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  • Why Vinyl Sounds Better Than CD, Or Not

    08/29/2015 1:06:53 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 95 replies
    SCIENCE FRIDAY, NPR ^ | February 10, 2012 1:00 PM ET | John Dankosky
    JOHN DANKOSKY, HOST: Up next: how to tell your CD from your MP3, from your AAC. But first, let's start with the LP. When I was a kid, music took up a lot of room - not in your hard drive, but in your life. Being an audiophile meant devoting shelves and shelves and shelves and shelves to your album collection. And when you moved out of your parents' house, out of your first apartment, you hauled milk crates filled with your music collection onto your next life. And these days, most of us probably get our music in the...
  • 5th grader finds Dead Kennedys CD at school library. Writes diary entry about it

    09/19/2014 9:19:08 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 38 replies ^ | 18SEP2014 | 5th Grader
  • How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever

    08/26/2014 9:52:12 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | August 18, 2014 5:21 PM ET | Laura Sydell
    Many institutions have their archives stored on CDs — but the discs aren't as stable as once thought. There is no average life span for a CD, says preservationist Michele Youket, "because there is no average disc." --- Back in the 1990s, historical societies, museums and symphonies across the country began transferring all kinds of information onto what was thought to be a very durable medium: the compact disc. Now, preservationists are worried that a lot of key information stored on CDs — from sound recordings to public records — is going to disappear. Some of those little silver discs...
  • Will the CDC's Bird Flu Vaccine Work if the Virus Mutates?

    04/06/2013 3:07:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | 05 April 2013 Time: 05:10 PM ET | Rachael Rettner
    On Thursday (April 4), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it had begun work on a vaccine against H7N9, a new bird-flu virus causing illness in China. So far, health officials have reported that 16 people have become sick with the virus, six of whom died. Currently, the virus does not appear to spread between people. The CDC plans to "build" the virus to use it in its vaccine, rather than wait for a sample to ship from China, the New York Times reported. Using the H7N9 genetic sequence as a blueprint, CDC researchers will synthesize genes...
  • FDIC Notice of Coverage Expiration For Noninterest-Bearing Accounts

    12/03/2012 1:44:49 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 7 replies ^ | Effective Jan 1
    Snip... For example, if after the expiration of the Dodd-Frank Deposit Insurance Provision a depositor under the single ownership category has $500,000 deposited in a noninterest-bearing transaction account and $250,000 deposited in a certificate of deposit, or total deposits of $750,000, the depositor would be insured for up to $250,000 and uninsured for the remaining balance of $500,000. ...Snip
  • Derivative CDs Tempt Savers as Banks Reap Fees

    02/16/2012 9:05:52 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 5 replies ^ | Feb 14, 2012 | By Matt Robinson
    A gray-haired woman picking a flower with a young girl adorns the cover of an HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) brochure that promises investors both “the growth of the market” and “the security of FDIC Insurance.” By tying interest rates to everything from the Dow Jones Industrial Average to precious metals, the pamphlet for HSBC’s Market-Linked Certificates of Deposits explains U.S. investors have the potential to earn “enhanced returns” over as long as seven years. A separate disclosure states that they also may earn zero, getting just their original principal back after the CD matures, while brokers may collect fees of...
  • Compact Disc death foretold for 2012

    12/01/2011 6:16:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 63 replies
    Reghardware ^ | 11/07/11 | Caleb Cox
    Compact Disc death foretold for 2012Major record labels to kill format? By Caleb Cox 7th November 2011 15:45 GMT The major record labels are planning to kill off the CD format by the end of next year to make way for digital downloads only. That's the claim made by music site Side-Line which says it heard whispers that the end of the CD is nigh from music industry insiders. That said, it has failed to get any official confirmation from the labels, though that's not perhaps surprising. The notion is that, by the end of 2012, the majors will focus...
  • Sony's Ohga, credited with developing CD, dies

    04/23/2011 9:33:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    AP) ^ | Saturday April 23, 2011, 12:05 pm
    {photo}Norio Ohga, holds a Sony Mini Disc in New York. Sony says Ohga, credited with developing the compact disc, has died Saturday, April 23, 2011. He was 81. Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer said Ohga helped redefine the Japanese manufacturer not only as an electronic hardware company but helped it also expand into software or entertainment.
  • Washington area is wealthiest and most educated region in the nation, census data show

