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Greece Halts Google's Street View

niceone Re:lunacy (192 comments)

I to love how people have no problem with police videotaping you

To be fair to Greece's Data Protection Authority, they do have a problem with police videoing people and have stopped the government using street cameras to fight crime as well.

more than 5 years ago
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A Chinese Challenge To Intel

niceone Godson-3 a threat? (364 comments)

I would be more worried by the Godfather 3.

more than 5 years ago
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Paul Vixie Responds To DNS Hole Skeptics

niceone I'm not worried (147 comments)

I just remember the IP addresses and type them in myself. How hard is that?

about 6 years ago

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Is YouTube killing music?

niceone niceone writes  |  about 6 years ago

niceone writes "Recently YouTube seems to have started applying extreme compression to the audio of uploaded clips. This is the type of compressions used by radio stations to make everything louder, but in this case applied extremely badly. In quiet passages, breathing and shuffling become overpoweringly loud. A gently plucked guitar chord becomes a distorted thud. Listen to an example here. And here's what it could sound like — still not perfect, but a whole lot better. The fixed version is thanks to a workaround proposed by Sopranoguitar — the idea is to turn down the audio and mix in a high frequency sine wave (I used 19kHz). The sine wave fools YouTube's compressor into thinking that the file is at a uniform level (and does not need the volume changing at all) but is filtered out by the encoding process (so, no need to worry about deafening any dogs)."
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Sansa E260 or IPod Nano

niceone niceone writes  |  more than 7 years ago

niceone (992278) writes "I know this is kind of a trivial question but... I just can't decide. Should I get an iPod Nano and be compatible with iTunes (which my wife already uses for her nano), or should I go for the Sansa E260 which can run the GPL'd rockbox firmware? Convenience or geek-factor?"

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My CD and the Slashdot Kool-Aid

niceone niceone writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Today I drank the slashdot kool-aid and made my CD downloadable on a try-before-you-buy basis. The whole CD is up as a 50MB zip file containing all 11 songs - in high quality MP3 format (we used lame with the "-V2 --vbr-new" flags) - no DRM, copy protection blah, blah.

Well, I guess I didn't quite drink all the kool-aid because I'm still hoping some people will actually buy the CD (or the download) after they've decided they like it. I still don't like the idea that a musician should be compensated through selling T-shirts (how many T-shirts do people need?) or live shows, when the 'product' most people want is the recorded music. Still, maybe it's only a matter of time...

At the moment I have only linked to it from my Slashdot sig, we'll see what happens!

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