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Comment Re:Have they added DRM yet? (Score 3, Interesting) 303


What really should have happened, when the loudness war started to rise in the mid 90s, was for manufacturers to replace volume knobs with loudness knobs, with some (dynamics) compressor attached to it. Keep the volume knob, but make it something special common people wouldn't need to touch. That way people could turn up the loudness, which in effect would not just increase the amplitude but also compress dynamics.

Because altering [i]loudness[/i] is what people actually want. If they are on a train or in a loud environment they want to amplify the amplitude AND compress the signal to be able to hear the full recording. At home at a party you'd want to be able to hear all parts of the music properly and have high volume by just cranking up the knob to 11. In a quiet environment you'd want to be able to experience the full dynamics. For knowledgeable people we'd still have volume knobs to really alter the volume. In the end you could have tuned every well-recorded record to the environment you're in. There would have been zero benefit and need for the insane levels of compression we're seeing today.

Comment Re:ThePirateBay has all of them (Score 4, Insightful) 181

Yeah, it's not only that Piratebay and friends obviously offer the bigger catalogue of content. It's also that you get a DRM-free version you can play anywhere, anytime without being online.

Do sites like Netflix really expect to be paid for worse service? I'd still be willing to pay for a service (monthly, or per-content) if it allowed the ease of use and freedom of pirating sites. Not that I really use those, I essentially stopped watching TV shows and movies, except for one or two shows hosted via Amazon Prime, Netflix wasn't at all worth it because I only was interested in one or two shows, but since I don't binge-watch, finishing one might take months, which makes this service much more expensive than a box set of Blurays.

But sadly Blurays are shit and insulting. I have to sit through minutes of shitty menus and anti-piracy shit, even though I paid €15 for a movie. I cannot play Bluray on my PC without buying some software for playback, like the now-defunct AnyDVD, or MakeMKV. I certainly won't buy a shitty special player software, which locks me in even further.

Streaming sites are shit. Ever changing catalogues, small amount of content and the fact that sometimes they only offer half the seasons of a TV show (Amazon, I'm looking at you). Add to that that I am forced to be online. So it is unusable on business trips on the plane or in hotels with bad WiFi, a situation where I'm more likely to just watch a movie or show than at home. On top we have DRM playback software, which forces me to use Chrome.

Offer me a way to get the content onto my PC DRM-free, without jumping through hoops, and we might have a deal.

Comment SJW double standards (Score 1) 858

Let me get this straight. Some men dislike a show which is about shallow nonsense and motivations, and downvote said show on IMDB. Instead of congratulating them, some SJWs bash them for having an enlightened viewpoint, . So even if you are in support of feminists/enlightened motives, you still get bashed by SJWs, just because you are a man. It looks like SJWism isn't really about social justice, but only about bashing the supposed oppressors.

It still puzzles me that SJWs are unwilling or unable to realize that the current western culture, while admittedly not being social justice utopia, yet, is probably the most socially just culture in human history. People have lived and died for what some people take for granted. Gay rights are not natural rights (because, in nature, gay behaviour is, by definition, "abnormal"), but they have been fought for and defended. Medical sex reassigments have been made possible by the medical advancements in western "patriarchic" societies. Universal suffrage, that people regardless of sex or income have one vote, is a huge achievement.

I'm not saying western culture is free of any social problems, but please don't suggest that voting down a shallow TV show on an internet platform is one of those problems.

Comment Re:RIAA shooting themselves in the foot again (Score 1) 193

I believe that the studios and AACS are actively trying to destroy BD now, because with streaming and online sales they can control your content access and consumption far better, and they can cut out the middle-men and meat-space in the process. Taking the abilty for PC users to make use of their BD drives and discs is one way to ensure that.

Comment Sense of responsibility (Score 2) 479

What's the point of having managers if they don't take responsibilty? My impression always was that upper management gets paid big bucks because their main job is to take responsibility for the company, in good AND bad times. It's bad enough that a lot of managers just leave like a whipped dog when the slightest problem arises, but not taking responsibility for your company's strategy and staff while in cahrge is another level.

Comment Brakes aren't the issue, drivers are (Score 1) 451

Automatic emergency braking includes a range of systems designed to address the large number of crashes, especially rear-end crashes, in which drivers do not apply the brakes or fail to apply sufficient braking power to avoid or mitigate a crash.

From my experience on german highways most dangerous situations arise because drivers don't keep enough distance between vehicles. Emergency brakes will certainly help with that, but what's really needed is proper training of drivers, and more careful driving.

Comment AMIGA OS (Score 1) 354

You're missing the elephant in the room. A wide-spread computer in the mid 80s (at least here in Germany) was the AMIGA, and with it AMIGA OS. I was able to somewhat "use" it being less than 10 years old.

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