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Comment Re:Bet it will sound better than the CD album (Score 3, Insightful) 82

That was the fault of the engineer on the album. I don't know why Rubin keeps going to him, but he keeps compressing the shit out of everything when they mix the albums. The mastering engineer publicly called them out on it after the album had been released. Quote from wikipedia: " MusicRadar and Rolling Stone attribute a quote to the album's mastering engineer Ted Jensen in which he claims that "mixes were already brick-walled before they arrived" for mastering[70][71] and cite a petition from fans to remix or remaster the album." Oftentimes today "mastering" today is simply over-compressing the hell out of the mix, but apparently, that was done ahead of time on this one.


Submission + - 'Benny Hill' (and others) going off air in the USA

solitas writes: The Telegraph reports that the BBC, and BBC America, are pulling programs such as 'The Benny Hill Show', 'The Avengers', and 'The Prisoner' because "...We are now going to focus exclusively on bringing US audiences the very best in contemporary British programming ...It's what the BBC does best ...our job is to reflect contemporary Britain and all the cool shows coming out." — despite it being that all those shows (and others) are still in demand by Americans.

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A research team reports that radiation and chemotherapy increase circulating levels of the growth factor TGF-beta, circulating cancer cells, and tumor metastases in a mouse model of metastatic breast cancer.
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Submission + - Linux iPod Virus Discovered

The Daily WTF writes: "Do you run Linux on your iPod? If so, it could be vulnerable to a newly discovered proof-of-concept virus. Alas, it's not quite as user friendly as Windows viruses — even F-Secure had to get help from Kaspersky Labs to get the virus to run — so it's unlikely that either Linux or Apple will ever be able to challenge Microsoft's dominance in malware compatibility. Both iPod Linux users have been warned to keep a look out for tell-tale signs of the virus: a "You're infected" message accompanied by a small picture of Tux."

Submission + - RIAA sues sites hosting leaked Year Zero tracks

no reason to be here writes: "The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which has become notorious for suing anyone from high school students to retirees for downloading music from the web, has gone after web sites such as Idolator that have posted leaked songs from the upcoming NINE INCH NAILS album, "Year Zero". The problem, however, is that the tracks were leaked intentionally. Several songs from the album were left on computer hard drives at venues on the band's current European tour, with fans finding and posting them on the web for others to download and swap. According to, the RIAA sent cease-and-desist emails to web sites that posted the tracks, leading one industry source to say, "These f***ing idiots are going after a campaign that the label signed off on."
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Submission + - Military Develops Non-Lethal Ray Gun

sup2100 writes: The military's new weapon is a ray gun that shoots a beam that makes people feel as if they will catch fire. The technology is supposed to be harmless — a non-lethal way to get enemies to drop their weapons... While the sudden, 130-degree Fahrenheit heat was not painful, it was intense enough to make participants think their clothes were about to ignite.
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Submission + - The Insanely Great Songs Apple Won't Let you Hear

FunkeyMonk writes: " has an article by Paul Collins explaining that the iTunes music store has thousands of tracks that you can't buy in the U.S. From the article:
The iTunes Music Store has a secret hiding in plain sight: Log out of your home account in the page's upper-right corner, switch the country setting at the bottom of the page to Japan, and you're dropped down a rabbit hole into a wonderland of great Japanese bands that you've never even heard of. And they're nowhere to be found on iTunes U.S.
The article goes on to mention a few workarounds if you want to purchase foreign tunes. But this brings up a good point — why shouldn't iTunes be the great mythical omniscient music repository where all the world's music is available instantly? Is this a case of **AA greed, or simply a marketing decision?"

Submission + - Treasure trove of fossils found Down Under

clintonclinton writes: ""Treasure trove of fossils found Down Under
Australian bones could shed light on prehistoric extinction mystery.

In three caves, researchers unearthed the remains of 69 vertebrate species, plus a mollusc, that lived between 800,000 and 200,000 years ago1. The rare find sheds light on an intensely debated topic: what wiped out the large prehistoric animals, or megafauna, that roamed ancient Australia?" -7.html"

Submission + - Rough Start for First Impeachment Resolution

Dr. Eggman writes: According to The Santa Fe New Mexican, a bill has been introduced in the state senate that would call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. However, the bill has already come across hurdles in the form of it's committee assignments. I has been assigned to three separate committees, making leaving the Democrat controlled Senate hard pressed to clear them all and make it to the floor before the 60-day session ends. This would make New Mexico the first state to pass an impeachment resolution.

Submission + - No prohibition against adult content on Blu-ray

An anonymous reader writes: In a recent Slashdot story it was reported that "No Blu-ray disk manufacturer would make their disks because Sony doesn't want porn on Blu-ray (just as with Betamax)." Reports now indicate that this is false. "'There's no prohibition against adult content,' Lisa Gephardt, a spokeswoman for Sony Corp. of America...."

Submission + - Microsoft Extends XP Home & MCE Support

innocence18 writes: "Microsoft has announced that it will be adding an "Extended Support" phase for both Windows XP Home and Media Center Editions. This brings the support life cycle of both products to 5 years mainstream (April 2009) and 5 years extended which matches the support policy of XP Professional."

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