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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Re: Hipsters

The hipsters will surely be going for early versions of Xing?

Speaking of FLAC, one day several years ago I decided to re-rip my collection after installing Rockbox on my old iRiver. What I didn't count on was the files now being larger than the device's buffer, which didn't stop playback but it did mean the HDD never got a rest. Whoops.

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Re: Listening to Vinyl is a bit like eating at a posh restaurant

I won't get into the relative quality of vinyl and CD but I will ask whether you think a BMW is more fragile and difficult to use than a Kia?

You could be right actually...

However I go to fancy restaurants to eat food of a quality that I can't get anywhere else, which I don't think really works for this analogy.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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I saw a print ad for this thing today

AU$1400 outright. Hah!

What happened to the segment that was occupied by the Nexus 4/5? High-end SoC but in the $350-450 range.

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Re: Pugh Pugh Barney Mcgrew ...

You're right you know. It would be safer, unless you try to eat the snake.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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Re: MP3 is good enough for 90% of people.

The last ABX test I read put AAC at only slightly more efficient than mp3. Something like 128 kb/s vs 136 kb/s for equivalent quality. Nowhere near enough to go through and re-rip an entire collection that's already in ABR256 or CBR320 anyway.

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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Reminds me a little bit of ASUS's (apparently now dead) "PadFone". A smartphone with a fondleslab "skin". Some models also had a snap-on keyboard.

The idea seemed good enough but at the time it cost almost as much as just buying a Nexus 5 and a Nexus 10, which, unlike the PadFone and its tablet dock, can be used independently and concurrently.

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most work is done in browsers these days anyway

...really?

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Senate committee wants all drones registered

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Meh

So uhh

What about those tiny $20 jobbies you can get from Mao's Poundland?

A reading of the press release suggests this covers all remote controlled aircraft, not just powered multirotor "drones".

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Android O-mg. Google won't kill screen hijack nasties on Android 6, 7 until the summer

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Re: Most users...

You overestimate the intelligence of the average Android user.

Is there something about Android users that makes them dumber than users of other mobile OSes?

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

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There's a country called Crimea now?

I suppose that depends who you ask...

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Re: "far right" is a misnoma

It seems being unable to spell misnomer is the least of your worries.

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Spend your paper £5 notes NOW: No longer legal tender after today

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Can confirm

I have lost at least $70 this way

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Re: I had no idea

There are some places (Australia? Canada?) that round up or down to eliminate change entirely. If it's x.50 or over, you get an extra dollar back If it's under, you get only the dollar amount, no change. The theory is that it evens out in the end (which it probably does).

Rounding to the nearest dollar?!

In Australia we round to 5c for cash transactions, because that is the smallest denomination in our coinage. In Canada it is also 5c.

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S is for Sandbox: The logic behind Microsoft's new lockdown Windows gambit

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Re: Sorry

If craft/micro/whatever is off the table, I'd sooner drink American Pisswater than Heineken.

At least the American Pisswater has no flavour.

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Australia scraps temporary visas for skilled workers

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Re: Bah!

Do we need to roll out Tony Abbott to remind Australian women of their "duty" again?

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Give 'bots a chance: Driverless cars to be trialled between London and Oxford

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Re: There's a great deal

Gas is a fossil fuel, as (technically), is Uranium.

So from which fossilised dead organism(s) does Uranium ore come?

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CompSci boffins find Reddit is ideal source for sarcasm database

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Re: That's a bunch of crap. Potty humor is much lower than sarcasm!

Oscar was probably being sarcastic

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Three indicted over sex trafficking operation run on Backpage.com

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Backpage, hey

I'll take "things that should surprise nobody" for $1600, Alex.

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QANTAS cuts AU$4,000 from price of Mac Pro

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Re: Reatil NSW & ACT law

Other states may differ, but I am certain that in NSW and in ACT if you advertise the price and it is incorrect the first item bought per person MUST be at the advertised price (possibly legally all of them may have to be at the ad price), you must inform the customer the pricing is incorrect at the initial sale as well.

I believe this is the corporate policy of Woolworths, but not the law.

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Putting the Mac for sale on their site constitutes and offer, placing an order constitutes acceptance.

It's the other way around. The offer in this context is made by the prospective customer, i.e. to buy item XYZ for ABC dollars. The merchant then accepts (or rejects) the offer. A merchant doesn't have to sell something, even at the price they have it advertised, as long as they aren't discriminatory about it.

IANAL, but if you had ordered one of these and Qantas charged your credit card before reneging, then I believe you would have a legitimate legal complaint, since taking your money is the acceptance. In your example, the merchant might have decided it was easier to take the hit on a small number of sales rather than risk fighting it.

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Apple wets its pants over Swatch ad tagline

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Re: Tick Different?

Indeed. Swatch's own Sistem51 movement confuses audio timegraphers with its plastic escapement.

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Re: Daft thing is ...

Watches are SO twentieth century.

Sixteenth century. Get it right.

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Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores

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Re: Project Scorpio?

Free banana hammocks?

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Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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Re: Reality check time?

If you simply burn them then LiPo has similar energy density to TNT

If that's the case it's still only one third as effective as kerosene!

