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    I bought a number of used CDs in the past 2 weeks. Today a large number of them arrived in my mailbox. I thought I had seen it all in my used CD buying over the past years, but today I was surprised. One of the jewel cases had a burned Verbatim CD-RW in it instead of a pressed disc.

    It appears to be a burned version of the disc that's supposed to be in it. Gloria did not do a good job inspecting it.
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    Had the Nokian Hakka 9s mounted for their second season on the car today. Conditions were marginal on way to shop, its been many years since I've driven an all season tire on snow and ice. Terrifying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereodude View Post
    I bought a number of used CDs in the past 2 weeks. Today a large number of them arrived in my mailbox. I thought I had seen it all in my used CD buying over the past years, but today I was surprised. One of the jewel cases had a burned Verbatim CD-RW in it instead of a pressed disc.

    It appears to be a burned version of the disc that's supposed to be in it. Gloria did not do a good job inspecting it.
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    Somehow my reply was in error. I'm not surprised about the burned CDs. That was an issue starting in the 90s when the CD-R arrived in volume.
    I experienced several of those bogus discs when I was in developing nations. Unfortunately they used some heavy duty wrapping machine and it was not possible to open the discs ahead of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenBastard View Post
    Had the Nokian Hakka 9s mounted for their second season on the car today. Conditions were marginal on way to shop, its been many years since I've driven an all season tire on snow and ice. Terrifying.
    I just put my Blizzak LM32s on today because we're supposed to get a small amount of snow. I'm considering getting new snows to replace these with the Nokian Hakka R3 since I don't need studs in my area. I hear great things about the Hakka 9s; do you like them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMist View Post
    Who is Gloria?
    The person who inspected the disc. Their name was on the paper slip included with the disc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMist View Post
    Unsubscribe is worthless. It doesn't seem to stop the bastards.
    Tell me about it. I bought tickets through Ticketmaster for one event at one venue and now I get spammed with e-mails for that venue. I click the unsubscribe link and it takes me to a webpage where I can check what I want to receive about. Everything is unchecked, but I keep getting e-mails. I've taken to flagging them as spam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handruin View Post
    I just put my Blizzak LM32s on today because we're supposed to get a small amount of snow. I'm considering getting new snows to replace these with the Nokian Hakka R3 since I don't need studs in my area. I hear great things about the Hakka 9s; do you like them?
    Yes, very satisfied with the Hakka 9 performance. Absolute control when cornering (RWD) in the crappiest of conditions The only time these failed me was when I beached the car in a severely unplowed intersection, but I can't blame them for that. Downside is they are reasonably loud due to the studs, and suffer some in wet weather performance like all studded tires. My previous snow tires have all been non studded (Nokian and Blizzaks). For my youngest son and his first winter driving by himself in his pickup truck I've ordered Blizzak DM-V2s, I gave him the option of studded tires but he declined due to noise. I don't think he has the discipline to drive very gently for a few hundred miles to bed in a set ot studded tires anyway. Going to go with a bunch of horse stall mats stacked for weight in the pickup bed (RWD).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereodude View Post
    Tell me about it. I bought tickets through Ticketmaster for one event at one venue and now I get spammed with e-mails for that venue. I click the unsubscribe link and it takes me to a webpage where I can check what I want to receive about. Everything is unchecked, but I keep getting e-mails. I've taken to flagging them as spam.
    If you are willing to pay for a domain and have someone competent manage it for you (I'd recommend Google), you can do neat things. I have all addresses at the domain (ddrueding.com) delivered to my inbox. Every time I need to enter and address somewhere I give them a unique address. This way any time I get spam I know who originally handed out my address, and can block the address entirely.
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    I got another batch of used CDs today in the mail. The eBay seller that I've bought the most CDs from, decluttr_store, pretty much straight up lies about the condition of their discs. They list everything as Very Good with the added note of “This product has passed our meticulous quality checks and is guaranteed to be in great condition.” when they're rarely in that condition. It's clear they don't check anything. I've continued to buy from them because they're the cheapest on the discs (that I buy from them) and the discs usually rip to FLAC fine despite some scratches on some of the discs. I don't care about the condition of the cases or artwork. Further, when they've shipped me bad discs, things with missing discs (only 1 CD of a 2 CD set), or the wrong disc in the correct jewel case they would issue a prompt refund when I complained without wanting the disc back. Because they list everything as "Very Good" condition buying from them is a rather low risk to me because eBay will side with me on the condition of what they send not matching if I needed to force a refund out of them (hasn't happened yet).

