international market than what it imports.

Yeah, all those damn low-cost Porsches, BMWs and Mercedes!

Germany’s policies have also driven export surpluses in the European Union as a whole, to the detriment of the United States and other major exporters, Mr. Kirkegaard said. He said he doubted that German officials “will pay the least attention to this finger-pointing.”

Comment Anyone can write code... (Score 1) 226

But not anyone can write *Readable* code... which *others* can read. Coding is fun? No. Solving a problem, like solving a puzzle can be fun. Finding the best solution is fun, but just the typing for the computer to do something is actually boring, I don't know if this is because I wrote already a bunch of code myself that the nice part is actually the design of the solution. If the fun is to find more people to come to our field, just pay better and you get more people who find interesting to code.

Comment This is the problem of being pioneers on something (Score 1) 349

I believe this is the risk of being pioneers on something, they inventing this tv streaming service and the dvd rental... Then suddendly the market you invent changes, and as you are the pioner you do not have examples to follow on your way to avoid sotck price to drop in your segment as well as a complete study on how your consumers will behave before the options you give.

Comment Related to the num of commits by the MS employee (Score 1) 368

I believe that Microsoft is now interesent somehow in Linux success. Mainly because many virtualization options may run on Linux servers but having as Guests MS Servers. Also take a look at this article some days ago:

Comment lifecycle? (Score 1) 204

In my honest opinion everything in Computers world has a lifecycle, and in this case, Java Oracle is providing this lean featured Java releases because they are running out of ideas to implement for the JCP. Java soon will have to enter in the Maintenance only and not give new features, so it means it may soon disapear from Enterprises and Education levels (maybe like in 3 years).

Comment Re:Cloud Computing? Why? (Score 2, Interesting) 154

Actually, have you tried playing out with Google App engine? It brings to the table a host server for your Django application at very low cost. It also allows you to integrate your application with google user managment. Why to use? Well, for me, it is for low cost hosting for Django Applications, but for business it can be really interesting as there is somebody taking care of the infrastructure while they only need to care about the application itself.

Comment Gobby (Score 0) 302

Have you thought on Gobby? It is easily downloaded from Ubuntu. It has sintax highlight for some languages and it is very easy to set up. The SVN Server is also a good idea, but the students should learn to configure the server. As you would like them to have on a centrilized way SVN would be the best. I would not go to git because they are "distributed" by nature, so they would do again everybody one part and not "togther". I hope this helps.

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