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Comment This is what I'd need to consider buying the XBone (Score 1) 118

Zero-fuss Mouse + Keyboard + Homeworld Deserts of Kharak. That would make me curious.

Basically it goes like this:
Turn the XBox One into an affordable zero-fuss gaming PC and I'm in.

Since that's not happening because it would directly canibalise MSes OEM market - probably the only place they still make money selling Windows - this most probably won't happen.

So, no, I don't think I'm getting an XBone.

Concerning consoles in general: I see their point and I do have the last edition of the XBox 360 (my very first console) + ~30 bargain-bin priced GOTY/Ultimate/Directors-Cut/Platinum Edition gaming titles that each have won multiple awards for being excellent, superb and whatnot. The whole package was dirt-cheap and I have gaming fun for years to come - so no big pressure here to get a new console.

Submission + - WikiLeaks takes down DNC Chair after damaging release (cnn.com) 1

SonicSpike writes: Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin here Monday.

The Florida congresswoman's resignation — under pressure from top Democrats — comes amid the release of leaked emails showing DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 primary contest.

Submission + - How Some ISPs Could Subvert Your Local Network Security (vortex.com)

Lauren Weinstein writes: You can see the problem. If your local net has typically lax security, and you don’t have your own firewall downstream of that ISP modem, the modem Wi-Fi security could be disabled remotely, your local network sucked dry late one night, and security restored by the morning. You might not even have a clue that any of this occurred.

Submission + - The Common Core Costs Billions and Hurts Students (nytimes.com)

schwit1 writes: Six years after the release of our first national standards, the Common Core, and the new federal tests that accompanied them, it seems clear that the pursuit of a national curriculum is yet another excuse to avoid making serious efforts to reduce the main causes of low student achievement: poverty and racial segregation.

The people who wrote the Common Core standards sold them as a way to improve achievement and reduce the gaps between rich and poor, and black and white. But the promises haven’t come true. Even in states with strong common standards and tests, racial achievement gaps persist. Last year, average math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress declined for the first time since 1990; reading scores were flat or decreased compared with a decade earlier.

Comment Re: Question (Score 3, Insightful) 499

Even many stoners back their way into the workforce. It starts with constructing ever more entertaining and artistic ways to smoke and eventually ends up in a small informal business doing the same for others. From there it's a slippery slope down to general woodworking and non smoking related decorations.

It's not just Carlin, I've seen it happen.

Comment Re:This confirms my previous speculation (Score 1) 452

Don't you hate the moment you click the "Submit" button only to figure out what a stupid comment you just posted?

Despite having a few traits in common (they're both men, born on their respective birthday, and had been involved with disclosing secret stuff), Assange and Snowden are two different persons. If anything, Assange should be dependent upon maintaining President Correa's goodwill.

Comment Re:Users provide equipment for their own survellan (Score 1) 85

Perhaps you didn't realize that most people don't even want speakers to emit sound 24x7 in their electronics.

But if you do want to do both, the basic process isn't THAT amazingly complex. The ambient sound will be the difference between the signal from the preamp and the signal on speaker wire +/- some amplifier noise and gain adjustments.

Op-amps aren't all that exotic.

If you have the digital output available, you can skip all of that and just send the results of an AtoD converter with the speaker wire as an input and sort it all out in post-processing.

Your lack of imagination isn't a failure of understanding on my part.

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