Sounds great, but
I bet it's geolocked just like UMA. (Bria works fine, of course)
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I bet it's geolocked just like UMA. (Bria works fine, of course)
Vista's problem was reliability and performance, the same was true of Windows 3.x, 98 and XP, after significant revisions these were all made reliable, the difference was they renamed Vista to Windows 7. (The latest Vista, isn't too bad, now).
The reason (I believe) that they couldn't steamroller Vista through, with its original name, was the years of grief that it took XP to become a stable secure system. (Code Red, etc.) Who would be stupid enough to risk going through that again?
Windows 8 however is totally different. Underneath the shell it seems to be the best system yet for stability and security. The problem is the shell. Totally inappropriate to the kit that people will use it on. (Touch screen on a desk? Yes I want RSI.) The user experience is the worst on any system I can remember, short of Windows 3. (Where the jumping to full screen when you start a DOS program, was of course a step forward from the previous option of single tasking.)
Adding classic shell makes it quite a decent OS, but why would anyone upgrade to a new system that is dependent on a bit of freeware to make it usable?
(Windows 10 seems a bit more pleasant with classic shell, too)
Abandoning Snow Leopard is quite annoying. it is the last OS that can run Power PC programs, that keeps many people on it. 32 bit machines (that includes those with 64 bit processors, but 32 bit firmware) cannot upgrade to the new free OSes.
Most Mac users I know are using SL (or earlier, on PPCs.) I can't see any reason to move to Yosemite (it's fugly too) other than software support being dropped, (and even Tiger on PPC still has well maintained Firefox and Thunderbird ports).
You pay a premium for Macs, but that is usually reflected in the quality and longevity of the devices (except when they have design faults) Good ones are usually perfectly usable at 10 years old. (I am typing this on a G5, which is far quicker than a *cheap* new PC.) So it is a dirty trick trying to pull the plugs so soon.
Windows Phone is supplied by an American Company and therefore subject to the patriot act. BB is Canadian and therefore not.
Just curious how it could work without access to your contacts telephone numbers. Manually enter all your contacts to a separate database?
It was quite good, but the newer phones don't seem to support it. I now have whatsapp for text and Bria for voice on my BB10 device.
So it would have tools useful for doing the job, rather than just celebrating after.
It is the only way I know of using Skype on a PowerPC system. (text only) It is also useful as a destination for spam (i.e things that demand an email address)
No they didn't. It was (and is) perfectly legal to use a TV as a computer monitor with no TV licence. What you need a licence for is to have it installed for reception or to use it for reception.
that means it is directly funded by the government and then faces great pressure to lose its independence.
At least with the present tax on installation and use of equipment, there is some sort of correlation to its customers. If you don't like it, you can get rid of the TV.
Isn't that what they pretty much did with windows 8?
All the apps jumping full screen, so almost single tasking. And typing commands is the only reasonable way to do things on a desktop or laptop.
(OK realistically it has the feel of Windows 3.0, so only 2/3 as old, really)
The machine I'm reading this is is over ten years old.
It is an absurd assertion that non renewable could do that indefinitely. (By definition)
So your idea is use it all up and f*ck the great grand kids is it?
RISC OS on the Pi works rather well.
So as long as users are trained, to know the difference between a decent one and a poor one and only connect to those, all is fine.
Connect with another device first and check the netmask, perhaps?
It would seem likely that he will get at least life without parole.
That could arguably make him eligible for a Darwin award, anyway.
> It means the resistance of the wire changes with temperature
That is an example, not the only case. (And I would think that the effect would be trivial, with respect to non-linearity, because the change would be related to the average power over the last part of a second, and so be a linear change to high frequencies.)
Another commenter posted an example of the type I was concerned about, far clearer than I managed.
My concern is the contact between the cable and the equipment. And in my experience this is far more important than the difference between decent cable and fantastic cable.
I never disagreed that shielding would cause capacitance. What I stated is that it is a different property.
More capacitance does not mean better shielding. Better shielding, *may* mean more capacitance. (example a pair of wires in the centre of a 6 inch copper pipe will be better shielded that a pair with a thin braid close to it, but less capacitance.)
But in speaker cables, I can't see capacitance ever being an issue that needs thought. (just like the insulation would only ever be an issue if you decided to use mains cables pulled out of a 1930s house for speaker cable).
not just theoretically, very noticeably.
The thing that gets me about plated plugs (especially gold) is the whole thing is plated, not just the areas that make contact. (I know sometimes plating the whole thing would be easier, but sometimes a separate part is needlessly plated.)
