Linked by Adam S on Mon 1st Feb 2010 18:19 UTC
Podcasts Back in August of 2009, the OSnews team spent 3 full hours discussing Apple. In the course of discussion, we spent some time talking about the then-mythical "Apple Tablet." So, 5 months later, how did we do? Were we accurate in our predictions? How did you envision the Tablet, long before the nonsensically named "iPad" became a reality? This clip, which I've called "Episode 20.x" and inserted into cannon retroactively, is pulled, unaltered, from the original podcast.
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Ogg Vorbis?
by big_gie on Mon 1st Feb 2010 23:49 UTC
big_gie
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2006-01-04

From: http://www.osnews.com/story/22812/MPEG-LA_Further_Solidifies_Theora...

In other words, h264 is simply not an option for Free and open source software. It is not compatible with "Free", and the licensing costs are prohibitive for most Free and open source software projects. This means that if the web were to standardise on this encumbered codec, we'd be falling into the same trap as we did with Flash, GIF, and Internet Explorer 6.
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I'll be blunt and direct, and this most likely won't be appreciated by everyone, but I don't care: using h264 for HTML5 video is short-sighted, ignorant, and simply plain stupid. Every web developer choosing to use h264 has learned nothing from GIF, Flash, and Internet Explorer 6.

Even though <video> is different from a podcast, I cannot understand why can't there be an ogg of the podcast? Please add one! We need some content on the web using the free codecs!

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RE: Ogg Vorbis?
by darknexus on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 05:13 in reply to "Ogg Vorbis?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Have to agree here. MP3 is a universally readable format, not contesting this. However, if you're going to rant and rave about how we all need to switch to free codecs (a statement with which I also agree) then you need to walk the walk and not just pay lip service to that ideal.

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RE[2]: Ogg Vorbis?
by Kroc on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 07:47 in reply to "RE: Ogg Vorbis?"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

It’s down to workload, that’s all. Creating an OGGcast increases our workload at the moment, and that’s not an option. If we can do transcoding on the server side, then I’d be happy to include OGG files. We will get there when we get there, please be patient.

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