George Riley

Software Architect, TED Conferences
San Antonio, TX, United States

About George

TED Conferences

TED2015, TED2014, TEDGlobal 2013, TEDActive 2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TEDGlobal 2011, TED2011, TEDWomen 2010, TED2010, TEDGlobal 2009, TED2009, TED2008, TED2007

Areas of Expertise

Golf, ok, not an expert!!, Software Architecture & Development

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George Riley
Posted over 1 year ago
What do you think about TED's ads by force? (Sarcasm)
Hi Keith, You're talking about a bug that we've been tracking for a while now. I won't bore you with the saga of how many avenues we investigated, false leads, and failed fixes. After working with Level3 (our streaming infrastructure provider) we've determined that the issue has to do with the network latency within our streaming infrastructure. A slight delay in retrieving the "chunks" of a stream is causing a server to think that at the stream has ended. When that happens the player is told that the video is over and the player proceeds to play the next video in queue - which is the post-roll ad. Why haven't we solved this yet? Because we can't reproduce it purposely and it happens 0.14% of all video playbacks. Granted, there are times when network or server issues at Level3 can increase this rate significantly, but that is the consistent rate. Additionally, the framework we are currently using for our video player makes this a hard problem to work around. Good news is that we believe we have worked around the issue in the new player - coming soon to TED 2.0 (see for details)
George Riley
Posted over 3 years ago
Ian Ritchie: The day I turned down Tim Berners-Lee
This talk makes me think back to the sheer giddiness I had when I compiled my first Mosaic web browser for AIX on an IBM RS6000. Back then it was all text and having an image in a web page was a multimedia extravaganza. Now here we are, watching videos on Here is a great article from Ars Technica that appeared just the other day: Before Netscape: the forgotten Web browsers of the early 1990s
George Riley
Posted over 5 years ago
Bill Gates: Innovating to zero!
Hi Rob, Sorry for the inconvenience. We discovered that we had an error in the URL for the video file late this afternoon. I'm not entirely sure how the wordpress plugin works but my guess is that you'll have to remove that tag from your post and then re-add it. I'm hoping that it will then grab the updated (corrected) embed code. Let me know if this doesn't solve the issue and we'll pursue further (george - at - Thanks