聊记一笔

头天下午看到朋友圈里分享的文章,原以为是朋友分享错了,结果是原文就写错了。

因为FT中文网我也经常看,于是晚上写邮件给责任编辑,指出错误,第二天上午再看就纠正过来了。有意思的是,几天过去了一直没有收到责任编辑的回复。。

花时间搜索了一下,meta narration的用法,实际上只有百度百科有。在百度百科上,也只有概述部分用了这个错误的meta narration,其它部分都是meta narrative,偏偏这个概述部分会出现在百度搜索的预览中,所以流毒甚广。

推测起来,作者对于这个词汇可能并不熟悉,行文时顺便在百度上搜索了一下进行确认,搜索之后也并未打开页面认真检查,就上了百度的当。

如邮件中所说,这个错误并不影响刘远举先生文章本身的价值,只是从责任编辑和刘先生的反应来看,想来也觉得这个错误犯的有些低级,所以不好回应。记在这里为自己和后来者戒。

Shanghai Restaurants that are worth-noting

无意中看到了这个片子,Rick Stein's Taste of Shanghai. 其中列举了很多值得一去的上海餐馆。我记录在下面以便下次去上海的时候按图索麒。加粗的是Rick Stein非常推荐的。

  • 佳家汤包
  • 寿宁路夜市,大闸蟹
  • 吴师傅葱油饼-法租界,茂名路159弄2号后门,近南昌路
  • 米香园-红烧肉
  • 崇明岛清蒸?鱼
  • 小米酒,上海农家酿酒有限公司
  • 富?
  • 猪杂面,黄浦区复兴中路,格林泰豪对面
  • 下午茶-和平饭店
  • 天鸿酒家- 普陀区 铜川路977号(近兰溪路),葱爆蛤蜊
  • 臭豆腐-金山?
  • 白斩鸡

 

 

VLC player on iPad rendered useless

I've been using VLC player on all my computers, desktop or laptop, Android or iOS. It just works.

However, one day last week, when I try to play a new movie I copied to my iPad, I got an error message like this:

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And there's no sound for this file. Well, it could be just a broken file, so I didn't really look into it, till the next day I found that virtually all my video files have this issue.

Yesterday I had some time and a Google search revealed that this is actually a patent issue:

https://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?t=125032

To put it simple, the audio codec AC3 is a patent of Dolby Digital, who demands license fee for decoding AC3 encoded videos and complained to Apple that VLC player for iPad violated patent law. Apple removed VLC player for iPad from App Store. In order to bring VLC player for iPad back to App Store, Video Lan had to remove the code that decoding AC3 audio.

Now, if you upgrade to this new version, you loose the ability to decode any AC3 encoded videos.

According to VLC forum, the team is still in communication with Dolby. There's information showing that Dolby demands 2,000,000 USD. That would be too much for a small company like Video Lan.

Right now Video Lan is considering to put this AC3-decoding ability as a in-App purchasing item. However, there's no timeline so far.

That's very unfortunate for VLC. It's a very crappy situation for me personall - with more than 60G of video, most of them now unwatchable. If you're still use VLC 2.3.0, maybe it's a good idea not to upgrade it to the latest version for this moment.