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Tech Talk / Re: Is the MP3 dead?
« Last post by The Latinist on Today at 11:33:47 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.
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Tech Talk / Re: Is the MP3 dead?
« Last post by The Latinist on Today at 11:29:29 AM »
Wouldn't expiration of patents just make it easier to implement?

Certainly it would.  But allowing the patents to expire could also be an indicator that the patent holder no longer thinks there is profit to be had in it.  Certainly Fraunhofer is pushing AAC (a codec they still own) hard as the future of audio, and it seems to be the most popular choice for commercial music services.
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Tech Talk / Re: Is the MP3 dead?
« Last post by Desert Fox on Today at 11:27:26 AM »
Streaming is wonderful except when you are in a place with no, or shitty, cell phone service.
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Tech Talk / Re: Is the MP3 dead?
« Last post by D4M10N on Today at 11:20:41 AM »
Wouldn't expiration of patents just make it easier to implement?

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Tech Talk / Is the MP3 dead?
« Last post by The Latinist on Today at 11:16:49 AM »
With the news that Fraunhofer has allowed its patents on the MP3 file format to expire, media outlets were quick to jump on the bandwagon and declare the MP3 "dead."  So I wondered what format most of us still store and listen to our music in.  Since many people are switching to streaming services, I've indicated the major streaming services that use each codec in parentheses.
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TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by daniel1948 on Today at 10:55:03 AM »
Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children. 8/10. I quite liked it. I was a bit concerned going in because of all the posts above lambasting Tim Burton's recent work. Guess I disagree with those posts.

Even though I was never the biggest Burton fan, I frankly don't get the hate for Burton( or Depp)'s work at all, but it seems to be in vogue to hate them nowadays.

I don't think anyone hates Burton, he has just been taken a few notches down from the "genious filmmaker" post that he occupied in common perception, despite his very mixed and often disappointing filmography.

As for Depp, he is a complete trainwreck these days, who has been phoning in all of his performances for many years now. He is also a sleazy wife-beating alcoholic scumbag who should never ever be employed again.

I never thought Burton was a genius. But I cannot think of a film of his that I didn't enjoy quite a lot. Caveat: I might have missed many of his films.

As for Depp, a tiny bit of googling turned up widely differing opinions on his character. From "horrible wife beater" to "it never happened." I have no idea what to believe. I enjoy most of his performances, though not all. At his best I think he's outstanding. At his worst I think he's kind of dull. Again, I've probably not seen all his movies. I loved his Captain Jack, even though each movie in the franchise was less enjoyable than the one before. I didn't care for him at all in Fear & Loathing, or the supposedly historical one where he's a mobster.
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TV & Movies / Re: Alien Covenant (Spoilers)
« Last post by mindme on Today at 10:33:41 AM »
I'm sort of the opposite. I liked this movie more than Prometheus. I can excuse space jocks for not being trained biologists and doing some dumb things.
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Is the SGU a bigger outlet than JREF?

Hell yes. By a factor of hundreds of thousands.

So the JREF is just one guy?

James Randi and no one else.






;)
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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: [US] Child Marriage
« Last post by superdave on Today at 09:16:23 AM »
I wonder how often 11 yo boys get married to 20 yo women. 

No I don't.  I bet its never.
Pretty sure I saw this on one of those gross 90s talk shows, so it does happen though much more rarely

Even the extreme Orthodox Jews typically at least wait till 18 or 19 to get married. I can't possibly fathom any circumstances in which someone still, or not yet, in highschool should get married to anyone, let alone a rapist.
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TV & Movies / Re: Alien Covenant (Spoilers)
« Last post by xenu on Today at 08:56:26 AM »
I hated this movie more then promotheus. It made promotheus look ok. The plot was brutal. The story line was so telegraphed that it left nothing to the imagination. My wife really looked forward to seeing this and hated it more then I did. Daniels was the only part that I liked.
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