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Comment: Re:It's a lost cause (Score 1) 399

by malzfreund (#44529417) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?
Trying to use PGP in this instance is a lost cause. You risk missing a deadline, you risk that your file doesn't reach the right recipient, you risk that you will be frowned upon, etc. If they encouraged encrypted submissions, they would probably make their public key accessible. Since they don't make the key available (I assume you've done your research), still to what's conventional in the business. Either email unencrypted or send via snail mail (using a courier service).

+ - LG Pushing Audio Voodoo On Its New Android Flagship

Submitted by malzfreund
malzfreund (1729864) writes "Today, LG presented its new flagship Android smartphone, the LG G2. During the launch event, LG emphasized that the G2 is the first smartphone which plays 24-bit/192kHz FLAC out-of-the-box. In an interview with Engadget, LG engineer Dr. Ram-chan Woo claims that "people can hear much wider than CD can reproduce."

Engadget views the G2's hi-rez capability as a "standout feature." Considering that it is quite uncontroversial among experts that 24-bit/192kHz audio provides no fidelity gain whatsoever over 16/44.1 or 16/48 (see, for example, here), that's somewhat disconcerting."

+ - Half of TOR Sites Compromised, Including TORMail.->

Submitted by elysiuan
elysiuan (762931) writes ""The founder of Freedom Hosting has been arrested in Ireland and is awaiting extradition to USA.

In a crackdown that FBI claims to be about hunting down pedophiles, half of the onion sites in the TOR network has been compromised, including the e-mail counterpart of TOR deep web, TORmail"

The FBI has also embedded a 0-day Javascript attack against Firefox 17 on Freedom Hosting's server. It appears to install a tracking cookie and a payload that phones home to the FBI when the victim resumes non-TOR browsing. Interesting implications for The Silk Road and the value of Bitcoin stemming from this. The attack relies on two extremely unsafe practices when using TOR: Enabled Javascript, and using the same browser for TOR and non-TOR browsing. Any users accessing a Freedom Hosting hosted site since 8/2 with javascript enabled are potentially compromised."

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Comment: Re:It seems that (Score 4, Insightful) 112

The cost of the "middle-man" app is tiny. In fact, it may be cheaper to use an app as opposed to having real people answering phone calls. I guess you're right in the sense that taxi companies wouldn't wanna share revenues with another party. But this doesn't make the app intrinsically useless. In fact, taxi companies may well respond with an app of their own (that's what happened in Germany).

Comment: Exclusiveness (Score 1) 267

by malzfreund (#44352935) Attached to: Canonical Seeks $32 Million To Make Ubuntu Smartphone
It seems like a bit of a break with their philosophy. About Ubuntu says "The vision for Ubuntu is part social and part economic: free software, available free of charge to everybody on the same terms." Sure, they're talking about software there but a not exactly affordable phone for $600-810 still feels a bit odd.

Comment: Re:Add Ogg Vorbis support for native apps (Score 1) 262

by malzfreund (#43948323) Attached to: What Features Does iOS 7 Need?
AAC is one of the very best lossy codecs out there, doing quite well in double-blind listening tests. ogg is better than mp3, too, but probably not better than AAC. What's missing in iOS is good out-of-the-box FLAC support. yes, for smartphones, lossy audio is more interesting due to storage/bandwidth contraints. yet, you should support at least one lossless codec and FLAC would be more desirable than ALAC. not because it achieves better compression (it usually does) but because it's waay more widely adopted than ALAC.

Comment: Not sure what's confusing... (Score 1) 491

by malzfreund (#35349582) Attached to: SSDs Cause Crisis For Digital Forensics
(1.) It may be hard to securely erase an SSD. Due to things such as wear leveling, the relationship between sector addresses and physical flash cells isn't transparent to the OS. And ATA Secure Erase isn't implemented or isn't implemented correctly on all SSDs. (2.) SSDs are hard to recover. That's because they may start erasing some blocks containing data (and not just the entry in the file allocation table) shortly after you delete a file in the file system. Again, this happens due to things such as wear leveling and isn't transparent to the OS. Contrast this to a hard drive where, following a file delete, only the entry in the allocation table is deleted but no actual data. I don't see anything contradictory or confusing here

Comment: Re:Quasi-audiophile here (Score 1) 450

by malzfreund (#35297732) Attached to: Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads
Of course, 24/96 is standard. Even bedroomers produce at higher than 16/44.1. Thus, the issue mentioned in the parent is of no relevance. On the other hand, abuse of compression and dithering plugins during the mixdown (by bedroomers as well as professional mastering engineers!) is a very real issue.

Comment: Re:More missing. (Score 1) 225

by malzfreund (#33821854) Attached to: Game Prices — a Historical Perspective
A lot of wrong stuff here. First of all, EUR 30 in the mid-80s is equivalent to roughly EUR 55 today due to the effects of inflation (these are approximate numbers for countries like Germany and the Netherlands). Inflation was slightly higher in the US, so a larger increase in dollar prices was necessary over there to compensate producers for rising input prices. Second, I don't think MSX games are really representative for what OP is referring to. MSX was never really mainstream in the US and Europe. Third, production cost have risen tremendously, yes. But a good chunk of the cost of producing a video game is fixed. And since the market for video games has grown tremendously over the last three decades, those fixed cost are distributed over a much larger number of games sold, therefore facilitating lower video game prices (in real terms).
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Game Prices — a Historical Perspective 225

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-about-the-benjamins dept.
The Opposable Thumbs blog scrutinizes the common wisdom that video games are too expensive, or that they're more expensive than they were in the past. They found that while in some cases the sticker price has increased, it generally hasn't outpaced inflation, making 2010 a cheaper time to be a gamer than the '80s and '90s. Quoting: "... we tracked down a press release putting the suggested retail price of both Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64 at $69.99. [Hal Halpin, president of the Entertainment Consumer's Association] says that the N64 launch game pricing only tells you part of the story. 'Yes, some N64 games retailed for as high as $80, but it was also the high end of a 60 to 80 dollar range,' he told Ars. 'Retailers had more flexibility with pricing back then — though they've consistently maintained that the Suggested Retail Price was/is just a guide. Adjusted for inflation, we're generally paying less now than we have historically. But to be fair, DLC isn't factored in.' He also points out all the different ways that we can now access games: you can buy a game used, rent a game, or play certain online games for free. There are multiple ways to sell your old console games, and the competition in the market causes prices to fall quickly."
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Researchers Discover Irresistible Dance Moves 215

Posted by samzenpus
from the gene-gene-the-dancing-machine dept.
sciencehabit writes "To find out if certain dance moves are more attractive to women than others, researchers recruited a bunch of college guys and used motion-capture to create avatars of them dancing. When women watched the avatars (2 videos included in story), the men they found most attractive were those who kept their heads and torsos moving without flailing their arms and legs. The researchers say dancing is thus an honest signal to women of the man's strength and health, just as it is in crabs and hummingbirds, who also move in special ways to attract mates."

Comment: RLY? (Score 0, Flamebait) 516

by malzfreund (#33459684) Attached to: Video Appliance For a Large Library On a Network?
why the fuck is this question even accepted by /.? Do your research before submitting, there are dozens of solutions: HTPCs, a bunch of the latest Blu-Ray players and TVs, media streamers (a couple of which have been mentioned above), and 7th gen video consoles. hell, even some recently-announced tablets will be able to grab content from SMB (or DLNA) and output it to your screen via HDMI (gotta look closely, though, not all do 1080p)

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