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Comment Re:Not in this political climate (Score 1) 273

The President doesn't want to hear about the possible presence of more aliens!

This is exactly what we need right now!

1. Tell everyone aliens exist in outer space
2. With backing from the middle class, invest heavily and push to build space faring technology so we'll be able to deport the aliens, and build a space wall
3. Inadvertantly figure out how to build a dyson sphere
4. Free energy for life; civilization upgraded to a spacefaring nation

Comment Re:I think its time we hack space travel. (Score 1) 273

I'm having a very hard time seeing how a spacecraft could NOT contain an immense amount of patented tech.

Patents expire and the devil is in the details. If your only criteria is reaching another star, eventually, well heck that mission has been done with 1970s technology, although -- spoiler alert! -- it's not scheduled for the rendesvous for another 40,000 years:

My suspicion is if you were willing to travel slow enough (or endure some time debt by accelerating and decelerating slowly to the speed of light), you'd have no problems getting to another star, patent free, using apollo era technology.

Of course, if you want to build warp drives and solar sails that can be deployed maybe you'll need to license some patents. But only for some years before it becomes public domain.

Comment Re:Watson is the future...and the future is good. (Score 1) 83

I think the more realistic reason is that a doctor simply can't know every single rare condition off the top of his or her head, and many rare conditions share symptoms with common conditions, making it easy to overlook. You also might be surprised how often doctors who pop out of the room are sneaking a peak into a text book to confirm treatment.

That's why diagnosis might change going to a specialist (who is going to be more familiar with rare conditions).

Additionally, I see no harm in adding in an additional diagnostic tool to the doctors arsenal.

Comment Re: Phill Schill (Score 1) 675

Actually, a lot of people who shoot pro grade cameras (e.g. Hasselblad or PhaseOne), will tether their cameras.

Other pro photogs will shoot with compact flash instead of SD. Used to be because of the speed differential (which is admittedly less of an issue these days)

Or they'll back up while shooting (you can buy portable hard drives attached to card readers, then you plug in the drive when you get home)

So, let's face it, when we talk about all the "pro photog" features the macbook is missing, really we're talking about serious amateurs who wannabe pro.

Because, from my perspective, my workflow doesn't change that much and the new slider bar offers some really interesting possibilities in photoshop

Comment Re:Yeah, no (Score 1) 275

Like it or not certain songs have a "sound" that comes from a combination of pedals and amps. If you want your rendition of said famous song to sound right, you could go out and buy the pedals and amp. Or you could buy a profiler. Your choice.

And I care. Because I play guitar for fun. And you may say that I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one

Comment Re:Yeah, no (Score 3, Interesting) 275

There are actually apps that let you run all kinds of emulations of classic amps and pedals. AmpKit is one that comes to the top of my head, but there's others.

Just plug an electric into your computer (using a USB interface) and you can push a button and sound like ZZ Top, or any number of presents.

You can also buy pedals that do this. (Just google Fractal Audio). Then plug right into the PA.

Comment Re:No no no. (Score 1) 275

This irks me. It's like saying that the Mona Lisa is nice and all but it should have been painted with more yellow.


Now personally I think the Mona Lisa is too small.

The way art is presented (whether that's music through a hi fi stereo or a painting to the public) can change the way the art itself is perceived.

You might have no control over how much yellow Leonardo used for Mona, or how big he painted her, but you might put her under fluorescent or halogen lamps, or in sunlight (which will all add slightly different color casts to the painting). You might choose to display her behind a fresnel lens to make her bigger. Or you might put her on a white wall, or a black wall, or opposite a red accent wall. Or when printing a copy, you might choose a specific color gamut.

And each choice will alter how the viewer sees her.

Music is the same. You might prefer a solid state hi fi stereo, with a level equalizer Others will prefer to listen to beats headphones with the bass cranked up. Others will prefer vinyl through a tube amp.

Each individual adds to art by their choice of presentation. Don't hate if someone has different preferences, because in the end, it's a personal matter not a matter of fact. Which is why you shouldn't use absolutes and say tube hi fis are rubbish.

Comment Re:No no no. (Score 5, Informative) 275

Actually that's not true, just ask a guitarist (and IAAG - I Am A Guitarist!)

Vacuum tubes create a noisy signal, but in a weird coincidence, they do it in a way that is pleasing to the ear. The clipping and distortion sounds "warm," and there's an added depth in the sound (harmonics) that you don't get via transistors -- unless you create circuits that mimic the behavior of a vacuum tube.

Metallica? Tube amps. John Mayer? Tube Amps. Clapton? Tube amps. BB King? Tube amps. Eric Johnson? Steve Vai? Garth Brooks? All tube amps.

Of course, much of the "tone" we guitarists revere comes from overdriven and abused guitar tubes -- cranking up the volume on the tube so that there's massive distortion and noise -- which again sounds pleasing to some people.

Now, it's one thing to overdrive a tube or change the bias on it to get a particular sound from your guitar, what about building a tube amp to just listen to music?

Well, I suspect this is essentially "remixing" songs. Adding a bit more depth, dirt, or warmth (from the noisy tube) might sound better but that's subjective, and it's all about personal preference.

So, sir, you might argue that you dislike what a noisy tube does to your signal, but you can't say some people won't perceive it as improved, as it's about personal taste.

Comment Re:And better for the enviroment (Score 1) 274

Yeah but what quality is that meat from Sam's club? Factory farmed meat doesn't really taste good (at least not if you know what GOOD meat tastes like). In this case, it may be they are eating vegetables instead of grass fed sirlon. Which you might argue people on a budget shouldn't be so picky about, but seriously once you get used to good meat it's hard to go back

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