* Posts by Matthew 17

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Apple will reveal new iPhone on Sept 9 – this is what it may look like

Matthew 17

I'm excited about force touch things

This way the device will know it's in your back pocket and won't magically unlock itself and dial Zimbabwe when you sit on it. No more butt-dialling!

The future is now.

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What Ashley Madison did and did NOT delete if you paid $19 – and why it may cost it $5m+

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If they sue for $5m because of the data leak

Aren't they then going to be sued by their soon to be ex-partners for the same $5m?

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The Onion Router is being cut up and making security pros cry

Matthew 17

any system that obstructs being spied upon

must be demonised.

'X' is used by terrorists and paedos and hackers, robbers, rapists and pickpockets!

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

Matthew 17

Very James Bond

The devices did seem a bit over sized, it's not going to be subtle to use.

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Curiosity rolls over onto Martian WET PATCH, takes satisfied selfie

Matthew 17

use the nuclear power to evaporate the water....

FREE MARS!!!!

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Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

Matthew 17

will sound like a fanboi but...

the last time one of these showed up it was patched in about 3 weeks from notification. This chap has just gone public straight away, not cool.

Anyway it would be difficult to engineer this exploit to run the script automatically, I doubt anyone will encounter it in the wild and there will be another patch along shortly.

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Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free

Matthew 17

The software has become unusable

I like Macs, always have, they used to be nailed on reliable, Apple software was always super polished and reliable. But they (along with every other tech company) is under so much pressure to 'innovate' and stay on top that the quality is all over the shop. MacOS 10.11 needs to be really special, not due to some nonsense new feature that no-one wants and will disable but have that slick polish that just works (remember that?) iTunes, whilst being a great idea is impossibly buggy and clunky now, constantly looking at the spinning wheel every time I ask it to do anything. If there was a viable alternative on the Mac I'd have binned it ages ago.

I've no interest in subscription music services as I'm old fashioned and still like to buy albums so the people who make the music I like can afford to keep doing it, but regardless no-one likes the iTunes software now, sure there are those that can get one with it, but no-one uses it without the expectation of hassle and slowness. They need to bin it, build something new from the ground up, make it great, make it Apple. Make it something that you want to use.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

Matthew 17

All this spying for marketing and advertising....

is it really worth money?

All this social media and now operating systems that record and log everything we do is to sell data to advertisers who use it to create adverts we block or ignore. Does anyone every actually buy something, anything because of user data that was mined?

Was there ever a service or product created because of this information?

If MS want to be the next Google and give away its software for free in return for spying will ensure it never be regarded as an Enterprise OS, or is that the plan you have a free spyware OS or a paid for Enterprise version that doesn't?

Either way I'm convinced all this data is just a house of cards, when someone looks and sees that despite the petabytes of information collected no-one ever buys anything, the realisation that it's not worth anything and we have another dot com burst bubble.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

Matthew 17

spyware

A lot of sites reporting on the high level of customer data W10 collects about its users.

You wouldn't expect to be spied on that much if your machine had been rooted!

I think this is how MS is able to give an OS away for free without having to sell hardware.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

Matthew 17

I loved the Amiga, was such an iconic machine

However, looking back it was doomed from the start. I remember it looking so much better than anything a PC or Mac could do, the Archimedes was similarly special but didn't have a huge amount of software. PC's got better every year, when CDROM's and Windows 9x appeared the Amiga was looking long past it. The 1200 was able to improve it a little but only if you had specific software.

I put thousands of hours into making music using Protracker or Octamed but when I wanted to use MIDI and sampling the machine just couldn't do it, finally binning it in favour of a 486PC was almost heaven sent.

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

Matthew 17

Re: Physics Says...

It looked like a fault triggered a self-destruction/abort, was a very neat explosion

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Matthew 17

it's not rocket science

that bit has been fairly well understood for a while.

Now, rocket engineering on the other hand it's a bit more of a trick!

