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Volguus
Mar 3, 2009


Ape Agitator posted:

Before I go dusting off old guides about encoding, is embedding lyrics in an mp3 or AAC a thing? I know Album art can be but it's been rolling around in my head that it would be a nice thing to do if there was a source you could draw from.

Apparently you can, I had no idea. Usually what I have seen is the music players get the lyrics from websites (lyrics.wikia.com and others).

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Ape Agitator
Feb 19, 2004

Soylent Green is Monkeys

College Slice

Volguus posted:

Apparently you can, I had no idea. Usually what I have seen is the music players get the lyrics from websites (lyrics.wikia.com and others).

Getting more enthused about this little project. Thanks!

baka kaba
Jul 19, 2003

PLEASE ASK ME, THE SELF-PROFESSED NO #1 PAUL CATTERMOLE FAN IN THE SOMETHING AWFUL S-CLUB 7 MEGATHREAD, TO NAME A SINGLE SONG BY HIS EXCELLENT NU-METAL SIDE PROJECT, SKUA, AND IF I CAN'T PLEASE TELL ME TO
EAT SHIT



Ape Agitator posted:

It's kind of blowing my mind that mp3 really didn't need to evolve over all this time. Feels like everything else technological has but that.

It has evolved, mp3s used to sound like rear end below like 160kbps. Encoders just got a lot smarter about how they compress the data without ending up with swishy garbage

doctorfrog
Mar 14, 2007

Great.


There was also software I used about a decade ago that let you A/B test your music files so you can see for yourself how golden your ears are. I forget what I used but it is surely obsolete now anyway, but it made you do five or so blind tests.

mystes
May 31, 2006



baka kaba posted:

It has evolved, mp3s used to sound like rear end below like 160kbps. Encoders just got a lot smarter about how they compress the data without ending up with swishy garbage
Lame has been good at lower bitrates for like two decades; it's just that most people's experience was with very poorly encoded mp3s they got off of napster or something.

Higher bitrates are harder to gently caress up though so it may be safer to stick with 320kbs if you aren't encoding the files yourself(*).

*: Thank you person who pointed this out to me on IRC a million years ago.

mystes fucked around with this message at Jul 29, 2018 around 21:05

Klyith
Aug 3, 2007

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baka kaba posted:

It has evolved, mp3s used to sound like rear end below like 160kbps. Encoders just got a lot smarter about how they compress the data without ending up with swishy garbage

to expand on this: the most frequently used (freeware or distributed with other software) encoders from the early days had really lovely or completely non-existant psychoacoustic models. To encode a good mp3 you had to a copy of the real-deal fraunhoffer codec.

a whole lot of the cleverness in lossy compressed audio is the psychoacoustic model -- the algorithms that determine how to throw away large quantities of the original sound data, because you can't hear it. The early work on open-source psychoacoustics from lame, vorbis, and musepack is a big part of why they improved so much over early mp3s, and why a new codec like Opus can come along years later and do CD quality at 1/2 the bitrate of mp3.

Fleedar
Aug 29, 2002
RARRUGHH!!

Lipstick Apathy

Is there still no good solution for viewing HEIF photos on Windows? I figured after a year and a few hundred billion HEIF photos taken, there'd at least be something out there to open them without having to convert them.

Lambert
Apr 14, 2018



Fallen Rib

Fleedar posted:

Is there still no good solution for viewing HEIF photos on Windows? I figured after a year and a few hundred billion HEIF photos taken, there'd at least be something out there to open them without having to convert them.

There is. Microsoft has made an official HEIF codec available on the Windows Store. You can then open your photos using the "Photos" app.

All MS codecs:
HEIF Image Extensions
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/h...t%3aoverviewtab

HEVC Video Extensions
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/h...t%3aoverviewtab

MPEG2 Video Extension
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/m...t%3aoverviewtab

Web Media Extensions
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/w...vot:overviewtab

Calaveron
Aug 7, 2006



Did Microsoft finally fix its update so it won't gently caress up your computer? I haven't used my pc all summer and when I turned it back on I got the prompt to update but I don't want a repeat of the last time I did where I had to reformat the motherfucker

Hipster_Doofus
Dec 20, 2003

Lovin' every minute of it.

Calaveron posted:

gently caress

win10.txt

Question Friend
Aug 3, 2018


In Windows, is there a way to run NordVPN for only some programs, or to use different servers for different programs?

Ms Adequate
Oct 29, 2011

Heart racing
Knees shaking
This emptiness a toll
A toll it's taken


So I just did a Windows 10 Reset but after taking me to the login screen and saying something like "The domain you are trying to reach does not exist or cannot be contacted" I restarted into the recovery screen to have a look at my options there, but instead it is locked in an infinite loop on startup where it goes "Please wait" as usual, then "Undoing Changes" for maybe seven or eight seconds, then it restarts. My Google-Fu is failing me as all the suggestions are to use the recovery options.

I can get into my BIOS but I can't see anything in there that makes a difference.

Any ideas, or do I need to sort out booting from a USB stick or the like?

E: my dad's going to put a copy of windows on an external drive for me, so no urgency with this question. Still curious though!

e2; Well now I've got a reinstalled Win 10 going but the Settings screen won't open which makes it tricky to do a lot of things. Oh well!

Ms Adequate fucked around with this message at Aug 5, 2018 around 01:34

codo27
Apr 21, 2008



How did you install Windows? Have you recreated your setup media lately? This is all very weird. My process is boot from USB (I update the creation media on major update releases), delete all partitions on Windows drive, let it create new ones, and I haven't ever had an issue with Windows after install using this method. Certainly nothing like you are talking about. Always make sure to have a backup of anything important so you can do this if need be, but these days I find this kind of recovery to be very seldom needed. People complain a lot about w10 updates but I haven't had any issues and I always install this way and always keep everything up to date.

I work at a museum and someone asked me for text comparison software.

quote:

Iím looking for something similar to the online site text compare: https://text-compare.com/
I attended a digital preservation workshop a few years ago and they said many archives are using a model in which multiple people transcribe the same handwritten text and software is used to compare the texts for differences. They can then highlight those words for further analysis or add variations to the final transcript. Thatís what we are aiming to achieve

Their requirements are fairly basic, I found a plugin for Notepad++ that should do the trick but can anyone recommend any other text comparison software that might be of use to them?

Ynglaur
Oct 9, 2013



UltraCompare is fast and does the job well. It has the disadvantage of not being free.

Lazlo Nibble
Jan 9, 2004

It was Weasleby, by God! At last I had the miserable blighter precisely where I wanted him!

Beyond Compare is my go-to. Also not free but it has a super deep feature set.

Ur Getting Fatter
Jun 9, 2007

Fast Food Fight



Grimey Drawer

I'm about to drop money on a PDF-xChange license but was wondering if anyone had a cheaper alternative to suggest.

Ptarmigans
Nov 4, 2011



Ur Getting Fatter posted:

I'm about to drop money on a PDF-xChange license but was wondering if anyone had a cheaper alternative to suggest.

What is it that you want to be able to do?

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Lork
Oct 15, 2007
Sticks to clorf


Does anybody know how to get Application Guard to work? I've installed it as per these instructions and restarted my computer, but the "New Application Guard Window" option doesn't show up in Edge. I have Win 10 Pro 1803 and virtualization is enabled.

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