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Comment Re:All bullshit (Score 1) 166

because there are many sexists and misogynists on slashdot, and in life

there is such a thing as false charges of rape. but actual rape greatly outnumbers false charges of rape

but hear it according to the prejudices of sexist people, such as many comments here, and the discussion is immediately about fake rape charges. there is no thought or consideration to the more likely possibility the girl was actually raped. because that possibility goes against their misogyny. they have to reinforce their hate. so all of the "she's faking it" information-free comments get voted up and discussed. without the slightest shred of actually looking into the case and possibly discovering that there is solid evidence of rape

many people, as the comments in this thread show, are prejudicial assholes and morons, and don't think before opening their blind ignorant mouths, to pass shallow judgment on situations they don't know, and don't try to know, just so they can preserve their ignorance, hate, and prejudice

it's a window onto the souls of some people around you, as you can see in many of the comments here, some people are hardcore shitbags

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 394

I'm sorry, there's no way you'd be able to tell the difference between, say, a 320kbps Ogg Vorbis and a FLAC. Humans don't have hearing that good, and even if they did, there's so much distortion added by amplifiers and speakers and imperfect listening environments that even sitting still it's all in the noise. While driving, that's total bullshit. Volvo C30s aren't *that* quiet, no car is that quiet, but C30s especially aren't that quiet. My wife has an S40 which is the same platform and interior, and it's not all that quiet compared to the newest cars (and it likely has a softer suspension and less-sticky tires than your C30, making for a bit less road noise). You want to try a quiet car? Go test-drive a Tesla. The lack of engine noise makes a huge difference. But even there the tire noise is very significant.

As for the option being removed, I'm not really sure; probably some software engineer wrote directly to requirements and the requirements didn't specify .wav. They probably didn't think anyone used that crappy format any more anyway. Does the new models support FLAC? It's utterly stupid to use WAV any more now that FLAC is here, and it's been that way for at least a decade.

Also, if you really think your ears are that good and that you can hear artifacts, try compressing the same song in both 320k MP3 and Ogg, and compare. Get a friend to do a blind trial too. I wouldn't think you'd be able to tell a difference at that bitrate, but at lower bitrates, MP3 is infamous for having pretty bad distortion at high frequencies (IIRC), usually making cymbal crashes sound wrong, while Ogg Vorbis is well-known for being much better at the same bitrates. For kicks, try out the new Opus codec too (it's also used with the Ogg container, but files are normally called .opus to differentiate them from Vorbis audio files). Opus is by the same people who did Vorbis, but is supposedly a significant improvement.

Comment Re:So I guess CEO's don't get hit with non-compete (Score 1) 123

In engineering, that's most people it seems. I'm constantly getting emails about cow-orkers from years ago, and most of them aren't even in my "friends list"; it still figures out I know them somehow and sends me an alert ("Do you know John Smith, principal engineer at XYZ Corp?").

Comment Re:Sony makes the best camera modules? (Score 1) 123

My wife has one of those Xperias too (not sure about the sub-model). I'm not impressed. Hers has an intermittent problem where she has to use a headset or it won't work (can't talk and can't hear); it seems pretty obvious it's a malfunctioning headphone jack that thinks a headset is plugged in all the time (when this problem happens; it comes and goes). However when she's taken it to repair places to get it fixed, they take one look at those stupid "liar dots" as you call them and just tell her it has water damage and can't be fixed. WTF? Do you want to get paid or not???

I just picked up a used Samsung Galaxy S4 and this thing is great, as far as I can tell. I'm just waiting on a SIM card to come in from Ting so I can activate it. I would have liked the S5 better (since it's water-resistant and has an excellent reputation), but it was a little too expensive for me; maybe I'll upgrade to that in a year or two when the price has come down. Even though the S5 is already "obsolete" (replaced by the less-capable S6), it has a ridiculously high resale value.

Comment Re:Not this shit again... (Score 1) 368

Not quite true, I’ve experienced what I know was direct auditory stimulation from an EM field because it’s a well documented phenomenon. I was walking past (4 feet) a building as it was struck by lightning*: there was a click which seemed to come from inside my head at the exact instant of the strike, followed a fraction of a second later by the thunderclap. Admittedly that’s an EM flux orders of magnitude higher than just about anything man made, so I’m skeptical about claims regarding devices in the mW-W range. Otherwise I agree with you entirely, it’s most likely whine from inductors, thyristors, etc, and I’ve used artificially generated HF harmonics (16-19kHz) in audio mixes to deliberately generate that hair raising and nausea sensation.. ..surprisingly it works even on people who can’t hear discrete tones at those frequencies.

*Thankfully the building had a steel frame, large footprint and good earth stake. Damn scary, though.

Comment Re:I understand this (Score 1) 394

Isn't the Jeep Wrangler also rated as one of the most unreliable cars being sold now?

I don't know about you, but one think I really don't want is to spend a bunch of money on a new car and then have to spend lots of time taking it back to the dealer to be fixed (and then, after the warranty expires, spending either a bunch of money or my time fixing more stuff).

Jeep has an absolutely abysmal reputation for reliability. I guess that saying really is true: "It's a Jeep thing. You wouldn't understand." No, I don't understand the appeal of an unreliable vehicle with a shockingly high sticker price and really crappy interior materials and fit-and-finish.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 394

It's called the "Emergency Stop Signal" and it's activated by ABS systems. It's required in some European countries. In the US automakers have to apply for special permission to use blinking flashers. Apparently the feature exists in many vehicles already but is disabled by software (and it's illegal to enable the feature in those vehicles). The NHTSA is still studying the issue and will probably have to modify their regulations.

Sounds typical. The Europeans get a nice safety feature, and it's illegal in the US until 30 years later when they finally decide it's a good idea after all. No place in the world has more NIH than the US.

The rule on staying alive as a program manager is to give 'em a number or give 'em a date, but never give 'em both at once.