Still if nothing else, it looked quite pretty when it failed

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Get your WELLIES to MARS: Red Planet reveals its FROZEN BOTTOM

Matthew 17

Was Mars ever warm enough for this?

I saw this article the other day that suggests that whilst there was water on the surface of Mars it was always ice.

http://www.iflscience.com/space/icy-mars-theory-strikes-back

Seems plausible to me, unless Mars had a really hot core in the past it was never going to get much energy from the Sun to give it the seas and oceans that are often depicted.

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Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

Matthew 17

it was the music

When that game landed on the Amiga the score knocked my socks off, sure I was a big fan of what the C64 had been doing for the most part we just had the blippy tones from the NES, Master System, Mega Drive, PC and whatnot. Then suddenly there was this epic-sounding Korg M1 sampled thing that was being pumped through large speakers in game shops. There really wasn't anything else like it at the time. Sure it wasn't a great game but so what, look at it! And listen to that sound!

OK none of it was as good as Turrican 2 on the same machine but SotB was the reason I wanted an Amiga and spunked all my paper-round money on buying a 500.

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Even Apple doesn’t mess with Taylor Swift

Matthew 17

No idea what she does

However, glad Apple changed their minds. They've always wanted to be seen as the company who is on the side of the creative types. Still don't see the appeal of streaming, devalues music to the level of a cat gif.

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Sun's out, guns out: Plucky Philae probot WAKES UP ... hits 'snooze'

Matthew 17

Re: Excellent work!

When you're in direct sun the temperature can be well over 100 degrees, as soon as you walk into the shade then it's almost absolute zero. Throw in the cosmic radiation on top and your cordless Black & Decker drill is going to have a hard time surviving.

There's a reason probes and satellites cost a few quid, they generally work in these extremes, and when they don't they usually enough redundancy and workarounds to enable them to carry on.

If you're going to go to the expense of building and fuelling a rocket to get your probe into space then you want to be reasonably sure that when it gets there it's going to work.

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Hubble spots Pluto's moons are a chaotic mess of tumbling rock

Matthew 17

What if the mass of the New Horizons probe affects the delicate orbit

And destabilises the whole system?!!!

Humans will be accused of destroying other worlds 8)

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Win Phone to outgrow smartmobe market for next four years

Matthew 17

4 million phones per day

Does anyone stop to consider how this is done, the materials to be dug out of the ground, a lot of them are rare, to be processed, manufactured, assembled and tested, the logistics of boxing up 4 million phones EVERY day to post them out is mind boggling.

Mr. Musk better start mining asteroids / The Moon quickly the cost of IT is going to go through the roof when all the materials required to make your IC's and screens becomes too rare to be viable.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

Matthew 17

If he found a fossil that was in the wrong layer of rock / out of sequence

as in the same layer as fossils of early man, then he'd have 'world-changing' evidence that dinosaurs and humans existed at the same period.

How ever he doesn't, he's desperate to prove his story book is correct and will grasp at anything to do this rather than look at what the evidence shows and let that guide his world view. It's a bit like man-made global warming :P

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

Matthew 17

Re: Crazy

You have the issue of physical size and life with Lead batteries.

The marketing angle for this is that you could have one at home and mount it on a wall. With Lead it would be at least 3 times the size.

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All Mac owners should migrate to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ASAP

Matthew 17

It's all just OS 10

Apple just expect you to run the latest version of of MacOS10, you can run it on quite old machines. The hardware requirements for 10.10 are no different to 10.7

yes it's daft that Apple sell machines that you can't upgrade the RAM on however I can't think of a single one of those that wouldn't have been supplied with enough to run the current version.

If you're running an old computer that's 7 or more years old then you're not really likely to be that arsed about running the latest and greatest software so unlikely to rush out to install the latest revision of the operating system.

Personally I've found that 10.10 hasn't been quite as polished as earlier revisions but the current patch does seem to have brought it back to its old self, of the machines I've tried it on I've found no issues yet.

