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Comment Re:Why notSimultaneous release toTheaters and iTun (Score 1) 20

It's a protection racket by the cinemas, most chains will refuse to show any movie that doesn't have an exclusivity period. As long as they stay united on this and only B-movies can survive on a direct to TV/DVD budget, nothing will change. It's pretty obvious they'd all lose business if they let competitors enter the market, so they don't.

Comment Re:More holes than swiss cheese (Score 1) 30

OK, so I'm an amateur, and I don't know squat, but even I know you don't ever run Adobe Flash for any reason on your browser. And if you really really feel the need to run Adobe Flash, you do it in a throwaway browser that you only use to run Adobe Flash. So is this really news.

You don't know squat about knowing squat. People who don't know squat aren't even able to tell that "you are infected click here to fix" is just a web banner and not an actual dialog box, much less what a browser or a plug-in or flash is. I'll also give you the Star Trek universal translation matrix, whenever people like that are asked "Do you want to flubber the gavot on the pinoshi? [Yes][No]" or anything else incomprehensible it translates to "You want this to work? [Yes][No]" and they click yes yes yes. They've given up trying to understand, much less figure out if the dialog is actually genuine.

Submission + - Cesarean births *possibly* affecting human evolution 1

CanadianRealist writes: Larger babies delivered by cesarean section may be affecting human evolution. Researchers estimate cases where the baby cannot fit down the birth canal have increased from 30 in 1,000 in the 1960s to 36 in 1,000 births today. (Science Alert and ( BBC "this is happening headline" version.)

More detailed studies would be required to actually confirm the link between C-sections and evolution, as all we have now is a hypothesis based on the birth data.

Agreed, more studies required part. Cesareans may simply be becoming more common with “too large” defined as cesarean seems like a better idea. It's reasonable to pose the question based simply on an understanding of evolution. Like it's reasonable to conjecture that length of human pregnancy is a compromise between further development in utero, and chance of mother and baby surviving the delivery.

Comment Re:A perfect Christmas gift... (Score 1) 180

Those CDs can indeed be very good, but not all of them used the best sources available (=the earliest available generation master tapes). Sometimes modern CDs are the best option - e.g. the Beatles In Mono box is great and completely uncompressed. The mono releases are for most Beatles records the mixes the band themselves participated in making. Someone else then remixed them to stereo. Modern vinyl releases, even when not compressed, usually come with some amount of bass boost. I don't understand why there is this need to modernise the sound of vintage recordings. It's not like blu-ray releases of black and white movies are artificially coloured either.

Bitcoin Could Rise By 165% To $2,000 in 2017 Driven by Trump's 'Spending Binge' and Dollar Rally (cnbc.com) 224

The price of Bitcoin could hit more than $2,000 in 2017 driven by expectations that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump may introduce economic stimulus policies, which could send inflation soaring and propel the dollar to record highs, a report from Saxo Bank claims. An anonymous reader shares a CNBC report: Bitcoin is currently trading around $754.51, according to CoinDesk data. A handle of over $2,000 would represent 165 percent appreciation. During his election campaign Trump has talked about an increase in fiscal spending. Saxo Bank's note said that this could increase the roughly $20 trillion of U.S. national debt and triple the current budget deficit from approximately $600 billion to $1.2-1.8 trillion, or some 6-10 percent of the country's current $18.6 trillion economy. As a result, the economy will grow and inflation will "sky rocket," forcing the U.S. Federal Reserve to hike interest rates at a faster pace and causing the U.S. dollar "to hit the moon." When inflation rises the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates to bring it under control. This causes the dollar to appreciate because it would be seen as an attractive currency for foreign investors.

Comment Re:See EN50332 (Score 1) 75

The problem is that devices have widely different output levels. Some mobile devices put out less than 1Vrms maximum, but headphone amps can output as high as 3Vrms. If you scale the headphone sensitivity to the mobile device, the headphone amp will play really goddamn loud, but if you scale them to the headphone amp, you will barely be able to hear anything from the mobile device.

What should ideally be brought to market, are headphones with limiters/compressors built in, so the maximum sound level delivered through them is ~85dB. The tech already exists for the professional market for hearing protection that feeds in outside sound through front-mounted mics, and caps the maximum volume level. But it will make consumer headphones more expensive, which is probably why no one is making them.

You could make a device that plugs in between the source and the headphones, with a calibration to the specific source and headphones, which can be set and locked by an adult. But that takes effort, and no one will probably bother to do it right.

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