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Submission + - Looking for Digital Media Renderer

An anonymous reader writes: I am looking for a media player, which I can plug into my stereo to listen to my mp3 on my NAS disk. But I want to use my computer to control what titles are played ("play to" functionality of Windows Media player).
I do not want to browse through my music on the tiny display of the media player itself (like Squeezebox).
Following the DNLA specs, the device I am looking for is called Digital Media Renderer: There are some high prized receivers out there with build in amplifiers, but I have not found a pure Renderer for a good price yet.
I would actually think that a stand-alone Digital Media Renderer would be cheaper as a Digital Media Player.

  Alternatively, a player with a build in web interface for controlling would be ok.

Submission + - What if the transistor never existed? ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: It was never going to be possible to miniaturise the valves and relays of the 1940s to a point where a device that fits in your pocket could contain a radio transmitter, two radio receivers, a couple of cameras and a computer to control it – the modern smartphone. The technology that made this possible – and much, much else besides — is the transistor. This article makes the argument that if there’s one device without which our lives would be completely different, it’s the transistor, as well as listing 99 other technologies that arguably changed the world.

Submission + - Legal threats over company's Facebook URL ( 1

angry tapir writes: "Germany's Merck KGaA has threatened legal action after it said it lost its Facebook page apparently to rival Merck & Co. in the U.S., though it has yet to identify defendants in the case. In a filing before the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Merck said it intends to initiate an action based on the apparent takeover of its Facebook page at by its similarly-named but unrelated competitor, Merck & Co."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best Camera For Getting Into Photogr 1

An anonymous reader writes: I've managed to go my entire adult life without owning an actual camera. I've owned photosensors that were shoehorned into various other gadgets, but I've gotten to the point where the images produced by my phone aren't cutting it. My question: what camera would you recommend for getting into basic photography? I don't mean that in the sense of photography as a hobby or a profession, but simply as a method for taking images of friends, family, and projects that actually look good. That's a subjective question, I know, but I suspect many of you have a strong grasp of price versus performance. For example, when I'm picking a new video card, it's easy to figure out which cards are the best deals for a given price point — then I just have to pick a price I'm comfortable with. I figure a decent camera will run me a few hundred dollars, which is fine. But I don't have the expertise to know at what point spending more money isn't going to do me, as a camera newbie, any good. Any thoughts?

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