    12/15/2010 7:03:11 AM PST · by Poundstone · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 15, 2010 | Carol Morello and Dan Keating
    The Washington area's affluence and education levels make it the wealthiest and most educated region in the nation, according to census data released Tuesday that reflect five years of relative prosperity compared with the rest of the country.
  • Paperless Navigation

    05/31/2010 7:59:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 462+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/31/2010 | The Strategy Page
    After five years of testing, the U.S. Navy is finally entering the digital age for navigation. Five years ago, the first all digital navigation system was installed, in the USS Cape St. George (a cruiser). Called the Voyage Management System (VMS), this version used 29 CDs containing the 12,000 paper nautical charts that were stored in several large filing cabinets on the Cape St. George. The current version of VMS puts all the electronic charts on one high density DVD, or a portable hard drive. The navy has been working on VMS since the 1990s, and the first thing they...
  • Wanted: Freepers who have purchased Video Professor CDs

    04/04/2010 8:25:10 PM PDT · by PackerBoy · 30 replies · 1,370+ views
    PackerBoy | 4/4/1010 | PackerBoy
    I am asking that any Freeper who has ordered a CD from Video Professor to please post a reply here or send me a Freeper email.Chances are that many of you have seen the Video Professor's television commercials on cable TV over the past several years. The commercials tout "FREE" CDs to teach consumers how to use computers and various popular software.I would like to hear from people who have ordered one or more CDs from Video Professor, including any "FREE" CDs, and hear whether you believe you received good value for your money, had any issues with your order...
  • The compact disc’s last stand

    03/24/2010 5:20:49 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 126 replies · 2,021+ views
    True / Slant ^ | 22 March 2010 | Michele Catalano
    Yesterday, I got a text message from my cousin asking if my son wanted any CD shelves, because he was getting rid of his.  I texted him back “LOL CDs.”Our CDs – thousands of them – are stacked on a floor to ceiling shelf unit in the garage. All those compact discs have been ripped onto the various computers in our house, shrunk down to invisible little bytes that take up no space in the house.  All of our subsequent music has been bought in digital form (save for my occasional vinyl purchases).If there was any doubt that the compact...

    03/03/2010 6:01:19 PM PST · by hampdenkid · 84 replies · 1,140+ views
    Vanity | 3/3/10 | HampdenKid
    I just hit a massive bump on 495 and my car CD stopped working. Won't play. Won't even eject. Do any of my fellow Freepers know what the problem might be? Thanks.

    12/31/2009 4:35:15 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies · 515+ views
    INTERNET ^ | December 31, 2009 | Aaron Weisburd
    31 December 2009 “LIKE DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN” SNIPPET: “There is overlap in space if not in time between NW 253 bomber Abdulmutallab and various unsavory characters and websites. Perhaps it’s just a case of like-minded people moving through similar places at similar times in their lives, but then again, maybe Abdulmutallab came into contact with some of these people, particularly in what appears to be his critical period of radicalization in London circa 2005-2007. At this point all I have are suspicions and some interesting data points to share.”
  • Happy 30th Birthday, Compact Disc!

    03/09/2009 10:08:13 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 82 replies · 1,832+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 08 March 2009 | Jack Loftus
    Compact discs weren't always impromptu drink coasters. Once, in the not-so-distant past, they played music, contained pictures, and let people play video games with tacked-on FMV sequences. And today, the venerable CD turned 30. Happy birthday! 1979-2009.Thirty years. Pretty amazing that it's been that long since those crazy Dutchmen at Philips spun the technology off of laser discs as part of an optical digital audio disc demo in Eindhoven.Of course, the CD didn't immediately take off right then and there. It needed a little help from Sony, which worked with Philips to get the format standardized. The standard they named...
  • Nature Defeats Technology, Again [Photo]

    01/10/2009 5:43:31 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 15 replies · 1,223+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | Sat Jan 10 2009 | Gizmodo
    Master buys dog training software. Dog finds training software. Dog decides he needs no bloody training. Dog acts accordingly, destroys it, then goes after master and bites his or her ass.I really don't know if this photo is staged or not. And quite frankly, I don't care, because knowing—and loving—dogs, this is how things should be. At least, if we are talking about Jones here. Screw training, lips be damned. [Dark Roasted Blend]
  • Edwards Admits Sexual Affair; Lied as Presidential Candidate

    08/08/2008 11:58:58 AM PDT · by xp38 · 44 replies · 164+ views
    ABC News ^ | August 8 2008 | By RHONDA SCHWARTZ and BRIAN ROSS
    ohn Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an extra-marital affair with a novice film-maker, the former Senator admitted to ABC News today.
  • The Schiavo Case: Are Mass Media To Blame?

