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Comment: Re:Uh, don't post... (Score 4, Insightful) 135

It's less like having a cop reading information you have put up on a flyer and more like the cops having wiretaps on all of your associates. Which would be fine, with a good reason and a court order.

Since when does facebook offer a reasonable expectation of privacy? If you don't want it to be public, it shouldn't be on facebook.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 196

by aitikin (#48962385) Attached to: Music Doesn't Feature In the Pirate Bay's Top 100 Biggest Torrents

Movies are where the good sound is. Uncompressed, high fideliety, etc. The good sound system in the home is the home theater.

Movies still have audio compression, but it's higher fidelity than most audio streams people listen to. Blu Ray offers 2-3 lossless formats, but, unless we're looking at a concert Blu Ray or something, I would be surprised to find that they're using those codecs.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 196

by aitikin (#48962355) Attached to: Music Doesn't Feature In the Pirate Bay's Top 100 Biggest Torrents

He didn't give us the loudness wars. Mix engineers have very little to do with the loudness wars. Here's an example (yes, again, the irony of using YouTube for examples such as these is not lost on me), using an album that Scheps was recording engineer and mix engineer on, where the levels are drastically different due to the different mastering engineers.

Mastering is a difficult process, but for about 15-20 years, the sole goal has seemed to be to keep the "volume" the same from one track to the next, and make sure that it's as loud as possible. I still blame the multi-disc CD changers for the real kick off of the loudness wars.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 196

by aitikin (#48959445) Attached to: Music Doesn't Feature In the Pirate Bay's Top 100 Biggest Torrents

Being an audio engineer, it pains me that this is considered good enough. That being said, my response was spurred because, in the post I replied to, you referred to it as HD audio. If what you get off YouTube (even in HD video) is considered HD audio, then iTunes has been selling people the equivalent of 4k ever since they did iTunes Plus.

As far as loudness wars are concerned, we've passed the peak of the wars imho. Albums are getting released with consideration for dynamics these days. I still look for an album mastered for vinyl because the lathe just can't handle the loudness that a lot of modern albums come out at.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 5, Informative) 196

by aitikin (#48958697) Attached to: Music Doesn't Feature In the Pirate Bay's Top 100 Biggest Torrents

Rather odd we're even worried about piracy anyway when likely every single one of the top 100 songs is also posted on YouTube, in full streaming HD audio and video.

You clearly do not know what HD audio is, YouTube doesn't even qualify as decent audio. Very good explanation from an audio engineer (ironically, found on youtube) is right here

Comment: Re:not knowing what Thunderbolt is (Score 5, Informative) 123

by aitikin (#48948453) Attached to: Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

Thunderbolt is Sony/Apple competitior to the original USB. It is higher performing with I/O bound to the host vs in the peripherals of the original USB design. It was more expensive so USB won but due to its superior bandwidth and processing it is used for ilink/thunderbolt video cameras, vga dongles, and ethernet.

You sound like you're describing Firewire (developed by Apple, Sony, and a number of others), not Thunberbolt (developed primarily by Intel).

Thunderbolt comes with MS Surface and any Apple product to connect vga, ethernet, dvd, HDMI, video cameras, and other dongles. Mac users use them too. USB 2?? Well it can't handle these well or at all.

This paragraph confuses me, what are you talking about when you say USB can handle these well or at all? Dongles are almost always used on the USB port.

An easier explanation is that Thunderbolt is a functional, external PCIe bandwidth connection. I see it far more often in Pro Audio and Pro Video than any other purpose as its high bandwidth allows better access. It's still a young tech (2011) as opposed to USB (1996) and Firewire (1994), so there's plenty of things that still can come from it.

Comment: Re:Something is wrong with the respondents! (Score 1) 480

by aitikin (#48919119) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?
Seaquest was great, hard sci-fi. That is, until ratings fell to the point where NBC decided that it was better served by becoming Star Trek under water in S2. I greatly appreciated the hard, near future sci-fi mentality that went into Seaquest and was disappointed when it went to the new format.

Comment: Re:Crash-testing & strength? (Score 2) 128

FTA (yes I know, this is slashdot, and someone actually RTFA, unbelievable) they already succeeded in exceeding expectations and destroying the long expected timeframe with a project for DARPA:

In 2011, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) approached Local Motors with a challenge: Design a combat support vehicle for use in Afghanistan more cheaply and quickly. Local Motors solicited design ideas on its website, chose the best out of the 162 that it received, and built and delivered the vehicle, called the XC2V, in four months– a timeframe considered impossibly fast.

Comment: Re:its a tough subject (Score 2) 673

by aitikin (#48884183) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?
Lopman, Ben (2013). "Gastroenteritis Hospitalizations in Older Children and Adults in the United Sates Before and After Implementation of Infant Rotavirus Vaccination". The Journal of the American Medical Association 310 (8): 851–853.


A "Hypothesis" in science is still better than what you're claiming, and, at the very least, even if there is not sufficient "studies / tests / real results" (which, hint, I just SHOWED YOU real results from JAMA, but that's going to require you to understand them), this would definitely qualify as a working hypothesis. So stop trolling and ACTUALLY educate yourself, not read conspiracy websites.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 323

These are the people making policy that the people teaching our children are expected to enforce?

FTFY. Very few teachers are ever involved or considered in making policy. Being originally from that state, there were always things that every single teacher I met (and I met a number, my mother was a teacher, my brother is a teacher (as was his ex-wife), and, as such, many of their friends were too) absolutely hated.

In some school districts, it's a fineable (and, actually, terminate-able) offense for the teacher to grade papers in red ink (because the color red means it was bad)... Other districts are known to not allow teachers to give out homework until High School. It's ridiculous for sure, but these rules certainly were not put in place by the teachers and to lump them in with the policy makers is ridiculous.

Eureka! -- Archimedes