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Comment: Re:NEC's professional displays (Score 1) 330

by forty-2 (#49039845) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?

Yep - commercial displays are the way to go. I used to love NEC but their failure rates as of late have been pretty abysmal. Check out Samsung's commercial display site if you truly want to drive yourself into a fit of murderous rage. Otherwise, I'd recommend Planar. Their stuff is rock solid and you can pick up a phone and actually talk to a person.
I don't work for them, but I spec their products on a regular basis (both as a consultant and an integrator) and have been very happy with them across the board.
The pro stuff is also more 'geek friendly', with things like well documented control protocols, and user interfaces that don't treat you like a braying moron.

Comment: Re:test gear that was made in USA in the 50s and 6 (Score 1) 702

by forty-2 (#46790489) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Amen to that!
My old Tektronix scopes are still frighteningly accurate some 50+ years later. The old manuals went beyond just schematics & troubleshooting procedures; there were very through circuit descriptions and theory of operation narratives & diagrams. I learned much of what I know reading those old manuals and maintaining my gear as a kid. Even later era 7000 series gear (babies at 30 - 40 years old) are still rock solid, well documented, and maintainable (though the digital stuff gets a little dicey with those custom, hard-to-find chips).

Comment: Re:Never apply DRM to someone else's work (Score 1) 392

by forty-2 (#43061535) Attached to: Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI Dongle Secretly Packed With ARM, Airplay

Yeah, newer macs will kick in HDCP if you look at them the wrong way. About a year and a half ago, we were running a generative visual app (Jitter) on a mini feeding an HDMI capture card on a PC (gen'ing alpha masks for a Watchout system). We could see boot-up through the capture card, but as soon as the quickTime component initialized, the output was borked.
lesson learned: stick with analog

Comment: Where's the Z axis?? (Score 2) 298

by forty-2 (#40418621) Attached to: Will Dolby's New Atmos 62.2 Format Redefine Surround Sound?

..Or Y, depending on your UCS orientation ;)
64 speakers and they're by and large constrained to one plane?
I do electroacosutic design for a company that does real '3D' sound installations using an equally spaced 3D array of speakers. The effect is unreal!

I mean, these guys are Dolby, so I'm sure its a 'sound' design (sorry, sorry), but I'm just curious as to why there's not a high and low ring (or at least an upper and lower L/C/R). There's crazy spatilization tricks you can do with low double-digit millisecond delay times, maybe if they're taking those sorts of approaches.
I wonder if the composer is has to address each channel, or if they're given a subset of channels and math does the rest.
I know our up/down perception isn't as keen as the other two dimensions, but still.. 64 speakers? Curious to learn more...

Comment: Re:Repurpose the telephone cabling (Score 2) 300

by forty-2 (#37154426) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Wi-Fi Solution For a Hotel?

second that, I've gotten away with using CAT3 in a pinch, but testing the longest runs is a good place to start. Hell, it might not even be the end of the world if it negotiates @ 10Mbps. Presumably there's local power @ the WAP location?
How many rooms? (or 'keys' as they say in the hospitality business)

When I left you, I was but the pupil. Now, I am the master. - Darth Vader