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Comment: Re:Estate tax (Score 1) 1065

by VGVL (#38982605) Attached to: The Zuckerberg Tax

"The wife and kids (if any) did not create wealth."
So? There's nothing unfair about inheritance.

"They deserve money, but so do we."
No, you don't. You didn't generate that wealth. You do not own that wealth. You do not get to decide on it.
When you make your own billions you can give them away voluntarily like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

Comment: There is a difference. (Score 1) 849

by VGVL (#30145096) Attached to: Can We Really Tell Lossless From MP3?

I would call myself a "digital audiophile" I suppose, since I fail to see that vinyl can have better sound quality than a good digital studio master.

On any system you can buy at BestBuy (Bose) chances are you won't see much difference between FLAC and MP3. The speakers aren't up to par, but most importantly the DAC isn't good enough.

I did blind listening tests with my Bowers & Wilkins 800 speakers and with a Burr Brown DAC the difference between 320kbps MP3 and Apple Lossless is slight but noticeable. With a dedicated PS Audio DAC the difference is very apparent, mostly in the higher frequencies.

I also purchase 24-bit studio masters from Linn Records and they really are better than CD quality. The detail and dynamic range is impressive. It is so engaging that you will find yourself listening to albums again, just for the pleasure of hearing beautiful music.

What seems to be the norm is that most CDs mastered in 1975-1985 sound better than most CDs mastered today, so if the original CD is mediocre to begin with then chances are you won't see much difference when you encode it to lossy, as the dynamic range is already compressed on the CD.

Comment: I use Mathematica in class. (Score 2, Informative) 823

by VGVL (#29916273) Attached to: How To Enter Equations Quickly In Class?
I've been using Wolfram Mathematica to take class notes and exams for years. By using the keyboard shortcuts you can easily keep up with the class. You can also have instant interactive graphs which will be much easier to understand than anything a professor could draw on a board, although it's not like my professors write on the board as they use Mathematica or Matlab to teach the class as well. This is at a private university in Mexico.

Comment: I get to use Mathematica on exams. (Score 1) 339

by VGVL (#28316469) Attached to: Wolfram Alpha Rekindles Campus Math Tool Debate
I've been allowed to use Mathematica on Calculus and Differential Equations. Not just the classes, but the exams. Most of the class examples were Mathematica-based. We had to understand the concepts thoroughly in order to apply them quickly. The calculations are grunt work so we let the computers do that part. Also, the exams wouldn't be a list of equations to solve, they were real world problems. Mathematica/MATLAB usage wasn't mandatory, but it was strongly encouraged as it would make us more competitive.

Comment: BMW vs. Mercedes (Score 2, Interesting) 403

by VGVL (#28034879) Attached to: Right-to-Repair Law To Get DRM Out of Your Car
This already happens with BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz, and it's the reason I choose BMW. On a BMW I can use standard metric tools, I can buy the service manuals with the mechanical and electric diagrams, and contrary to popular belief parts are actually cheaper than most makes. I couldn't believe that a radiator for a Saturn costs twice as much at the dealer than one for my 5-Series at the BMW dealer. With Mercedes it's an entirely different matter. The "techs" are always secretive about what they're doing to MY car. When I asked if I could purchase the service manuals they looked at me weird, like "What sort of crazy Mercedes-Benz owner would want to get his hands dirty and fix his own car?" That sounds an awful lot like DRM, even if there's no encryption involved.

You know you've been spending too much time on the computer when your friend misdates a check, and you suggest adding a "++" to fix it.

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