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Comment Re:You get what you pay for... (Score 1) 230

Why would anyone spend $350 on a pair of headphones? I typically spend $10 to $20 for headphones.

if you have perfect pitch and notice a lot of stuff most don't and it bothers you it is worth it. It is more than just psychological, some folks have much higher density mapping in certain areas of the brain and will be oversensitive compared to average on such things. They are a very small portion of the market though and many work in industry fields where they can get the gear paid for via work. I do notice such things myself but find many who tell me they can tell such differences can't and it is more more money = better which is myth. Bose are shite. You don't get what you pay for, you get NO MORE than what you pay for, in bose case you pay very high price for low value headphone.

Just because you don't notice the difference doesn't mean no-one else will, conversely many who say they can often just think that but cannot as pychology plays a part it just isn't the only factor in every case. Same reason pro musician may spend a LOT for say a Dominique Peccatte violin where average person cannot tell the difference between a student level generic one and that. The difference exists just most wont notice it, and some buy it because they know it is chosen by those who do hear such differences.

Comment Re:Different != more accurate (Score 1) 74

I know you're joking of course but they still use leeches in mainstream medicine, used to be niche but they made a wider use comeback in the 90's. They have obvious benefits such as restore bloodflow in reconstructive surgeries where there would be loss of tissue from hypoxia etc but there is less obvious benefits. Not just when they're stimulating the bloodflow directly but after they're removed there is continued effects from the antithrombins they inject (Hirudin and something, I forget the other compound) which reduces need for systemic drug treatments in some cases. Quite a few places supply them such as Biopharm.

Comment Re:you're free to have unlimited services (Score 1) 416

....A lot of people accept this situation, I contribute it to our declining education, wages and salaries. I'm seeing more and more people just accept the way things are, I don't see people saying "No way, I don't want it this way"......

I think it is because it is normalised to them. They understand very little of the complexity behind things and take stuff on a superficial level and basically have lazy minds and don't want to learn or think just follow, also a short term view with no real long term self view never mind historical before their time considerations. Basically the companies erode such rights slowly, ever creeping forward over our rights etc until there is grumbling then they back off, rinse repeate until paying to get shafted by them is so normal no-one thinks anything of it.

History has proven time and time again from global and mainstream to the local or niche scale that is how you exploit people. I used to think anyone could understand a given thing when provided with facts and a little motivation, I don't believe that now. Very few I know personally really seem able to look at something for the facts rather than simply trying to find an answer that they feel comfortable with for ego or ease whatever. Those that do have desire for facts have another obstacle in that they lack the deeper knowledge of the subject and good working knowledge of related subjects because of interactions things can often change from what they seem big picture. So they need the wish along with ability to understand in context of the topic with greater knowledge of related subjects and background and education to properly process it.

For the ones with the potential a few take it but most of those other I find all the benefits their education and industry experience opens up to them is undone by signs of conditioning and conforming out of laziness of not wanting to figure something out but be told the answer. I don't mean this as dramatic as it sounds but makes me sad truth be told as I think at this rate we have no chance against constant eroding of the little peoples rights over corp profit and control.

Comment Re:It's hyped and will shift to something else soo (Score 1) 117

If you really want good sleep, find work where you can set your own hours and then sleep whenever you like. I never had any luck trying to force sleep, but being able to choose when to sleep works great.

that works in delayed or advanced sleep phase disorders really well if people can manage it. Delayed sleep phase disorders is surprisingly common and advanced not far behind so shifts or odd hour work can be perfect when matched to those. Some things like my own are more disruptive because they are out of sync at the reset point and move. Basically I start at delayed and move through over time to point it hits advanced phase point. Then I stop sleeping completely, even at times where I had weeks I could sleep whenever I couldn't because of SLIGHT light and sound in daylight hours. I'm over sensitive to some light and noise due to unrelated conditions so can't just zone it out like neurotypical "normal" would. Then the lack of sleep screws me to the point I have lot of other problems, eventually got to work hours that suit my reset point and got doc that was clinically brilliant compared to the norm and helped work something out rather so intervention is not needed daily now like living on modafinil,zopiclone/zolpidem etc etc which never actually fixed things because they created other problems or changed the existing one rather than remove it. Sadly the only cure I can think of in my case is get a new brain which is not yet possible and I like some of the side effect quirks of being oddly wired I guess.

