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Comment: Re:Powershell (Score 1) 724

strings terminated by a binary zero rather than their physical size. Who the hell thought that would be a good idea?

One advantage to null-terminated strings is that there's typical only one format - well one for each character type at least. For length encoded strings, the format depends on the register size, and the endianness of the platform. Of course C does not enforce the use of zero-terminated strings. Not even for string literals.

Comment: Re:Actionscript Scoping (Score 1) 724

for (int i = 0; i < 10; ++i) { something(); }

I remember when some compilers would treat this like:

int i; for (i = 0; i < 10; ++i) { something(); }

and others like this:

{ for (int i = 0; i < 10; ++i) something(); }

As the standard, for whatever reason, decide to change it. So much for not breaking existing code.

Comment: Doesn't solve the big problem (Score 2, Insightful) 413

The big problem with music on MP3s and CDs isn't the sample rate, or even the bits used to sample. To sell CDs and MP3s the recording is made as loud as possible and this causes distortion in the sample values. There's no point having 16-bits or 24-bits if the recording doesn't make good use of the full range of values.

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