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Comment Re:Digital hoarders (Score 1) 214

You can hear it when you play with the volume, or listen to typical artifacts.

Ofc you don't here it when some transformation process calcs it down to 16 from 24 to simply make the output in the amplifier. But it is a huge difference if a hobbyist plays with sounds on 16 bit level and plays the end results or if you process the same sounds with 24 bits and only transform them to 16 bit in the final stage.

Well, technically you're correct, you would be able to distinguish 16bit to 24bit with enough volume. What I'm not entirely sure if your ear drums would still function after it... possibly. This is certainly something I've contemplated, but fortunately my current audio interface allows me to select the line level and also specifies the specific dynamic range for it.

But I will not question the plausibility of the placebo effect in audio.

Comment Re:Digital hoarders (Score 1) 214

You can fully reproduce an analog signal with a digital one by simply making the sample rate double the spectrum that you need to capture.
That is wrong. Double sampling frequency is the minimu you need to sample the signal. It is not enough to reproduce it accurately. How do you come to that idiotic idea?

Since human hearing tops out at 20khz, there's no point in sampling more than the 44khz found in CD's
That is nonsense, too.
Everyone can hear if a 16kHz base tone has a 32kHz and/or a 64kHz overtone added ir not. You don't need to be able to 'hear' 32kHz or 64kHz to notice if the sound is mixed in or not.

however a human listener can't distinguish 16-bit from 24-bit.
A person like you, on a consumer device, likely not. But from proffesional sound engineers it is expected that they can.

No idea where you got your nonsense from ... plenty of the anove is common sense. You don't need a physics degree to graps that.

I really doubt anyone can actually hear the difference between 16bit and 24bit samples. The distinction and use comes in when mixing multiple samples together to preserve maximum accuracy in the result. (And yes, I have professional studio gear) You might also use higher resolution like 32bit+ these days because it's possible.

The frequency range of human hearing is more interesting, have you ever listened to music on studio gear for longer periods of time?

Comment Re:What about (Score 3, Informative) 530

-1 Stupid.

Wind energy doesn't use rare-earth minerals, it's just a big fan with a motor.

And at least with solar, you only have to dig it up once and make the panel once, and then it produces power for decades. And you can then recycle it afterwards.

With fossil fuel, once you burn it, it's gone, into the atmosphere, and you have to keep digging more out of the ground and burning it.

The common applications for rare earth magnets seems to list wind turbines.

Comment Re:Meh.... (Score 0) 153

Not much of a difference between a so-called PC processor and a server CPU. Mostly marketing speak.

You clearly don't work on server or desktop CPUs.

Increased IO bandwidth, hardware automatic fail over, more cores, support for data-center relevant interfaces, engineered full load, full temperature, 100% duty cycle operation over the lifetime of the device, parity and error correction everywhere inside and out. These are the things that make the server CPUs worthwhile.


I will give you increased bandwidth, it's quite expensive to increase bandwidth and the server parts like Xeon E5 and beyond do have increased bandwidth. As do the extreme edition consumer parts which are essentially Xeon E5s.

Core count is really a profit optimization thing, larger chips are more expensive due to taking up more space. Considering the profits and manufacturing technology Intel has, they could easily make consumer products at current prices with higher core counts and make a profit. How do you like weak AMD?

"Parity and error correction inside and out" ... I'll say you refer to ECC, I really doubt there is any difference in this inside the CPU (Aka, registers, cache and whatever else they need memory bits internally) But I'll give you that the Xeons do support ECC DRAM, but realistically this is a market segmentation issue, supporting ECC on consumer products would be trivial.

The lifetime, temperature and duty cycle stuff sounds like it's from some wank marketing handbook. These are primarily affected by manufacturing (defects) and the QA can at best only guarantee the operation of the chip on delivery. I really expect that the only difference between sever parts and consumer parts in this segment is that the server parts have a larger margin on operation tolerances.

Comment Re:ISIS $1 billion quasi-govt, not 8 guys on camel (Score 1) 126

> Get real, this is bullshit. Anybody who has or uses an AK47 is not someone who stores meaningful data on a computer.

The armed forces of about 60 countries have and use the AK-47.

ISIL has about a billion dollars. They acquired $429 million when they took over the Mosul branch of the Central Bank of Iraq, and they now run retail bank branches in the territory the occupy. They "govern" a population of about 4 million, roughly half the size of Switzerland or Israel, and a bit larger than Barcelona or Houston.

ISIL has captured Syrian MiG-23 fighter jets, and demonstrated the use of Mohajer 4 drones captured from Syria and Iran. They have the M1A1M Abrams tank captured from the Iraqi army.

ISIL is a quasi-government, with not only a significant military administered by computers, but civil infrastructure as well - a tax system, payroll for 200,000 employees, etc. If you thought ISIL was a few guys riding around on camels, that's not quite true.

I agree on the AK47 (and variants), but fiat money isn't explicitly worth anything. Turkey, which would be the stepping stone to Europe has a budget of 200B USD. Liechtenstein has a budget of 1B USD, and it's a micronation with 37k population.

I question if they have a significant army or tax base. Just look up German history regarding WW1 and WW2, and then scale that up to declaring war on everyone, but this time around they have immense manufacturing resources, incredible air superiority... Even if they managed to annex Iraq and Syria, they'd fail because they've declared the Caliphate, which they'll never get.

Comment Re:going from illegal to mandatory overnight (Score 1) 300

San Francisco Adopts Law Requiring Solar Panels On All New Buildings

What about heat pollution? What if you wanted to build a nice roof garden instead?

Why does absolutely everyone have to do exactly the same thing all the time?

