I don't think he wants to get rid of mastering, but to actually have all the tracks, so the user can> adjust the mix, however subtly or hard he wants to.
If would have a great benefit for karaoke and jamming use if you could completely take out a track.
It would also allow for dynamics to change automatically based on the playback equipment and user preferences. There would no longer be a need to hard limit the mix to the crappiest common platform - OEM car stereos.
But most of all, there would be more freedom in how the music should sound. Which is what recording engineers fear the most.
In my practice room, there's a sign on the wall:
God doesn't believe he's a recording engineer.
If the intersection by my house had no stop signs, I'd go to the city council and say, "Hey! There's an uncontrolled intersection right next to my house, and I can't let my kid out the door without direct supervision, or he could get hurt. There need to be some stop signs there!" That's the answer, not "pay closer attention to your kid you lazy parent!"
Um, no, that is not the answer. It's your responsibility to not have your kids run over. It's also the responsibility of drivers not to run anyone over, and follow traffic laws like yielding to the right and to pedestrians, but that doesn't absolve you as a parent from taking responsibility.
The benefits of a stop sign to you and others should be weighed against the disadvantages to others. You and your kids isn't the number one priority in the world, for anyone except you.
Ah yes, the rallying call of the childless. I'm sure that if you ever have kids, you'll have the means and inclination to devote N hours of your own time every day simply to keeping them entertained.
Guess what? I do not have children precisely because I don't have the hours needed to parent them. If you don't have time, and still produce children, isn't that your problem, not Google's?
My parents dedicated time to supervising us whenever we did something that required supervision. Mobile phones didn't exist. And we didn't require them to be entertained. My parents sang with us, played with us, taught us leisure pastimes from their childhood, and watched us when we used knives or saws.
The recommended action is to just not give the device to a child,
Or not entering your password the first time for an app purchase.
Or only let a child who can't be trusted to do something on his own do it supervised. As in really supervised. The parent paying attention.
I think the real problem is that parents want to use a phone or tablet as a pacifier, so they don't have to parent the tykes.
Slashdot is supposed to be the place where we discuss the tech and ignore the marketing spin. While we maybe don't reach that bar often enough, we can at least make the effort, no? Especially in story submissions.
Don't you mean " Chips & Dips is supposed to be..."?
She calls US paranoid for thinking that the government would ever trample our rights.