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Comment: Re:I thought that was Nintendo's failure... (Score 1) 151

by sound+vision (#49116813) Attached to: Is Sega the Next Atari?
I don't think piracy was that big of a factor. Sure, it required no modding... but it did require you to downloaded several hundred megabytes per game. The Dreamcast was released in 1999, so that means over dialup. I'm too lazy to do the math, but my guess-o-meter says you would have to tie up your phone line for the better part of a week to complete 1 game download. And hope you don't get disconnected, because then you have to start over...

Comment: Re:Oomph. (Score 1) 70

by sound+vision (#49104451) Attached to: Intel Core M Enables Lower Cost Ultrabooks; Asus UX305 Tested
Seems the price has jumped. When I bought my Asus *book (eeepc 1000he) it was $350. So I thought, hey, this new model must be way more capable right? Yet in the article it's stated:

...it’s targeting users who want a very portable machine for everyday computing tasks such as browsing the web, editing documents, listening to music, etc, that also crave long battery life and a sleek form factor.

Golly Gee Willikers, that's exactly why I bought the eeepc. And it still worked for those purposes in 2014. And I'd still be using it in 2015 too if WinXP got updates or there weren't Linux driver issues. (This model did not ship with Linux.) Hell, I did more than web surfing on it - it made a sweet portable SNES emulator, as well as something to watch movies on. I even did some basic video editing on it if you can believe it or not - although admittedly, processing effects and encoding took a while.

Given the hardware advances in the 6 years since the 1000HE was released, I find it hard to believe Asus can't put out a computer that serves the same purpose for the same amount of money. Or less money.

Perhaps it's just over-spec'd for the stated purpose. 8 GB and 1920x1080 for web surfing and document editing? My gaming rig runs on 4 GB and 1440x900.

Comment: Re:Look around you (Score 2) 95

by sound+vision (#49103995) Attached to: Humans' Big Brains Linked To a Small Stretch of DNA
There are plenty of smart people who have never had to do a "thesis", if you mean a project to cap off a university degree. Conversely, there are plenty of dumb people who have degrees. That number is only going up from grade inflation and degree devaluation as the idea that everyone needs to go to college permeates deeper into society. An idea fed, in part, by comments like yours.

Comment: Re:its all about the $$$ (Score 3, Funny) 93

Instead of pulling this traffic light crap (which can increase accidents), they could just legalize marijuana... seems to be bringing in quite a bit for Colorado, in spite of the industry not being fully developed, and the banking problems the industry still has from the federal prohibition.

Comment: Re:Yay (Score 1) 64

by sound+vision (#49093209) Attached to: BBC Radio Drops WMA For MPEG-DASH
I'm well aware of iTunes, I actually use its AAC encoder on a regular basis. By "in the wild" I mean music that get distributed person-to-person, like on torrent sites. Where the uploader has a choice of formats to use. Not Apple's walled garden. My suspicion is that a good deal of AAC uploads you see on torrent sites do in fact originate from iTunes, and that we'd see a lot more of them if it weren't for things like Apple embedding your username in the file. I'm actually not sure if they still do that, but stuff like that hangs heavy on the memory.

Comment: Re:Yay (Score 1) 64

by sound+vision (#49083633) Attached to: BBC Radio Drops WMA For MPEG-DASH
There never really was a "format war" as far as codecs go. Or if there is a war, it's ongoing.

In the 90s when music over the internet became a thing, MP3 was the only game in town. MP2 existed, but it was less efficient. At that time there was no such thing as "hardware support" so users were free to pick the most efficient format.

By the early-mid 2000s, there were several formats beating MP3 in listening tests. Musepack, Vorbis, AAC. You don't see many of those "in the wild" now, but I certainly see more today than I did in 2005, putting them on a slow upward trajectory. Once disk space and bandwidth come down a couple ticks in price, there will be no reason not to go FLAC which will make lossy compression irrelevant as you can transcode to whatever you want/need.

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