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Comment Re:A gift for the stupid and uneducated (Score 1) 188

I recall watching a documentary on this very subject once. They have a series of professional sound engineers listen to the same recording in both digital (but done right, without any compression or any of the other idiocy) and analog (as in, recorded analog, not digital then converted), and the professional sound engineers couldn't tell the difference.

The tables and cartridges audiophiles uses eliminate almost all of that and yes they cost a fortune.

So do the Monster cables that cost thousands of dollars, that audiophiles can't tell apart from wire coat hanger.

Audiophiles, like wine aficionados, experience what they expect. And nobody expects expensive stuff to sound the same as cheap stuff.

Comment Higher dollars isn't more purchaes (Score 2) 188

Given how close the amounts are, and that vinyl costs quite a bit more per album, it's pretty clear this is still far fewer purchases. In fact, given that vinyl is more a fad (with half of them never being played), this could easily be accounted for by the same number of sales at twice the price each.

In other words, this isn't particularly meaningful data, except that audiophiles haven't gotten any less gullible in the last year.

Comment Scott Adams predicted this (Score 5, Informative) 559

Scott Adams predicted this in May.

Predicted that Trumps real position on climate change was actually "I don't know because I haven't looked into it," and that once he did, if he decided it was a problem, he'd be the only person who could convince the Republican base that it was a problem and that something needed to be done. That no Democrat ever could, but Trump could carry the Republicans right along because they see him as one of them, and very credible.

Mr. Adams is a very observant wingnut.

Comment Re:This is kind of ridiculous... (Score 2, Insightful) 236

I'm an Apple user; if they pulled this crap with my Apple ID it would be extremely irritating; you can have a lot of money wrapped up in these accounts in the form of purchases!

With Apple, you're the customer. With Google, you're the product, and they really don't care, because eyeballs are fungible.

One of the very few things Apple gets right.

Comment Re:I think he just got scammed . (Score 5, Interesting) 236

My electricity provider and my dentist even wanted my SSN!A

No problem, as soon as you sign this, which indemnifies me without limit for any misuse if this identify theft qualify information. In other words, if someone breaks into your computer and steal this, you pay all costs related to straightening it out, including, but not limited to, costs of credit score monitoring, all actual costs due to fraud, any increased interest I might have to pay on loans as a result of damage to my credit score, legal fees, lost wages, etc.

What's that? You're not willing to accept responsibility for this information that you require but have absolutely no use for? Then I guess we won't be doing business.

Comment For this to really work (Score 1) 230

the manufacturers would have to provide, in some form, what their devices are supposed to be able to connect to, so that the firewall can block it from connecting to everything else.

In other words, manufacturers would have to admit how extensively their devices spy on you, and phone home with it, and open themselves up to easy consumer monitoring of what their devices send back.

I'm not holding my breath.

Comment Dear Mr. President Elect (Score 1) 742

This is your opportunity to make good on one of your campaign promises, to curb China's abusive trade policies. Your response should be an immediate announcement of a trade war with China, as deliberate provocation. Yeah, we'll have to pay a bit more for phones that do everything but make phone calls, sure, and we'll lose access to their restrictive and heavily manipulated market, but their economy will go from being a house of cards to a smoking crater, and they'll never fuck with you again.

Plus, by doing this immediately, Obama gets the blame, as it happens on his shift, and the worse of the fallout will be settling by January 20, and you can take credit for the make up. Win/win.

Comment Re:So common... (Score 1) 302

No, the correct response is to use a mailing list, and if you are concerned with interns sending 1.2 million people cat pictures, restrict who can use it. This has been the correct way to handle this for at about 20 years. There is never any excuse for allowing a message to be sent to 1.2 million discrete addresses. Ever.

Comment Re:So common... (Score 1) 302

No, the correct response is to a) correctly configure the mail server to reject any message addressed to more than a reasonable number of people, say, 100 (or even less), and b) use mailing lists for mass messages, like people with a normal IQ.

Whoever runs their mail server should be driven out of the profession and put in a home for the mentally impaired.

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