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Comment Coincidence? (Score 2) 57 57

This is on the heels of a stand-off that lead to the death of the Prosecutor who didn't punish cops that killed a 15 year old protestor a year ago. One can't help but wonder if this "power outage" was a ham-fisted attempt at controlling the spread of news and stifling the people's ability to communicate and organize.

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

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) 702 702

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) 392 392

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

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