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Comment Re: Yeah, no (Score 1) 271

I'm not misunderstanding the information theory, but I may be misunderstanding the electrical/mechanical context. Does audio equipment use off-the-shelf microchips that are 32-bits, or does every extra bit require more circuitry? I was assuming this stuff is based on computer chips and thus 32 bits is natural--I was just arguing that it's harmless.

Because if your composite data is some infinite-precision data (signal) plus some low-magnitude data, clipping the data does not preferentially remove the noise. It simply changes the low bits to 0, which may or may not agree with the signal. Mostly what got me about your post was the idea that these extra bits are like adding a RNG to the signal. Well, that's true, but so is deleting them.

If making a 32-bit system is harder and more expensive than making a lower-bit system, then I'm fully with you. Either way, charging more for such a system is predatory.

Comment Re: Yeah, no (Score 1) 271

32bit systems are a joke. None of them have low enough noise. For high end systems the first 20 bits might be useful information , if you're lucky. After that the rest of thr bits are noise, and are, from a physics standpoint, hooked up to a gaussian random number generator.

Are you sure about that? If you use a 20 bit system, you're clipping the noise bits to "0", which won't necessarily be more accurate than letting them remain at their original value. Those bits don't go away--the system still deals with digital values, you've just limited it to fewer possible digital values. This is rounding, and I don't see why rounding away the noise is any more likely to round it in the right direction than wrong.

Comment Re:Translation: (Score 1) 203

At this point why wouldn't they just buy whatever the latest galaxy phone is instead? If you're going to be stuck with a phone full of bloat you might as well at least get a good one?

Bad buttons. If they want me to press and hold stiff hardware buttons before they take action after a 800 ms delay, they should pay me for that job. I'd use any phone before Samsung, possibly even an iPhone.

Comment Junk (Score 1) 191

I've got high standards and a big mouth. Is there any way I could participate in focus groups or alpha-testing to tell companies what's wrong with their devices before they launch? I've had most of the flagship phones (one from each manufacturer) and while I love them, I've had serious complaints about each. I don't know who they have doing the testing!

Are there testing programs I could apply to join? I'm not interested in a full time job, but I'm a heavy user and find multiple problems per week when I have a new phone.

Comment Re:"Sexual mistreatment"? (Score 1) 410

And they've just given themselves a big shot in the foot. Jacob now has recourse to say "If these were true, why were the police never notified AS REQUIRED BY LAW?"

It doesn't work that way. You can't use someone else's criminal misconduct in your own defense. It's just not part of the picture. It would only help to make the opposition look slightly less credible.

Comment "Sexual mistreatment"? (Score 4, Insightful) 410

What is "sexual mistreatment"? I can't find any info in the article, or the link within that was purported to contain more information.

Given that this kind of accusation can permanently prevent someone from finding work in their field, I find these articles--lacking details, with no formal legal proceedings--troubling.

Comment Re: Justice is blind and buggy (Score 1) 228

You've got it backwards. Everyone's trying to fuck you everywhere, but in the US you have recourse.

My non-US apartment building wakes me every morning with hammering and drilling. What can I do about it? Fuck all. In the US, I could complain to the landlord, make some recordings, reduce my rent payments, wait for the landlord to sue me, and smile as the judge tells him I'll resume paying full rent when he stops the fucking noise.

(I'm sure it's not actually as peachy as that, but the fact still that I have no recourse at all in my current country.)

Comment Hahaha. Oh, they're serious? (Score 1) 122

My Nexus 4 was the worst phone I've ever had. The phone ran blisteringly hot and was so poorly sealed that it corroded its own power button due to sweat and humidity. 3G would stop working for 30 seconds at a time. It perfectly covered up its own speaker when sitting on a flat surface, so sounds were muted. It was smooth enough to slip off of nearly any surface.

Now the same company that was in charge of the specifications wants to be in charge of everything? Shoot me now!

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