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Monday, November 16. 2015
Well, it's Monday. Your favorite team lost, so the water cooler is looking less like an oasis and more like an enemy gun emplacement. Hey, Bob, did you see Peyton Roethlesberger throw a pick six and a tantrum on fourth down with the game on the line? You know, the one that caused my team to win, and your favorite team and their benighted fans to be consigned to ignominy and defeat? What did you think about that Bob? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Whaddya say about that, Bob?
Me, I don't mind Mondays so much. I don't root for Jameis Manziel or Cam Bradford or Russell Brees, so it's of little consequence if the Green Bay Pacers fall to the Dallas Drovers. The first day of the work week holds no terrors for me. I kind of like it there. No one makes me rake leaves at the office. I don't have to change every battery in every smoke alarm in the building at 4 AM because I can't figure out which one is beeping. It would be silly to be required to paint the outside of a skyscraper, wouldn't it? I don't even know where to look for the gutters on a 50-story building, never mind clean them out. No, the office is just fine. Besides, the Internet connection is better, and I get to read the Maggie's Farm morning links while pretending to be working, instead of pretending to be asleep on the couch when my wife gets home with groceries.
Silly me. From what I've observed, I would have assumed that a "fraudulent H-1B case" would involve NOT bringing illegal aliens into the country to work like coolies.
Um, it's really only necessary for your audience to be stoned, not you. Sober or not, your records sound like Sesame Street on Seconal, dude.
I have always found that the only way I could measurably increase other people's intelligence is by drinking heavily. The girls get better looking, too.
Well, those psychics certainly measurably increased that guy's intelligence. While $718k isn't exactly cheap, it still cost less than a Head Start class.
I've blocked Reddit from my computer under an uncontroversial lack of interest in the opinions of neckbeards law.
The Paris gig has been cancelled. I wouldn't worry about it, though; it's not a big Cinema Verite town.
Occam's Razor: he needs coasters and finally ran out of AOL discs.
First sentence begins with "And." Second sentence begins with "But." The author then uses parentheses to enclose a dependent clause instead of commas. The rest is all stupid, useless Schiit. So the answer to the second question is 01101110 01101111! Whoops, forgot to convert it to analog. NO!
Adblock won't ever stop things like that Popular Science "article" about a particular brand of audio converter. Me, I just want a parentheses blocker.
I wonder. Is it no longer possible for a tech company to survive in the market without pretending the entire business is a Gymboree?
That should be enough information to tide you over until lunch. If you fib and say you have a doctor's appointment right after, you might make it until 3:30 before you're required to do any actual work. Make sure to leave early, too. As they say on the Department of Public Works crew, "No sense killing the job."
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Re: digital to analog converter
The link gave me a cute 404 error page, but without reading the article, I agree with you, Roger. When the analog information was converted to digital, some of it was lost and there's no getting it back. The best you can do it use the most complete digital information. This is the reason that vinyl LPs are back in vogue and why many true audiophiles never liked CDs.
I don't care about the difference in sound because I either don't listen that closely and probably couldn't hear the difference if I could, with the exception of a few songs that appear to be mixed entirely differently. I like the convenience of storing my CD library on a micro SD card.
The outboard DACs are being sold to the same people as the Audiophile grade Ethernet cables and speaker cables that record the direction in which the wire was drawn.
The real difference in digital v. analog is in linearity. A digital amplifier will remain linear in response pretty much over it's entire range (output voltage from ) to Vref), where an analog tube will tend to go non-linear ("fuzz out") near the top or bottom of its range. Interestingly, many high-end digital amps now use processing software to synthesize this effect, as the technically worse response is preferred by many listeners.
The standard error of measuring inches or liters is usually zero assuming you have perfectly reliable, standard measurement devices.
There's no such thing as a perfectly reliable measuring device, so there's always some error.
"Lured in by psychics"
You have to wonder how anyone could be that stupid. But people want to believe, they want magic answers. That is why we have quackery and magic diet gurus. But strangely those who are lured in by magic foods or disapprove of toxic foods are like the poor dude paying the psychics for their magic and they just haven't figured it out yet.
Now I'm going to eat my egg white whole food veggie omlet cooked with no oil/fat and eat a slice of whole wheat toast without butter because my psychic/food bigot has told me actual food is bad for me.
Can a passenger board an El Al Airplane in Los Angeles and get off in New York?
At the risk of getting called for piling on, every sound card on the planet contains both a Digital to Analog Converter AND an amplifier. It is how those ones and zeros get converted to noises.
BLUSH!! You are obviously correct, Steve! I don't know what I was thinking, but at the time it seemed to make sense! My only defense is that I said I wasn't able to read the article. :-(
" . . . every sound card on the planet contains both a Digital to Analog Converter AND an amplifier . . . "
Yep. And their quality and clarity and range differ widely.
Which is why, if you're listening to high-quality sound recording files at high bit-rates, a quality DAC produces a much higher-quality sound than do the low-quality sound-card versions.
Go to any of the high-end audiophile sites and read up on DAC's. The same people who spent years proving that Monster cables are high-priced garbage will convince you of the worth of DAC's.