2390 posts • joined 5 Jul 2007
I give up. This place is overrun by audiochavs.
I don't need truth serum - it's in plain text in your own post above (unless you were on Pentothal when you wrote it, in which case you're right).
Any argument that in order to truly enjoy music you need to deliberately degrade quality of reproduction is as irrational and delusional (if not more) as a belief in demagnetisation of CDs.
In fact, you will find that any ideology proclaiming that "worse is better" is invariably based on envy and fear.
"If I, for whatever imaginary reasons, can't have [smthg] then anyone who has it is idiot/thief/liar/infidel [underline as appropriate]"
Finally, if you can't hear the difference between a ghetto-blaster and a 'decent system' - you must have an impaired hearing and should probably see a doctor.
Oh, and you don't need to spend "$thousands" to get yourself a 'decent system'.
"I wasn't actually enjoying the music just trying to listen to the hardware."
Perhaps you just had a wrong set of hardware... and friends.
"Is this not the equivalent of getting your hair styled by a bald hairdresser?"
Hmm, do you only go to hairdressers who can demonstrate that they can do their own haircut? Who are they - octopussies with 8 tentacles and eyes in the back?
"..don't actually listen to the music, they listen to the equipment."
I often found that people using that mantra were in fact just jealous of others and fearful that they themselves might like it if they tried but it might prove too expensive. So they would talk it down to give themselves an ideological excuse for why they use a ghetto-blaster and not a decent system.
If you like music you want it to sound as good as possible. But, of course, you need to like *music* and not something that is popularly known as one but isn't...
Re: Rationalization over Reality
I think I know who h4rm0ny is!
Welcome, Mr Sinofsky. :-) And, no, we don't want your TIFKAM, thank you.
An explosion inside a spaghetti factory. In slow motion.
At least they seem to have fixed the colour interface now - full 16 colours, modeled on the OS/2 Shell. None of that MsDOS monochrome stuff. Oh... wait a second!
"After having seen a CDR that had sat in a sunny window for 6months bleach."
Err, I think it usually says on the packaging - "keep away from direct sunlight".
I wonder how well DLT tapes will fare if you'll store them next to a neodymium magnet...
Re: BD Backups
There are lots of titles but not many people - that's what I meant.
The games are in a different section - I did not look. That would be PS3/4 I presume?
Re: BD Backups
Blu Ray took off? Where to?
I've just been to an HMV yesterday and the BD section there was as deserted as one or two or three years ago.
Thank God, we live in a simple world!
- Violence is because of the internet videos (and DOOM)
- Rapes and teen pregnancies happen because of the internet pr0n
- Terrorism is because of the internet. period.
- Floods are because of homosexual marriage
- Earthquakes are because of uncovered cleavage
- Blindness is because of... let's just leave it at that.
We only need to fix a few simple things and our world will turn into a right paradise.
Re: Makes sense
Nonsense, real sharks can shoot down space junk while swimming in the sea. SSSL = Surface to Space Sharkey Lazor.
I for one
Think that this is one giant bust for mankind and I welcome it.
Re: I am no expert
Yes! A dark matter cloud!
An interstellar canister shot looks like. This one's missed - naa-na, na-na-naa-na!
It's all a deception!
Their normal chemtrail-making gear has broken (being made in China and all), so they have to use a temporary backup and this is a cover story! Of course, they cannot just stop spraying altogether while they are repairing their equipment - they'd be excluded from the Illuminati club!
Re: A war?
But if the hoop is a hundred million light years away from you, you'd better be very careful with your aim...
Where the opposing sides are shooting galaxies at each other? And pretty accurately too - none of those near-miss thingies...
I wonder if this budget is net of the launch cost or all-in? It may be that the total budget = 15 mio, out of which launch budget = 14 mio, payload budget = 1 mio :-(
Re: Vectored thrust
Actually, if you want to go upward you need the thrust vector to point up. To achieve that you would normally point a jet engine's exhaust down...
Re: I Don't think that means what you think it means...
1. able to be steered or directed
2. (Aeronautics) another name for airship"
A semi-dirigble would therefore be an airship that is not-quite-steerable or maybe steerable only to the left and not to the right or maybe only to the right and not to the left...