    08/09/2008 6:36:52 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 21 replies · 602+ views
    Science Daily ^ | August 8, 2008 | Staff
    In 1990, Theresa Schiavo, an American citizen, had a cardiac arrest that caused irreversible brain damage which led to a persistent vegetative state diagnosis. A few years later, this diagnosis became a source of conflict over the interruption of artificial nutrition. The "Schiavo Case" was widely discussed from a medical, ethical and social standpoint in the United States and elsewhere. . . . [A]n article to be published in the September 23 issue of Neurology, . . . examines the media coverage featuring this famous case. The study reviewed American daily newspapers that were most prolific about this story: the...
  • Pope's Rosary recital goes on sale in CD box set

    05/13/2008 11:38:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 799+ views
    Earth Times ^ | May 13, 2008
    Pope Benedict XVI holds a rosary on the occasion of a Rosary prayer inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, in Rome, Saturday, May 3, 2008. Vatican City - A recording of Pope Benedict XVI reciting the Rosary in Latin is to go on sale as a four-CD box set, the Vatican announced Tuesday. "It was born as an answer to listeners and from several Catholic radio stations," Vatican Radio director, Father Federico Lombardi, said explaining the initiative. Benedict's predecessor, John Paul II, on several occasions recited the Rosary live on Vatican Radio, providing the faithful with "great consolation"...
  • Problems playing .CDA file when separated from audio CD

    05/13/2008 4:33:54 AM PDT · by rudy45 · 6 replies · 192+ views
    A member of our choir played a few measures of music on the piano, and while doing so, recorded it then burned an audio CD, with the file in .CDA format. I can insert the CD into my drive of my PC, and using Windows Explorer, can click on it to hear it via Windows Media Player. Everything works out in this situation. However, I have problems if I do any of the following: - Copy the file (track01.CDA) to my hard disk, and click on it from the hard disk - Send the file as e-mail attachment to another...
  • The music industry : From major to minor

    01/12/2008 8:58:36 AM PST · by george76 · 120 replies · 442+ views
    The Economist ^ | Jan 10th 2008
    Last year was terrible for the recorded-music majors. The next few years are likely to be even worse. IN 2006 EMI, the world's fourth-biggest recorded-music company, invited some teenagers into its headquarters in London to talk to its top managers about their listening habits. At the end of the session the EMI bosses thanked them for their comments and told them to help themselves to a big pile of CDs sitting on a table. But none of the teens took any of the CDs, even though they were free. “That was the moment we realised the game was completely up,”...
  • $620M for Quebec manufacturers hit by loonie rise

    11/24/2007 8:51:17 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies · 103+ views
    CBC News ^ | November 23, 2007
    Quebec's Liberal government has announced a $620 million aid package for the province's bruised manufacturing sector. The measures, to be rolled out over the next five years, will help Quebec companies and businesses adjust to the Canadian dollar's unprecedented gains. Some $256 million of the money announced Friday in Montreal is new funding. The rest was previously included in Quebec's May 2007 budget. Premier Jean Charest said the measures will help companies adapt to the rapid rise in the Canadian dollar. "That the dollar rises so quickly is brutal for the Quebec economy," he said. The upside has been lower...
  • America Supports You: Artists Create CD to Thank Troops

    11/16/2007 3:17:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 103+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2007 – Just in time for the holidays, 13 major recording artists have created a musical “Thank You” for the troops. “CD for the Troops” is a compilation of songs from 13 of today’s top music artists. Active-duty servicemembers and veterans with a valid military identification card will be able to download the CD from the Army and Air Force Service Exchange Web site for no cost beginning Nov. 17, 2007.  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “CD for the Troops” will be available for anyone with a valid military identification card to download at no...
  • Feds Used Ruse in Terror Case

