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Any form of threatening, harassing, or violence / physical harm towards anyone will result in a ban
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Got a tech question or want to discuss tech? Weekly /r/Technology Tech Support / General Discussion Thread
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Man sues Microsoft seeking new copy of Windows 7 after forced Windows 10 upgrade
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Trump Can’t Save Coal: More Capacity Closed Already in 2018 Than in Obama’s Entire First Term - “Beautiful, clean coal” is not seeing a resurgence, despite what the president claims.
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Samsung unveils world’s largest SSD with whopping 30TB of storage. It’s the most memory ever crammed into a 2.5-inch form factor — enough to store 5,700 full HD movies
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Trump Wants to Cut Funding for Clean Energy Research In Half - Meanwhile, China, India and the European Union aim to double funding for clean energy R&D.
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U.S. Copyright Office considering exemption for abandoned online games
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Bad News: the game researchers hope will 'vaccinate' public against fake news - Aim is for players to build a fake news empire, which researchers hope will expose propaganda tactics
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Facebook appears Russia’s biggest useful idiot in Vladimir Putin’s bold war
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It's past time to end the debate on whether video games trigger real-world violence. There is no evidence to support these claims that violent media and real-world violence are connected.
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Steven Seagal has a cryptocurrency now. It's bad
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Google discloses Microsoft Edge security flaw before a patch is ready. Microsoft probably won’t be happy, again
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Falcon Heavy May Have Drastically Increased The Number Of Asteroids We Can Mine
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Popular Flight Simulator company stealing Chrome passwords for "anti-piracy measures"
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The More Gender Equality, the Fewer Women in STEM A new study explores a strange paradox: In countries that empower women, they are less likely to choose math and science professions.
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Can’t get new lungs? Try refurbished ones instead.
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Deep neural networks are more accurate than humans at detecting sexual orientation from facial images
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After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced
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Swedish ISP now offers 10Gbit/s for under 40$!
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Apple updates all its operating systems to address Indian Telugu crash
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South Korean Cryptocurrency Regulator Found Dead at Home
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AI To Work Together With Humans, Collaboration To Solve Tricky Problems
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Does anyone know a good course/textbook/study guide?
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Flight-sim devs say hidden password-dump tool was used to fight pirates
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Add-on clip turns smartphone into fully operational microscope
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Windows Phone 7 and 8.0 devices will no longer receive push notifications
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When AI Steers Us Astray - A new debugging tool can pinpoint errors that cause neural networks to make mistakes
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Amazon’s Prime Rewards Visa cardholders now get 5% back at Whole Foods if they pay for Prime
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Algorithmic zoning could be the answer to cheaper housing and more equitable cities
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I just realize cellphone and internet service in US are much worse than Vietnam
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Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes
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Two US grocery chains are on the verge of bankruptcy as Amazon moves in
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Unconventional superconductor may be used to create quantum computers of the future
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Connected Cars Will Run on Your Personal Data - US privacy laws aren’t keeping up.
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Exclusive: Amazon paid $90 million for camera maker's chip technology
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Tim Armstrong: People need to vote on net neutrality
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Why even a moth’s brain is smarter than an AI: A neural network that simulates the way moths recognize odors also shows how they learn so much faster than machines
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Plans drawn up for world's tallest wooden skyscraper
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APT37: Inside the Toolset of an Elite North Korean Hacker Group
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China’s Search Engine Giant Baidu Will Make Driverless Minibus by August 2018, Says Robin Li
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Trump seeks clean energy cuts, $2 billion nuclear spending boost for Energy Dept.
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The CIA secret on the ocean floor
24 chudaism Audio quality and sound is one of the most subjective things out there and is highly susceptible to the placebo affect. There have been a few tests which compare expensive equipment to cheaper equipment to illustrate this. In the sighted test, expensive equipment generally always scored better than the cheaper stuff. Blind tests would show significantly different results. In the case of the homepod, this isn't something just relegated to Apple. It is essentially an industry wide issue that the audio community deals with. There is a decent argument that the placebo effect is the main reason super high end audio even exists.
19 Enlogen >There was near-unanimous consensus among seasoned journalists When did we start thinking of journalists as experts in anything? Journalists should be reporting the opinion of experts, not trying to apply their own judgement directly.
7 NoelTrotsky Thanks for the more balanced info. Not a surprise of course but good to see. It's amazing that the tester even after conducting the blind test still rates the apple speaker best.
8 mingy Wait - you think these are journalists? They are writers. Writers who need to be able to write about Apple products. If they write that Apple products aren't the best thing ever, chances are they won't be invited to Apple events in the future. Besides, audio reviews are all pretty much bullshit. People's hearing is pretty bad. I had a friend who freelanced for an audio magazine. I read a "review" of a fancy new CD player (this was 20 years ago) which talked about the "colour" of the music. I asked him if he knew that was bullshit. He laughed and said of course he did, but his job was to tell stories about products.
