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Comment: Re:Back in the 1990s our Ford Ranger... (Score 1) 930

by oncebitten (#32904878) Attached to: Toyota Sudden Acceleration Is Driver Error

So, let me get this straight, your wife had a runaway vehicle and decided to blow through toll booths and not just stop the car to save on towing?

Gee, it's a good thing that no one was trying to cross from toll booth to toll booth, or, say slowly trying to pass another car taking all the lanes so she couldn't get by them. One would think that worrying about potential pedestrians/other cars that could be hit would override the worry about the tow cost.

Perhaps, she should have, I don't know, maybe shut off the engine at the toll booth and asked for help?

Comment: Re:The hiss is where it hides (Score 2, Informative) 849

by oncebitten (#30140532) Attached to: Can We Really Tell Lossless From MP3?

Most modern tape equipment has pretty much little to no track bleed/crosstalk (if properly maintained). There are way more variables that affect a tape that don't exist in the digital realm (speed, bias, tape material, wow and flutter, etc).

I think you're thinking of tape saturation, which is something entirely different.

Comment: Re:pain sensitivity (Score 1) 469

by oncebitten (#27985147) Attached to: The Dangers of Being Really, Really Tired

How do you even go 9 days without sleep? The longest workday I ever put in was just over 24 hours and I was already completely wrecked by the end of that. How in the world do you manage 9 days? It may just incomprehensible to me because I'm not one of those people who brag about how little sleep I get/need.

Coke, perhaps?

I've done 36 hours on, 4 off for a week when I was way younger (this was during internet time, and without drugs). It's the reason I left IT.

But I've known cokeheads who can do 3-4 days easy.

Comment: Re:Perhaps a better solution... (Score 5, Interesting) 248

by oncebitten (#24553091) Attached to: Using My PC For Plain Old Telephone Service?

That's a pretty good description of ducking. Although since the OP wanted to entirely mute the audio, s/he'd be better off using a limiter or a gate.

A limiter is a compressor with more than 20:1 reduction. A gate is (sort of) a compressor with an infinity:1 ratio.

And, if you didn't want to pay for a compressor/limiter/gate, you could probably figure out a way to get Ardour to do it.

But muting the speakers is probably the easiest way.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"

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