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Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 3, Insightful) 370

by marcello_dl (#48626125) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

You don't do that, you pick the useful idiots, provoke them a bit and then treat them as dangerous.And even if they are dangerous who are they gonna go after? Hackers have all the info on sony execs, but who really owns it? Who really dictate its policies? PHBs make insane amount of money not because they are worth them, they do because they follow the rules of the system.

Comment: Re:Not really missing vinyl (Score 0) 431

by marcello_dl (#48595823) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

The difference in the steps, AKA quantization noise, is minimal since smoothing is applied. But the DA conversion vs. the groove picked up magnetically is possibly the culprit, together with different compression, while noise and different EQ response are less significant factors (simply adding some vinyl noise and EQ profile to digital does not make it sound like vinyl).
Possibly, the less linear analog chain is somehow more pleasing for the ear.

Then there is the issue of stereo encoding on the single groove, which limits the source material in ways which might actually be good for listening (impossible to have big phase differences in the bass range or the record skips).

I would still not classify vinyl as better than digital, it's just different.
Hipsters should anyway concentrate on more esoteric stuff, like hi end analog tape, or analog satellite HD transmissions (still unrivalled IMHO)

Comment: Re:You are not in control (Score 0) 113

by marcello_dl (#48580349) Attached to: Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

The selfish gene is an interpretation. "Life as a single process" is another interpretation that returns the same result ("tougher times, let's breed more females to increase potential yield and variation, the few males will sure be able to bang more than one"). And in both case contraception and males turning down free rides with no string attached for philosophical reasons ("Bros before hoes") prove that the selfish gene or the single process life is in control of the organism no more than the citizen is in control in a modern democracy: very little.
You are in control, whatever "you" means, deal with it.

Comment: Re:programming (Score 0) 414

by marcello_dl (#48573847) Attached to: AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Actually you did not criticize the applicability of the quote, you dismissed it for your own reasons that you explained above.
If I cited Pinocchio we wouldn't have a problem because you would not have reacted to a possible attempt of validating it. Besides I believe there is no possible attempt at validating any religious book, any possible manifestation of a god must occur in this world to be experienced, and can be faked given enough tech.

Comment: Re:In summary... (Score 0, Offtopic) 222

earlier post: "about begging a magic Sky Daddy for things" implies prayer is ineffective towards a non existing god. A position which could even be wrong in atheist scenarios where prayer works because of natural causes or psychology BTW.

parent post: "I said it was no worse than religious indoctrination by parents"
Nope you said something different, I was not replying to your main point, I was just challenging the atheism that you just put there as self evident. That's a form of circular reasoning, see my other post, which is Exacly how other religions work, so your atheism fights fire with fire.

Or it's a failed appeal to authority, because I may not be familiar with the atheists who wrote the things that you cited. If you want to discuss where they are wrong, please google my comment history, plenty of hooks.

So, maybe, what in your words "makes no sense whatsoever", makes no sense to you instead.

Nice touch the personal attack at the end.

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