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Submission + - Audioquest Caught Rigging HDMI Demo to "Prove" Audible Differences ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Audiophile drama is unfolding as an Audioquest HDMI cable demo, featuring an Audioquest employee showing unrealistic changes in sound, was seemingly debunked as fraudulent by Mark Waldrep, aka Dr. AIX, in a recent blog post. A subsequent "Open Letter" from Audioquest owner William Low admitted he heard the video a year ago, found the audio difference "unbelievable", but did not ask to have the video removed until after Mark Waldrep published his findings a year later. Is this an isolated incident, or just the latest in a string of misleading behavior perpetuated in the high-end cable industry?

Comment Domestic manufacuter quality (Score 0) 672

Domestic manufacturers can make all the quality cars they want. I won't be purchasing one. My 1999 Nissan Altima is still going strong at almost 200K miles with minimal repair (replaced clutch and both half axles, rack and pinion, fuel filler neck) so no getting into the deep internals. Never garaged. When a company like Hyundai can splash into the American market and in (I believe) less than 20 years produce vehicles that are better then the big three domestics. It speaks volumes. I don't know of any US compact car I would take over the Elantra.

Comment Re:It Ain't the Paper (Score 0) 419

They aren't talking about how the content physically manifests! Jesus wept. We all know that "The paper pulp, the glue, the leather, the string in the binding" is just part of a delivery mechanism. But it happens to be a delivery mechanism that doesn't place artificial constraints that the publishers would like to place around you. If you can't see that is what should be of concern I really do shudder at our collective future.
XBox (Games)

Modded Xbox Bans Prompt EFF Warning About Terms of Service 254

Last month we discussed news that Microsoft had banned hundreds of thousands of Xbox users for using modified consoles. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has now pointed to this round of bans as a prime example of the power given to providers of online services through 'Terms of Service' and other usage agreements. "No matter how much we rely on them to get on with our everyday lives, access to online services — like email, social networking sites, and (wait for it) online gaming — can never be guaranteed. ... he who writes the TOS makes the rules, and when it comes to enforcing them, the service provider often behaves as though it is also the judge, jury and executioner. ... While the mass ban provides a useful illustration of their danger, these terms can be found in nearly all TOS agreements for all kinds of services. There have been virtually no legal challenges to these kinds of arbitrary termination clauses, but we imagine this will be a growth area for lawyers."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Infinity Ward Fights Against Modern Warfare 2 Cheaters 203

Faithbleed writes "IW's Robert Bowling reports on his twitter account that Infinity Ward is giving 2,500 Modern Warfare 2 cheaters the boot. The news comes as the war between IW and MW2's fans rages over the decision to go with IWnet hosting instead of dedicated servers. Unhappy players were quick to come up with hacks that would allow their own servers and various other changes." Despite the dedicated-server complaints, Modern Warfare 2 has sold ridiculously well.

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