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Comment: Maybe it's just the track? (Score 3, Interesting) 312

I can't speak for the RHCP tracks, but I downloaded a dozen or so tracks I already have on CD and exist as both FLAC and LAME MP3s on my computer on the day of the announcement to see what the difference is. I could immediately tell a difference with the Master for iTunes tracks, better or worse, I'm not sure yet. They are easy to pick out in A/B testing, the most glaring difference is in the mid-bass area 80-120hz is noticeably boosted in the rock tracks I downloaded.

Comment: Re:Impressive hardware (Score 1) 177

by rograndom (#38821475) Attached to: XBMC Running On Raspberry Pi

Let's put this another way:

There's a new kit car announced. It has a 100cc engine and a small frame attached to four wheels. This "car" gets 100mpg and costs $500. It has no seats, no steering wheel, no roof, no doors, no airbags, no windshield, etc.

Is it fair to compare this "car" in terms of fuel economy and price to a brand new Corolla or F150?

If someone starts going on about "It's a fraction of the cost and gets 4x the economy! That's the real story here!" Wouldn't you think they were a little nuts?

No I'd think they're freaking geniuses.

You screwed up the standard /. car analogy. Cross out the bit about the 4 wheels and no seat, and you've basically described a moped or motorcycle. Pretty exciting news, if that whole giant and exciting market had never existed until right now. This is like living in day 1 of the Harley Davidson corporation, or day 1 of Vespa. Thaaaats why they're geniuses, not because they invented yet another car model, but they're inventing entire new vehicular industry categories.

Right, so what I described is NOT a Harley or a Vespa, correct? You would have to add more thing to it, correct? It would also have to meet certain safety requirement which further drive up it's cost and drive down it's fuel economy. And you can see that I didn't compare it to a Harley or Vespa. I compared it to the standard 4 door family car and the standard truck. Are you saying that a Vespa really replace the standard car for a family of 4?

Are there businesses currently using iPhone 4Ss as embedded video display devices? Good dog I hope not. If so, I agree that they would save a ton of money by installing Raspberry Pi's. But they should be using AppleTVs in that case instead, which is a better comparison. How much is it to add on wifi, ir receiver / remote, and 8gb of flash to the Raspberry Pi? The cost is about the same and while the Raspberry Pi has a better GPU, the AppleTV has a much better CPU.

For the record I think the Raspberry Pi is an amazing piece of technology, but saying that it beats the iPhone 4S in performance and cost when it cannot do ANYTHING out of the box without buying additional parts (it's runs XBMC, great! Are LCD displays free with purchase of the Pi?) is very misguided statement.

Comment: Re:Impressive hardware (Score 0) 177

by rograndom (#38819945) Attached to: XBMC Running On Raspberry Pi

I could find a dozen GPUs that put the iPhone 4S to shame and are cheaper

You are missing the point. Can you find a dozen that are part of a fully functional computer that costs $25?

Are you saying that the Raspberry Pi is as fully functional as an iPhone 4S? If not, then you're completely missing my point.

Let's put this another way:

There's a new kit car announced. It has a 100cc engine and a small frame attached to four wheels. This "car" gets 100mpg and costs $500. It has no seats, no steering wheel, no roof, no doors, no airbags, no windshield, etc.

Is it fair to compare this "car" in terms of fuel economy and price to a brand new Corolla or F150?

If someone starts going on about "It's a fraction of the cost and gets 4x the economy! That's the real story here!" Wouldn't you think they were a little nuts?

Comment: Re:Impressive hardware (Score 0) 177

by rograndom (#38819647) Attached to: XBMC Running On Raspberry Pi
Um... The Raspberry Pi is also missing a touch screen, 16gb of flash, more memory, wifi, bluetooth, 3g radio, camera, battery, decent battery life and a nice shell to wrap it all up in. But all of those things are free, right? I could find a dozen GPUs that put the iPhone 4S to shame and are cheaper, but we're not really comparing the same thing, are we?

Comment: Re:slashdot sensationalism (Score 1) 462

by rograndom (#26888589) Attached to: Casinos Warn iPhone Card-Counting App is Illegal
Pen and paper are illegal if you're using them to count or try to gain an advantage. So are the casino's own chips, drinks, ice cubes, scraps of paper, etc if you're using them in that way. The law is intentionally vague with it's wording, mainly so it doesn't have to re-written everytime a new technology is developed. Any "instrument" is illegal. Please note that you brain is not an instrument, but the casino can still ban you from their property for any reason.

Comment: Re:H.264/HE-AAC support in Flash Player 9 (Score 1) 294

by rograndom (#26435743) Attached to: DivX 7 Adds Support For Blu-ray Rips (H.264/MKV)
You can do this with MPEG-2 already. I can shove 4-5 2 hours movies on a standard Single-Layer DVD that plays in my son's $99 Wal-mart portable DVD player. I'm sure the quality isn't great, but you can't really tell the difference on a 7" screen in the back of the car anyways.

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