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  1. Session Start: Sat Jan 30 13:54:12 2010
  2. Session Ident: #what.cd-interview2
  3.  03[13:54] * Now talking in #what.cd-interview2
  4.  03[13:54] * Topic is 'What.CD Invite Interview Room #2 || Questions
  5. must be answered quickly || Those getting interviewed please /part
  6. from the channel after the interview is finished. '
  7.  03[13:54] * Set by IRConan on Fri Sep 04 14:53:59
  8. [13:54] <@MrE2Me> hey evdc34
  9.  01[13:58] <evdc34> hey
  10. [13:58] <@MrE2Me> hey
  11.  02[13:58] * @Seasnake4 (114788@seasnake4.torrentmaster.what.cd) Quit (Quit:  )
  12.  01[13:59] <evdc34> thank you for taking the time to interview me
  13. [13:59] <@MrE2Me> sure
  14. [13:59] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  15. [13:59] <@MrE2Me> Welcome to the What.CD Interviews Channel, evdc34!
  16. [13:59] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  17. [13:59] <@MrE2Me> Before We Begin:
  18. [13:59] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  19. [13:59] <@MrE2Me> An interview can take as little as 15 minutes or
  20. more than an hour, depending on how quickly
  21. [13:59] <@MrE2Me> and how well you answer. If you think you won't have
  22. enough time, please say so now and you may leave.
  23. [13:59] <@MrE2Me> This will not count as a fail. However, if you start
  24. your interview and then leave in the middle,
  25. [13:59] <@MrE2Me> you will fail and be banned from this channel for 48
  26. hours, after which you can try again.
  27. [13:59] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  28. [13:59] <@MrE2Me> Are you ready to begin your interview?
  29.  01[13:59] <evdc34> Yes.
  30. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  31. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> Hello! My name is  MrE2Me , and you have the dubious
  32. honor of being my interviewee today. =)
  33. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> Congratulations on taking your first step toward
  34. what I hope will be a long and
  35. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> fruitful relationship with the best private music
  36. tracker on the web, What.CD!
  37. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  38. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> Okay, let's get started! Please answer the questions
  39. quickly and to the best of your ability,
  40. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> one answer per line, numbering them as you go.
  41. (Example: 1. Yes/No)
  42. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> Don't use google or any other search engine/outside
  43. help. If you don't know an answer,
  44. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> tell me you don't know. Honesty will serve us both well.
  45. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> Not knowing an answer is not an automatic failure!
  46. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  47. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> Any questions?
  48.  01[14:00] <evdc34> Nope, let's begin
  49. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  50. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> Let's start off with some preliminary questions:
  51. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  52. [14:00] <@MrE2Me>  01.  Is English your native language (or a language
  53. that you speak fluently)?
  54. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> If not, tell me now and I will be more patient.
  55. [14:00] <@MrE2Me>  02.  Where are you located? (City / Country)
  56. [14:00] <@MrE2Me>  03.  Are you on your HOME connection?
  57. [14:00] <@MrE2Me>  04.  Have you ever had an account at What.CD before?
  58. [14:00] <@MrE2Me>  05.  Have you been interviewed here before? If so,
  59. by who and when?
  60. [14:00] <@MrE2Me>  06.  Do you have a Waffles account? If so, provide
  61. a link to your profile.
  62. [14:00] <@MrE2Me>  07.  What is your email address?
  63. [14:00] <@MrE2Me>  08.  Where did you hear about this IRC invite
  64. channel? Provide a link, if possible.
  65. [14:00] <@MrE2Me>  09.  Are you a member of any private trackers? If
  66. so, what are they?
  67. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  68. [14:00] <@MrE2Me> Say my name ( MrE2Me ) when you're finished.
  69.  01[14:00] <evdc34> 01. Yes
  70.  01[14:01] <evdc34> 02. Camarillo, California (near LA)
  71.  01[14:01] <evdc34> United States
  72.  01[14:01] <evdc34> 03. Yes
  73.  01[14:01] <evdc34> 04. No
  74.  01[14:01] <evdc34> 05. No
  75.  01[14:01] <evdc34> 06. No
  76.  01[14:01] <evdc34> 07. evannc@gmail.com
  77.  01[14:02] <evdc34> 08. A friend of mine, who goes by the name of
  78. needmoney90 on here, recommended it to me
  79.  01[14:02] <evdc34> 09. None
  80.  01[14:02] <evdc34> MrE2Me
  81. [14:03] <@MrE2Me> ah, yes, needmoney, i've seen them around
  82. [14:03] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  83. [14:03] <@MrE2Me> The Following is the What.CD Transcode Rule. Please
  84. take the time to read it.
