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Encoders Aren't Commodities

Howdy Pierce My partner Ben Mesander had a really cool post the other day: An h.264 encoder written in 30 lines of C code. Ben’s encoder outputs completely valid h.264, but it doesn’t actually compress anything. (What do you expect from 30 lines!) In fact, be…

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More on Patents

Howdy Pierce I had intended to give the indemnification issue a rest.  But then the following caught my attention this morning: One big difference between patents and other kinds of intellectual property, like copyrights and trademarks, is that patent-holders wh…

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Providing Indemnification for Patent Infringement

Howdy Pierce Cardinal Peak recently had an unfortunate “first”: We chose to walk away from a promising engineering engagement because we couldn’t reach agreement with our customer about an indemnification clause. Let me give a little background before divin…

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The Cost of an Engineer-Hour

Howdy Pierce As all good project managers know, there are three dimensions to any engineering effort: The features of the product: What does the product do and how does it look? (For sake of simplicity, let’s include “quality” as a product feature.) The sc…

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On the Importance of Encrypting Video

Howdy Pierce This morning brought a front-page Wall St. Journal article that’s a bit of a jaw-dropper: Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with informatio…

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Why do CDs use a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz?

Howdy Pierce During a recent conference call discussing audio sampling rates, the question came up: Why do CDs use a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz? First, a little background: When you sample an audio waveform, you have a choice as to how many samples you take per se…

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The Many Ways to Stream Video using RTP and RTSP

Howdy Pierce Something I end up explaining relatively often has to do with all the various ways you can stream video encapsulated in the Real-time Transport Protocol, or RTP, and still claim to be standards compliant. Some background: RTP is used primarily to str…

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The importance of encrypting video over IP

Howdy Pierce I just read a report of a new IP security vulnerability being demonstrated today at the DefCon hacker’s conference in Las Vegas. The new hack has two components: 1. The attackers are able to view video being streamed across a network, and…

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Welcome to the Peak

Howdy Pierce Welcome to our blog! We see this blog as an experiment with social media....

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