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Hearing the difference now isn't the reason to encode to FLAC. FLAC uses lossless compression, while MP3 is 'lossy'. What this means is that for each year the MP3 sits on your hard drive, it will lose roughly 12kbps, assuming you have SATA - it's about 15kbps on IDE, but only 7kbps on SCSI, due to rotational velocidensity. You don't want to know how much worse it is on CD-ROM or other optical media.
I started collecting MP3s in about 2001, and if I try to play any of the tracks I downloaded back then, even the stuff I grabbed at 320kbps, they just sound like crap. The bass is terrible, the midrange...well don't get me started. Some of those albums have degraded down to 32 or even 16kbps. FLAC rips from the same period still sound great, even if they weren't stored correctly, in a cool, dry place. Seriously, stick to FLAC, you may not be able to hear the difference now, but in a year or two, you'll be glad you did.
>>135 actually, the man knows what he's talking about, albeit, petty or nonsense to most people. when i've gone back to some really old mp3's from way back 'in-the-day' (90's, Napster, 56k modem) most of my mp3 library sounds like crap, mostly due to the technologies available at the time. i notice an unusually large amount of "pops" in a lot of songs and a 128k rip sounds more flat than a new 128k rip (both sound terrible regardless). anybody who knows how data is written to a disc would know that bits do get lost over time.
i'm an arrogant, elitist, analog snob with 2 vintage hifi systems (1 solid state/1 tube based) that can expose every imperfection in an mp3 file. it absolutely cracks me up when people think their crappy OEM soundcard, crappy best buy cables, and crappy desktop speakers are suitable benchmarks for judging sound quality.
it's pathetic how nowadays people have allowed themselves to compromise quality over convenience and cost. i'm only 34 but just as bitter and scornful as someone twice my age. just wait until i get my FLAC vinyl rip blog up and running!
"for each year the MP3 sits on your hard drive, it will lose roughly 12kbps, assuming you have SATA - it's about 15kbps on IDE, but only 7kbps on SCSI"LOLWUT???The loss is not because the file loses quality, but because today's encoders ake better files than those you had in 1999. Use the same old crappy coder, and you get the same old crappy file.Yeah, and lots of pops are cause some newer drivers don't support MP3 playback the way they did in the pre-RIAA times.
"...due to rotational velocidensity"Is that a word???
No, if you downloaded MP3s back then, you were unlikely to spend 30 minutes on your then-new 33.6 for a 3-minute song. They offered low-BPS songs because of that. If you had DLed a 320kbps then, it would still be a 320kbps now.
I hate Ubuntu. I immediately lose respect for anyone who runs it, and especially those who advocate it. Here’s why:
Name 20 features, release-for-release or year-for-year that have not come from Redhat. Redhat basically runs the show when it comes to Linux. This includes things like NetworkManager, Gnome, Xorg, GCC, glibc, LVM, KVM, kernel, file systems et al. Redhat has developers making significant contributions to the entire FOSS software stack upstream.
Ubuntu on the other hand pulls most of the heavy weight packaging from Debian with each release. They then perform minor patching and testing. It generally lags behind Fedora by a release or two in parts of the software stack. I never see @ubuntu or @cannocial email addresses in upstream changelogs.
So tell me again, how exactly does Ubuntu innovate? They even struggle to release a new theme with each release, and artwork is about the only original thing in Ubuntu.
Yes, Ubuntu is stable because they are standing on the shoulders of giants. Most of the hard work is hashed out before they ever import software into their repositories. This is fine, and what FOSS is all about, but I prefer to be in with the leaders rather than the followers.
What really irks me and what has really brewed my hatred are Ubuntu users. They seem to think Ubuntu is responsible for all that is good in the FOSS world. I have just proven how false this is. In my experience, Ubuntu support mechanisms (IRC, mailing lists, forums) are much less helpful than the alternative.
If you want a nice desktop distro, run Fedora or OpenSUSE. If you like control, run Gentoo. If you need stability, run RHEL/CentOS or Debian. But please, don’t feed the idiot magnet that is Ubuntu!
