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Comment: Re:Accuracy not speed. (Score 1) 371 371

When a house is burning down, the fire department shouldn't step back and let the dust settle.
When someone reports a house is burning down, the firetrucks should roll right away.
But when they get to the house and there is no fire, they shouldn't hack down the door and start spraying water everywhere.

The lesson here is "news sources are unreliable", not "delay is a good idea".

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 301 301

ref 2; one person reported 15% of their CDs were beginning to fail, and 85% were not.
This is supposed to be evidence that not-failing is atypical?

Links to stories are easy to find these days, here's one from the other side;

http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/opticalmedialongevity.html

A testament to the durability of Audio CDs is a natural aging study conducted by the Library of Congress. The study found discs that, despite exhibiting both unacceptable levels of BLER and uncorrectable errors, remained playable and failed to exhibit noticeable audio defects. [19]

DVD rot has been debunked as a chronic problem, yet it remains a persistent urban legend. [20] While there have been documented cases of deterioration in specific discs, they appear to be the result of poor manufacturing. [21]

Personally, I trust the Library of Congress analysis, but hey - believe what you want.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 301 301

there's been reports of lots of failures.

What's that in probability of failure? 1 in ten? in a thousand? in a million?
They've pressed hundreds of billions of CDs.
Even if there are hundreds of thousands of failures, the odds of a particular one failing is still less than 1 in a million.

There's been lots of reports of CDs destroyed in house fires, that doesn't mean your CDs are likely to be destroyed in a house fire.
But being destroyed in a fire is far more likely than being destroyed by mold/bacteria/fungus/scare of the day.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 301 301

That's only if they were sealed correctly and stored right.

Sure, and they also have to not be burned in a fire, microwaved, dropped overboard at sea, or run over by a truck.

I know dozens of people with hundreds of CDs, none of them have ever said "my CD of [band x] doesn't play anymore".

Thousands of CDs, zero failures, for decades.

None.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 301 301

Optical media has a shelf life after which the decomposition of the material prevents readability.

Oh please - "Shelf life" means how long something will last even if it's undisturbed, not how long it will last if eaten by mold.

Pressed CDs won't last forever, but with proper care, they should last hundreds of years. Maybe even thousands.

Comment: Re:I want this to be true, but... (Score 1) 480 480

What I don't get is why people keep calling it controversial or defying the laws of physics.

Because (assuming the experiment is correct) the force the EM drive is producing is more than 3 orders of magnitude greater than a photon drive.

They're claiming 0.4 newtons per kilowatt.
That's about 9 times the thrust of an Ion drive, without the propellant.

It could be a hoax, but if so, it's a damn good one.

Comment: Re:This never works (Score 1) 304 304

Other shows have about the same ratio, though smaller totals.
We can quibble about why more people download lower res versions, but it's clear that people are.
1080p is currently losing to 720p is losing to SD across the board.
Maybe that's because of the file size, but that's just another way of saying 1080p isn't that important to people.
Personally, with my equipment, I can't see a difference between 720p and 1080p, even up close, so I assume that's the reason (some) people don't bother with 1080p.

Comment: Re:This never works (Score 4, Insightful) 304 304

Just checked a torrent site for Game of Thrones S05E01

Res:624x352, Size:424 MB, Seeds:8622, Leeches:399
Res:720p, Size:1013 MB, Seeds:6849, Leeches:643
Res:1080p, Size:2.66 GB, Seeds:2181, Leeches:171

So it looks like about 10% want 1080p, 40% want 720p, and the remaining 50% are fine with 352p
From that, I'd guess 80% of the market can't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p.

But the main takeaway is that most care more about the story than they do about resolution - the acting isn't any better at 1080p.

Comment: We don't need more mediocre programmers (Score 1) 216 216

Nobody wants to hire a mediocre programmer.
Forcing everyone to learn programming in school is going to result in a lot more mediocre programmers, and almost no increase in good programmers.

You know what would make a difference?
Getting all the students who have basically no chance of learning to program out of the class, so the rest of us don't have to deal with them.

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