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Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

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Re: Psy got paid for the number of records that sold not that got played for free on youtube.

>The point is that youtube made a fuck sight more than that off him....

Which is normal for any kind of creative work. Record company/distributor/etc gets x, you get somewhere between 0.1x and 0 depending on how aggressive your lawyer is and how much The Powers That Be rate your prospects.

I'm not saying it's fair, just that's how it works - except on Amazon and in the App Store, where the split is much more favourable.

Incidentally, on YouTube you don't just get ad share from direct plays but from plays of related content. In Psy's case that includes all those parody videos.

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Hey - who wants 4.8 TERABYTES almost AS FAST AS MEMORY?

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>So how many kidneys do I have to sell to get one?

Three. And a spare ARM.

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Re: just like the good old days.

>The Soviets overcame the metallurgy and other issues associated with doing this closed loop system.

Or not. "It's brilliant and it only blows up sometimes" is not an acceptable value for the mission_critical key.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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Re: Over a cliff.

>Steve Ballmer, Microsoft more so.

That's not a cliff. That's an opportunity.

Jury's out on Bezos. I'm willing to believe he knows what he's doing. But Amazon (the site) is getting kind of chaotic, AWS is going up against the likes of Digital Ocean and Linode at one end and Azure at the other, and now Bezos is spending cash on bricks and mortar - as well as tablets (not quite fail) and phone (utter fail.)

It's looking increasingly out of control. A quarter or two of actual profits would do a lot to reassure everyone.

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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>You are only awoken from your CCTV-induced trance by the sales assistant slapping you around the face a few times while a small child in the queue behind you strains at his mum's hand and kicks you repeatedly in the nuts.

Have you considered not living in Luton?

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

>I suspect that the vast majority of Mac users have no inkling of this.

The vast majority of Mac users don't need to care.

Mac: it's a car!

Linux: it's a car with extra access panels!

Windows: it's a car with a windscreen wrapped in Lego!

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Prehistoric swingbelly KANGAROOS were TOO FAT to jump – scientists

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Re: re: Flipper

And there is a conspiracy of silence hiding the TERRIBLE HISTORY of GIANT OBESE WADDLING DOLPHINS from the LAST ICE AGE with their own TV SHOWS.

Unless you count Strictly Come Dancing, I guess.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Is Win 10 still sending everything back to Redmond?

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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>What the hell is the new art here?

Google announcement of a self-driving keyfob cloud that serves you ads in 3, 2, 1...

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

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>one who is educated and intelligent. These are the people who run our financial institutions

I think you may have confused 'criminal' for 'educated and intelligent.'

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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>"an all-female Mars crew would strike many as exceptionally biased"

If the space thing doesn't work out, I predict a stellar career in deadpan stand-up.

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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

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Re: Average?

>The average miserable employee is more than welcome to go and work somewhere else that makes them less miserable.

Yes, of course. And if they work really hard they can become CEO.

Do you actually believe that?

>I'm sure you're not suggesting the CEO's salary should be defined by the salary of the lowest paid employee, or vice-versa?

That's exactly the system used in many countries. Sometimes it even does a good job of making sure that upper manudjmunt isn't staffed by posturing, preening dummies promoted far beyond their true level of competence.

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Hey, iPhone 6 fanbois: Apple's bonk to 'Pay' app IS GO

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Re: I'm baffled...

Also, you carry one phone instead of [n] cards. So less of the wallety fumblings.

And... you get to pretend you're some kind of consumerista James Bond, which will make you look devilishly cool as you saunter through the barriers with a quick thumb flick during the rush hour crush at Dollis Hill.

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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>What does a cone made iridium plated panda hymens look and sound like?

Justin Bieber?

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: What Apple doesn't say

You're certainly stuck with it for between 12 and 24 months, during which codec quality, available bandwidth, and available connectivity can all be varied at the cellcos whim, and you have no legal come-back against ever-degrading service because contract.

Instead of touting the usual cellco 'I'm an important opinion former, me' propaganda, Orlowski might try taking the consumer POV and asking what effect open and free carrier hopping could have on service quality.

If I'm with [cellco 1] and can switch to [cellco 2] with a preferences tweak, there's at least a slim chance [cellcos 1..n] are going to have to start offering me the call quality, bandwidth and other service elements I actually want, instead of the ones they might condescend to give me on an extended contract, which sets the bar for PAYG users too.

Will Apple and Google abuse this? Possibly. But the cellcos have already been abusing their oligopoly for years, and no one is going to argue that service in the UK is anywhere near good enough. (You don't know what fury is until you try making a 999 call and the operator has to keep saying 'I'm sorry you're breaking up'.)

The real problem is abusive monopolistic business culture that basically sells crap if it can. Having a rant at Apple and Google about something that's a much bigger problem doesn't exactly demonstrate world-class analytical skills.