Put a bucket of water in the roof garden to heat water?

Comment Re:YES!! (Score 1) 252

The day the government controls your speech, democracy is dead.

A true statement, but impractical in terms of governments. Just look at what happened in Europe during the enlightenment. A more powerful medium is controlling the media and affecting the majority, as opposed to direct oppression.

I've always been wondering where the extremism expresses itself in the US. In Europe you get the surges in radical groups in the government positions, but mostly failing deliver and falling into obscurity. Maybe give the plebs more sugar?

For a long while I've wondered what would happen in the US if they adopted the Jeffersonian/D'Hondt method for all federal elections.

Comment Re:Not unless (Score 1) 30

As you get older it gets even worse. I get queasy even riding in the back of a car sometimes.

It's inverse for me. I used to get motion sickness from facing the wrong way in busses or reading while in a moving vehicle, but now I can do both at the same time with no ill effects.

I imagine it's the same for VR, do enough and you'll become immune.

What I'm not sure about is how I ended up resolving the nausea, because the nausea from motion sickness isn't something I really want to inflict myself with, but with VR you could easily just pace the session length.

Comment Re:Wrong... (Score 1) 208

The biggest barrier to true open hardware is the fact someone has to pay for a tangible good, and that tangible good - hardware - is designed for a specific purpose. The BIOS and bootloaders and such are immaterial, and do not limit you from using a piece of silicon as you desire. The block is silicon that does what you want to do in the first place. And that carries with it costs beyond just software creation.

I think the point where GPL fails in hardware currently is tooling, and assosiacted low level designs/operations to make ASICs. There's plenty of hardware model designs under (L)GPL, including the OpenRISC. It's not that the materials in the chips is expensive, it's just expensive to start making them.

Realistically something like this could be kickstarted - aka, making a large batch of OpenRISC SoC's, but it would be quite risky, in many areas like performance or having a completely failed batch due to a issue in the asic design. I'd probably give money, but there'd need to be a huge pool to make it feasible.

Comment Re:What authority? (Score 1) 128

Dutch legislation is not really relevant, I would say. If most software is coming from the US, including OS from Microsoft, Apple and Google, how are you supposed to enforce adequate encription if the US mandates weaker versions? Is it going to be the GNU/Linux on the Dutch Desktop during 2016?

Netherlands has a population of 17M, so assuming you sell a copy to a quarter the popluation, it's 4M copies. Quite frankly out of their population they'll have enough software engineers to make their own security if necessary.

Comment Re:"potentially illegal 'sweetheart' deals" (Score 1) 87

sometimes with the help of secret and potentially illegal 'sweetheart' deals.

Like those done by the EU president Jean-Claude Juncker.

And people still want to stay in the EU who is also currently ignoring 3,000,000+ petition signatures and pushing TTIP, FML.

So you actually think we wouldn't have ACTA if the EU didn't exist? Assuming the same treaty got to the same point, but in a world where the EU didn't exist, do you think a few Eastern European countries would've stopped it from coming into force?

I'd say it's quite the opposite, the Parliament actually seems to respond to public outcry, and it has the power to nullify trade treaties of it's member states. The laws certainly should be explicitly changed to force transparency on any trade agreement negotiations, but I think only the EU Parliament has the will and power to actually do that. The US certainly has the power, but seems way too apathetic.

I have to imagine you're British. The EU is full of issues but it seems better than the alternative, and yes, it's bound to cause issues like the Junker cases, just look at the US.

Comment Re:Good time to be an Android developer! (Score 4, Insightful) 215

I wonder how much stuff this is going to break?

The difference between OpenJDK and Java JDK is meaningless (In Android), so nothing will break. I think the core build systems has been using OpenJDK over official java for a while, and I would imagine this is the shift for the app developer stuff, but it won't really change anything aside from having to download a new JDK.

Comment Re:Backwards Compatibility Mode? (Score 0) 27

Without backwards compatibility, they're useless for me at work. We do GL2 and GL4 side by side (legacy vs. new development) and the open source drivers just fail at initializing because they don't support the backwards compatibility profiles.

Also, with Vulkan coming out next year, it'll be a bit tough if they aren't working on that yet.

My heart bleeds for you.

Perhaps you or your company would like to pay for the work?

I do hope you don't use NVIDIA drivers to verify compliance however. Last time I worked with OpenGL code and Mesa/Nvidia (~4 years ago), I found out that Nvidia is so lax in enforcement that it doesn't comply with the OpenGL Specs and Mesa is so strict that the nvidiaisms were very problematic to fix.

Comment Re:A better idea (Score 1) 284

I think proportional voting is better

You want to make the USA like Belgium and Italy?

No, the US wouldn't become more like Italy or Belgium it'd become more like the US.

While Italy certainly does have issues and has had for a very long time, why Belgium? Do you actually mean the EU Council or Parliament?

Realistically if the US become more like Belgium, I'd be all for it. Belgium makes good beer and haven't invaded anyone for a while.

Comment Re:A better idea (Score 1) 284

Sure, but that requires *more* government --

The auditing would probably get contracted out to some congresscritters cousin (at twice the price and a third the quality of government employees), who would then hire a bunch of H-1Bs to do the auditing.

Audit results would be heavily influenced by A) is the company in said congresscritters (or an ally) district, and B) is the company using the same outsourcing company as the auditor.

I find that a very interesting in the sense that a more 'stable' (in the sense of ruling policitical parties) seems to promote corruption.

The more I've contemplated the problem, the more I think proportional voting is better than the FPTP that the US uses. Too much stability seems to create the exact same problems that monarchies do.

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