    09/25/2007 7:41:17 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 14 replies · 275+ views ^ | 9-25-07 | Harry Webber
    Investigators used a ruse to question a man later charged with aiding terrorists, an FBI agent testified Tuesday at a hearing over admissibility of the conversation and a search of the defendant's luggage. FBI agent Michael Scherck said he and another law enforcement officer approached Ehsanul Sadequee as he got off a flight from Atlanta to New York on Aug. 18, 2005, and told him they wanted to talk to him about passenger complaints that he had acted suspiciously on the plane. Scherck said that in fact there were no complaints, but investigators wanted biographical information from Sadequee as part...
  • (WEIRD) Janet Reno CD in stores now

    09/18/2007 6:37:43 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 59 replies · 787+ views
    UPI ^ | Sept. 18, 2007 | UPI
    Janet Reno CD in stores now Published: Sept. 18, 2007 at 8:20 PM KENDALL, Fla., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A three-CD album of historical songs from former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno debuted Tuesday. "Song of America," a 50-tune "history book'" that Reno helped shepherd, is in stores now, the Miami Herald has reported. Reno is listed as an executive producer on the collection, which starts in 1492 with "Lakota Dream Song" and spans 25 eras of U.S. history, concluding with "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning," a song about the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Reno said...
  • Music Industry Angry Over Prince's Free CD

    07/13/2007 9:12:48 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 2 replies · 269+ views
    local6 ^ | July 13, 2007
    LONDON -- Prince has angered the music industry and stirred up trouble among British retailers by giving away his new album with a tabloid newspaper this weekend. "Planet Earth" will be packaged with the Mail on Sunday at a price of $2.80. The giveaway has been roundly criticized as a major blow for an industry already facing rapidly declining CD sales. It has led Sony BMG U.K., Prince's local label, to pull the plug on its own sales release of the CD in Britain. International sales launch for "Planet Earth" is July 16; the U.S. launch is July 24. "The...
  • War-waging CD: Qaeda declares war on India

    06/08/2007 11:48:23 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 24 replies · 680+ views
    Daily Times ^ | June 09, 2007
    NEW DELHI: The media organisations in Srinagar on Friday received a CD statement, allegedly from Al Qaeda, stating that the militant organisation was declaring a war on India. The fifteen-minute CD comprises the speech of Abu Abdul Rehman Ansari, who claims to be a top Al Qaeda leader. Ansari appearing in a mask speaks in Arabic and Urdu while announcing ‘Jihad’ (holy war) against India, and lashes the Hurriyat leaders and United Jihad Council’s (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin for supporting Jammu and Kashmir’s ongoing peace process. He even did not spare the hardliner, Syed Ali Geelani, and the UJC, accusing...
  • Oakland's Yoshi’s Pulls Jazz CD With No Blacks

    06/03/2007 2:39:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies · 1,100+ views
    AP) ^ | Jun 2, 2007 12:54 pm US/Pacific
    OAKLAND Managers of Yoshi's, one of the Bay Area's best-known jazz venues, said they will pull the club's first-ever CD off the market after community leaders complained the recording featured no black musicians. Club managers apologized Friday for what they called "a huge mistake" and "a major oversight." They said they plan to create a new recording that better reflects the musicians who play the 340-seat venue at Oakland's Jack London Square. "We really messed up on the CD," said Yoshi's owner Kaz Kajimura. "We apologize to anyone who feels slighted by this omission, as that was never our intention."...
  • Compact Disc Sales Plummet 20% Since Start of Year

    03/21/2007 2:58:50 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 71 replies · 1,879+ views ^ | March 21, 2007
    In an indication of what the Wall Street Journal calls a "seismic shift" in the way people now acquire music, CD sales for Q1 2007 are 20% below what they were last year. Digital song sales, which were expected to salvage the industry, have risen 54% in 2007 from last year to 173.4 million, but that is not nearly enough to compensate for the 20% drop in CD sales to 81.5 million units. Overall music sales, both digital and physical, are down 10% this year. Adding insult to injury, one billion songs a month are traded on pirate networks....
  • 'Pornographic' Recordings Disrupt Mass (Santa Fe, NM)

    02/22/2007 6:58:16 AM PST · by CedarDave · 64 replies · 1,798+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 22, 2007 | Kate Wilson
    Worshipers were interrupted during an Ash Wednesday service at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis by a trio of hidden CD players spewing "pornographic" messages from beneath pews. Three CD players had been duct-taped beneath the pews and rigged to go off at 12:20 p.m., Santa Fe Police Capt. Gary Johnson said. An Ash Wednesday service was being conducted at the time, and Johnson said responding officers described the messages to him as pornographic, although he wouldn't go into detail about their content. The cathedral staff found and removed the three CD players, then called police while church-goers evacuated the...
  • 10 al-Qaida militants detained in Turkey (under surveillance for over a year)

