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Comment Re:Thin end of the wedge (Score 1) 344

It would be ridiculously easy to do this

Well then do so. You can give me a lift in your Ferrari if you ever manage to pull off that garbage you said.

By the way speaking of ridiculously easy, while you're at it, if you're so good at linearising then you must realise that a reverse of the transfer function is also easy to record and implement. Easier in fact. Also high speed PWM does what precisely through a low pass filter? Oh that's right, reproduce the soundwave. You can record the output of a class D amplifier too.

You get bonus points for posting that drivel to an article that fundamentally is complaining about the quality of sound. I mean there's plenty of people who just don't have a clue on Slashdot, but never have I seen someone not have a clue with so much conviction.

Comment Re:What a read. (Score 1) 70

Yes, it is inconceivable to anyone who knows basic Physics. Just because X is possible doesn't make Y possible.

Said by every physicist ever. Don't you know physics? Light is a particle not a wave! Gravity waves exist, wait no they are impossible, woopse turns out someone discovered them and I was right in the first place (though Einstein didn't live to change his mind a second time).

I know basic physics, that's why I don't discount anything as being physically impossible.

Comment Re:A welcome addition to my devices (Score 1) 16

You mean Opera who was bought by a Chinese company Opera?

To nitpick, they weren't bought. We can only say they were bought after they've overcome regulatory approvals. Only last month the entire process collapsed and started a new with the Chinese offering money for considerably less (though still including the browser part) of Opera.

The sale has not yet been concluded, though ... it is likely to go ahead.

Comment Re:Mobile Web (Score 0) 75

The way Tim Berners-Lee envisioned the web

Is representative of the rest of the 80s and early 90s. We don't do anything the same anymore when it comes to design, layout, UI, or human machine interactions. The approach of not limiting a page to a specific display was ultimately quite limiting, so the web evolved.

The need for different desktop and mobile sites only arises if you design your site so that it will only operate at a certain resolution or screen size.

No. The need for different desktop and mobile sites arises out of ensuring the best kind of interaction between your user and your device without putting yourself into an incredibly limiting scenario involving serving up text and letting the client deal with the issue.

Just because screen resolutions are dynamic doesn't mean the text layout is ideal for all screen sizes (and orientations), it doesn't mean your interaction is ideal for all interfaces (mouse pointer vs multitouch), it doesn't mean your page layout is ideal for all situations (maximizing mobile screen use while restricting aspect ratios on desktops so text isn't just one really really long line across a screen).

Horses for Courses.

Comment Re:In other news... (Score 1) 262

So, who, other than you of course, is Excel's target audience?

Excel's target audience is people who use Excel. Whether those people know how to use it is the issue. Word edits documents just fine too, but that doesn't stop you getting someone manually typing a list of numbers, putting new-lines in instead of paragraph separators, and then everyone wondering why the hell Word's formatting systems proceed to screw up the entire document.

We in the world put a large number of people in front of a large number of systems without providing any of the basic training required to use it. The above examples I get in my workplace from a consultant, someone who's paid to write documents and yet has never done a course in Word. In his opinion Word was broken because it messed up his documents. In everyone else's opinion the guy should have done some basic training before starting his job.

Comment Re:LaTeX (Score 1) 262

Why in God's name are you using a Microsoft product for scientific documents?

Because there's nothing wrong with doing so providing you know it's limits and it's faults.

And because these problems of user error transcend all software including those specifically designed for scientific purposes.

And because writing a document in LaTeX has little to do with crunching numbers and doing lookup tables in a spreadsheet. But hey you got your anti-Microsoft rant of the day out so success right?

Comment Re:What a read. (Score 1) 70

Any sufficiently advanced technology... you get the idea.

Given how we've already demonstrated the ability to manipulate an object in a controlled manner with a carefully formed sonic wave, combined with the fact that light is actually a particle that exerts force on things, is it truly inconceivable that we will one day we can figure out how to manipulate something from a distance?

Comment What a read. (Score 5, Insightful) 70

This is the kind of stuff that is truly exciting to an engineer interested in space. A satellite in an uncontrolled spin due to a bad inertial unit, without enough power in its batteries to transmit at full power, a network of deep space communications satellites colliding signals to create constructive interference to boost communications, a plan to point several radio telescopes towards it in the hope to hear something, sweeping the sky with different frequencies and if all else fails point the Hubble at it.

Combined with the short time window to make things work the only thing missing here is Matt Damon and you got yourself a summer blockbuster.

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