>>52635475 No anon, they are still the best way to install any microsoft garbage. Spent the weekend with discovering that windows 10 installer boots from usb3 but cant install it nor provide meaningful errors
They're pretty good when you wanna recover old files you've probably had in the past on old cds and dvds. nowadays you use a usb or external harddrive. but if you wanna feel like a G then you used them what they are still used for.
I have a bluray reader in my main machine. Rip music, dvds, blurays. Encode everything. Burn disc backups of drivers and bootable discs for operating systems. Windows, Mint for computers that are so old/so fucked up that USB boot isn't working.
While optical media isn't as big as it used to be, it is still useful. Besides, my fractal r5 has a door that covers the 5.25" bays so it's not like I have to stare at the drive or hear it while it is working. Plus a standard dvd drive brand new is less than $20. My bluray reader was $35. Bluray burners maybe $70 for a good one. It's not like they're a premium price anymore.
An optical drive would have come in pretty handy when I installed Windows 7 on this machine, so the process of installing drivers for basically everything would have been much faster than "download drivers to laptop, transfer to usb drive, transfer to new pc, install"
Other than that I don't see much use for one myself.
>>52635475 >Are optical drives completely fucking pointless in 2016, /g/?
Yes. I eliminated optical media from my compute life many years ago. I consolidated all important CDs/DVDs onto a HDD and threw the discs and reader into the trash. Never looked back. Much less clutter, and a huge time saver. I hope optical media stays dead, the days of having 800 DVDs floating around everywhere and racks of CDs are gone.
>>52635475 >have old pc >it's enough to daily internet use, animu, learnig to code >bios has not got an usb boot option >must use optical drives >only CD works, DVD laser fucked up >shops throw out the CDs from shelfs >I'm fucked now >mfw
It's even cheaper than buying mp3s sometimes, which then got some noise through their shitty automatic ripping anyway. Not to mention them functioning as a backup medium, and getting some nice covers and booklets of my favourite artists as well. Enjoy your pleb audio for 1.29 per song :^)
>>52639105 >Not downloading perfect lossless CD rips
Enjoy the bit rot on your rotting CD collection. Also, even if you rip them your self you won't get 100% accurate rips. The scene use special CD-readers and multiple slow reads to ensure they get exact rips.
>>52639156 Exact Audio Copy with Secure Mode, NO C2, accurate stream, disable cache, Test & Copy.
No, libparanoia on Linux is not as good. AccurateRip is acceptable, however, if done properly.
Someday I really need to get on to finish that iterative Viterbi estimation raw-EFM-reading CD ripper we experimented with. It delivers much more stable results, especially on damaged discs, than the DSP on drive firmwares. It uses about 2G of RAM reading a CD, but that's far less of an issue in 2016 than it was in 2006.
>>52639431 >There's also the fact that almost all "4K" Blu-rays are just upscaled from 2K.
Most early BD movies weren't true 1080p either. Hollywood is gonna gradually start rescanning their old film stock in >4K and new movies will all be filmed (and already are for the most part) in 4K or 4K+. The reason why almost all movies have 2K Digital Intermediates are just because that's the sweet spot for cinemas and 1080p home releases. Once 4K is the norm, all movies will be done with 4K Digital Intermediates.. Give it a year or three and everything will be 4K.
>>52639875 >they'll usually last for at least 20 years
Not 100% of them will, a certain % will. And if you buy old CDs, that number is drastically reduced. Also, for home burned media, the shelf life is a few years in optimal conditions. In shitty conditions with exposure to light, heat, and/or moisture, they rot faster.
>Just pirate it If you have the CD, you're not pirating it. You're copying it to your computer more efficiently and accurately than you can do if you rip it your self.
>>52640030 >>52639875 I used to work in an archive with lots of CDs. Unless you're an idiot, the shelf life of a CD is about a decade to 15 years, 20 if you don't leave it in the kitchen. Longer if you keep them in archival conditions. >but who has a temperature and humidity controlled UV-free archive anyways >and no, you can't just put them in the fridge You'd have to care an awful lot about what you have on CD for this to matter. If it's valuable data you should back it up properly, and not on CDs. If it's music, your CD collection is pretty well already an archaism. Like mechanical watches they're for nostalgia and intrigue only, and contrary to le mème posters they really do not offer any real technical advantage.
>>52640044 Whats the difference between 4K RED and 70mm IMAX?
If the IMAX shots in Dark Knight Rises are any indication, 4K movies are going to look gorgeous.
Netflix UHD doesn't count, though. My info might be outdated, but they stream 4K at 15mbit which is pathetic. A good Bluray release will easily be 30mbit+. The people who think Netflix 4k is good are the same people who worshipped YIFY.
>>52635606 only because the movie industry is retarded and didn't future proof their shit >digital cameras are the future >most post work done in lower than 2k resolution >star wars prequels weren't even shot in 1080p
That's my point. It's already done for you, and by people who know more about the process and have better equipment than you. And it takes less time to download a 350MB flac then to rip the CD properly.
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