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PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade

hudsonhawk Reading is fundamental (419 comments)

I never said he had no right to be upset. And I said that the PR guy is clearly the worst of the lot.

But Da(n)ve throws a tantrum when insulted, when he has a viable course of action (cancel his order). Why give your money to the roid-raging PR guy at that point? Why write a novel and a half on someone who is clearly a waste of time? Why would you ever non-ironically type the words "Welcome to the internet, bitch"? The reason is that he sounds broken in his own, not as bad but still douchey, way.

about 2 years ago
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PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade

hudsonhawk Counterpoint (419 comments)

He typed these words and hit send:

Welcome to the internet, bitch. That’s how I roll.

No amount of righteous anger makes that anything less than laughably douchey. Especially when it was preceded by a 5 paragraph tirade about how he didn't get his toy in time for Christmas.

Then there's the PA dude who feels the need to mention not once but twice that he's famous.

more than 2 years ago
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PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade

hudsonhawk Wow. (419 comments)

Does anyone involved in there come across as anything but a douchebag? Certainly the PR guy is the worst but the whole thing is a pasty nerd slapfight of the worst degree.

more than 2 years ago
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Customers Gleefully Mock Best Buy's $1,095.99 HDMI

hudsonhawk Yes you've used that expression and it's wrong (369 comments)

If 100% of the digital signal gets transported over the cable, it doesn't matter if it is a $10 or a $1000 cable.

If 100% of the signal gets transported, but the cable introduces jitter then it will result in errors during decoding. It's not just a matter of 100% of the signal arriving, it's also a matter of arriving at the right time.

more than 2 years ago
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Customers Gleefully Mock Best Buy's $1,095.99 HDMI

hudsonhawk You're just as bad as the religious audiophiles (369 comments)

This is a common viewpoint here, that based on your poor understanding of the science involved it's not possible. Meanwhile, the audiophiles, based on their poor understanding of the science involved, assume it is.

HDMI has no error correction, and is prone to jitter. So yes, changing an HDMI cable can theoretically affect the quality of the audio and video output by the device.

I'm not saying the price is justified, because that's pretty absurd. But making a blanket statement about what isn't possible without any understanding or experience is just as ignorant as doing the opposite.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

hudsonhawk Re:In other words (450 comments)

I like how those who can hear the difference (a difference that, again, is provable and measurable) are suffering from the placebo affect, but when you can't hear the difference it's because the difference doesn't exist.

Sometimes the emperor really is stark fucking naked.

Sometimes you can't tell if the emperor is naked or not because your monocle is crappy and smudged. If your system isn't good, you're not going to be able to hear the difference.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

hudsonhawk Re:In other words (450 comments)

Today's music, however, is so compressed (as in audio-compression, not data-compression) in the quest to "make it louder" that it doesn't even get close to reaching the possible dynamic range of 16-bit, which effectively makes an upgrade to 24-bit completely worthless.

Google "Loudness Wars" if you want more information on that.

Sure that's true of major labels, but the gp's quote here is about Linn records, an audiophile record label that *does* care about quality and *does not* brick wall their recordings.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

hudsonhawk Re:Been tested time and again (450 comments)

I don't even want to get started on "audiophiles". They're institutionalized hatred of the sound of live music sickens me...they claim to want the best quality possible, but won't suffer through anything that hasn't been run through an unintentional distortion or dynamic range limiting filter.

I'm not sure exactly what you're referring to here, but audio is a subjective experience. There's a lot of bs and snakeoil in that industry, don't get me wrong, but I think the biggest thing lost in the discussion between "audiophiles" and their critics is that music is an aesthetic experience. While I think "good" sound is highly correlated to accuracy, ultimately our brains are not oscilloscopes, and our ears are not high quality microphones.

Not to mention the fact that most "live" music as we know it and listen to it (unless you only listen to classical and jazz) is amplified through a speaker and resonating around a giant room.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

hudsonhawk Re:In other words (450 comments)

If you can't tell the difference between a 24-bit lossless file and 128kbps mp4 file you literally haven't tried.

The backlash against "audiophiles" has gotten so ridiculous that there's an almost religious belief by their critics that there's no such thing as better sounding audio, even when it's measurable and provable.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Announces New Google Wave "Wave" Notification

hudsonhawk Watching Slashdot try to do humor (95 comments)

is like watching Hollywood try to do geek stuff.

You guys are to humor what The Net and Swordfish are to computers.

more than 4 years ago
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New Lossless MP3 Format Explained

hudsonhawk If you're ripping for yourself, sure (346 comments)

My guess is that Thompson wants their format to be able to sold for lossless downloads, as the formats move that way.

This would be a way for, say, Amazon, to sell lossless downloads and maintain 100% compatibility. Those who care could buy them and then transcode to whatever superior lossless format they wanted to.

more than 5 years ago
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Iowa Seeks To Remove Electoral College

hudsonhawk Re:Good god you aren't making any sense man (1088 comments)

Why should a citizen of Alabama's vote count more than a citizen in New York city?

That just seems fundamentally undemocratic.

more than 5 years ago
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Iowa Seeks To Remove Electoral College

hudsonhawk Yes, they do (1088 comments)

The Iowa votes still counted towards the popular vote.

The entire thing renders the electoral vote into a formality - it really doesn't matter where the 270 electoral votes come from. Only the popular vote now, matters, and a vote from Iowa still counts towards that popular vote.

more than 5 years ago
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Iowa Seeks To Remove Electoral College

hudsonhawk Re:Good god you aren't making any sense man (1088 comments)

People in the majority would benefit from this.

People whose votes have been overvalued in the past due to a bad system will not.

Effectively weighting a rural vote higher than an urban vote strikes me as inherently undemocratic.

no one seems to mind that the Senate is composed of 100 senators, evenly distributed among states as diverse in size and population as California and Rhode Island.

That's because the system is balanced out by the House. There's nothing balancing this out - a less popular president can win because rural voters are being counted more than urban voters.

more than 5 years ago
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Iowa Seeks To Remove Electoral College

hudsonhawk Good god you aren't making any sense man (1088 comments)

The Iowa votes still count because they count towards the popular vote, which in turn determines the distribution of a majority of the electoral votes.

How is this hard to understand???? It's getting rid of the electoral college by tying it to the popular vote; the popular candidate wins, no shenanigans. The law only goes into effect if enough states pass the same law, thus insuring that a majority of electoral votes go to the winner of the popular vote.

Everyone wins in this circumstance. No reasonable human being could possibly object to it, unless you share our forefathers' opinions that the country needs to be protected from the voters.

more than 5 years ago
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Iowa Seeks To Remove Electoral College

hudsonhawk I don't think you understand what this law's doing (1088 comments)

Iowa isn't going to award all 7 of its votes to the winner of the election in Iowa. That would be "winner take all" as you're complaining.

Instead Iowa will give its 7 electoral votes to the candidate with the most votes *nationwide*. But ONLY if enough states adopt the measure.

That would mean that the candidate with the most votes nationally would always win the electoral vote.

So it's "winner takes all" in the sense that the winner wins, instead of sometimes losing like in recent history.

more than 5 years ago
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Watchmen Movie Trailer Is Out

hudsonhawk Re:Mixed Feelings definitely (266 comments)

What on earth would make you expect Aronofsky to do a good job on a film like this?

about 6 years ago

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