Archive for September, 2015

Weekend Funny – MTV awards feud explained in emojis

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

First – I could care less about pop stars feuding.

emoji feud

http://www.wired.com/2015/09/nicki-minaj-miley-cyrus-beef-explained-emojis/

Second – While this is a gag, it is a reflection on how our language is evolving.   As the current young generation of tech users disperse into the workforce (if they ever leave home and learn how to wash their own clothes) it’s not hard to see  communication via emojis, animated gifs and txt abbreviations become established as the unofficial  universal language.  Unlike top down universal languages like Esparanto, this is an evolutionary  grassroots change.

It is conceivable that the “Queens English” becomes the isolated language of the bureaucracy, much like Latin in the  medieval Catholic Church.

Or, it could be that emojis are rejected by the next generation as symbols of oppression by the smart phone obsessed old fogey millennials who are keeping them out of jobs and don’t how to use washing machines.

Tech giants stab at Flash with pointy sticks

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Actually that’s not really the headline.   Some of the big players (Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix, but not Apple or FB) are coming together to create an open source video format for internet video that they don’t have to pay royalties to use.

flash stick

They are actually poking at  H.265 (the successor to H.264)  put together by  ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group and ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG).

I’m not sure what this means for us in education?  Backwards compatibility is paramount for us.  Will Firefox and Chrome bail on the older H.264 video (e.g. MP4) .  How easy will it be to convert our current resources to the new format?

Here’s a basic report from Wired
http://www.wired.com/2015/09/techs-biggest-names-unite-create-new-video-format/

Those with a technical bent might want to read this

The Streaming Industry Gangs up on HEVC with the Alliance for Open Video
http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/Commentary-The-Streaming-Industry-Gangs-up-on-HEVC-with-the-Alliance-for-Open-Video-106115.aspx