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Apple hit by INSIDER LEAK: New iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 blabbed

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Re: Ooooh, new versions.

>and it comes with a free trial of McAfee.

And runs Windows 10.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Re: To be fair

Such as Tim Worstall, for example?

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Re: Demographic

>So which Demographic is it aimed at?

Manudjment. Funky new social-savvy media genius manudjment.

Like that Nadella chap, ferinstance.

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This isn't a sci-fi movie: It's a human-made probe snapping a comet selfie

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Re: one day...

Ansible

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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Re: It's pants now, but didn't used to be

I was in an EE store over the w/e (uh...) and the excuse was that Orange and T-Mobile masts are being closed and/or repurposed for EE/4G. So even though in theory you're on EE, you're actually... not.

Or something.

All I know is that I can stand at the window of a house in Devon with a view for miles and full bars on a FormerlyOrangeNowEE phone, and get download speeds of plus or minus zero.

If that doesn't work, what hope of getting anything useful out of 3/4G on a train?

At best demand is vastly exceeding supply. At worst the cellcos simply don't give a crap, and will keep collecting money from a captive market for as long as they can.

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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Re: "This column is inspired by a particularly rash month of phonecalls."

>a telephone sanitizer.

A lot of people would pay a lot of money for a call sanitiser that actually works.

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Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author

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>

This piece in Vanity Fair:

http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2014/11/satya-nadella-bill-gates-steve-ballmer-microsoft

suggests that the deal was Ballmer's baby. He pushed it through against the instincts of the board, and they only went with it when he threatened to resign.

Whatever the reason, it remains a prime example of C-suite idiocy on both sides. Nokia had - to some extent still has - world-leading engineering talent. What it didn't have was world-leading management.

Microsoft - um, well, yeah, never mind. Ballmer was a typical sales droid, promoted far above his level of strategic competence. He was by all accounts incredibly good at selling Office and Windows, but unbelievably bad at thinking of cool new stuff for MS to do. (See also, Win 8.)

Now not even BillG can tolerate him.

There's something quite predictable about these screw-ups. The further you get from what used to be called the shop floor, the less of a grip you have on the reality that most people live in. Outcomes that are blindingly obvious to most people appear to be blindingly invisible at board level.

This wouldn't be a problem if the idiots in charge had to carry the can, but they never do.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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Re: The mind boggles.

The irony is that when he posted that idiotic 'I synthesized your job losses' email, everyone was all 'Oh he had to sound like an uber-plonker because lawyer rewritings because teh US employment law is teh complicated.'

Now it turns out - nope, he's just another mouth-breathing C-suite Gollum.

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Sapphire glass maker's woes caused by Apple relationship 'breakdown'

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Re: The facilities

"Crash a wreck, buy the tech" seems to be becoming the default USian corporate 'partnership' model.

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

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Re: The "giant iPad" rumors have been around for several years

I think it's more likely to be the other way around - iOS running in a window as an OS X app on an iX processor.

Why? Because the Xcode emulator already does this, and Apple could either include a simple build-for-emulated-iOS option for a new set of hybrid apps, or do some clever code conversion thing, as they've done before with various OS updates.

Whether or not this is a good idea is up for debate. I think it would fly with the fanbois - lots of apps are still iOS only - but might not do much to attract new interest. And comparisons with the Surface wouldn't do Apple any favours.

Still - it might be gold. Which would make all the diff.

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Official: Turing's Bombe BETTER than a Concorde plane

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Re: Great stuff.

And here. Concorde was astonishing. It was a passenger airliner that made it possible for a tube full of people to sit in shirtsleeves, travelling at speeds that could only be matched - barely - by top-line fighters with a pilot in a full environmental suit.

And it was nearly a commercial success. The Yanks killed it by denying flying rights to the most commercial destinations. And there was a B variant on the drawing board that would have made it quieter and cheaper to run.

It was also gorgeous. I don't think there has ever been a more beautiful aircraft.

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Rise of the Machines: FIRST HUMAN VICTIM – 2015

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Re: Really? Worried? You had me for a minute there

> I expect they will be asking for a backdoor on all IoT devices and services so they can catch people streaming sheep videos to their TVs.

At least.

if (user == bondVillain) {

toaster.popup Force = LETHAL;

exploit.execute();

}

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Report: HP to SPLIT OFF PC, printer biz from enterprise wing

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Re: shades of IBM?

I hear Mike Lynch has some spare cash.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

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Re: I for one look forward to this

The suggestion that any of the Laws of Thermodynamics are a limiting factor is pseudoscientific blather. We're nowhere close to building a Dyson sphere - partly because we get so easily distracted by simpler toys.

