back to article Philips looks to build 'huge' video database for video ID service

When Philips Research fell out of the audio fingerprinting business in 2005, it obviously left something of a scar, with the business sold for an unspecified amount, but since it was just as the buyer, audio database specialist Gracenote, had just raised $10.9m, that was taken to be the amount. But talking to Alex Terpstra, the …

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...copies made with a camcorder at home...

"...copies made with a camcorder at home are suddenly a real danger,..."

To whom? Surely any mass-producing pirate is going to be able to rip the video stream, DRM-free straight to high capacity DVD, and camcorders will become irrelevant.

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"Pro-active"

There is no use for the so-called word 'proactive' where 'active' would not suffice, except as a reliable indicator that bullshit repellent may be required.

I really, really hate that word.

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The MPAA isn't smart enough to figure that out.

"any mass-producing pirate is going to be able to rip the video stream, DRM-free straight to high capacity DVD"

With less trouble than making a tossed salad.

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/pedantry on

The 'so called' word proactive has been in mainstream use since 1933 and according to Merriam Webster, NOT Wikepedia, is defined as:

"acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes"

Whereas 'active' is defined as:

"characterized by action rather than by contemplation or speculation"

So, one could be active yet not proactive.

/pedantry off

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Proactive

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The word 'proactive' does seem to annoy a few people I know. As the anonymous 'Title' writer said, it's been in mainstream use since 1933, which is a lot longer than many of the words that can be found in Reg articles and Comments.

Think of it as a useful contrast to 'reactive', (meaning 'acting in response to problems, needs or changes but lacking prior anticipatory action).

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