Comment Re:It's hyped and will shift to something else soo (Score 1) 117

A couple years at most, then the next big thing will be the new "status symbol".

Granted, I'm a morning person, but if you want good sleep, go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time as much as possible. No sleeping in on days off.

that is an over simplification sadly and not true for many who have problem just because it is for you. There are a lot of causes of sleep problems and insomnia is more of a catchall generic term. I have disruptive sleep phase disorder myself and my "natural" peak and trough alertness times (associated with sleep ease) linked to circadian rhythm changes as it doesn't map neatly to the normal 24 hour ; in environmental queues present every day environments, I mean I know it goes longer for the typical folks when queues removed. It isn't mental thing either as can be monitored as core tmep changes and lot of physiological as well as mental changes. Mine is delayed as I'm late compared to norm BUT it has a habit of drifting forward to the point I need resetting because it goes waaay out over time.

My doc is VERY clinically competent and up to date on research and knows my background but since a kid for 30odd years I'd found a lot of none specialised doctors simply don't have the theory and don't understand it as well as they should and have a very basic understanding of the biochem and neuro side of things as well as specific sleep disorders in general, more a trouble sleeping = stress or routine which is not always true as is proven (objectively I mean not just uncontrolled self observation or self diagnosis).

There are a LOT of factors, cortisol and adrenaline levels get mentioned linked to stress, as does melatonin and inhibition with blue light (and close UV perhaps) often gets blamed in other cases. There are whole host of neurotransmitters invloved though and inblalances can throw stuff out. On top of it disorders like my own make people naturally different due to different neurological wiring so the issue is NOT fixed by routine and relaxation sadly. Even the try it longer shutdown since doing that for 30odd years and still exact same problem but treating it on case by case basis properly fixes the issues mostly or gets around them. .

Comment Re:VLAN + Frrewall? (Score 1) 53

Who the hell would put an IoT device in the same VLAN with other network equipment? "Professionals" who cause these massive security issues and effectively shoot themselves in the foot deserve every second of pain and hardship they run into.

blame is partly on the "professionals" but that will never change. There will always be such incompetence in low level competency IT positions especially for inhouse in a none tech business and where budget for that stuff is low. Lost count of how many times I had to troubleshoot such idiocy from so called network professionals when management asked me to step in and sort the issues but management STILL don't listen despite admitting proof of the incompetence they wont change.

More needs to be done from the side of IoT vendors and others in the supply chain end to start making a dent in this issue or these stories wont go away no matter who installs them there will always be major weakness in the chain. Many don't even attempt to secure never mind harden the devices properly and they have no financial or legal incentive to... yet. IoT things wont go away and we need to start having proper encryption implementation plus authentication implementation so not just anyone who gets access can make changes to config (some devices send auth info cleartext so goes hand in hand with former point). System for patching and a way to push this, network isolation considerations both advising proper setup like this case didn't have as well as controlling what data they leak to EVERYTHING on home so less likely to be a weak link to own another device from within. The latter point sure some thigns need to communicate and be aware of each other but there is ways of doing that properly; such as proper handshake needed between such devices and way to determine and config what info what can share with what and when. Or making the requests go through a controller/smart hub as the middleman that is far more hardened with regard to such things. Sadly although this stuff will ocme I do not see it happening soon.

Comment Re:IT is amazing (Score 1) 99

Laziness and impatience drives obscene profit margins within the coffee industry. It's still fairly easy to still spend pennies on a cup of coffee, if you're willing to get off your ass, grind a few beans, and brew a cup......... Starbucks or shove a pod into a machine to whip up a coffee-like substance.

Couldn't agree more, if they bothered not only would they get it cheaper but also better. Starbucks and pods are both average coffee for way above average price, the beans are sometimes good at the start but have spoiled in treatment: cheap air dry process like a lot of African can collect a lot of crap (literally) and often not processed properly and can go off, wet process tends to be better but can also be done wrong. The off flavours are often due to this cheap processing bacterial/mould issue rather than the bean itself. A lot are over roasted too without fine control leading to burned flavour.

