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Comment Re:wait, what? (Score 2) 373

The idiots in question had this to say about the quality of their digital data:

"Extremely high-purity Perfect-Surface Silver minimizes distortion caused by the grain boundaries which exist within any metal conductor, nearly eliminating harshness and greatly increasing clarity"

"Sound appears from a surprisingly black background with unexpected detail and dynamic contrast."

"All audio cables are directional. The correct direction is determined by listening to every batch of metal conductors used in every AudioQuest audio cable."

If that's your starting point for idiocy, the only next step is to start painting equipment with magic symbols to repel gremlins and evil noise fairies.

Comment Re:Don't buy the cheapest cable (Score 1) 373

This comes up whenever audiophile cables are discussed, but it's worth repeating: don't buy the cheapest cable.

I'm not sure if you read the follow-up article, but this bears repeating.

The cable that was used for comparison was the cheapest cable. In fact, it didn't even pass the Cat-6 certification tests done by Blue Jeans Cable after the even had finished.

But even with that nobody could tell the difference in the final sound quality.

Comment There's something you have to ask yourself. (Score 5, Insightful) 213

Which is easier to believe: That a sophisticated criminal organization is involved in an ongoing plot to usurp your wife's identity and destroy her credit, or that the local cable company is run by a a bunch of half-wits who couldn't figure out how to cancel an account or correct false customer information if their jobs depended on it?

Or, perhaps that Slashdot is a good source for legal advice?

Comment Re:This came so soon after the SpaceX launch. (Score 4, Informative) 50

There are several docking ports on the space station. This diagram may help clarify just what goes where, although this block diagram may be easier to follow.

Dragon normally docks with Harmony, where the Space Shuttle used to park, while Soyuz and Progress would dock with the Zvezda, Rassvet, Pirs and Poisk modules on the Russian end.

Comment Re:"Other types of electromagnetic radiation" (Score 1) 529

There have been studies where people showed symptoms when a button was pressed and a red light went on to demonstrate that an antenna was transmitting, and the symptoms disappeared when the button was pressed again and the red light went off.

So you have proven through scientific study that some people are allergic to the colour red. Where's the problem there?

Comment Re:well done. (Score 2) 289

That would be when you click the "No, not now! I'm in the middle of giving a presentation to the board!" button, and then it responds with "Well, FINE. I'm tired of waiting and next time I WON'T ASK YOU."

Or when you don't respond quickly enough and it takes your lack of response as consent.

And then it decides to reboot on its own.

Comment Tha's a tough one there... (Score 5, Insightful) 289

Surely there must be a way to have avoided this.

Maybe Microsoft should set up some kind of... Lab. To certify the Quality of Hardware for Windows. And maybe they could make it really simple for vendors like Samsung to send them copies of drivers for certification so that Windows Update would be aware that they existed.

And maybe, instead of demanding millions of dollars in fees for this service, they could charge something simple up front like just $250 and then not cause any more problems. Then Samsung would have been able to run through a quick certification process and avoided all of this trouble.

Man, why does Microsoft make it so hard for vendors to get their devices supported?

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 289

You should've looked for XP-64 drivers and they would have installed just fine.

That's a funny one.

He could have found a magic unicorn to help install the drivers too. And perhaps the Easter Bunny could have delivered them, stored on isolinear optical chips too.

Come to think of it, the Easter Bunny has always been easier to find than XP-64 drivers, so perhaps he should have tried stuffing chocolate eggs into the disk drive.

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