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Comment: Re:Same thing in the uk. (Score 4, Informative) 498

In the UK, refusing/failing to provide a specimen of blood or breath carries the same punishment as providing a positive sample. This gets around people like you trying to avoid responsibility for their actions.

In the US, our Constitution explicitly says that you do not have to incriminate yourself, and providing a breathalyzer or blood sample does so.

(Some states have gotten around this to some degree by giving you an "administrative" sanction by taking your license if you don't, which is still way better than DWI -- but they can't give you criminal charges for it.)

It's called "implied consent," which means that, as a condition of having a driver's license, you automatically consent to the cop's request for a breathalyzer or other test. A lawyer friend explained it to me like this. Driving is a privilege, not a right (there's no Constitutional right to drive a car). As such, you are bound to follow all of the laws which govern that privilege. One of the laws is implied consent. You are, of course, allowed to refuse to take the breathalyzer test (that is your right), but the law states that refusal to do so results in the severe penalties they enumerate.

Comment: Re:Pro recording (Score 5, Informative) 841

by Bassman59 (#39257477) Attached to: Why Distributing Music As 24-bit/192kHz Downloads Is Pointless

I recently remixed a classic recording for sony records. The files where rolled off of tape at 24bit/96k. 48k I can understand but 96k is pointless. WAAAAAAY beyond the range of human hearing. In the old days, things like cymbals and brass could really stick out because the encoders and decoders where just not where they are today.

Anyone that tells you they can hear the difference between 48k and 96k is dreaming. Its the quality of the recording that counts more than anything these days.

The difference is that the antialiasing filters are much simpler and have a gentler roll-off when sampling at 96kHz. The high-order filters necessary to ensure adequate attenuation at Nyquist and above when sampling at the lower rates have this tendency to ring.

Comment: Re:OK, whatever. (Score 1) 267

by Bassman59 (#39117377) Attached to: With Push for OS X Focus, CUPS Printing May Suffer On Other Platforms

Oh please, before the App Store there was the option of self-publishing an app for an open OS, this is how most PalmOS apps (and of course many Windows apps) were sold for example, no giving up cuts for the privilege of making an app for some platform and no manufacturer control over which apps can run on a platform. The unnecessary middleman between the developer and the user was being eliminated.

Of course, for OS X, that option still exists.

Comment: Re:Self important drivel from a non-contributer (Score 1) 64

by Bassman59 (#39067655) Attached to: The Unspoken Rules of Open Source Hardware

The more I read the claptrap coming out of the Brooklyn "Maker" scene the more I realise what the so called maker movement is all about. I think a few other people have pointed out that the hobby engineering community has been around for a long time. We have been hacking , futzing, inventing and maybe even selling since the industrial revolution, hell, long before that even. The "Maker" revolution is really all about exploiting the hobby engineering market. Make magazine only exists to Make money. It has no other useful purpose. We had mailing lists, web sites, forums and catalogues long before Make existed. Torrone and his ilk are salesmen. They make a tidy profit selling other people's work to the masses. There are no "unspoken rules" in open source. The only rules that are worth anything are ones that can be enforced by law. If that were not the case we wouldn't need the open source license in the first place. Phil should stick to riding Limor's coat tails, coming up with new stickers and badges to hock and re-publishing other people's projects.

Wish I had mod points. +5, "Kick ass."

Comment: Re:Shipped vs Sold... (Score 1) 406

by Bassman59 (#37873154) Attached to: Samsung Takes the Lead In the Smartphone Market

How many waited for models of Apple phones are there ... 1, and it's the most expensive and with all possible features

How many new models of Android or even Samsung phones are there... many of all types and prices

Apple starve the market, make them wait, then release, usually with just less than demand, and they all sell, whereas their "rivals" are multiple manufacturers who compete with each other just keep bringing out new models and sell them at a steady rate

Yet, for some reason, Apple's profits are higher than its competitors, as is its stock price. So, what exactly was your point?

Comment: Re:Units Shipped != Units Sold (Score 1) 406

by Bassman59 (#37873076) Attached to: Samsung Takes the Lead In the Smartphone Market

And Apple doesn't like to channel stuff - they drop production as sales drop, and when a new model is being introduced, will often not fulfill orders for the old inventory, rather letting them dry up. It's a rather fragile balancing act - Apple hates shortages (they want everyone who wants one to walk out with one), but also needs to ensure expensive inventory doesn't pile up. And it's even harder when your quantities are in the millions.

And this is the real secret to Apple's success. Their customers are well aware of Apple's typical product-refresh cycles, too, so they'll hold off until after the WWDC or whatever.

The designs make people want the products. But it's the supply-chain management that makes the money.

Comment: Re:High-end models? (Score 1) 406

by Bassman59 (#37872982) Attached to: Samsung Takes the Lead In the Smartphone Market

With the 4G on probably less then when he has the 4G off?

Battery life a Samsung phone with 4G on: I'd say poor Battery life a Samsung phone with 4G off: I'd say good to great

Battery life of an iPhone with 4G on: 0, because you aren't allowed to Battery life of an iPhone with 4G off: great

Yeah, that's Apple winning right there. Let me guess when the iPhone 5 comes out with 4G, 4G will then be awesome?

You seem to forget that there's no such thing as 4G.

Comment: Re:High-end models? (Score 1) 406

by Bassman59 (#37872944) Attached to: Samsung Takes the Lead In the Smartphone Market

With Apple, the screen size that Jobs liked is the only choice you have. The screen size is "just right" only if your tastes exactly matched his, or you were convinced by the hype that being trendy was more important than getting the screen size you really wanted.

Having a single screen size certainly makes life easier for developers ...

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