* Posts by Vladimir Plouzhnikov

3232 posts • joined 5 Jul 2007

Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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Re: I find it quite amazing....

Oh, AC, reading your words is like having a breath of fresh air :D

It's the same kind of dumb rebellion that made punk popular - "we can't play shit and we're proud of it!"

Equally, the audiopunks today: "the crappier the sound, the prouder we are! Cause - audiophiles!"

Well, let them, it's their loss.

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Re: Any audio format is only good as much as what you put in it

I agree. But I will add that any audio format is also only as good as the sound reproduction equipment used to play it.

As streaming stuff is by definition mostly played back on devices known for their crappy audio stages and speakers - even assuming that the quality of information contained in the bitstream is good, the end result will necessarily be crap.

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Re: Neil's fooling only himself

A good song is still a good song regardless of the audio quality.

A good song is still a good song even when no one is listening to it. And silence is a better and more respectful treatment for a good song than playing it in crap quality.

What streaming does (audio and video, btw) is - it lowers the plank of acceptable quality for the masses of audiochavs who do not know any better. So, crap music at crap quality for the masses - this is a dream of a nu-media executive.

I don't care for NY's Pono or him throwing toys from the pram. I don't really need anyone to tell me something I knew for decades myself...

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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Re: Superpowers

when the rocket it was on recently blew up.

Which one was that?

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Re: Superpowers

"that might have been the case during the Cold War, when it seems this story first appeared."

Well, that was during the Cold War I, so it's only logical that the story has been dug out and relaunched in furtherance of the Cold War II...

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

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Re: Bravo

♫ The chances of anything coming from CERN were a million to one they said ♪

"I watch black holes fly south across the Autumn sky,

And one by one they disappear..."

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Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

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Widely misunderstood item

This is simply a ticket to this year's Darwin Award competition.

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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Re: Kobo keeps you free

I find this argument specious - that Kobo is less restricting than Amazon's Kindle because more stores use the DRM which Kobo is set for.

DRM is DRM - if your Adobe access licence gets revoked your Kobo's access will be cut off from all of those stores and your books will become unreadable, most likely too.

So, the real comparison should be which system's DRM are the easiest to remove. Once they are removed it doesn't matter which store the books are coming from for either device...

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Real buttons

"unless you really like proper buttons to turn the page."

That's a real deal breaker for me - so, Kindle Voyage is the only option currently available, as far as I know. It is good though.

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Re: Kobo keeps you free

Not sure why you should be captive to Amazon with Kindle...

Also, does Kobo not have DRM? I'd find it hard to believe...

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Hold my vodka, comrade – I got this: Ruskies blast supplies to the ISS

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Terminology

SpaceX's one wasn't a snafu - it was a mission gone FUBAR...

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

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Re: Refreshing to read ... TRUTH

Nah, they're all wrong... It's Putin flying on his unicorn wot did it!

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

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Re: "Earth" is a frequency!

Frequency measurements must surely be in Beats per Apple.

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Pirate MEP pranks Telegraph with holiday snap scaremongering

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Half-truth?

"The laws are there to protect you and your work from exploitation that you don’t agree with, by somebody much more powerful – such as a record company or Google."

Except that if you ever want to get paid for anything you are forced to assign your copyright to ... somebody much more powerful - such as a record company or Google.

Of course, once you've assigned the rights over - you are stuffed and she is right - the copyright used that way is then an instrument of suppression and a barrier...

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Re: Dear "music industry"

"Removed by the moderator"?? After few days of the post sitting here and not harming anyone?

What did I say such that it became an offence???

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Re: Home Taping Is Killing Music

Yep! And cheers to that!

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Re: Home Taping Is Killing Music

Not all is shit, thankfully. Try Monarch Trail's Skye or the latest Beardfish album... Not bad at all.

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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Reverse argument

"Philae, which apparently does all the science, as being male while the female Rossetta is merely there in a support role."

How about men working their tits off, doing all the hard work, while women stand in safe distance, giving them orders?

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Beats loudspeaker silenced by Apple after $3bn buyout, report claims

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Re: I hope the woman in the photo gets happy soon

Oh, c'mon, stop flirting, you two!

This is a serious forum - not a dating site! :D

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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@Lodgie

Did you actually read the article or only the title?

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Denon delivers low-cost DTS:X AV kit. Finally Dolby Atmos gets some competition

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Re: I like the look of that very much indeed!

Sliders? Pah! Those are rockers!

Well, at least some of them...

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

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People do fall in love

At work and, once that happens, their working relationship becomes tinted with personal aspects.

Anyone claiming it doesn't happen is either in denial or an idiot.

However, the remedy to this is not in a single-sex environment but in dealing with the particular couple as and when that happens. What specifically should be done depends on the individuals and the circumstances. Transfer one to a different lab, dismiss both, or let things remain unchanged? - these are the usual managerial choices and they haven't changed for good 100s of years. They work and they don't need reinventing the wheel.

I'm saying all this as someone who has a [very happy] personal experience with all 3 "things" as well as with having to "solve" the problem - in an office, rather than in a lab, admittedly, though.

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Glass door to the ancient past FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Picture Caption

"How do they know there are algae in the crater?"

They don't. They were only sure about at least one alga being there...

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Star Trek's Lt Uhura hospitalised in LA after stroke

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Where's McCoy??

CAT scans, MRI - are they primitive savages there? Did anybody call Bones??

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Jurassic Part: Vertu announces lizard-skin phones

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Re: I wonder who buys these things

What's the point of that?

There is an old joke about a Russian coming back from a trip to London and saying to his friend: "hey, look - I've got this tie on Oxford Street for 50 quid, not bad, ah?" And the friend replying: "Vasiliy, you're such a schmuck - you could have bought exactly the same tie, just round the corner, for 150!"

