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Comment Re:What about bans for using 3rd party parts / sho (Score 1) 189

Yes but they can use the DMCA to shut down that source that lists the sequence of steering wheel or ignition key movements. As they can say that list is dealer only or that the codes / software are only for dealers only.

Considering my sequence is outlined in my owner's manual for that and many other things that "you need to go to the dealer for" I'd be shocked to hear them do that...

Comment Re: Are they talking about cellphones (Score 1) 382

This "solution" would seem to require DACs (and amplifiers? (and therefore batteries)) in headphones and completely baffle a lot of non-geek users who would have to deal with three incompatible connectors -- 3.5mm audio, usb-C, usb-C with sidepins.

There's no batteries added, you're talking about USB. It carries power. Just a $0.25 circuit to convert that into power for those headphones and the DAC. I don't like it, but it's simple.

Comment Re: Are they talking about cellphones (Score 1) 382

This "solution" would seem to require DACs (and amplifiers? (and therefore batteries)) in headphones and completely baffle a lot of non-geek users who would have to deal with three incompatible connectors -- 3.5mm audio, usb-C, usb-C with sidepins

Why batteries? We're talking USB-C already, that's USB 3.0 which gives off more than enough power for a simple DAC. It's going to make compatible headphones more expensive, but we're talking a chip that probably costs less than $0.25, it's going to be negligible enough.

I don't support this decision, but your objection there is meaningless.

Comment Re:Old (Score 1) 191

I've read the first article before, it's actually a great one. But it's from 2012, get a clue.

That would likely be why the summery (and the story) refer to it as infamous (def: well known for some bad quality or deed.), indicating that most people have heard of/read/or are aware of the story and view the incident in a negative light.

Comment Re:Ubuntu Studio (Score 1) 264

If you're looking for simple 2 channel interfaces or something like that, there's a plethora available that work nearly out of the box.

That's the problem with just about any DAW... the hardware. There are plenty of purpose built hardware multi-track recorders that are 24 or 32 track and can record 8 or 12 inputs. Dump it to the PC and edit to your hearts content if you like.

Not really, not anymore at least. There's really only 2 currently being made targeting the prosumer, the TASCAM and the Zoom and neither of them do more than 8 tracks at a time. Targeting the professional, there's the joeco Black boxes. Everything else is going to be computer oriented. This also is problematic if you want to ever do punches, overdubs, or anything of the like. You have to go back to your purpose built box. And it's entirely worth noting that the TASCAM and Zoom have mediocre sound to them (at best). In this day and age, if you want something good sounding, you pretty much have to go to the computer realm.

Comment Re:Ubuntu Studio (Score 1) 264

Most audio interfaces of any substance don't work under Linux. If you're looking for simple 2 channel interfaces or something like that, there's a plethora available that work nearly out of the box. If you're looking for serious multichannel, there's compromises left and right. It wasn't until a couple years ago that my Fireface 800 was made to work with ffado and, coincidentally, the FF800 has been discontinued since then.

The audio professional would either need to have a lot of hardware processing for the quality to remain up. Having worked in the Mac world where you have access to things like Universal Audio plugins as well as other 3rd party plugs, it's a lot cheaper to be on OS X or Windows. Sure, the UAD 1176 doesn't sound exactly like the hardware 1176 (I'd say 80% of the way there), but it also costs a fraction of what a hardware 1176 costs and can be used across all the tracks you have enough DSP for at once.

Of (off-topic) potential interest to the Slashdot crowd, the RADAR still runs BeOS all these years later.

Comment Re:Special Edition (Score 1) 272

Allow me to be the first, and possibly only, to say: that's cool. To each his own.

Myself, I like a combination of the two. Some of the SE stuff is great, some... not so much. That's why I was once a Star Wars fan editor. Before it was cool :p

I agree with a blend, although I'm excited to be able to see it as it was originally made finally (being born in the 80s, the original was never truly available, although I still have the pre-SE VHS trilogy). I can simplify and say that I like almost none of the first act (all of Tatooine basically) from the SE, but after that, anything added I feel isn't detracting from the movie and actually improves upon it in most cases. I'm sure that's an oversimplification of my true feelings, but I'm not about to do an edit of my favorite parts to make my favorite version, so I'm not about to list all the changes I like and don't.

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