I finally tried the Xbox Kinect a few weeks ago. It is easily one of the coolest technologies that I’ve ever experienced. The future will have various levels of UI. It’s not practical to write a research paper without a physical keyboard. It’s not fun to be tied to a mouse to watch video. Hopefully, Microsoft’s NUI research will extend to all of its products.
But you, Mr. Obama. You said you “strongly believe that all citizens should be able to receive information from the broadest range of sources,” yet your agencies are approving this deal while you watch quietly, and use the merger to demonstrate your corporate street cred.
“The Comcast-NBCU joint venture opens the door to the cable-ization of the open Internet. The potential for walled gardens, toll booths, content prioritization, access fees to reach end users, and a stake in the heart of independent content production is now very real.”—Comcast-NBC Deal Wins Federal Approval — NYT
Thanks for reinforcing Flash’s dominance. Web developers everywhere will really appreciate your making their jobs more difficult.
You’re placing ideology over practicality. H.264 was designed and ratified through two long established community processes by codec geniuses. It’s not royalty free, but it’s also not irrationally expensive. Get over it.
The most used browser on Windows (IE) and the most used browser on Mac OS X (Safari), will support H.264. I’m done with Chrome.
In the traditional sense, H.264 is an open standard. That is to say, it was a standard designed by a range of domain experts from across the industry, working to the remit of a standards organization. In fact, two standards organizations were involved: ISO and ITU. The specification was devised collaboratively, with its final ratification dependent on the agreement of the individuals, corporations, and national standards bodies that variously make up ISO and ITU. This makes H.264 an open standard in the same way as, for example, JPEG still images, or the C++ programming language, or the ISO 9660 filesystem used on CD-ROMs. H.264 is unambiguously open.
In contrast, neither WebM’s VP8 nor Theora were assembled by a standards body such as ISO. VP8 was developed independently and entirely in secret by the company On2, prior to the company’s purchase last year by Google. Theora was created by a group of open-source developers based on early work also done by On2. Though Theora’s development can be described as an open, community process (albeit different in nature and style to the more formal processes and procedures used by the standards bodies), no such claim can be made of VP8. At the time of its development, VP8 was a commercial product, licensed by On2. Keeping the specifics of its codec secret was a deliberate goal of the company. Though it has since been published and to some extent documented, the major design work and decision-making was done behind closed doors, making it at its heart quite proprietary.
Google is now building a community around WebM (similar to that around Theora), but it hasn’t taken any steps to submit WebM to ISO, ITU, or SMPTE for formal open standardization. The company is preferring to keep it under its own sole control.
For Google to claim that it is moving to “open codecs” is quite absurd: H.264 is very much an open codec. WebM is not.
My conclusion on Google’s stupidity:
Windows users: You’re better off using IE 9 beta (really!).
Mac users: You’re better off using Safari.
Linux users: You’re better off using an OS that doesn’t treat a GUI as a feature.
It would be really nice if the ramblings of crazy people didn’t in any way resemble how we actually talk to each other on tv. Let’s at least make troubled individuals easier to spot.
For all the hyperbole and vitriol that has become part of our political process, when the reality of that rhetoric, when actions match the disturbing nature of words, we haven’t lost our ability to be horrified. Let us hope we never become known to what the real blood of patriots looks like when it is spilled. Maybe it reminds us to match our rhetoric with reality more often.
Mother Mary, what would you say to your firstborn son?
On his wedding day?
When he graduated college?
When he nearly died in a helicopter crash?
When he starred in a Switch commercial?
When he graduated high school?
When he accomplished all the things he did in high school?
When he got his driver’s license?
When he realized he was gay?
14 years of silence when all I needed was a smile.
“I think the era of trying to cram formats and standards down the throats of consumers is over. When we live in a world where users are one click way from BitTorrent and from obtaining a high-quality film copy that can be played on any device, I don’t see UltraViolet, with its restrictions and limitations, winning consumers back. Consumers just have too much power.”—Will Hollywood’s ‘UltraViolet’ plan replace the DVD? No. /cc Intel Sandy Bridge DRM
The media cartel wants content “protected” at the CPU level to prevent piracy and Intel has given it to them. In other words, Intel thinks you are a lying thief that must be controlled by the will of dying oligopoly.
Hey Intel: If I’ve bought it, it’s mine to do whatever the fuck I want with it. Time to switch to AMD.