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Comment: Dangerous (Score 1) 297

by Namors (#38703964) Attached to: Least worthy tech-world cliches / buzzwords?
I think that buzzwords can be dangerous and I won't allow people to talk to me like that. ;) The problems start when someone (a manager) who doesn't understand the term uses it, and I do and set the project up that way. However it can also be funny, I had a manager once that for EVERY problem brought to his attention replied "can't we just hard code it to work"

+ - Adult rating of video games - not in this state->

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Namors writes "NSW has refused to back the introduction of an adult-only rating for video games, despite all other states endorsing it.
The Herald understands the Attorney-General, Greg Smith, surprised his national and state counterparts yesterday by opposing the R18+ rating.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/adult-rating-of-video-games--not-in-this-state-20110722-1ht0l.html#ixzz1Sr0ZM31q"

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+ - ITV ditches Windows for Macs and Google Apps->

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doperative (1958782) writes "ITV will move the majority of its staff from PCs to Apple Mac computers and introduce Google Apps across the business as part of a comprehensive technology transformation project .. The broadcaster will roll out the Google Apps software-as-a-service technology to its 7,000 employees .. while Google Chrome will become ITV's standard browser, with the aim of providing faster and more reliable internet access .."
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+ - China building EMP weapons for use against U.S.->

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cultiv8 writes "China's military is developing electromagnetic pulse weapons that Beijing plans to use against U.S. aircraft carriers in any future conflict over Taiwan, according to an intelligence report made public on Thursday.

Portions of a National Ground Intelligence Centerstudy on the lethal effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and high-powered microwave (HPM) weapons revealed that the arms are part of China’s so-called “assassin’s mace” arsenal — weapons that allow a technologically inferior China to defeat U.S. military forces.

EMP weapons mimic the gamma-ray pulse caused by a nuclear blast that knocks out all electronics, including computers and automobiles, over wide areas. The phenomenon was discovered in 1962 after an aboveground nuclear test in the Pacific disabled electronics in Hawaii."

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+ - The Loudness Wars May Be Ending

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Mike Barthel writes about a technique called brick-wall limiting, where songs are engineered to seem louder by bringing the quiet parts to the same level as the loud parts and pushing the volume level of the entire song to the highest point possible. "Because of the need to stand out on radio and other platforms, there's a strategic advantage to having a new song sound just a little louder than every other song. As a result, for a period, each new release came out a little louder than the last, and the average level of loudness on CDs crept up (youtube) to such a degree that albums actually sounded distorted, as if they were being played through broken speakers." But the loudness wars may be coming to an end. Taking advantage of the trend towards listening to music from the digital "cloud"—via services like Pandora, Spotify, and Apple's forthcoming iCloud—a proposal by audio engineer Thomas Lund, already adopted as a universal standard (PDF) by the International Telecommunications Union, would institute a volume limit on any songs downloaded from the cloud effectively removing the strategic advantage of loudness. Lund's proposal would do the same thing for any music you could buy. "Once a piece of music is ingested into this system, there is no longer any value in trying to make a recording louder just to stand out," says legendary engineer Bob Ludwig, who has been working with Lund. "There will be nothing to gain from a musical point of view. Louder will no longer be better!""

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