5 posts • joined Wednesday 18th July 2007 09:20 GMT
The fucking Hives, every time ...
What have the FUCKING HIVES got to do with The Ramones? Every damn place I've bought Ramones music from online, their smart-arsed recommendation system offers me Swedish bloody fake punk kiddie rock hogshit fucking bollocks. I wouldn't mind if I occasionally they offered me the first Vibrators album, but JESUS H. CHRIST ALMIGHTY, not the FUCKING HIVES. OK? I hate these idiot systems. But I do like the Ramones.
Unlike a uniprocessor feature phone where the baseband CPU does everything, a smartphone has a separate applications processor, which is tasked with running a high-level OS and applications. So, architecturally, the iPhone a smartphone.
Re: Rip a DVD to H264 then watch it on TV?
H.264 at SD is pretty damn great - way better than broadcast Freeview for example, even on your 'premium' ITV1 and BBC1, which is good enough for me and the majority of the UK population. Get an Elgato, get ripping and judge for yourself, or just take a peek at Apple's Quicktime movie previews at 640x480 - outstanding clarity for a couple of Mbits of video data rate. "Why does HDTV make people look fat?" made me laugh - maybe I really shouldn't be citing the majority of the UK population as appropriate judges of quality.
But I for one have still not recovered from the shock of seeing my first good DVD and realizing that (modulo chroma carrier issues) broadcast PAL had been capable of this all along - the HD revolution can wait, I'm going to sit back and enjoy SD for a few years yet.
Apple TV closed?
I don't agree with 'But in typical Apple fashion, it's a closed platform...' - from a content perspective Apple TV is totally open - rip DVDs to H.264 (using Elgato Turbo 264 for maximum rippiness) then view at your leisure on Apple TV. Yes, you are forced into using iTunes (right now - but Apple TV hackers seem to be positively endorsed by Apple legal), but if you can transcode it into H.264, Apple TV will store it and play it.
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