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Polyphonic Overtone Singing Explained Visually With Spectrograms

almitydave Re:Reminds me of Tuvan throat singing (51 comments)

I was fortunate enough to hear Kongar-ol Ondar and some other Tuvan singers perform live about a decade ago. It was a special experience. I heard about Tuvan throat singing from my parents, who were huge Richard Feynman fans and learned about it from him.

about a week ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

almitydave Re:De facto a la carte cable (130 comments)

I didn't include the cost of internet, since for me personally, that part would be the same either way; others may have a choice of ISP (Comcast/DSL/FiOS/Google). Perhaps you're suggesting that Comcast will raise their internet access prices, and that may in fact happen; but it's hard to factor into a services comparison like this. It's worth noting that Comcast gives a ~$20 "discount" on their internet access for also subscribing to digital cable, so that would need to be added as well. And at $10/mo for modem rental, it makes a lot of sense to buy your own - it will pay for itself in fairly short order.

about two weeks ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

almitydave De facto a la carte cable (130 comments)

I welcome another streaming service. Why? Because it increases the alternative options for cable customers. Consider:
Netflix ($9) + Hulu Plus ($8) + Amazon Prime ($8.25) + Sony ("competitive") = ~$35
Comcast's Digital Preferred (where I live): $86 (not counting taxes) + $10 HD fee + $8 DVR fee = $104

There's some overlap with the streaming services, but each one offers something a little different, and customers can get a pretty broad selection. Combine with ad-hoc Redbox rentals for hardware viewing of recent releases and the upcoming HBO Go offerings, digital cable television as a value proposition becomes less and less appealing for many customers.

The single biggest draw for cable IMHO is live sports - and ESPN currently offers a similar deal to what HBO is moving away from. I think as internet streaming reaches critical mass, content providers like ESPN may decide that their exclusive contracts with cable companies are a liability. Another important issue is advertising dollars - cable-company provided DVRs allow viewers to skip commercials, whereas live streaming doesn't currently allow that, so commercials on streaming video may start to look more lucrative than on TV.

about two weeks ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

almitydave Re:Never Again (130 comments)

The difference being that organized religion doesnt offer evolving products that meet certain needs. Sony offers products with different and new capabilities. Whos to say that they dont come out with a product that someone who swore off Sony might want. With religion, nothig changes and you know what you get right with each one since they all only offer one product that doesnt evolve(much).

Right, I think religions really need to spice up their offerings. Eternal happiness plus UNLIMITED VIDEO STREAMING!! Now that's a deal!

about two weeks ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

almitydave Re:Tempting (181 comments)

Marriage isnt a right. Straight or gay. You do not have the right to get married. We aren't assigned partners at birth. Your entire juvenile argument is pathetic and wrong at its very foundation. You are the delusional ones.

Now, I'm no fan of gay marriage, but marriage is a social institution, i.e. something practiced by a society according to its cultural values; and the American civil philosophy of individual rights and personal liberty is generally understood to mean the government shouldn't prohibit something unless there's some overriding state or societal interest in doing so. At least I think that's how it used to be.

What I believe this means is that although you do not have a right to be guaranteed a marriage, nor to have your marriage formally recognized by the state, a society does in general have the right to practice whatever forms of marriage it sees fit, absent a compelling interest otherwise.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Discover a Virus That Changes the Brain To "Make Humans More Stupid"

almitydave Re:At last: an explanation! (275 comments)

The binary number 10000 equals 16 in decimal (ArcadeMan's joke)
The hexadecimal number 10000 equals 65,536 in decimal (my joke)

You know, a number base joke. For crying out loud, people, the sum of your UIDs is barely half mine.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Discover a Virus That Changes the Brain To "Make Humans More Stupid"

almitydave Re:At last: an explanation! (275 comments)

What are you talking about? He said it has 65,536 lakes.

about two weeks ago
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The Largest Kuiper Belt Object Isn't Pluto Or Eris, But Triton

almitydave Of course we've heard about it (61 comments)

I hear about it. I remember hearing a while ago that Triton was theorized to be a captured Kuiper belt object. It's one of the "big moons", and it has ice volcanoes. How cool is that?

Sure, we don't hear about it a lot, because it's so far out, so there isn't a high rate of discovery like planets that have been probed.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

almitydave Re:What's wrong with hierarchy? (140 comments)

Well, someone hell bent on protecting and defending his little private version of "reality" will do so, no matter what any encyclopedia will say. For reference, see religion. It's not like there has ever been any amount of proof that some people couldn't wish away by putting the fingers in their ears and yelling "lalalala, I can't hear you!"

