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Comment Microsoft will soon kill it (Score 1) 102

They are getting loads of publicity about their Windows 10 that actually transforms the Pi into a vegetable. People will read the articles and think, "I must buy one of these and install Windows 10 on it". Having done so its vegetative qualities under the Windows 10 curse come out in full force and the poor punter has to return it as it "wasn't as good as expected". Then tells all his friends how "rubbish" the Pi is.

Comment From their website.... (Score 1) 371

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As a landlord/employer I would be totally sold by that irresistible sales pitch!

Comment Dosconnect the MPAA for persistent whining (Score 2) 263

As I understand they are they ones with the problem that they need to address. I can quite happily live without watching any more films. In fact I did for many years before downloading became possible. Then I developed an interest in films and even started visiting the cinema once in a while. Based on my own experience piracy = promotion. They should be grateful.

Comment Still makes a great server (Score 1) 99

I use it in at least one application where I need a simple server that consumes negligible power, has a wired network connection, has no moving parts, read-only FS and for all the above reasons will probably run for years and years without failing.

I thought about using an old PC or server but the noise, power and space requirements, long-term reliability, cooling requirements and electricity bills are kind of off-putting.

Comment Re:Just do it (Score 1) 394

Or at the very least run Linux in a VM and encrypt everything that goes in or out of the VM by using a good proxy service. Probably QEMU is the safest type of VM, followed by the Open Source version of Virtual Box (without the closed-source extensions). Anything closed source such as VMWare may have it's own spy payload for all we know.

Personally I use Linux anyway but I can't imagine using Linux in a VM to be any more complicated than the confusing Torrent sites with their phoney links that drive users to useless spam pages. The real link being the smallest and least noticeable link on the page.

Comment Wong place to spend money (Score 1) 391

Digital audio has no "sound". It is where it becomes analogue and what happens after that that matters. Assuming no data errors, the only way anything in the digital chain affects the sound quality is by the interference and jitter it induces on the DAC and analogue components. This can be quite noticeable (and measurable), if you've ever heard the background mush from a cheap MP3 player or some mother board sound outputs through headphones, but a decent DAC would be well isolated and the clock would be at the DAC, and preferably be the audio master clock and not just phase-locked to something.

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