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Comment Re: Only a fraction of US munitions... (Score 1) 199

We started by arbitrarily drawing lines on a map without considering who is living there.

The lines weren't arbitrary. They were specifically drawn to enclose multiple smaller distributions of each faction so as to implement (the wildly successful, to this day) "divide and rule" strategy among all of the resulting states. That's a classic British technique, along with plantation.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 564

Red book CD audio has 64 bits of error correction for each 561 bits of audio data, and the data frames are interleaved, but there's only one copy of the audio data on a disc. Many of the copy protection schemes fuck around with the data, especially the error correction data, to "prevent" copying, so the audio data has become more fragile than the red book standard.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 564

Very true. I have fantastic hearing and have always taken care of my ears and I can't hear pure tones anymore past 15 kHz without cranking up the volume. Even then it's more of a "feeling" than actually hearing the tone. My cats freak out when I crank it up to 22 kHz, so the speakers are producing the tones just fine (and I double checked with a frequency analyzer).

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 564

How is a cassette even remotely suitable for that purpose? You put it in the player and it starts wherever you last stopped it (or on the other side of the tape at some random spot). If you want to start the "story" from the beginning, you need to first wait while it rewinds (and hope that you're on the right side).

A CD is better for that, by virtue of starting from the beginning each time you play it alone.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 69

So you're going with: "You're holding it wrong?"

It's a phone, and the last consideration seemed to have been the phone functionality. I bet the sending-your-location-and-everything-else-back-to-the-mothership functionality worked flawlessly, though.

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