Rather than "religion", you should say "fundamentalists" - not all religious are fundamentalist, and not are fundamentalists are religious. Some religions (such as mine) state that all truth, whether divinely revealed or arrived at through empirical or rational means, ultimately come from the same source and cannot conflict. If they appear to do so, then your understanding of one or the other must be in error.

about three weeks ago
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Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

almitydave Re:What's wrong with hierarchy? (140 comments)

A better system is one where each has ultimate control over their view into wikipedia. Censorship should be at the client, not the server. Each viewer can customize the view to their heart's desire, without infringing on anyone else's right to free speech. Technology provides us the tools to implement such customization of views (i.e. slashdot comment threshold settings, etc.).

Great, just what an encyclopedia of facts needs: a way for readers to filter it to present the reality they want to see. Why don't they just subscribe to blogs if they only want to view things they agree with?

Saying hierarchies are necessary is saying some people have to be controlled. Why, though?

Because some people are tremendous assholes. See also, laws, prisons.

about three weeks ago
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Decades-old Scientific Paper May Hold Clues To Dark Matter

almitydave Re:"Leftover" high energy electrons (93 comments)

I understood it to mean that other experiments produced - as a side effect - a beam of high-energy electrons, and the researchers set up this experiment that would run on the side whenever they were conducting whatever primary experiment that produced the beam.

about a month ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

almitydave Re:Government Dictionary (239 comments)

Civil asset foreiture as well as eminent domain follow a legal process with appeals routes and so on.

Not true. The cops can pull you over and help themselves to you cash. There is no "legal process" involved whatsoever.

Sure there is! What the cops do is legal, and here's the process:
1) Stop motorist.
2) Take motorist's cash.
3) Profit!

Although I think the "legal process" the GP was referring to was the basic justification for forfeiture spelled out in law, and the appeals process you can go through after the seizure to reclaim your property. Now, the law is certainly abused, but there's something the cops can point to and claim "we're doing that." Not so with impersonating someone else on Facebook.

I wonder, could you charge the agent under the CFAA? Clearly, he's exceeding the level of access to a computer system to which he's authorized.

about a month ago
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Samsung Achieves Outdoor 5G Mobile Broadband Speed of 7.5Gbps

almitydave 3840x2160x24x30 (36 comments)

Did they demonstrate it by transmitting an uncompressed 2160p/30 video stream in real time to Apple? It's fast enough for that. (throwback to the first cell phone call)

about a month ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

almitydave Re:Charging amperage (395 comments)

It doesn't say what the capacity of this battery is.

It also doesn't say what the energy density is, and there is a comment that something called the "power density" needs improvement.

I was confused by that comment at first.

Last year, Prof Yazami was awarded the prestigious Draper Prize by The National Academy of Engineering for his ground-breaking work in developing the lithium-ion battery with three other scientists.

“However, there is still room for improvement and one such key area is the power density – how much power can be stored in a certain amount of space – which directly relates to the fast charge ability. Ideally, the charge time for batteries in electric vehicles should be less than 15 minutes, which Prof Chen’s nanostructured anode has proven to do so.”

I believe he was stating that the power density in the lithium-ion batteries he helped to invent left room for improvement, and this new invention improved upon that.

about a month ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

almitydave Re:200kW * 1 hour == 85kWh?!? (395 comments)

Math isn't hard. I know because I have a degree in it :)

The 200kW was a typo - it should have been 120. And although my degree is in math, not EE, even I know that the charge rate of Lion cells is non-linear. Take a look at the graph in the "How it Works" section here: http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger. You clearly need more than 85kW to charge an 85kWh battery in 1 hour.

about a month ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

almitydave Re:Charging amperage (395 comments)

20KW would *melt* domestic feeds even before you get to the meter. Over here the average home has a 60-100A meter fuse (with 60A becoming more and more common, I had to pretty much demand a 100A and a leg main out to my garage) at 220V, that's 13KW or so at the meter - before you get to the distribution bus. Your ring main is rated at 3.6KW max total load *for the entire circuit*.

Well, I have zero first-hand knowledge - I'm just repeating what I read elsewhere. You can get a 100A home charger that provides 20kW if your house is wired for it. Source: Wikipedia

Besides, the context of this article is commercial charging stations for on-the-go charging. The superchargers already deployed provide 90kW, but are capable of 400V 250A. So we're already talking about serious current in place. Source: Motortrend

about a month ago

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