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Forum Games / Re: Fact or Crap? 2017 Edition
« Last post by st3class on Today at 12:47:58 PM »
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TV & Movies / Re: Sherlock Season 4
« Last post by Soldier of FORTRAN on Today at 12:46:56 PM »
It was stupid.  And they spent a fair amount of screentime mocking people who wanted a good explanation. 
TV & Movies / Re: Sherlock Season 4
« Last post by mindme on Today at 12:44:24 PM »
The final ep made almost no sense and seemed unnecessarily cruel. Did they ever actually explain how Sherlock survived his fall?
Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: [US] Child Marriage
« Last post by Mr. Beagle on Today at 12:05:48 PM »
This is also a case of probabilities, but some cases work out. Mrs. Beagle was a 17-year-old HS grad, and I was 20, making a decent income in the Auto industry and finishing University on the side. And we had birth control. But this was 45 years ago.

Financial stress and early pregnancy clearly change the probabilities for the worse.

Early birth control solves a lot of problems here. Less need for a shotgun wedding, less need for abortion. Less need for welfare programs. More chance for education.

But sex is so sinful we certainly can't do that!
Forum Games / Re: Fact or Crap? 2017 Edition
« Last post by Morvis13 on Today at 11:59:43 AM »
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Forum Games / Re: Fact or Crap? 2017 Edition
« Last post by PANTS! on Today at 11:54:54 AM »

Mon, May 29

Personal fitness trackers worn on the wrist to measure physical activity can also detect pregnancy in the user.
Forum Games / Re: Fact or Crap? 2017 Edition
« Last post by PANTS! on Today at 11:54:31 AM »
Fri, May 26

Matt's mom, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, is a professor emeritus of education, currently writing and lecturing on the subject of early childhood education. 'Mom's' the word!

Rough Week.  No perfect scores this week!

On the upside everyone beat beat the picker at

WeekBoßelMorvis13UnixTechieSwagomaticStarnadoarthwollipotst3classRandom.OrgExpected ValueMax Score

Monthly Scores By Leader

High Pockets816148046
Tassie Dave620008
SkeptiQueer500005 Guesses91210101051
Expected Value91011.5101050.5

Tech Talk / Re: Is the MP3 dead?
« Last post by Mr. Beagle on Today at 11:51:58 AM »
I digitized my large CD collection at the height of the MP3 era and gradually sold off or donated the CDs (Planned Parenthood here has a great book/music sale twice per year).

Fortunately, as we watch MP3 get subsumed by better technology, my ears have declined, so I will be fine, I think. My British Invasion collection still sounds better than the AM radio I first listened on.

Although sometimes audiophiles act like wine snobs. Most people, I think, would fail a "blind taste test" of MP3 vs AAC.
Tech Talk / Re: Is the MP3 dead?
« Last post by Desert Fox on Today at 11:48:45 AM »
Streaming is wonderful except when you are in a place with no, or shitty, cell phone service.

Apple and Spotify both allow you to download music to your device for offline listening.  I believe Apple lets you download up to 100,000 songs.  Spotify has a limit of 3,333 per device.

I was only arguing about streaming specifically. There have been places where I only have 3G service and last time I was in the mountains, I lost all service in places.

Not sure though that MP3 is going anywhere for a while. I believe Windows Media Player converts CDs to MP3 format although not sure if it is just default or the only format they use. There are a lot of people with large CD collections who have them simply converted over to MP3. In fact, I just bought three new albums I converted over to MP3.

Apple seems to accept that with iTunes accepting MP3 format.
Tech Talk / Re: Is the MP3 dead?
« Last post by D4M10N on Today at 11:42:16 AM »
It's my understanding that .aac provides better quality at lower bitrates, so it makes sense that paid commercial streaming services would prefer that format. Meanwhile, mp3 will continue to be widely used in the free software community.

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