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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

aaaaaaargh! Re:Always (102 comments)

I don't understand the initial problem. If A temporally precedes B, then B cannot have caused A but it may have been caused by A. (Unless there is backwards causation, which presumably violates many laws of physics.)

So why can't they properly take into account time?

9 hours ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

aaaaaaargh! Re:Sets a precedent (553 comments)

True, it's a bad precedent but on the other hand it's also questionable whether a lousy comedy is worth that some people die. If this was like Chaplin's The Great Dictator or Lubitsch's To Be Or Not To Be I would think otherwise, but judging from the trailer it's really just trash.

yesterday
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

aaaaaaargh! Re:Meaningless? (161 comments)

Nah, they're just slower because they are starting to accumulate errors that in one year from now will lead to a complete failure.

yesterday
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Godot Engine Reaches 1.0, First Stable Release

aaaaaaargh! Re:Yawn (54 comments)

Why don't they 1-index then? Are they that stupid?

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

aaaaaaargh! Re:Doesn't seem simple (137 comments)

That's the reason why you should not put things in the cloud in the first place, and if you do so you should at least check where the servers are located and decide for yourself whether that's a good place for your documents to be and whether they are legal there.

Jesus Christ, is that so hard to understand?

And yes, prosecutors of country A can already ask prosecutors of country B for a warrant in country B, that's done all the time and that's not what this case is about.

2 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

aaaaaaargh! Re:The Pirate Bay (301 comments)

Imagine how different would the world be if you could just copy the seat, though. Then you wouldn't take it away from anyone. :)

2 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

aaaaaaargh! Re: Under US Jurisdiction? (280 comments)

They also have unrestricted root/administrator access to your machine.

3 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

aaaaaaargh! Re:I find this amusing... (249 comments)

Well, it's Sony. They used to sue their own customers, so why shouldn't they sue the press now.

They sure know how to make friends.

3 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

aaaaaaargh! Re:Not really missing vinyl (432 comments)

No, it can't be emulated by equalization. If at all it could be emulated by special DSP effects that also add some special distortion. There are plenty such effects available (in fact, a bit too many), but it's usually a horrible idea to slap one of those over an already mastered track.

The real problem has nothing to do with the warmth of vinyl, though. The real problem is that as a result of the infamous loudness war digital CDs are nowadays mastered in a completely different way than vinyl records, a way that is so overcompressed that it completely destroys the sound quality of the music - and provably so, as you can measure the horrible effects of this mastering precisely. It's not a subjective thing at all. Vinyl records have become much louder over the past few decades, too, but they have physical limits that digital media like CDs don't have. If a vinyl record was mastered like a CD, the needle would literally jump out of the track. (With adequate mastering CDs would be superior to Vinyl in almost every respect, but the reality is different due to the way mastering engineers were and are still forced to squeeze every inch of dynamics out of productions.)

Things get much worse with modern digital formats like MP3 or AAC. These would be barely tolerable with very careful mastering, but with modern "loudness competitive" mastering they create even worse artefacts than CDs due to intersample peaks and the interplay with the lossy recording process. Mid/side processing can reveal the horrible blubbering effects that these formats produce in case you can't hear them. (Although, if you can't hear them then you're probably deaf anyway and it won't matter.)

There is great hope that once broadcast stations have adopted new loudness measurement standards like EBU R128 the problem will vanish over time. These standards level the broadcast signals not to standard amplitude levels but according to broader loudness criteria - measuring mean values and taking into account the dynamic range of the audio material using standardized procedures. With these new standards we will hopefully get some dynamics and audio quality back to digital media which are principally vastly superior to vinyl.

4 days ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

aaaaaaargh! Re:WD, SG unreliable..but (219 comments)

I've never had any problems with WD, but fully agree about Seagate drives. They must have a built-in self-destruction device.

5 days ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

aaaaaaargh! Re:Are the 'traffic inspection' legal? (175 comments)

No, it is illegal wiretapping punishable by 21 years in prison. However, it will be made legal for them once they've figured out how to do it, simply because they are large corporations.

5 days ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

aaaaaaargh! Re:Growing Isolation (157 comments)

Funny, I've got all that information from the New York Times.

about a week ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

aaaaaaargh! Re:Silly backwards lobbyists and authorities (251 comments)

I guess I am some "whiny, greedy content owner" for daring to ask you to pay money if you want to enjoy the fruit of my labors.

