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Comment: Re:It's just sad... (Score 2) 164

by scubamage (#47159497) Attached to: 'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88
Some drugs do lead to brain damage. For instance, there was a study (later retracted) which showed 3,4 MDMA caused brain damage in recreational doses in rhesus monkeys. The study was retracted because the chemical provider had goofed, and provided pure reagent grade methamphetamine instead of MDMA. So, while MDMA was clinically safe, it put a BIG warning sign on meth, and for good reason.

Comment: Re:I dislike Beats... (Score 1) 188

by scubamage (#47121449) Attached to: Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion
"A balanced set of headphones are technically superior to an unbalanced set if perfect sound reproduction is your metric."

Given that the job of headphones is to reproduce the soundwaves indicated by an audio source, I'm pretty sure that is the only metric that matters. Or, tell me, why should we pay hundreds of dollars for equipment that can't reproduce sound properly?

Comment: Re:I dislike Beats... (Score 1) 188

by scubamage (#47119601) Attached to: Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion
You do realize that classical music is used for rating headphones, yes? It's not because I listen to it exclusively, it's because it provides opportunities to see if there is enough clarity and definition of sound to do things like determine if you can tell violins from violas from cellos, or tell the horns apart. Read professional headphone reviews. It's not a matter of "superiority," it's stated because it's a tool in determining quality. Given you didn't know that, I'm pretty sure most of your other points are moot about determining fidelity. I'd rebut your statement about frequency response, but I think this image does a much better job. You sound like you're A) butthurt because someone is saying a brand you don't like is technically inferior, and B) like you simply have no idea what you're talking about.

Comment: Re:I dislike Beats... (Score 2) 188

by scubamage (#47119013) Attached to: Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion
Wow, way to have a completely tangential conversation. Sorry if I pissed in your punch, but your generalizations about music tastes of the populace, and desires of the market while completely ignoring actual facts about the hardware make me pretty sure you need to reread what slashdot is - news for nerds. Some of us are audiophiles. Some of us are musicians. Some of us are sound techs. A lot of us DO care about those numbers on the back of the box, and what they translate to when you experience the music. I'd rather pay for balanced headphones which can listen to anything and sound incredible for a fraction of the price than pad some business man's pockets for selling a subpar product. But hey, keep justifying spending too much for an inferior product to yourself. No one is saying "I am superior because I buy a different brand than you," I'm saying that this product is inferior for a number of technical reasons. Please join the conversation that is actually going on, not the one you want to have. Thank you.

Comment: Re:I dislike Beats... (Score 3, Interesting) 188

by scubamage (#47116833) Attached to: Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion
They're really not that great. They're built for a single type of music (things that go thump). Try listening to something like an Opera or a Symphony and they'll quickly fall to shambles. They're unbalanced, there's no definition of sound, the soundstage is only decent on the low end, the frequency response is worse than you can find on most earbuds... they're pretty bad. And they're overpriced.

Comment: So, where can I invest? (Score 1) 39

Seriously, that's what I'd like to know. Kiva allowed you to donate, but you couldn't make a profit off the loans you provided. So, what about this? Can I back a loan and earn interest off of it? I love the idea of this if it could be turned into an 'everyone wins' situation - i make money, the business person starts a business and makes money, the broker in the middle makes money.

Comment: Re:Focus on your studies as much as possible (Score 1) 309

by scubamage (#46980765) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

the poster's intent was somewhat obvious.

I've seen two bums off their heads on butane and nail varnish gibbering away. They seemed to understand each other perfectly well.

I'm not a bum.

The jury's still out on that. But it is clear you're an asshole.

This is slashdot, news for nerds. The proper anatomical term is "anus."

Comment: Re:well (Score 1) 557

by scubamage (#46943137) Attached to: Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked
You really need to learn US history a bit better. About US training and sending people to kill protesters, google "Kent State massacre." About the US invading and rigging an election, google "Operation AJAX" and learn a heck of a lot about why almost every country in the old WWI mandate hates us. As for not destablizing Mexico, maybe not to annex it, but destablizing. Google "atf gunwalking scandal."

Comment: Re:well (Score 1) 557

by scubamage (#46943043) Attached to: Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked
If you think that "a few legal, widely owned semi-automatic rifles" are the only guns owned out there, you're in for a pretty rude awakening. There are a LOT of guns out there that are owned less-than-legally by both criminals and aficionados alike. Just take a look at any large drug bust in the US where weapons are seized, you'll be amazed to see what sort of fun firearms people who flout the law can collect.

They are relatively good but absolutely terrible. -- Alan Kay, commenting on Apollos

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