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Comment: I have to wonder (Score 4, Informative) 238

by aitikin (#47371341) Attached to: Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches
If Google is really just trying to show how flawed this is. After all, if you search him (I popped over to as I'm in the US) that blog certainly does not come up, but about the entire first page of hits (especially if you throw bbc in as well) is about how that page will not come up because of this ruling...

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 45

by aitikin (#47371033) Attached to: Google Acquires Curated Music Service Songza

> (I've seen vinyl rips in FLAC where each track is upwards of 350MB)

That's a stretch.

192Khz * 24-bit = 576KB/s = ~35MB/min

350MB would be 10 minutes long uncompressed

That's for one track, not stereo. It would actually be about 69.12 MB/min or 4.14 GB/hr uncompressed, so, using conservative estimates, 3.105GB/hr FLAC.

Most people are wise enough not to bother with 192KHz, although some could argue for 96KHz, which still puts you at about half of the figures I stated above for a stereo track. 350MB is a 35 minute album done in 44.1KHz/16 bit at uncompressed or likely 44.1KHz and 24 bit done in FLAC or with really good FLAC compression, 48 KHz/24 bit.

This brings up a quick question for the GP, Joe, with the size of hard drives/solid state these days, why should you be so worried about file size? Audio quality makes a big difference in both perception and experience. 350MB for a high quality (audio quality not necessarily musical) album is a better way to enjoy a good (musical) album than a crummy 256 kbps MP3.

Comment: Re:No voice control? (Score 1) 88

by aitikin (#47363227) Attached to: Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars
Or someone pays for a license for speech to text implementations. Just because it's Linux, doesn't mean there can't be commercial software on it, commercial licenses available, etc. The kernel should not have non-open source code in it (although, there's ways around this ala nVidia drivers), but other than that, why would it matter that Linux doesn't have open sourced speech to text and patents aren't in the public domain?

Comment: Re:No (Score 4, Interesting) 218

by aitikin (#47276567) Attached to: It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

Not only is it NOT A MOTORCYCLE! the person talking about it has never ridden a motorcycle.

which is easier on the driver's legs than putting a foot down the way you do while riding most motorcycles.

First all motorcycles. Not most. Second. Who the hell ever pulled up to a stop while riding and thought "Fuck. I have to put my feet down again!"?

Not all. Like it or not "trikes" are considered and labelled motorcycles. As such, your statement is not accurate.

Second, I know a number of people who dislike it due to weaker legs/ankle injuries/etc (and thus, are attracted moreso to the trikes, which, for the record, I HATE).

Comment: Re:Kind of see their point... (Score 1) 207

by aitikin (#47249701) Attached to: Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order
So if you're using my server without my permission and I tell you to stop right away, you're going to be extremely distrustful of me in any attempts of "amicable negotiation" later? Shouldn't I be the one distrustful of you?! (Or, in the non-analogous format, shouldn't IKEA be distrustful of someone using their property without permission?!)

Comment: Re:Kind of see their point... (Score 0) 207

by aitikin (#47247985) Attached to: Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

Yes, that's the wrong way. Allowing lawyers to run free and wild without any thought towards what it's going to look like when you're major fan base starts hating you.

No, that's the ONLY way in the US from my understanding (IANAL). They have a legal requirement to use and defend their trademark or they will lose it.

Comment: Re:What about flat cards? (Score 1) 142

If the customer issues a chargeback, Chang's doesn't have a leg to stand on.

If the bank doesn't side with the merchant -- photographic evidence is sufficient for any court...

Bullshit. I'm in sales, my company's lost chargebacks with "photographic evidence" plenty of times. The bank sides with their client, the customer almost all the time.

Comment: Re:Chip & Pin (Score 1) 142

Minimum purchase requirements are against the agreement the organization has with the credit card company* (in the US) which is why you can pay for a pack of gum with a credit card.

*Mind you, you'll still see plenty of smaller stores putting a minimum on purchases with CCs. They pay a larger transaction fee than big chains typically.

Comment: Re:A very interesting thing to do - however. (Score 1) 211

by aitikin (#47223879) Attached to: Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public
You're thinking trademark. Pretty sure patents do not have a "must defend" clause. In trademark, it will be invalidated if you don't stay on it and pursue anyone misusing it (Kleenex will come down on any magazine/newspaper they see that doesn't put after their trademark because if they don't, they can lose that trademark).

Comment: Re:If people would fight their tickets... (Score 1) 286

by aitikin (#47167195) Attached to: How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets
Buddy of mine fought 3 or 4 different tickets (all at the same time, one was a legit ticket, doing 60 in a 45) in Cook County recently. The tickets were going to run him somewhere above 350. In the end he left the courthouse writing a check for something just under 200 (the speeding was something like $95 from my understanding) so the court fees have gone up, but not too much.

Comment: Re:Nintendo has fallen far (Score 1) 110

by aitikin (#47111407) Attached to: Nintendo To Split Ad Revenue With Streaming Gamers

Nintendo has always been very controlling of it's property.

Oh, really? The games don't belong to Nintendo. That's like saying Photoshop belongs to Intel, Apple or Microsoft just because it runs on Windows or OSX platforms.

Many developers have previously stated their intention to allow YouTube users to upload videos relating to their games, without any kind of charge, express permission or revenue-sharing deal.

No, this is like saying Photoshop belongs to Adobe. Nintendo owns the rights to all the games that I've heard of them doing this to, therefore, Nintendo being controlling of its property is a fitting statement.

Comment: Re:no (Score 1) 437

Think of the children is a legitimate line of thought when it's actually about children and not someone trying to gain personal power or push through a bad policy by using our empathy against us and linking it to a unconnected issue.

Do you really think I'm on some power grab or trying to push through a bad policy with my argument here?

Based on the reasoning you proposed, yes, you're trying to put through a bad policy. Based upon your argument above, we should take away bicycles, skateboards, and any other form of transportation that will allow a child to meet up with an adult they met online (as Belial6 pointed out).

How about this, we allow parents to set rules for their children as well as punishments for breaking said rules? How's that sound?

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