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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

rbanzai Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

I should clarify that I'm not blaming the digital formats for the overcompression, I'm blaming the people that are not properly managing the use of the formats. Even CDs frequently sound bad to me, like the original recording has a limited dynamic range in comparison to some of the early ones I bought, like "Avalon" by Roxy Music. I get the impression that producers are buggering up the sound before it even gets to a CD or suffers from ham-fisted encoding to MP3, etc.

People could create terrible vinyl too, like the old "one sided singles" that sounded like they were cut out of the back of a box of cereal. My brother still has one of those cereal box singles ("Going Back to Indiana" by the Jackson 5) and it's doesn't sound much worse!

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

rbanzai Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

I was born in the 1960s so I was brought up on vinyl, but I was bummed at all the hissing and pops and crackles even though I tried to take care of my records. The clarity of CDs was a revelation even though a certain warmth was sacrificed.

I won't ever miss the defects of vinyl, but today's common digital formats sacrifice far too much information, leaving the listener to "enjoy" the watery tones of overcompressed music.

about a week ago
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I expect to retire ...

rbanzai Re:Too poor (341 comments)

Haha, now I know you're a troll for sure. Enjoy living in your fairy dreamland where everyone with good money management skills is guaranteed a golden retirement no matter how little money they make. ;)

about 8 months ago
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I expect to retire ...

rbanzai Re:Too poor (341 comments)

I always put the maximum I could into a 401k, but most of the low-end jobs I had early on didn't offer one, and later on I was chronically underemployed. I only buy economy cars and keep them at least 10 years. I've never taken a vacation, buy no luxury items (Ex; jewelry, high end gadgets, etc.) I've gone through two recessions/depressions, and now I'm at the age where career prospects only go downward if you haven't made it to C level.

So... yes, you can blame my poor prospects for retirement entirely on my inability to earn lots of money, but not on managing my money. It's not magical: if you don't earn enough money you aren't going to be able to retire.

about 8 months ago
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I expect to retire ...

rbanzai Too poor (341 comments)

I'll never be able to retire. Never made enough money, and never had enough, early enough for a useful 401k. Two bubbles bursting killed what little I was able to afford to put away. My parents technically didn't retire either, they just got too old, sick and tired to keep working. Unlike them I have no kids to help support me so when it's my turn in the next few decades I'll be out on the street.

Social Security my ass.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

rbanzai Pointless, worthless redesign (2219 comments)

Did you get the idiots from Ars Technica to do this? It's ugly, inefficient, and hard to read.

about 10 months ago
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Security Researchers Want To Fully Audit Truecrypt

rbanzai Assume all versions are compromised (233 comments)

It's time to assume that all forms of encryption and communication have been compromised and probably have been for many years. There's no coming back from this when the most powerful country on Earth intends to keep things this way.

about a year ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

rbanzai 2013 and people are as terrible as ever (734 comments)

People defend bullies and call a 12 year old suicide a "coward." It disgusts but does not surprise me:

1. ... that people want bullying to be considered protected speech.
2. ... that the bullied are expected to physically beat down their tormentors or else they must deserve what they get.
3. ...that some poor child that is so desperate that they kill themselves is branded a coward.

Human society will always raise up the violent and support their efforts to eliminate the weaker members as if we're all animals and need to cull impure genes from our species. We are no more advanced than we were 2,000 years ago, just a loose collection of intelligent, slavering beasts in business suits and yoga pants.

about a year ago
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Mitsuku Chatbot Wins Loebner Prize 2013

rbanzai No better than twenty years ago (78 comments)

I spent alot of time on the website for this chatbot and was surprised by how awful it was. I remember using the old Eliza chatbot for Mac back in 1987 and this is barely more advanced. I used the website's "Turing test" page and on the very first answer to a simple question the chabot gave me something nonsensical. Every time I see one of these stories the chatbot in question always turns out to be just as clumsy as all the rest.

about a year ago
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Exxon Charged With Illegally Dumping Waste In Pennsylvania

rbanzai A hefty fine (246 comments)

This could cost Exxon HUNDREDS of dollars!

about a year ago
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Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Plant May Take Decades

rbanzai Re:US Epic fail (266 comments)

It's nice to see another monument to short-sightedness being dismantled. The atomic era of investing heavily in a technology that burdens human beings with the most poisonous substances on earth for literally thousands of years needs to be put to rest and this is how we do it. Decades of hearing pro-nuclear people hem and haw about what will be done with nuclear waste is enough. Decades of continuous safety violations by the companies that run nuclear power plants is enough. The promise of truly safe nuclear power will never be delivered upon due to human greed and incompetence.

about a year and a half ago
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Jeremy Hammond of LulzSec Pleads Guilty To Stratfor Attack

rbanzai Surprise! (192 comments)

Criminal acts sometimes have personal consequences.

about a year and a half ago
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Iranian Hackers Probe US Infrastructure Targets

rbanzai Re:Internet facing? (203 comments)

Thank you for contributing to the overall naive attitude American industry has for securing critical systems.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

rbanzai Lots! (363 comments)

I still read lots of magazines. National Geographic, Smithsonian, several history magazines, Car and Driver, Outdoors, Discover, FlyPast, and so on. I prefer the print format for being easy on the eyes as well as lighter and easier to manipulate than any tablet. At this point I don't have even the slightest interest in digital subscriptions to magazines.

about a year and a half ago
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Korean Artist's Intentionally Useless Satellite To Launch This December

rbanzai It made me laugh (151 comments)

I don't know much about art but the idea of someone launching random street junk into space as a "satellite" made me laugh, and I think a big part of art is about provoking a reaction.

more than 2 years ago
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Senate Cybersecurity Bill Stalled By Ridiculous Amendments

rbanzai Business as usual, but it still seems absurd (233 comments)

I know this is the way our government works, tacking on all sorts of stupid shit but it still seems absurd.

more than 2 years ago
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PC Sales Are Flat-Lining

rbanzai Flattening, not flat-lining (485 comments)

Yes, on a graph it will be a flat-line. But "flat-lining" is when someone's heart is no longer beating.

more than 2 years ago
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Adopt the Cloud, Kill Your IT Career

rbanzai It's the output that matters to business (241 comments)

It doesn't matter if the processes that create the output are in your office, your server room or even your building. You're providing the services that produce the output the business needs and the business management wants. If I.T. has made the transition in your workplace to service provider you will always have a place as the person making sure the desired output is delivered. If management still sees I.T. as the people who take care of the computers then yes you'd have something to worry about.

more than 2 years ago
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US Approves Two New Nuclear Reactors

rbanzai The Race to The Bottom Begins! (596 comments)

Now the legions of contractors and subcontractors will sweep in on a tidal wave of self-service and mediocrity to see who can offer the lowest price for their labor and the best kickbacks to the politicians and NRC people in charge of protecting us.

It doesn't matter how good your design is or how strict your regulations are when the people that build, own, maintain and oversee nuclear power plants prize money over all other things, including the safety of the population. This is why we continue to have huge industrial disasters. Not because nuclear power is unsafe, or drilling for oil in the gulf is unsafe. It's because the people in positions of responsibility are weak, selfish idiots.

more than 2 years ago
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Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

rbanzai I read that as "ASTEROID" (988 comments)

Would've made for a more interesting article.

more than 3 years ago

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