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Comment Re:FLAC (Score 1) 361

It's true for many pairs of ears that 44.1 is overkill. However: The next commonly available samplerate down from 44.1 Khz is 32 Khz, which gives you a highest reproducible frequency of 16 KHz. I'll take 44.1 instead, in that case, since I do still have some hearing left over that. Not that there's a lot of musically relevant sound there, but there is some little bit of air up there that sounds pleasant to my ears.

Comment Re:FLAC (Score 1) 361

It depends on their equipment.

DAT can go up to 48 KHz 16 bit. A lot of studios used it, and many still do.

Computer interfaces and software typically run at 96 KHz 24 bit or in some cases 192 KHz 24 bit. The newer versions of software like Pro Tools and Mixcraft allow 32 bit sample resolution. Though, normally you run whatever your digital interface and VST plugins can support, which can be limiting. Even the uber-high-end Waves plugins don't go higher than 24 bit resolution.

Comment Re:Note to TSA (Score 1) 335

When you land, you'll have a small armada of armed officers waiting to clobber the perp, too. This is a good situation because these crazies don't usually just wake up one day and independently decide to do it... they are part of a system, which can be worked against by getting intelligence from captive agents. I'm betting that we'd see a lot fewer attempts if attempts were so much better known to be futile.

Comment Re:"a number of user interface designers" (Score 1) 484

It's true. I use Photoshop occasionally and I know how large uncompressed image data can be. I'm thinking that the "Undo everything I did in this whole entire session" button (as I mentioned) is a different idea than unlimited Undo steps though. It's more like the Revert command you see in some apps. Checkpointing when you start your session is probably useful for many applications.

The idea isn't necessarily a one-size-fits-all. In Photoshop your work can be so complex and subjective that you need a ton of checkpoints (aka saving the document) to rewind your work a few minutes/hours back during an all-day session. But now we're talking about version control which is kind of a different subject and could also be handled differently than it is currently.

Comment Re:"a number of user interface designers" (Score 1) 484

Well the point was more like this... You don't need to 'save' it explicitly, because it stays in the same state until you do something different to it. You can't go back in time with it, though, which is why a Revert function gives a computer an advantage.

Those scanner-whiteboards are pretty cool. I've seen them in another office where I work. I've had the privilege of using Smartboards as well. It was definitely a step forward for technology to be able to sync whiteboards across the country during a conference call, for sure.

Comment Re:"a number of user interface designers" (Score 2) 484

As one designer I follow thinks, we need to get rid of the idea of "Save" altogether, and just have some sort of "Undo everything I did in this whole entire session" button. Saving is not a concept that people without computers are familiar with, so it's an idea that was invented FOR computers, and it's becoming increasingly unnecessary. It's not as scary as you think after you get used to it. Objects IRL like a whiteboard/todo list/grocery list on your fridge don't need to be saved. Construction workers don't "save" a building while they're working. Your changes are effective as soon as you make them. Look at GDocs, you don't save there, it just makes changes right away. And how many times have people lost work because the program crashed and they didn't save? Did you know people are still turning off Autosave because of some voodoo mythology that it might crash the program?

Comment Re:Or we could find other features Windows has (Score 1) 113

First, I think your sig is awesome.

Now. Come on now, you really want to go there? "Just works"? If you want to spend all day researching why libfoo-4.2.1-5r3.1.so isn't good enough for suparbar-, that's cool, I'll be over here getting work done.

The software repository you seek is called "just about every store" and "most of the Internet". It takes about an hour to install everything you really need to get productive on Windows, including the updates. Maybe more if you need Cygwin for some reason, because its installer downloads serially from one site. (Ugh.)

But if we're going for hyperbole, then let me tell you a story of a previous Linux nightmare I lived... It takes like a week of configuring and compiling to get Gentoo running to the point where you can log in and get a desktop environment. Add another day if you want your wireless adapter to work (whoops, that particular kernel version doesn't work with the driver after all and none of the included modules are compatible!). Add another day if you want to enable your video card for gaming. Forget about games, that'll take all day for each one. Then it takes half a day to compile Firefox just so you can have a browser so you can do something while you wait for other things to be done... but wait, if you want features like antialiasing and stuff, you have to reconfigure and recompile! Gotta do it every time they release an update! But what about productivity again? I nuked a motherboard once when a fan quit while it was doing a 3-day compile of OpenOffice. Yeah, it took 3 days to install an Office clone from their repository. By the way, that clone turned out to be slow and buggy, didn't work right with some of my documents, and didn't have any of the fonts everyone else uses. Fonts that weren't in their repository. Fonts that I couldn't get from the manufacturer except by a script someone wrote to essentially steal them. So I wanted to make a PDF so other people could see my documents the way I saw them, ugly Linux fonts and all. That software took a day to compile, and it still didn't pull in all the dependencies from the repository. I had to dig online to find all the particular dot-dot-dash-dot-dot-revision versions that were compatible with each other, and you know what? Screw it, Office with CutePDF doesn't take this much hassle. Half an hour clicking Next five times and watching two installers' progress bars on Windows and it "just works" with PDF output, the right fonts, scripting and everything. Reminds me slightly of the good old days of Debian where "a chicken could install it" except I don't have to hunt down broken dependencies and figure out why that one package is blocked and the other one won't install without pulling in a whole new desktop environment.

Yeah, I tried it on platforms with precompiled binaries. It still took a couple days to get it running with versions of everything that played nice together. And what did I get after those couple days? Occasional keyboard latency. Laggy, flickering mouse pointer. Stuttering MP3 playback when I scrolled in a web browser. Screen refreshing at a glacial pace sometimes for no reason. Random hitches and freezes. Huge temperature spikes. Poorly behaved Flash. Couldn't watch video full screen. No antialiasing in XY apps, ugly antialiasing in Z app. Nothing was smooth. C'mon, Linux should be better than this. Back when I used it as a command-line-only OS, it was. All the searches I perform tell me that I *could* get it working better, but I'll have to tweak endlessly and recompile various pieces of everything with new configurations. Yeah, changing timer frequencies, installing 'tainted' driver binaries, recompiling Firefox with support for etc etc, should I really have to do this?

Metro UI? Meet Unity. I've used both. Bleh, I'll take Metro, it's far less buggy. Things do what they're supposed to when I click them, they stay put, and it's fairly obvious what will happen when I don't know what something does. At least I only have to interact with that infrequently as opposed to always having it occupying my precious screen space. KDE does everything but it halts and stutters all the time. XFCE reminds me of Solaris. Enlightenment is way too heavy on the GPU. Guess I'm stuck with what, FVWM2? Back to 1995 we go...? Don't even get me started on Explorer/Finder vs. Nautilus/whatever.

It's just not as simple as "just works". I really wish it was, because it's a dang superior platform under the hood... but... Android is the first thing remotely close to "just works" and maybe that's because they make a lot of choices for you (like giving you binaries with the 'nice' features compiled in by default) and restrict the possibilities. We've moved on to a much more complicated default environment everywhere else, and Linux is really suffering because while it's capable of doing it, it doesn't do that out of the box.

Comment Behind the times much? (Score 1) 342

This guy is a little behind with his prediction, since it's already happening. I remember seeing those predatory lenders outside college campuses with their "Sign up for our credit card, get a free mp3 player" booths *at least* ten years ago. Car dealers have been giving out iPhones and such as promo deals for years. Some banks have advertised free stuff like that to my snail mail. Sign up for a 2-year phone contract, you get a ~$450 subsidy towards a phone. Right now in September 2012, you can get an iPhone 4 or lower-end Android / WinMo free. It's a giveaway to entice you into purchasing a service.

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