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Comment Re:Going to waste bandwidth on useless audio forma (Score 1) 142

Indeed, we're talking Chopin here, not Kidd Rock. With classical music you need dynamic range. With other classical composers you need even more; the 1812 overture comes to mind. I'm not sure 24 bit would be high enough, provided you had some REALLY big amplifiers in your stereo. I mean, cannons are a lot louder than drums.

Comment Re:Going to waste bandwidth on useless audio forma (Score 0) 142

Besides the fact that 24bit 192kHz audio is retarded audiophile snakeoil and provides zero audio quality improvement over 16bit 44.1kHz as a end user format this is a good idea.

Wrong.

There's some research suggesting that humans can hear transient sounds with frequency components theoretically beyond the normally recognized 20kHz or so "audible" limit.

Now if I could just find it - my Google-fu is weak and all I get are audiophile regurgitation of that. :-(

It has everything to do with harmonics. At CD sampling rates a 15 kHz sine wave is indistinguishable from a 15 kHz sawtooth wave -- you only have three samples per crest. Whether or not a human ear could discern the difference has afaik not been studied.

Comment Re:Aaron (founder of Musopen) any ? I can answer? (Score 0) 142

Thanks for all the comments and for those that have backed us. I'll be here if anyone has any questions/comments they'd like answered. -Aaron

Your accolades are well deserved and it's you who deserve our thanks, not the other way around.

The only question I have is, why isn't your comment nodded to +5? Come on, mods!

Comment Re:Superstorm Sandy? (Score 1) 417

I mentioned coincidences. I don't think there's anywhere near enough evidence as to whether or not climate change played a role in it. They get few hurricanes that far north and the few they get are seldom (never?) severe. I was in one when I was stationed in Delaware in the Air Force. It was an F1, they condemned my barracks afterwards.

And the latest climate models are showing the likelihood of Sandys in New York decreasing because of climate change.

Comment Re:Superstorm Sandy? (Score 4, Informative) 417

Categories only measure wind speed. What made it a "superstorm" was an improbable set of coincidences, such as being at high tide when the moon was in perigee, and another storm intersecting Sandy. What made it a superstorm was the amount of damage it caused, not its wind.

And it isn't just New Yorkers, it's the entire news media that always calls it a superstorm.

Comment Re:Now with all those dead features. (Score 1) 42

Chevrolet did reasonably well with the Nova in Latin America, even exceeding its sales projections in Venezuela. The story of the Chevy Nova is a classic example of an urban legend, a story that is told and retold so often that it is believed to be true even though it isn't. Like most other urban legends, there is some element of truth in the story (no va indeed means "it doesn't go")

ReÃr, es gracioso. Si, yo hablo poquito Espanol. I didn't say they couldn't sell them.

Comment Re:Now with all those dead features. (Score 1) 42

You think FOSS has a monopoly on idiotic names?

FOSS may have GIMP, but Microsoft has WiMP and WinCE. But software names are far less stupid than automobile names.

I just saw a truck in the parking lot with the trunk emblazoned "Toyota TRD". I had to do a double take, Toyota Turd? That's what it says in txtspk.

How about the Dodge Startus, er, Stratus? The Chevy Nova? "No va" is Spanish for "doesn't go." Worse yet is the KIA. What damned fool named a car company the military acronym for Killed In Action??

How about Nestea? Yassah, I'm gonna love me some o'thet Nasty!

Does your town have an oriental restaurant named the Dynasty? Come on, I'm going to eat in a restaurant named "die nasty"??

Submission + - Drone hunters lining up and paying out in Colorado (networkworld.com) 1

coondoggie writes: What might have started out a whimsical protest against government surveillance tactics has morphed into a little more than that as a small town in Colorado has found itself overwhelmed with requests and cash for a unmanned aircraft hunting license that doesn't exist — yet.

Comment Re:Le sigh. (Score 1) 178

I just now saw your comment while metamoderating, that was an excellent comment. The two guys who modded you up did well.

A bitmap ASCII (CP437) font? Done. I can crank one out in an hour, tops

You're better than I ever was, then. Of course, my tools were primitive. That took me back to 1984 when I discovered that the video circuit in Radio Shack's MC10 was capable of NTSC standard format quality video (but only in 8 colors) and decided to write a graphics program for it. It was great fun.

Anyway, I decided to add text capabilities to the drawing program, and it took a hell of a lot longer than an hour. I mapped it out on graph paper first, which took hours in itself and probably an hour to input the codes.

Since I'd made it so you could print your artwork on it's plotter, I eventually made it into a word processor. In 20k running on a 6802 chip IIRC.

Primitive times, a year later when I was looking for work the guy who interviewed me bragged about his mainframe, which had a whopping two megabytes of memory. I didn't get the job.

I haven't done any "real" programming since they ditched NOMAD and dBase and switched to MS Access at work ten years ago. Yech, glad I retire next year.

Submission + - Universal Genome Sequencing at Birth? (sciencemag.org) 1

sciencehabit writes: In a few years, all new parents may go home from the hospital with not just a bundle of joy, but with something else—the complete sequence of their baby’s DNA. A new research program funded at $25 million over 5 years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will explore the promise—and ethical challenges—of sequencing every newborn’s genome.

Submission + - NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA (thehill.com)

cold fjord writes: The Hill reports, "The National Rifle Association joined the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit on Wednesday to end the government's massive phone record collection program. In a brief filed in federal court, the NRA argues that the National Security Agency's database of phone records amounts to a "national gun registry." "It would be absurd to think that the Congress would adopt and maintain a web of statutes intended to protect against the creation of a national gun registry, while simultaneously authorizing the FBI and the NSA to gather records that could effectively create just such a registry," the group writes. ... In its filing, the gun-rights group claims that the NSA's database would allow the government to identify and track gun owners based on whether they've called gun stores, shooting ranges or the NRA. "Under the government’s reading of Section 215, the government could simply demand the periodic submission of all firearms dealers’ transaction records, then centralize them in a database indexed by the buyers’ names for later searching," the NRA writes."

Submission + - Researchers crack Windows 8 picture passwords (networkworld.com)

colinneagle writes: We all know text-based passwords are not overly secure, so when Microsoft offered a Picture Gesture Authentication (PGA) system on Windows 8, many people chose that option. However, researchers at Arizona State University, Delaware State University and GFS Technology Inc. analyzed picture gesture authentication on more than 10,000 picture passwords collected from more than 800 subjects through online user studies, and found that regardless of what image you selected, your unique picture password gestures may not be so unique after all.

The research found that the strength of picture gesture password has a "strong connection" to how long a person spent setting up that password gesture. The most common gesture combination is three taps, meaning it took about 4.33 — 5.74 seconds to setup. Passwords with two circles and one line took the longest average input time of about 10.19 seconds. After studying why people choose certain categories of images, the most common gesture types and direction patterns in PGA passwords, the researchers developed an attack framework that is "capable of cracking passwords on previously unseen pictures in a picture gesture authentication system."

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