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Comment: Re:Damnit, I knew this would happen. ok... (Score 1) 278

by Pentium100 (#48720929) Attached to: Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

The old tube tape recorder I mentioned is a low quality device, probably even for its time. And yes, the Beatles and similar (essentially, the music that was produced and originally released as mono) sound better for me with the added distortion and limited frequency range. Maybe because it was mastered with a device like mine in mind (since it is similar to what people would have used to play their brand new records and tapes) maybe it's because I like the "different" sound for some music.

On the other hand, the tube heaphone amp I built sound more like a transistor amp and does not have that much distortion or limited frequency range.

Comment: Re:Nah... (Score 1) 278

by Pentium100 (#48720383) Attached to: Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

Or I may want a reel tape, played on a tape deck that has vacuum tubes.

Yes, I fully understand that tubes have worse specs than transistors. A couple of tape recorders that I have (that use tubes) are objectively worse than my transistor tape decks. However, listening to older music (like the Beatles) is much more enjoyable on the tube devices, the sound is "different". At the same time, if I want to record a more modern song I'll use one of my transistor tape decks.

And yes, I am sure that with enough DSPs it would be possible to digitally produce the "tube sound", but then I have to ask - why would I want it? I already have the devices, I can use them and also it's not just the sound, it's the whole experience of playing a record or a reel tape that makes it "better" than digital for me.

Comment: Re:Can't DRM or Root Kit Vinyl (Score 2) 278

by Pentium100 (#48720303) Attached to: Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

Also, watermarking each individual record would mean cutting the master each for each record would be extremely expensive. The main factor that reduces cost for disc records (and why they won over cylinders) is that it is easy to mass produce them (and in those days it was not possible to stamp cylinders). If you make a master for each record then it would be much more expensive to produce than tape (including the cost of reel to reel tape still in production).

Comment: Re:People Are Such Babies (Score 1) 218

by Pentium100 (#48683111) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

Why is a beat cop enforcing a state cigarette tax? Is that really what the local community is clamoring for?

Why wouldn't a police officer enforce the law? I do not get this. Or are you saying that the police should obey the popular opinion on what constitutes a crime and what should be enforced instead of the actual local law? If the "community" does not like the law, then try to get i changed.
Then again, I live in a country that is not so fragmented.

And if they guy selling cigarettes resisted arrest or even tried to pick a fight with the cop (always a very bad idea) instead of just paying the fine then he is really stupid. Resisting arrest or even trying to run away will make the cop think that you have committed a more serious crime (well, he wouldn't run away just for the cigarettes, I bet he has some crack too or there is an active warrant for his arrest) and the cop will be that much more interested in arresting you.

Comment: Re:Why would I buy it when... (Score 3, Interesting) 288

by Pentium100 (#48682707) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

Piracy is convenient.

Downloading - a few minutes of my time to start the download. Then after it finishes (which is very fast usually), I can watch the movie on whatever device that has enough processing power and a screen, at any time having full control of it.

Going to the cinema (in general) - need to drive to wherever the cinema is, at a specified time, watch it with a bunch of strangers (that may include screaming children), no control whatsoever - cannot pause the movie to go to the toilet, cannot rewind a few seconds to rewatch a scene I missed, cannot increase or reduce the sound volume, cannot even have a conversation with whoever I came to watch the movie (assuming I did not come alone) during a boring part. Forced to watch ads before the movie. Cannot bring the food that I want (that is not sold (at high prices) in the cinema). The movie has to be recent enough to still be showed in cinemas.

Going to the cinema (this particular movie) - All of the above but include traveling to the US, getting a hotel room etc.

Buying a DVD/Bluray - Better than going to the cinema, but still have to go to a store that sells them, have to sit through a bunch of unskippable ads.

Time from "Hey, let's watch a movie! Which one? [googles some previously unheard of movie] This one." to actually watching it:
DVD: 30 minutes - 1 hour (assuming the store is open), days (if the store is closed).
Cinema: 30 minutes - 3 hours (assuming the movie is being shown in cinemas and the cinema is open), days (if the cinema is closed), undefined (if the movie is not shown in cinemas).
Download: 5 - 30 minutes (my internet connection is up to 500mbps).

Oh, and Netflix is not available in my country in case you were going to suggest it.

So, see, even if the tickets for the movie (or the DVDs at the store) were given away for free, downloading would be the preferred option.

Comment: Re:Voicemail won't die (Score 1) 237

by Pentium100 (#48662957) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

Voicemail was never alive in my country.

The reason is that my country was part of the USSR until its collapse and there were no answering machines or voicemail in the USSR (or just nobody used it). My first experience with voicemail was when I got my first cellphone ~16 years ago. It looked neat, but not much use. I did have it enabled for a while, but I have not received a single proper voice mail message yet (people either just disconnected and called me later or I got a recording of somebody being confused and asking "what the hell is this?").

Comment: Re:sigh (Score 1) 190

by Pentium100 (#48662735) Attached to: An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

Did you google every CD you ever were thinking of buying to check if it contained a rootkit?

No, but 1) I do not buy a lot of CDs, mainly records and 2) I disable Autoplay/Autorun as part of installing Windows.

Did you check with every printer if you were able to add after market ink?

That's pretty much my main criterion for choosing a printer. That and how reliable it is. This is the reason why I use a 13 (probably) year old HP PSC 2500CM (that I got broken for almost free and repaired it myself) - the DRM does not work (as long as I do not download drivers from HP and instead use the ones that are part of Windows) and the cartridges are very easy to refill. After modifying the cartridge I only need a syringe to fill it and ink in bottles is quite cheap. I can keep filling the cartridges until the pump wears out or the cartridge starts leaking. Even original cartridges (HP No. 10) are not that expensive and are large - 69ml for black, 28ml for the others.

And if someone asks me for advice on a new printer, I first find a few candidates depending on what the printer will be used for, then check the website of an printer cartridge store to see whether third part cartridges are available and how expensive are they.

Comment: Re:More of the same (Score 1) 106

by Pentium100 (#48648979) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

But I still can't grasp the why the fans are so obsessed with the "more of the same"?

Why not? Let's say I like a game or a TV show. I watch/play it until I have completed it. If I still like it by the time I complete it, I will want "more of the same" hopefully with some annoyances of the previous instance fixed. I personally do not understand why would a fan of a TV show (or a game) would not want "more of the same" but something different. If I like the original, I want more of the same, if I want different, that means I did not really like the original, did I?

Take a game like the Borderlands series for example. I like it, I played through the story multiple times, so I am happy when a DLC or a sequel comes out which is pretty much "new story for the same game", since I enjoy the game more when I have not already seen the story.

Comment: Re:Last few fish in a small pond... (Score 1) 433

by Pentium100 (#48611413) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Probably why they went digital with Rosetta and all those Mars probes - not many 1 hour photo shops out there.

Not everyone can afford a million dollar space-grade digital camera. Then again, maybe the digital cameras have improved on this in the time since I read about it (I don't do much photography at -30C).

Going back to vinyl - for me, listening to records or tapes is much more enjoyable than listening to CDs or files, even if the audio quality is worse (scratched record, a very old poorly recorded tape) just because of the visuals (spinning reels are much better to look at than a progress bar on a MP3 player).

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.