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Comment Analog-like noise (Score 1) 358

As I understand it, that's because bitrate peeling drastically reduced the "analog-like noise" advantage of vector quantization over the more warbly scalar quantization used in MP3. But with several Moore's law doublings of transistor count since the release of Vorbis, reencoding shouldn't be quite as painful anymore.

Comment All countries should be exporters (Score 1) 776

if all were exporters who would consume?

The other markets would buy things and export other things back to us. That's what trade is supposed to be about. Under the Balassa-Samuelson model, the quickest way to increase a currency's value is to ramp up export production. If all were net exporters, on the other hand...

Comment Eventually (Score 1) 362

Listen, the web evolves and evolves according to standards.

And because Android allows multiple competing web browsers to compete for standards support, it picks up support for these standards sooner than iPhone. Firefox for Android appears to support WebGL as of version 24 according to this table. Safari and Safari wrappers, on the other hand, support standards only once Apple makes the business decision to no longer deliberately exclude them. For example, iOS supports WebGL, but only in iAds approved by Apple. The limits of Safari and Safari wrappers appear calculated to encourage application developers to buy an additional computer and a developer license and develop a native application instead of not buying a Mac, not buying a developer license, and developing a web application instead.

All proprietary lock-ins will naturally be kicked out eventually.

The universe will die of heat death "eventually". To exaggerate slightly less, anyone can make an iPhone "eventually" once copyright in iOS expires. To exaggerate even less, if I eat "eventually", I will die of starvation first. People making applications for the phones that exist now need to eat now. I was referring to the foreseeable future, not 95 years from now.

Comment 36em out of 120em (Score 1) 291

So what's the best practice for a web site to use all 116em* of a 1920x1200 monitor's active width without making the main text column wider than the 30-36em** that's best for readability?

* Assuming the default font size of 16px per em, minus 2em for scrollbars and 2em for outer margins.
** Assuming the 80-character line length and just over 2 characters per em.

Comment Spoiler (Score 1) 545

Why watch live and be force fed commercials?!?

So that you know the final score the moment it becomes final without spoiling the rest of the game. As far as I can tell, it's OK to DVR it and fast-forward past the downtime and commercials between plays, so long as the viewer has caught up to live by the fourth quarter's two-minute warning.

Comment Re:What OUYA was supposed to do (Score 1) 312

PC games rarely have multiplayer.

Nschubach would disagree, citing this list. Even if it is a problem, I would volunteer to be among the first to fix this problem by having my team develop couch-centered PC games. But naysayers on Slashdot keep telling me that even if someone were to make and sell a PC game focused around couch multiplayer, nobody would buy it because nobody is willing to build a second PC for the living room just for one game.

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