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US Bans Loud Commercials

falken0905 Volume is not the same as loudness (289 comments)

It all depends on how the bill is written. Volume is not the same as loudness. If you take the commercial/whatever and use audio compression and processing gear (or software) you can crunch the crap out of the commercial, do a little frequency shaping, etc. and it will -sound- a lot louder than less processed audio. Yet, you can show using VU meters, peak meters, and similar 'volume measuring' devices and they will show the program and commercial audio as being about the same. The levels (amplitude) peak and otherwise will not exceed a particular value yet the heavily processed commercial can still sound like it's blasting you. It's all in the processing/shaping/limiting etc. And, of course, how the bill specifies that the 'volume' be measured or determined.

more than 2 years ago

Mario's Raccoon Suit Enrages PETA

falken0905 PETA needs to... (491 comments)

The PETA people need to get a life. Seriously. And eat some nice red meat, it will help clear their heads.

more than 2 years ago

India To Build A Thorium Reactor

falken0905 Doomsday! (277 comments)

Cobalt Thorium G. (with a Ruski accent).

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Could We Deal With the End of Time Zones?

falken0905 You're obviously... (990 comments)

You're obviously a time traveler from some long past century. Time zones are modern, man. Get with the program if you want to fit in.

about 3 years ago

GE's World War II Era "Copper Man" Gets His Due

falken0905 This is just... (61 comments)

This is just a viral tease for an upcoming superhero movie, right?

more than 3 years ago

Wal-Mart Jumps Into Video Streaming

falken0905 Wake me when... (150 comments)

Wake me when streaming video looks as good as Blu-Ray (or even DVD), has 5.1 DTS sound, lets me select chapters, has special features, etc. I didn't buy an expensive 62" high-def display, Oppo BD player, component surround sound system, and nice speakers so I can watch the crap quality of what Netflix and everyone else today calls HD. Even with 15 mbps cable internet it still looks and sounds like crap compared to BD and DVD. I've been a faithful Netflix customer for quite a long time and gladly pay the extra fee for BD and the new rates. But, it's becoming obvious that Netflix and all the other providers want to completely eliminate disks and go solely with streaming to cut costs and increase profit. I'm an old guy so let me just say - BAH!

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Get Your Geek Nostalgia Fix?

falken0905 At Work... (422 comments)

Geek Nostalgia? At work I still have to maintain two old SCO Xenix boxes. They are for a Wegener ANCS satellite control system. Since Xenix knows nothing about networking I move files in and out of the systems via serial port using Kermit. If a hard drive crashes and I need to reinstall Xenix it's done with a batch of 3.5" floppy disks. Fortunately SCO did issue a Y2K patch. I guess that's enough nostalgia for me. If I need more there's always the DOS 6 box that runs a monitoring system. Yes, I'm an old guy.

more than 3 years ago

Opera Founder Jon S. von Tetzchner Resigns

falken0905 Re:Short term vs long term. (222 comments)

Heh, I bet Symantec has already approached them about a purchase. It makes sense since Symantec is in fact "The place where good software goes to die".

more than 2 years ago

The Next Phase of Intelligent TVs Will Observe You

falken0905 If it works as well as Netflix... (294 comments)

If it's recommendations and intuitive picks work as well as Netflix then... FAIL.

more than 3 years ago

The world will end ...

falken0905 October? (585 comments)

Did you mean May 21, 2011? If not, who is saying it's October 21, 2011?

more than 3 years ago

Rep. Bill Posey Introduces 'Back To the Moon' Bill

falken0905 Re:Two birds, one rocket. (562 comments)

I am a senior citizen and I'm all for going somewhere else to escape the world all of you youngsters are going to inherit. However, I'd really prefer Mars to the moon. The moon is just too freakin' close to earth and likely to be destroyed or seriously pummeled with debris when you youngsters finally blow it up.

more than 3 years ago

Wal-Mart Tests Online Grocery Delivery

falken0905 Soon... (229 comments)

Soon I will never have to leave the house. Ever.
Seriously though, this could be a good service for those who truly are shut-ins and those with limited mobility or transportation. I still think Walmart is evil though. And Starbucks.

more than 3 years ago

Physicists Call For Alien Messaging Protocol

falken0905 Ponderous (279 comments)

Is the time approaching when we will need to communicate with our coming alien overlords? Gosh, I hope they are vegans!

more than 3 years ago

Crowdfund a Moon Monolith Mission?

falken0905 Another one? (199 comments)

Why does the moon need two?

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Kills Office Anti-Piracy Program

falken0905 This may explain it (233 comments)

I received an email from Chase Online Banking today saying Microsoft is retiring their Money software. Here's the text...

We have been notified that Microsoft® is retiring their Money and Money Plus software. As a result, we will no longer support Microsoft Money at Starting January 31, 2011: * We will remove or disable all online banking features within Money. * You will not be able to use Money to download transactions from Chase Online. * You will still have the ability to download your transactions from as a file to import into your Money software. * Any charges you are currently charged by us in order to use Money with Chase Online will end. Please note that if you choose to continue downloading your Chase Online transactions into Personal Financial Management (PFM) software to pay bills or make transfers, you’ll need to switch to another software, such as Quicken® or QuickBooks®. PFM software fees to use other software with Chase Online may still apply.

more than 3 years ago

Opera Goes To 11, With Extensions and Tab Stacks

falken0905 Webcam motion video (296 comments)

And Opera 11 *STILL* can not display 'streaming' video from webcams like the Panasonic Network Cameras, USB cams using Webcam32, etc. The last version where this worked reasonably well was v10.10. It just pisses me off that they can add tab stacking and all sorts of crud that is pretty useless (to me) and can't seem to do simple stuff that Firefox and older version of Opera do well. I've been using Opera as my usual browser since v5 (or maybe earlier, I'm old and can't remember) and like it a lot but this one thing annoys me so muck I'm about to jump ship for Firefox or something else that will fill my daily needs.

more than 3 years ago

All Your Stonehenge Photos Are Belong To England

falken0905 Well... (347 comments)

I think the Druids will have something to say about this.

more than 3 years ago

Boeing 747 Recycled Into a Private Residence

falken0905 Re:Another Variation (239 comments)

From a "News For Nerds" point of view I find this project -much- more interesting. I've never been a reader of Architectural Digest.

more than 3 years ago

Opera Embraces Extensions For v.11

falken0905 I love Opera, but... (283 comments)

I'm using Opera as I write but unfortunately I'm stuck with v10.10. Opera has this habit of breaking stuff that used to work well when new versions are released. My current gripe is streaming/motion video from various types of webcams like the Panasonic network cams and pc cams streaming using Webcam32 (and some cam other software too). I have a bunch of these that monitor remote sites, watch spectrum analyzers that monitor satellite uplink gear, etc. If I upgrade to the latest Opera version it breaks the ability to view all of my cameras. I have filed bug reports and made Opera blog posts regarding the issue all to no avail. So, I keep using the last version known to work and hope for the best in future versions. Sure, I could use Firefox but I really do prefer Opera and there is a lot about Firefox that I do not like.

more than 3 years ago

Pope Says Technology Causes Confusion Between Reality and Fiction

falken0905 As Arthur said... (779 comments)

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
But where would the church be without magic?

more than 3 years ago


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