If you work out your routine it isn't as much messing as people think. I do it the most inconvenient way but even that is fine with some forward thinking. A lot of the compounds that don't lead to good flavour in large amounts are extracted much much easier with boiling vs cold water, you can get a better balance of them with slow cold extract. I use a french press for most my coffee, know roughly how much I drink a day and prepare all of it day before with warm water after grinding to right size to extract how I want. Cover to stop oxidising, leave out for a little while then put in fridge over night and next day is just a quick microwave and instant coffee that taste amazing, most coffee snobs comment on it being unbelievably good and and I tell them I'm using same beans as them or worse and they are surprised and often start doing it the same way. It takes minutes to grind beans (I have no roaster yet) and that is going slow/pulsing with frozen beans to stop the burning that none burr grinders can suffer from; do enough for a week and back in the freezer tightly sealed it goes and it means this most time consuming method takes about 5min extra a week vs pods for a fraction of the cost and better taste and is just as quick with less work (pour and heat = done) on the actual preparing a cup in the morn/day.

There are even quicker methods with less messing, just I get the best results from this and it is so little extra to do it is worth it to me. Plenty of expresso machines available that will do fast extract with a nice even lower pressure to get ristretto quality shots which you can make anything from long black/flat white/capuchinno etc with if that is your thing. Part the problem people have is they use a bad machine with too high a temp raw uncontrolled pressure machine that is too high at start and drops rapidly so drags out extract time and more of the harsh compounds you want less of (some is good for flavour) and scorches the favourable [wanted in high ratio] ones and they blame the bean or compare it to a pod machine that is using finer grounds with faster extract. As for time tamping a shot in a portafilter is just as quick as a pod and spent grounds come out like a hockey puck with 1 bang so again they compare to pods as low mess option. Like you say it is laziness for the most part.

Comment Re: False premise (Score 1) 501

My laptop has 64GB RAM, a 2TB SSD, a 7th generation i7 and dual GTX 1080 in SLI. It runs Gentoo / Windows 7 Ultimate dual boot. It's probably more capable than your desktop.

urmmm got news for you but laptop i7 are NOT equivalent of desktops except in marketing speak. The gtx 1080 is also the m version I'm guessing so my similar spec desktop on Win7ult and arch is actually better than your laptop despite lookign the same from marketing pov. Also I have several internal SSD's and mech drives on top of my externals.

Comment Re:Open Source isn't the only option. (Score 1) 225

Now as for what the article was asking for, seems rather specialized. No one is going to do some specialized work for free so the requester can make tones of money off of it, even if it is open source.

It seems specialised, but if you break down the task, what the OP's friend wants is: 1) a GPU pixel-shader filter for video editing and 2) a video editor UI that doesn't have any extraneous fluff, but just runs a single filter on a single file and generates an output file.

To me, that cuts to the core problem in OSS in my book -- there are large-scale projects that try to deliver a fully-featured package and there are ad hoc projects that produce a small-scale tool for a particular task, but aren't particularly user friendly, and aren't very flexible.

There are probably still plenty of packages out there that can be used in the old-school Unix pipes way, but they're getting harder and harder to find.

hmm seems like asking someone to reinvent the wheel to me, I could be wrong but why does it need to be so particular? He wants it as an output video file and there is a mass of software both free (as in beer), proprietarry and fos that will do whatever you want to video I'm guessing. Not saying he needs to use adobe but there are equivalents, I use it for photo and vid though thus mentiuon it. The industry standard software if likely to do what is needed just fine so why all the messing with this, sounds like someone who doesn't understand vid editing wanting a free lunch to me.

NLE, compositing and grading tools are likely to do what he wants for less money than paying devs for such a niche thing, even things like adobe speedgrade/aftereffects/premierpro can be made to do it without all the "fluff" if you if you have auto batch action like apply some lut or whatever then just queue it and send to the encoder stack, you can apply such workflows in single click from bridge once you've set it up so it could not be more simple. Likewise there are free and foss solutions that will do similar.