You're just bullshitting, right? I know plenty of artists, writers, and musicians but I've never heard a creative person call himself or herself a "content owner".

I work my ass off, I pay my actors, pay my crew, pay for equipment, food, props, costumes, etc.

Oh please fuck off ...

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

aaaaaaargh! Re:programming (414 comments)

I disagree. You and the original author are typical proponents of soft AI, where "intelligence" is basically just meant in the sense of "complex heuristic algorithms to solve complicated and unusual problems" - and that's the good part of it, I also know plenty of people from our local A.I. institute who only do logic research without any application at all. Messing arounf with forrests of decision trees or answer set programming is at least of more practical use than that. It doesn't have much to do with real intelligence, though.

Real intelligence is almost defined by the ability to adapt to new situations, and so it requires autonomy.

about a week ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

aaaaaaargh! Re:Where are the war crimes prosecutions? (768 comments)

Sadly, things don't work in the world as they should.

US presidents, current and past, also frequently order the execution of foreigners without any due process or publically strutinized evidence, and the drone strikes very often kill women and children who are definitely innocent. If that's so fine methodology, why don't they just blow up the whole building with an air strike when they spot a suspected criminal or an islamist in a Walmart? US double standards are criminally insane.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

aaaaaaargh! Re:Justice (768 comments)

Well, the only problem with this version of the story is that Bush himself explicitly denies it. He claims he was well aware of what was going on, so he should go to prison for it. So should Cheney and the rest of those bestiaries.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

aaaaaaargh! Re: Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

Why anybody would bother making content if that were the case everwhere, I dunno.

It worked quite well in the past.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

aaaaaaargh! Re:Legal Opinion, Please? (687 comments)

I understand that it's inherently different, because there is no agreement/requirement set up to view the ads in exchange for browsing the website they are on

That's the crucial point where the analogy fails completely. You cannot be billed for something you have never agreed with in the first place, and at least in Europe you also cannot enforce a contract unilteraly by showing it to someone or hide it in the source code.

Regarding monetization of the web, I think you're a bit confused there. There is no right for businesses to sustain moronic business models that are not sustainable, and I really don't give a shit about whether and how people could make money from the web when I and others are using ad blockers. I have a right to determine what is displayed on my computer screen, and I sincerely hope that all ad-sponsored websites someday will go the way of the Dodo.

about two weeks ago

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Synchronize data between Linux, OS X, and Windows?

aaaaaaargh! aaaaaaargh! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

aaaaaaargh! (1150173) writes "I'm using a laptop with Ubuntu 8.04 for work, a netbook with Ubuntu 9.10 when I'm outside, Mac OS X 10.5 for hobby projects, and Windows XP for gaming. For backups I'm currently using Jungledisk and Apple Timemachine and I use a local svn repository for my work data. Now I need to frequently exchange and synchronize OpenOffice and Latex files and source code in various cross-platform programming languages between one machine and another.

  Options range from putting everything online (but Jungledisk disks seem to be too slow for anything else than backup), storing my data on external medias like USB sticks or SD cards, or working with copies by synchronizing folders over the network. I don't want to give my data away to some server outside without strong encryption (controlled by me, including the source code) and external media like USB sticks are a bit too fragile according to my taste. The solution should be reliable, relatively failsafe, as simple as possible, and allow me to continue to use Jungledisk for backup.

So what would you recommend?"
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How to build a cheap flashdrive subnotebook?

aaaaaaargh! aaaaaaargh! writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aaaaaaargh! writes "Now that the EEE PC was raised in price before it even has become available, I was wondering whether I should try to build my own subnotebook out of Ebay'ed stuff and cheap electronic store components. But I'm not sure whether it would be worth it. So does anyone here have an idea? Here are some specs that seem to be desirable:

- display size maximum 12'', preferably 10'', resolution at least 800x600, perhaps higher
- must run Linux or Unix
- flash drive instead of harddisk (at least 8GB)
- WLAN
- longest possible battery life
- 512 MB RAM and expandable
- no special graphics capabilities, but should be able to run Doom
- must be really, really cheap

  What would you recommend? Is building such a thing yourself worth the trouble?"

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