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Comment Chicken little nonsense (Score -1) 595

1. Digital audio means DRM audio

iTunes and later the Amazon MP3 store made DRM free audio a standard for audio you buy. This cat isn't going back in the bag. If you are whining that it's gettting harder to rip DRM from Spotify, etc. (music that you rent) then screw off, you're stealing and it's nobody's problem but your own.

2. Wireless headphones and speakers are fine, not great.

Wires are fine, not great. Shitty amps in phones are fine, not great. Bluetooth is great, your shitty $12 rig notwithstanding.

3. Dongles are stupid, especially when they require other dongles.

See 3, and use bluetooth.

4. Ditching a deeply established standard will disproportionately impact accessibility.

So will ditching DB-9 and floppy disks. Boo-hoo.

5. Making Android and iPhone headphones incompatible is incredibly arrogant and stupid.

You actually have a point here. MicroUSB and Lightning should be ditched in favor of USB-C. Yesterday.

6. No one is asking for this.

Remove a useless port for water and dust to get into? Sign me up!

Comment Re:h.264 Broadcasting consideration? (Score 4, Informative) 413

No. It is because, ATSC was defined before H.264 was. DVB is newer and supports H.264. ATSC technically added support for H.264 in 2008, but nobody is using it because TV sets that don't support H.264 would be left in the dark unless we had a whole new round of stupid converter boxes. We will be stuck with MPEG-2 for broadcast TV for the next 50-80 years; just as long as good old NTSC held on before biting the dust.
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NASA Attempts To Assuage 2012 Fears 881

eldavojohn writes "The apocalyptic film 2012 has dominated the box office, taking in $65 million on opening weekend. But with all those uninformed eyeballs watching the film, NASA has found itself answering so many common questions that their Ask an Astrobiologist blog offers calming, professional reassurance that there is no planet Nibiru, nor will it collide with Earth (although I do recall a massive solar storm forecast). NASA's main site even offers a FAQ answering similar questions. NPR has more on NASA scientist David Morrison and his efforts to calm the ensuing public hysteria, but survivalists are already planning for the big one. Pretty funny, right? Not according to Morrison: 'I've had three from young people saying they were contemplating committing suicide. I've had two from women contemplating killing their children and themselves. I had one last week from a person who said, "I'm so scared, my only friend is my little dog. When should I put it to sleep so it won't suffer?" And I don't know how to answer those questions.'"

Comment Re:Even worse... (Score 1) 420

You either didn't follow the link in the blurb, or you're referring to some of the existing systems - in which case I agree w/ you. The way they did it was a setup step, where you selected 8 likes and 8 dislikes. Then when you need to authenticate, it shuffles those 16 items, and you select whether you like or dislike each item - no spelling required.

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