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Tribalism Is the Enemy Within, Says Shuttleworth

Kentamanos Re:Atari vs. Commodore (655 comments)

Don't forget: Intel vs. AMD NVidia vs. ATI iPhone vs. Android

more than 4 years ago

Young People Prefer "Sizzle Sounds" of MP3 Format

Kentamanos Re:What sizzle? (743 comments)

I remember trying lots of encoders back then and various bit rates (including VBR). I remember it on Beck's "Mutations" mainly (which was 1998). I listened to it millions of times on CD before I converted it, which is why it stood out so much. I might give it a shot later tonight (I really don't have any CD's handy at all). I also have the built-in excuse of being older now than when I first really noticed it, so I might not be a good test subject :).

more than 5 years ago

Young People Prefer "Sizzle Sounds" of MP3 Format

Kentamanos Re:What sizzle? (743 comments)

You definitely notice it most on CD's you've listened to a lot on headphones. Cymbals are the most obvious place you hear it. A MP3 will have "wispy" sounding cymbals. It's sort of like a flange effect but not as pronounced. On songs I've heard an insane amount of times on CD it drives me crazy. These days I buy a CD and immediately convert it.

more than 5 years ago

Mythic Launches Warhammer Online

Kentamanos Re:While it looks good and all.... (317 comments)

I think the "Public Quests" are a pretty neat innovation. It's kind of like a 20 minute raid (which has a story) that you automatically join once you walk up. At the end everyone rolls for rewards, and you get bonuses to your rolls depending on how much you contributed and you also get a bonus if you didn't win anything the last time you tried. During these quests, you're also making progress on your "area influence", which allows you to get some nice rewards as well pretty quickly. It might seem like a "small" innovation, but I keep wondering why I haven't seen it in any other game (and I've played quite a few).

more than 6 years ago


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