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Rick Tait
technologist, convertiblist, englishman. inveterate monarchist. lower-case-ist.
technologist, convertiblist, englishman. inveterate monarchist. lower-case-ist.
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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."

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cannot tell if troll or just #LosAngeles
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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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IMPORTANT QUESTIONS OF OUR TIME s01e01
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at first glance i thought I saw +Max Rubenacker​'s portrait
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last minute gift ideas for the person that has everything. spotted on Hollywood blvd.
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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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“It was shocking,” a man standing outside the hotel dressed in a red panda animal suit told the Tribune [...]

YESSSS

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

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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