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Comment: Re:Surely, It Depends (Score 1) 477

I would say that the people intentionally buying the Soundblaster cards are people that want to have something more than what the ordinary on-board cards can provide. But the reason may vary - it may be because they need additional inputs, better sound quality or have a specific application that works best with the Soundblaster cards.

That said I think that today it might be worth to consider USB connected sound cards as well as alternatives.

However the standalone sound card manufacturers have to work hard to keep up. For high-end audio the best connection is a digital connection from computer to a good amplifier supporting all the latest formats and good speakers. Personally I routed the CPU board digital output to a Denon 5.1 amplifier connected to a pair of Dali Concept 1 loudspeakers and a subwoofer. Definitely a lot better than the ordinary sound that you can get from even the more expensive loudspeaker sets dedicated for computer use.

Comment: I think this is the biggest risk. (Score 3, Insightful) 118

by Z00L00K (#47412785) Attached to: A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

I think this is the biggest risk when it comes to a possible new outbreak. Some uneducated people clean out a lab of storage facility and just throws everything in a dumpster without knowing what they are working with.

It has happened before with other stuff (medical records, computers etc.) and it will happen again. The question is if there is something somewhere that is a major danger. Even worse is if there are some vials with biological warfare material that makes Ebola seem like a common cold. Since much of that research is done secretly it's not easy to know - and in some cases everyone that knows may have passed away and the remains of those projects are just stored in a warehouse with a reference to some documents that have been shredded a decade or more ago.

Comment: The title says it. (Score 1) 553

At least I interpreted it as humans being on the edge of becoming extinct.

But in reality that would take something more deadly than Ebola and as contagious as the common cold.

Looking at a larger perspective it do look like we are too many humans around on this planet and that a severe cut to 1% of the current pressure would probably be necessary to solve the problem of overpopulation and environmental impact.

If you fail to plan, plan to fail.