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Comment Re:Taxis = artificial barriers to competition (Score 1) 204

Do the cabs there have medallions? Do the Uber drivers need commercial insurance like cab drivers need? Do the cabs have cameras in them, and if so, what about Uber drivers? Could we just get rid of the requirements that cabs have so they can better compete against Uber?

If you want gypsy taxis (like Uber legally is) then this is the right answer. Not to let Uber skip on requirements put on others, but drop all requirements on all.

Comment Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 385

wow.. if you have been following GG from the start, it takes some mental gymnastics to shift this onto "the opposition". You are claiming that none of the GG people made any female centric criticism first? They where all focused on the male perpetrator of unethical game journalism until the opposition made it into a female issue? Really?

Comment Re:First grab (Score 2) 157

I don't understand this analysis. Why are you showing "profit" as being equal to gross for some stakeholders (Composers, writers, performers), but as only 5% of gross for others (labels and platforms)? And, furthermore, what's up with "estimating" the profit margin at a single number, and then applying that same number to two very different operations (labels vs. platforms)? That looks quite strange.

The whole focus on "share of profit" in this scenario is one big misdirection. It is of no interest what profit record labels have if their cost level is out of control vs their income and value. The record labels need to seriously adapt their cost levels to a new reality. They've had an extreme golden age in the decades of the CD, but now reality is different, as it was before.

Comment Re:I'm amazed (Score 1) 169

I jsut don't get why all the people that will make streaming more popular than downloading are ignoring the obvious downsides of streaming vs. local storage: 1) You can't listen to your music when you dont have an active internet connection.

On Spotify you easily can and I do it all the time, just mark your playlist as offline.

2) You're basically paying regularly/multiple times to hear the same music you could just pay for/download once.

Well, yeah, but the sum of what I pay for my music use is so much lower than with downloads and CDs, so why does that matter? And as a bonus I have no monetary reasons to limit discovery of new music, explore shared playlists, let friends add whatever they like to the playlist when they are over, etc.

Comment Re:Can't DRM or Root Kit Vinyl (Score 1) 278

Yeah, but if you copy vinyl onto any other medium you risk losing that warm, rich sound you get from telling other hipsters how fragrant your farts smell.

Although you were going for funny, the evidence (double blind tests + science) is that the warm rich analogue sound from LP carries perfectly over to digital recordings when ripped from LP source. Because it is an artifact of LP medium technical limitations and playback distortions, perfectly captured by digital reproductions.

Comment Re:Sounds Better? (Score 3, Interesting) 433

I don't have a horse in either race, but I'm curious - Have any blind studies been done to determine if vinyl does indeed sound better? My audiophile father-in-law would tell you HD-CD sounds better than vinyl, but I don't have the ears to tell either way...

Yes. These are from my days of reading high-end hi-fi magazines that don't have the content online, so I don't have links, but one of the more definitive double blind studies proved that people who claimed they preferred the LP sound over CD (including both "golden ear" audiophiles and professional sound people) indeed were able to reliably identify and prefer the LP sound in controlled double blind experiments. But, when the same experiment compared with CD-R recorded from LP as source, they were not able to identify the difference at all. CD-R from LP as source was equally preferred over CD as LP.

This corresponds exactly with the science of the technical characteristics of the two technologies, signal theory and human hearing. The "warm, analogue" LP sound carried perfectly over to the CD-R, as it is distortion characteristics of LP playback that CD is perfectly able to replicate (Nyquist theorem).

HDCD is a different discussion. I was myself a HDCD supporter in my (luckily now behind me) audiophile days. But HDCD mainly sounded better because the mastering was better, not because of technical specs of the format. HDCD productions took greater care with quality of mastering, not at least avoiding the overuse of dynamic compression.

Comment What browser apps need.. (Score 5, Insightful) 195

..is to not have a backspace ruin everything you just did just because you didn't have the focus you thought you had (Chrome!). And to work offline as good as online. Take email as an example. I really like using travel time to catch up on, reply to and delete email. But often travel time does not have internet access (train, plane). For now, email clients are superior to web email because of this.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 3, Insightful) 294

Not really fair to immediately disregard the quality of the WiFi connection. It could be well in excess of the ISP connection.

I have a 40/20 mbps broadband, and independent local non-ISP speed tests give the same result on WiFi as ethernet, around 37-38/18-19 mbps. But, I do agree that if you get shitty results, you should try to rule out that shitty WiFi is the reason.

Comment Re:can we have ONE non-dumbed down GUI please? (Score 1) 184

FSVO "smoothly". I question whether you've ever run full-fat Windows 7 on an Atom, especially in situations where antivirus is mandatory.

I've been running "full-fat" Windows 7 on an Atom D510 in my Shuttle XS35GT media center PC for more than 3 years. Still runs fine, with MSE AV always on. Only thing it struggles with is some of the more demanding 1080P video files, 720P is always fine (but this is likely more due to graphic chip than processor).

Comment Re:So much for the smoke test ... (Score 1) 102

I take my hat off to the early adopters, the ones on the bleeding edge of anything new that comes out. But, over the years I've learned that if anyone is going to get hurt with the next new thing, it is the early adopters. Me, I wait a while. But I still thank the early adopters that take the risk the rest of us are too gutless to join in.

Thank you, all.

I'm itching to buy a X99 PC build but waiting for exactly this reason. Anybody happen to have any insights on "normal" timing for revised motherboards (rev A/B/C etc.) -- how long it usually takes after launch of a new platform like this before the first minor/major revisions of the motherboards are out?

Comment Re:Seperate VLAN. (Score 3, Interesting) 106

You can buy a router for 200 bucks that can do port by port VLAN or create different Wifi SSIDs that link to different VLANs.

Put all your internet of things stuff on VLAN 2, then setup firewall rules that allow the hub for the internet of things devices to either communicate directly with a control system on VLAN1 or just go out to the internet. If VLAN 2 is compromised... it will not compromise VLAN 1.

What happens when your 200 bucks router is compromised?

Comment Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (Score 1) 304

That may have been a consideration in the 80s, but it's not a good reason to do so now.

NT3.x was on the right path as a fairly well implemented micro-kernel OS, with graphic subsystem completely in user space. This was changed with NT4 for performance and compatibility reasons. (or, what we asked for, where we=market). There was a reason a lot of us clinged to our NT3.51 and refused to "update", like others cling to Win7 now.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (7) Well, it's an excellent idea, but it would make the compilers too hard to write.