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Comment Re:Why not use what's good enough for pilots? (Score 2) 130

It's all about $$$, is Apple willing to shell $400m for such privilege?

Nah, Apple will build a (walled) garden around the NFL, and make the NFL pay for it.

Oblig. wall jokes aside, it's all about the $$$ until the client decides the product is bunk and demands the vendor deliver on promises, backed by a team of legal sharks.

Comment Very rarely do I buy Apple from Amazon (Score 1) 190

But when I have.. which is maybe 2 or 3 times, it was the 12w iPad charger. I made double sure I selected the "sold by and ships from Amazon" option, no matter how hard it was buried.

The rest of the times I've needed anything Apple related i got it at Worst Buy.

Why do people not make sure that the seller is Amazon and not some shady 3rd party? Yes yes yes, I @#!$% know Amazon many times sets the default to "some random chinese faker".. but really? People don't check it? I do. Every single time. For everything I buy. The rare exceptions are when it says "sold by blah and Fulfilled by Amazon"

Comment Re:Tomlinson Holman of THX (Score 2) 44

The electronics portion was designed by Tom Holman. Do you think these speakers count as THX Certified?

If they don't have the THX logo, they aren't. But that doesn't mean much anymore. In the end, I think THX was a joke, applied to tiny desktop speakers.

That Holman designed the electronics in your speakers probably assure they are of higher quality, even if the THX logo isn't on them.

I read Holman joined Apple in 2011. (as per wikipedia article on Holman). I think this is a good arrangement, Apple, for as much hate as people heap on them, do care about sound quality. I bet they can take the syrupy bass-heavy Beats and make them sound good. Y'know, like AKG or Sennheiser or Koss or Grado or ... well, anyone other than Beats have for the past six or so decades.

Comment Tomlinson Holman of THX (Score 4, Informative) 44

Tomlinson Holman, the TH in THX, left THX to co-found Audessey.

For those not in the know, the Audessey calibration system and hardware many home cinema receivers come with addresses the problems the great majority of users have: Room correction and EQ. It did to home cinema what THX did to the movie studio mixing room and movie theater.

Of course, just using Audessey is not going to be a magic bullet. You still need to have a room with good control over ringing, etc. You still have to know where to put your speakers. And you still need your speakers to be at least in the same family. But if you put in the effort, start with semi-competent hardware and maybe tweak a little what Audessey comes up with, you will have sound better than most has-been multiplexes.

In short, Tomlinson Holman has done more for movie sound in the cinema and in the home than people realize.

Comment Re:Is this it? Is this how it begins? (Score 1) 269

The German side of WWII was started by a false-flag attack on a radio station and a suspicious fire on the Reichstag building. Minor things on their own, but were leveraged into a full invasion of Poland, and well, you know the rest.

Obama has previously declared that cyber intrusions may be dealt with in meatspace with real weapons. Given all the recent hubbub about supposedly russian h4xx0rz, would it truly be beyond reason that this could escalate hidden in plain view?

I used to think the tinfoil brigade were paranoid weirdos, but now I wonder if they were right all along: They are *all* out to get you.

Comment Re:Commercial Access (Score 2) 80

Twitter have multiple APIs. The Gnip API is probably what's meant here; it's a paid API that provides a filtered feed of the entire stream of tweets.

The regular Twitter REST API is more limited, but it's available to anyone with a working Twitter account, so it's basically impossible for Twitter to block access by technical means.

Comment Re:Movie theaters (Score 1) 342

. so what exactly is the benefit?

1. Watching the movie on or around release date
2. Watching it on a screen which takes up 37.5* (give or take) of your field of view, with a (hopefully) competent sound systems.

Not everyone has item #2 in their house.. To those that do, kudos. You probably put on a better show than most has-been 'plexes.

I suggest you find a better theater. I had to shop around a bit, but found a nice multiplex with clean floors, competent picture and sound, and no teens kicking your seat and no little phones lighting up the place. It was built by Muvico but sold to Cinemark, who has done a commendable job in keeping it up.

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