Posts by Moz

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Mixed Blessings,

    http://www.theguardian.com/music/video/2015/jul/03/briggs-children-came-back-gurrumul-archie-roach-hip-hop-video
    Todays gem from The Guardian. They offer an iframe embed that doesn't work, sorry.

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…, in reply to BenWilson,

    people confuse problems in the underlying level of sampling with micro-dropouts and blockiness due to data streams, disks, memory and algorithms not keeping up with the speed.

    Surely the solution there is to use dedicated decoding hardware in the phone and local storage? Or at least a bigger buffer - there's no reason I can see not to have ~30s of music in RAM. That's what most Android phones seem to do, there's a sub $2 audio chip that decodes most of the free formats as well as mp3 and it seems they've all decided to whack it in there. Making it rare to find and Android phone that won't play ogg, flac and all the rest.

    I haven't actually tried to play 24/96 WAV, but allegedly my phone can do that. Crazy people can apparently stream lossless 24/192 at 4Mb/s which should unpack to about 10Mb/s (24 bits stereo = 48 bits* 192kHz = 9216kb/s) and a class 10 SD or uSD card can (just) do that.

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  • Speaker: Gay marriage, weed, and death…, in reply to Moz,

    on a less happy note, in Australia

    ... the christian wrong are using the threat of polyamory as a reason to oppose gay marriage. At least it's a backdown from the threat of beastiality.
    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jul/02/tony-abbott-digs-in-to-frustrate-any-posibillity-of-same-sex-marriage-vote

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  • Envirologue: Making a Killing – New…, in reply to Dave Hansford,

    So fishing boats are taking food from the mouths of starving sea lion babies. Hooray, we have an economy!

    The sea lion population at the Auckland Islands appears to be in freefall

    Isn't this the only measure that counts? People can waffle about anti-kill devices and fishery health, but what we're actually trying to acheive is a decent population of sea lions. So we should measure that and manage the fishery to get the outcome we want.

    The economists like to talk about "revealed preferences". Ignore the mouth noises, look at what people actually do. In this case, accepting that the needs of the economy simetimes create externalities that need to be managed but luckily cheap mouth noises can do most of that.

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  • Speaker: Gay marriage, weed, and death…, in reply to Craig Young,

    Thanks Craig, I know there are a lot of people like you who do care about equality.

    I suspect given what happened in the case of monogamous gay marriage equality and same-sex parenting,

    Yes, time. But those kids exist now, and have done for a long time. Plus we have a huge number of blended families now, making the argument that "every child must have exactly one mummy and exactly one daddy, forever" seem possibly even stupider than I made it sound. NZ has a fair bit of experience with "more than two" families, if we choose to look for it.

    And on a less happy note, in Australia we're apparently still discussing whether right wing MPs should be allowed consciences. Unfortunately that is limited to the issue of gay marriage rather than more important stuff like whether rape camps for refugees are good (the right wing position), "our leader has problems" (Labour) or bad (The Greens)

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  • Speaker: Gay marriage, weed, and death…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It’s been a little irksome seeing some queer activists dismissing marriage equality.

    Come on Russell, give it a break. Let the monogamous monosexuals run round congratulating themselves on being progressive and liberal while pretending that there are no problems with marriage as it now is. How can you be so mean as to bring up this subject now, when we should be celebrating the amazingness of slightly expanding the legal definition of marriage? Marriage equality can wait, we have gay marriage and it's Faaabulous!

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…,

    You're not selling me on the iSuck experience, Russell. I'm waiting for a 256GB uSD card to arrive so I can reconvert my FLAC to higher quality ogg than is currently on my phone. That way I can have almost my whole library available, this time at a quality I can't distinguish from the FLAC (limitations of the phone). Luckily my music library is growing more slowly than the increase in phone memory. Well, non-Apple phone memory, anyway.

    In Australia, that 256GB card will cost me the difference between my current data plan and a 6GB/mo plan for nearly 4 months. Streaming FLAC 6GB is only about 10 hours of music. I listen to that most days... the economics just aren't there. I'd rather pay musicians for music anyway, rather than piddle for each stream and salaries for the parasites.

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  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I used to love singing "turn off the sun, turn off the sun, darken the world, no radia-shun" at anti-nuclear rallies. I met some STEM geeks with great senses of humour doing that. And attracted some blank looks from... um... non-STEM people.

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  • Speaker: Government votes not to improve…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Parliaments with five times as many members work fine (and there is a good argument that the less "efficent" parliament is, the better the laws that come out).

    I fear that in NZ that might just push the quality of representatives down. We would probably still have the same number of good and excellent MPs, we might even gain one or two from minor parties, but there's a population effect to consider. Given 5 million people, how many excellent representatives can we expect? And given the learning experiences available in a population that size, how much can we expect them to develop over time?

    This is another one of those "how big should our Olympic team be" and "how many global pop stars should we expect" questions. Just because we once managed 50 medal winners in an Olympic team does not mean that we should always send at least 50...

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  • Access: Zero,

    This is pretty interesting, nice popsci take on some potentiall mainstream research: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/magazine/can-the-bacteria-in-your-gut-explain-your-mood.html?_r=0

    Mazmanian knew the results offered only a provisional explanation for why restrictive diets and antibacterial treatments seemed to help some children with autism: Altering the microbial composition might be changing the permeability of the intestine. ‘‘The larger concept is, and this is pure speculation: Is a disease like autism really a disease of the brain or maybe a disease of the gut or some other aspect of physiology?’’ Mazmanian said. For any disease in which such a link could be proved, he saw a future in drugs derived from these small molecules found inside microbes.

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