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Comment Re: Really? (Score 1) 41 41

I'm more surprised by the fact that LinkedIn still has users to be surprised by this. Some people must have a high tolerance for this sort of treatment. I left the site the second time they decided to reset everyone's privacy settings because much of their user base was missing out on some of their new "business" opportunities they had introduced.

Comment Re: keef is frequently a no-show. (Score 1) 264 264

No doubt he'd end up in jail for failing to indicate a lane change when he thought it'd be a good idea to get out of the way of the patrol car that was rapidly approaching from behind too. Some people just don't seem to have much luck with the police in the US for some reason I just can't fathom.

Comment Re: BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 1) 127 127

Here's a way that the government could be even less involved: don't DO that. Let people who want to show programs to a large audience find their own way to fund the production and dissemination of that material. Say, by selling ads or attracting sponsors, etc.

And being under heavy influence by advertisers is better than being at arms length from government influence how exactly?

Comment Re:BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 1) 127 127

But it works both ways, so instead of paying for foreign shows as they do now, they now get those for free.

BBC doesn't get them for free. The British public does due to lack of geoblocking.

Personally I think that programming that is commercially viable on the international market shouldn't be paid for by taxes (or other practically unavoidable licensing fees) anyway. It puts commercial broadcasters at a competitive disadvantage and takes funding away from arts/documentaries and community programming that needs public broadcasters to be viable.

Comment Re: Why do we need H.265? (Score 2) 177 177

WMA was invented because of the patent demands surrounding MP3, not to kill off Vorbis. Microsoft licenses WMA out to hardware vendors at 0.10 per decoder, compared with 1.35 for a stereo MP3 decoder, and 0.98 for AAC. Probably we have Microsoft to thank for the more reasonable licensing fee structure adopted by MPEG-LA for their patent pools for H.264 and H.265.

Comment Re:Better picture... (Score 1) 33 33

Do we have the results of what the "ice" actually is? The only element with a melting point within the range of temperatures expected on Pluto is Neon, but I guess internal heating from the core could be melting something with a slightly higher melting point like Oxygen or Nitrogen and causing it to spread out smoothly like that.

Comment Re:the important detail (Score 1) 632 632

The real question is why ANYONE would want to work with people who did not like them.

The real question is how any large company can find anyone willing to work for them. Beyond a certain size, it is virtually guaranteed that someone at your workplace will not like you.

Comment Re: Mandarin dependency and homophone confusion (Score 1) 196 196

If you write it with long vowels spelt out, Toukyou is clearly different than Kyouto, though the Kyou in both cases is the same, Kyoto being the former capital. On the subject of Chinese being able to understand written Japanese, it is only partially the case, as Chinese characters are not always used for their meaning in Japanese. Sometimes they were used for their (Middle Chinese) sound.

Comment Re:worst quality in the history of broadcasting (Score 1) 573 573

I've done A-B comparisons with the FLAC samples from Pono's store (including some at 44k1/16 that supposedly come from the CD masters) vs. my own FLACs ripped from CD. It is clear that the music on Pono, like "Gold CDs" and other audiophile snakeoil that has come before it, gets its "better" sound by remastering, not because of the higher bitrate or bit depth. I put better in quotes there, because it really is a matter of opinion, and these types of products tend to aim at the type of audiophile who listens to their equipment, rather than listening to the music, so they tend to have a different opinion of what is a better sound.

I don't know about his hardware player, but I did try a similar snakeoil player from Meridian, and found that compared to a standard DAC on the same files, it was doing some DSP processing to "clean" up the sound, which ended up sounding quite nice on jazz and other sparse "audiophile music", but downright awful on noisy rock that is supposed to have a continuous wall of guitar noise.

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?