From the page: "The last thing I want on my TV is feeling as if I am back on the PC desktop I just left after twelve hours of work. This I don't get. Why would a Web video provider feed content onto a TV screen and then maintain a less immersive Web video player experience? A number of providers do this and it seems somehow tone deaf. Lurking beneath this design decision is the weird conviction on the part of some publishers that people are craving a Web experience on their TVs. Three weeks into TV according to Google, I for one can tell you this is dead wrong. If you want to live on my TV, then act as if you belong there."
"We're seeing the market just exploding for us," says Sorosh. "The new TV is really happening. The reason we exist is the big shift in consumption going from the old TV to the new TV. The old TV is linear broadcast -- everyone gets the same adverts. In the new TV world it's on demand, it's delivered by IP, it's interactive, and it can be on any screen. The advertising also needs to be dynamic. The way the new TV will be monetised will be quite different from the old TV."
From the page: "Quorum Call
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"We have seen a shift in HD video capture toward a simpler and easier HDSLR workflow, and now with the EOS 7D shooting in standard NTSC and PAL frame rates, customers are realizing an even easier HD video workflow, using some of the largest HD video image sensors on the market at a fraction of the cost of competitive equipment," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.
From the page: Presses stopped forever at 140+ papers in 2009
The presses stopped forever at no less than 142 daily and weekly newspapers in 2009, a nearly threefold increase over the number of titles succumbing in the prior year.
The reasons, of course, were the double whammy of the worst economy since the 1930s and a dramatic secular shift in the habits of readers and advertisers.
Media scholar ( and Internet Enthusiast ) David Shenk examines the troubling effects of information proliferation on our bodies, our brains, our relationships, and our culture, then offers strikingly down-to-earth insights for coping with the deluge. With a skillful mixture of personal essay, firsthand reportage, and sharp analysis, Shenk illustrates the central paradox of our time: as our world gets more complex, our responses to it become increasingly simplistic. He draws convincing links between data smog and stress distraction, indecision, cultural fragmentation, social vulgarity, and more.But there's hope for a saner, more meaningful future, as Shenk offers a wealth of novel prescriptions窶"both personal and societal窶"for dispelling data smog.
From the page: "Even though the dpi setting for your graphics is irrelevant for working with video, keep in mind that many people may still adhere to a policy that graphics for video must be 72 dpi. To avoid confusion with other graphic designers, you can leave your video graphics at 72 dpi. Just know that there is nothing special about this setting."
Hilarious line! From the page: "The task report said that the jury is still out on whether doctors should do the examinations themselves, but my general impression is that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force feels that younger women should not let anybody near their breasts unless the plan is to have sex."
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If you're looking for the abridged version on why the economy collapsed, read this entry on Steve Levitt's Freakonomics blog. For further reading, Levitt has written a couple books outlining his approach.
What's admirable about Levitt is that he is willing to follow numbers that lead him to conclusions outside of the politically correct and conventional wisdoms. In the world of social science, Levitt is arguably one of the few real people who can make an argument that he is actually doing science.
The problem, however, is inconvenient for mainstream social scientists and, more importantly, really inconvenient for Levitt. If he applied his own technique to the probability of his own accuracy, one would be forced to conclude that science and its statistical girding is an altogether inadequate tool for both understanding and predicting human behavior.
From the page: Moron: "once applied to people with an IQ of 51-70, being superior in one degree to "imbecile" (IQ of 26-50) and superior in two degrees to "idiot" (IQ of 0-25)."