It seems that every technological advance made in the last 30 years have been used to give us more crap, more compromise, less reliability. Talk about progress :-)
"It's the future! Where are my flying cars?" he spoke instantly to an audience of thousands from a device in the palm of his hand
I read a few of his pieces and decided that he is an entertaining writer but that he either doesn't read his references or is a deliberate liar practitioner of poetic liberties.Case in point: http://www.wired.com/medtech/drugs/magazin...t?currentPage=2"Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why.""Beecher's prescription helped cure the medical establishment of outright quackery, but it had an insidious side effect. By casting placebo as the villain in RCTs, he ended up stigmatizing one of his most important discoveries."He cites:"The Powerful Placebo"http://www.jgh.ca/uploads/psychiatry/links/beecher.pdfBeecher's article's conclusion starts out "When subjective responses, symptoms, are understudy, it is apparent that the high order of effectivenessof placebos must be recognized."..and goes on in the same spirit: positive.No way was the placebo cast as a villain.I call that taking liberties with one's main reference. Read the articles for yourself and reach your own conclusions. ;-)
Or my tv channels might not have analog echo and noise (continous problems), but rather there are sudden loud transients (lost packets) or pixelated video. It seems that every technological advance made in the last 30 years have been used to give us more crap, more compromise, less reliability. Talk about progress :-)
Quote from: Martel on 10 January, 2014, 04:02:58 AMEntirely analog transmission just does not (cannot?) precisely remove/isolate channel noise from information. I don't think there's anything beneficial about that.Actually it can, but those methods are so 'simple' that most might not call it error correction at first look. Differential signaling (balanced audio cables) is one trick where part of the noise coupled on a line can be easily filtered. It works really well for most noise sources.
Entirely analog transmission just does not (cannot?) precisely remove/isolate channel noise from information. I don't think there's anything beneficial about that.
...to really understand analog you need a graduate level education in EE. Without that it is almost impossible to really understand what is happening and you're just going to get lost in a mess of meaningless arguments about what is and isn't quantized without understanding what it really means.
...unless one is planning to use a wireless link, which has not only potential long-term health risks...