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>Blue-Ray, a format so bad that even it's promoters can't spell it properly, is horrible.
>Blue-Ray take a half hour to read my disk. What is it reading? It's a disc, not a book
>Remember when you could pick up a phone and understand the person at the other end?
>Remember when you could get different music and different shows on different stations?
>More expensive cars make it just as impossible to adjust the air conditioning.
>Make a Donation.
Guys, I think he's full on retarded.
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Ken's a genius at bringing the Dunning-Kruger Effect out in hobbyist forum photographers, actually.
Just absolutely brilliant at it. It's been going on for more than a decade now, and you people still bite his hooks.
Ken convinced me to buy a wide angle lens that I regret buying. He said, this is as good as the most expensive, while also saying how the expensive one isn't worth it, and to not buy from a third party brand. Needless to say, I bought that lens, only to later see a Tamron one I think it was, that cost the same as the one I purchased but was far superior to the name brand one and the most expensive one. I can't even get a refund because Nikon has a shitty refund policy, and so I would have to take a loss selling this lens.
>Digital cell phones use the same data-reduction technology to cram 10,000 phone calls into the same channel that used to hold just one call. The results? Voices sound like garbled gibberish.
>This is done to keep you signing new contracts when you buy new free phones, which insures that you can never break free from the wireless company.
Well, Ken, you sure didn't mention anything about deafness when you wrote this. Hey Ken, you do know you have a website full of retard info I can just go randomly pull more out of, right? I hope so, because I'm not going to reply with much more greentext. I gotta sleep to.
Also, consider donating.
Retarded - less advanced in mental, physical, or social development than is usual for one's age.
note "less advanced in physical development", which would constitute deafness.
So yeah, if you're deaf, you're retarded.
Well ... you know, first: referring to a study which got the researchers the ignoble price, isn't THAT wise.
Furthermore, by definition of that "study", it would absolutely fit for ken. Overrated incompetence, which he even cannot notice. He surely isn't aware of his ignorance.
Saying he would pretend being like this and on purpose, is possile - I have to admit that - but very unlikely. One get kind of a smell for people being really stupid and people pretending it, and that is irony. Every pretender cannont resist to hide statements here and there, which allows just as like intelligent people to see through the mask.
Nobody is farer away from this than Mr. Support-my-growing-Family.
>Overrated incompetence, which he even cannot notice. He surely isn't aware of his ignorance.
You're describing yourself. You take him seriously, lmao.
Ken's site is just an archive for technical data like lens filter sizes and weights. That's it. Everything else is just Ken telling gearfags what they want to hear on what they think they want, tongue-in-cheek style.
Well, not everything...
Don't worry, newfaggots. You're not the first batch of freshie fotogs to not get his gaffe. This is what makes him legendary. :~)
Moreso mics than speakers, but the biggest two culprits are digital signals and the kind of codecs they use to encode them.
I want to say the codec is just something like 13 kbps with highs and lows strongly clipped. It doesn't matter what you're putting through that, it's going to sound like ass.
It's not just a matter of quality, it's also about whether you can connect at all. We had a documentary on national tv about this. It's because they continuously make the antennas weaker and weaker for each generation, iphone 4 being bad, 5 being even worse, and 6 now worse than ever. The biggest culprits being Apple and Nokia.
At this point, they should call them Cityphones or something instead of smartphones. Because this type thing only works in cities with strong signals.
Out in the country side, there have been numerous reports of smartphones not being able to call in emergencies, not being able to work unless you stand on the roof of the tallest building nearby, etc.
Curiously enough, they did some tests in those problematic areas where 10 year old Dumbphones with old antennas worked perfectly.
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And you're back now to the jump from analogue to digital.
Analogue signal can propagate further with less attenuation (lower frequency bands because the need for signal density is less). As I mentioned above, you've a much lower threshold as well before it becomes unusable (in digital, you either get a transmitted datum or you don't, with analogue, you can get enough of the datum's signal to figure out what it is on the reception side that would be below the digital "don't get it" threshold).
And nope, I'm not doubting antenna strength being a factor as well, but just saying that digital broadcasting systems have definite weaknesses compared to analogue systems. That said, you can send stupid amounts more data over a digital system than an analogue system given the same restrictions, so it's a tradeoff.
Also remember that cell phone companies only have so much spectrum. Voice used to be handled entirely separately from data (and still kind of are), but now voice is mainly handled the same as data -- they have to clip and compress information to meet demand.
The documentary asked the consumers about how they would like a mandatory grading system, and the consumer would like it, then they asked the retailer chains, and the retailer chains would like something like that too, then they asked the politicians, one of them working in the EU parliament had been fighting for in for years, but never got anywhere. And then they asked apple, and was refused an interview.
So, it's definitely a resistance from the phone makers themselves. As to why, no one probably knows. The experts the documentary talked to claimed it would only cost maybe 1-2 dollar more per phone to install stronger antennas that would nullify the issues.
>I'm not doubting antenna strength being a factor as well
That's a good idea to do. Because there were some smartphones that did decently well on their antenna tests, compared to the bottom ones.
I know it's hard to believe this day and age, but sometimes, you aren't in on the joke, while other people might be. You aren't the main character of this story. KR is pretty obsessed with gear, and is also a pretty funny troll. It's not really even a theory or opinion at this point. His shit is hilarious if you step back and look at it as if he's trying to see how much he can get away with without getting straight up called out on it.
>>More expensive cars make it just as impossible to adjust the air conditioning.
This is actually fucking true, mom + pops recently upgraded their toyota to a newer version with some kind of deal, the airco is literally unusuable with all its digishit buttons, you can't even see what it's currently set at.