Matthias Kirschner | 3 Aug 09:52 2012
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Newspaper "Die Zeit": Wistleblower software published as Free Software

"Die Zeit", Germany's biggest weekly newspaper, introduced a "digital
postbox" [1], which enables people to leak documents to the newspaper.
They published this as Free Software [2]. 

First the software makes the data anonymous, by removing metadata and
other information from the files. Then the GnuPG encrypted data will be
sent to the journalists, who will check the information, and see if they
make a story out of it. The software also provides a kind of anonymous
postbox, to interact with the the wistleblower. 

Regards,
Matthias

  1. http://blog.zeit.de/zeitansage/2012/07/30/zeit-online-startet-digitalen-briefkasten_1048
  2. https://github.com/zeitonline
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Bernhard Reiter | 17 Aug 15:38 2012

HEVC patent? openess? (Video codec)

It seems a join venture of  Moving Picture Experts Group and  
ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group currently develops a new video
codes that among other things compresses twice as efficient as
h264: HEVC.
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Efficiency_Video_Coding

As h264 had real patent pressures, and thus is hard to implement with all 
software freedom retained: What is the status of HEVC, that is supposed to 
become h265 regarding patents and openness?

If the video codes of WebM: VP8 or libvpx is a real competitor to h264,
what could be the next version that can compete with the claimed higher 
efficiency of HEVC?

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It seems a join venture of  Moving Picture Experts Group and  
ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group currently develops a new video
codes that among other things compresses twice as efficient as
h264: HEVC.
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Efficiency_Video_Coding

As h264 had real patent pressures, and thus is hard to implement with all 
software freedom retained: What is the status of HEVC, that is supposed to 
become h265 regarding patents and openness?

If the video codes of WebM: VP8 or libvpx is a real competitor to h264,
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Jamie Quinlan | 17 Aug 21:48 2012

Re: HEVC patent? openess? (Video codec)


On 17/08/2012 14:38, Bernhard Reiter wrote:
> As h264 had real patent pressures, and thus is hard to implement 
> with all software freedom retained: What is the status of HEVC, 
> that is supposed to become h265 regarding patents and openness?

Judging by what they say on the website itself:
(http://www.mpegla.com/main/pid/hevc/default.aspx)

"In order to participate in the initial facilitation effort for the
creation of a joint HEVC License, MPEG LA invites any party that
believes it has patents that are essential to the HEVC Draft 7
standard (or subsequent revisions that may issue) to submit an initial
patent by September 7, 2012..."

It seems to me that there is a risk that HEVC could be
patent-encumbered. It's still early days yet, as far as I can see.

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Florian Weimer | 19 Aug 16:18 2012
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Re: HEVC patent? openess? (Video codec)

* Bernhard Reiter:

> If the video codes of WebM: VP8 or libvpx is a real competitor to h264,
> what could be the next version that can compete with the claimed higher 
> efficiency of HEVC?

I guess the answer is to use a less efficient codec and throw
bandwidth at the problem.  For free content, streaming in
bandwidth-constrained environments is not as important as for
proprietary content because you can download it over night and watch
the copy.
Bernhard Reiter | 20 Aug 09:47 2012

Re: HEVC patent? openess? (Video codec)

Am Sonntag, 19. August 2012 16:18:06 schrieb Florian Weimer:
> * Bernhard Reiter:
> > If the video codes of WebM: VP8 or libvpx is a real competitor to h264,
> > what could be the next version that can compete with the claimed higher
> > efficiency of HEVC?
>
> I guess the answer is to use a less efficient codec and throw
> bandwidth at the problem.  For free content, streaming in
> bandwidth-constrained environments is not as important as for
> proprietary content because you can download it over night and watch
> the copy.

It also means that we will run into a massive problem in a few years.
We see with VP8 adoption, that even if we have a codec that is technically on 
par, it is hard to gain enough critical mass to ensure people's freedom.
VP8 might just have been coming too late.

It is true, people caring a lot for freedom like you and me, we may just throw 
bandwidth on the problem, but if we do not reach the critical mass, we will 
still be in trouble. 

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Am Sonntag, 19. August 2012 16:18:06 schrieb Florian Weimer:
> * Bernhard Reiter:
> > If the video codes of WebM: VP8 or libvpx is a real competitor to h264,
> > what could be the next version that can compete with the claimed higher
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Matthias Kirschner | 31 Aug 21:22 2012
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Blog entry with pictures from Free Your Android installation party

Hi all,

here a short blog post with pictures from our installation party in
Berlin. Thanks a lot to all of you!!

  "Like in the 90ies but with phones: First Free Your Android
  installation parties" http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=1000

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about Free Software and support the FSFE's activities:
http://fsfe.org/support/?mk (no costs involved).

Best Regards,
Matthias

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