  85. [14:03] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  86. [14:03] <@MrE2Me> "No transcodes or re-encodes of lossy releases are
  87. acceptable here. There are no
  88. [14:03] <@MrE2Me> exceptions to this rule, no matter how rare you
  89. claim the release is. The only
  90. [14:03] <@MrE2Me> acceptable transcodes are releases that were
  91. transcoded from a lossless source
  92. [14:03] <@MrE2Me> (such as a CD or lossless file)."
  93. [14:03] <@MrE2Me> In other words, lossy-to-lossy and lossy-to-lossless
  94. transcodes are forbidden.
  95. [14:03] <@MrE2Me> Lossless-to-anything (192 kbps and above) is OK.
  96. [14:03] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  97. [14:03] <@MrE2Me> Do you have any questions about this rule before we continue?
  98.  01[14:03] <evdc34> Nope
  99. [14:04] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  100. [14:04] <@MrE2Me> To determine whether you are adequately prepared for the rest
  101. [14:04] <@MrE2Me> of the interview, please answer the following questions:
  102. [14:04] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  103. [14:04] <@MrE2Me>  1.  What are V0 and V2? Which has a higher target
  104. bitrate, and what is it?
  105. [14:04] <@MrE2Me>  2.  Please indicate which of the following
  106. transcodes would or would  NOT  be acceptable at What.CD
  107. [14:04] <@MrE2Me> (write  YES  for acceptable and  NO  for unacceptable).
  108. [14:04] <@MrE2Me> - a.  320 kbps (CBR) MP3 -> 256 kbps (CBR) MP3
  109. [14:04] <@MrE2Me> - b.  V0 -> V2
  110. [14:04] <@MrE2Me> - c.  WAV (PCM) -> FLAC -> 320 kbps (CBR) MP3
  111. [14:04] <@MrE2Me> - d.  FLAC -> 256 kbps (CBR) MP3 -> V2
  112. [14:04] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  113. [14:04] <@MrE2Me> Say my name ( MrE2Me ) when you're finished.
  114.  01[14:04] <evdc34> 1. V0 and V2 are LAME encoding presets. V0 has a
  115. higher target bitrate of ~245 kbps
  116.  01[14:05] <evdc34> 2. -a NO -b NO -c YES -d NO
  117.  01[14:05] <evdc34> MrE2Me
  118. [14:05] <@MrE2Me> perfect
  119. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  120. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> Excellent! Moving on... Let's talk about the common
  121. audio codecs used on What.CD.
  122. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  123. [14:06] <@MrE2Me>  1.  Name 3 examples each of lossless and lossy audio codecs.
  124. [14:06] <@MrE2Me>  2.  What is a transcode? Is transcoding "good" or
  125. "bad"? Explain.
  126. [14:06] <@MrE2Me>  3.  What do VBR and CBR stand for? What is the
  127. difference between them?
  128. [14:06] <@MrE2Me>  4.  Explain what lossless and lossy codecs do to
  129. the original data.
  130. [14:06] <@MrE2Me>  5.  Which of the following are allowed on What.CD
  131. and which are not? (Write  YES  for allowed and  NO  for not allowed.)
  132. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> - AAC
  133. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> - AIFF
  134. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> - FLAC
  135. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> - MP3
  136. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> - Ogg Vorbis
  137. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> - WAV
  138. [14:06] <@MrE2Me>  6.  Rank the following in order from lowest
  139. (average) bitrate to highest:
  140. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> - 320 kbps (CBR)
  141. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> - V0
  142. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> - V2
  143. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> - FLAC
  144. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> - 128 kbps (CBR)
  145. [14:06] <@MrE2Me>  7.  Which of the above would not be allowed on
  146. What.CD? Why not?
  147. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  148. [14:06] <@MrE2Me> Say my name ( MrE2Me ) when you're finished.
  149.  01[14:07] <evdc34> 1. Lossless - FLAC, wav, APE. Lossy - mp3, ogg vorbis, aac
  150.  01[14:08] <evdc34> 2. Transcoding is changing from one codec to
  151. another. it's not "bad" as long as the source is lossless. Transcoding
  152. is useful to reduce filesizes, or sometimes a certain program/device
  153. can only play certain formats
  154.  01[14:09] <evdc34> 3. CBR is constant bit rate, meaning every frame
  155. of the file has the same number of bits allocated to it. VBR is
  156. variable bit rate, meaning some frames have more bits allocated than
  157. others.