    12/09/2006 11:30:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 290+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/9/06 | AP
    ANKARA, Turkey - Police detained 10 suspected al-Qaida militants, including a lawyer who identified himself as the group's leader in Turkey, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported Saturday. The 10 were detained in simultaneous raids in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, the agency reported. It did not say when the operations took place. The group was under surveillance for more than a year and the raids were ordered after authorities determined the group had obtained materials to make bombs, the report said. Police seized bomb-making material, including what the agency called a "CD bomb" — a minuscule explosive device placed on...
  • Police seize Turkish Qaeda leader - report

    12/09/2006 4:33:29 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 9 replies · 538+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | Dec. 9, 2006 | Reuters
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police have detained a lawyer who admitted he was the leader of al Qaeda in Turkey, Anatolian News Agency reported on Saturday. Nine other suspects were also held. Police seized bomb-making material and a compact disc set to explode when inserted into a computer -- the first time Turkish police had got hold of such a device -- the state-run agency said. They also found maps of an oil refinery owned by the Tupras group in the house, the agency said. Police could not confirm the report. CNN Turk said the leader was a 25-year-old lawyer...
  • Bomb squad called after CD players blast 'pornographic messages' at Ash Wednesday Mass in New Mexico

    03/01/2007 12:55:52 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 11 replies · 461+ views
    <p>Three CD players hidden under a cathedral's pews blared sexually explicit language in the middle of an Ash Wednesday Mass, leading a bomb squad to detonate two of the devices.</p>
  • The Community of Democracies

    12/16/2006 12:09:24 PM PST · by NGC 6822 · 7 replies · 347+ views
    Vanity | Dec. 16, 2006 | NGC 6822
    We cannot understand how ill-prepared the United Nations Security Council is to meet the challenges of modern humanitarian atrocities and global terrorism unless we understand the 17thc roots of its charter and the irrelevancy of those roots today. The UN charter of today is based on the Treaty of Westphalia (TOW) signed on 24 October 1618 at the conclusion of the 30 Years War in Europe. At that moment the entirely new invention of “National Sovereignty” was established which bravely, if sadly naïve proclaimed that henceforth all national borders would be sacred and any transgression of such borders would be...
  • Do I have what I need to record live music, and burn a CD

    12/13/2006 10:58:45 AM PST · by rudy45 · 13 replies · 3,461+ views
    I have an Inspiron 5100, running XP Home SP2. I have Audacity and Roxio CD burner on it. The Inspiron, of course, has a microphone input jack and a CD burner. I also have a microphone, and adapter jacks that can convert to 1/8" minijack format. I would like to record a live music performance, and then burn a CD of it afterwards. Do I have everything I need, or is there more? How do I handle the situation of wanting two microphones for recording, given that I have only one microphone jack? Would I use two micrphones, then attach...
  • The Bible's fresh voice

    11/04/2006 5:30:24 AM PST · by xzins · 34 replies · 504+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 4 Nov 06 | Kristin Holmes
    The Bible's fresh voiceBy Kristin E. Holmes A new audio CD of the Bible featuring a who's who of black Hollywood has its roots in a shopping trip made by Philadelphia-bred entertainment executive Kyle Bowser. Bowser, a Central High School and Widener University graduate, had recommitted himself to Christianity five years earlier and was buying a CD version of the Bible to help him study. "One of the things that prevented me was the intimidation factor," Bowser said. "It's a big book." The audio Bible felt like the perfect solution - and a shortcut. It was like finding out that...
  • How to Burn a Three Terabyte CD

    09/15/2006 10:35:15 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 69 replies · 1,726+ views
    Technology Review ^ | 15 September 2006 | Kate Greene
    A new nano-optical device can focus laser light tighter than traditional optics, which could lead to higher-density data storage. A computer simulation of the optical nano antenna that Harvard researchers have fabricated. Consisting of two gold-coated nano rods separated by a 30-nanometer gap, the antenna can focus light from a commercial laser to a spot just 40 nanometers wide. It could be used to write terabytes, rather than gigabytes, of data to a CD or DVD. (Credit: Ertugrul Cubukcu) As gigabytes of movies, pictures, audio, and text fill up more and more CDs and DVDs, there's clearly a need for...
  • How To Properly Clean Your DVD Collection