Someone with no concept of star earthing appears to have down voted me.
You're not Nigel Farage are you?
It means it does not have a linear relationship between current and voltage.
The time it will be important is when you have a loose connection or a dirty connection. It will cause distortion; harmonic and intermodulation.
When it is undetectable, you don't have a problem. Given the high dynamic range of human hearing, you don't need much distortion of this type to notice the sound isn't so good.
Good clean connections solve the problem. (Which would be why gold plated connectors are popular, not because they conduct better, they don't, but because they don't tarnish.)
shielding is the rejection of other signals, it is a different quality to capacitance and can be achieved by star-quad arrangement that wont have the same capacitance issues as a co-axial arrangement.
Impedance isn't simple resistance, it includes reactance, which is the capactive/inductive part. A transmission line exhibits a characteristic impedance, which is what you would measure on an infinite length of it. It should be terminated with the same impedance, otherwise reflections happen. With audio the the reflections are *probably* negligible (in short cables), but with video and data they are not. (The cables have to have the correct characteristic impedance or you get distortion/data errors).
My theory of why the connection improves is just the two layers settling into each other under pressure over a few weeks, possibly current flow helps but possibly not. (You can buy contact enhancers, that presumably do the same effect.
I prefer tight grub screws, as I understand it, this gives effectively a cold weld.
Your original comment didn't limit it to audio. And I think skin effect would be more trivial that some of the effects I pointed out. There are many other properties that need to be right. (dielectric breakdown of the insulators is one that occurred to me since and another commenter pointed out dispersal - how did I forget that one?)
I don't disagree with the points you have raised other than the claiming they are the only points. If you limit yourself to certain scenarios they may be.
Many of the parameters are just 'have to do the job' parameters, in many situations. But not in all.
There is a big difference between audio interconnects and speaker cables. Your example of a stupidly high power system the insulation of the cable will have to be considered so it doesn't breakdown under high voltages. In interconnects the rejection of interfering signals is very important.
If you were to qualify the statement - e.g. to the speaker cables of a typical domestic hifi system, then I wouldn't take issue.
Another thought, the use of one way speakers (either in a full range design or an active crossover system) removes a load of the horrible reactance, meaning the amplifier doesn't need to be so beefy and the cable quality is less important. Hence why if you put a pair of Amstrad midi system speakers on an expensive hifi, they sound quite nice. It rarely works the other way around.
There is certainly a difference with a high power amplifier between an old power cable with corrosion on the power plug, and a nice shiney one.
I'm not convinced there is much between an nice clean kettle lead, and an expensive audiophile power cable though. Anywhere other than the power amplifier, I've not heard a difference.
I know you mentioned shielding, but it wasn't in your list of 3.
All insulators conduct. It's just how much they do that determines how good an insulator they are.
Impedance mismatch (and impedance vs. frequency) has everything to do with the cable. A cable has a characteristic impedance, if it is not terminated correctly you get reflections.
Non-linearity is not simple resistance change, it is resistance changing against input. (An extreme example being a diode). It will cause distortion; intermodulation etc.
I was not referring to warming up, systems sounding better a few weeks after being installed. (Not having been switched on 24/7). An effect I noticed in the 80s after any significant change (i.e unplugging) of systems. Not dependent on a change of equipment or configuration. My hypothesis is that is is down to the physical connections bedding in, and becoming more linear resistance.
And no. It was an observation that I seek to make an explanation for. As I stated, it is the linearity of the connection between plug and socket that I suspect settles down.
And who said anything about digital systems? This is analogue, we are discussing.
Your statement was too sweeping. In different situations, different characteristics have different effects.
e.g. 100V line PA systems don't have the same issues with wire resistance that an 8 ohm system does,
If you do a star quad arrangement with a shield, that is only connected at one end, for example. The shield is then connected at the destination end.
However, for any cable with physical symmetry I have yet to be convinced there is any way for it to be directional.
> There are three qualities and only three qualities of a cable that affect its transmission of an AC signal:
That is wrong.
An obvious omission is shielding.
Another omission is self-inductance.
Conductance in the insulator.
Impedance mismatch between source, destination and transmission line.
Non-linearity in the conductor. (I believe this one could explain why some systems sound better after they have been used for a few weeks after being plugged up.)
And that is just off the top of my head.
However, you seem to be only thinking of speaker cable, and only the final one on my list is really significant.
Typical high quality domestic speakers are a difficult load for an amplifier, capacitance and inductance to deal with, plus moving cones that need their momentum controlled very quickly.
