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Comment Re:No no no. (Score 2) 271

The reason real guitarists prefer tubes is because of the distortion.

This is not entirely true. The dynamic known as "pick attack" is also something which solid state amplifier and DSP cannot reproduce with any level of accuracy.


Interesting, but Kemper disagrees with you. Their amps even have a "pick attack" knob.

Solid state just doesn't compare.

Solid state does many things well, but it has its own niche.


Well these days they do compare. Humans can't distinguish between an amp modeled on (for example) a Kemper modeling amp and the tube amp it modeled. A few years ago it was not the case, but DSP always wins in the end.


I call bullshit on your bullshit :)
Just watch the following video, where two experienced guitarists do a blind test:

Comment Re:Not anymore! (Score 1) 337

In the mid 80's I got free dial-up internet by asking the local university for a "research account". I was nether staff nor student there, but they gave me one anyway, because they figured anyone who knew enough to ask for one was the sort of person who could put one to good use. Used that account for years.

Comment For everyone confused by this... (Score 2) 92

The "torrent file" that is downloaded is always a tiny file, it's a descriptor for the torrent you wish to join. It's like a URL (but it is not a URL). The way downloading torrents on Windows works is often:
1)Download a "torrent file".
2)Open the "torrent file", which causes Windows to do a file association, which has it open your torrent application and feed it the torrent file. You join the torrent swarm and start uploading/downloading.

Step 2 is the weakness: if you download something purporting to be a torrent file that is instead an executable, you might mistakenly allow it to run when you open it. The UAC will kick in and warn you, but still, shit happens.

Submission + - MAME released under OSI-comliant, FSF-approved license (

_merlin writes: MAMEdev just announced that MAME (formerly Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) is now entirely available under OSI-comliant, FSF-approved licenses. The project as a whole is available under the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPL-2.0), while individual source files are available under BSD-3-Clause, LGPL-2.1 or GPL-2.0 (all compatible with GPL-2.0). Over 90% of the code, including core functionality, is available under the BSD-3-Clause license.

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An anonymous reader writes: In this web era, travel agents have become very valuable as smart phones. As competition amongst the travel agencies has grown in so much extent that this question usually pokes the mind that does the job of a travel agent still exist or not and is there any scope in it as a profession?
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An anonymous reader writes: Industry leader Adblock Plus has claimed that newbie Magic Adblock was a copycat, and guilty of copyright and trademark infringement. The competitor has now been removed from the App Store by Apple, as a result of the unresolved dispute. Simon Moghini, creator of Magic Adblock, argued that the infringement claim was ‘ridiculous’, as the company has never used the Adblock Plus logo or name, and the word ‘adblock’ itself has never been copyrighted.

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