The reality is there are more obvious and pressing constraints, not least of which is the continued viability of the Earth as a system capable of supporting human culture at the level we're used to.

The real problem isn't consumerism, it's short-term profit-seeking as opposed to long-term strategy.

Economists actually believe - no really, they do - that if you allow people to be selfish then everything magically self-organises into the best of all possible economic worlds.

This is clearly nonsense of the first order, and deserves to be cast into the same pit of philosophical hell as phlogiston, n-rays, faith in giant sky beings with beards, and live tiles.

The ability to delay gratification is considered a mark of maturity and seems to correlate to long-term financial success. The lesson is that business, government and the coke-snorting 'markets' need to grow up and start planning for the medium-term, instead of trying to grab as much as possible right now in the hope the party isn't going to end and there's never going to have to be a cleanup.

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Apple to unveil new iPads, iMacs and OS X Yosemite on 16 October, claim sources

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Re: I Do Care

I'm waiting for some combo of: Flatter! Thinner! Bigger! Smaller! Faster! Blingier! Bendier!

Cook has really nailed down this design thing.

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Particle that behaves like matter AND antimatter found: Majorana fermion

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Yep. The noddy version is 'With the right combination of superconductivity, magnetism, maths, precision metalwork, and funding, you can make charge seem to disappear from the ends of a very small wire.'

It's not quite the same as proof of an actual free-floating Majorana fermion, which would be a whole other thing.

Incidentally, Majorana had an interesting biog:

The Disappearing Physicist

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Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

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Re: Really?

Lots o' salutin' and blowin' shit up though, like most US military recruitment films.

I'm waiting for the big-screen version of rock, scissors, paper - starring The Rock, Edward Scissor Hands, and Rupert Murdoch.

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Re: Apple, there's really no need for you to get all bent out of shape over this.

They're just trying to make sure no one forgets the rounded corners.

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Apple is GOLDBRICKING IT: BEHOLD the iPad Glister-Slab

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The smart features are vapourware at the moment.

I think it's most likely to end up being some kind of VIP-wannabe ID thing. Imagine getting into a hotel room/transport system/entertainment experience by waving your watch over a sensor - and other applications with NFC on your wrist instead of in your pocket.

Calling it WATCH and chasing the fashionista market may turn out to be a dumb move. Pitching it as a not-a-watch personal digital somethingorother which is obviously a watch too (duh) but also does So Much More[tm] would have made it stand put from the competition.

IMO the fashion part should have been left implied, as it usually is in Apple products.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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>Windows-based life-support?

It's not for you. It's for Microsoft.

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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Re: At first they came for the Paedophiles

>That's a bizarre list of people to link by any stretch of the imagination.

Not if you work in Westminster.

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

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Re: I hear a rumour

If he came back, the MS shills here wouldn't.

(Not with the right ammunition, anyway.)

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Apple finally patches Bash Shellshock vuln that WAS NOT A WORRY, OK?

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Re: Is this really relevant for OS X?

>I mean, how many OS X users run services over the network that can spawn bash to service requests?

You know Apple sells something called OS X Server, which - they claim - is a good way for small biz and home users to set up LANs and serve web pages on the Internets? Running - or trying to run - network services is exactly what it's supposed to do.

Now, IME Server is worse than a joke, and many parts (such as Samba) simply don't work.

But there are people trying to use this thing, and if Apple haven't patched it properly they're going to get bot-pwned.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Re: The pimps!

Apparently most people here are too young to have heard of Profumo, but the public interest angle is that someone in public office needs to be a bit more thoughtful because they don't know who they're dealing with, or what their real aims are.

Honey traps and blackmail aren't fiction. This twat was easy prey. A few fanny pics made him an instant blackmail target and security risk - and I'm sure he's not the only one.

If you can't keep it zipped, don't run for office. It's the dirtiest business in the world. If you can't manage to be a straight edger, humiliation-by-tabloid can easily become the least of your worries.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Oh so true...

Do you know why record labels are pushing vinyl so hard?

Because vinyl is a precious object that can't be copied.

No, really. To hardcore punters, vinyl rips just don't have that Special Vinyl Magic[tm]. So the majors are desperately trying to sign bands from vinyl-friendly genres like doom metal so they can sell music on bits of plastic and pretend it's 1965 again.

Streaming? Spotify has burned through >$1bn, and still no IPO. And Demonoid is back.

See that writing on the wall? That's the future, that is.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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I don't keep cushions in my pocket, or carry them around with me to make calls on them.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Re: "Everything between sample points is lost"

Nope. Sampling includes filtering to get rid of the aliased copies. If it didn't, it would sound really, really horrible.

