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Rick Tait
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"Sure, you're pressed up against 17 other humans every second of the day, soggy from snow or sticky from heat," says the New York Times to its well-off New York audience, "and yes, there's this whole city far away, full of real people enjoying beautiful weather, cheaper rents, less pressure, a little space, but it's not that great. You wouldn't really want to live there. Here, we'll show you."
The New York Times did our favorite thing last week: it published stories about Los Angeles. New York Times stories about Los Angeles are amazing because they're like seeing...
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It is true that Highland Blvd has a couple of tree lined blocks, a half a mile or so downhill from Sunset--you know them, you see them in every Woody Allen movie where a character defects to Hollywood.
(sigh) I miss the LA Times, not that zombie that gets published now that the Chicago group took over--the most newsworthy items  now only happen in the weekly Style section in the articles about rich women buying $8000 handbags and then hiding them in the closet out of embarrassment--and those only happen during a recession.
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Dunno about Johnny but I'll gladly take custody of HBC! As long as she let's me call her Marla sometimes hehe
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last minute gift ideas for the person that has everything. spotted on Hollywood blvd.
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“It was shocking,” a man standing outside the hotel dressed in a red panda animal suit told the Tribune [...]

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Chlorine was found in the stairwell of hotel hosting the Midwest FurFest.
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politics & personal philosophies about DRM aside, is there ANY workable solution right now for in-browser DRM on iOS? let's try and have an adult engineering discussion about implementing DRM **in-browser** on mobile in 2014: 

- i can't implement EME/CDM because iOS Safari doesn't do EME. has AAPL announced that EME is coming to iOS Safari? if they have, i can't find it
- i can't implement Widevine in-browser (on iOS) because iOS is AAPL and Widevine is a GOOG product, so AAPL obviously won't implement support. (i can create my own iOS app and get Widevine support via the SDK however)
- i can't implement PlayReady (haha) in-browser (on iOS) because iOS is AAPL and Widevine is an MSFT product, so AAPL obviously won't implement support. (i can create my own iOS app and get PlayReady support via the SDK however)
- i can't implement FairPlay because AAPL FairPlay doesn't "do" in-browser and requires all content to be in the iTunes store anyway
- i can't leverage Adobe Primetime because no iOS in-browser support (i.e. i can use the Primetime SDK to create my own app only)

so, what the what?? if i'm reading this right -- and i'm pretty sure i am -- if you want to have some kind of DRM and you distribute via in-browser streaming on mobile, FUCK YOU VERY MUCH. 

other things to note: 
- HLS encryption is crap and not worth anyone's time
- RTMPE is crap and not worth anyone's time

anyone have any thoughts? arguments? ideas? 
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DRM sucks donkey genitals anyway, I'm glad that garbage is not readily cross-browser. There, now you have my thoughts :P
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RT @TaylorMorley: Bumper sticker of the day: "'Cool Prius!' - nobody" #LAtraffic
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Except mine, because.
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cannot tell if troll or just #LosAngeles
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I've also seen that one here in Chicago
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BABUSHKATS: Russian grandma cats complaining about their grandchildren and swapping recipes

via http://mikalopsia.tumblr.com/post/109488350244/mynameisdevon-submariet-lntruding-soviet
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at first glance i thought I saw +Max Rubenacker​'s portrait
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it is both hilarious and disturbing that the +Google Chrome browser does NOT support HLS, but Google Chromecast, Google TV and now Android TV do indeed fully support HLS. 

+Google obviously made a choice to remove HLS support in Chrome/Chromium proper (HLS is Apple, so fuck you, Chrome browser users)

similarly, they also made a choice to actively support it in their paid video streaming products (HLS is Apple, but you paid us monies to purchase GoogleTV or Chromecast, so OK, HLS is fine for you guys).

WHAT THE WHAT?
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Looks like Google has their own (n(n-1)/2 problem.
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questions I was asked on my way to work by an incredibly high stranger while I waited at a bus stop this morning:

(quoted as verbatim as possible)

- is Jupiter a gas giant, a super massive gas giant or a brown dwarf?
- okay, so would the Moon survive being hurled through Jupiter, and if not, what affect would the Moon's destruction have on Io?
- do you think there will ever be government subsidised bus tickets the Moon?
- have you seen the best Disney film of all time, 1979's The Black Hole?

at this point the bus arrived, so I had to say goodbye to my new astronomer friend and his super massive gas giant-sized pupils.

#LosAngeles
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Oh life. I don't know how many high/drunk/just-plain-crazy questions about Jupiter, black holes, and UFOs I've answered throughout my career thus far...
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this is a fantastic feature. 
 
Background listening is a great feature in the new YouTube app. It allows you to keep listening to a video/podcast without having to watch the video. You can even turn off the display to preserve battery. To use it, just hit the back button twice while watching a video.
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I've wanted this for ages, because I listen to hour+ long tech talks, and having to restart and rebuffer the video every time I want to reply to a message is really, really, annoying.
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R&D unix engineer, convertiblist, englishman. inveterate monarchist. lower-case-ist.
Introduction
hello, world!\n
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i can out-convertible the lot o' ya.
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  • University of Sunderland
    Business/Computing
  • Ackworth Quaker Boarding School
    Englishness
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unix enthusiast, convertibilist.
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