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Fsck those new emojis! Install iOS 8.3, OS X 10.10.3 NOW to squash all these security bugs

Matthew 17

New photo app is awful

security fixes = yay

emojils (sp) = WTF are they for anyway?

new photo app = ugh! Apple, I like to list my photos in the order I took them or the order I please, not in alphabetical order only, thanks.

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Office for Mac 2016 Preview: This letter will self-destruct in 60 days

Matthew 17

Had a look at it....

Quite like it so far, not used in anger but it's an obvious improvement over 2011.

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Philae's either screening Rosetta's calls or isn't home

Matthew 17

if the comet melts as it gets closer to the Sun...

It'll leave little Philie on it's own to orbit the Sun, we'll have our first artificial comet then.

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Apple about to make Apple TV WAY LESS SUCKY - report

Matthew 17

UK media rights problems

One of the big problems is that the likes of Sky seem to have bagged the rights to anything you'd want to watch forcing you to buy into their expensive crappy service.

I quite like the ATV as a device, however the content is very small and what's there is far, far too expensive to consider.

I tried Netflix, liked the idea however almost everything I searched for wasn't there.

I can listen to almost anything I fancy on iTunes or Spotify, it's a shame there isn't an equivalent service to let me watch the same level of content.

Will have to stick to Popcorn-Time for the moment I feel.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

Matthew 17

Re: Apple Internet Recovery

Assuming you have a backup, the internet recovery downloads first, this is a tiny program so your tortoise should be OK, you can then rebuild your machine from you backup.

If you're really concerned about such things then keeping an 8GB USB stick with an OSX installer on would save on the download time. But as hard drive disasters are rare having to wait for the OS to download and install isn't going to be that much of a hardship.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

Matthew 17

It's the reason I bought a £5000 Mac Pro

As it will increase the prestige of everyone who could only afford a Mini.

You're welcome by the way.

:)

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

Matthew 17

Will always remember our first colour set

We had a big 13" B&W Hitachi set and in the middle of Dr. Who (Tom Baker), in walks my father with a ginormous 24" colour set from Granada, it was like being at the cinema, you could flip through the 3 channels at a push of a button without having to tune a dial. It would break down almost every month, they eventually swapped it for a 26" model but that had similar reliability problems. We bought a 28" Phillips set that was Nicam Stereo, scarily huge, weighed as much as the moon.

These days I have an old Pioneer 43" 'Kuro' plasma set, it doesn't have all the nonsense features of modern sets but I like the picture, cost a fortune when I bought it but worth very little now. Never been a fan of the huge sets folk seem to buy, they looks a little bit chav wedged into small living rooms.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

Matthew 17

similar to improving the sound of your MP3's by using a different hard drive

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/hificritic/vol5_no3/listening_to_storage.htm

They've spent all this money on the cable and only reached Cat6a, for £10 I could have bought a Cat7 cable!

In your face Audio Quest!

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ZX81 BEATEN at last as dev claims smallest Chess code crown

Matthew 17

He can use a few more bytes to fix it, still beaten the 81 :)

I remember when a friend of mine got a new ZX81 for Christmas (I would have been about 8 or 9 I think), he had it hooked up to a small portable TV set in his parents kitchen. Simply by switching it on and typing something it was one of the most amazing things I'd ever seen.

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Apple patch shields Macs from Thunderstrike

Matthew 17

Is this an issue for any PC using EFI

or just Apple computers?

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

Matthew 17

When people state that they've seen the effects of climate change..

How old are they? They must have lived for thousands of years to have been able to observe these changes.

The planet is 4,000,000,000 years old (ish), therefore 4,000,000,000 (ish) of weather and climate.

If the average temp is 0.02 degrees warmer than last year or the other year or whatever then how can you draw any conclusions from it given the miniscule pluck of data?

We've about 80 or so years of temperature records, less for global data, for the most part these weren't very accurate, the conditions where temperatures have been recorded have changed so difficult to really conclude anything.

