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Comment Re:R&D versus production (Score 1) 100

their systems are certainly working better than other programs at their stage of evolution.

That depends on which "other programs" you look at. Back in the 1950's and early 1960's when we were still learning rocketry and their were no textbooks? Sure. They're doing much better. Compared to more modern programs... they're doing worse. Much worse. The open question, the only real question, the one with no satisfactory answer... is whether the problems are inherent to a startup with no collective experience, are due to their rapid prototyping process, or due to their constant schedule pressure. Or from elements of all three.
 
The one constant, the one thing we do know for a fact, it that SpaceX (or at least Musk) is consistently overconfident and equally consistently over promises and under delivers. He's not alone in that though... it's a pretty consistent feature of NewSpace. (Or AltSpace, or "mammals", whichever term you prefer.)

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 210

Er, not unless your parents and friends' parents were very well off, or all of them were in the military and bought their equipment duty-free in Asia you didn't.

No, we weren't wealthy...lower middle class.

No one said you bought the WHOLE system at once, no we could not afford that.

I started off with a present from Santa in about 4th grade...a department store little stereo of a turntable and two small speakers..which maybe were 1'x1'x1'.

Not the best sound in the world, but where I started.

I saved my money, and bought a decent Marantz receiver......when I was sick, my Dad found a closeout deal on some decent for the day larger speakers and got them for me, I think they were Fisher speakers. I later saved and got a decent pioneer turntable. Later, I added a nice Sharp cassette deck (one of the first ones that could auto detect spaces and you could song skip on it.

Later years, I saved and bought a used Nakamichi cassette.

Later years...I found a deal on some old Klipsch Cornwall speakers from the 70's...cabinets had some wear but they sounded great, got those for $700.

Along the way the marantz blew up and I got a good deal on some display units of Carver pre-amp and amp....years later the Cornwall speakers got stolen...and I haggled with insurance to get Klipschorns that were display from an shop and got the pair for only $1600. That's a fraction of the price they usually are.

And from there..I found a good little tube amp from a company named Declare online....back when I got my pair (run them bridged for front channels) they were about $499/each. Now mind you at this point, I make a good living.

But I didn't start that way when I was young. I bought, built and traded through the years and through the different technologies with CD, BluRay, etc.

I do decent now, with some disposable income, but I"m now wealthy by any stretch of the imagination. While my hearing isn't what it used to be, I can still tell the difference in sound quality....AND more importantly, a system that doesn't give me "ear fatigue" and allows me to listen pleasurably for hours.

Sure I have iPods and decent shure earphones for the gym and I listen to mp3's for there and the car, since in those environments you aren't gonna hear a discernible difference, but for home and real enjoyment.....you can't beat a good system, and there is no replacement for air displacement.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 210

What's an audio shop?

The masses today have no idea what you're talking about and no connection to your experience. It's just golly gee swell that you had that slice of life, but it is completely irrelevant in 2016.

Err..there are still plenty of higher end audio shops out there, I've been to them.

Hell, even the chain Best Buy has in some stores a high end area called the "Magnolia Room"....I was at one a couple weeks ago, they had the McIntosh MC275 tube amp.

Its out of my range right now...but looking for one of the older 60's Mc's....that can be had for a fraction of the new price.

But audio shops are not a thing of the past, I see them in many towns/cities I visit. Maybe not as prolific as in the past, but they're still out there.

Comment Re:Left field / outside the box is American cultur (Score 1) 344

Until then it fits in the bucket of "it's only wrong when a white male does it".

Looks like the ante has been upped and the phrase should be amended to reflect the new reality: "it's only prosecutable when a white male does it"

Seen through that lens it may reveal the prevailing winds of racism in this country.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 210

Well, when I was 16-24yrs, I was into and enjoyed high fidelity stereo....my friends all did as well.

Er, not unless your parents and friends' parents were very well off, or all of them were in the military and bought their equipment duty-free in Asia you didn't. Before digital, in America a high fidelity stereo (let alone quadraphonic system) would cost your a couple grand.

