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  • 16:9 vs 4:5 Video's

    Duncanma said:

    Silverlight 2.0 isn't really out yet, but we are planning to update the player in the near future. This wouldn't suddenly have any affect on 16:9 vs. 4:3 content though. There is nothing stopping someone from doing proper 16:9 content in Silverlight 1.0.

    Our encoding system was setup to produce content at 320x240 because that was the native resolution of the Zune and the iPod, and because it was the size of the Channel 9 video player. This is 4:3 resolution, but many of our content team feel the need to shoot in 16:9 ... which then gets letterboxed on the way through the system to produce the resolution(s) we use. Could this be fixed? Sure it could ... but it was never really our plan to have content in widescreen format.

    As far as the other player enhancements you mention, they aren't really Silverlight 2.0 features either... Chapters are built into the player we are using now for example, but we don't have a system in place for the content team to define a list of chapter time codes, names and thumbnails. The Adaptive streaming will be a nice benefit of moving to 2.0 though, since we already produce a multi-bitrate video stream (100kbps and 300kbps I believe), so we should just get that feature 'for free'.

    As far as the other things you mention, I'll try to keep that list in mind, although I have to admit we had never thought of having the post text visible in the Silverlight player so that is an interesting one... 

    And a useful one, I think.

    I'd like to see subtitles in the videos taken. Many time I wanted to use spare time in lunch to see the videos but we don't have speakers in the office.

  • Free DVD Decoder?

    corona_coder said:
    Try watching a DVD from the 1990's on Windows Vista.  bet the pictures all fuzzy.

    The age of 1990s... that's before DVD technology even exist. This makes your comment plain amasing.

    See? Even Win95 have a version that installs from floppy because even CDROMs are not quite common at that time.

    Thanks for the good laugh.

  • I've found my next desktop

    The WTF is that, the company's website won't let me choose country and currency in IE7.

    Apparently the don't want anyone with IE7 to "customize and buy"... (Okay, I can just use "tab" to evade the crappy javascript, but you just won't expect a customer to find that workaround, will you?) Tongue Out

  • Mapping network drive - all the time... help needed!

    Raghavendra_Mudugal said:
    TommyCarlier said:

    I just modified the batch for checking purpose... for the first time it created the mapped drive and copied the files, i executed the same batch file again, now it gave me the following error...
    System error 85 has occurred.

    The local device name is already in use.

    and files did not copy. So how can it execute that line of code? i guess it should execute only if it is disconnected... is this possible to check if y: already exisits, if exisits then is that in diconnected mode, if yes then map the drive from batch, else just copy files...?

    Some batch programming will do:

    @echo off
    net use | find "Y:" > nul
    if errorlevel 1 net use Y: \\<ip_address>\folder_name

  • Cern: Big Bang – start of the world’s biggest science experiment!

    Dodo said:
    CannotResolveSymbol said:

    same here :)

    ǝɹns os ʇou ɯ,I ǝqʎɐɯ ɹo

    Life suddenly seems so normal when you realise that you can just hit "Ctrl-Alt-DownArrow". Smiley

  • Cern: Big Bang – start of the world’s biggest science experiment!

    evildictaitor said:
    Harlequin said:
    A couple of nanoseconds before it kills the rest of us, you mean...

    Anyway, I'm not sure what all of this "Nothing to worry about until Oct 21st" is about - the LHC has been online for cooling and tests since Jan and today at 8:30 UTC they started testing the high energy proton beams, first one way then the other.

    If all goes according to plan (and as I write it's going ahead of schedule) they'll be colliding the two proton beams either today or within the week, and it's that collission which is projected to give us black holes.

    And as to killing us, well it's just lucky for us that black holes evaporate. (Yeah, explaining that one is hard, but if a black hole can't suck in enough matter it stops being heavy enough to be a black hole because matter escapes from black holes as radiation).

    So not only are we not going to die, we're also not going to not not die on October the 21st, and we're not going to not not not not die today.
    Yes. If blackhole cannot acquire the mass of something roughly like the mass of Jupiter, it won't last very long.

    The question is, how to determine how long will it last given we know how much mass it has absorbed? I haven't heard anyone find out that equation yet.

  • Microsoft sends me Viagra Ads

    Dr Herbie said:
    androidi said:
    In my (admitedley limited) experience, dodgy employees with access to address databases steal copies and sell them on without the knowledge of their employers. There is a limit to how much you can lock this data down within a company (someone has to have access to it, even if it's through an apparently legitimate report that they print or export to file).

    But I would certainly track down the correct people to make a complaint to and make a formal complaint: I wonder who that would be?
    You will have to prove that you didn't use that address for anything else, though, which might be difficult.

    I don't know, but it's also possible that a careless employee there somehow had the address book raided by Trojan(s).

  • Microsoft "upgrades" Windows XP's WGA

    Dodo said:
    I like it Big Smile
    Can we have 'all colors removed' and 'black&white' mode, too? (except for the WGA notification down right of course)
    Licensing is serious business, you know? So they want it to be "black and white". Wink

    Maybe they should implement the grayscale video driver for this purpose so everything will be in the same theme.

  • Did you know you can save 24 MB when downloading .NET 3.5 SP1?

    I remembered there's one version of MS Exchange Service Pack that's even bigger than the origional Exchange install (is it 2000 or what?), however, it won't install unless that version of Exchange is already installed.

    While it constains everythings need to be updated, there may be something missing (some of the .config files - especially the browsers ones, are possible candidates because most of them has little need of updating. Also possibly some configure tools could be missing because there's very little possibility that you need to update every config tools.) These things are very small in size and may not be noticable, but can be essential when you use it (especially the config tools).

  • Anyone with TFS Extension Experience? How hard is it?

    briankel said:

    We have built a TFS Migration & Synchronization toolkit designed to help with this exact scenario. Basically it abstracts some of the API's for getting data into and out of Team Foundation Server, and works with a provider model such that you write a provider for your 3rd party or custom work tracking and/or source control system and plug it into the Migration & Synchronization engine. From there you can sync on a schedule (e.g. every day), sync based on events (e.g. every time a check-in happens in one system), or of course manually.

    In terms of how hard it is? I'd say it's a 3 (though I refuse to define the scale I'm using Smiley )

    ...but seriously... it primarily depends on the API support of your existing 3rd party / in-house solution and how hard it's going to be to write the provider to get data into and out of that system.

    Hope that helps, and welcome to Team Foundation Server! If you get stuck there is a discussion forum at the Codeplex site I linked to above. Folks from the product group hang out in that forum.

    Brian Keller
    Sr. Technical Evangelist
    Visual Studio Team System

    I think one of the things I don't like with TFS is that, it's tightly built around domain accounts. So when we work as contractor on site, and all we 8-10 programmers are given a single domain account only, using TFS is almost impossible. (We end up naming one of us responsible for check-in stuffs from SourceSafe, others using SourceSafe only. Therefore making our use of TFS almost pointless)

    Can't TFS be made to support mixed mode like SQL server? So if the project owner don't need it, they can use domain logon only. But if they need seperate account, there's always a choice.

    IMO, forcing users to use domain account is a poor usability decision especially when you work on government site, where application for creation of domain account is extremely troublesome.