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Comment: Re:HDMI has killed the need (Score 1) 417

If you're using HDMI or some other digital output, the "hardware in the middle" isn't generating any audio, it's just passing along the digital information that was generate in software, or better yet, if you're bitstreaming, stored in the original recording.

Heck, when you're using audio over HDMI, your soundcard isn't even involved in the process, it's your videocard that's handling the audio data.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 3, Insightful) 417

And those noise problems don't matter if you're using digital audio connections, say over HDMI or TOSLINK or S/PDIF. In fact, if you're doing digital audio over HDMI, you're not even using your onboard sound, you're using your videocard's sound output.

Even then, the signal-to-noise ratios of onboard has been good enough for years now. Sure, you might notice a slight difference with a good pair of headphones, but in practice, not so much.

Comment: Re:What about range on this smaller car? (Score 1) 245

by Guspaz (#47387213) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

The distance travel thing is perhaps not ideal now, but that's a problem that will be solved in time: Tesla alone is building a ludicrous number of such stations along highways in US/Canada/Europe, and their recent patent moves indicates that they'd like to improve on that even more by having other car companies build their own compatible stations and everybody shares all of them. They can probably never share the swap stations (just because the requirements on the car side of things for that would be way too specific), but just getting more charging stations would help a lot.

In terms of not wanting to miss a charging station, that shouldn't really be an issue, as you can have the car's satnav automatically hit up the charging stations along your route, so that you don't need to think about it.

Comment: Re:What about range on this smaller car? (Score 2) 245

by Guspaz (#47385629) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

You don't need as many supercharger stations, though, because they're not a direct replacement for gas stations. Mainly, the expectation is that you will charge your electric car at home overnight, starting each day with a full charge. Public charging stations, then, are only required if you will be driving a great distance.

Gas stations, on the other hand, are effectively the only way to refuel your gas car, so there needs to be a larger number of them.

If you get enough supercharger/swap stations to cover any likely long distance routes, electrics end up more convenient, because you'll always start each day charged and never need to stop anywhere during daily commuting and use.

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