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'Should Richards have been sacked by SendGrid? Once again, no - it was an overreaction to an overreaction to an overreaction.'
A complete guess, but they probably saw a golden opportunity to lose her and grabbed it.
Oh Reg... Here's an IT angle:
A few years ago Linn (founded by Ivor Tiefenbrun mentioned above) introduced their own digital stream players. Ivor's son now runs the company after a significant stint at Symbian. They no longer make CD players, so were the first high-end hi-fi company, by a stretch, to cotton on to purist networked streaming, with a range of renderers with no moving parts. They are equally into analogue reproduction, but all digital sources are driveless.
Linn's DS players (DS stands for Digital Stream) are standards based, their software (including UPnP control points, PC sound drivers that send sound to DS players (great for e.g. spotify) and extensions to the UPnP standard) is available under (I think) the GPL and, excuse me for any terminology foibles as I'm stretching here, they have developed their own UPnP / TCP / IP stack running on the RTEMS real time operating system. You can sync any number of DS players on a network, to the extent that you could plug in a left headphone on one player and a right headphone on another, and have to all intents the same experience as if played through a single player (they minutely and occasionally push and pull the clocks to maintain sync, so technically there's a small increase in jitter vs normal playback). If you want to sync more than 6 players, they recommend using multicast.
This to me is good stuff. You get the same IT in the £800 player as you do in the £15k one. I'm clearly a bit of a fan - yes I've visited the factory - but I wish the bank I work for had the same quality of software engineering. On the other hand, at least I get to be a customer ;-)
Oh and by the way, that monstrous mp3 ripper has to be on of the bigger piles of shite ever conceived. dbpoweramp on a PC, and buy or put together a home NAS, and you have the gold standard.
Re: You would be wrong
and then they call me at 3am...
reading this on an oldish Lenovo Core2 duo with a 1280*800 screen, recently refreshed with Win 7, extra 1GB RAM, new battery, 120GB SSD - cost 110 quid to bring it very up to date.
Ultrabook not really an upgrade on this - with proper vertical screen res and non-rip-off price I would buy, I've been wanting to for years... but they're not very good at the moment.
I can actually really help you with that
Stenderz recap rap:
Agreed, and yet
this article perfectly describes my step-mother.
Good British ideas
Great American vision
ALAC is based on an early version of FLAC, I believe. It could be said that all they had to do was change the Free to Apple, store your email address within the file, and scramble it, and they had invented ALAC.
I may actually consider this E6 and get a slabette for around the house, could tide me over from a fading E71 until Android battery life is more phone like. No rush though, 3 will give me plenty of time to weigh the options...
Or the Linn DS range
Proper British Hi Fi (like Naim), open standards and software development, technically superior, and (I think) the first bona fide hi-fi company to release a genuine stream player. They're awesome, I have two :)
No ipod dock though, and there never will be: http://blogs.linn.co.uk/giladt/2010/09/its-not-an-apple-world-its-a-networked-world.php
You've been fired, you are not allowed back in the boardroom
"A persistent history of foot-dragging or outright refusal by police to destroy samples that non-suspects were told would be removed at the end of an investigation... means that the chances of everyone meekly turning up at their local station to "help police with their inquiries" is now much diminished."
Was it 30,000 volunteers for the Id Card? Which is what, about 0.05% of the population? On that basis you'd probably be looking at around 100+ Bristolian chumps ready to step forward and do their duty. Well it's a start...
if there *were* already...
you and your fancy ideas are nicked
Bathtime flatulence applications
How much more relaxing would a relaxing bath pour deux be if neither of you had to hold them in?
Off to Neal's Yard for a sachet of Methanotroph & Hazelnut Salts.
Stevie because they just work and starve everything else of oxygen.
I thought sic was an acronym for 'spelling is correct' (in the sense that it's true to the original snafu), although that had always sounded like a duff explanation to me, especially as usage isn't limited to mis-spellings. Latin for 'thus' will do nicely.
Now all I need to do is find the bastard who misled me all those years ago.
just like DLNA then
Denon charge £50-odd extra for their kit to work with Airplay, brands seem to have to be invited to join the scheme and then have their logos on Apple marketing material - I would be surprised if there weren't licensing fees changing hands.
