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Comment Re: False premise (Score 1) 392

Let me field that answer. They'll use it, just like organizations kept using WinXP pre-SP3, until the new Director of IT came along and said "Are you fucking kidding me?! What incompetent idiot let you stay unpatched and critically open to everything that has come along in the last fucking decade?! Oh, the same one who thought it's a great idea to never upgrade hardware, despite your staff barely surviving on machines that crash daily, or catch fire like those two did last week."

Comment Re: Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 2) 469

You are simply mis-reading what is stated in that document. The US citizen parent had to be resident in the US for ten years (prior to the birth). How can I be so certain? I am in a similar category, but was born outside the US to a US mother and a father who had not been ten years resident in the US. I had, since birth, US citizenship until I renounced a few years ago.

Comment Re:Close (Score 4, Informative) 127

Lots of people ask about this. If we did pure speech-to-text and text-to-speech, it would take about half the bandwidth but everybody would have the same synthesized voice. Once you start trying to add parameters to the synthesized voice such as pitch, speed, and tonality, those take as much bandwidth as we are using for the entire codec, because they are essentially the same parameters.

Comment Re:17 U.S. Intelligence Agencies (Score 1) 127

There are commercial codecs that get to slightly lower data rates, which the government presently uses.

I once had to ask the Pakistani military to not use the mailing list to ask questions, as I didn't want our ham radio project to get in ITAR trouble. Of course they can still use the code, it's Open Source. But they have to get help elsewhere.

Comment Re:"clear" is an exaggeration (Score 1) 127

That's the theory. The modem also degrades gracefully in a way that lets you use your "ears" to recover information when there are bit errors. No on-off behavior like most digital codecs, in fact one of the samples is rendered with 1% bit errors, which might kill a normal codec or at least require a packet repeat. We have higher bit rate versions of the codec that don't make you work so hard.

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