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Comment Re:The alternative? (Score 1) 687

Interestingly dynamic compression for the sake of getting things louder and data compression are almost mutual exclusive
By compressing the dynamic range you are necessarily compressing the range of values your data can hold. That IS data compression. Kind of stupid data compression because you cannot then recreate the original data from it. You essentially lose all of the mapping between frequencies outside of your normalization envelope and map them to some other sound that is in that place(if there is sound occupying that space). That's what all that noise is--data that has been mapped to the same frequency. Maybe it doesn't make much of a difference when there are 2-3 instruments and they don't get in each other's way when normalized, but when you have sound and fury all compressed in a small space that's when you will really hear it.

As a side note it might be worth noting that it may be a way of making bad artists sound good. In a way you make their job easier with a smaller sound space they need to master. If you haven't noticed how some artists sound good on CD and they suck live this is the reason...not to mention other neat tricks they do in the studio but I digress...

Submission Coral Reefs Dying of Herpes

ThanatosMinor writes: Looks like many coral reefs are dying. Reefs that live in close proximity to humans tend to die, and not just from direct pollution, but also as an indirect result of global warming and overfishing allowing coral-hungry microbes to flourish. From the article, "'They're screwed no matter what we do to them,'"

Why Music Really Is Getting Louder 388

Teksty Piosenek writes "Artists and record bosses believe that the best album is the loudest one. Sound levels are being artificially enhanced so that the music punches through when it competes against background noise in pubs or cars. 'Geoff Emerick, engineer on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album, said: "A lot of what is released today is basically a scrunched-up mess. Whole layers of sound are missing. It is because record companies don't trust the listener to decide themselves if they want to turn the volume up." Downloading has exacerbated the effect. Songs are compressed once again into digital files before being sold on iTunes and similar sites. The reduction in quality is so marked that EMI has introduced higher-quality digital tracks, albeit at a premium price, in response to consumer demand.'"

Custom Charts w/ Perl and GD 112

An anonymous reader writes "This article describes techniques you can use to create new levels of usefulness in your dynamically generated charts with Perl and GD. Cook up some automatically generated graphs for your organizational meetings or live enterprise directory data. Annotate the charts with readable text that delivers more information than the standard pie chart. Using the power of GD and Perl, you can link various data and images together to create sophisticated charts that will help bring visual interest to your applications."
The Courts

Media Server Manufacturer Wins in Court 98

whoever57 writes "The DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA) has lost its bid to shut down Kaleidescope, which manufactures media servers that can copy DVDs (along with decryption keys) to built in hard drives. The DVD CCA claimed that this violated the terms of the contracts that control DVD-related equipment because the DVD need not be physically present for payback. However, the judge ruled against the DVD CCA on the narrow grounds that part of the specification of the Content Scrambling System was not part of the overall license agreement. This may open up the market for similar devices."

OSS Music Composer Gaining Attention 116

An anonymous reader writes "Following in the footsteps of Psycle, VioLet Composer is a completely GPLed music composer for Windows that has slowly but surely been gaining attention. In an interview at Laptoprockers the author covers not only the program itself but the his reasoning behind choosing to open the source using the GPL."

Journal Journal: 3D displays not so far fetched

A Hungarian company named Holografika is working on a true 3D display. They have been offering their HoloVizio system($39,000) for a couple of years for medical and visualization purposes. Apparently it uses two screens that send rays of light in appropriate directions to make the image seem 3D. Here it is in action at Siggraph. There are also full divx videos on their
The Internet

CSS Turns 10 Years Old 176

An anonymous reader writes "Cascading Style Sheets celebrate their tenth anniversary this week. The W3C put together the CSS10 site in recognition of this milestone with a Hall of Fame, essays from the past decade, a gallery, and more." I was glad to see the CSS Zen Garden selected for the Hall of Fame, and disappointed (but not surprised) that no browser on my computer correctly renders the Acid2 test.

Russia Agrees To Shut Down 550

Pro-SEO writes, "An official document (PDF), dated November 19, summarizes an agreement between the U.S. and Russia in which Russia has agreed to close down, and any sites that 'permit illegal distribution of music and other copyright works.' The agreement is posted to the Web site for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. It summarizes the joint efforts of the two countries to fight content piracy, an issue in which Russia and Eastern Europe figure prominently." From the document: "This agreement sets the stage for further progress on IPR issues in Russia through the next phase of multilateral negotiations, during which the United States and other WTO members will examine Russia's IPR regime."

Clear Channel Goes Private and Streamlined 94

7Prime writes "Clear Channel Communications Inc., the nations largest radio, billboard, and entertainment outlet, announced their intention this morning to sell the company to a consortium of private-equity firms for over $26 billion. In addition, Clear Channel's TV division, as well as its smallest 448 radio stations would be sold out of the company and will be looking for potential buyers." From the article: "The buyers, led by Bain Capital Partners and Thomas H. Lee Partners, also are bidding for Tribune Co., which owns several newspapers and television stations. That process is ongoing. If Bain and Lee purchase Tribune, they may be forced to sell certain newspapers and television stations to comply with Federal Communications Commission regulations that prohibit one company from owning a newspaper and radio or television station in the same city. The buyers paid $37.60 per share for Clear Channel, the highest price the stock has seen since mid-2004, and a 25 percent premium on the stock's average price in October. The purchase price includes the assumption of about $8 billion in debt."

What Good Technical Books Adorn Your Library? 160

bluefoxlucid asks: "Lately I've been looking into technical books, and have come to the conclusion that there are a lot of useful books out there containing information that could be useful to me. To my alarm, I've found that many of these titles are not in my local public library! This requires action; I must build my own library, and actually use that bookshelf in my room! But, without a way to sample the books, how should I know which to buy? What (mainly non-fiction) recommendations would you make for anyone who would fall into the Slashdot audience to read?"

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