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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

 

http://www.tera-player.com/

 

 

 

 

"pOsh fur-ther technology!"

 

 

 

 

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I bet - deep in the crevices of your collector's mind- you want it, just because it's so...weird looking

 

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I never listened to this band before but wow is this song pretty. I always love these slightly somber, calm songs. They sync with a certain part of my personality really well.
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Originally Posted by mosshorn View Post  lolz. Idk, the fact there are gender colors kind of seems odd....why not just let them choose the color? 0.o 

 

Well, I'm sure they'll let you choose whatever color/pattern you want; it's just that they chose these two colors in the ad to play on our psychologically imprinted idea that girls like pink and guys like black. It serves merely to hammer home the idea that they have gender-differential monitors. I'm sure if you're a guy and you want to order a female-tuned version of the UEVRM, they'd be happy to oblige.

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Come to think about it, Cary SLI-80 also runs on 10 tubes... at least it didn't sound that "tubey" when I listened to it as a headphone amp.

My Cary SLI-80 is one of my favorite amps, but it's finicky with tubes. Right now I have a set in it that were well over half as much as the amp itself. redface.gif (NOS Genalex Gold Lions) Works though, the thing sounds other-worldly, much more neutral and defined.
Edited by Magick Man - 1/24/13 at 9:19pm
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

Speaking of weird....

 

http://www.tera-player.com/

 

 

 

"pOsh fur-ther technology!"

 

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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

I bet - deep in the crevices of your collector's mind- you want it, just because it's so...weird looking

 

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Tbo... I thought the same. ph34r.gif

 

On a slightly more serious note, I have a (non-furry) loaner unit of the Tera Player and it complements the Sennheiser IE800 perfectly. evil_smiley.gif

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http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2013/01/powerful-prose-stored-in-error.html

 

 

 

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It is one of the most iconic speeches of all time, and now it has been immortalised in a very unusual way. A snippet of Martin Luther King's 1963 "I have a dream" speech has been stored in the alphabet of DNA.

Nick Goldman at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Hinxton, UK, and colleagues synthesised DNA to encode an eclectic mix of information in its adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine components. They used these "letters" to record an audio file of 26 seconds of King's speech, all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets, a digital photo of their laboratory and the famous paper in which James Watson and Francis Crick first described the double-helical structure of DNA.

The team built on previous DNA-encoding techniques by adding error correction, allowing content to be retrieved with 100 per cent accuracy.

DNA-based memory is sought after because DNA can last for thousands of years without special storage, other than being somewhere cold, dark and dry. In theory, DNA can encode roughly the capacity of 100 billion DVDs per gram of single-stranded DNA, making it potentially useful for storing the vast amounts of archived data produced by places such as CERN.

 

 

According to Swedish news media, this was stored as an MP3! 

 

 

 

 

...shamelessly stolen from the Andy thread. I'm sure there are better ones to use in that thread. Main point was that as audiophiles, head-fiers are not impressed with this new concept of storing data.

 

TBH though, that was a pretty damn cool idea. 

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When the world is a hollowed-out shell and the surviving mutant humans have long since fled to some distant, rickety space station complex orbiting one of Jupiter's moons, a group of alien sojourners will stop by the backwater planet Earth and discover a research lab buried beneath the rubble. Inside they'll find a self-contained cryovessle whose backup systems haven't yet failed. Cracking it open, they'll see the DNA modules ready to be scanned for the first time in thousands of years.

 

*sequencing*

 

"I have a dream...."

 

The visitors sit by idly listening to the 26 seconds run their course, Dr. King's voice echoing through the laboratory like a disembodied phantasm. After a moment of silence, they look at one another.

 

And then laugh.

 

Never before had they experience sound quality so... good. They laugh from amazement, much like early human beings did when seeing they could harness fire on a whim. One of the figures clutches the module protectively as the group leaves. They board their spaceship:

 

 

 

 

*woooooshhhh*

 

... convinced they'd already witnesses the highlight of their trip.


Edited by MuppetFace - 1/25/13 at 2:05am
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That's actually pretty impressive. 470 billion gigabytes is kind of a lot for 1 gram of storage.

470,000,000,000 gigabytes
458,984,375 terabytes
448,226.9287109375 petabytes
437.7216100692 exabytes
0.4274625098 zettabytes

Considering the largest commercial hard drives are 4TB and weigh around 700 grams, this is pretty astonishing.

4TB per 700g is .0057TB per gram compared to 458,984,375TB per gram for the DNA method. A factor of 80,523,574,561 to 1 versus the best commercially available storage currently. It's slightly better. 80 billion times better. A disc with the density of DNA storage but the capacity of a standard DVD (4.7GB) would be .00000000019 times it's size or instead of 4.72 inches wide, only .00000000093 inches wide. For your information 1 nanometer is .000000039 inches, or almost 42 times larger than that DVD would be. By the way, an atom is between .1 and .5 nanometers in length. This micro sized DVD would be between 4 and 21 times smaller than an atom.
Edited by Maxvla - 1/25/13 at 2:26am
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So did anybody here heard about the Dead Island zombie bust uproar? 

