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Comment Re:So They think they have a license for that band (Score 1) 138

They were doing no such thing. They were flat out forbidding the use of the devices.

That's what "licensing a spectrum" is! Only approved devices are allowed to use this (part of the) spectrum. It doesn't get any clearer than that. Want to use this part of the spectrum? Pay a $200 license fee.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 280

Instead of criticizing others for your ignorance it would behoove you to spend some researching the topic instead of spouting dogma.

You're now perfectly channeling the crackpot who just knows Einstein was wrong. But for a better crackpot score, you should call me a hidebound reactionary and accuse Nyquist and Shannon of being part of an establishment conspiracy to silence the truth.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 2) 280

introduce uncorrelated high-order harmonics that fall in the audible range

Arguing against math is rather pointless, you know.

and can add a harshness to the sound that makes people tire of listening more quickly.

It's rather the other way around. Most recordings, including some great early jazz recordings, are "unlistenable" if reproduced accurately, because the engineering simply didn't care abotu top-octave noise. In the early days, there wasn't any equipment to reproduce it with any fidelity, and recordings were mastered to sound great on the equipment of the day. More modern pop stuff people just don't care when mastering, as they know their audience will be listening to low-bitrate MP3s anyway, so again the songs are mastered to sound OK for that audience. PLay that on real, modern equipment and it's jarring.

So there's a crowd that loves tube amps, records, and other gear that's lossy (in a nice-sounding way) in that top octave.
But it's the very lack of accuracy that makes stuff sound better.

Also, of course, there's utter scams like HD-DVD, where they put both the normal and HD track on the disc, except they add noise to the "normal" track (really).

Comment Re:You keep using that word. 99% of musicians (Score 1) 280

No, it is rent-seeking. Music in the past was sold in terms of public performance and perhaps sheet music - nothing about which I have a beef with. Now they want to get paid for cost-free audio recording duplication without doing any of the work associated with it - they literally charge the costs back to the performer! It's pretty much the definition of rent-seeking.

Comment Dumb discussion (Score 1) 164

Here's why. None of it matters.

Let's talk about analogies. Remember the Manhattan Project? Probably the most significant intervention of geeks in all history. Started off with some busybody physicists and a letter from Einstein. They were convinced that they were doing a good for all mankind by contributing to the destruction of the Nazi state.

The problem was, Hitler was defeated before their bomb came to fruition. Then, some people started getting cold feet about the use of the device. Regretting their intervention in the first place, even.

General Groves' and Oppenheimer's recollections of the project talk quite a bit about prima donna scientists. What should be obvious is that they put up with the geeks for about as long as it took to get what they wanted, and then told them to go fuck themselves.

Leo Szliard found out that his opinion was worthless, as was the opinion of every one of the geeks. The politicians and military had firm control and weren't interested in power sharing or criticism. And the bombs got dropped on civilians.

The takeaway from this is that on climate change, the only time the geeks get listened to is when the politicians have a good reason to make common cause with them...mostly when the goals are congruent. The moment the congruence ends, the geeks get told to go fuck themselves. This mostly means election year pandering with no action. So, therefore, arguing about this is moot. Nothing is going to happen.

Comment stents and lithotripsy (Score 2) 121

Mine was a 8x7mm stone, not huge but large enough to block the ureter. The pain was excruciating. It's like nothing else - i've had women who went through multiple labors grade the kidney stone as worse. Dilaudid touched it nicely during the 4 days in the hospital, but I required dosing every few hours and I wouldn't have been able to do anything but sleep on that. When they tried percocet, it was taking 20mg every 4 hours and that wasn't touching it. I would arch my back above a bed because resting on the surface hurt.

Since the pain is caused by the blocked ureter, the solution for me was a urinary stent shoved up my urethra and then manipulated into the ureter. It keeps the urine flowing and instantly relieves the pain. But, you have a stick inside you, and you know it every time you urinate (or move). More uncomfortable than anything else. Also, if you have never pissed blood, it's very unsettling - every time they would mess with the stent or do a lithotripsy i'd piss blood for a day or two.

I required four lithotripsies (going under each time...my memory was for shit that summer) before the stone finally broke up and passed.

Do not recommend kidney stones.

Comment I'm just waiting for the endgame here (Score 3, Interesting) 280

A few facts:

1) The rent-seeking media licensing authorities aren't going to stop with their attempts to use their financial resources to defend their rents via litigation and buying politicians.
2) Geeks aren't going to stop writing tools that facilitate freedom in using media as people see fit
3) Ergo, the path of least resistance is to put such services that are ripe targets for litigation in countries where the licensing authorities do not have reach - ie. Eastern Europe, Asia, some parts of Africa.

Why a company would host a service that would become a target for litigation in Germany is beyond me.

Eventually, I can see a world where the services that the media rent-seekers hate are located in just the places they can't reach - we already see this in terms of torrent sites, and the rest will follow. Since they are very small potatoes in terms of the larger economy, I can't see anything like a war or even meaningful negotiation about the point. So, basically, I can't see any end result but the ultimate eclipse of the rent seekers.

Comment Re:Microsoft Update Catalog is my new hero (Score 1) 221

What I'm saying is: this is a valuable attack surface for someone building a botnet. If most people use the GUI, then it won't matter that the scripts are clean if the GUI is dirty (obviously, just because a window that looks like a command prompt running scripts is displayed, that means nothing if it's all presented by the GUI).

There have been attempts to hijack Linux distros before, and hijacking Windows update is a key prize.

Comment Re:Not a bad guess (Score 1) 166

Fungi it the great unknown. It could be as much as 25%. It's hard to find a good overall breakdown, even of just plankton.

What's scary is that among mammals, and land-based verterbrates overall, humans and their domestic animals are the majority of the biomass.

Yes, but my whole point is that's like 0.01% of biomass. Don't confuse the familiar with the important.

Add our machines, which an order of magnitude more active than we are.

Crops are similar, though they go the other way with oxygen. But even at 10x, it's still a rounding error.

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