As other posters have pointed out, the filtering is never perfect, so sampling is never Nyquist-perfect either. Sampling at higher frequencies and higher bit depths should have fewer imperfections, although if the hardware is a bit pants anyway high-rate sampling won't make a huge difference. (And if it's really pants it can make the sound worse).

But the killer problem for digital is clock jitter. If the sampling clock isn't rock solid to nano-second precision, you can forget Nyquist, because Nyquist assumes perfect sample timing. A lot of the smeary-splashy-nasty sound digital used to be famous for was caused by cheap jittery clock sources.

If your DAC can accept an external clock, hooking up a studio-grade clock source will do the sound many favours. It will also make the differences between FLAC and MP3 more obvious.

IME I can hear the difference very clearly, and the MP3 sound is seriously fucking annoying, even in a car. But my gf, who is a classical musician and can pick out the notes in chords by ear, is fine with MP3s. She hears music as pitch lines and very fine timing details, and most timbres as a placeholder. MP3s include all the detail she needs.

In fact everyone hears differently anyway, because everyone's ears are a slightly different shape, so we all have different acoustic filters stuck to sides of our heads. So it's maybe not a surprise some people strongly prefer FLAC and others don't care.

Last point - CDs aren't really lossless. Because of dirt, scratches, laser servo issues and other inaccuracies, most players drop back to Level 1 error correction at least some of the time, so there's always some quality loss.

A good CD rip will be bit-perfect with multiple read passes made to minimise errors, so FLAC will always sound better. (I was amazed by the difference - so amazed I spent a few months ripping and selling off all my CDs.)

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Bubble 2.0? Moneybags VC Andreessen warns profit-free startups: 'You will be VAPORIZED'

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Re: I probably missed something

All the cash he's talking about is over at Y Combinator, Greylock, and - oh look - Andreesen Horowitz.

The startup scene has always been a novel form of welfare for geeks trying to be frat boys.

All those very serious wannabe-a-founder interviews, all that hiring and firing drama, all the cash burned, and so little actual turnover.

VCs are Very, Very Important People who know All About Capitalism - which is why they've been funding the world's most expensive form of performance art.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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Re: Strange

I don't know if it's an incredibly high percentage.

I do know it's an incredibly huge amount of bandwidth. Isn't it 1Gb per update? Multiplied by how many millions of users?

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Apple pours a cup of JavaScript for its Automator robot

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Re: They missed a trick

You don't need Xcode to write JavaScript.

Apple used to have an entire JavaScript toolchain for making OS X widgets. That was back in 10.5 or so. Last time I tried it, it had stopped working, but it wouldn't take much to revive it.

Currently you do need Xcode to write/run Swift.

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Lumia rebrand begins: Nokia's new UK web home is Microsoft.com

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Re: Is it so confusing?

Neither brand has value in phone-land. Joe and Joelle Punter have heard of Apple and Samsung, and they've probably owned Nokia in the past. Some percentage know what Android is.

But Microsoft on a phone? When did that happen? And who wants it?

Microsoft have become the anti-Apple. Instead of operating a reality distortion field for punters, MS seems to have invented a RDF that only works on upper management - who all seem convinced that the Microsoft and Windows words make people want things, when in fact they're more likely to make them run away screaming 'No no no no no.'

The Nokia deal looks more and more like a knowingly spiteful spoiler move to kill a competitor than a serious attempt to do something useful with the IP.

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Microsoft's axeman Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

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Wall St loves job cuts. Costs go down, profits go up, shareholders are happy.

When the wheels fall off, shareholders can dump the stock.

Employees are the ones who have to sleep with the corpse until the funeral is over.

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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Re: Don't fall into those pre-defined roles.@ Fihart

Most 'design' work actually consists of relentlessly flattering manudjmunt and making the talentless plonkers feel important.

That's what companies really pay for when they hire a design shop - hours of board-level day care, with activities.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Re: Another one bites the dust...

Pooch screwing happened a very long time ago, because they've been making most of their money from overpriced, overmarketed, mediocre consumer electronics since the 1950s.

I'd guess the component side was always a footnote.

I remember being appalled when I discovered them in the late 70s because the catalogues seemed brash, aggressive, and patronising. If you wanted something like a 555 timer you had to buy a multipack, while all the other UK electronics stores at the time would let you buy one-offs - and their catalogs and literature treated you like an engineer, not a gullible fool in need of upsell. (Maplin will still sell you a single resistor.)

To be fair they did give the world the TRS-80, which wasn't a total rip-off for the time.

For nostalgia fans there's an almost complete collection of old catalog(ue)s at http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: Roaming charges are what they really mean...

Not a fair comparison. The Swiss and Germans (and the French, sort of) have been making stuff work since after WWII.

English telcos take pride in overcharging and making stuff not work.

What I'm wondering is whether a Yes vote means we could have a referendum in England declaring our own independence from Westminster.

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