  158.  01[14:09] <evdc34> 4. Lossless codecs perfectly preserve the original
  159. data - it can be fully reconstructed. lossy codecs cut out some data,
  160. i.e. above a certain frequency, to reduce filesize
  161.  01[14:10] <evdc34> 5. -AAC: YES -AIFF: NO -FLAC: YES -MP3: YES -Ogg
  162. Vorbis: YES -WAV: NO
  163.  01[14:11] <evdc34> 6. 128 kbps CBR, V2, V0, 320 kbps CBR, FLAC
  164.  01[14:11] <evdc34> 7. 128kbps is not allowed on What.Cd because the
  165. minimum allowed is 192 kbps
  166.  01[14:12] <evdc34> MrE2Me
  167. [14:12] <@MrE2Me> perfect
  168. [14:12] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  169. [14:12] <@MrE2Me> Well done! Now on to an equally important subject:
  170. transcoding.
  171. [14:12] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  172. [14:12] <@MrE2Me> Please indicate which of the following transcodes
  173. would or wouldn't be acceptable at What.CD
  174. [14:12] <@MrE2Me> (write  YES  for acceptable and  NO  for unacceptable).
  175. [14:12] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  176. [14:12] <@MrE2Me>  01.  V0 MP3 -> V2 MP3
  177. [14:12] <@MrE2Me>  02.  CD -> ALAC -> OGG q.8x
  178. [14:12] <@MrE2Me>  03.  CD -> FLAC -> 320 kbps (CBR) AAC
  179. [14:12] <@MrE2Me>  04.  192 kbps (CBR) MP3 -> 256 kbps (CBR) MP3
  180. [14:12] <@MrE2Me>  05.  256 kbps (CBR) MP3 -> V2 MP3 -> WAV (PCM) -> FLAC
  181. [14:12] <@MrE2Me>  06.  CD -> WAV (PCM) -> ALAC -> APE -> FLAC
  182. [14:12] <@MrE2Me>  07.  320 kbps (CBR) AAC -> 320 kbps (CBR) MP3
  183. [14:12] <@MrE2Me>  08.  CD -> 320 kbps (CBR) MP3 -> 256 kbps (CBR) MP3
  184. [14:12] <@MrE2Me>  09.  CD -> 192 kbps (CBR) MP3
  185. [14:12] <@MrE2Me>  10.  CD -> APE -> FLAC -> WAV (PCM) -> 320 kbps
  186. (CBR) MP3 -> V0 MP3
  187. [14:12] <@MrE2Me>  11.  CD -> 320 kbps (CBR) MP3 -> Burned CD -> FLAC
  188. [14:12] <@MrE2Me>  12.  CD -> FLAC -> ALAC -> OGG q.8x
  189. [14:12] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  190. [14:12] <@MrE2Me> Say my name ( MrE2Me ) when you're finished.
  191.  01[14:12] <evdc34> 01. NO
  192.  01[14:12] <evdc34> 02. YES
  193.  01[14:12] <evdc34> 03. YES
  194.  01[14:12] <evdc34> 04. NO
  195.  01[14:13] <evdc34> 05. NO
  196.  01[14:13] <evdc34> 06. YES
  197.  01[14:13] <evdc34> 07. NO
  198.  01[14:13] <evdc34> 08. NO
  199.  01[14:13] <evdc34> 09. YES
  200.  01[14:13] <evdc34> 10. NO
  201.  01[14:14] <evdc34> 11. NO
  202.  01[14:14] <evdc34> 12. YES
  203.  01[14:14] <evdc34> MrE2Me
  204. [14:14] <@MrE2Me> nice work
  205. [14:14] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  206. [14:14] <@MrE2Me> Outstanding! Up next I'll be testing your grasp of
  207. basic BitTorrent concepts,
  208. [14:14] <@MrE2Me> as well as some of the most important rules of What.CD.
  209. [14:14] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  210. [14:14] <@MrE2Me> Please answer  True  or  False  for each (and
  211. elaborate on your answers where requested).
  212. [14:14] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  213. [14:14] <@MrE2Me>  01.  It's okay to download content from another
  214. site and upload it to What.CD.
  215. [14:14] <@MrE2Me>  02.  It's okay to download content from What.CD and
  216. upload it to another site.
  217. [14:14] <@MrE2Me>  03.  It's okay to post a What.CD .torrent file on
  218. another site. Why or why not?