Shut up, douche. I am the only person on the internet right now that cares about what you have posted and I'm asking that you kill yourself using a handgun. Thanks.
make that a hacksaw
>brother calls up, computer doesnt display anything>he drops it off >Windows says "Ati card detected, no drivers found">remove crap AMD "HD" 7800 card>Install High-Performance Nvidia Quadro Graphics card in the computer>install drivers>configure everything to display at highest quality settings>return computer>he calls up>"Thanks bro, i will never buy anything AMD again! ">one week later he dies in a housefire
>try to use windows>want to download a youtube video>8 things I try fail to work>try youtube-dl with python>python install fails and corrupts, computer barely running at this point>try to record video with cam software>software fails to actually record. saves corrupted files all across hd>go to random youtube to mp3 website>suddenly something executes in my browser>screen flashes and goes black and back to normal>have trojan/virus on pc>mse pops up>can't remove trojan with mse>run malwarebytes scan but computer is too slow to do anything>computer completely freezes
>mfw all I wanted to do was download a youtube video
>girl says she's a nerd>ask what kind of computer she has>macbook air>turn 360 degrees>walk to the exit>open the door>there's a bear>become a dinosaur>engage in combat>bear punches me>makes me vomit spaghetti>roundhouse kick it>bear bursts into treats
fucking best buy
>grandpa calls up, computer is fucked>he drops it off >10,000 toolbars>reformat>install Arch Linux>compile everything from source>get superior rolling release minimal system>force all daemons and proessces, x windows, etc required to be manually started (like they SHOULD BE)>return laptop>he calls up>WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT WHAT DID U DO TO MY COMPUTER FUK U KID
Fucking old people, just die already.
lol linux sucks get a mac douche bag
>Minding my own business and installing OpenBSD on my router>Mama starts yelling from downstairs>"What is it mama?">"SERGIO! EL COMPUTER NO WORKO! NO GUSTA!">Go downstairs, find that there is taco sauce on the monitor, tostadas on the keyboard, tortillas in the optical drive, salsa in the heatsink, guacamole on the southbridge, burritos in the case fan, beans cooking on the fermi, and tacos in the PSU.>Fuck it, I'll buy her a Mac>Go to Apple store>Considering purchasing an iMac>Steve Jobs is there>Talks to me about the iMac>I get really hyped for the iMac>Decide to buy it on the spot>Reach for my wallet>Suddenly, spaghetti spills out of my pocket>There's spaghetti on the floor>Everybody walk the dinosaur>Try to clean it all up>I look down>There's fur in the spaghetti, leading to the realization that I am a bear
>brother calls up, macbook is fucked>he drops it off >the only mac os trojan in existence is installed>reformat>install Arch Linux>compile everything from source>get superior rolling release minimal system>force all daemons and proessces, x windows, etc required to be manually started (like they SHOULD BE)>return macbook>he calls up>WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT WHAT DID U DO TO MY MAKBOK FUK U
I told him that Arch is even more hipster than OSX, after that he shut up.
>be on /g/, using my Gentoo rig powered by 4 GTX 680's and an i7 2600k, when knock at cave door>OPEN UP WE'S THE POH LEASE>push a couple old Pentium 4s against the door (those things are just so damn handy)>begin waddling towards escape hatch>BANG BANG BANG>cops shooting the door, screaming MURIKA FUCK YEAH>be Canadian, quite confused>continue waddling as fast as I can>cops break door down>they begin sprinting towards me>one gets caught in my intranet>fuck that was an expensive cable it's hard to get them that long>whatever>cop begins shooting me>dive behind Fermi pile>Old Fermis burst into flames, buying me time>grab my Thinkpad>escape hatch blocked by cans>prepare for final stand>cop comes around corner>nail her on the head with my Thinkpad>Thinkpad 1 SWAT helmet 0>another cop comes around the corner>shoots me>absorbed in my fat, bounces off>this angers me>release the bear>Guardian Neckbear leaps from neck and begins biting cop>throw GNU/Hurd kernel DVDs at him>he dies from disgust
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Mechanical owner here.
