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@CharlieGoetze I believe you, but in that case you're either hearing the result of (1) mastering differences between sources used for the encodes, or (2) a broken MP3 encoding workflow. In particular, Apple provides specific mastering guidelines and tools as part of a "Mastered for iTunes" program (http://www.apple.com/itunes/mastered-for-itunes/). But if a moderately-skilled compressionist does the encoding from the same source, listening tests will prove that there's no discernable quality difference between AAC (AAC-LC, specifically) at 256 kb/sec and MP3 at 320 kb/sec.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on How Apple could destroy Spotify, MOG, Pandora, and the rest
@CharlieGoetze "320k mp3 < 256k AAC" It's true that AAC is more efficient than MP3, but a listener would not be able to discern a quality difference between the two at those bitrates, simply because they're so wildly high. In fact, at those bitrates the vast majority of people would not be able to differentiate either of them from uncompressed (or losslessly compressed) audio.
I gave the article a chance until you quoted the awful article by Dick Talens, at which point it because clear that PandoDaily is the snake eating its own tail. At one point I had hope that this site would be a more enlightened tech rag, but it's now clear that it's just an another tech rag, too self-referential to have anything interesting to say, desperate to read industry trends into a random company failure.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Notch.me to shut down, founder Eli Holder joins wellness app maker, Noom
@kefcorp @RichardBennett A lot of fitness coaches are sleazy, in the sense of "not reputable". If you imagined that Richard was talking about Dick, then that's a connection you made yourself. Like Richard, I also made no progress with fitness coaches, but made tons of progress once I started ignoring them and using QS tools.
3 months ago on Why “Quantified Self” is bullshit
@SkinCEO "Hi! I'm the friendly social media person for Company X, desperately trying to seem relevant in any active heath-related thread I can find. Please love me...I'm so lonely..."
@MedicalQuack "The big issue that comes with these apps and devices in my book is the data selling." That would be an interesting (and useful!) article. "Apps and tools can be helpful but not when designed for huge profits." Helpfulness and profits can co-exist, and in fact many of the companies I love most have made the most money from me.
Starting with this article.
Clearly, you have a bug up your ass about this. I've never seen such an impassioned argument against people having access to tools to monitor health-related aspects of their life. What's next for you? A decree against scales, since knowing one's weight doesn't automatically fix weight problems? A screed against sphygmomanometers, because knowing your blood pressure isn't an easy cure to America’s declining cardiovascular health?
Health bro: Think about why you're in this business. Maybe focus more on people than link-baity headlines.
@Penenberg Not through anything, I'm afraid. Again we're talking average listeners, but I'd be comfortable wagering that a golden ear wearing the world's best headphones can't reliably distinguish between a 256 kbps VBR and 320 kbps VBR MP3 encode. FWIW you can find one public test that demonstrates this at http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2012/06/concluding-the-great-mp3-bitrate-experiment.html, and I've been involved in a few private tests that supports a similar conclusion.
4 months, 1 week ago on How Apple could destroy Spotify, MOG, Pandora, and the rest
"But 256 is not 320; there’s a significant difference." No, in absolutely no scenario is there a 'significant difference' for any listener. Average listeners can't even distinguish between 160 and 320 kbps.
@davepaz Yeah bro, women just have to lighten up. You are obviously not a bitch, and I can't even conceive of a world where dudes like you are the problem. Thank you for the enlightenment!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Dave McClure is no male chauvinist
@crucible Perfect. I wish people would stop feeling the need to continue to apologize for this — he calls women "lying bitches" at the drop of a hat, oh well, that's just a side affect of a "risk taker" that "tells it how it is". Ugh.
@nathanielmott "There's a difference between notifying someone that their kid has taken a piss and broadcasting that information." Ah, so the idea of talking diapers doesn't horrify you as much as the possibility of seeing a (presumably direct-to-parent) message from another kid's diaper...got it. That seems reasonable — should Twitter desire to become a transport for these kinds of messages, then they probably need to introduce private (vs. direct) messages and think about better privacy controls.
7 months ago on Twitter: Enabling the Internet of Things-lite
"A diaper that broadcasts every time an infant wets itself is not — and I write this with a mixture of relief and sarcasm — the future." I'm guessing you don't have kids. That's the one thing mentioned in the article that actually solves meaningful human problems (namely, helping parents prevent diaper rash, assisting with potty training).
@darrellsilver Obviously people (even adults) have been able to learn to code efficiently part-time, which makes the article's premise false. One way to make it true would be to additional qualifiers. For example, you might add: "...without a book, using a website I created". Another might be: "...with the help of a mentor from my company, Thinkful". There must be something you could add, right?
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The future of becoming a job-ready engineer
"For the first time, people learning to code can actually do it efficiently part-time."
You're missing a bunch more qualifiers that would make the "for the first time" true.
@trevoragilbert "using steam to download a 25GB game takes forever, this can speed it up." Can it? Bonding improves BitTorrent speeds because you're downloading different bits from multiple servers simultaneously. As I understand this, your Steam downloads will not get faster.
1 year, 3 months ago on Calling All Internet Users (That Means You): Dispatch Is Here to Bring Faster Internet to Your Doorstep
So, this miracle product can "bond" multiple internet connections to make one super-connection? How is it any different than the network bonding capability that's been in Windows, Mac OS X and Linux for years?