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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

residents_parking Re:media cos killed it w/compression+Bitstarvation (197 comments)

I can tell the difference between MP3 and FLAC while driving my car with the bog standard stereo. Once it's been pointed out to you, it soon becomes really annoying.

You don't even need ears to notice the difference. Just look at the spectrum. MP3's top end (13kHz up) flops about all over the place. And whaddya know? One sure sign is truncated reverb tails. But it can be difficult to put this into words. People might say there is less air or less space or depth. Bottom line it's measurable.

Anyone doing any kind of pro audio would be able to tell the difference. So take your gold plated straw man and burn him somewhere else, thank-you.

4 days ago

Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

residents_parking TV License (81 comments)

In the UK, you'll need a TV license (£145 per year) if you don't already have one - completely dwarfing the tuner purchase cost.

about two weeks ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

residents_parking UK TV Licensing (200 comments)

It is well known the BBC want to extend TV licensing to "watch again" (not quite the same as on-demand) services like iPlayer, 4OD etc. The argument goes that a PVR needs a license but a PC does not, and that this is an anomaly. I can easily see ISPs being used as middle-men to collect the fee.

about a month ago

French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

residents_parking Vive la whatever! (424 comments)

The French are well known for being overly precious and up themselves when it comes to accepting criticism. Especially when it comes to food. Hence the CAP, which is designed to tax other nations to preserve frenchness.

about a month ago

French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

residents_parking Re:Freedom of Expression... (424 comments)

Not Europe in general, just anywhere Napoleon conquered.

about a month ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

residents_parking If you're going to spend any money ... (502 comments)

Don't buy a card. Period. Get a decent USB I/O. That way you can use it anywhere and it doesn't have to be buried with your dead desktop.

Don't get me wrong, internal sound is actually not bad these days, but you never really know what you're getting and you might need to hack about with grounding for acceptable performance. (My current desktop is OK on output but terrible on input, even with hacks.) If you need something dependable, buy an external lump with known quality. I have a Roland Quad Capture I'm happy with.

about a month ago

UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

residents_parking Re:Dear UK (240 comments)

We don't give a rat's arse about stuff that happened 200 years ago or whatever. We leave all that stuff to your good selves. Most people don't even care if Scotland leave The Union. That's how it is.

We do care that Islamic Extremism is surging here in the UK. This is something the US you doesn't have to deal with 24/7, happily for them.

The problem with quoting The Guardian is that those guys don't actually care if Britain becomes Muslim. Some of them, eg George Galloway MP and former Mayor Ken Livingstone seem happy to get in line to further their own careers and damn what the rest of us want. Galloway even converted to Islam. And Islam suits "Red" Ken's chronic anti-semitism, as it does much of The Left.

I understand if you're ignorant about Islam's MO for taking over society, but kindly STFU until you've done some research. You want to see what we're up against? Google "UK School Trojan Horse Plot".

about 3 months ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

residents_parking How it works in China (653 comments)

It is likely Sparkfun or some other Western importer supplied a Fluke DMM as a sample and said "we want something like this". Now, China being China, they do tend to focus on the cosmetics. They are excellent copiers. In this case, too good. Sparkfun might be telling the truth about their ignorance of the trademark, but certainly not of the original article.

about 5 months ago

Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

residents_parking Re:It IS FLAC (413 comments)

Out of interest I DLed some of these "high resolution" products, then analyzed them in Adobe Audition. Some were indeed from the analog master, I could tell by the extended top end going to ~30kHz. So perhaps there is some justification going to 96 (not losing anything), but not 192. These also had a noise floor around -70dB, making a mockery of 24 bits. Others turned out to be nothing more than the 44.1 digital master resampled to 24/192.

about 5 months ago

Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

residents_parking Re:Riiiight (498 comments)

Clearly they're asking US & UK (both nuclear powers) for help.

about 5 months ago

WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

residents_parking Disagree (479 comments)

Given the recent history of Ukraine and also of Russia, this is not unexpected.

And if you've been paying attention *at all*, it's entirely expected.

about 6 months ago

Non-Coders As the Face of the Learn-to-Code Movements

residents_parking It's The British Way (158 comments)

... I'm afraid. Only certain personal traits (such as good looks and charisma - no pun intended) are socially celebrated, while science and engineering talent are quite frankly milked and abused.

The UK turned its back on science and engineering back in the 1950s and embraced the arts (nothing wrong with that) and the cult of management instead. That tide has not turned; if anything it is getting worse.

When I joined the IEE (now IET) back in 1990 there was an assumption that everyone with an engineering degree would be in management by age 30. That's only 10 years (and not the best years) of engineering usefulness.

Now I see India making the exact same mistakes. We have to deal with 22 year old rookies who don't have the experience (I work in firmware with a strong analog emphasis) to deliver production code.

about 6 months ago

Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

residents_parking How Convenient (463 comments)

And some people wonder why we don't just hand over the Falklands.

about 6 months ago

Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

residents_parking Legal (206 comments)

So it's legal right now? Just asking.

about 6 months ago

Examining the User-Reported Issues With Upgrading From GCC 4.7 To 4.8

residents_parking Re:Keep in mind the occasional bug in the system? (148 comments)

Seconded - years ago I worked with a particularly awful PIC compiler. It would be fine until my compiled output size crossed an unknown threshold. Then it wouldn't just break - it would shatter. Terrible crap. I wasted 6 weeks massaging that POS before I demanded a better compiler. I was new back then.

But there's a twist - my boss was able to make it work, probably because his code lacked any structure and used all global variables. And he STILL uses it for PIC work. But working on bigger projects has gotten him out of many of those bad habits.

These days I experience many more silicon bugs than compiler bugs. And that's on mainstream devices from Microchip and NXP.

about 7 months ago

U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

residents_parking Re:Not Really (635 comments)

Have we met on CiF before? I gave that bollocks up years ago.

about 7 months ago

In Greece, 10 Months In Prison For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

residents_parking Re:Not here! (324 comments)

This is nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with politics and Golden Dawn. The Euro has pushed Greece to the edge, and GD are seeking to exploit the ferment. It's a damn shame, and IMHO the sooner the whole experiment is declared a failure the better, especially for nation states such as Greece. Spain, Portugal, Italy and even France face similar difficulties, on a sliding scale.

about 7 months ago

U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

residents_parking Not Really (635 comments)

I drive about the same, but live in the UK where "gas" costs have always been high. Thing is though, it's still cheaper (and twice as fast) as taking the train. So I'll carry on.

about 7 months ago

U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts

residents_parking Re:Don't imagine it stops there. (348 comments)

This is about magnets not electronics. China played a 1-2 game first cutting the price of Neodymium magnets making Western production uneconomical, then when the West gave up trying, they trebled the price.

It's a well-known issue wherever a Neodymium magnet is part of a design because they are kinda special in the magnet world. They having a wide B-H curve compared with traditional ceramic magnets, although the latter have higher flux density. It's been 25 years since I properly fiddled with magnets and have never done much serious design.

The West (US, Europe, Japan, South Korea, etc) has no difficulty supplying their electronics needs.

about 8 months ago


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