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    What to do about the ABX test?

    Seems increased commentary in recent weeks about ABX tests. Much of it stemming from people who come to ASR to set us straight about trusting our ears. I do agree with some who have said that calls for ABX or it didn’t happen have become almost like a club to beat people over the head with, and...
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    The Peripheral on Amazon Video

    Watched the 1st episode. Two are available now. One a week after that. An adaptation of the William Gibson novel. I've read many of his novels, but not this one. My guess is the series on Amazon isn't as good, detailed or satisfying as the book. However, not having known the book the 1st...
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    Quantum entangled communication encryption keys via satellite.

    https://www.space.com/europe-quantum-encryption-satellite-planned Soon Europe plans to distribute quantum encrypted keys via satellite for secure communications. I'd heard talk of it before, but didn't know they planned to do it so soon. Also didn't know China already sent one up 6 years ago...
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    Is consciousness an episodic memory system for interacting with reality?

    https://thedebrief.org/is-consciousness-really-a-memory-system-for-our-interactions-with-reality-new-research-says-maybe/ Short version. You can download the full article here and it actually is much more interesting...
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    The Old Man

    If you've not seen the FX series the Old Man it is very much worth watching. Main characters are played by John Lithgow and Jeff Bridges. Exceptionally well done. Lithgow and Bridges are old CIA operatives. Bridges has been off grid after years in the middle east where he stole away the...
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    Aliasing, imaging and upsampling a real example.

    A couple of clarifications. Aliasing is when content above the Nyquist frequency (half the sampling rate) is folded back down into the recording by an ADC. Imaging is when content below the Nyquist frequency shows up mirror imaged above the Nyquist frequency during playback by a DAC. So what...
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    Spurious correlations...fun with statistics.

    https://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations Some pretty funny correlations here. The top one is USA Spending on Science, Space and technology has 99.79% correlation with Suicides by hanging, strangling and suffocation.
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    McIntosh LB200 lightbox for only $1500.........Not kidding.

    In case you missed it, the McIntosh LB200 light box. A box, mostly empty, with LEDs. Can be turned on and off by other Mac components. Oh, this will only cost you $1500. If anyone buys one, please send it in to Amir for "review". I missed it but this replaces an earlier version the LB100...
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    Dark Winds

    https://www.amcplus.com/pages/dark-winds https://www.amc.com/shows/dark-winds--1053387 I've seen the first two episodes and it looks pretty good so far. Set in 1971 on an Arizona Indian reservation. Interestingly, the executive producers are George R.R. Martin and Robert Redford. The 2nd...
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    Amazon starts drone delivery of packages.

    https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/transportation/amazon-prime-air-prepares-for-drone-deliveries What could go wrong????? I wonder if it helps to put a net up in the yard to snag the package or would it snag the drone instead? Will these fly under my porch so the package is not left out in the...
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    Neat optical illusion

    Explanation of this relatively new optical illusion. https://blog.frontiersin.org/2022/06/01/frontiers-human-neuroscience-expanding-hole-illusion/
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    For Linux users, what is your favorite Desktop environment, and Distro?

    So myself, I prefer KDE (Kool Desktop Environment). They were on KDE v2.x something when I first encountered it. A close second would be the Cinnamon desktop for Mint. As for distros, I've of course dabbled with many, and used various for special purposes. The very first one I used was...
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    Mercedes assume legal liabilities when car self drives.

    https://insideevs.com/news/575160/mercedes-accepts-legal-responsibility-drive-pilot/ Level 3 self driving. Driver can amuse themselves and MB has it covered if a crash happens.
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    Worst academic writing of the year award.

    https://whyevolutionistrue.com/2022/02/16/bad-academic-writing-of-the-year-award/ Wow! Try and read a few paragraphs of this paper. We don't need to discuss any politics or anything of some of the topics mentioned. Just look at the writing and try to comprehend what the heck these paragraphs...
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    MotoGp to have immersive audio for broadcasts.

    https://www.prosoundweb.com/dorna-sports-confirms-audio-technica-8-0-microphone-concept-for-motogp-immersive-audio-remote-production/ Immersive audio for MotoGP broadcasts. Using 8 microphones.
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    Excuse me while I kiss this guy......what is a mondegreen?

    https://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/science-misheard-lyrics-mondegreens I of course know of many such lyric mis-hearings, but didn't know there was a name for it. Mondegreens are like the Jimi Hendrix lyric often heard as Excuse me while I kiss this guy when it is actually Excuse...
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    Blind listening test of speakers......what went wrong?

    https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Audio/Stereophile/90s/Stereophile-1993-09.pdf Starts on page 107. A bit hard to read, but I couldn't find it on the Stereophile web site. Vandersteen 2CE were given as a reference to judge against. Arbitrarily given a score of 5. Everything else...
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    Mark Levinson ML50 50th anniversary amps

    Didn't want any of you guys to miss out. Just announced at the CES. 50th anniversary amps priced at a somewhat unsurprising $50,000 a pair. https://www.stereonet.com/uk/news/mark-levinson-ml-50-limited-edition-amplifiers-launched-at-ces-2022 @amirm are you going to measure it, with your...
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    1883 Yellowstone.........

    Anyone else watching this show? A pre-quel to Yellowstone. I thought Yellowstone was good, but a bit over the top too often. I only sometimes watch it. I however have been very much enjoying 1883. I loved the opening scene in episode 1, and it only means more after you've seen the first...
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    Finally, music we can buy in 768 khz sampling rates.

    Yes, proper 768 khz music. From Sound Liason which does make very high quality recordings. I'm not aware of commercial offerings at this rate before though maybe I just missed a few. Alas it is only 24 bit instead of proper 32 bit recording...
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