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Comment: You're much better off investing in speakers (Score 5, Informative) 477

Any money spent on a sound card is better off spent on speakers and a good DAC, which often come together.

High end sound systems and speaker systems these days have digital inputs, thus an onboard DAC. If you're using a digital output on your motherboard to connect to a digital input on the speaker, the onboard sound card has ZERO effect on the quality of the audio. The bits are traveling directly, unmolested from the application generating them to the amplifiers in the speakers.

Now, if you have audiophile-type equipment that uses analog inputs, then YES, the analog sound you feed into those inputs needs to come from a high quality DAC. High end sound cards tend to have good DACs, but you can get the same effect by using an outboard DAC, which has a digital input and analog outputs, and is also AWAY from your PC, so your analog audio is less likely to be affected by interference from the motherboard or power supply.

You can get DACs with USB inputs, but USB adds latency so is best avoided for gaming. For music, go to town with a USB DAC; it won't matter there.

The gist of it is, the most important component is the DAC. The DAC completely determines the quality. Everything else is just hype. :)

Comment: They failed to realize... (Score 5, Insightful) 245

It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

If they had not asked, DC probably would never have noticed that their logo was used there. On top of that, even if they had, I doubt they would have acted on it. Suing a grieving family over a harmless supposed trademark violation isn't too good for the company's reputation.

If they tried to use the logo now, after having been denied permission, DC would probably have no choice but to sue since this is in the public spotlight.

This would have been a total non-issue had they just done it and not asked anyone or publicized it.

Comment: Re:Management is becoming obsolete (Score 1) 160

by Ash-Fox (#47401631) Attached to: The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

but they can't determine that Billy Bob had a rough 4th of July weekend, and it would be best to have him do his paperwork today instead of working on the electrical junction box that has water damage.

If my scheduling system can take this recommendation into account, why wouldn't the AI be capable of doing it?

Comment: Re:UPDATE: 6 Fuselages involved; 5 heavily damaged (Score 1) 187

by ZorinLynx (#47389781) Attached to: Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

Anyone else getting tired of sites demanding that you log in to see photos?

I don't care if it's a FREE account; I'm not going through the trouble of making an account I'll never use again just to see some photos!

Whoever came up with this practice needs to be forced to watch the Star Wars Holiday Special on infinite repeat. With the Boba Fett cartoon cut out.

Comment: Re:I smell a rat. (Score 1) 115

by Ash-Fox (#47382493) Attached to: Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

There are obviously thousands of people using encryption because they have a legitimate reason to hide something

Some also use it to prevent tampering.

So why aren't there more cases of encryption impeding an investigation?

Perhaps some of those people people whom use encryption properly are more law abiding.

Comment: Why didn't they just listen to users? (Score 5, Informative) 671

I know, ridiculous, right?

Microsoft could have avoided all this mess by simply listening to people who were beta testing and using 8 and complaining about the horrible start screen. I'm sure they got PILES of feedback, but they were so stubborn they even went out of their way to keep people from bringing back the traditional start menu.

What happened to listening to your customers? To providing options? Historically MS has always been all about that, and *Apple* has been the "our way, or the highway" company. It was really strange to see things reversed for Windows 8.

Also, MS really should break free of their "we are the only OS that exists" philosophy. Other operating systems support a wide variety of filesystems and networking protocols out of the box. Windows still only supports its own and assumes nothing else exists. It's time to knock that shit off, Microsoft.

Comment: Re:We keep getting closer to a dystopia (Score 1) 135

Yeah, we've got this thing with the major ISP (BT) where you can get free wireless at hot spots around the world (FON) by ticking a checkbox that sets aside bandwidth on an open SSID on the router. The IP remains the same,

The IP doesn't remain the same, please don't lie. Additionally, you have to login with your BT details when on said system, which uniquely identifies you, no matter which hotspot you're using.

Comment: Re:Amazing (Score 1) 135

It's amazing how arrogant and bold the UK government is, when the people don't have the ABILITY to revolt, because they don't have any guns. Governemnt officials act without any fear of retaliations, so they get away with... Well, with everything.

You know what I find more amazing? It's amazing how arrogant and bold the US government is, when the people have the ABILITY to revolt, because they have guns. Governemnt officials act without any fear of retaliations, so they get away with... Well, with everything.

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