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Comment Re:Like the phonograph.... The what? (Score 1) 743

I can tell the difference between a normal (128, 192) MP3 and FLAC.

I doubt that. Transparency starts around 192, just by lumping 128 and 192 together suggests to me that you think they are audibly the same. The reality is that 128 and 192 are more dissimilar than 192 and flac. And then once you get to ~250 to 320 it's extremely difficult to tell mp3 apart from lossless in blind tests. You can find a program, I think it's called abx, online and it will allow you to blind test yourself. Now that this is the real way to see when mp3 becomes transparent to you. I treat all blanket assertions that mp3 sounds audibly inferior to flac as suspec. It really is just a matter of when (and not if) mp3 becomes transparent to your ears.

Comment Re:Hibernation? (Score 2, Insightful) 440

I turn off my laptop because I will not have it running on battery when I move it around. When I go home for the weekend I turn my work station off. Why waste electricity when you're not going to use it for awhile? I doubt that I'm far from alone in turning off computers when they won't be needed for long amounts of time.

Comment Re:Early? (Score 1) 140

I had a standalone (Panasonic bd30) player, and it required frequent firmware updates just to play blu-rays. The same thing was happening on the ps3 and every standalone player. Your problem was not specific to the ps3. You don't have to update as often on your new player, because nobody has to on any player. It's settled down. I own a ps3 now and have had no trouble playing back any blu-rays, and updates are not that frequent, and are not a headache. I own both a ps3 and a 360, same as you. What I like about the ps3 is that since most gamers own a 360 or a wii and not a ps3, I can walk in and rent ps3 games on opening week, even on opening day (have done so three times now). I can never, ever do that with 360 games! I also like that the ps3 fan noise is quiet (unlike the 360). As a cheapskate, I rent far more often than I buy, and I find it much easier to rent on the ps3 due it's unpopularity and price point. That's a funny way for me to praise it, kind of like a back handed compliment, but there you have it!

Comment Re:This won't help the xbox (Score 1) 246

Most of the ps3 games are bad ports of 360 games with performance issues (just to give an example Orange Box is probably the worst offender). On top of that the 360 has better hardware that outperforms the ps3 in terms of framerate and loading times. Graphically the two consoles look the same since nearly all games are developed for 720p. It will still probably be another year before the ps3 has a long line of interesting games that are not just crappy ports from the 360.

If you actually care about gaming, then simply choose the console based on content. The real reason that the xbox looks like garbage on this thread is because the thread is on slashdot. The anti-MS fud knows no bounds here. I do get tired of it, very tired of it. Face reality: this is not the year of the linux desktop, and this is not the year of the ps3. Maybe next year, we'll see.

And that doesn't make me an MS fanboy either. I want to enjoy the ps3, I am waiting patiently for good games to be released on it to justify buying it. For those that feel it's a must have for a media center (not unlike the reason people buy those overpriced iphones) I have a "media center" too-- it's called a computer. I mean how many people at the local walmart say "awesome I bet it plays Blu-Ray!" or even better "fantastic, I always wanted a media center!" No, the reason to buy a ps3 is to play games on it. The rest are supposed to be perks, and not the main reason to buy the console.

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