    09/04/2006 10:51:39 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies · 1,870+ views
    Hardware 3D ^ | September 1st, 2006 | Robert A.
    Properly cleaning the data side of DVDs (this article also applies to CDs) is one of the most disregarded hardware longetivity precautions. Often times, individuals wipe off grease and/or dust by simply rubbing the non-label side of a disc in a circular fashion, using harsh abrasives, such the underside of a t-shirt, or worse, a towel. Truth be told, that's not the way to do it! Yes, you may have temporarily fixed the read issue, but you have also permanently scarred the disc, which could cause many more read issues in the future. Why not take a few extra precautions...
  • 6-percent CDs: Lock them up

    08/11/2006 11:29:30 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies · 446+ views ^ | Friday August 11, 6:00 am ET | Laura Bruce
    The days of ever-rising certificate of deposit yields might be waning. But CDs offering 6 percent have surfaced, and this may be the time to lock in, what is by most standards, a very good return. Usually, you'll need to look locally for institutions offering 6 percent. As of this writing, Bankrate's list of highest-yielding CDs doesn't have any topping the 6-percent level. That may be due to, among other things, Bankrate's requirement that CDs on the highest-yield list must be available nationwide. Many of the institutions we spoke with only offer their CDs locally. Consumers are hunting down these...
  • Digital Media Boosts CD, DVD Burning on Macs

    08/02/2006 12:06:21 PM PDT · by 2Jim_Brown · 6 replies · 345+ views
    Tech News World ^ | August 2, 2006 | Tech News World
    New digital media features are boosting the CD and DVD burning capabilities of Macintosh computers, and are quickly and quietly transforming the rest of the electronics landscape as well. Last week, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Sonic Solutions (Nasdaq: SNIC) debuted a new technology, Toast 7 with Blu-ray Disc support, the first ever application of that kind for the Mac. The optical disc recording technology provides Mac users with the ability to store up to 50 GB of data on a Blu-ray recordable or Blu-ray rewritable disc. By Gene Koprowski
  • How can someone convert a CD to mp3 format? (Vanity)

    03/15/2006 1:09:01 PM PST · by Toby06 · 35 replies · 694+ views
    Ides of March | T6
    Can anyone describe the process for ripping a cd to an MP3 format? Is aftermarket software required?
  • Third solo album for Steely Dan's Fagen, released March 6th

    01/28/2006 9:06:02 PM PST · by nuconvert · 21 replies · 1,338+ views ^ | Jan. 24, 2006
    Third solo album for Steely Dan's Fagen, released March 6th on Reprise Steely Dan's Donald Fagen is set to release a new solo album entitled 'Morph The Cat' on March 6th on Reprise. 'Morph The Cat' represents his third solo excursion following 'The Nightfly' (1981) and 'Kamakiriad' (1993). Written and arranged by Fagen with engineering assistance courtesy of Elliot Scheiner (a regular Steely Dan collaborator who has also worked with bands as varied at The Eagles and Foo Fighters), some of the material on 'Morph The Cat' goes back a number of years, but the project gained focus two years...
  • Talk Radio Ad: Bruce Berman "free book & CD" See

    01/24/2006 3:09:54 PM PST · by Anthem · 9 replies · 958+ views
    FYI. The ad run on conservative talk radio by Bruce Berman offering a free business development book and CD is deceptive. He asks for your credit card to pay for shipping and handling ($3.95 or $5.95), then bills $99.90 unless the materials are returned unopened. If opened one may get a refund only with dogged persistence. I teach, design, and help implement ethical marketing techniques. This is a textbook example of a ripoff small enough that most people will just absorb the cost rather than fight for a refund. Guys like this give small business consultants a bad name. It's...
  • Storage expert warns of short life span for burned CDs - [say goodbye to those memories]

    01/10/2006 6:09:22 PM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 21 replies · 723+ views
    Computerworld (via Slashdot) ^ | January 10, 2006 | John Blau
    Storage expert warns of short life span for burned CDs And don't count on hard disk drives for long-term storage, either News Story by John Blau JANUARY 10, 2006 Although opinions vary on how to preserve data on digital storage media, such as optical CDs and DVDs, Kurt Gerecke, a physicist and storage expert at IBM Deutschland GmbH, takes this view: If you want to avoid having to burn new CDs every few years, use magnetic tapes to store all your pictures, videos and songs for a lifetime. "Unlike pressed original CDs, burned CDs have a relatively short life...
  • Coldplay's new CD has rules: No MP3s, no DVD players, no car stereos

