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posted by janrinok on Thursday June 10 2021, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the this-is-infrastructure dept.

From Spiked:

If life ever returns to normal, one thing no one will miss from the lockdown era is the 'TV goldfish'. For over a year, we've watched the disembodied, pixelated faces of contributors to live TV mouth their words out of sync with their audio, gulping away as if in a private fish tank. This isn't the exception for internet video, it's the norm.

John Day is one of the internet's greybeard founding fathers. For a decade he has been advancing a set of improvements to the current mainstream internet protocols. His proposals – called RINA (Recursive Internetwork Architecture) – revisit and build on Louis Pouzin's founding concept of datagrams (data packets). Simplifying these features allowed the original inter-networking protocols (IP) to get out of the door in the 1980s and 1990s, and allowed for the rapid growth of the internet. But the current system we have – TCP/IP – is holding back new innovation.

See also: Internet outage illustrates lack of resilience at heart of critical services
The Guardian view on the internet outage: we need resilience, not just efficiency


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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by UncleBen on Friday June 11 2021, @04:08PM

    by UncleBen (8563) on Friday June 11 2021, @04:08PM (#1144271)
    Holy crap you guys, I regularly see streamed content with audio/video out of sync. I've seen it on public displays, off-line streams, hi- and lo-powered devices. I'd guess +90% of content isn't in sync, it's laughably bad on music videos especially yootoob. (Platform independent.)

    Admittedly, I have 20 years experience with syncing separated sound and video so even at my age I can spot a 1/24th sec sync errors. Buy you youths should be spotting 1/60th's reasonably reliably. Especially in your video games. (OY, some of those are PAINFULLY bad...and it's dedicated HW+OS+SW!)

    I suspect y'all calling "nothing to see here" may have gotten adapted. I fully welcome anyone's attempt to get us back to Ye Olde Analog Daze of sync quality.
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