I'm still trying to come up with any opinion on it other than "meh seen it" and "lol that's pretty stupid of them", even after a week or so since I first heard about this.

 

Props to them for figuring out a way to combine sexual objectification and the promotion of violence toward women in one slick package.

 

Seriously though, I have a hard time believing it wasn't totally planned anyway. Controversy gets people thinking about their boring game again (and yes, I have the original Dead Island and thought it was boring).

 

 


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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

 

I bet - deep in the crevices of your collector's mind- you want it, just because it's so...weird looking

 

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It's right there on the surface of my mind: I want it because it's so weird looking. No problem admitting that!

 

 


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UERM, UEPRM, UEVRM... Vocal Reference Monitors... anyone find it unnecessary that they made the female version pink?

 

 

 

Usually I catch stuff like that right off the bat, but this time I saw the pretty pink faceplate and just kinda zoned out and said to myself "too bad I'm not a vocalist."

 

I need to get a UERM / UEPRM and pair it with the pOsh fur-ther Tera and a small dog.


Edited by MuppetFace - 1/25/13 at 2:22am
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

When the world is a hollowed-out shell and the surviving mutant humans have long since fled to some distant, rickety space station complex orbiting one of Jupiter's moons, a group of alien sojourners will stop by the backwater planet Earth and discover a research lab buried beneath the rubble. Inside they'll find a self-contained cryovessle whose backup systems haven't yet failed. Cracking it open, they'll see the DNA modules ready to be scanned for the first time in thousands of years.

 

*sequencing*

 

"I have a dream...."

 

The visitors sit by idly listening to the 26 seconds run their course, Dr. King's voice echoing through the laboratory like a disembodied phantasm. After a moment of silence, they look at one another.

 

And then laugh.

 

Never before had they experience sound quality so... good. They laugh from amazement, much like early human beings did when seeing they could harness fire on a whim. One of the figures clutches the module protectively as the group leaves. They board their spaceship:

 

 

 

 

*woooooshhhh*

 

... convinced they'd already witnesses the highlight of their trip.

 

This story kinda reminds me of 2112 by Rush... when people of the distant, culturally devoid dystopian future rediscover the magic of good ol' music of the 20th century. redface.gif

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Props to them for figuring out a way to combine sexual objectification and the promotion of violence toward women in one slick package.



 



Seriously though, I have a hard time believing it wasn't totally planned anyway. Controversy gets people thinking about their boring game again (and yes, I have the original Dead Island and thought it was boring).






Ok...

Hmm. I'm going to agree that this is also planned, but it didn't turn out exactly how they planned it. I guess the problem I'm having (or rather not having) a hard time with this is that this is so prevalent in anime/manga. Well not the mutilation part (even if I have seen my fair share of it), but the objectification part. It always irks me to no end though, but throwing a tantrum about it (for anime at least) is akin to adding salt to the sea. (a translated local saying).

There was also a lot of claims how misogynistic this is, and I agree. But one thing I'm confused about is that why don't people throw up their arms when it's about other media? (TV, music, etc.) It's as if gaming, recently, seem to be the scapegoat for almost everything.

I'll be honest here and say that probably my social upbringing is a barrier of understanding most of the issues here, but I'm genuinely want to learn more about this kinds of thing (of why/how it's bad etc.).
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This morning I listened to Jacula's Tardo Pede In Magiam Versus for the first time in many years.

 

Ah, Jacula. Now there was an unusual group. Taken from Wikipedia:

 

 

"Jacula is an Italian progressive rock band founded in 1968 in Milan as an experiment by Antonio Bartoccetti, Doris Norton (also known as Fiamma Dello Spirito), organist Charles Tiring and medium Franz Porthenzy. Jacula's music was considered innovative for the time in progressive circles but considered dark and strange by most fans and analysts of the genre, especially in an era that included the development of groups such as Pink Floyd, Genesis and Gentle Giant, bands which were the basis of the new progressive rock scene. Because the band was experimental, and had been labeled by founder Antonio Bartoccetti as a youth mistake, Jacula's discography is relatively small."
 

There's something altogether wonderful about including a psychic medium in your band, not tasked with playing any musical instrument mind you, but rather to help in communing with the spirits who inhabit the abandoned castle in which you're recording your album (and listed in the credits as such). 

 
Perhaps it's a bit predictable to call Jacula's music haunting, then. Really though I'm hard-pressed to think of a better descriptor, and I don't mean hauntingly beautiful or something of that nature either. I mean skeletons on stone pedestals with archaic daggers left in their ribcages, goblets with mist billowing out of them, cobwebs inhabited by spiders with the faces of cranky little children. Listening to their more intense compositions, I feel like I'm witnessing some perverse and forbidden ritual. Only there's also this element of camp to it all... a sort of Dark Shadows at-its-most-sincere vibe. Still, there's a danger which underlies even the most overt of aspects of it, a certain genuine intent one gets when watching a Dario Argento film. The Italians do this so well. It's like that gag where someone says something threatening and then laughs, adding "but not really." Only to add a hushed, sober "okay, really" a moment later.
 