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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I am totally shocked!

That happened to him while surrounded by that mass of podgy, saggy, unhealthy looking male flesh wearing ridiculous helmets?

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Re: Where are the police?

"downloading all our metadata."

Surely, you mean "meatdata"?

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Amazon reveals KiddieKindle and pocket money scheme

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Re: raise them young

I, for one, don't think this is some kind of an underhand manipulation. Sounds a pretty straightforward proposition to parents - buy a second kindle for your child and we will try to make it more enticing for the kid to read books on it. Fairly honest, as far as marketing attempts go and would be a win-win if works.

In my case, my kids still prefer multi-screen dead-tree readers for books, so it won't be an option for me just yet...

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Re: “unlike tablets, Kindle is designed just for reading”

Graham's eyes will challenge him.

Reading on an e-ink screen is by far superior than doing it on an LCD...

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Spotify smashing new media paradigms with something called ‘video’

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It is a pleasure for people who like music. Those who take music as a source of rithmic background noise to accompany whatever else is it they've happened to be doing - might as well like the new "service". Poor sods :-P

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

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Re: Hmm

Can anyone enlighten me?

Well, basically, that means the difference is so miniscule as to be irrelevant. They are talking about an improvement in test scores by 3% or 4% (absolute) for the lowest scoring 25% of pupils even in the case where there may be a vast gap between the good and bad scoring pupils' results.

Let's say Johnny Aintgood scored 40% in a test whilst being allowed to use his smartphone for underage-drink-sex. Well, the same Johnny would have scored maybe 43%-44% with the ban.

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NINTENDO assigns BOWSER to run North American sales. No, really

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Ridiculous

This is a bowser!

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Jay-Z freestyle attack on Tidal's rivals leaked to Tidal's rivals

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at around the 17 minute mark.

Wow, there's at least 17 minutes of that crap?? What a waste of bandwidth and space...

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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Experts?

Any "researchers" who talk about rap and hip hop as of a category of music disqualify themselves from being called musical experts.

And so it comes as no surprise that they have totally missed the revival of progressive music since the first decade of this century.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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What's new about it?

That was described in a fair bit of detail by Robert Heinlein in Waldo, ages ago...

What next - Magic, Inc.?

Looking at these people - so smug, as if they've built the Gay Deceiver...

OK, I know, that's enough already... :-)

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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When you look into all the scaremongering claims about the dangers of AIs and the doom of humanity and stuff - it all boils down to fear of an inferior half-arsed AI given too much power than that of a superior super-intelligent AI which is just so much better than humans.

So, it's really the fear of us, inept humans, making a machine too stupid to coexist with us willingly. Meh.

Look at the Avengers: TAOU - it's the manifestation of that fear. An existential threat - a robot with an AI so dumb you could make a Hollywood movie out of it...

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El Reg merch tentacle mulls retro LOHAN T-shirt

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Ah, what, rounded corners?

Sorry :-)

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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Stoopid flyboys

They are holding 'em 'rong! Duh!

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Re: OMG!

Ah, the downvotes are rolling in!

One little fanboi

jumping on the bed.

Another one jumped on

and promptly bumped his head.

"More little fanbois jumping on the bed!"

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OMG!

It's soooo beautifulugly!!

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Eco-loons hack Thirty Meter Telescope website to help the 'natives'

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Re: building on the Temple Mount

I think you are being too idealistic about this whole thing. From what I can see, and I'm sure you will find proof to it if you really dig deep into the local politics - these protests are more about how to split the contents of the "brown envelopes" rather than about some profound religious and cultural issues.

There will be some protests, then the local chief gets a small present, a new car and a promise and, suddenly, it's peace and love, peace and love again.

This is ALWAYS like that in such "disputes" and the more remote the area is, the surer you can be about it.

The Greenie haxx0rs, on the other hand - they simply got the wrong end of the stick, as they usually do.

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Re: Direct action

But maybe these Greenies should go to the nearest lava tube and protest there first. Clearly, hot lava kills more bugs and crawlies than a few boffins with their coffee mugs.

With any luck the Volcano gods will arrange a little surge in the tube and turn the Greenies crispy as well...

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Re: Let me get this straight

Hmm, still waiting for AndyS to respond...

And enjoying the downvotes for having the audacity to ask questions(!), in the meantime! :-)

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Re: Let me get this straight

So, what do you think IS wrong with HFT then? And how is market "stabilisation" going to benefit anyone?

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Does not compute...

From the BBC: "The statement continued: "By allegedly placing multiple, simultaneous, large-volume sell orders at different price points - a technique known as 'layering' - Sarao created the appearance of substantial supply in the market."

This I cannot quite understand. To place a sell order which you don't want filled you must put it above the market (because if you place it below the market, you will get filled immediately and won't be able to withdraw). Then you cancel it if the market prints higher and closer to your number. That can only drive the prices up IMHO.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Survived by a monitor and a keyboard

So, what's happened to the mouse then?

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

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Clearly, no mirrors. True.

But the one at 2 o'clock on that picture - most certainly an exclamation point. On a hatch, obviously.

Abandon hope, he who enters... Etc.etc.

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Re: Deeper thought

"SCADA environments with components that can cause serious trouble tend to have an isolated, wholly independent ESD (Emergency ShutDown) segment which you cannot touch from the outside:"

Yeah! Tell that to the Eyeranians with their nukular cetrifugues...

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The presence of LCD displays, software buttons and dials obviously unconnected to any physical switches behind them, crosses any washing machine off my shopping list even before I look at the price tag.

An iron that needs a smartphone to change its settings? Hmm, how much you'll pay me to get it off your hands?

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