* Posts by NigelD

4 posts • joined 13 Jun 2013

How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?


This calls for a test

Can el Reg organise a blind test? Given a set of listeners who claim to be able to tell the difference with their named tracks. Place them in a room with your reference audio kit of choice and play FLAC and MP3 versions of the tracks and ask the listeners to rate which was which for multiple tracks. Given all other things are equal it will only be the audio format that changes so over enough tracks we can see if there is a statistically significant result.


Google's too-smart-for-own-good Nest Protect alarm is back on sale


Not a buyer of this tech

So google want me buy something that can detect when I'm at home in my house, want to install a Google OS in my car, and want to be on my phone with GPS. They then want to slurp all the data and, I guess, hand it over to US agencies and our own gov will slurp the lot as they class it as external comms!

They also expect us to buy this, i.e. pay to install our own surveillance system.

Google can f**k off!

In case you hadn't guess I will not be buying one ;)


HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE


Re: full undivided attention of everyone on the plane is required

I've never seen the flight staff switch off there digital watches.


CTO's man at VMware whistles an 'appy tune

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Why wait?

Sounds like VMWare have finally caught on to what Waratek have been saying for over a year :-)

If you want to get your Java workload containerised check it out at:


Disclaimer: I do work with Waratek as a consulting product manger.