Now, as to the structure or lack thereof, the word would be "rigid" (or "non-rigid" or "semi-rigid" as may be the case)..
Business case (warning: contains political incorrectness)
Load it up with aid, fly to [insert an African developing nation name here], plonk the aid, take a load of asylum seekers as ballast, fly back. Charitable donations pay for the kerosene on the way out, traffickers' fees - on the return leg...
Added benefit - most of the asylum seekers get sent back to their motherland on BA flights, thus supporting the flag carrier and also making sure that the ballast pool never runs out at the destination...
Apologies, I have an acute bout of cynicismitis this morning.
Re: Stranger still...
Yes, but whatever you do - don't rub the lamp. Those genies are awfully hard to stuff back into their lamps...
BBC and the Register just announced that a HMG's adviser on filtering child porn has been arrested in connection with a child porn offense... No doubt his defence will be that it was "for research purposes only"...
"close coverage of some supermodel or t'other"
Or a Prime Minister or two...
Re: Typical reg
"Not sure how we are attacking Apple here"
No, you don't understand! It was a case of an attacking Apple! The Apple attacked the passenger! Bwahahahaha!
I'm also not sure how well it would weather a Force 12 storm, which it will certainly encounter at some stage, if it is ever to be deployed at sea for as long as the specs say. But good luck to them - it's a daring idea and they deserve a chance to make it work.
Re: Sigh @intrigid
This is then not a like-for-like comparison. It's not so much a default risk you need to look at but a custodian risk.
BTC is more like a paper cash or coins - if you hold them on a USB stick in your safe at home (like the Twinkle bros do) then it is the same as for cash. It can be stolen or destroyed in fire etc - just like you paper cash under the mattress can be.
If you put your BTC available online in the custody of an "exchange" or another 3rd party - it can be stolen electronically, just like your cash can be from a bank vault. However, I would argue that trusting a basically unknown, unregulated 3rd party, sitting in an unknown jurisdiction to hold your electronic valuables securely is *much* riskier than trusting a regulated bank with physically secure storage. Additionally, you would have some recourse against the bank in the event of their negligence. Also, if the bank goes bust your valuables are still fully protected from the bank's creditors. With an online "exchange" - if something happens or it disappears - there is practically no hope of recovery.
If you put your money on a bank deposit - this is completely different because the money is no longer yours but you have a debt obligation from the bank + whatever government deposit guarantee scheme that applies in your country. With BTC an equivalent situation will only be possible when a bank (or acompany) will agree to borrow from you in BTC.
Re: Sigh @intrigid
"Everyone knows that the bank doesn't have enough money to pay all its depositors."
Yes. That is because they have exchanged cash against other assets, which have value and for the situation where the assets value diminishes they have capital, which they must maintain at a certain level, dependent on the quality of their assets.
BTC has no intrinsic value - it's worth only what people hope it is, when that hope goes - there is nothing else to support the value.
If you think that BTC carries a lower risk than a deposit in a modern large bank in a relatively stable country - good luck to you.
Liberates you from your money in 30 seconds or less...
Difficult to see
What exactly is going on but so far all the signs suggest that:
1) Someone thought they've found an opportunity for building a little private commercial venture at the public risk and expense; and
2) They've put a military* martinet in charge who believes that problems can be ordered to go away and if they don't - you just give them 10 demerits and order again, somewhat louder.
No surprise, the 2 will likely prove to be the downfall of the 1.
*) - it's not that such people cannot be found in all walks of life but they tend to survive longer in the military as their shortcomings are masked by the army procedures and hierarchy.
To that will be that the American citizens, of course, will need more guns with greater caliber, higher rate of fire and fewer background checks...
Re: Freaked out ...
Chukka boots? It surely says "... before it can measure circumference of your wrist and offer you a new cheap Rolex watch", no?
OK, only joking :-)
"is made up of Hans-Ueli doing his latest covers, or DJ Bobo"
My goodness! My heart goes out to you. No, really....
It's more or less the same here in the UK, though, as there are only a few physical stores left and their shelves are not infinite, so they mostly put the "bestselling" rubbish on them. The Amazon, however, has now greatly improved their range and you can find pretty rare things there very easily these days.
