The final remaining patent on the MP3 format — "METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENCODING DIGITAL SIGNALS EMPLOYING BIT ALLOCATION USING COMBINATIONS OF DIFFERENT THRESHOLD MODELS TO ACHIEVE DESIRED BIT RATES" — has expired today.

CLAY SHIRKY: Alright, I've printed the pancakes, now let's print up some bacon!
<3D printer whirrs and deposits a dozen strips of perfectly crispy bacon onto the plate>
CORY DOCTOROW: Wow! That's basically as good as the real thing!
BACON: h elp me p lea se
CORY DOCTOROW: What the FUCK IS THE BACON TALKING
CLAY SHIRKY: Ah, yeah, some of these jokers will tweak their templates to make the bacon come out sort of alive, just needs to be lightly killed and then it's fine though
BACON: n o pleuse

well I guess the command line "toot" program doesn't have any help text.

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(BTW, I used mastodon-bridge.herokuapp.com/ to find a lot of my twitter friends's accounts here)

On further reflection, they seem to be making a play for the QOTSA space, but anyone expecting an album of "show yourself" is going to be in for a surprise.

except nobody cares about albums now, do they

The new album is probably their best effort since crack the skye, but there's not too much we haven't heard before. A solid entry point if you're hankering for some sludgy prog metal.

This is what this is for, right?

Help, I'm on a train with no reservations and what appears to be at least three competing hen parties. Not sure if claiming a table seat was a good move.

Looking forward to a timeline full of in depth discussion of the new album

Also I cba shrinking images to 2MB so here's an old avatar

Obligatory witty first post that I will cringe at some point in the future

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