Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by azz at 2006-01-15 18:09
Audiophile rubbish of the day.
I have difficulty believing that the people who sell this range of products are actually serious about it -- it seems like a pretty good scam (provided you don't mind your reputation as an engineer being forever ruined, I guess).
From here: "It is also advantageous to place a strip of Silver Rainbow Foil specifically over the word 'disc' (part of the Compact Disc symbol)."
Oh dear, and Stereophile magazine apparently did an article on them.
In which they say things like "The perceptual psychologists' favorite research tool -- the carefully controlled double-blind A/B test -- just doesn't seem to work in audio, except when the perceived differences are so great that A/B comparisons aren't necessary anyway. No one seems sure why."
The scientific method works just fine, Stereophile. The reason you can't use it to detect the effects of audiophile apparatus is because the vast majority of them simply don't exist.
Posted by azz at 2006-01-15 11:56
It's that time of year again -- the MIT Mystery Hunt 2006 is over.
Although they haven't put the answers up yet, and there's no flavortext this year, which makes the puzzles alone somewhat less interesting to read.
Tea for Two and Two for Tea is very neat, though.
Denial is fun too.
Posted by azz at 2006-01-15 01:07
Not safe for work, particularly if your workmates dislike you giggling.