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Federal Police toss nbn™ under a bus over leaks to Senator

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Re: Does nbn mean anything anymore?

Are you ready to join the nubbin?!

What I can't stand is the ridiculous and fantastical TV ad campaign. Holographic soccer referees? Huh?

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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Re: "Gigayears"...?

the now-generally-accepted (but wrong) "billion"

Nobody has seriously used "billion" to mean anything other than 10^9 in technical work for decades now.

If you're going down the path of claiming that commonly used meanings of words are wrong, you're better off giving up on the English language entirely...

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Re: It's quite a small object

And no, inventing an invisible particle that can't be measured isn't modifying the theory. It's making shit up to avoid overturning the paradigm.

I wonder what you would have said of the Higgs field 50 years ago.

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Blast from the past: Mass birth of early supermassive black holes explained at last

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WTF?

Re: Yeah no

Well that was odd. Do you need someone to talk to?

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Facebook scoffed at $500m damages. Now Oculus faces nerd goggles injunction

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Re: Lest you think Zenimax is just an East Texas bottom feeder

That's what was so funny about Zuck pretending he'd never heard of Zenimax.

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

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@Mark

There are no pedants on The Reg, only loose-hanging pieces of jewellery.

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Oz consumer watchdog: 'up to' speeds shouldn't be in broadband ads

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Re: Only 15 years late...

Yeah that's right, it's a VDSL2. It's the absolute peak speed that's dropped, so I don't think it's caused by contention or congestion, but the interference explanation sounds plausible enough to my lay ear.

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Only 15 years late...

...but okay, good.

Meanwhile my FTTN line has lost a third of its speed in the three years since it was connected (using shiny new copper.) This is the future, thanks Mr. Broadband!

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Kids these days will never understand the value of money

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Re: Is there any great change from our point of view?

If everyone alive today tried to use bitcoin, on average each person would get one transaction every ~90 years, and the blockchain would increase in size by ~4.5TB. Little bit of a problem there that nobody's worked out the solution to without reverting to traditional (i.e. existing) methods of banking and exchange.

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Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

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Re: Seems like the apple fanboi isn't very smart...

I have an "anodised" ipod mini from which the coating comes off the edges in flakes if you hit it with something sharp, so Apple products were already doing this more than ten years ago.

(Bought it second hand and upgraded with a 64GB CF card and uprated battery. Pretty decent device after the upgrade, though it's a shame most docks and cars won't recognise it these days.)

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Australia wants to jail infosec researchers for pointing out dodgy data

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Re: It won't pass

I wouldn't be so sure about Labor. You really never know which way they're going to go next on IT/data policy.

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Re: Brandis

Even a clue would do

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Pulsating white dwarf described as a 'dynamo' found, no, not in the back pages, 380 LY away

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Re: Yet Another pendant contributes

Similarly, one of the many reasons given for declassifying Pluto as a planet; the barycentre of the Pluto-Charon system lies between the two bodies.

As I understand it (not being an astrophysicist) stars large enough to produce Iron generally leave behind neutron stars or black holes rather than white dwarfs, because their cores are too heavy. Either way, the Sun and Jupiter have tremendous magnetic fields despite being mostly Hydrogen and Helium, so the object need not necessarily contain significant amounts of Iron.

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Another pendant contributes

With masses that similar they will both be in orbit about a point in space between them.

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

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Re: Low level loss of concentration

Where did they bring them?

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NASA's Curiosity puts cat among the climate pigeons: Lack of CO2 sinks water theory

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Re: @bob Carbons not the only greenhouse gas

Mention Carbon or CO2 and it's like a flame to the moths.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: Lynch's Dune was good, lots of people agree

A switch in the genetic sense.

And does Gaff know that for sure, or just know she's a replicant and assume she's the same as all the others?

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Re: Lynch's Dune was good, lots of people agree

I got the impression that he and Rachel didn't have the lifespan limit switch turned on?

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AMD's had a horrible 2016: Never mind, it lost slightly less than half a billion this time

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I might wait for the reviews

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WTF? Francis Ford Coppola crowdsources Apocalypse Now game

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Re: Crowdsourcing?

That's a fair criticism of Coppola, but he does appear to have brought a bunch of experienced game designers along for the ride.

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Crowdsourcing?

WTF? Francis Ford Coppola crowdsources Apocalypse Now game

Crowdsourcing would be if he asked the internet to write the game for him. There's no hint of that in the article.

This is crowdfunding, but so what? The record of Kickstarter projects run by people who know what they're doing is pretty good. I guess you're suggesting that he can afford to finance it himself but the advantage of Kickstarter is that it identifies and locks in demand for the product before you start. Because, as any fule kno, stated preference surveys and observed preference surveys give very different answers to the same question.

I'll probably wait for the Humble Store sale though.

the team thinks they can have the game finished by October 2020 – although given the original movie was over a year behind schedule due to difficult on-set conditions (a hurricane and Martin Sheen's mid-filming heart attack) and extensive reediting, that date might slip.

...huh?

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Oracle sues its own star sales rep after she wins back $200k in pay fight

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Re: @Nifty

That's The Joke™

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Furby Rickroll demo: What fresh hell is this?

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Re: Friggin awesome

A new ROTM perhaps?

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