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Comment: Probably not (Score 1) 520

by Craig Davison (#34310796) Attached to: Do You Really Need a Discrete Sound Card?

My last PC had terrible interference when I used the onboard sound, or so I thought. Everyone's advice was to get a sound card, and guess what? It improved nothing. The problem was the front panel audio ports, not the sound hardware. The back ports on the motherboard sounded just as good as the ports on the pricey sound card.
Since I don't game and I don't record audio, the only advantage the discrete sound card had was louder headphone output, and not even by much.

Crime

Killer Convicted, Using Dog DNA Database 97

Posted by timothy
from the what-about-concealed-dog-licenses? dept.
lee1 writes "It turns out that the UK has a DNA database — for dogs. And this database was recently used to apprehend a South London gang member who used his dog to catch a 16-year-old rival and hold him while he stabbed him to death. The dog was also accidentally stabbed, and left blood at the scene. The creation of human DNA databases has led to widespread debates on privacy; but what about the collation of DNA from dogs or other animals?"

Comment: Re:iPod Touch Fails (Score 1) 249

by Craig Davison (#30930526) Attached to: Google Gets Its iPhone Voice

Normally making a call with GV would involve calling your GV number, and then dialing the number you wish to call (kind of like using a phone card). The GV webapp makes using GV less cumbersome.

But it sounds like you're wondering why someone would want to place an outgoing call through GV in the first place.

It uses your iPhone plan's minutes, but a local call to GV might be cheaper than a local call to another number, if you have a plan where you get to make a list of "friend" numbers with unlimited or cheap minutes (I think AT&T calls this an A-list). And as you said, it's much cheaper for long distance. Free between two US numbers, in fact (again, not including local minutes charges).

Comment: Re:iPod Touch Fails (Score 1) 249

by Craig Davison (#30913286) Attached to: Google Gets Its iPhone Voice

Cheap long distance, a portable phone number that you can forward to cell/home/work, and on some carriers, you can add google voice to your "circle of friends" numbers for cheaper/unlimited minutes.

The app is intended to make all of this as easy to use as the regular dialer/address book on the iPhone, rather than a cumbersome process as with a phone card.

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