Comment Re:Inaccurate article details... (Score 1) 296

CDC testing subsequently revealed the germ was New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase -- a highly resistant form of CRE

It should at least read "revealed the germ CONTAINED New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase". NDM-1 is not a bacteria, it's an enzyme possessed by resistant bacteria that inactivates antibiotics.

What's really fun is that this gene can potentially be transferred to other types of bacteria laterally...

I was about to comment on that until read your comment. It is indeed plasmid mediated gene transfer so can be passed to unrelated diseases. Given the track record of hospitals with not following basic operating proceedures properly I wouldn't be surprised if this does come into contact with other pathogens and we'll have yet another treatment resistant batch of diseases. The rate we're going we'll have treatment proof never mind resistant pathogens soon. Wouldn't be surprised if there was more outbreaks that origniate from within the hospital rather than from the patient prehospitalisation period. People are so lackadaisical with anti contamination proceedures etc, I've see lab workers whos idea of perfect aseptic technique is barely a step above licking your fingers (twice) and wiping them on your labcoat and medical staff including doctors who are even more lazy.

Comment Re:Main application? (Score 1) 80

Me too. Onkyo receiver and Dali Zensors, nothing at all fancy FLAC played over DLNA. Definite improvement (yes this is subjective) over purchased mp3s but with your own encoded mp3 at 320kbps vbr, any perceived difference is psychological.

The real beauty of FLAC for me though is simply ripping your CDs to FLAC, dumping them ona network share and using the FLAC as input for transcoding to whatever lossless format you want.

For the unititiated, FLAC is essentially ZIP for audio

you're right but there is more to it, sometimes it is unfair comparissons of apples to oranges since different decoders etc can play back those files differently. What people are hearing a difference between is the particular audio chains efficiency at playing back different formats accurately. On correctly rigged gear with proper hardware and software where there is no difference I have found hardly any listeners can tell the difference. I have perfect pitch and range but only hear it on some very complex music through gear costing more than most peoples cars, and the difference is VERY slight. For archiving flac is superior, for devices that have better flac playback or where listeners can hear the minor difference in very complex tracks flac is superior but most the people making the night/day difference noise are wrong; whether they know it is another thing as it is often subconscious psychological thing or due to not understanding the audio chain on a complex level. I suspect I have higher density of brain wiring where it counts for noticing this kind of thing and it is only slight to me, I'm high functioning autistic with savant traits and in the miniscule percentile with IQ over 150 and can percieve a lot of these things due to higher density of wiring in those areas like I say so average people are less likely to notice the difference. The big picture is often neglected and not taking into account the whole audio chain. Like people commenting on telling opamps etc apart, you can of course but even the same ones sound different put into a different chain and people often compared this as it it is just that link and add psycholoical bias on top.

Comment Re:Main application? (Score 1) 80

Nothing fancy. I can hear a definite difference between FLAC and MP3 files on my old Marantz receiver with some JBL speakers.

in double blind tests I find those who say they can hear difference can't actually tell the difference with average music files with mp3 encoded PROPERLY. I do use flac but it depends on the content. I have perfect pitch and range too and the difference is there played with likes of JHA JH11's through a good DAC etc only on some files, for others it is transparent and I cannot tell in double blind tests on all files.

Most people compare apples to oranges such as What you might be hearing a difference between is the decoder since depending on the firmware/hardware (most don't do it in hardware these days especially), the rest of the chain such as dac used etc etc different formats can be played back worse/better than others. Even when apples to apples it is complicated by psychological imagined differenc. It isn't wishful thinking or an insult but subconscious actualyl percieved difference so I'm not saying people are lying just that trained listeners can be tricked even due to actually hearing a none existent difference, the brain is tricky like that; it actually works that way with other senses not just audio and is common in smell and taste.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 564

why it's not solely about retro hipsterism

LOL! That's all it EVER is with audio. Same with vinyl.

