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Sunday, March 21, 2004

In December Scott Raymond wrote a  lucid and important description of the synergies between BitTorrent and RSS:

BitTorrent operates on similar principles to Kazaa, but it[base ']s tuned differently: it excels at downloading files that are new or currently in high demand. It breaks large files into many small chunks, and coordinates their assemblage, so that users can tap into a swarm and distribute the load evenly. At the same time that you[base ']re downloading a chunk, another user is downloading an earlier chunk from you [~] no one server is overwhelmed, and the more popular a file, the higher its availability is.

With the addition of RSS, BitTorrent could really be taken to the next level, and I[base ']d be able to forget about the plumbing of TV altogether. I want RSS feeds of BitTorrent files. A script would periodically check the feed for new items, and use them to start the download. Then, I could find a trusted publisher of an Alias RSS feed, and [base "]subscribe[per thou] to all new episodes of the show, which would then start downloading automatically [~] like the [base "]season pass[per thou] feature of the TiVo.

to which a note is now appended...
Well, its been done. I present to you
along with its nice backend feed

[~]Stian [w]   15 Mar 8:55am

as Scott Raymond foretold...
The result: the TV distribution networks are completely end-run by an ad-hoc, decentralized, loosely-coupled network. And in the process, significant opportunities are afforded to independent content producers of audio and video to reach a mass audience with insignificant distribution costs.

He also pointed out that the networks should just start posting frest programs with commercials embedded...and get on with the show!  For the cable companies the question is whether pirated shows will stimulate or inhibit subscriptions.  I predict stimulate. 

comments? [] 9:45:36 AM    

Marcin Wichary has created a comprehensive compendium of user interface elements over the years: GUIdebook. It's cool to see the different pieces of UI from different systems, but on the other hand, there aren't many unusual ways of making a calculator. The component icons pages is particularly compelling.
comments? [] 9:33:56 AM    

This one's for Elouise

Television Tropes, Idioms, and Devices catalogues all of the commonly-used devices in TV shows. An example:
Door Focus
When a character leaves a room and the focus stays on the door. Within seconds, the character comes charging back in for some unfinished business; usually to collect a much-needed object left behind, or to deliver a funny line. Used at least five times per Friends episode.

comments? [] 8:47:01 AM    

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