I used to have an audiophile-quality system I bought stationed in Thailand, but it was stolen in a burglary. I have a pair of JBLs now, three way with twelve inch woofers. I miss my old stereo.

But I rip from YouTube occasionally, and rip from KSHE every Sunday night when they play six full albums. With Windows all it takes is Audacity and a setting in mmsys.cpl to capture a signal sent to your sound card, you don't need those goofs' web site.

I make CDs from KSHE's albums for the car, and they sound as good as factory CDs -- in the car. Their difference in quality in the house with the JBLs is marginal. It's a LOT better sound than a cassette recorded at home.

If you're in St. Louis (I'm not) you can plug your digital FM radio's "out" jacks into your computer's input jacks and you actually will have CD quality music.

The labels are fighting a losing cause.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 2) 210

So no, I do not put value into decent sounding music. To me music is like a hammer, a tool to either share time with friends or family (that is what I value);

Hmm...I think this new way of thinking about music is a loud statement on the quality of music content being put out today.

Musicianship has gone out the door, and I think it is exemplified by music not seeming important to youth as yourself, no emotional or binding common anthem for your generation. I think popular music died sometime just at the start of the 90's for a plethora of reasons.

Your post is kinda starting to confirm that for me.

I find that sad.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 210

I wonder if we grups sometimes lose sight of what it's like to be a kid with no money.

I didn't grow up in poverty, but was lower middle class.

My parents didn't buy me luxuries for the most part. As I mentioned, I worked before I was 16yrs mowing yards and babysitting to earn extra money. When I was 16yrs, I started washing dishes in a restaurant and worked my way up to head bus boy through HS.

I worked hard, made money and saved to buy each audio piece (and other things I wanted). I didn't buy it all and once, and basically I did this through my life so far, saving, finding a deal and upgrading pieces here and there.

I used to have to save for a good bit before I could buy that AC/DC record (when it was new on vinyl)....

Do kids not work summer jobs and part time through high school anymore? Does mommy and daddy now buy EVERYTHING for the snowflakes?

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 210

This is 16 to 24 year olds we are talking about,

Well, when I was 16-24yrs, I was into and enjoyed high fidelity stereo....my friends all did as well.

Hell, when I was about 12yrs, I went into a high end audio shop at the time, and heard my first pair of Klipschorns hooked to a McIntosh tube amp...and was hooked.

I've been building my system ever since then...started with little crappy stereo from Santa for xmas one year...and over the years with $ from lawn mowing, and baby sitting, I bought and traded through life.

I'm close to that now. I have the Khorns, hell, I have a whole Klipsch surround system, with Cornwalls as my surround speakers. I don't have the McIntosh amp (yet), but do have a pair of nice single ended tube amps for the front channels.

But I wasn't the stand out of my day...all of my friends for the most part worked for and bought good stereos for home. We did have mobile, using the old walkman with cassette tapes...

So, wondering when the masses stopped caring at all about how the music sounded?

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 2) 210

I have to imagine the quality of this music is pretty dismal?

First..on YouTube, so you don't know the source and quality and then ripped to lossy mp3 format, and I'm guessing it isn't likely to be very high quality mp3.

This is almost analogous to trying to record songs off FM radio onto cassettes...except without having to dodge the DJ talking over the music.

Does no one put value into decent sounding music (just talking about the fidelity of the recording here, not getting into the quality of actual musicianship in the modern day).

Comment Re:Left field / outside the box is American cult (Score 1) 344

Am I the only one who read "Asian" as a politically correct version of "Indian" in this story?

Ok..that clears up some of my confusion.

When I hear Asian, I think of Oriental type folks (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc)....and I was wondering why they were having problems with them, as that they are often some of the more brilliant folks I've worked with.....

But yes, with the Indians (dot)....I find they they indeed are of the model where they are generally ok following rote procedures, etc, but they do not seem to have much imagination on solving new problems or coming up with innovative ways to do things at the job.

And I know my ears are getting older, but man, I just can NOT understand some of them when they try to speak English. Not only is the accent so thick, but so often them speak so softly that they are almost mumbling, especially on teleconferences.

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