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Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 473

My motherboard has an S/PDIF output, which I link via fibre optic cable directly to my 7.1 channel hometheater AVR. Can your soundblaster best that?

The only reason today for any kind of separate audio equipment on any computer these days is (besides onboard being damaged and needing a substitute) multi-channel rigs for recording and reproducing studio work. That is all.

Comment: Re:Actually makes good sense (Score 1) 683

by Gallomimia (#47410147) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes
......and that's exactly why they ask you to power them up. This is a good point. A terrorist *could* pack the batteries with explosives and leave the rest of the laptop to be only slightly functional. But with no power up, you could remove the drives and boards and fans and get lots of bomb in there. With this option, at most you could take some of the battery out, replace it with a lesser capacity device and still get the ole' poweron tone and the nod-and-the-wave from the security staff and be on the plane with some really not nice stuff.

Fortunately for us most people don't feel like killing themselves for any kind of cause, and the only real terrorists out there work for the same people as dreamed up the TSA.

Comment: Re:E-mail? (Score 1) 346

by Gallomimia (#47384911) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails
True enough, but he was emailing it internally. Ideally it shouldn't leave the building or VPN. This is a huge huge problem these days. Email is obsolete but non-technical people don't even know what to use as an alternative. I don't even know what to use as an alternative, unless I conjure up some SSH keys and perform an SCP.

Comment: Re:Not so quick (Score 1) 358

by Gallomimia (#47176077) Attached to: The Disappearing Universe
Out of all things the subject where an open mind is needed most is science, especially deep physics such as this stuff. But most people don't do that. They read some opinionated prat's rambling on a subject, who makes outlandish claims based on preliminary evidence, and then they think "oh well it's decided then."

Comment: Robots with ethics and morals wont shoot (Score 1) 165

by Gallomimia (#47034793) Attached to: US Navy Wants Smart Robots With Morals, Ethics
If they develop a robot with morals and ethics why would they want to use it in the navy? It won't shoot people. It won't torture them for you. It won't attack other ships. It might see issue with fixing *your* ship so that you can shoot them. What good is it to an organization that owns an earthquake weapon and hundreds of nuclear subs/ships?

Comment: Re:OS on a stick is not novel (Score 1) 201

by Gallomimia (#46984507) Attached to: $7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online
These particular guys don't have to address those issues at all. *SOMEONE* Does. But that's what's nice about Africa. Someone will. The place has come up with all sorts of interesting and strange solutions to problems that are unique to their continent. They literally are the bleeding edge. Necessity is the mother of invention, and slums in Africa are the mother of necessity.

Comment: This implies they weren't already informing... (Score 1) 211

by Gallomimia (#46963699) Attached to: Feds Issue Emergency Order On Crude Oil Trains
You mean to tell me that oil trains aren't reported to emergency officials already? That just seems like common sense. I find it hard to believe that the thousands of people involved in this process aren't already yelling about how there needs to be information passed to governing bodies about the fact that rails are carrying huge amounts of chemicals and oil. Any type of hazardous material should be reported before the train leaves. A truck carrying oil or fuel needs to register its cargo and get a permit to haul it. A ship or airplane same thing. Pipelines declare their cargoes before being built. Am I to understand that for hundreds of years now trains have gotten free reign and can transport anything they want without telling state officials? How fucking stupid are we????

Comment: Didn't you already promise this? (Score 1) 144

by Gallomimia (#46617839) Attached to: Microsoft Promises Not To Snoop Through Email
Your word means nothing. We already had that promise and you broke it. No we don't want another empty promise. You promised Windows 98 would be faster, and the only thing it was faster at was crashing, using up all a computer's memory to encourage upgrades, and catching viruses. You been promising that for decades. Why should this promise be any different?

Them as has, gets.