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+ - Multiformat Listening Test at 64kbps

Submitted by Anonymous
Anonymous (666) writes "The Hydrogenaudio community is conducting a "Public, Multiformat Listening Test" (http://www.listening-tests.info/mf-64-1/) to see which codecs (AAC, WMA Pro and Vorbis) provide the best sound quality when compressing samples at 64kbps.

This test is open until the 5th of August and seems to be much, much harder than what one would expect, even for experienced developers of sound codecs, at bitrates that the public would find "too little", as the comments on the thread at the discussion forums (see: http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?show topic=56397).

Do you think that you have good ears? That 64kbps is "too little"? Then try it for yourself and participate. Your participation will help us improve the codecs so that they are even closer to being "transparent" at such "low" bitrates."
Slashdot.org

Journal: Anonymous comments 2

Journal by jesboat

I tend to get mod points with decent frequency, and often want to post and mod the same discussion. I'm perfectly happy to post the comments anon, to avoid the whole karma thing, but it would be nice if people could check that they still were written by me. Thus, this journal entry: in it, I'll note which anonymous comments are mine (and link here from the comments.)

Google

+ - Google Delays Payments to improve 2005 books

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I got the following from google after complaining about my adsense earnings being rather late. They are putting november earnings on a January payment instead of december. My colocation bill normally posts around the 2nd of the month, two weeks after Google pays me. This time sufficient funds wont be in the account and I am actually leaving the colocation facility due to this. Google is continuing to lose sight of their 'dont be evil' motto.

Other publishers are complaining as well and were also told they are not being paid until next month as well. Google is telling everybody January 5th, which is about two weeks later than normal.

Hi ******, Thanks for your email. I apologize for the delay in EFT processing due to
the holidays. Please rest assured that your December payment (for Nov.
1-30 earnings) is currently in progress and will be sent to you soon. Once
it is issued, you should see the 'Payment' link posted to your Payment
History page.


I understand that your payments may have arrived earlier in the past.
However, as a general rule (for EFT), your payment should arrive in your
account by January 5th, at the latest.
Please let me know if you haven't received your payment by January 5th. I
appreciate your continued patience and understanding in this matter.


Best regards,


Jennifer
The Google AdSense Team"
Networking

+ - How do slashdotters manage email on their laptops?

Submitted by
dotancohen
dotancohen writes "I'll soon be getting a new Dell laptop that'll be running Fedora Core 5 or 6. I need to access the email stored on my home box from the laptop, and also to read new email sent to me while I'm not home (and the home box is shut down). If I run an IMAP server at home, then I can't read the mail when the home box is down. But if I pull from the POP3 server (and leave the mail on the server) then I won't be able to sort and file the mail while on the go. Is there anyway to sync the mail accounts between two linux boxen, assuming that I'm using the same mail client? I currently use Kmail, but I might switch to Eudora in April/March when it becomes available for Linux.

Thanks in advance."
Media (Apple)

+ - iTunes Visits Skyrocket 413% On Christmas Day

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Hitwise today announced that the market share of visits to the iTunes website was up 413 percent on Christmas Day 2006 (December 25, 2006) versus Christmas Day 2005 as new iPod owners flocked to the web to download iTunes. The market share of visits to Zune.net showed an increase of 1,030 percent on December 25, 2006 versus the previous Monday (December 18, 2006). However, this strong initial performance was overshadowed by the iPod."
Television

+ - Plasma or LCD?

Submitted by WeeBit
WeeBit (961530) writes "I saw a news article on why you should buy Plasma instead of LCD TV's. The article is located here: Buy Plasma It just sparked my interest. Flat panel TV's have the market now. Our analog TV's are on their way out. I am sure many will be thinking of purchasing their new Flat panel within the next couple years. Have you given this any thought? Which do you prefer Plasma or LCD? Why? A maker of the Plasma, Panasonic was clear to point out their reasons to go with Plasma. They sell both the Plasma and the LCD. They have been pushing ads that sell the consumer on the plasma TV's over the LCD's. You can read this here: Plasma vs lcd Is this a good argument? Or just hype? Do you still plan to go with a LCD, or do you plan to purchase a Plasma?"
Hardware Hacking

+ - Protect Your Fruit With A Hail Cannon

Submitted by ScentCone
ScentCone (795499) writes "In hopes of disrupting small droplets of water before they are able to form into an approaching storm's fruit-damaging hail, some farmers are spending $50K+ each on sonic cannons. Like most, this New Zealand company's gear uses acetylene gas charges. The technique has a long history, but there is continued debate about its effectiveness. Nissan, though, has got their own version to protect lots full of shiny new cars."
Linux Business

+ - Linux for small organizations

Submitted by chris1646
chris1646 (1030796) writes "Currently we are a small organization that is entirely a Windows shop. Next year much of the server and desktop hardware we run will need replacing. I am looking for creative ways to introduce Linux as my desktop and server OS of choice, however a couple of our core applications run exclusively on Windows. Has anyone had any success hosting Windows applications via terminal server while using Linux as the client OS? Has anyone handled a AD to open source LDAP migration?"

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