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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

sir-gold Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

I watched the video, and what he shows is physically impossible.

It is simply not possible to get a full-wave 20kHz signal out of a standard 44kHz sample rate, unless the equipment is literally "making up" parts of the curve on the fly.

Throughout the video, at no point does he mention WHICH sample rate he is using. He could be using something significantly higher than CD audio's 44kHz sample rate, which WOULD give a smooth curve on a 20kHz signal (but it would also be cheating)

It's like taking someone running at 10 footsteps per second, filming them at 5 frames per second, and yet still somehow capturing all 10 footsteps (even though some of the footsteps MUST have occurred BETWEEN frames)

5 days ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

sir-gold Re:Taxes (235 comments)

Depending on how it is taxed when being returned (as a gift), vs. when it was originally awarded (as an award), he may actually end up owing MORE taxes.

For example, if the original award was estimated to be worth $1 million, he will have "donated" $1 million worth of assets, however it is now worth $4.7 million, which means he will have received $4.7 million in "gift income" that he has to pay taxes on.

This doesn't even take into account the possible difference in tax rates between gifts and awards.

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

sir-gold Re:Read much? (368 comments)

I would argue that the internet itself has caused a dramatic change. The only reason we don't notice it yet is because we are at the very beginning of that change.

It allows a collective level of thinking never before possible at any point in human history. Never before has it been possible for a large group of very smart people scattered all over the world to collaborate on an idea in real-time without ever meeting face-to-face.

It is social interaction that has driven changes in human society, and if you accelerate the social interaction, it will accelerate the social change.

We have seen smaller examples of "jumps" in social interaction speed before, like the invention of the written word, followed by the printing press, the radio, and the TV. Each one of these inventions accelerated the rate of social change even faster than it was before, and as long as we continue to advance in technology, we will continue to increase the speed of social interaction (which also accelerates the rate of technological advancement, creating a feed-back loop).

I predict that the world 100 years in the future will be FAR more different than 100 years in the past. We are already seeing signs of it within a single generation (Millennials, vs. Gen Xers vs. Boomers) with each generation being progressively more different in their way of thinking than the previous generation. If you go back more than 300 years ago however, you don't see very much difference in thinking between generations.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

sir-gold Re:No (545 comments)

So, they pay for 2 employees instead of 1, their COG goes up...

What is COG?

And no one is forced into 80 hour work weeks. Slavery was abolished over a century ago. If you don't want to work 80 hours, quit.......

Quitting is usually not an option, because there are bills to pay. It's called "wage slavery". Sure, you are "allowed" to quit a job whenever you want, but it could mean losing your home and all your worldly possessions.
Being homeless and starving might be preferable to being bull-whipped by your owner, but it's still not happy times.

about two weeks ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

sir-gold Re:An Illiberal's solution to every problem - taxe (554 comments)

There is a difference between creating a sustainable business based on toll roads, and simply taking advantage of a temporary wrinkle in the supply/demand curve.

  Just because you can take advantage of a temporary situation, and make some quick cash, doesn't mean it's a profitable endeavor under normal circumstances.

about a month ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

sir-gold Re:An Illiberal's solution to every problem - taxe (554 comments)

You don't have to tear down skyscrapers, and build a massive piece of infrastructure costing millions of dollars, in order to open a pizzeria.

It's called "barrier to entry" and the higher the barrier is, the easier it is to establish and maintain a monopoly.

This is why there are millions of independent pizzerias, and only a small handful of cable/cell/broadband/media companies (in the US)

about a month ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

sir-gold Re:Tax policy is Social Policy (554 comments)

Minnesota and Wisconsin (and other states too, I assume) already charge a yearly road tax based on the value, age, and type of vehicle you drive.

