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Comment: Somewhat relevant ... (Score 1) 249 249

by Unnamed Chickenheart (#41091271) Attached to: The Rebirth of PC Gaming? Bring On the Modders!

Some mods extend the lifespan of a game.

Then there are 'mods' that enable continued play when the official online game portal collapses.

E.g. FAForever is a community made lobby better than the original for the best RTS game ever; Supreme Commander / Forged Alliance.

Comment: One option: (Score 1) 294 294

by Unnamed Chickenheart (#36888672) Attached to: The Loudness Wars May Be Ending

Producers and publishers could produce and sell two-tier CDs:

One CD with compression though not as vile as today. It's ok for poor soundsystems and noisy enviroments. Car, iPod, work(?) etc.

Two: A well-mastered record. Preferably a DVD or Blu-ray with higher sample depth (24 bit) and frequency.

And in addition they can give the radio-stations a super-compressed version.

This requires more work of the Audio Demeneers, though.

Comment: Icing on the cake! (Score 1) 550 550

by Unnamed Chickenheart (#35475880) Attached to: Why We Should Buy Music In FLAC

Good: CD quality 44kHz / 16-bit sans lossy data compression.

Slightly better: 24 bit in 96kHz or 192kHz.

Requirement: A recording sans post-performance bullshit like volume dynamic compression, supersampling, multi-recording, reverb, auto-tune, filters, mixing or whatever the stuido cheats are called.

Musician ==> microphone ==> recording.

Note: I deliberately oversimplified this.
I do understand that heavy processed music may be needed in noisy enviroments, but I want none of it on my high fidelity sound system.

Comment: Question... (Score 1) 470 470

by Unnamed Chickenheart (#34948704) Attached to: Bill Gates Is More Admired Than the Pope

How much of a philantropist is B.G. any way?
I mean; isn't the anti-malaria project just another business?

I know little about this (thus I'm likely wrong), but don't they demand reciving countries to accept some crazy silly copyright agreements?
Which of course is getting B.G.Foundation or whatever it's called quite a bit of money from 'someone' ( *IAA I assume?)

Or I do recall reading some such. Please correct & enlighten me.

Comment: Just a heads up... (Score 1) 360 360

by Unnamed Chickenheart (#34487930) Attached to: China's Influence Widens Nobel Peace Prize Boycott

Taiwan is an island. Its governement is the Republic of China. Which is not to be confused with the People's Republic of China.

So there are two countries that call themselves China.

This post is not meant to argue with Parent Poster, but to make an effort into combating ignorance.


Wine 1.2 Released 427 427

Posted by Soulskill
from the pop-the-cork dept.
David Gerard writes "Stuck with that one Windows app you can't get rid of? Rejoice — Wine 1.2 is officially released! Apart from running pretty much any Windows application on Unix better than 1.0 (from 2008), major new features include 64-bit support, bi-directional text, and translation into thirty languages. And, of course, DirectX 9 is well-supported and DirectX 10 is getting better. Packages should hit the distros over the weekend, or you can get the source now."

X-Ray Burst Temporarily Blinds NASA Satellite 117 117

Posted by Soulskill
from the galaxy-sized-shark-thought-to-be-responsible dept.
RedEaredSlider writes with news that a recently-detected gamma-ray burst, originating roughly five billion light-years away, was powerful enough to temporarily blind NASA's Swift satellite. Phil Plait has an interesting writeup on the event. Quoting: "Swift, normally easily able to handle the X-ray load from these explosions, was overwhelmed, and actually shut down temporarily when software detected that the cameras onboard might get damaged by the flood of light. That’s never happened before. The burst was so bright in X-rays it put other GRBs to shame: slamming Swift with 143,000 X-ray photons per second, it was 5 times brighter than the previous record holder, and nearly 200 times as bright as a typical GRB! Weirdly, it didn’t look out of the ordinary in visible light."

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