If we get some hot or cold weather that we've not had in a region for 10, 100, 1000, or 10000 years you still can't really draw any specific conclusions from it given we're talking about 4,000,000,000 years of history.

The correlation between temperatures and Co2 is not that stark and breaks down over the last 15 years. With ice-core samples it showed that Co2 rises follows temperature rises when the oceans warm and degass.

It's been colder, hotter, dryer, wetter, the Co2 has been lower, it's been much, much higher yet the only time bad things seem to have happened was when it was cold (huge storms). For the most part the Earth has been ice-free.

The press are putting out these panic-stricken stories implying that a tiny increase in average temperature over a dataset of only a few years is proof that mankind is fucking things up. But the reality is, whether we're affecting the climate or not the rate of change is tiny and it's always changed. In a hundred years all our fossil-fuel shenanigans will be obsolete and the Co2 we emit will have long dropped and the world will continue doing what it's always done. They're spending an absolute fortune studying a problem that isn't really a problem, there's a million more pressing issues facing humans which are being ignored because of the obsession with the weather.

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

Matthew 17

is there any content for these screens?

My telly is about 7 years old (a humble 43" 1080p pioneer set), I have a 'smart' pioneer BD player that lets me stream stuff from my computer as well as watching DVD's, BD's, Netflix etc.

Now I could swap out the TV for a nice pimped 4k screen but I'd still be watching 1080 content.

Sure I could use the real estate on my computer but that's about it.

UHDBD players are still a bit of a myth as is any content, I can't stream it over the Internet (yes technically Netflix and similar are claiming to be offering 4K content but the bitrate is so low it'll have a quality comparable to a 128kb/s MP3)

so the only application I can think of is for anti-aliasing if I have a huwge 60+ in screen and I'm sat with my nose pressed to it.

a bigger difference would be if films improved their frame-rate as they're still stuck in their ancient 24 frames per second.

Or am I missing something?

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

Matthew 17

Long overdue

Nuclear power stations were designed to create weapons grade components for arms, the electricity was simply a byproduct. If you build power stations specifically designed to be as efficient at producing electricity then they're no good if you want to blow people up. They're cheaper to run also.

China is putting big money into developing Thorium based reactors, I think it's clear that we'll see a paradigm shift in our power generation in the not too distant future where the West adopts this technology in order to stay competitive with them.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

Matthew 17

If time was going backwards....

How would you know?

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

Matthew 17

How much energy would you need....

To produce your own magnetosphere for your craft, has to be lighter than adding in conventional 'shields'.

Would make your ship glow as the solar wind hits it to entertain the crew during their trip to Mars

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

Matthew 17

Re: What's so great about Blade Runner?

When it appeared it was unique, the first film to present a distopian view of the future since Fritz Lang's Metropolis from the 1930's!

Visually it's wonderful, sonically legendary, the whole feel and vibe make it totally unique.

The original theatrical cut is a bit lame, but the director's cut is sublime.

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Matthew 17

The only Ridley thing that's got the potential to be interesting is...

The 3001 Final Odyssey series, IMO it's always been a pity that only 2 of the books were made into films.

There's no reason to make another BR film, the original one, despite being the best film ever made lost money, no-one who loves the original wants a follow up, no-one else would be interested. All hollywood has to offer these days is endless sequels, reboots and Marvel films. It's a multi $billion industry devoid of an original idea or story.

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Matthew 17

Re: How Possible?

No, as

A) - That was only relevant to the original studio release after Scott was sacked from the director's chair, the studio added the daft voice over and happy ending. There were no such prototypes in the Director's/Final Cuts of the film.

B) - No as Scott maintained that Deckard was a replicant, hence the whole unicorn scene (and of course 'too bad she won't live, but then again, who does?')

Finally having Ford in it is no assurance of quality, think of the god-awful Indianna Jones 4.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

Matthew 17

Re: Scratch that, reverse it Edge of Tomorrow...

