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Comment Re:I'll still use Ogg/Vorbis (Score 1) 415

Since you're too lazy and accusatory to do any of your own work:

Here's a Microsoft Example.

Apple specifically opposed Ogg in HTML 5.

There are less publicized incidents reported from people close to the source who stated Steve Jobs ranted about how much he hated free CODECs. Feel free to do your own research now. These companies would rather you become a competitors customer than nobodies customer.

Comment Re:I'll still use Ogg/Vorbis (Score 1) 415

I don't know if they do any more or not. Steve Jobs on the other hand was anti pretty much anything that didn't put people under a thumb. He ranted on and hated on Ogg/Vorbis/Theora. One of the last things he did before he died was ensure ebooks would remain expensive, fought tooth and nail to make sure webm didn't happen and that if Quicktime wasn't the winner of the embedded video war in the W3C that it would at least be something that wasn't free and open.

You explain it to me.

Comment Re:I'll still use Ogg/Vorbis (Score 1) 415

That's a political reason - Apple and Microsoft secretly declared war on it BECAUSE it was open and free. I think it was Pioneer that made car stereos that had chips and firmware that supported Ogg natively, but they didn't intentionally build Ogg support into their players. Long story short, their players would play Ogg files, but there were issues with displaying titles and stuff. Not only would Pioneer not support it, they denied the fact they could play it back at all, even when the proof was in front of them, because they didn't want to lose Microsoft Plays For Sure certification. Turns out supporting Ogg would cause you lose that certification and at the time Pioneer was terrified of losing it because they failed to block it. Steve Jobs went on an anti-ogg rant declaring it a terrorist format and accused it of being "submarine patented".

The fact your car does NOT support it to me is all the more reason to embrace it and to encourage others to do so.

BTW, Volkswagen has supported it in the past, I don't know if they do now or not, and there's been a few others that have. (My Volkswagen is too bottom-budget and basic to support anything)

Comment Re:I'll still use Ogg/Vorbis (Score 1) 415

My hearing sucks. I have some frequency range deafness (oddly I can hear ranges most people my age can't), I can't filter out background noise so I'm basically useless in a conversation in a bar, food court, or when a TV is too loud. I even play music I'm listening too at lower volumes so I don't get overwhelmed. Even then I can tell Ogg sounds better than MP3 at similar bit-rates, but I really struggle to tell the difference between Ogg and Flak. Sometimes I can pick it up, usually I can't, may as well use Ogg.

You should experiment - I know Flak (and similar) will sound better to a good ears than the Ogg will, but KB for KB that Ogg will beat the crap out of an MP3. It may be worth going Flak on your 4TB HDD, but may on your 128 GB phone - if you're like me and you keep your whole collection with you. I consider Ogg the "sweet spot". Back in the day I bought AMD processors because I knew they were great. The Intel of the same clock speed might beat it by 8%, but I was paying 50% of what I would for the Intel - AMD won on bang for the buck. In this case I would say Ogg wins on bang for the KB. With my hearing the winner is clear.

Nope, I like JBL speakers because they sound good even when you don't blast them, and they still sound good when you do. Headphones, I've got a couple of pairs of JVC earbuds I picked up about ten years ago at Big Lots for $3 each, they were an awesome deal and I can definitely tell they're better than the ones I've seen for $4 and $5 since. Serious headset wise, I found a Turtle Beach headset that sounded incredibly awesome, wireless, bi-direction and dual input. Too bad the plastic frame was crap. I get binaural for use on my computers not only for music, games, and general use, but more importantly for talking - I've even bought binaural Bluetooth headsets for my phone, when you've got shit hearing and you have for 30 of your 40 years you start to figure that sort of thing out.

Comment Re:I'm from multiple backgrounds and have studied (Score 1) 757

My comment stands. When I was the young tech working on computers I hated having to deal with people in their 40's and 50's because they knew jack-shit about how to operate them with a few exceptions.

