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Comment: Re:DAC (Score 1) 499

These will appeal to those who think they need to spend more money than they need to. As a previous poster pointed out, go to the music store (musical instruments) and go to the recording section and buy a DAC (they are really analog to digital / digital to analog converters depending on what direction you are talking about, but most just call them DACs). They have smaller ones for less money than these with equal bitrates and resolution to anything on this list for less money. They are good enough for recording music, they can be used for playback via their output channels. They won't be as small as the easy to lose thumb drive sized gizmos for a thousand quid, but more like the black box sized from the list. But at most you'll pay $US250.00 and some are half that price. In my reply to that other poster, I pointed out a product from MOTU (they make good stuff). The added benefit to these is most come with some decent recording software too, if you don't already have that.

Comment: Re:That's Less Than $1 per Device (Score 1) 530

by theshowmecanuck (#47429445) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

That's true. But at least now western companies get scrutinized a lot more and are less able to get away with shit. The Chinese companies don't have anyone at home who give a shit about where they get the ore and what they do to get it. And they try to avoid any western reporting often with the help from the politicians there. So western media haven't been been reporting what the Chinese do or haven't been able to. I have talked to people who have or currently work in mining in Africa and anyone could ask them about things like Chinese refining operations using crap loads of mercury and just pumping it out into rivers or hidden tailing ponds hastily built. I just talked to a guy over coffee last Sunday, who flies into Guinea periodically on mining related business (mind you he's taking a pass until the Ebola outbreak is taken care of).

FWIW, I don't fret about what my ancestors did. I can't help that and don't subscribe to the idea that I have to pay for their sins or indiscretions other than to have to live with the world they left like everyone else. I worry about what we can do now, and even though western companies try to get away with whatever they can, face it, we do rein them in far, far better than the Chinese do with their "companies" (quotes because really, they are just another arm of the government when they want them to be).

Comment: Re: They're infringing my Second-Amendment drone r (Score 2, Informative) 268

by theshowmecanuck (#47342735) Attached to: That Toy Is Now a Drone
As Eisenhower (the last decent Republican) said:

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction... This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence â" economic, political, even spiritual â" is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Comment: Re:A more vague description, there ain't (Score 1) 142

by theshowmecanuck (#47281765) Attached to: Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

So what does it do that we can't already do using 1: the web in general and 2: twitter in particular?

1: meh... It is the web... it's what people do on the web, make new things. 2: It's not twitter. There are a lot of people who would think that's a definite positive.

As long as it doesn't want access to all your personal information from any and all networks you might belong to, sure why not. But really, it's probably just a way for Mozilla and the others involved to cash in on data mining. It's interesting only in who is doing it.

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