* Posts by techfreak

18 posts • joined 15 Oct 2009

Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Re: Self confessed audiophile

That's right. Proper mastering is key. Modern recordings of popular music are mastered to be played on a noisy environments, like automobiles. They are significantly compressed and there is no dynamic range. With that in mind, properly mastered recordings converted to 192 kb/s mp3 sound really. Its not the mp3 that's at fault.

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Old-timer Odyssey to babysit Curiosity's Mars landing

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Re: When I consider the human race

Who are you, really?

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US space programme in shock metric conversion

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Re: Broken

Imperial units? Now wait. There's the US gallon (3.78541178 liters) and the imperial gallon (4.54609188 liters). Not all gallons are created equally, and don't forget the last decimal, please. Then, there's the fact that the US does not realize it is already metric. NIST *officially* designates 1 inch as 2.54 cm. Laboratories, the medical field, and the US military uses SI units. In my kitchen, no.

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Ballmer says 500 MILLION 'users' to 'have' Windows 8 in 2013

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I'll use Windows 8 as soon as its RTM ...

I can't ignore the architectural improvements and the cloud integration, so I'll use Windows 8. But my install will be heavily customized. While I've ignored nifty desktop utilities with Windows 7, you can bet that I will use them on Windows 8. The windows will display glass, there will be a start menu, maybe even flip 3D, you can bet on it. My hope is for a glassy translucent Metro start screen. I'll make Windows 8 'my idea'...

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Battlefield Earth ruled worst film EVER

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WTF?

Re: sucky films

I'd say all these films are stupid if my standard of reference credibility. Its like saying the Phantom of the Opera or Cats are crappy because of course they are set in a fantasy world. What normally irks me are plot holes, and using pseudo-science techno-babble when the real stuff would far more captivating. This Star Trek. But they're entertaining to me.

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This list sucks

They are some genuinely well-made films on this list. What your standard of reference? That it defies reality? Hello? That's why these are movies. Saturday night Sci-Fi channel flicks: now, that's worthy to be on your worst list.

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LibreOffice debugs and buffs up to v.3.5

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Keep at it!!

LibreOffice 3.5 will make its way to my current Ubuntu installation. LO is very powerful in its own right, but needs a bit more polish to satisfy me. I don't mind the toolbars and the menus, but some aspect of the user interface seem vary dated (e.g. form controls that don't use the current theme making them hard to seem, jagged graphic elements). Meanwhile, on paper at least, it bring much competition to the market.

My experience from the work environment is that average user's needs would be completely fulfilled with Abiword, and Gnumeric.

I'm wondering why never hear of other office suites (e.g: Kingsoft Office, Softmaker Office)

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Space: 1999 returning to TV?

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Go for it!!!

I hope the designs are not altered too much. So folks have taken upon themselves to do a visual refresh of the original episodes and in my mind the sample results I viewed were quite successful. Except for computer interfaces, much of everything seen in the show stands the test of time (like 2001). Although, arguably, the com-lock seems dimished next to a Galaxy S.

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ALIEN ARTIFACTS can best be FOUND ON MOON

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Terminator

Trail of debris from BSG-75

I'm quite positive that when Battlestar Galactica, as bad of a shape as she was, bubbled out of FTL above the moon, she left a long, long trail of debris. It would be proof positive that Moore and Eick are Cylons. And they have a plan.

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What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?

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Thanks for including these links

There's been a slew of very cool and believable designs in the last 20-years. I don't think the author could reference them all. Others I like are from Mission to Mars, Avatar. The new BSG stuff is just plain cool. And how about all the designs from the video games? Halo, EVE Online, etc.

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Why GNOME refugees love Xfce

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take your pick!!

And that's the beauty of the Linux desktop. One can select the default Ubuntu 11.10, and install additional desktop environments. Or pick an XFCe based distribution and install some of their preferred GNOME utilities (like the new Nautilus). In theory everyone wins.

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Google Apps v Microsoft Office 365: Rumble in the enterprise

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and if that works for your organization, more power to you!

Its great to have a choice. I like Zoho, too! But I prefer Office 2010.

I wonder which office suite the Dos Equis man uses?!??

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No comparison between Google Apps and Office Web Apps? And Zoho?

Creating complex documents in a cloud-based office is an arduous task, but I've seen it done. The setup tends to be more complicated, but the result can be successful for small documents. I usually gravitate to the cloud in my initial document creation; if need to access it from anywhere, it stays there. if things get complicated, back in Office 2010 I will return. Like my massive SQL-server querying spreadsheet with 30,000 rows, and associated pivot tables and charts. I'm sure the cloud evangelists will claim I am using the wrong tool for the job, though.

Each approach has pros and cons.

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2011 Ford Focus

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Finally ...

The non-US/Canada version of the Focus/Escort was always more appealing and interesting to me. I'm glad the styling has been harmonized worldwide for this particular car. This Ford Focus looks really nice.

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Sun-like star HD10180 thought to have Earth-sized world

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it depends on the programming.

it depends on the programming.

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OpenSUSE 11.3 delivers spit, polish and niggles

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Yet another linux desktop ...

... and that's a good thing. With Windows or OSX, there's only one kind. With linux, we get to pick what works best for us. Our mileage may vary. I'd like to read a review of a non-free linux distro to see how it stacks up for codecs, display drivers and wi-fi adapters ... maybe they're worth shelling out some bucks.

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'Negatively strange' antihypermatter made out of gold

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3 and half-hours for me!

It just no fair you brits start the week-end six hours before folks NA. I think its time we allow beer during lunch!

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PC tune-up software: does it really work?

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Performance and operation

Except for ccleaner, which automates some tasks that can be executed through a batch file, I see little value in these utilities. I use contig.exe in a batch file to defragment some files that get constant read/writes by their applications (e.g. outlook databases, guildwars, indexing databases for WDS, Google Earth), use the "defrag c: /b" on XP to defrag the pre-fetch data routinely, and keep the web browser cache to 64 MB.

Something is definitely wrong with the test machine. I haven't experienced this level of poor performance on less impressive systems running the same OS (how about a 1.8 gHz Sempron with 1GB RAM?). I don't disable services, like indexing. In my experience, disabling some Windows built-in services slows down the computer. However the default settings on Windows Vista for VSS and Defender are definitely a problem; this seems to be addressed for Windows 7.

My Golden Rule for good computer performance is to aim for a steady state system, as much as possible. I install a stack of carefully selected software, and try to not alter anything after that, except for patches and updates. The xBox360 runs Windows. Does it ever crash? Maybe it does, but not very often. Everything runs inside an hypervisor, and as such things don't change much.

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