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Comment: Re:Depends on the bitrate (Score 1) 749

by Cillian (#43253001) Attached to: Can You Really Hear the Difference Between Lossless, Lossy Audio?
I bought Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto on Amazon. Great quality MP3s and all, but apparently they were ripped from an ancient piece of vinyl with a frankly ridiculous level of crackle and several loud pops which made me fear for my speakers. (I wouldn't have minded except the 30s preview carefully avoided any obvious noise). Happily I got a refund.

Comment: Re:Dihydrogen Monoxide *is* a serious threat (Score 3, Insightful) 296

by Cillian (#35978368) Attached to: The Chemical-Free Chemistry Kit
That's not really the point. The point is that you can either make stuff up or be very misleading and lots of people will loudly go along with it (I believe a bunch of people went out and got a lot of signatures on a petition to ban DHMO). I'm sure if you made up something entirely nonexistent or found some other very obscure but pretty safe chemical you could get the same effect, but the fact that it's water makes it all the more amusing (And makes the fact that it's not actually evil more readily apparent to the informed reader).
"Oh well, I lost my moderations but I felt like saying this anyway. And don't blame me if some 'c's are missing, my key is a bit broken." -Cill

Comment: Re:It's open source (Score 1) 325

by Cillian (#34736446) Attached to: Android Text Messages Intermittently Going Astray
But some actual economics will tell you this is only true in a perfect competition, which the mobile market is not. Some providers /do/ do vheaper texts and do not have 100% of the market, proving this. Aalso, there is no reason texts should cost how much sending them costs + sensible markup. Disregarding profits, cell companies have X running costs and so have to get ~X money from somewhere, but not necessarily proportionately to costs. See: rich bohemoths making mad losses on something to get into the market.

Comment: Re:Is this really a trojan? (Score 1) 168

by Cillian (#33209920) Attached to: SMS Trojan Steals From Android Owners
In this place of the UK, the area code tells you very much where/what you're calling, be it a normal landline, mobile, premium or free number. Even the cost of the number is often specified just in the area code. And if that's not enough there's a website which does premium rate phone number lookups. (Hint: 08 and 09, apart from 0800, are generally costy)

Comment: Re:Didn't end well for the last person who did thi (Score 5, Informative) 219

by Cillian (#32677998) Attached to: Building a Homemade Nuclear Reactor In NYC
That's fission, they really are pretty different. On a hobby level, fission consists of lots of playing with radioactive things and all that. Fusion consists of putting some gas in a box, turning it on, putting a whole lot of power in and ending up with a different gas in the box.

Comment: Re:I thought someone had a glider gun... (Score 1) 241

by Cillian (#32608822) Attached to: First Self-Replicating Creature Spawned In Conway's Game of Life
I think most of the power of the current game comes from the determinism, allowing design of complicated stuff. In order for any kind of pattern to withstand mutations I expect you'd need an awful lot more stuff overall (redundancy?), i.e. bigger universes, far more cycles...

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.