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Comment Re:Large organization doing something simple (Score 4, Insightful) 305

Two well identified principles at work here (and the bigger an organisation, the more likely they are to happen, especially without strong leadership)

1. Parkinson's law : basically, work spreads out to fill the time that was earmarked to complete a project
2. Brooks' law : Adding people to a project increases lateness, because the number of communication channels to manage increases as a square of the number of people on a project

Only very sound management and trusting delegation - along with having a reasonably competent project team in the first place - can make things happen quickly.

Comment Re:WTF? No XP support? (Score 1) 378

The overall IE market share is slipping, but a proportion of windows users seem stuck to IE only. Since XP users are effectively stuck at IE8, those that don't already run Firefox or Chrome (or Opera, or Safari...) are not likely to change their ways.

Comment Re:Sony still relevant outside of hackers (Score 1) 317

I think I'm using a more liberal interpretation of what deprecate means, but it doesn't matter - we both mean the same thing - redundant, pointless, once relevant now no longer relevant.

Good point in the irony - though I wonder if their protectionism is driven by agreements with content companies that allowed Sony to defend BluRay in the first place? After all the hardware manufacturers shouldn't care much about how their hardware is used, unless they need help from the big studios etc. to push their hardware formats.

Minidisc was an affordable recordable digital format before CD burners became prevalent. DAT was better though as it was 16 bit, 48KHz. Minidisc was a lossy compressed format, though it wasn't a total flop.

Comment Sony still relevant outside of hackers (Score 3, Informative) 317

For non hacking, Sony do manage to be reasonably relevant. The PS3 and the win for BluRay exorcised some of the ghosts of the Betamax era (and Betamax was a superior technology from a quality point of view). Their midrange consumer equipment is reasonable, and their semi pro stuff still dominates in AV markets and provides a big range of equipment.

That being said, they're no longer dominant in home audio (though they still have reasonable CD players and stuff) since their real flagship - The Walkman - has been deprecated by apple. Home HiFi is not selling as much, the PC is the new media center and there it's Apple all the way for most of my real music-mad friends. Sony have big corporate culture issues, but that's nothing new.

Comment Re:Multi channel (Score 1) 450

- not many people have 5.1 listening equipment where they listen to music
- it's likely that audio engineers for music don't have 5.1 in their workspaces either unless they regularly work on film too, which usually means in a studio big enough to house an orchestra

But it's an interesting point. I'd quite like to have a few 5.1 mixes, where do you get them from?

Comment Re:Quasi-audiophile here (Score 1) 450

MP3s encoded properly from a proper CD rip (Exact Audio Copy comes to mind) at >192kbps for all passages and VBR is practically transparent even on reasonably good equipment. Very well mastered CDs may sound different (depends on how good you notice these things) but double blind tests consistently show transparent results above 192kbps.

Shitty 128kbps mp3s (typically the median bitrate) are not transparent. Never have been.

Comment Re:BlackBerry is doing the right things (Score 1) 178

Can't help but think that the main thing holding back BlackBerry in non-users is that it isn't as glitzy and has very little "wow" factor compared to Windows phone 7, iPhone and Android. For personal use - photos, video, checking personal email quickly (but not replying, which is a pain even with predictive text) and surfing casually. Add contacts to Outlook and they're straight on your phone. Email includes a your local addresses and can query the enterprise contact DB. SSH is possible via BlackBerry and can be inside the local network for access to server admin.

BlackBerry is great for email & scheduling, allows you to reply to email comfortably, and the touch version adds some of the other advantages that currently belong to Apple, Microsoft and Google.

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