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Submission + - 24-bit: the new way to make you pay more for music ( 3

Barence writes: "Apple and music labels are reportedly in discussions to raise the audio quality of of the songs they sell to 24-bit. The move could see digital downloads that surpass CD quality, which is recorded at 16 bits at a sample rate of 44.1kHz. It would also provide Apple and the music labels with an opportunity to "upgrade" people's music collections, raising extra revenue in the process. The big question is whether anyone would even notice the difference between 16-bit and 24-bit files on a portable player, especially with the low-quality earbuds supplied by Apple and other manufacturers. Labels such as Linn Records already sell "studio master" versions of albums in 24-bit FLAC format, but these are targeted at high-end audio buffs with equipment of a high enough calibre to accentuate the improvement in quality."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Central Management systems?

nodeboy writes: I shall be starting a new job soon and will have to set up a central management system for Linux/ BSD systems.
I haven't used any recently so would like some input on which ones others have used and how good they are? like Satellite, spacewalk, CFEngine, OCS inventory, puppet, chef — any I missed?

Comment Re:Everything? (Score 1) 334

After all, ultimately, *all* energy is solar.

No, it isn't. Solar energy comes via agglomerated matter. That matter didn't just pop up in a Sun position, it came from all over.
So, you might as well trace it all back to the Big Bang ... or "Let there be light" ... or some other Sudden Beginning story - whatever your preference is.


Submission + - 3D Printing: what will the impact be?

aunt edna writes: Please air your views on how 3D Printing might affect commerce, consumers, getting technology items to 3rd world places, warfare, just about anything .... How will UPS etc be affected, too?

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison