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The Zuckerberg Tax

VGVL Re:Estate tax (1065 comments)

"The wife and kids (if any) did not create wealth."
So? There's nothing unfair about inheritance.

"They deserve money, but so do we."
No, you don't. You didn't generate that wealth. You do not own that wealth. You do not get to decide on it.
When you make your own billions you can give them away voluntarily like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

more than 2 years ago

India Hanging Up On 25 Million Cell Phones

VGVL Re:Cloned phones (103 comments)

You don't have to calculate Felipe Calderon's CURP, just look it up on e-mexico.gob.mx

Here it is: CAHF620818HMNLNL09

more than 5 years ago

Can We Really Tell Lossless From MP3?

VGVL There is a difference. (849 comments)

I would call myself a "digital audiophile" I suppose, since I fail to see that vinyl can have better sound quality than a good digital studio master.

On any system you can buy at BestBuy (Bose) chances are you won't see much difference between FLAC and MP3. The speakers aren't up to par, but most importantly the DAC isn't good enough.

I did blind listening tests with my Bowers & Wilkins 800 speakers and with a Burr Brown DAC the difference between 320kbps MP3 and Apple Lossless is slight but noticeable. With a dedicated PS Audio DAC the difference is very apparent, mostly in the higher frequencies.

I also purchase 24-bit studio masters from Linn Records and they really are better than CD quality. The detail and dynamic range is impressive. It is so engaging that you will find yourself listening to albums again, just for the pleasure of hearing beautiful music.

What seems to be the norm is that most CDs mastered in 1975-1985 sound better than most CDs mastered today, so if the original CD is mediocre to begin with then chances are you won't see much difference when you encode it to lossy, as the dynamic range is already compressed on the CD.

more than 5 years ago

How To Enter Equations Quickly In Class?

VGVL I use Mathematica in class. (823 comments)

I've been using Wolfram Mathematica to take class notes and exams for years. By using the keyboard shortcuts you can easily keep up with the class. You can also have instant interactive graphs which will be much easier to understand than anything a professor could draw on a board, although it's not like my professors write on the board as they use Mathematica or Matlab to teach the class as well. This is at a private university in Mexico.

more than 5 years ago

SGI Rolls Out "Personal Supercomputers"

VGVL Why is it better than a Tesla? (303 comments)

Why would I buy the SGI at 726 Gigaflops instead of a single Nvidia Tesla card and get 1 Teraflop? I could buy four cards and get four teraflops for a lot less money than the SGI. There probably is something else going for the SGI, what is it?

more than 5 years ago

Wolfram Alpha Rekindles Campus Math Tool Debate

VGVL I get to use Mathematica on exams. (339 comments)

I've been allowed to use Mathematica on Calculus and Differential Equations. Not just the classes, but the exams. Most of the class examples were Mathematica-based. We had to understand the concepts thoroughly in order to apply them quickly. The calculations are grunt work so we let the computers do that part. Also, the exams wouldn't be a list of equations to solve, they were real world problems. Mathematica/MATLAB usage wasn't mandatory, but it was strongly encouraged as it would make us more competitive.

more than 5 years ago

Right-to-Repair Law To Get DRM Out of Your Car

VGVL BMW vs. Mercedes (403 comments)

This already happens with BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz, and it's the reason I choose BMW. On a BMW I can use standard metric tools, I can buy the service manuals with the mechanical and electric diagrams, and contrary to popular belief parts are actually cheaper than most makes. I couldn't believe that a radiator for a Saturn costs twice as much at the dealer than one for my 5-Series at the BMW dealer. With Mercedes it's an entirely different matter. The "techs" are always secretive about what they're doing to MY car. When I asked if I could purchase the service manuals they looked at me weird, like "What sort of crazy Mercedes-Benz owner would want to get his hands dirty and fix his own car?" That sounds an awful lot like DRM, even if there's no encryption involved.

more than 5 years ago


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