For the past few years I was buying maybe 2 - 3 CDs per year but last year I had to hang a new shelf just to store all the CDs I've recently got through the Amazon.
I, for one, won't even if it's just 1p. It's a matter of principle.
Re: Yeah no.
Yes, I remember that and the rapping SONY got from the market for their shenanigans.
Luckily for me, they were mostly "protecting" the kind of music which did not appeal to me in the least, so my PC was spared being rooted by them. However, I am still trying not to forget to hold SHIFT down when putting any new CDs into my PC.
My hypothesis was and still is - streaming and MP3s and "piracy" is favoured by the "new generation" (teens, students) - they are young, impressionable, curious, love new gadgets and have no money or space to keep physical things.
Then they grow up, get a job and money to spend and they become "old farts" who prefer to have something tangible in return if they were to part with their cash. They would probably also buy stuff that they know they like and not
In the vast grey background there are indifferents, who have the spending power but who "consume" things like music and would go for the least hassle/least cost option at all times - streaming and DLs are easy to get, easy to delete and easy to forget.
O la la
A cartel acts like a cartel - no surprise here.
BPI, FAST etc - they all rubbed with the same myrrh, as an old Russian saying goes...
Re: @BlueGreen @Vladimir Plouzhnikov
"but that I missed out some beans???"
Oh, yes! Send 20 mindless rovers to mill about aimlessly on Mars and your combined mission costs (including all the support on the home planet) will add up to something close to a manned mission and for little or no return other than some pretty pictures and continuous employment of a certain number of personnel. Send a team of humans and you will get science done, useful and useable returns and much more publicity (even if your humans would sadly expire in the process).
You have a very beancountery view of the world - you are only looking at direct costs and discard the indirect costs and the benefits.
OK, so they've explained the doughnut
But who will explain why there are astronaut's footprints all over Mars, eh?
Re: Land of The Free
"Also, this gives the ability of authorities to stop all communication from a certain physical area."
OK, as it was pointed out, the US authorities have this capability already but that's not the issue.
This "kill switch" gives the ability of authorities to stop all communication from a particular phone and, most importantly, without having to go through any kind of accountable process.
You have an inconvenient whistleblower problem? Just arrange a phone call by one of your operatives to Verizon or whatever relevant provider...
"Hello, ah, my name is Snowden, Edward, yeah, ah, you know, my phone's just been stolen by that, ah, big buy, yeah. Can you, ah, turn it off?"
It may not seem like much, but if you are chasing down a hot leak, those few initial minutes/hours that you can disrupt the target's communications might just mean the difference between a PR disaster and a complete non-event - and with full plausible deniability.
Wrong kind of concern
Fogging when going from warm to cold is not an issue, frosting, may be, but not fogging. I don't think LOHAN will fly for long in icing conditions (clouds at 10 to 15 thousand feet), so that risk should be minimal.
Fog (condensation) will occur on coming back from cold to warm and if the transition is gradual (as it will be) and there will be a lot of airflow, it should still not be an issue even then.
"mechanical control abnormality"
Meaning: the wheels fell off.
Ganymede is dimensionally transcendental and is 5,262 times the size of itself. Presumably, it was formed when an early prototype of the Tardis malfunctioned and dimensionally transmogrified the surrounding n-space. Good job it was being tested near Jupiter and not in London...
I have a suggestion...
To make schoolchildren want to learn computer programming
- make computer programming by any person below the age of 18 illegal.
- launch a school information campaign about the dangers of computer programming.
- spread rumours that being seen illegally programming a PC makes one look sexy and dangerous (totally below the belt, I know but, hey...)
wait 6 months - success!
Re: Another sad day in Editsville
"It isn't aerodynamically designed, it does not need to fly."
It does not need to fly but when an airship shed's doors are open they may create localised air turbulence so strong that it would wreck the airship being moved in or out of the shed - in fact, this was one of the major causes of airship losses in their early history, both in Germany and the UK.
For this reason various door designs have been tried in order to mitigate that risk - some where rounded, some folding etc.
There are no hangers in Cardington!
In the civilised parts of the world they used to keep their airships in proper sheds.
Re: The Alan Parsons Project
But do they bet everything on a turn of a friendly card?
Will probably be renamed by the grunts and semi-officially known as TacAss...
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