Now that I'm pushing 40 my favorite people to work with are the ones in their 40's and 50's because they know what they're doing, it's the 20 and 30 somethings that never bothered to learn how to use a computer even though they've had one in front of them their whole lives and they use one for a living.

Comment I'm from multiple backgrounds and have studied it (Score 1) 757

at a distance mostly.

Apple products take the thinking out of computing.

Most of the reality TV watching, dub-step listening, Pokemon playing public doesn't want to have to think for themselves. Apple has created a product that allows these sorts of people to buy products that work well and will allow them to do what the want to do, almost to the level of the experts in some cases, without having to fully engage their brains.

I know that's a dark and insulting way to look at it, but that's what I've seen. It's not always a bad thing, but sometimes it is.

When older -pre-data aged people use Apple products I think it's a wonderful thing. My own family for instance - I'm from an area that was low revenue (that's changed in the past decade) and isolated from urban life. Yeah, I grew up in the middle of a desert. Even though I grew up in the 80's and 90's it's more like the late sixties to early eighties on most people's calendars when they compare the reality I had to urban areas. Many people where I'm from were technology hostile until the 2000's, including my parents. This isn't a slight against my parents or those around me, it's just a cultural notation. The iPhone has allowed my mother to carry a smart phone and use it proficiently despite not having any sort of computer experience until her late 40's, early 50's.

The Mac has similar appeal.

For older generations I absolutely think Apple is awesome - it's like computers with training wheels. That being said I am a sometimes Mac user - I use a Mac as my main system at work. It's a solid system, I've started having a few issues with it lately, it's a Mid 2011 27" iMac, I think the HDD I put in here runs a bit too hot for it and it's locked up on occasion since doing that - rarely, and the fan runs a lot, and it needs to. Overall I can't complain - it's a good solid UNIX workstation that easy to user for both user level GUI stuff with the UNIX command line for real serious work (BTW iTerm 2 is awesome for my type).

Unfortunately there's a dark-side to this equation.

The younger people who use Apple products for trendy reasons are handicapping themselves.

See that part about growing up in the desert - a bit out of time? That's the best thing that ever happened to me professionally. My first computer was an IBM PC Convertible 2 - a really cool laptop. It ran a custom 8088 processor. I got it used about the first model Pentiums came out.

When the rest of the world was rockin' Windows - 95 was just around the corner, I had a dual floppy 8088. I had to learn to use a computer, the hard way, with a book and keyboard on IBM DOS 5.

I started my career when computers needed jumpers set for everything, CPU voltages, base clocks, multiplies, serial port addresses, interrupts, etc...

Even as technology improved and you didn't have to know the old skills I found knowing them helped. For instance Plug and Play took the jumpers away, but for a long time I found it wasn't smart about assigning IRQ's and that I could greatly improve the performance of a system by making sure as much of the hardware as I could spread out to different IRQ's instead of having everything on one like Intel chipsets had a bad habit of doing automatically.

It is rare that a modern Apple user will ever know anything more than "find the cable with a plug that fits in that hold and the other end fits in that hole over there". Apple has abused the different connector situation BTW. Even my advanced Mac people are trapped in an Apple tar pit which they understand little beyond, nor do they care to.

One of my previous jobs included doing I.T. work at power plants. During the 90's they automated a lot of the work at most power plants and were able to lay off up to 75% of their staff. Power plants basically run themselves. Now they're running into a problem. See, all they kept were the guys who were experienced and good at what they did. The problem is those inexperienced guys are the ones who learn from the good ones and eventually become good ones themselves, but they got cut. Power plants are running into a very real issue of having their workforce retiring without anyone qualified to take over the job of keeping the power going.

I'm afraid we're heading towards that point with computers, and Apple is part of it.

I can find equipment that's just as good as what Apple makes for less money and put whatever I want on it OS wise. As long as too many people don't do it that option will go away. Sadly computers are so easy to use now few are bothering to learn how to really use them.

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