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Comment: It also depends.. (Score 1) 249

by rsmoody (#49029649) Attached to: How good is your audio equipment?

It also depends on what you consider these categories to represent in price. For me, I have moderately expensive audio equipment, iBasso DX90 DAP, Shure SE535 IEM and Shure SRH1540 headphones. Now to the iPod/Sandisk/Beats crowd, that could be really expensive at around $400-$500 per item (plus a micro SD card for the DAP). But to the Astell&Kern/JHAudio crowd, it's cheap junk given that the top end AK DAP is $2500 and the top end JHA IEM is about the same. (If you are interested in a good sounding DAP that is a good value, take a look at the Fiio X1, for $99, it's well worth it's price versus anything else out there.)

Then there are desktop components. Take Schiit Audio products. They start at $99 and go up to their soon to be released statement DAC that will be $2600 (if you want to get into desktop audio, take a look at Schiit Audio, they make damn good stuff at damn good prices and made in USA). Some of these may still sound expensive, but that $99 Modi DAC or Mangi amp from Schiit would probably be $400 from any other company (and made in China no doubt). When you consider there are some cans that run $5k+ and need amps that cost another $5k+ to operate them, without a source, perhaps my stuff should be considered in the junk category.

Go to and read some reviews. I'm sorry about your wallet in advance.

Comment: Re:Not expensive for an audiophile device (Score 2) 391

by rsmoody (#48745197) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

Oh, there is market for this. I personally have a iBasso DX90. If you think this is expensive, look up the AK 240 by a now rebranded iRiver.

I have never used my smart phone as a media player, I just don't want to. There is not enough storage and I strangely want to make sure my phone has enough power to make phone calls and playing music will impact this. To each their own here.

If I had the extra funds, I would have an AK 120II in a heartbeat, I just cannot justify $1200. It's on par with this offering, wifi, Bluetooth, Android, touch screen, etc. Sony's previous offering was still a bit steep at around $600 and with no SD card slot so you were locked into the on-board storage. At least they finally added the SD slot (every other player manufacturer has one, sometimes two see the Fiio X5). If Sony used their size and lowered the price to $300-$400, they would kill Fiio and iBasso and even AK assuming the quality was there.

Honestly, I would have been happy if Apple had increased the storage, or added a SD slot with the Nano. I loved that little thing. Small, light, good battery, just crap for space considering it maxes at 16GB and about 1-2GB of that is the OS and file system overhead. But then I found the DX90 and went that direction. I could have gone with a SanDisk and flashed the firmware with RockBock, and probably should have. But I'm very happy with the DX90 (except for battery life, but I can deal with that) and frankly, that's all that matters here.

Comment: Re:Fox News? (Score 2, Informative) 682

by rsmoody (#47272237) Attached to: IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive
Regardless, the point remains. Those of us at the end of the IRS gun barrel (and yes, if you do not pay your taxes, sooner or later, someone armed with a gun will come to visit you) must keep our records for multiple years. Loosing said records is not an excuse and will find you guilty of all charges levied against you and you will be fined and/or thrown in jail. Why is this not applied to the members of the entity that will surely, swiftly and thoroughly enforce their retention laws? There is no excuse for these "lost" emails, they are on a server somewhere or backed up on tape somewhere. Do I have proof? No. But seriously, do you really believe these emails are not recoverable?

Comment: Re:Barnes bullets must love this (Score 2) 780

by rsmoody (#44488711) Attached to: NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website
They are great bullets. Keep up with the effort by the ATF to have such bullets reclassified as armor piercing? Seems if you are a conspiracy theorist, you would say the government is trying to ban guns by making lead ammo illegal claiming it's toxic and then having all other ammo classified illegal by calming it's armor piercing. No ammo, no gun.
Hardware Hacking

If You're Going To Kill It, Open Source It 245

Posted by timothy
from the get-some-goodwill-for-your-investment dept.
ptorrone writes "MAKE Magazine is proposing big companies like Cisco and Sony consider 'open sourcing' their failed or discontinued products. The list includes Sony's AIBO and QRIO robots, IBM's Deep Blue chess computer, Ricochet Wireless, Potenco's Pull-Cord Generator, Palm, Microsoft's SPOT Watch, CISCO Flip Camera and more. MAKE is also encouraging everyone to post about what products they'd like to see open sourced."

Comment: Shoe stretching tools... (Score 1) 615

by rsmoody (#35070032) Attached to: Do Tools Ever 'Die?'
My grandfather owned a shoe store in a small town. He had all sorts of tools used to stretching shoes, making a dimples for corns and some others that quite frankly looked like some sort of medieval torture device. That I know of, after the store closed, they disappeared. *sigh* They remind me of my grandparents, I miss seeing them, the tools and my grandparents. Perhaps they are still used in shoe repair stores and mom & pop shoe stores.

Comment: Re:I can see plenty of uses for it. (Score 1) 557

by rsmoody (#29815191) Attached to: Apple Blurs the Server Line With Mac Mini Server
I HAVE SEEN plenty of uses for this. I did IT at a small news paper and when I first started, we had 3 or 4 Ruby iMacs acting in server roles. They were finally replaced with MacMini's. However, these did not require OSX Server for their purpose, but for tasks such as moving wire streams, file conversions, getting files to and from the image adjustment servers, etc. they really were perfect for the task. For instance, we setup an old dual G5 for a file server role for dropping articles with OSX Server...if and when that system dies, the need for a rack-mount server or MacPro is over-kill for 80 or so users, MacMini however...perfect. There are many light duty server roles like this that a Mini running OSX Server would be useful and cost effective.

Comment: Re:Brazilian Ethanol [Re:Don't blame me] (Score 1) 894

by rsmoody (#28091141) Attached to: The Great Ethanol Scam
Sure, id doesn't add much to the cost, however, when was the last time you saw any publicly traded company not be as cheap as possible? Even if it only costs about $10 to $100 to make the vehicle E85 compatible, they are not about to absorb that cost over thousands of vehicles. Hell, what would it have cost for Sony to keep an IR port on the PS3? 10 cents? As it is now, you must use either a controller or the Sony bluetooth remote (granted Logitech as an adapter out now for $60, substantially more than a .10 IR port) How much more did it cost for them to have a fully backwards compatible PS3? An extra $1? How about an HDMI chipset that could bit-stream audio? An extra $1? Do you really think car companies are any different?
Emulation (Games)

DOSBox Sees Continued Success 271

Posted by Soulskill
from the but-does-it-have-xp-mode dept.
KingofGnG writes "DOSBox, the emulator designed to run DOS games on modern operating systems (and not necessarily on a PC), has been chosen as project of the month for May on SourceForge. It's the latest award granted to a piece of software that 'simply does what it is supposed to do,' as the authors say. After having amassed more than 10 million downloads, it will soon be getting an update that's been awaited for almost two years."

Force needed to accelerate 2.2lbs of cookies = 1 Fig-newton to 1 meter per second