    Out of today's batch of used CDs most were from them. Two of the CDs are so badly scratched and damaged I don't think you could get a disc in that condition short of intentionally trying to damage it. Of course both were listed in "very good" condition. Both have multiple tracks that are completely unrippable. Another disc that came from them today was a CD+DVD set. The CD ripped fine (wasn't in very good condition though), but the bottom of the accompanying DVD was just trashed with lots of scratches and abrasion.

    So I go to initiate the return process to get my refund for the 3 items and this time I have to send them back... I mean they are damaged and I'm not trying to scam them, but it's a pain in the butt to print out the labels, put the discs in padded envelopes (using ones that they or other discs came in), tape up the envelopes, & the tape the printed label on to return them. On the other hand I do get a bit of schadenfreude knowing that by making me ship the disc back to them they're losing even more money. Shipping both ways on a $4 CD has got to be more than $4 and they'll still have to refund me the $4. If it costs them enough money maybe they will actually screen what they're selling. I actually contemplated using nice robust heavy packaging to add insult to injury but resisted.

    Other sellers, like glenthebookseller or worldofbooksusa whom I've bought CDs from on more than one occasion on eBay send out better condition discs. I've also bought a few CDs from different Goodwill shops on eBay. They usually list CDs as good or acceptable so I generally tended to not buy from them, but every disc I've gotten from them (so far) has been basically scratch free and in much better condition than advertised. Not a huge sample size so far, but enough to make a positive impression. They've been moving up in my buying consideration as a result. Otherwise I generally avoid anything below "very good" condition to avoid the possibility of interpretation if a dispute were to happen over a disc that won't rip. I've bought a fair number of discs from random people (not commercial operations). They tend to send decent discs, but I'm usually only buying one or two items from them so not a big sample size for any given seller.

    I've also bought a few used CDs from the Discogs marketplace. Their marketplace is a minefield if you're not very careful. Their rating scale is really messed up IMHO. A CD listed as "very good" has this description. "Quite a few light scuffs/scratches, or several more-pronounced scratches. This has obviously been played, but not handled as carefully as a VG+. " Very good+ has this, "A few minor scuffs/scratches. This has been played, but handled with good care - and certainly not abused." I've had to polish a much greater percentage of CDs bought from their marketplace to get them to rip cleanly than any other place I've bought CDs from. The ratings make no claims about playability either (in contrast to eBay's), so you have little grounds to complain or get a refund if you get a disc that won't rip. As a result their marketplace is my last resort if eBay and Amazon fail me, but I rarely buy on their marketplace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMist View Post
    Are they out of print discs or why buy used with all the hassles?
    Some are out of print or were never sold in the US new. Also, there's the whole value proposition of a $4-5 used CD vs. a $12 new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereodude View Post
    Also, there's the whole value proposition of a $4-5 used CD vs. a $12 new one.
    How much did you pay for your Stereo equipment, dude?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newtun View Post
    How much did you pay for your Stereo equipment, dude?
    That's a totally different equation... I'm all about value for my money. I didn't buy my gear from the most expensive retailer either. I can buy 2-3x as much music for the same amount of money. Lastly, I can help to starve the RIAA beast by buying used CDs.

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    Do you use Exact Audio Copy (www.exactaudiocopy.de), or something similar, to try to get the best quality from your CD rips?

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    Personally if I'm buying a CD it's usually from local thrift stores, so I can put hands on the disc myself to make sure it's in decent shape, or I'm buying shrinkwrapped discs on the cheap off ebay as well. I too buy them just to rip to FLAC, and if I can do anything to help kill the RIAA I damn well will. Haven't had any problems yet, but I'm supremely lazy and also in possession of a Spotify Premium subscription, so I don't exactly get the bug too often. I'm in fact more likely to burn CDs than I am to rip them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newtun View Post
    Do you use Exact Audio Copy (www.exactaudiocopy.de), or something similar, to try to get the best quality from your CD rips?
    Yes to EAC. There's a now somewhat dated guide that I wrote up here. EAC now has AccurateRip and CTDB comparison capability built it. Combining those with my routine of using the secure mode and effectively ripping each disc twice and comparing them using EAC's test and copy feature the rips exact and correct.

    I also started a more recent thread on repairing bad rips of damaged discs using CueTools here.

    I should point out that I have subsequently discovered that EAC may not rip a damaged disc in a way that allows it to be repaired by CueTools. I will make a follow up post in the thread.

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    I decided to try one of the Nvidia Shield TV 4K HDR Media Player. I've been eyeing one of these for a while and the price seemed pretty good this time around at $119 + tax in my area.

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    My uncle bought himself a 512GB nvme SSD the other day and had me install it for him. This is the first time I've ever played with any PCI-E storage, and holy balls is it fast. If I weren't on a platform 3 generations behind him (and 6 behind the current) I may have had to buy one myself right then and there.