What bothered me mostly about the plot was Blunt had the ability to reset but lost it following a blood transfusion.

How could she know that she'd 'lost' the ability, she didn't know how it worked when she had it, only finding out after the first and subsequent resets, therefore the only way to know she'd lost it would be to die and discover that she was now dead, not much use. Sure she felt 'different' but you would if you'd just come out of hospital following major surgery. Presumably she'd lost the ability and decided not to risk getting killed again when TC conveniently turned up.

TC losing the ability and getting it again for that odd final reset seemed a little crowbarred in, still, enjoyed the film.

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Dead pilot named in tragic Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

Matthew 17

RB's real interest isn't space, that's just a bonus.

His machine will enable you to fly from London to Melbourne in 3 hours, there's a lot of potential there.

It's rubbish that this happened but given it's all new it's unrealistic to have expected there wouldn't be setbacks, however they'll get it right (they're not far off), it'll be certified as flight ready and will change the world.

As soon as my numbers come up I'm buying a ticket.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

Matthew 17

Gorgeous

However, I wish they'd update their TB screen, at £800 they're looking a bit dated and over priced.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

Matthew 17

C64 version for me

Put in countless hours on that game, run the arcade version in my MAME cab.

Another Halloween themed classic on the C64, Cauldron, well worth a punt

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

Matthew 17

How much energy would you need....

to create your own magnetosphere for your craft?

The solar wind is electro-magnetic. If you can power large electromagnets you'd deflect the radiation round the hull of the craft protecting the cargo. You'd be surrounded in aurora borealis every time the wind blew which might be nice but more practical than trying to make a heavy lead-lined spaceship?

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

Matthew 17

Still think tablet computers are a gimmick

Long live the PC (& Mac)!

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

Matthew 17

Lovely, but can I have a 5k screen for my Mac Pro now please

The current TB screen, whilst awesome it a bit low on the ol' resolution.

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

Matthew 17

Re: 6GB download?

This is one reason for the slow take up, yes the download is 1GB but as the installation process encrypts your device it needs 6GB of free space to complete the install and encrypt your device, as a lot of users don't have 6GB free and can't be bothered removing stuff, installing then copying it back they're staying with 7. TBH though as 8 has been a bit buggy I think the take up will be slow until 8.1 appears and resolves these issues.

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

Matthew 17

Re: I dont get it.

To an extent but you remove all the pollution from urban areas so the air quality would be significantly improved, also the ambient noise from traffic would be reduced also. There are a lot of gains to be had with electric cars. The downsides are the short range (reduced further when driving in Winter and you don't have an engine to heat the car, so reliant on AC all the time), long refuelling times and maintenance costs particularly for battery replacement.

Still the technology is moving in the right direction and when it starts becoming a viable option for most people we'll see a lot more of them.

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Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

Matthew 17

Tin foil hat but.

Wouldn't it be fairly straight forward to falsely claim that the phones all have uncrackable encryption just to simply silence those concerned about the authorities listening in?

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

Matthew 17

The perception is legacy

When CD's first appeared they were fairly hideous, plastic sounding things that illustrated the weaknesses of the low resolution, my first CD player had an 8-Bit DAC in it to exaggerate the problem.

Then in the 90's CD players started using bitstream which was basically oversampling or anti-aliasing and their sound quality was transformed. That said the vinyl purists had already made their mind up and and advancing technology wasn't going to change that.

When MP3's appeared they were generally quite low bit-rate, 128k was the norm, maybe 160 if you were lucky. They did all kinds of odd things to the sound, a highly compressed pop track sounded fairly normal but an orchestra sounded like a Casio keyboard. FLAC was preferable as it retained the CD quality. MP3's improved as the bitrate went up, now usually 320k and you can't tell the difference, however the FLAC purists are the new vinyl-types and have already reached their conclusions.

It's a pity that we're still using MP3, MP4 has much better compression enabling decent HD audio with sensible file sizes, there are few devices around these days that don't have sufficient CPU power to play them.

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