worth watching ... those who push fear can to horrible things. It works on the left and the right.
Two of my favorite quotes are relevant
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Theodore Roosevelt (1918)
Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country Hermann Goering (1946)
Stan is a friend and old colleague who happens to be the aac lead at Apple
This thread has lots of info on changes in Leopard ... (skuo is Stan's id, so follow those)
among other things:
A new AAC-LC codec is available in the new Mac OS X 10.5 (code named as Leopard) which will be released in Oct. 26. It has some significant sound quality improvement and bitrate mode enhancement. Since iTunes and QT use the AAC codec built natively in the OS X, these enhancements will be reflected in these Apple applications as well (doesn't matter you have upgraded these individual applications or not). You can also use the following commandline tools available in the OS X 10.5 to access the codec:
$> afconvert - perform various audio file conversions, including AAC encoding and decoding.
$> afplay - play back an audio file (compressed or uncompressed).
$> afinfo - display information about an audio file.
The newly released Apple AAC encoder offers four encoding modes:
Constant Bit Rate (CBR)
-- Recommended for live streaming --
This mode achieves a constant target bit rate and is completely compliant to the CBR mode specified in the MPEG-4 standard. This mode is suitable for constant-bit-rate network transmission when decoding in real-time with a fixed end-to-end audio delay.
Average Bit Rate (ABR) - Default Mode
-- Recommended for controlling file size --
A target bit rate is achieved over a long term average (typically after the first few seconds of encoding). Unlike CBR mode, this mode does not provide constant delay when using constant bit rate transmission, but this mode provides almost best global quality while still being able to strictly control the resulting file size and with less complexity than the CBR mode.
Variable Bit Rate (VBR)
-- Recommended for controlling the audio quality --
The audio signal is encoded with constant (and settable) quality and virtually no bit rate constraints. This is the best mode to achieve consistent audio quality across many files with the smallest file size to achieve that quality. It also has the lowest complexity of all the encoding modes.
Variable Bit Rate But Constrained (VBR_Constrained)
-- Recommended as a compromise between VBR and ABR --
This mode is similar to VBR but limits the average bit rate variation. The lower limit is the user-selected bit rate. Higher bit rate is adapted for difficult tracks and can generate up to 10% larger files than the ABR mode.
Note that QuickTime and the commandline tools on Mac can access all these four encoding modes. However, iTunes can only access ABR and VBR_Constrained.
I do a bit of amateur art and, every now and again, have some of it printed. Years ago I gave up on my own printers and turned to professionals. While my pieces may not be artistic, they are often too challenging for most printing companies. Over the years I've tried a half dozen companies with varying results. (note - these are medium to high end jobs -- not your standard drugstore prints)
In the past year I've had good results with Zazzle and recently had one of those multiple sigma positive experiences with them on a medium to high end printing job. They went completely out of their way to get it right even though the their first shot was better than anyone else I've used.
These guys rock
Highly recommended!! They have people who *really* understand printing who worked with me to nail the image. Outstanding service.
Something to think about the next time you fly ...
(thanks for the link Dewayne)
Yann mentions first person video in RC airplanes (check out some of the movies). Perhaps the airlines, given better wireless links, will provide flight games to kids and have them do the piloting task.