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Comment Come on... (Score 4, Interesting) 418

From the article:

"My first change is from Supra Cat-7+ to Audioquest Cinnamon playing a piece from Eric Satie, a performance by Alexandre Tharaud of Gnossienne No. 1. I immediately notice an increase in air and a wider stage with the Cinnamon. The recording room has grown and the playback is a little more fluid, more natural I would say."

Can someone please do a bit-wise compare between what is received just before the DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter)...? I doubt there are any missing bits using the 'cheaper' cable.


Submission + - Open Source Music Fingerprinter C&D'd (

Nushio writes: The code wasn't even released, and yet Roy van Rijn, a Music & Free Software enthusiast received a C&D from Landmark Digital Services, owners of Shazam, an Android application that allows you to find a song, by listening to a part of it. And if that wasn't enough, they want him to take down his blog post (Google Cache) explaining how he did it because it "may be viewed internationally. As a result, [it] may contribute to someone infringing our patents in any part of the world".

Submission + - Amateur programmer meets software patents (

Roy van Rijn writes: A couple of weeks ago, in a spare weekend, I wrote software that could recognise music through listening to the microphone, much like SoundHound and Shazam. After populair demand I was just about to release the code into the open source community when I got an email from Landmark Digital Services LLC. They claim my hobby project is infringing their patents. This took me on a journey to find out more about software patents and the validity of the requests I got from the company.

Comment Re:Maybe C really is "it" for now... (Score 1) 831

What you are describing isn't really a language thing, its more the IDE or compiler. Sure we could use smarter compilers and/or IDE's. For example when you forget a semi-colon in Java the compilers are smart enough to point out the exact location... but it doesn't fix it. Probably because it wants you to learn and correct your code...?

I'd rather have very smart tooling which gets to know me and corrects me. A bit like Spring Roo works in Java, a genie which just assists you. But I imagine something even smarter, like you said, on the fly typo-correction, but also using the knowledge other tools have, like FindBug, detecting (possible) coding-errors while writing them. Maybe auto-generate certain structures that are used a lot.

Comment Re:Hear the heads exploding - Java is fastest (Score 3, Informative) 62

Hrm, this had absolutely nothing to do with the language. It has almost everything to do with the algorithms.

Its very hard to compare languages, maybe if you use the languages to implement the exact same algorithm and let it run for a long while... But that still doesn't really compare it well enough.

Like somebody already said: Bubble sort in C++ is (almost) always slower then a quicksort in Java.


Submission + - Israeli scientists create cyborg brains (

Roy van Rijn writes: "Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel have demonstrated that neurons cultured outside the brain can be imprinted with multiple rudimentary memories that persist for days without interfering with or wiping out others. The israeli scientists have taken a crucial first step in showing that a network of neurons outside the body can be stimulated to create multiple memories that they sustain for days."

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