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one word... opera! ^__^ sorry I love opera browser it has always been far more efficient than any other browser I've used. Worst one will have to be safari. Chrome to me is as valuable as Firefox. It is used and it is there but its lacking some polish.
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Yeah, and they'be been getting criticized for it the entire time.
Maybe they were right to stand firm against the criticism. It may well pay off big time. Sometimes a bold move is a good move. If Google does follow through with this and drops support for H.264 from the final builds as well (after all, these are still just development builds), that will be two browsers that won't support it. One already has significant market share where it counts (consumer market) and the other's market share is growing considerably. But even if Chrome never achieved any more than its current position in the market, Google still holds the key to a massive amount of online content and therefore has influence at the other end. Combined with Firefox's steady browser market share it's a good combination.

Google's influence on content delivery is extremely important, because as has already been mentioned, mobile devices are also key players. Firefox's codec support has no impact on those mobile devices, and without the support of that exploding market for Ogg Theora and WebM H.264 will be a serious contender for the foreseeable future.
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lol really? So you'd be happy working at Burger King, *some law firm*, at a hospital or wherever you happen to work for free and rely solely on the goodwill of people who appreciate your work and wish to see that you prosper?

You must have had a rather nice inheritance or get a really nice allowance.
What it boils down to is not a matter of people doing work for free, but the type of work people are doing for free. Creative work which stimulates flow is far more likely to be regarded as play than as work, hence people are far more likely to engage in it in their free time. Take a look at Google; Google Mail is only here today because Google allows their employees a certain amount of time per month to work on ANYTHING they want to, and Google Mail is just one of several products which have been spawned from this work practice (Admittedly, some products flop, others take off).

Now compare this to what you are suggesting with flipping burgers, etc. Very few people experience flow when doing these repetitive tasks. That is why nobody would in their right mind do these tasks for free.

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It would be hard for h.264 to get "Any More" dominate than it already is.
It's used in virtually everything - from video streaming, to television broadcasts, to bluray discs. Hardware acceleration for it is everywhere as well.
Exactly. With the ATSC giving it a thumbs up for TV broadcasts and its high compression you think they'd be all for it as it'd make getting TV online a bit easier for them
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