  219. [14:14] <@MrE2Me>  04.  160 kbps is the minimum constant bitrate (CBR)
  220. allowed on What.CD.
  221. [14:14] <@MrE2Me>  05.  Maintaining a good ratio on What.CD will be
  222. easier than on a public tracker. Why or why not?
  223. [14:14] <@MrE2Me>  06.  If you upload 10GB and download 20GB your
  224. ratio will be 2.0. If false, what will your ratio actually be?
  225. [14:14] <@MrE2Me>  07.  If you upload 2 GB and download 6 GB, your
  226. ratio will be 0.33. If false, what will your ratio actually be?
  227. [14:14] <@MrE2Me>  08.  Editing ID3 tags after creating and uploading
  228. a torrent will interfere with seeding the file(s).
  229. [14:14] <@MrE2Me>  09.  Port-forwarding makes it harder for you to
  230. connect to peers.
  231. [14:14] <@MrE2Me>  10.  DHT should be enabled when using private
  232. trackers. Why or why not?
  233. [14:14] <@MrE2Me>  11.  Seeding data means the same thing as uploading
  234. data. What do they mean?
  235. [14:14] <@MrE2Me>  12.  You see a 15 gigabyte torrent on the site that
  236. is 4 months old, has 150 seeders and 225 leechers.
  237. [14:14] <@MrE2Me> This is a good torrent to jump on as a new user in
  238. order to build up a good ratio.
  239. [14:14] <@MrE2Me>  13.  The best way to deal with being "warned" is by
  240. throwing a temper tantrum and
  241. [14:14] <@MrE2Me> threatening to kill anyone remotely connected to the
  242. running of the site.
  243. [14:14] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  244. [14:14] <@MrE2Me> Say my name ( MrE2Me ) when you're finished.
  245.  01[14:15] <evdc34> 1. False
  246.  01[14:15] <evdc34> 2. False
  247.  01[14:16] <evdc34> 3. False. What.cd is a *private* torrent tracker
  248. site, from my understanding - and your key is contained in every
  249. .torrent file
  250.  01[14:16] <evdc34> 4. False (192 is)
  251.  01[14:17] <evdc34> 5. As long as you follow good practice and seed
  252. everything you download, it should be the same?
  253.  01[14:18] <evdc34> 6. False - it'll be 1:2 or 0.50
  254.  01[14:18] <evdc34> 7. True
  255.  01[14:19] <evdc34> 8. True
  256.  01[14:19] <evdc34> 9. False - makes it easier
  257.  01[14:20] <evdc34> 10. DHT (distributed hash table) should be
  258. disabled...I can remember reading this but can't remember why. ><
  259.  01[14:22] <evdc34> 11. False. Uploading data means uploading it to a
  260. server...seeding data means that you have a complete copy of the data,
  261. and are sending it to peers.
  262.  01[14:23] <evdc34> 12. If by "jump on" you mean download, then false,
  263. as there are already more seeders than leechers. If you mean "help
  264. seeding", true.
  265.  01[14:23] <evdc34> 13. False. Completely false.
  266.  01[14:23] <evdc34> MrE2Me
  267. [14:24] <@MrE2Me>  #1 is True!  Just make sure the other site doesn't
  268. have any rules about redistributing their content,
  269. [14:24] <@MrE2Me> and confirm that it's not a transcode before you
  270. upload it to What.CD.
  271. [14:24] <@MrE2Me>  #2 is True!  You are welcome to share our content
  272. on other sites, it is only the .torrent file that is restricted.
  273. [14:25] <@MrE2Me> #5 is a bit subjective, but most people find it
  274. harder on private trackers like what.cd
  275.  01[14:25] <evdc34> ah, right. >>
  276. [14:25] <@MrE2Me> for 10, right, here's why
  277. [14:25] <@MrE2Me>  #10 is False!  It is important to disable DHT! If
  278. you have enabled DHT you could be uploading to people
  279. [14:25] <@MrE2Me> who don't even have access to the site so you won't
  280. be receiving the proper credit for your uploads & downloads.
  281. [14:25] <@MrE2Me> You will be sharing data out of the tracker and
  282. those ghost peers will be using your bandwidth to download from you.
  283. [14:25] <@MrE2Me> Even worse, you could be tagged for cheating! Disable DHT!
  284.  01[14:25] <evdc34> Ah, that makes sense. thanks
  285. [14:26] <@MrE2Me> for 12, notice anything odd about the torrent?
