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Comment: Re:Put your money into speakers (Score 3, Insightful) 433

by clonehappy (#48596523) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

As a youngster growing up in the 1980's, countless dozens of hours were spent both in my own basement and the basement of my childhood (well, still) best friend's parents house listening to vinyl, cassettes, and analog FM radio. I later became a smalltime audiophile, I don't buy Monster Cable or equipment that costs more than 4 figures, but I still enjoy a good audio listening experience.

About 5 years ago, my friend's parents finally retired and I was around to help them move out west. While the old Pioneer receiver we used to jam out on had long since died or been retired to the local landfill, the off-name floor speakers were still there. I believe one had the same old lamp sitting on it that it always did, and the other one was just sitting there in the corner. They told me to put them out to the street.

Of course, they went in the trunk of my car, where I promptly took them home and stored them in my garage. This summer, as the garage had now collected enough surplus computer and electronic equipment to need it's twice a decade cleaning, I found the old "Utah" speakers and decided to hook them up to my receiver and see if they were dead or alive. I flicked on the local "oldies" station (meaning 70's and 80's music now) and I was immediately transported back in time. Radio still sounded today like it sounded back in 1986. The speakers provided all the "warmth" and "fullness" that people are always chasing after.

This may sound like a no-brainer, but speakers determine what you hear. Those speakers are now a permanent fixture out in my garage/man-cave. No, they don't sound like any of the big-name equipment I run in the home theater. But they are immersive with only 2 channels in a way a 9.2 surround system can never match. And when I sit outside on the weekend, enjoying a few beers and some (sometimes herb-fueled) tinkering with Linux boxes and electronics, to me at least, it's like going backwards to a time when things were still exciting, the guy on the radio was someone everyone knew, and you had the whole world in the palm of your hand.

I do apologize for waxing nostalgic on a public forum, and I do love my new technology, but damnit sometimes it's nice to just sit back and enjoy something simple that you love. I can understand the value to youngsters of sitting around listening to a piece of tangible vinyl that you can hold in your hand, look at the album art, read the lyrics (all without a LAN connection or Wi-Fi AP being involved) rather than some logical arrangement of bits on a chip or spinning platter. So yes, of course, put your money into speakers (or vinyl, or whatever makes you happy)! I recommend garage sales, swap meets, and flea markets!

Comment: Re:oh delicious irony (Score 1) 465

by Connie_Lingus (#48589193) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

man did everyone here wake up with a hangover this morning?

didn't anyone notice that i was, you know, just trying to be funny AND apply some reasonable logic to this?

how much would you care to wager that in less then a year, the site will be looking exactly like it did before?

because without a doubt, many many people without your "special shoes" have trampled over that site over the past centuries.

what GP did was reprehensible...that is so obvious its beyond question.

my OP just poked fun at the official who claimed "OMG this has never happened before!"

Comment: Re:This is an overreaction (Score 1) 465

by Connie_Lingus (#48588893) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

for the life of me, i don't understand why the author of this post would feel the need to remain anonymous.

it is logical, thoughtful, and sensitive...have things gotten so bad here on /. that people feel the need to hide any non-liberal commenting in the clock of an AC?

Comment: oh delicious irony (Score -1, Troll) 465

by Connie_Lingus (#48588791) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

"There is no known technique to restore it the way it was."

not to be over simplistic or even the least bit forgiving against GP and this ridiculously stupid stunt, but perhaps they should look into a device called a "rake".'

it does wonders in sand traps for removing footprints...a different beast to be sure but come on..."no known technique"? :)

Comment: Re: Go California! (Score 0) 139

by clonehappy (#48573945) Attached to: California Sues Uber Over Practices

As opposed to your divine entity of government. Both (government and corporations) are just as equally fucked. Why do people not realize that the words "free market/business" and "government" can be fully interchanged in tirades like this and still be true. See below:

Oh, horse shit.

You're delusional. The (useful/open/representative) government doesn't exist. It doesn't solve problems. It doesn't achieve optimal outcomes.

It's a fucking abstraction describing long-term outcomes under a perfect hypothetical model based on crap assumptions, not some divine entity.

In practice, the only thing government is doing is picking your pocket and giving you the finger.

It isn't some magical entity. It doesn't make good choices. It doesn't care what happens to you. It doesn't actually care if you have perfect information. It doesn't really exist.

The government is the collective actions of the power elite over an extended period of time -- and collectively the government is rigged, and people are gaming the system. The government won't fix that.

The premise that the government achieves perfect outcomes over the long haul assumes the system isn't corrupt, and that the players aren't actively undermining it.

But humans are corrupt, and always will be. Which means in practice the "government" devolves into cartels and other things by which to stop the citizens from being free.

It doesn't exist. Has never existed. Cannot exist. And if by accident it (useful/open/representative government) briefly existed, it would be undermined immediately by the humans.

You hit the nail on the head. Human nature is the problem, and I, for one, don't want that extinguished (unlike many "progressives" who would love nothing more than exactly that to happen) just so we can declare taxicabs 100% safe, or whatever other delusion the free market Republican morons/government worshipping Democratic idiots think their system can be responsible for.

Stop worrying about this my team vs. your team minutia and live your life.

Comment: the mysterious "us" (Score 5, Insightful) 178

by Connie_Lingus (#48567021) Attached to: LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

This will cost us billions of dollars in the private and public sector,

who is this "us" he is talking about? because with just a little thought, you quickly realized these "billions of dollars" are just transfers from the (assumed) wealthy building owners to the less wealthy contractors and workers.

one person's cost is another's paycheck and kids tuition payment.

if the public good is really being served here by improving safety of citizens, why isn't the discussion framed more along these lines?

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.