You don't see movie lovers going back to VHS/BETA/Laserdisc/8mm/etc. unless there's a specific release limited to those formats (Star Wars on LD, for example). And then it's a Herculean effort to transfer it faithfully to a modern format.

that isn't true. Maybe that is all it EVER is with audio if you're basing it on discussion of none experts in non audio mastering forums. Peoples ignorance is understandable since they have no experience of it and they don't need to know but there is reasons why vinyl is valid to some. Sadly you wont hear those reasons from audiphiles and hipster twats who make hte most noise to the general public and make most the sales up. The real reasons are linked to things like the dynamic range compression and improper limiters like brickwalling things to death. Not everyone notices either since they are ignorant of what to look for, they don't have perfect range and pitch, they don't have the gear to reproduce formats close to what they're capable of and so on so myths on both sides get repeated. Sadly marketing and cliched myths are commonly heard among "normal" people including audiophiles and the facts get buried in the noise. Also when it comes to gear it isn't necessarily about money as you often don't get what you pay for.

Comment Re:First Vinyl... Then Cassette (Score 1) 564

First Vinyl... Then Cassette...

Next CDs will make a comeback. Even retro hipterism can't save the 8-track though.

As I said elsewhere there is a reason vinyl is popular, not because it is inherently superior but because of bad audio engineering practises and dicks like rick rubin. Containers capabilities are one thing but often the content is nowhere near (like 5bit in a 16bit container). Part the reaon it made a comeback is hipster twats I admit (most the reason I'd guess) BUT some makes sense in that vinyl tends to be mastered properly and isn't brickwalled to fuck so actually ends up higher spec than CDaudio despite the fact vinyl "container" is inferior to CD/digital container formats. Look up the dynamic range on something like loudnesswars database or somewhere and compare the same album on vinyl release to the cd and digital download editions and you'll see vinyl is often mastered properly. I'm no audiophile (snakeoil and too much money for the most part) but I do use very good gear and hear the difference. Even on the go I use multiBA iem's and good cans and system to drive them at home because I have perfect range and perfect pitch and I notice stuff like that; some CD rips are unlistenable to me compared to the vinyl rip.

Now comparing properly done 16bit/44.1KHz digital file to vinyl yeah digital will always be superior, sadly the mastering a significant amount of releases totally negates that benefit. Sadly many don't realise how bad these things have gotten especially if they don't have perfect hearing and don't have systems to reproduce the difference and the theory doesn't always fit real world. Same happens when people say 24bit audio is pointless when it is far from it, in LISTENING you cannot tell the difference but in editing I notice the difference because there is MUCH more overhead with 24bit vs 16bit and with a complex workflow it really can help, the problem is people without full knowledge of audio work judge based on idiots who claim they can hear differences rather than people who need the extra headroom (simple workflows with little/no complex dsp it isn't needed tbh).

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 564

It didn't stop vinyl from coming back when it is objectively a worse format than a CD.

ish.... you're mistaking the containers capabilities with the content. Part the reaon it made a comeback is hipster twats I admit (most the reason I'd guess) BUT some makes sense in that vinyl tends to be mastered properly and isn't brickwalled to fuck so actually ends up higher spec than CDaudio despite the fact vinyl "container" is inferior to CD/digital container formats. Look up the dynamic range on something like loudnesswars database or somewhere and compare the same album on vinyl release to the cd and digital download editions and you'll see vinyl is often mastered properly. I'm no audiophile (snakeoil and too much money for the most part) but I do use very good gear and hear the difference. Even on the go I use multiBA iem's and good cans and system to drive them at home because I have perfect range and perfect pitch and I notice stuff like that; some CD rips are unlistenable to me compared to the vinyl rip.

Now comparing properly done 16bit/44.1KHz digital file to vinyl yeah digital will always be superior, sadly the mastering a significant amount of releases totally negates that benefit. Sadly many don't realise how bad these things have gotten especially if they don't have perfect hearing and don't have systems to reproduce the difference and the theory doesn't always fit real world. Same happens when people say 24bit audio is pointless when it is far from it, in LISTENING you cannot tell the difference but in editing I notice the difference because there is MUCH more overhead with 24bit vs 16bit and with a complex workflow it really can help, the problem is people without full knowledge of audio work judge based on idiots who claim they can hear differences rather than people who need the extra headroom (simple workflows with little/no complex dsp it isn't needed tbh).

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