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Subject: Re: The future

Re: The future

From: Neon John <>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2003 18:07:18 -0500

On Sat, 20 Dec 2003 12:47:26 +0100, Björn Stenberg <> wrote:

>Neon John wrote:
>> > That's the first time I've ever heard anyone say that. I have quite
>> > the opposite impression myself, and it seems I am not alone:
>> My ears are all I really need. But for other's opinions that are unbiased,
>What makes you think the links I provided are biased?

Any non-double-blind test contains natural bias. This is one of the
fundamental bedrocks of experimental statistics, an area where I am very
experienced. If the testees know which sample is which, they introduce bias
even if they don't intend to. If the tester knows what he's playing to the
testees then he also introduces bias in his selection and sequence of playing.
This bias is subtle but absolutely unavoidable. That is why double-blind
testing is so necessary. Especially where the differences are small and

>We are all free to choose the format we prefer, of course. We don't have to agree which one we prefer. I'm just not feeling very enthusiastic about jumping through hoops to support a proprietary Windows-only file format in Rockbox.

If I was still interested in fighting futile battles (such as fighting the
Microsoft empire) I'd agree. But as a pragmatist trying to maximize my free
time, I only care to be able to play the files that have a high probability of
passing my way without wasting unnecessary time. I would never encode a file
in WMA and I strongly discourage anyone else from doing so. But when a WMA
file comes along containing something I'm interested in listening to, it sure
would be nice to plop it on my portable player and listen to it.


John De Armond
Cleveland, Occupied TN
Received on 2003-12-21

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