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Date: Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 18:28
Back in the post-crash days of 2004, Adam Clark raised a lot of money from investors after claiming he could send video over 14.4Kbps dial-up modems. Of course, it turned out to be a scam, but Adam managed to avoid any criminal charges. Adams Platform Technology soaked up somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 million, which [...]
Author: "Mark Nelson"
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Date: Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 16:49
DevX.com has an article called Top 10 Reasons for Startup Failure (behind registration wall, sorry.) If Euclid Discoveries either fails to find an exit strategy, or delivers a negative return on investment, which of the top 10 do you think are going to be the important ones that ruined the party? Some Projects Never Get Started In [...]
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Date: Monday, 07 Jun 2010 19:51
One of the last vestiges of hope for ED has been that their object-based technology could be used in mobile handsets to enable video-conferencing. After all, that’s what they demoed to the Boston Globe back in 2006. Today at their developer conference, Apple unveiled a new app called FaceTime that does teleconferencing on a mobile handset. [...]
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Date: Tuesday, 25 May 2010 15:42
Readers of this space are already well aware that Euclid Discoveries has updated their web site with a great deal of information about their video coding technology. Now the rest of the world is going to hear about too, as the PR machinery has been kicked into first gear. This press release is just a pointer [...]
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Date: Friday, 02 Apr 2010 17:47
My 2006 article titled My Very Bad Euclid Discoveries Experience struck a nerve when it was published, and like a shuffling zombie, it just won’t die. After receiving 635 comments, I’m blocking any more discussion on the article. I’m not doing this to stifle dissent or anything like that - it’s just that the web page [...]
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Date: Saturday, 20 Mar 2010 23:25
Apparently part of the fraud case against Philip Whitley is based on proving he lied about patenting his technology. The prosecutors are going through the motions of showing that he had no New Zealand patent activity whatsoever, and just some dubious activity in the US that didn’t even result in a patent application. Patent for software [...]
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Date: Monday, 08 Mar 2010 17:00
Not everyone involved with Euclid knows that the same management team has been working on another startup, Corista. Corista is working on medical imaging, and rumor has it that they too will depend on some impressive compression breakthroughs in order to succeed. It’s a pretty good deal for the Wingard family. By leveraging the funding techniques [...]
Author: "Mark Nelson"
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Date: Wednesday, 03 Mar 2010 19:15
Euclid Discoveries has been raising money, fear, and loathing for so long now that they feel to me like a lifelong friend. I was working my through some old emails last week and I came across an angry message from a Euclid supporter sent all the way back in 2003. Gray Smith is one of [...]
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010 15:46
Way back in 2005, Bob Werner of Euclid Discoveries gave an interview to Roger Wood. Through the magic of mp3 storage, that interview is still available on the web. Here are some of the great quotes from this interview: Bob: EuclidVision is an object-based video compression technology built with mathematics and computer vision, which will deliver [...]
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010 19:05
Philip James Whitley raised over $5 million dollars in funding for his company, NearZero, promising revolutionary data compression results. After stringing along investors for the better part of a decade, Whitley is facing his day in court before the Serious Fraud Office of New Zealand. It’s a long story, both familiar and sad, of people cashing [...]
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Date: Monday, 07 Dec 2009 15:23
We know that the great recession of 2009 has caused slashes in staffing at companies large and small, and it appears that Euclid Discoveries (discussed in great detail here) has had to cut back as well. Euclid has a list of key bios on their web site, and as of today, December 7, 2009, that includes [...]
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Date: Wednesday, 05 Aug 2009 13:17
This article in the Washington Post reports that On2 is being purchased by Google for $106 million in stock. On2 has a really excellent video codec with some advantages over industry standards from Microsoft and the MPEG. But the relatively small price for a well-established and sporadically profitable company points out the difficulty faced when trying [...]
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 20:31
David Scott has written a bijective BWT transform, which brings all the advantages of bijectiveness to BWT based compressors. Among other things, making BWT more suitable for compression-before-encryption and also give (slightly) better compression.
Author: "Sachin Garg"
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Date: Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 00:59
Jarek Duda's "Asymmetric Binary System" promises to be an alternate to arithmetic coding, having all the advantages, but being much simpler. Matt has coded a PAQ based compressor using ABS for back-end encoding. Update: Andrew Polar has written an alternate implementation of ABS.
Author: "Sachin Garg"
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Date: Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 20:11
So many of today's files are already compressed (using old, outdated algorithms) that newer algorithms don't even get a chance to touch them. Christian Schneider's Precomp comes to rescue by undoing the harm.
Author: "Sachin Garg"
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Date: Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 20:02
There aren't too many companies working on cutting edge codecs, and of those few this one is hiring. Best of luck.
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Date: Wednesday, 05 Sep 2007 05:55
Its old news that China has developed their own Advanced Video Standard to avoid high licensing fees. English translation of the standard is now available, along with the IPR policy. Finally something technical that you can get your hands on to feed your appetite.
Author: "Sachin Garg"
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Date: Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 21:11
If you are in any way interested in data compression, DCC is a place where you really want to be. Where else can you expect to meet so many people who can all get so excited about saving 5 more bytes. Submissions for DCC 2008 are due by November 12.
Author: "Sachin Garg"
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Date: Monday, 20 Aug 2007 21:34
Jeff Gilchrist has released mpibzip2, a parallel implementation of the popular bzip2 block-sorting file compressor that uses MPI and achieves significant speedup on cluster machines.
Author: "Sachin Garg"
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Date: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 22:08
A New Zealand based company, NearZero has nothing to show after more than 6 years and $5 million of investor money. Liquidators called in (Update 11th Nov 2007: Liquidation ordered).
Author: "Sachin Garg"
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