    I did, however, finally pony up the cash to finish up my delid/liquid-metal/relid job on my CPU. I got tired of watching my load temps spike up to the mid 80s because of my shoddy "proof of concept" job with AS5. I also decided to, with what was left over of my Amazon gift card balance, go for an open-box CoolerMaster Masterliquid Lite 240mm AIO. I couldn't pass it up at the price it was going for and it'll finally be the stroke of the brush so to speak that completes this build. It's been kind of funny to watch me waste money left and right on it but I'll finally have a finished thing to show for it. It's done. This is the last thing I'm getting for it. I'm cutting myself off, anything else will just have to be addressed with a new build.
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    I was rather disappointed with the PCIe drives vs. SATA. The later NVMe drives are somewhat faster, but nowhere nearly as proportional to the STR numbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMist View Post
    I was rather disappointed with the PCIe drives vs. SATA. The later NVMe drives are somewhat faster, but nowhere nearly as proportional to the STR numbers.
    This surprises you? Pretty much every review shows that somewhere when they use Bapco Sysmark or something similar to show real world app performance. Everyone focuses on the synthetic benchmarks or totally inaccurate workloads though.

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    Of course and that was a few years ago.
    I'm surprised that Sedorkian is noticing a large difference and suspect that there are multiple variables involved or it is mental perception.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMist View Post
    Of course and that was a few years ago.
    I'm surprised that Sedorkian [emphasis mine ] is noticing a large difference and suspect that there are multiple variables involved or it is mental perception.
    It is probably just mental perception, and the sheer difference that this change made in particular as I migrated him from 6-year-old spinning rust to this NVMe drive. I doubt I'd notice near as appreciable a difference going from my boot SSD on SATA III to that NVMe drive, especially considering I run Linux with a stupidly quick init system as it is.
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    So apparently UHD Blu-rays are extremely sensitive about having a perfectly clean disc. I opened a brand new movie last night from the shrinkwrap, put it in the player, and started watching it. At about 2 hours into the movie playback froze. Upon ejecting the disc and examining it closely with a flashlight I found a small spec of debris on it. Something several times smaller than a grain of sand or salt. I blew it off with a puff of breath, put the disc back in the player, and playback resumed without issue.

    I had previously seen some forum chatter about this otherwise I would have never guessed that such a tiny spec would halt playback and cause the issue. I certainly will not be buying any used UHD BDs that I can't inspect in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sedrosken View Post
    It is probably just mental perception, and the sheer difference that this change made in particular as I migrated him from 6-year-old spinning rust to this NVMe drive. I doubt I'd notice near as appreciable a difference going from my boot SSD on SATA III to that NVMe drive, especially considering I run Linux with a stupidly quick init system as it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereodude View Post
    So apparently UHD Blu-rays are extremely sensitive about having a perfectly clean disc. I opened a brand new movie last night from the shrinkwrap, put it in the player, and started watching it. At about 2 hours into the movie playback froze. Upon ejecting the disc and examining it closely with a flashlight I found a small spec of debris on it. Something several times smaller than a grain of sand or salt. I blew it off with a puff of breath, put the disc back in the player, and playback resumed without issue.

    I had previously seen some forum chatter about this otherwise I would have never guessed that such a tiny spec would halt playback and cause the issue. I certainly will not be buying any used UHD BDs that I can't inspect in person.
    Are they further in the UV or what exactly is the technical problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMist View Post
    Are they further in the UV or what exactly is the technical problem?
    No, they are not further into the UV spectrum. They reduced the size of the pits slightly to get 33GB per layer instead of 25GB. I'm not sure why this seems to have such a dramatic effect on readability. I've only watched 3 UHD BD's so far and sampled parts of a 4th. I can't exactly say how common this is as my sample size is quite small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMist View Post
    Oops, there was no disrespect intended towards you or your family name.
    I know, it's just a username to me, I just found that particular butchering amusing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMist View Post
    So it is not your name?
    If you'd been paying attention years ago, you'd know his real name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereodude View Post
    If you'd been paying attention years ago, you'd know his real name.
    Do you really expect me to remember all that stuff from decades ago? I remember that Supercaffeinated guy, Trinton Azaleth, Mark the decedent, etc. but not everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMist View Post
    Do you really expect me to remember all that stuff from decades ago? I remember that Supercaffeinated guy, Trinton Azaleth, Mark the decedent, etc. but not everyone.
    Decades? Perhaps you should calibrate your sense of time. 5 years is not decades.

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    Shit, in fairness I don't remember his name either. I haven't been paying that close attention to his posts. Has it been 5 years?

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