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Comment: Re:says Kim (Score 1) 19

by hairyfeet (#48476173) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Says Legal Fight Has Left Him Broke

Why not? Bleeding somebody with endless litigation is a time honored practice here in the United Corporate States of America, why do you think so many corps can get away with so much shit that Joe and Jane Average can't?

Hell we even have a word for it when corps do it to shut people up, its called a SLAPP and from what I hear it works quite well. Dotcom should feel lucky he only pissed off the corporate masters, because if he pissed off the 3 letter agencies he could have ended up like Assange, trapped in a tiny room for fear of getting a rendition ride.

Comment: Re:Tandeming (Score 1) 195

by hairyfeet (#48475855) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Uhhh...why would you do that? I've been using 320k MP3s for years and I can honestly say I've never run into a situation where you'd need to do that. in fact the only time I've ever done an MP3 recode was for a little 4GB Sandisk MP3 player I got uber cheap that I decided to use when I was walking and in that case I just went 64k as I knew the street noise would make fidelity pointless and in that case? 64k worked just fine, in fact I got one of those little cassette adapters to use in my SUV and it still sounds better than the local radio stations.

But if you are keeping the 320k MP3s the most you are doing is a single recode (320K-whatever) so I really don't see how it would be an issue. After al its not like you are gonna take the 320k, recode to 192k, then recode the 192k to 128k are you? But just for shits and giggles I took a 320k MP3 and recoded to 128k and compared it to the CD where I ripped it as 128k and honestly? I can't tell a difference between the two.

Comment: Re:Great, now let's talk filesystems (Score 1) 195

by hairyfeet (#48475819) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Uhhh...and the benefit to MSFT would be....what exactly? they have NTFS which works extremely well for their OS and for portables there is ExFAT which again works extremely well, so why would they care to open NTFS when there is no need?

Its not like the FOSSies would ever use anything made by MSFT anyway, hell many Linux advocates like Robert Pogson are so batshit against MSFT they have Voldemort when it comes to the company, they sure as hell isn't gonna use anything made by Redmond, they'd treat it like plague blankets.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 195

by hairyfeet (#48475529) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

It has nothing to do with hypocrisy, it has to do with getting rid of a shitty CEO that only cared about sticking Winflags on everything to a good CEO that cares about having happy customers.

You look at what Nadela has been doing since getting the big chair and its pretty much tossing out everything the Balmernator stood for, no more trying to force metro down your throat, no more refusing to sell software to somebody because the platform they are on doesn't have a Winflag on it, its almost like....gasp!....a company that wants your business! After all those years of the big sweaty one Nadella is just the breath of fresh air that MSFT needed!

Comment: Re:MOD PARENT RACIST (Score 1) 1085

by hairyfeet (#48475459) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

There ain't no "pretty much" to it, you look at the Social Justice Warriors and they are ALL middle class 20 somethings which makes them right in the middle of the whole "Captain Planet/Special Snowflake" period of education. Well we now know what that kind of education gets you, self absorbed narcissist douchebags that think they are ALWAYS right, that EVERYTHING is black and white (just like Captain Planet where everybody who wasn't a greenie was a monster) and that only THEY, special snowflakes that they are, can "right the wrongs". And of course since many of these "special snowflakes" are finding themselves in dead end careers buried in student loans and of course that couldn't be their own bad choices, special snowflakes remember? Well it HAS to be oppression, somebody is keeping the world from realizing what perfect creatures of God they are!

Living not 6 blocks from a college I've got to speak to many a SJWer and frankly I'd rather be trapped in a room with ANY whacked out religion follower you can name, be it Moonie, Scientolgist, Hari Krishna, hell I'd take all three together over a SJWer, because at least the religious whacko doesn't have the smug elitist attitude turned to 11!

Comment: Re:Rather late (Score 1) 195

by hairyfeet (#48475237) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Yep sorry Audiophiles but FLAC is just another Monster cable, placed against LAME VBR at high quality the experts couldn't tell in ABX testing, same with 44k versus 96k, in fact last test I saw showed 96k getting worse reviews across the board because even on 10k+ gear trying to reproduce sounds only a dog could hear ended up adding distortion to the high end.

So if you want to use FLAC because you can produce 1:1 backups of your CDs? That's fine and dandy, just don't try to claim it gives you better sound, because it don't. The original tests too many try to cite are from the days when an 80GB drive was considered large and MP3s were often encoded at 128k or even 64k and those days are thankfully long gone.

Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 1) 273

by hairyfeet (#48474803) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Thanks for the info. I've been able to hold out for so long by keeping my eye out for sales and stocking up I've been able to find some crazy DVD blank deals, we're talking 12c-14c a pop for everyday use and 14c-16c a pop for backup quality in 100 packs. the trick is in knowing which brands are good at what and using them based on their strengths. For example RiData? Make damned good DVD movie discs. they play in damned near anything and can take some abuse, great for those that have kiddies and need to backup their Spongebob whereas TDK and Memorex make pretty solid backups.

I suppose I'll make the jump to BD in the spring, I gotta buy me a new full size case (my USB ports are finally failing on the front) along with a decently sized SSD before I switch over to BD. Tell me, how well do the burners hold up? Any recommendations? Because I go through a LOT of DVD burners and at $60 a pop I really don't feel like doing the same with BD burners. I've been lucky in that I got a guy that works for the city that brings me a ton of 2-3 year old office PCs I can scavenge DVD burners out of but at the shop I can easily burn a good 200+ DVDs in a month so I tend to wear drives out fast. I figure since so few here have BD I'll be keeping it strictly for my own backups but still I'd like to get a drive that is gonna last. any suggestions?

+ - Google should be broken up, say European MPs

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The European Parliament has voted in favour of breaking Google up, as a solution to complaints that it favours is own services in search results. Politicians have no power to enforce a break-up, but the landmark vote sends a clear message to European regulators to get tough on the net giant. US politicians and trade bodies have voiced their dismay at the vote. The ultimate decision will rest with EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. She has inherited the anti-competitive case lodged by Google's rivals in 2010. Google has around 90% market share for search in Europe. The Commission has never before ordered the break-up of any company, and many believe it is unlikely to do so now. But politicians are desperate to find a solution to the long-running anti-competitive dispute with Google."

Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 1) 273

by hairyfeet (#48465091) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

I have 1X DVDs going back to 99/2K that still read too, that is what happens when you don't buy crap brands. Just keep 'em in a cool dry place away from light and check 'em every 3 years or so for signs of dye rot (which is easy to spot long before the disc becomes unreadable) and DVDs make a great long term storage medium for documents, pictures, videos, etc. And as a nice bonus nearly every PC on the planet can play back DVDs.I guess I'll have to bite the bullet and get a BD burner soon, does anybody here have exp with using BD for storage? How are they holding up?

As for TFA cost will end up wiping out tape, just not enough tapes and drives being sold, too many are opting for a NAS loaded with TBs of space and the large corps that traditionally bought tape are outsourcing to the cloud. Its a shame as LTO is long lasting as hell but the economies of scale just aren't there anymore.

Comment: Re:Various hacking tools? (Score 1) 217

by hairyfeet (#48461041) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

I have to wonder if they didn't catch 'em using the same trick Vegas uses to catch cheaters, looking at the odds.

It never fails that cheaters get greedy and forget that if they tilt the odds too much in their favor a look at the stats over time will give them away. Sure somebody can have a lucky streak but not THAT lucky, but because they can insure a win they will, or only lose when there is nothing on the line...which again sticks out like a sore thumb.

I remember back in the late 90s when such hacks just started hitting shooters and it would never fail, look at the stats over time of a cheater compared to a really good non cheating player? The ones cheating would become obvious.They always seem to forget that no matter how good they are there will be the occasional "lucky shots" where somebody just happens to be in the right spot at the right time and catch them unaware but that doesn't happen with the cheaters, again they just get too damned greedy.

Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 1) 1085

by hairyfeet (#48457805) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Nope, sorry, don't work. Why? No bullet markings on the road, no bits of pavement on Brown,which if he would have been getting down the rounds would have hit the asphalt. Ever seen what happens when a bullet hits pavement? I have as we had a drunk a couple years back shooting the road in front of the apt down the street trying to scare his GF. Even with him shooting a weaker gun than the 9mm that cops carry you still had marks on the road that even I could see.

Remember they hired Dr Michael Baden, of HBO Autopsy fame, to do the autopsy on Brown...you don't think he went over every crime scene photo with a magnifying glass? If he would have been down or nearly down there would have been transfer, the bullet holes likewise would be at a different angle, going from upper rear to lower front....stand up, point your finger like a gun at an object on the ground a couple feet in front of you...which way would the bullet go? From back high entrance to front lower exit...is that what we have here?

Don't take MY word for anything, look up the autopsy drawings, they have been online for awhile. Look at where each entrance and exit is and ask yourself "at what angle would Brown have to be at to get these?" and you will see that what I'm saying is correct, that the only way to get shots that line up would make brown too high to be standing and the wrong angle for him to be on the ground.

Mark my words when the jury starts saying what swayed them its gonna be the autopsy, there is simply no way for Wilson to fake that evidence.

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