Airplay is very much like DLNA - crap and nasty. Except it's crapper and nastier. UPnP AV is the open choice.
Back for breakfast :)
'Completely intact. Playmonaut safe and sound.'
Flangetastic! Congratulations all round! That really is no small achievement - I'd say you all deserve a celebratory bevvy. And so do I.
UPnP AV works for music
No need for DLNA at all for music. UPnP AV is attracting a following in mid/high-end hi-fi, which is remarkable. The video market isn't quite so diverse - I don't know of any good, independent screen makers who can talk down this DLNA crap. I saw encryption mentioned as something DLNA supports - presumably that's somehow the main attraction.
Meanwhile I don't get the point of DLNA for video. Anyone who wants to serve a video collection will rip their DVDs/BluRays, or download them for ease. They'll get a NAS, install UPnP AV server software on it, and get the screens they want because decoder boxes now will fit behind an LCD screen. Most things have HDMI ports so can plug straight into TVs. Who does DLNA serve? It's for neither geek nor pleb.
Wot no Marks and Sparks?
I did what I was told, and didn't get a combined barclaycard/oyster lifetracker. Well, the scheming sheisters have thought of that. Try having an oyster and a barclaycard in the same wallet - one interferes with the other. What they didn't realise is that 9 out of 10 bus drivers, when presented with an apparently broken oyster card, let you on anyway. Free, incognito bus travel, courtesy of MnM! I thank you
Or, stand up for yourself
Two lane motorway. I'm in the outside lane and see a camera sign approaching the crest of a hill (so there may be a camera soon, out of sight). I do 70, as these Royston Vasey cameras sometimes don't give you the leeway you tend to get around London. I notice a black car a long way behind me is rocketing along. Sure enough, there's a car in the left lane doing 68, so I can't move directly into the left lane.
Dilemma: Do I brake and try to slip in behind the blissfully unaware law-abider to my left, potentially forcing the speeder onto the brakes more than if I just held 70 in the outside lane (this guy was doing an easy 110-120 and seemed to be speeding up). Or do I hold firm, definitely forcing the speeder to brake? Or do I speed up and pull in in front of the car on my left, by far the safest option on an otherwise empty motorway?
I sped up and was promptly flashed at 85. The guy behind me didn't even get flashed, he was so close behind. I know this because I defended myself in court, and the camera operator later gave me a description of the next car on the reel, and it wasn't black. He also told me that the camera can take photos every 1/3 or 1/2 second, I forget which, but the guy was up my arse anyway.
So fuck off, you moralising dimwit.
I went to court, read copies of 'The Mason' in the waiting room, said my piece (a defence of 'duress', on advice from a barrister friend, which had the clerk of the court flipping through his books). I said any police car who witnessed this would have been glad to see me get out of the way safely, and would have pulled over the serious speeder. Although the gentlemanly prosecutor said to me afterwards he thought I did pretty well, the bench had none of it. They awarded a light three point spanking and a meagre financial penalty. I paid and handed over my licence, but I suppose their worships must have seen sense eventually, as my licence was posted back to me unendorsed! Still clean, all my 15 year driving career!
Justice served, albeit strangely - but a worthwhile trip to court. They do help you along if you represent yourself, although I think I was helped more than most.
After world cup despair.
Presumably the funds to replace these are now less.
A currently unburned favourite plies its trade on the three lane A1, in the little-advertised 50 zone, just before the siren call of two HUGE national speed limit signs. F*ckers.
Come on Rik
She dumped you, right?
That second photo is a tipping point waiting to happen and a PR disaster if it gets on the news tonight - those are real fanbois in the flesh, not PR ringers. I'd like to see Flat-Cap Jack (foreground, right of centre) whirling around in silhouette. Cool!
I'm sorry, but looking at that pic, I'm thinking the iPad's killer feature must be its wipe-clean screen.
A little latin is a dangerous thing
'I suppose, commerical owners not quite understanding it'
You said it JD. XFM had it, and has gone off. Virgin was great when it started, not quite in the same vein, and it went off. Both victims of their own success. 6Music is on it right now and *should* have the right custodian in the BBC.
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