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Comment Re:This is very odd... (Score 2, Insightful) 146

The government has always acted in its own interests. Perhaps they have realised that releasing software as OSS suits their purposes.

People have always acted in their own interests. A good government (one that is of and by the people) acting in its own interest is acting in your interest as well.

Not saying this is always the case, but it does happen. Using your money to develop software that is licensed for you to use freely is a good example.

Comment Depends on your definition of Free. (Score 2, Insightful) 234

Sorry Hulu, but calling it the "free-to-air" model is dubious at best. Any time we are receiving advertising over websites/TV/radio/Hulu, we are a product being delivered to advertisers.

Hulu, you run plenty of ads. The idea that you are not making any money, or that your service is free in any sense beyond the most narrow interpretation, is absurd.

Comment Rodenberry vs. Berman (Score 2, Insightful) 809

I'm surprised no one seems to have brought up the difference between Star Trek under Gene Roddenberry, and Star Trek under Rick Berman.

If you watch ST:TNG in order, all the way through (yay Netflix), there is a CLEAR change in the series after Roddenberry passed away.

With Roddenbery, Star Trek was about tackling the big issues and (mostly) unanswerable questions facing humanity. Under Berman, it turned into a (still mostly entertaining) technobabble soap opera, where some bug in the Enterprise supplies the main plot point for every other episode.

It really is a night-and-day difference. Go back and watch.

Comment Re:HD radio (Score 2, Informative) 351

Have you ever heard a CD that you would confuse with a live performance? Me either.

In fairness, that is more a fault of the way most CD's are mastered today, rather than an inherent problem with the CD format. It is possible to produce CDs with a decent amount of dynamic range that do have the "feel" or dynamics of a live performance.

It's too bad that none of the 24-bit music formats have really caught on. That increased bit depth gives even more opportunity to incorporate real dynamics. With a CD (16-bit) you only have 65,535 possible amplitude levels. With a 24-bit format you get 16,777,216 possible levels. It's like the difference between 16-bit and 24-bit color on your desktop - they may look similar at first, but once you know what to look (listen) for, the difference is obvious and you never want to go back to 16-bit.

Comment Re:TN panels (Score 5, Insightful) 504

Mod parent up (and the article down...)

ALL laptop displays are "unacceptable" for serious graphics work, because they are all TN-type (TN is the thinnest).

TFA even admits that the only recent laptop that had an IPS-type panel, a Lenovo, is discontinued.

Rob should know by now that laptops are not for color critical work. This has been blindingly obvious for years.

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