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Technicality -- some patents (e.g. this one) are good for 17 years from the issue date:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Term_of..._United_States This would bring it out to 2008. However, the concept of "laches" enters the fray if there is no attempt to enforce a patent for six years.
Gaffe: The "iTunes" video rental store would do widescreen material at 3 mbps (or better) if it were 852x480 extended definition, or 5 mbps at 960x540, matching the AppleTV encoder rates. Either way, vanilla DSL subscriptions at 1.5 mbps would be stretched thin for rentals, an immediate gratification business except for Netflix customers.
Apple doesn't have to pick 720p/1080i/1080p to claim better than DVD quality. It's curious that they are already bending the definition of HD by hosting (852x480p) video in their QuickTime "HD Gallery". Also, 960x540 can be used, in correspondence with the Image Constraint Token (ICT) rules -- see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_Constraint_Token Conveniently, this is the max for 30fps material using the AppleTV encoder settings, as well as that transcoded...
> If Apple can get video quality up and handle bandwidth issues [....] Problem is, Apple doesn't do "bandwidth", only the DSL/cable ISP does. So, at existing state-of-the-art 640x480 H.264 this is 1.6 Mbps or so, with "widescreen" being a pitiful 640x360 vs. 720x480 anamorphic for DVD quality. If Apple goes to "near HD", this would be 1280x720 at 24 fps or 960x540 at 30 fps, which takes 3-5 Mbps using H.264. Instant gratification of movie rentals, but over...
We know that Apple has jammed ZFS + 'dtrace' + Java from Sun into MacOS X for a while now. Perhaps a "secret feature" from the near/medium-term future is to just replace the whole damn kernel with (soon to be GPL3) Solaris. Natch, this will only run on Intel-based non-legacy Macs.
... according to Apple LED backlighting supplier Cree:http://www.computerworlduk.com/techn...fm?newsid=2896 Since displays consume upwards of 30% of a laptop's power budget, that would be a 3 or 4% better battery life from LEDs alone, to be combined incrementally with power savings elsewhere (Santa Rosa chipset with better variable power handling, further shift of graphix-oriented CPU tasks such as H.264 decoding to the GPU, Flash memory buffering the disk for bootup,...
HDTVs and projectors are fast ditching DVI connectors and analog sound inputs in favor of HDMI. Intel/Apple were working on something called UDI but may have abandoned such. Naturally, HDMI (now up to v1.3) makes sense for revised Cinema Displays as well...
> That reminds me: whatever happened to "-ly" in American English? Tom Lehrer (on behalf of the GE-sponsored Electric Company) hijacked the colloquial adjectival phrase, in his infamous 1972 song "L-Y". V.i.z. http://www.bearcy.com/tomlehrer.html towards the end, where something or someone (possibly a leopard) sneaks past a tiger...
Please be aware that because of a little technicality called the Image Constraint Token (ICT), Apple may not offer 720p material for widescreen, but perhaps only 960x540p. That is, studios can invoke this tag to suppress any > 540p material from exiting component outputs, which Apple TV has. Called the "analog hole", see: http://broadcastengineering.com/mag/...cpr_redefined/ for more details. That is, although the QuickTime Pro 'Movie to Apple TV' setting...
This analogy is very apt. A large percentage of top echelon ballplayers equate to significant numbers of silicon valley names. Now it appears that Sarbanes-Oxley was even more effective than random drug testing to change the practice. But to criminalize ballplayers or CEOs for taking the advice of their trainers or lawyers (Sonsini in Mr. Jobs case) in an ex-post facto manner seems a bit much. Remember that the BALCO stuff was a designer drug that slipped through many...
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