The track that always gets to me most is "Jacula Valzer."
 
 
It's less occult ritual and more haunted house. However there's something genuinely otherworldly about it. Like, in their other compositions it sounds as though they're trying to break through the veil to the other side. Here it sounds like they managed to do it for just a moment---an instant that simply couldn't be recorded---and now the listener is left with the after effects. We've shown up late to the party as the spirit guests are leaving.
 
I see a very large, formal entryway leading into a great hall. Sort of like the haunted house at Walt Disney World. Tall, narrow windows with long billowing curtains cast spectral wisps through the air in slow motion. The chandelier swings from side-to-side in dreary succession. The translucent murmur of a ghostly couple hand-in-hand slowdances through the air, turning and advancing in a gently seamless glide. Sort of like those waltzing ghosts in Castlevania.
 
As the track progresses, you hear some... unidentified weirdness... in the background. A certain unease. Chaos. It grows, but it's never at the forefront. It's never truly apparent, proving again that it's often what you can't see that's most disturbing. One almost gets the sense that the ghostly waltz is a facade meant to lure the weak in resolve to their certain doom.
 
Thank you, Jacula.
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Ok...

Hmm. I'm going to agree that this is also planned, but it didn't turn out exactly how they planned it. I guess the problem I'm having (or rather not having) a hard time with this is that this is so prevalent in anime/manga. Well not the mutilation part (even if I have seen my fair share of it), but the objectification part. It always irks me to no end though, but throwing a tantrum about it (for anime at least) is akin to adding salt to the sea. (a translated local saying).

There was also a lot of claims how misogynistic this is, and I agree. But one thing I'm confused about is that why don't people throw up their arms when it's about other media? (TV, music, etc.) It's as if gaming, recently, seem to be the scapegoat for almost everything.

I'll be honest here and say that probably my social upbringing is a barrier of understanding most of the issues here, but I'm genuinely want to learn more about this kinds of thing (of why/how it's bad etc.).

 

 

Well, to my knowledge, people do throw up their arms about other media. It really depends on where you look. Go to any feminist blog, and you'll find articles about not just videogames, but music, film, literature, etc. As for why videogames becomes such a focus on the Internet and mainstream news media... well, it's sensationalism. Videogames aren't as popular a target as they once were now that they've been around for a while and have been integrated into society more. The imagine of a gamer is no longer just some nerdy white boy in his parents' basement. It's expanded.

 

But there's still an aspect of sensationalism to it in popular news because relative to those other forms of media, videogames are the newest still and the least understood by the press. It's also why you see so much news coverage of "cyberbullying" on the Internet. The Internet is still some nebulous scary thing to a lot of people outside of the Internet, and inside the Internet it's simply more relevant to folks. Like "local" news. Once you start looking online too, you'll find more rants about videogames because that's just more a part of online culture. The two go hand-in-hand.

 

I do see a reason to focus on videogames when it comes to misogyny, however. Younger people are playing games, and in the case of young males they develop some of their mental schema about the opposite sex through the way they're depicted therein. With female gamers, it's detrimental to how they view themselves.

 

I like videogames and anime, but most of the time women are treated in a downright repulsive manner in both. Of course, you and I know that there's a diverse set of both, and that it's a generalization. There are plenty of strong female characters in videogames and anime. But let's be honest: the former seems to happen more in both relative to other forms of entertainment, doesn't it? It seems that way to me at least.

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That's actually pretty impressive. 470 billion gigabytes is kind of a lot for 1 gram of storage.

 

What I always wonder about when I see stories like this are the details of the implementation: What is the throughput on write and read, what is the failure rate on writes and reads, how large and efficient is the system around the storage device...

 

The last is particularly is relevant to max's comparison: A hard drive is a complete write/store/read system, but the DNA strand is only the storage. A fairer comparison would be the weight of the magnetic material on the platter surface (the substrate is just a carrier, in the way the agar slate or whatnot is only the carrier of that DNA strand), and I'm guessing we're actually already storing 4TB on less than a gram of media -- but that media is almost valueless and incredibly difficult to use without a properly rigid substrate, motorized access system, servo-driven read/write, relevant electronics and secure housing.

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This is rather weird.....yesterday tracking on my CLAS indicated it had left the sort facility in Montana which is where TTVJ is based. Montana butts up against the Canadian boarder one province over from where I live which means if it had been sent over the boarder from Montana the CLAS would probably be in my city sometime tomorrow afternoon at the very latest. Instead according to the latest tracking it left Montana yesterday and this afternoon was processed through a sort facility in.... freaking California?!?!?!?! USPS took a package in Montana addressed for Canada and sent it all the way to the other side of the US only to send it right back north again?!?! How screwed up is that?

 

It has to go through customs. FedEx, UPS and USPS each have sorting facilities set up for international shipments in arbitrary places. For the shipping company it's cheaper to make your package travel a few thousand extra miles than to install the appropriate equipment and contract for customs inspectors at regional shipping depots.

 

If your CLAS had been shipped FedEx, it would have gone through Tennessee. For UPS, I wouldn't be surprised if it would reach you via Alaska.

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