Norio Ohga dies at age of 81

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  1. gelberhase

    gelberhase Gutsy Member

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    Norio Ohga, former Sony president, dies

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    The former president and chairman of Sony, Norio Ohga, who was credited with developing the compact disc, has died aged 81, the company has said.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13178548
     
  2. Harp00nX

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    Imagine how much we would be getting ripped off for game cartridges these days without the push of cd's! We owe this man a great deal of respect.
     
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    Didn't Philips invent the CD?
     
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    I believe people from Sony and Philips developed the CD.:shrug:
     
  6. pstrick1

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    You expected Sony to give proper credit? You should know better.

    They probably just want to have one successful media format on their track record. They can't seem to create anything that people want to buy, as far as media goes.
     
  7. ave

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    Calm down man, Sony DID develop the CD together with Philips and they probably did the bigger part of the job as far as I could infer it from the research I did on this subject ages ago.
    The CD is obviously based on Laserdisc technology which was developed by Philips, that's probably why they worked together in the first place.

    By the way, the first test CD in the world was pressed in Langenhagen, a city about 30 minutes away from my hometown in Germany, at Polydor Pressings :D This is also the place where they first produced CD's in an industralized way

    And just to look like the total know-it-all, CD's initially had a capacity of 74 minutes. That's because Norio Ouga wanted to make it possible that the entire 9th symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven can be played without changing CD's. The best recording of the time and maybe until now is Wilhelm Furtwaengler's 1951 orchestration (I've got the original German LP boxset at home :D) and it takes exactly 74 minutes.

    RIP Norio Ouga
     
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    Sounds about right.

    Ave,
    Great post.
     
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    I am just as dependent of external sources as you are because everything I know is based on Internet research, but

    doesn't sound very convincing to me. Why shouldn't we believe them?

    I found this article on the very same page of the University of Essen and it elaborates on the technical details of their decision about the capacity and diameter:
    http://www.exp-math.uni-essen.de/~immink/pdf/beethoven.htm

    For someone who is looking for a nice interesting read on the subject, here the essence about diameter/capacity/Beethoven:

    It seems to be not only a coincidence, but the technical aspect played a major role in their decision obviously, I never tried to deny that. Nevertheless, Ohga's taste in music still played a minor role.
     
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    Why did you bump this topic.

    Norio Ohga died on April 23, 2011, Tokyo, Japan.

    "He supported Ken Kutaragi to develop the PlayStation."
    A legend.
     
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    Come off it. I was just joking.
     
  13. subbie

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    Then learn better jokes...
     
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    Surely you can't deny that Sony has had a fair share of ethical mishaps?
     
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    What company hasn't?

    And even when they do, that does not discredit everything else they have done.
     
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    ^:fresh:
    This.
     
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  17. renone

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    RIP Mr Ohga.
     
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    R.I.P Mr. Ohga.
     
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    We thank you for no drm mr. Ohga
     
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    what a guy:) rip
     

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