    01/05/2006 2:29:38 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 114 replies · 3,488+ views
    BoingBoing ^ | 30 December 2005 | Cory Doctorow
    Coldplay's new CD has rules: No MP3s, no DVD players, no car stereos Coldplay's new CD comes with an insert that discloses all the rules enforced by the DRM they included on the disc. Of course, these rules are only visible after you've paid for the CD and brought it home, and as the disc's rules say, "Except for manufacturing problems, we do not accept product exchange, return or refund," so if you don't like the rules, that's tough. What are the other rules? Here are some gems: "This CD can't be burnt onto a CD or hard disc, nor...
  • Military Salute video available online

    11/30/2005 8:50:35 AM PST · by sailordoc · 511+ views
    Military Salute, a 34-minute Windows-XP video honoring America’s Armed Forces, past and present, is available online. Visit the Military Salute home page at for contents and other information. Individuals, non-profit groups, and organizations with DSL or cable access can view or download the video at no charge from or Five disabled Vietnam-era Veterans distribute Military Salute, providing it to active-duty Military units, Veterans groups, family support groups, public safety organizations, church groups, school districts, and students working on patriotic projects. The group, known as The Minnesota Platoon, also participates in fundraising projects that benefit America’s Veterans and...
  • Digital Disaster- the Sony Rootkit Fiasco

    11/21/2005 3:04:13 PM PST · by backhoe · 22 replies · 1,384+ views
    various FR links & stories | 11-21-05 | the heavy equipment guy
       Texas Sues Sony Over Alleged CD Spyware --  Here is the description by the guy who discovered it: along with a ton of commentary. --it's not just Sony - they just happened to be caught.  Just remember - many movie and music companies are not happy that you can burn CDs and send files over the internet, regardless of what you were going to burn or send - they would rather you not have the ability at all, end of story. In Canada they had resorted to getting a tax in place on recordable media and players,  Depends...
  • Sony BMG recalls copy-protected discs

    11/16/2005 9:25:14 AM PST · by holymoly · 32 replies · 1,106+ views
    Canoe ^ | Nov. 16 | BRIAN BERGSTEIN
    BOSTON (AP) -- The fallout from a hidden copy-protection program that Sony BMG Music Entertainment put on some CDs is only getting worse. Sony's suggested method for removing the program widened the security hole the original software created, researchers say. Sony has moved to recall the discs in question. But music fans who have listened to them on their computers or tried to remove the dangerous software they deposited could still be vulnerable. "This is a surprisingly bad design from a security standpoint," said Ed Felten, a Princeton University computer science professor who explored the removal program with a graduate...
  • Sony death-wish: Rootkits and responsibility

    11/08/2005 9:37:09 PM PST · by Panerai · 5 replies · 349+ views
    Playlist ^ | 11/08/2005 | Christopher Breen
    Mark Russinovich recently revealed in a Sysinternals blog entry titled Sony, Rootkits And Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far that Sony, in league with software developer, First 4 Internet, has created music CDs that contain digital rights management software that poses a security risk for Windows users. Specifically, when you attempt to play one of Sony’s copy-protected discs on a Windows PC, the CD installs a rootkit—a collection of tools that enable administrator-level access to the computer’s operating system. Rootkits are typically created by hackers who wish to exploit a Windows vulnerability or crack a password. This particular rootkit is...
  • Sony CD Copy Protection Seems To Rely On Hacker Rootkit

    11/03/2005 8:44:21 AM PST · by holymoly · 35 replies · 1,250+ views
    InformationWeek ^ | Nov. 2, 2005 | Gregg Keizer
    Sony is apparently borrowing a tactic from hackers for its digital-rights management technology, and some security experts question the practice. Security researchers have identified a rootkit -- software used by hackers to hide their malicious code from anti-virus and anti-spyware defenses -- within the copy protection scheme Sony BMG Music Entertainment uses to prevent music CDs from being copied to computers. The digital rights management (DRM) technology that Sony BMG uses limits the number of times a CD can be "ripped" to a computer. To prevent the DRM software from being easily circumvented, the copy protection's creator -- a U.K.-based...