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Comment DCT (Score 1) 170

Both H.264 and VP8 use the pretty much the same exact approximation of DCT. They should be identically good at reproducing each others errors. The better performance in the mobile calender test is probably more representative of either a coincidence or the fact that the encoder has especially been optimized for certain standard test sequences. Also, I'm glad that the people doing this comparison tested for SSIM rather than PNSR. It's a metric which, while not perfect, has a much better correlation with "looks good" than psnr.

Submission + - x264 Project Announces Blu-ray Encoding Support ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The x264 project has announced the first free software encoder to be able to generate Blu-ray compliant video. In addition, the announcement comes with a torrent of an x264-encoded Blu-ray disc containing entirely free content, such as the Open Movie Project videos. While there are still no free software Blu-ray authoring tools, hopefully this will change now that video and audio are taken care of so that everyone will be able to make their own Blu-rays without expensive proprietary software. Additionally, it seems the Criterion Collection is a friend of free software, having sponsored the effect to confirm x264's compliance with the Blu-ray spec.

Comment cyanogenmod (Score 2, Insightful) 152

I have a rooted G1 and use Cyanogenmod: it provides several enhancements, such as root, which allows for Wifi/bluetooth based tethering. It is also somewhat more responsive and quicker than the official firmware. It does have less battery life, and can be less stable then the official version however. While it is true that Android is open source, Android without many of the base apps such as Gmail/Google maps is not particularly useful. Still though, this won't prevent me, and other users from using this mod. And since I paid for the phone, and by extension, the applications that came with the phone, I should be able to transfer them to a new operating system on the same phone.

Comment Re:And In Other News (Score 5, Informative) 315

And in other news, a new law was finally passed making it legal to beat fraudsters to death with copies of their SEC filings.

RTFA: This company has already built a facility, and has already landed a contract for the fuel. They are using a well known technology, just with a slightly different take (IR instead of chemical catalysts). This doesn't exactly look like vaporware to me.

Comment More than GPS (Score 4, Informative) 210

There's more than just GPS.

Here's a listing of all current/proposed global systems. Regional only systems such as IRNSS or Beidou1 are not listed.

GPS - United States - Fully Operation
Galileo - EU/China/Israel/South Korea/Norway/Etc - 2013
Beidou2/Compass - China - 2012?
GLONASS/ - Russia/India - Complete in 2010

Comment Re:I, for one (Score 1) 701

You really don't know what a mean is do you?

An average of salaries should show a slightly higher mean wage for women since as a higher percentage of the population they have a slightly higher probability of being in very high paying positions.

Think about this for a second. Second issue is this - women are generally considered the primary caretakers of children, and at the same time, are more likely to take time off, or prefer to work less hours. This is probably a good reason why they make less.

Submission + - Google develops Wikipedia rival (

eswarjj writes: "Search and advertising giant Google is developing a user-generated online encyclopedia that could rival Wikipedia. Google has named the encyclopedia the "knol project," a knol being a "unit of knowledge," according to a blog post by Google engineering vice president Udi Manber."

Google's "Knol" Reinvents Wikipedia 272

teslatug writes "Google appears to be reinventing Wikipedia with their new product that they call knol (not yet publicly available). In an attempt to gather human knowledge, Google will accept articles from users who will be credited with the article by name. If they want, they can allow ads to appear alongside the content and they will be getting a share of the profits if that's the case. Other users will be allowed to rate, edit or comment on the articles. The content does not have to be exclusive to Google but no mention is made on any license for it. Is this a better model for free information gathering?"

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