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Comment: Re:Not getting enough volume for headphones... (Score 1) 290

I use the motherboard audio to plug my headphones into. However, the volume for headphones is never high enough even with the volume control maxed out in Windows. Would a separate audio card fix this problem?

Maybe.

Higher quality headphones, specifically ones that have their own amp, would probably work better, though.

Comment: Re:If you need one then yes.. (Score 1) 290

For most of us, no. Onboard sound is great and getting better all the time. If you're an audiophile or using your system to do professional mixing or music then it is worth it.

Even then, you're not going to be using a PCI Soundblaster card, but rather a purpose-built audio interface device. And you sure as hell won't be buying it from Creative. At least, not if you care about your sound.

Comment: Re:How much is Google paying for these promotions? (Score 1) 24

by CanHasDIY (#47427443) Attached to: On the Significance of Google's New Cardboard (Video)

I'd hardly consider a device that requires use of a $300+ smartphone to be "cheap," and definitely not free.

If only you could DIY that bit, too, eh?

... For less than several hundred bucks, yea.

I mean, sure, right now you could probably get an R-pi or BeagleBone Black, a couple small, hi-res screens, an NFC shield, etc. and cobble together your own solution; but when all is said and done, would it be any cheaper than just using a Galaxy S3?

Hey, mebbe we're onto something here...

Comment: Surely, It Depends (Score 4, Informative) 290

For the average user, onboard is just fine.

For a power user (gamer/developer), onboard is probably good enough.

If you're an audio pro and/or you're building a semi/professional audio rig, onboard isn't going to cut it 99% of the time.

FWIW, plug in sound cards are actually more common than a lot of people think, because a lot of people seem to think that if it doesn't go into a PCI slot, it's not a sound card.

The Rocksmith cable, with its built-in discrete audio unit, is a prime example, one that I use almost daily.

Comment: Re:How much is Google paying for these promotions? (Score 0) 24

by CanHasDIY (#47427125) Attached to: On the Significance of Google's New Cardboard (Video)

Right, cause cheap/free VR certainly isn't of interest to the slashdot crowd.

I'd hardly consider a device that requires use of a $300+ smartphone to be "cheap," and definitely not free.

Still neat, though, because it shows off the depth of cool stuff you can do with cardboard these days.

Comment: Re:Fix this like we fix education (Score 1, Funny) 232

Schools not teaching, graduating kids that never learned to read or write but did learn how to put a condom on a banana (a very useful skill if you are approached by a sexually aggressive banana).....

Carl... tonight... YOU...

No, HandBanana, NO!!!

Couldn't help myself :)

Send them more money, the unions say it's the only logical approach here in pretend it'll get better world..

Isn't that basically the same idea behind the Mayday PAC? Yea, something tells me it's going to work just as well...

+ - Arecibo radio telescope has confirmed the existence of fast radio pulses->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The Arecibo radio telescope has confirmed the existence of fast radio pulses.

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are bright flashes of radio waves that last only a few thousandths of a second. Scientists using the Parkes Observatory in Australia have recorded such events for the first time, but the lack of any similar findings by other facilities led to speculation that the Australian instrument might have been picking up signals originating from sources on or near Earth. The discovery at Arecibo is the first detection of a fast radio burst using an instrument other than the Parkes radio telescope. The position of the radio burst is in the direction of the constellation Auriga in the Northern sky.

“Our result is important because it eliminates any doubt that these radio bursts are truly of cosmic origin,” continues Victoria Kaspi, an astrophysics professor at McGill University in Montreal and Principal Investigator for the pulsar-survey project that detected this fast radio burst. “The radio waves show every sign of having come from far outside our galaxy – a really exciting prospect.”

Exactly what may be causing such radio bursts represents a major new enigma for astrophysicists. Possibilities include a range of exotic astrophysical objects, such as evaporating black holes, mergers of neutron stars, or flares from magnetars — a type of neutron star with extremely powerful magnetic fields.

Be warned: All of the above theories could also be wrong. These fast radio flashes could just as easily turn out to be something entirely unpredicted."
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Comment: Re:what happens if a failed hack bricks the firmwa (Score 1) 71

by CanHasDIY (#47425067) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

makeing so that the car fails or goes into some kind of limited safe mode is successful hack?

Yes, if the goal is just to prove the thing can be hacked.

What if goes into a mode there you need to do a dealer only restore that they will not let anyone do other then the dealer and only after they verify that the owner is there to pick up the car when it is done. and that restore may come with a new $1000+ CPU / ECU with $250+ labor to install it?

OK, first thing - meet your new friend, the comma. Learn to understand one another.

Second, you're moving the goalposts. Stop that.

Third, to restate my point, if the idea is to find a flaw and exploit it, than any result other than "no flaw found/exploited" would be a successful one.

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles

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