The biggest issue is resistance, and the two big issues are the thickness of the cable and the quality of the connections..
I believe the reason multi-strand cable is usually better, is due to it making a better connection to the plug or post. (as you say, skin effect is a bit irrelevant at audio frequencies)
I have found that using banana plugs seems better than just the binding posts. (The type where two grub screws clamp down on the cable.) And I got a noticeable improvement with locking banana plugs that splay the pin to make better contact. (Downside is when you have a builder who can't work out how to unlock them.) £8 a pair from Amazon. (Or £80 if you go for rhodium and snake oil plated).
Good engineering does make a difference to sound, however snake oil is very prevalent.
For my speakers I purchased 14 awg ofc cable and biwired them, each of those with two cables in parallel. using the locking banana plugs.
For interconnects I usually go for THX ultra certified cables.
Possibly you live in a statistical blip?
Yesterday I was in a van and 66% of the phones were BB10, and the other a dumb-phone. Does that mean BB has 100% of the market?
I think I'd prefer a pureview 808
Meaningless, because they haven't defined it.
So the lifetime of the device means until they drop support.
I seem to recall that at this stage in WP7's life it was expected that devices would get upgrades to WP8.
I find the current gmail interface so horrible that I normally disable scripts for google on first use, then set it to plain html. (With Chrome the setting doesn't seem to stick when you re-enable).
However the best fix is Thunderbird.
A good point. They are sold to be used as laptops, but register in the tablet figures.
Better for Microsoft, they don't look as sad in the tablet market, and it doesn't appear to laptop makers that they are taking their customers.
My guess is that the free upgrade will be to a home version. (i.e no domain support). Not that business users will be ineligible, just that it will be of no use to them, so they have to pay.
Yes, I think so.
The only thing new is them actually saying it.
I'm not sure that Applies to Yosemite.
It looks vile compared to what has gone before. (OK still nicer than the best Windows.)
A long time ago a reg commenter posted an opinion that metro was originally designed to run on a tablet that sits in the place of a keyboard and has a second monitor in the conventional position.
Out of the box Windows 8 is a POS on a single screen desktop, but on a dual screen it is quite usable. (One screen intercepts all jarring 1980s style switches to full screen, making the system a tad clumsy as opposed to absolutely vile).
If the small tablets allowed desktop apps on a second screen, and acted as the input device, I could see it working. The only real flaw is having an x86 processor on a tiny battery powered device.
That seems an odd choice. (Unless it was a Windows 7 pro machine with downgrade rights).
XP offline and Mint for internet would seem a more logical arrangement.
Has this been defined, or is it a vague term that will be defined later, when Microsoft have decided what they want to do?
Presumably the version will be an App store only version, reducing its usefulness. The question is whether it can be multibooted. A machine that can run windows, risc os, ubuntu, android and a media centre from a simple boot menu would be rather nice. You bypass the weakness of one system by using another as needed.
Windows needs to be on x86 to be worth the bother.
On small portable devices the processor of a bigger proportion of the power consumption and and the ARM is far more efficient, being a simpler device. And pretty much any improvement to the technology can be applied to both.
because you don't mind replacing a walled garden with a walled flowerbed?
Asking for RSI, as far as I can see.
Wasn't it selling MS/PCDOS before they'd actually bought it? (QDOS)
It means as long as the feel like it.
If there are +1 channel, then isn't the answer for the live channel to be HD and the plus one to be SD?
This appears to be a new design, so it would need a high degree of success to be any use.
I would have though basing it on the Pi compute module would be far more sensible.
If they offer it for £25 like they did for Windows 8, I won't decline it this time. But if it costs much more I'll not bother.
But I'd prefer windows 7 (or 2000 were it supported).
It could be that Christmas caused a lot of people who now use their phones or tablets most of the time to turn on the old XP machines they have saved for when they need a computer.
I got one a year ago for about £50 I'm still very pleased with it.
£70 with charger is a decent price for the device.
It works nicely when paired to a BB phone with BlackBerry bridge.
It's a shame they have pretty much pulled the plugs on the system, were BB 10 available on it, it would have certainly been worth a lot more than £70
DRM actively discourages me from buying things.
I have never purchased a DRMed download (I have got a couple of free ones.)
I avoided bluray for a long time, until I found a high end one in a charity shop for £25
I only buy cheap second hand BDs precisely because of the DRM. (I think I may have forked out £8 for Thor 2, but most are much cheaper, and a resale is no income to the studios anyway)
I would quite happily pay the asking price for new BD of movies I really liked, if they did not have DRM.