Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:04 UTC
Internet Explorer I am almost flabbergasted by the spin and blunt-face upon which this news is delivered. We were just discussing the pot calling the kettle black with Apple / Adobe and now Microsoft have also come out in favour of a closed video format for an open web--IE9's HTML5 video support will allow H264 only. Update Now that the initial shock is over, I've rewritten the article to actually represent news rather than something on Twitter.
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Huh?
by mrhasbean on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:47 UTC
mrhasbean
Member since:
2006-04-03

H.264 is an industry standard […]

But not a standard.


What?

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264/MPEG-4_AVC - "The ITU-T H.264 standard and the ISO/IEC MPEG-4 AVC standard"

What's so hard to understand about that? It is THE RECOGNISED INTERNATIONAL STANDARD - geez - just because we don't like that it's patented to the crapper doesn't mean it's not the standard.

Crumple zones are also a patented technology that have been incorporated into safety standards that auto manufacturers have to meet before they can bring a car to market. Should we throw them out too because they're patented?

Time to build a bridge Thom...

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RE: Huh?
by segedunum on Fri 30th Apr 2010 00:07 in reply to "Huh?"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

What's so hard to understand about that? It is THE RECOGNISED INTERNATIONAL STANDARD - geez - just because we don't like that it's patented to the crapper doesn't mean it's not the standard.

A standard for what exactly? I don't yet know of anything major using it for internet video and I'm sure there are a lot of other 'standard' video formats.

Crumple zones are also a patented technology that have been incorporated into safety standards that auto manufacturers have to meet before they can bring a car to market. Should we throw them out too because they're patented?

You might want to enlighen yourself about software patents some time rather than wheeling out the usual shitty car analogies.

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RE[2]: Huh?
by apoclypse on Fri 30th Apr 2010 00:45 in reply to "RE: Huh?"
apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

WTF are you talking about? Go to youtube. You see that crappy quality Flash video plying, guess what it was encoded in? Yeah, that'd be h.264. All this crap about h.264 but most internet video regardless of what container it uses, encode their video in h.264 because of the benefits of the format.

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