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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

malzfreund Re:It's a lost cause (399 comments)

Trying to use PGP in this instance is a lost cause. You risk missing a deadline, you risk that your file doesn't reach the right recipient, you risk that you will be frowned upon, etc. If they encouraged encrypted submissions, they would probably make their public key accessible. Since they don't make the key available (I assume you've done your research), still to what's conventional in the business. Either email unencrypted or send via snail mail (using a courier service).

about a year ago

Cab Hailing Service Uber Collected Just $9M of Fares During 15 Months In Boston

malzfreund Re:It seems that (112 comments)

The cost of the "middle-man" app is tiny. In fact, it may be cheaper to use an app as opposed to having real people answering phone calls. I guess you're right in the sense that taxi companies wouldn't wanna share revenues with another party. But this doesn't make the app intrinsically useless. In fact, taxi companies may well respond with an app of their own (that's what happened in Germany).

about a year ago

Several Western Govts. Ban Lenovo Equipment From Sensitive Networks

malzfreund Re:Their loss (410 comments)

Globalization has strongly increased interdependencies. IT is far from the most important sector traded with China. Arguably, the lack of Lenovo laptops is not such big a deal if it came to war. Btw, no need to use the Nazi term "total war."

about a year ago

Canonical Seeks $32 Million To Make Ubuntu Smartphone

malzfreund Exclusiveness (267 comments)

It seems like a bit of a break with their philosophy. About Ubuntu says "The vision for Ubuntu is part social and part economic: free software, available free of charge to everybody on the same terms." Sure, they're talking about software there but a not exactly affordable phone for $600-810 still feels a bit odd.

about a year ago

What Features Does iOS 7 Need?

malzfreund Re:Add Ogg Vorbis support for native apps (262 comments)

AAC is one of the very best lossy codecs out there, doing quite well in double-blind listening tests. ogg is better than mp3, too, but probably not better than AAC. What's missing in iOS is good out-of-the-box FLAC support. yes, for smartphones, lossy audio is more interesting due to storage/bandwidth contraints. yet, you should support at least one lossless codec and FLAC would be more desirable than ALAC. not because it achieves better compression (it usually does) but because it's waay more widely adopted than ALAC.

about a year ago

SSDs Cause Crisis For Digital Forensics

malzfreund Not sure what's confusing... (491 comments)

(1.) It may be hard to securely erase an SSD. Due to things such as wear leveling, the relationship between sector addresses and physical flash cells isn't transparent to the OS. And ATA Secure Erase isn't implemented or isn't implemented correctly on all SSDs. (2.) SSDs are hard to recover. That's because they may start erasing some blocks containing data (and not just the entry in the file allocation table) shortly after you delete a file in the file system. Again, this happens due to things such as wear leveling and isn't transparent to the OS. Contrast this to a hard drive where, following a file delete, only the entry in the allocation table is deleted but no actual data. I don't see anything contradictory or confusing here

more than 3 years ago

Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

malzfreund Re:Quasi-audiophile here (450 comments)

Of course, 24/96 is standard. Even bedroomers produce at higher than 16/44.1. Thus, the issue mentioned in the parent is of no relevance. On the other hand, abuse of compression and dithering plugins during the mixdown (by bedroomers as well as professional mastering engineers!) is a very real issue.

more than 3 years ago

Game Prices — a Historical Perspective

malzfreund Re:More missing. (225 comments)

A lot of wrong stuff here. First of all, EUR 30 in the mid-80s is equivalent to roughly EUR 55 today due to the effects of inflation (these are approximate numbers for countries like Germany and the Netherlands). Inflation was slightly higher in the US, so a larger increase in dollar prices was necessary over there to compensate producers for rising input prices. Second, I don't think MSX games are really representative for what OP is referring to. MSX was never really mainstream in the US and Europe. Third, production cost have risen tremendously, yes. But a good chunk of the cost of producing a video game is fixed. And since the market for video games has grown tremendously over the last three decades, those fixed cost are distributed over a much larger number of games sold, therefore facilitating lower video game prices (in real terms).

more than 3 years ago

Video Appliance For a Large Library On a Network?

malzfreund RLY? (516 comments)

why the fuck is this question even accepted by /.? Do your research before submitting, there are dozens of solutions: HTPCs, a bunch of the latest Blu-Ray players and TVs, media streamers (a couple of which have been mentioned above), and 7th gen video consoles. hell, even some recently-announced tablets will be able to grab content from SMB (or DLNA) and output it to your screen via HDMI (gotta look closely, though, not all do 1080p)

about 4 years ago

Leaked Intel Roadmap Shows 600GB SSD

malzfreund Re:"Postville" is the current generation (228 comments)

No, the OP clearly refers to the Postville refresh, which will bring capacities of 160/300/600GB NAND. Lyndonville is the codename of the follow-up to Ephraim, i.e., Intel's series of enterprise drives commonly known as X25-E. Lyndonville is expected in capacities of 100/200/400GB so that's clearly not what the article referred to.

more than 4 years ago

Leaked Intel Roadmap Shows 600GB SSD

malzfreund Re:"Postville" is the current generation (228 comments)

That's correct. It would be more accurate to call it the Postville refresh (which uses 2Xnm NAND Si). "Postville refresh" is the term Intel uses on one of the slides that leaked.

more than 4 years ago

String Quartets On the Web?

malzfreund Deutsche Grammophon (228 comments)

Obviously one of *the* labels for classical music. The awesome thing about their web store is that, in addition to 320kbps MP3s, you can buy FLACs. Very appropriate for fans of classical music which are often crazy about sound quality.

more than 4 years ago

OpenSUSE 11.3 Is Here

malzfreund Re:Does anyone.... (156 comments)

openSUSE is def more aggressive than Ubuntu in integrating the latest packages. Just compare the kernel or gcc versions they've shipped vs Ubuntu on DistroWatch. Among the major distros, openSUSE is less bleeding edge than Fedora. But which major distro isn't? Also, iyam, openSUSE releases are buggier than Ubuntu releases. FWIW, I was a SUSE user for seven years. After I dealt with small inconveniences after every SUSE release (altough I didn't encounter any showstoppers in years), I recently made the switch to Ubuntu. I couldn't be happier.

more than 4 years ago

SugarCRM 6 Released, But Is It Open Source?

malzfreund Re:He's right (357 comments)

But if open source implies free, isn't the term FOSS (free and open source software) a pleonasm?

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu Linux 10.04 Review (Lucid Lynx)

malzfreund Re:Except... (567 comments)

Right, this should be advertised as a feature. The greenhorns at Canonical have much to learn from the marketing departments at Apple and M$...

more than 4 years ago



LG Pushing Audio Voodoo On Its New Android Flagship

malzfreund malzfreund writes  |  about a year ago

malzfreund (1729864) writes "Today, LG presented its new flagship Android smartphone, the LG G2. During the launch event, LG emphasized that the G2 is the first smartphone which plays 24-bit/192kHz FLAC out-of-the-box. In an interview with Engadget, LG engineer Dr. Ram-chan Woo claims that "people can hear much wider than CD can reproduce."

Engadget views the G2's hi-rez capability as a "standout feature." Considering that it is quite uncontroversial among experts that 24-bit/192kHz audio provides no fidelity gain whatsoever over 16/44.1 or 16/48 (see, for example, here), that's somewhat disconcerting."


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