10/01/2007

10-01-07 - 1

There have been many video compression algorithms developed that work well with packet loss - eg. on average, losing random packets is only slightly worse than compressing to that smaller size, quality degrades smoothly as you lose packets. This can not only give you much faster streaming in an unreliable networking scenario (cuz you don't have to do the whole TCP thing of saying whoops you missed this packet send it again), it would also be awesome for torrents. I often find with torrents that I can get 90% really quickly, and then that last 10% is only available from the seed and he goes offline or something. If I had a continuously degrading video format, I could just watch it as is and it would look really good.

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