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Comment: Re:Not really missing vinyl (Score 1) 433

by lindseyp (#48598377) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

That's not the way DAC works. The output waveform is built by adding a SINC function at every sample point. This means even output frequencies very close to the sampling frequency can be reconstructed perfectly, that is as long as the extraneous and inaudible frequencies are filtered out.

It's a common misconception and one which drove me nuts as a scientifically literate audiophile, until I was able to get a signal processing professor to explain it to me.

Comment: In a similar vein... newslines.org (Score 2) 167

by lindseyp (#48512609) Attached to: Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

http://www.newslines.org/ exists to aggregate news in a timeline by SUBJECT, where the subject could be a person, place, event etc.

It does fill a niche that I think is not really covered well by wikipedia, google news, or any of the services I've yet seen.

*disclaimer, newslines.org is a startup of a good friend of mine and I do have a financial interest.

Comment: Re:Dammit, I got fooled again. (Score 1) 172

by lindseyp (#47605491) Attached to: Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Minindisc was awesome, it only failed outside Asia because in Europe and America, where generally cheaper products were the norm, people started ripping mp3s to CDR en-masse before MD players were cheap enough for mass market.

The Clie was good, if a little fiddly. I knew a few people with those. Where *that* failed was sony's protectionis hogging of the Palm OS and getting usurped by Symbian and then Microsoft on smartphones until Apple took over the world.

The e-reader was behind Amazon by far in terms of simplicity, wireless connectivity, and catalogue.

In each case it seems Sony's made a product which enjoyed limited success amongst geeks willing to pay a premium for a couple of unique features, but failed to grasp mass market with affordable and easy-to-use products.

Yup, you need a different brand. I'm thinking the same about Apple these days.

+ - Ethereum - a distributed platform born from cryptocurrencies.

Submitted by lindseyp
lindseyp (988332) writes "Ethereum is a platform and a programming language that makes it possible for any developer to build and publish next-generation distributed applications.

Ethereum can be used to codify, decentralize, secure and trade just about anything: voting, domain names, financial exchanges, crowdfunding, company governance, contracts and agreements of most kind, intellectual property, and even smart property thanks to hardware integration.

Ethereum borrows the concept of decentralized consensus that makes bitcoin so resilient, yet makes it trivial to build on its foundation. To find out more about how Ethereum works, consult the whitepaper."

Comment: Re:Where is "racial" discrimination? (Score 1) 409

by lindseyp (#45973783) Attached to: Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

Salaries are set by supply and demand, and if there are plenty of people of Indian nationality who are jumping at the chance to work in California, then the hiring company is, on average, going to get away with a lower average salary. In much the same way that trying to get a Californian to go live in Mumbai, they may have to pay more than they'd pay a local, due to a shortage of people wanting to work in a city with clearly lower standards of living.

The problem here is that "Indian" is used English interchangeably as a nationality an an ethnicity, so there are sudden screams of "THAT's WACIST" from the overcompensating PC crowd. If they'd said "That's plenty for an English person", "that's plenty for a Minnesotan" or "That's plenty for a young unmarried guy", there wouldn't be such a problem. It's common practice for companies to end up getting away with lower salaries for people doing the same job, for a variety of reasons which are not protected in law.

"An entire fraternity of strapping Wall-Street-bound youth. Hell - this is going to be a blood bath!" -- Post Bros. Comics

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