In Minnesota, the tax for my 97 Dodge Neon is $45 per year.

about a month ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

sir-gold Re:An Illiberal's solution to every problem - taxe (554 comments)

OK, so you want to build a competing bridge?
Where do you put it? You are going to have to buy the land, and there is no guarantee that the landowners on both sides will sell. (and you don't have eminent-domain to force them to sell)
Even if you do mange to buy the land, and build the bridge, what is to stop your competitors (assuming all bridges are private) from lowering their toll low enough to drive you bankrupt?
And once you are bankrupt, what stops them from buying your bridge (using asset-based bank loans, not with cash-on-hand) and then raising all the tolls back to the original level?

Ever since it became possible for a company to buy it's competitors using nothing more than a bank loan, there has been no such thing as a "free market"

about a month ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

sir-gold Re:Hey don't worry (337 comments)

This was thought up LONG ago. Except the idea was to propel hydrogen plasma, not water.

There was too much backlash against the idea of nuclear rockets, due to the possibility of launch failure (turning the launch zone into a radioactive nuclear wasteland)

about a month ago
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US Postal Service Suspends Telecommuting Following Massive Breach

sir-gold Upgrade Time (50 comments)

Sounds like it's time to get rid of those Win2k servers.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

sir-gold Re:Grrr (613 comments)

At one point in distant history, the US government debated issuing a half-penny, and decided it wasn't worthwhile. That half-cent, accounting for inflation, would be worth a dime today.

This means that we are still dragging around a coin that is worth 1/10th the value of a coin that was considered too worthless to bother minting.

The only reason the penny still exists is because we round things to the nearest 1/100th of a dollar, instead of the nearest 1/10th

about a month and a half ago
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Video Raises Doubts About Attkisson's Claims of Malicious Hacking

sir-gold Re:Slashdot bias (105 comments)

Considering that "Traditional American Values" included treating Women and Blacks as property, I'm not too sure I want to go back to those days.

about a month and a half ago
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Video Raises Doubts About Attkisson's Claims of Malicious Hacking

sir-gold Re:Personal grooming belongs in the bathroom folks (105 comments)

The rubber dome under the enter key might have been sitting just a hair away from making electrical contact, and only made contact when the keyboard deformed slightly by being touched. This would explain the psuedo-random nature of it, and the fact that it didn't happen during post.

about a month and a half ago
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Video Raises Doubts About Attkisson's Claims of Malicious Hacking

sir-gold Re:Definitely a misunderstanding (105 comments)

Did you actually watch the video?

If that was really a hacker, and not a stuck backspace key, they he had a serious flare for the over-dramatic.

A real hacker would have simply hacked in, deleted whatever files he wanted, and left without a trace. He wouldn't have sat there playing mind games with the reporter, manually deleting her stuff one letter at a time.

about a month and a half ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

sir-gold Re:Truly disgusting pictures (330 comments)

Ok, you posted some really gross pictures with zero context.

Was this even in the US? If so, was this done in an actual public clinic, or someone's basement?

How about some facts, instead of pure emotional outrage.

I tried to find some info on the Sodahead.com site, but it's a complete mess and couldn't find any actual text to go with those pictures.
One thing I did find interesting on the front page was that 69% of the site's viewers voted Republican, while a whopping 57% believe that demonic possession is a real thing.

about a month and a half ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

sir-gold Vote for yourself (468 comments)

If you don't like any of the choices, write your own name in there. That way, you at least voted for someone you trust.

Get all your friends to vote for you as well, and you might even get mentioned on the evening news.

about a month and a half ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

sir-gold Re:Cable Cutting Math (392 comments)

There must be an easier way to do all this, using a single antenna and a streaming media server, with a roku or chromecast dongle on each TV.

Doing this would also allow you to concentrate your money on a single large antenna (giving you more channels), instead of a bunch of little cheap antennas.

about a month and a half ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

sir-gold Losses vs. Gains (392 comments)

How do they include the people who just downgraded a service (as opposed to dropping TWC entirely)?

For example, if someone downgrades from triple-play to data+voice (dropping TV), does that count as a loss in the triple-play column, and a gain in the data and voice column?

If this is the case, then these numbers are misleading. It makes it look like they somehow gained 106,000 "new" customers, when they might have actually lost 78,000 entirely, with another 106,000 reducing their service.

about a month and a half ago

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