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Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 463

To my dispointment, a number of my live sound colleagues have blown up iphones by plugging in via mini jack to XLR, and forgetting to switch of phantom power. They should know better, luckily they play dumb and tell Apple it just stopped working, and get replacements.

That should be the least of their worries. Plugging pre-amped headphone level output into mic level inputs isn't good for the mixer either. At least use a passive direct box that can match impedance and attenuate the signal. Better ones do re-amp, balun and 48V stripping, but even a $25 direct box is better than blowing your mackie/motu/whatever, and having to software gate a horribly clipped signal.

Fortunately, most mixers made after the 1950s have these magic devices called "Input Gain", which can match the sensitivity of the input channel to an extremely wide range of signal levels, including so-called "line levels". Portable device headphone outputs can almost always be adjusted to be well within this range. So, unless you ignore that red "clipping" indicator on your input-strip, signal level mismatch isn't a problem. And if you're sourcing from a phone, any impedance mismatch (which probably doesn't matter anyway) is not going to be the limiting factor as far as "fidelity".

As far as the phantom power goes, well, that's hardly the phone's fault, now is it? Don't use cheap boards with "global" phantom power!

Comment Re:The last time it was a coffee table (Score 1) 67

1000 units at an average of $10K each (one is 8K the other 20K, only MS knows the real numbers) is 10 million dollars of revenue, and that would be an average of 2 units per customer. If it was as low as 10 per customer that's $50 million. I don't think anyone would turn their nose up at that, even a Fortune 500 company.

Your numbers are both purely speculative, and are still fairly small potatoes for a F 500 company.

Comment Re:The last time it was a coffee table (Score 0) 67

500 customers not units as usual the fucking Slashdot summary is shit. These are enterprise devices, common target environment is video conferencing, would not surprise me if 500 customers equates to many thousands of units.

And it wouldn't surprise me if 500 customers means 500 resellers, each shipped 1 evaluation/display unit.

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 128

The thing is that "the best that can be practically done" today is rather underwhelming to the über geek crowd

Tough shit.

Maybe some of THEM can stop playing Pokemon Go long enough to figure out how to stuff 3000 mAh of battery capacity into a quarter-inch thick by 46mm dia. battery. Because that's EXACTLY what it's gonna take.

Comment Re: What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 128

Did you watch the keynote? The bulk of the watchOS 3 enhancements are related to improving the wheelchair user's experience with the Watch.

You don't spend that much time advertising to such a niche target unless they're the only ones buying the Watch.

This much time?!? You sir are both a liar and an idiot.

Yes, I did watch the Keynote. I didn't think they spent that much time on the Handicapped application, so I went back and looked. In fact, the WatchOS "demo" started at 8:27 and ended at 27:37. The Handicapped part started at 21:47 and ended at 23:42. So, out of TWENTY minutes of WatchOS demo, the handicapped portion was a "whopping" TWO minutes.

So, you are obviously full of shit. And a liar. Period.

Comment Re:no Duh! (Score 0) 128

At US$17,000 a clip, how many people did iApple think would buy one...?

BTW, been using OSx Yosemite. What a throwback to the stone age... KDE much nicer...

CAP === 'stubby'

WTF you smokin', Jackson? And can I have some?

From what I have seen, KDE is nothing more than a cheap Windows UI clone, down to the Start Menu and Taskbar. How in the HELL can that be better than OS X? Its tools to manage multiple windows and multiple "desktops" (Spaces) are second-to-none.

Every UI has its good points and its annoying points. But KDE is simply just derivative.

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 128

Smart watches are trying to evolve to be everything a phone is, instead of a simple device to get simple stuff done.

Actually, I think Apple has a pretty good handle on what can, and can't be done PRACTICALLY on a smartwatch, and is attempting to live within, instead of trying to ignore, the laws of physics.

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