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Comment Re:The real beneficiaries (Score 1) 98

Just for once maybe someone was capable of making a decision as a matter of law. Maybe not everyone in the entire world is corrupt 100% of the time.

I'm kinda fed up with all the mad Brexiteers screaming about how (openly gay!) judges are overruling the will of the people and it's all so unfair. No, you don't get to ignore the law or bypass the constitution just because you are throwing a temper-tantrum.

Same here, if the law says that the lower court made a mistake, they need to look again. Either side could pull out now if they don't want to continue paying their legal team.

Comment Re:Looks like the loudness war is being fought (Score 1) 162

That's not correct. The problem isn't really the needle jumping, it's the needle wearing quickly and actually wearing down the record too. Heavily clipped tracks look like a square wave, smashing the needle back and forth.

There used to be machines that would tell you if your mix was okay for vinyl based on various standards for its manufacture. These days there are digital plug-ins.

As proof, compare these three versions of the same Santana album:

CD, terrible: http://dr.loudness-war.info/al...
"High def" 48/24 download, awful: http://dr.loudness-war.info/al...
Vinyl, lovely: http://dr.loudness-war.info/al...

You can browse that site for other artists, pretty much all vinyl releases since about 1990 are measurably better than the CD release.

Comment Re:Looks like the loudness war is being fought (Score 1) 162

Actually there are some pretty good high end earbuds, like the Yuin PK range. And in-ear monitors can be absolutely exceptional, some of the best headphones of any type on the market in terms of sound quality. It's no wonder really, since they both cut out most external sound and only require a relatively small (and thus easy to make rigid and to control) driver to produce ample volume.

Check the Head-Fi forums, a lot of audiophiles love earbuds and monitors, and often drive them from portable devices.

YouTube isn't terrible either, no worse than MP3 which at high bit rates is transparent to most people.

Comment Re:A perfect Christmas gift... (Score 1) 162

I buy vinyl for the sound quality. Each one gets played exactly once as I rip it to my computer.

Vinyl releases often sound better than the CD release these days because they are not as loud. The format simply doesn't allow the mix to be as loud as a CD does, clipped to hell and no dynamic range. What you lose in resolution and additional noise is more than made up for by the drums having some real slam and the guitars being more than just solid noise.

If they released CD versions with proper mixing I'd buy those, but they don't. They used to, so sometimes I buy used CDs from the 80s that were properly mastered, but it's rare these days. DVD audio with a Dolby mix is usually okay, because Dolby mandates certain levels that prevent the over-use of compression, and they know that only people who care about such things buy those discs anyway.

Comment Re: Yeah but... (Score 1) 117

That's why DVR users aren't thieves - in the end, the programming they like gets cancelled, so in the end they just hurt themselves in the long run.

That assumes they would have watched the same shows with ads. I can honestly say that I wouldn't, because in 2001 I canceled my cable completely because I found US TV unwatchable because of the ads. It wasn't until four or five years later that I "came back", and that was a combination of my soon-to-be wife wanting TV, and me requiring we have a DVR as part of the package.

What we're actually seeing now, as a result of the effect the DVR has had on the industry and the opportunities the Internet provides, is a massive, unprecedented, move to subscription TV. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, are all producing their own TV programming, with quality as good as the broadcast networks, and networks like HBO are broadening the ways in which their content can be obtained. Meanwhile even the broadcast networks are finding people buy their shows if they put each episode up on Amazon, Vudu, iTunes, etc, immediately after broadcasting them.

Did we screw ourselves? Nah. I think we're getting what we asked for. And for the most part, we're getting what we wanted as a result.

Comment Re:Not even trying anymore (Score 1) 63

To be fair, it's not just those two who have had problems with lithium batteries. Boeing's Dreamliner kept catching fire because of battery problems, Sony had problems with laptop batteries (which affected Apple and many others who buy from them), and I seem to recall LG had a few issues as well.

I get a bit frustrated at the slow pace of battery development with electric cars, but on the other hand I can appreciate why they don't just ram another few cells in without doing extensive safety testing first.

Comment Re:So holding it in air... (Score 1) 63

It really depends if the problem is a bad reading or if the battery voltage is actually collapsing. Battery voltage varies with various things: state of charge, electrical load, temperature, age and so forth. If it dips below the range where the phone can operate, software isn't going to fix it.

Doesn't bode well for the long term reliability of those batteries either. I'd hope they at least offer an extended battery warranty.

Submission + - FBI investigation into GamerGate may have closed

An anonymous reader writes: In early November of 2014, Twitter user @livebeef submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FBI concerning its investigation into Gamergate. In December of 2016, he finally received his information. It reveals that the FBI began investigating Gamergate very early on and has since closed the investigation, stating, “To date, all available investigative steps failed to identify any subjects or actionable leads.” The heavily redacted 169-page PDF files contain some of the threatening letters sent to Utah State University. Another event detailed an FBI visit to the home of a man whose name was involved in a threatening email. This is most likely YouTube user MrRepzion. Further on, the report details correspondence with one of the victims of the threats, repeatedly cautioning her against taking matters to the media. "I am attempting to collect the evidence for your case that would be useful in prosecution of any subject (once a subject is identified) and it is very difficult to do this when people know about the FBI involved and their need for use of Thor and other Proxies. [sic]”

Comment Re:And is Steve wrong? (Score 1) 373

We have this things called Twitter now, and press releases if you are old school. Very useful when people think you said something extremely racist and bigoted, but you need to clarify that your meaning was something else.

The guy was trying to do a Farage. Say something that heavily implies a racist point of view, but stops just short of explicitly stating it. He went slightly too far.

Submission + - Court: 'Falsely' Accused 'Movie Pirate' Deserves $17K Compensation

AmiMoJo writes: An Oregon District Court has sided with a wrongfully accused man, who was sued for allegedly downloading a pirated copy of the Adam Sandler movie The Cobbler. According to the court's recommendations, the man is entitled to more than $17,000 in compensation as the result of the filmmakers "overaggressive" and "unreasonable" tactics. The defendant in question, Thomas Gonzales, operates an adult foster care home where several people had access to the Internet. The filmmakers were aware of this and during a hearing their counsel admitted that any guest could have downloaded the film.

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