You know, owning a mech keyboard is great and all, but it doesn't come without its tradeoffs.
Windows 7 Repository: http://fuxx.us/win7repo
Thank you so much, it's exactly what I was looking for.
You must be GNU here. “Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer.”
Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it means that the program's users have the four essential freedoms:
The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0). The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this. The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2). The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
A program is free software if users have all of these freedoms. Thus, you should be free to redistribute copies, either with or without modifications, either gratis or charging a fee for distribution, to anyone anywhere. Being free to do these things means (among other things) that you do not have to ask or pay for permission to do so.
let me tell you something
Apple doesn't have a a water resistant keyboard design.
Apple doesnt have pointing stick
Apple doesn't have master race of laptop keyboards
Apple doesn't have removable hard drives
Apple doesn't have removable batteries
Apple: Broke your screen? Send it to apple wait 2-3 weeks. Lenovo: Broke your screen? Order a new one and replace it yourself in 1-5 days including possible shipping time.
Lenovo and MBP is almost equally drop resistant.
The Lenovo comes with Industry standard Windows, MBP Add another 140 bucks...
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Product Price Quantity _____________________________________________________________________Antec Fusion Remote Black $215 x1 CASE ASUS AT3N7A-I NVIDIA ION $207 x1 MOBOKingston 2GB 800MHz DDR2 $79 x1 RAM Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB $124 x1 HDD Sony AD-7240S-GB DVDRW $49 x1 OPTICArch-Linux $FREE x1 OS_____________________________________________________________________ Total $674 x1
Price sounds pretty shit for the archaic hardware.
a third of it was the case
Antec makes shitNo trust in WDSony is overpricedAsus is good but I don't know about that moboKingston is okay
King_John: there are three types of people;ones who can use any hardwareones who can use macs and ones who can use windows
Is there a type in your world where Windows isn't hardware, or do you have to come to Earth for that?
>>109 wow you must be really dumb if you couldn't figure this quote out.
and then there are real people who use linux
>>111 you are also dumb
just looks like a dumbass quote to me. what are we supposed to be "getting"
lol I'm not dumb, so i get it. and no, I'm not going to tell all of you to 'prove i know'. have fun wallowing in your lack of understanding.
Have you read your SICP today?
Why yes...yes I have.
I stick with PC Power & Cooling all the way, last I checked OCZ bought them too.
i got PC Power & Cooling after seeing one at a lan party. you couldn't hear it. put your hand up to it. you could barely feel it. air was not hot (unlike the Antec Basiq 550plus that Antec themselves called crap when i was RMAing it after 8 months of 350 watt use: "Recommending to go with Earth Watts Series instead of BP...if you just purhcased very recently...please make the swap...if not get a RMA below...")
Check this out: http://www.intern3ts.com/o/hs/res/84.php
What do you think about it? Are EULAs legal?
at the end of the day, it needs to be tested in court or have had precedents (previous tests in court)
"#" is a number
"MG####.jpg" (Canon raw conversion)
Casio "MMDD####.JPG" (QV3000 and QV4000)
"YYmDD###.JPG" (QV7000, m is hex)
Kodak "DCP#####.jpg" (Kodak)
"DC####S.jpg" (DC-40,50,120 S is (L)arge, (M)eduim, (S)mall)
kodak easyshare: 1xx_xxxx.JPG
A computer forensics specialist has a message for security-minded computer users: A single wipe will make drives impossible to read.
In research published on Thursday, auditor Craig Wright tested the ability of a special type of electron microscope, known as a magnetic force microscope, to read data that has been erased. While overwriting the data multiple times with a random series of 0s and 1s makes it harder to recover, Wright found that it is nearly impossible to recover any meaningful amount of data after a only single pass. Recovering a single byte of data, for example, on a used drive is successful less than one percent of the time, he found. Accurately recovering four bytes, or 32 bits, of data only works nine times out of each million tries.