  286.  01[14:27] <evdc34> it's pretty big...and a little bit old, too
  287. [14:27] <@MrE2Me> yes
  288. [14:27] <@MrE2Me> old and still has a lot of leechers
  289. [14:27] <@MrE2Me> heard of partial seeders?
  290.  01[14:28] <evdc34> no
  291. [14:28] <@MrE2Me> ok
  292. [14:28] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  293. [14:28] <@MrE2Me> Partial seeders are people who only downloaded parts
  294. of the file and who are now seeding them.
  295. [14:28] <@MrE2Me> If you are considering downloading a very large file
  296. with many, many leechers, assume the worst and  DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT .
  297. [14:28] <@MrE2Me> You will NOT get any upload credit.
  298. [14:28] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  299. [14:28] <@MrE2Me> For example, the Rosetta Stone is a very large
  300. torrent but most people just download one or two languages and ignore
  301. the rest.
  302. [14:28] <@MrE2Me> They are listed as leechers when they are in fact
  303. partial seeders.
  304. [14:28] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  305.  01[14:29] <evdc34> Ah. So most of those leechers could be partial
  306. seeders...and it'd be a bad one to jump on because I wouldn't get any
  307. upload credit.
  308. [14:30] <@MrE2Me> right
  309.  01[14:30] <evdc34> thanks
  310. [14:30] <@MrE2Me> they only grabbed a few of the files, probably, and
  311. so you won't upload much to them
  312. [14:30] <@MrE2Me> just something to keep an eye on - old torrents with
  313. lots of leechers
  314. [14:30] <@MrE2Me> we see new users lose their accounts because they
  315. tried to snatch them, hoping to seed to the so-called leechers
  316.  01[14:31] <evdc34> ah
  317. [14:31] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  318. [14:31] <@MrE2Me> Orgasmic! You're almost done, so hang in there. =)
  319. Time for some general questions about you.
  320. [14:31] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  321. [14:31] <@MrE2Me>  01.  How old are you? Are you male, female, or
  322. other? If other, please explain. =P
  323. [14:31] <@MrE2Me>  02.  If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
  324. [14:31] <@MrE2Me>  03.  Why are you interested in becoming a member at
  325. What.CD? How often do you plan to use the site?
  326. [14:31] <@MrE2Me>  04.  Do you have any pets?
  327. [14:31] <@MrE2Me>  05.  What is the size of your music collection
  328. (both physical and/or digital)? Do you have a favorite artist or
  329. genre?
  330. [14:31] <@MrE2Me>  06.  What is your preferred audio format/bitrate?
  331. What program do you use to rip CDs? What program do you use for MP3
  332. encoding?
  333. [14:31] <@MrE2Me>  07.  What torrent client(s) do you use? Is this
  334. client allowed on What.cd?
  335. [14:31] <@MrE2Me> Check the client Whitelist ->
  336. http://www.whatinterviewprep.com/preparefortheinterview.html
  337. [14:31] <@MrE2Me>  08.  What was the last movie you saw? How was it?
  338. [14:31] <@MrE2Me>  09.  (Optional) Do you have any suggestions as to
  339. how I can improve the interview process? Your feedback is appreciated.
  340. [14:31] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  341. [14:31] <@MrE2Me> Say my name ( MrE2Me ) when you're finished.
  342.  01[14:32] <evdc34> 01. 16, Male
  343.  01[14:32] <evdc34> 02. Red. I'm not sure the explanation, I like the color
  344.  01[14:33] <evdc34> 03. I really like music and have a bunch of old
  345. music lying around to share. Also, needmoney90 spoke about the site in
  346. pretty glowing terms and told me I'd like it. I plan to use it
  347. relatively often
  348.  01[14:33] <evdc34> 04. Nope
  349.  01[14:34] <evdc34> 05. Medium-sized, both physical and digital...I
  350. like classic rock, electronic music and chill music.
  351.  01[14:35] <evdc34> 06. Mp3, V0. I have EAC (exact audio copy) and LAME
  352.  01[14:35] <evdc34> 07. uTorrent/Deluge. I'm pretty sure they're both allowed
  353.  01[14:36] <evdc34> 08. The Hangover. It was pretty hilarious
  354.  01[14:36] <evdc34> 09. Nah, the process is good. =)
  355.  01[14:36] <evdc34> MrE2Me
  356. [14:37] <@MrE2Me> good stuff
  357. [14:37] <@MrE2Me> EAC and LAME is what we like
  358. [14:37] <@MrE2Me> =============================================
  359. [14:37] <@MrE2Me>   CONGRATULATIONS!   You have passed the interview!
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