2 CapsaicinKing > It really makes you wonder about the extent that marketing can influence even educated journalists who make their living on their ability to assess tech objectively. That's your logical fallacy right there. "Journalists" are neither 'educated' nor objective. If they were educated, they would have a real job. If they were objective, they'd lose their "Journalism" job because objectivity doesn't result in clicks. Which results in money for their bosses.
1 the-blue-falcon Ever since Steve Jobs got rich on Wozniack's invention, all Apple has been is a good marketer. They make ok products or rip them off from others and market them at a higher price than needed, and media falls for it every time.
1 ___cats___ Interesting stuff, and good write up, but as others have said, sound is so subjective person-to-person. For instance, I think my car stereo sounds as good as my wife's - or at least good enough that the cost isn't justified. I have a base model stereo with 4 speakers with SRS CS Auto and she has a 576w equivalent 12 speaker Harmon/Kardon.
2 chibistarship Apple has gone down the toilet since Steve Jobs died. Their products have been getting worse and worse. It sucks because the Macbook Air is still my favorite laptop and I'm worried that Apple will ruin it like they did the Macbook and Macbook Pro.
0 portnux I find these arguments to be far less than compelling. Tastes in sound is highly subjective, an acquaintance of mine years ago had a fairly powerful audio system in his car, with a graphic equalizer. He set is with the first slider (bass) to max, all of the others to zero, volume all the way up. I assume if he were to select an audio device to be “the best” it would certainly not be my choice. Personally, I like everything fairly level, any adjustment would be to tweak the highs a bit. My thought is that comparisons would be akin to asking a dozen random strangers “what is the best shoe size”.
24 0 chudaism Audio quality and sound is one of the most subjective things out there and is highly susceptible to the placebo affect. There have been a few tests which compare expensive equipment to cheaper equipment to illustrate this. In the sighted test, expensive equipment generally always scored better than the cheaper stuff. Blind tests would show significantly different results. In the case of the homepod, this isn't something just relegated to Apple. It is essentially an industry wide issue that the audio community deals with. There is a decent argument that the placebo effect is the main reason super high end audio even exists.
21 0 Enlogen >There was near-unanimous consensus among seasoned journalists When did we start thinking of journalists as experts in anything? Journalists should be reporting the opinion of experts, not trying to apply their own judgement directly.
8 0 NoelTrotsky Thanks for the more balanced info. Not a surprise of course but good to see. It's amazing that the tester even after conducting the blind test still rates the apple speaker best.
10 0 mingy Wait - you think these are journalists? They are writers. Writers who need to be able to write about Apple products. If they write that Apple products aren't the best thing ever, chances are they won't be invited to Apple events in the future. Besides, audio reviews are all pretty much bullshit. People's hearing is pretty bad. I had a friend who freelanced for an audio magazine. I read a "review" of a fancy new CD player (this was 20 years ago) which talked about the "colour" of the music. I asked him if he knew that was bullshit. He laughed and said of course he did, but his job was to tell stories about products.
3 0 CapsaicinKing > It really makes you wonder about the extent that marketing can influence even educated journalists who make their living on their ability to assess tech objectively. That's your logical fallacy right there. "Journalists" are neither 'educated' nor objective. If they were educated, they would have a real job. If they were objective, they'd lose their "Journalism" job because objectivity doesn't result in clicks. Which results in money for their bosses.
1 0 the-blue-falcon Ever since Steve Jobs got rich on Wozniack's invention, all Apple has been is a good marketer. They make ok products or rip them off from others and market them at a higher price than needed, and media falls for it every time.
1 0 ___cats___ Interesting stuff, and good write up, but as others have said, sound is so subjective person-to-person. For instance, I think my car stereo sounds as good as my wife's - or at least good enough that the cost isn't justified. I have a base model stereo with 4 speakers with SRS CS Auto and she has a 576w equivalent 12 speaker Harmon/Kardon.
1 0 chibistarship Apple has gone down the toilet since Steve Jobs died. Their products have been getting worse and worse. It sucks because the Macbook Air is still my favorite laptop and I'm worried that Apple will ruin it like they did the Macbook and Macbook Pro.
-2 0 portnux I find these arguments to be far less than compelling. Tastes in sound is highly subjective, an acquaintance of mine years ago had a fairly powerful audio system in his car, with a graphic equalizer. He set is with the first slider (bass) to max, all of the others to zero, volume all the way up. I assume if he were to select an audio device to be “the best” it would certainly not be my choice. Personally, I like everything fairly level, any adjustment would be to tweak the highs a bit. My thought is that comparisons would be akin to asking a dozen random strangers “what is the best shoe size”.