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+ - Multiformat Listening Test at 64kbps 1

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prospective_user writes: "Do you think you have good ears? Think again.

The community at Hydrogenaudio has prepared a Public Listening Test for comparison of the most popular audio codecs (AAC, Vorbis, and Microsoft's WMA included) in a battle to see how they stand at compressing audio at 64kbps.

Many of the participants right now have expressed their surprise at being unable to determine which is the original and which is the compressed version of 18 samples covering a vast amount of musical styles.

The results of this test (and other that are conducted at Hydrogenaudio) will be used by the developers of the codecs to further improve the "transparency" and let this kind of test be even harder.

Everyone is invited to participate and show how good your listening is!"
The Matrix

+ - Is the Social-Networking "fad" finally fiz

Submitted by DogcowX
DogcowX writes: I was recently recruited to preview/beta test a collaborative news site and web directory called Bummp. Its sort of a cross between Digg/Reddit/etc (allowing users to "BUMMP" items up, down or off) and a collaborative editing site, where users can edit each other's posted items. It also allows its webhostless users to create their own news content and host it directly on the site.

One of the things I find most interesting about this site is their policy to intentionally disallow comments to be posted. This is especially strange in this current age of social-networking sites.

From their FAQs page:

"Comments frankly, frustrate us as readers of other sites we regularly visit. It always seems like comments are used to throw out off-topic ramblings, belittle others or to add the overly useful "me too" sentiment. It is rare that we have seen anything useful in a comments section."

What do you think Slashdot? Is the social-networking fad finally starting to fizzle? Are comments as we know them dead? (Remember, useful comments only, please! :) )

It's not so hard to lift yourself by your bootstraps once you're off the ground. -- Daniel B. Luten