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by Captain Ned
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Try rotating the speakers "outward" (aka "toe-out") from your listening position and correcting the freq. response digitally (from within whatever play-back program you use) at your position. It should improve soundstage-width somewhat. I've already applied some toe-out, basical...
by Captain Ned
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 79
Views: 3078

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

In that case I'll just stick with C++ and a few suitable scripting languages. Maybe take a look at the Godot gaming engine? Before you do anything you need to acquire some impulse control and stop looking for the new shiny thing. You'll never get through your coursework if you can't stick solely to...
by Captain Ned
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 79
Views: 3078

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

whm1974 wrote:
After hearing about issues such as this, I wonder if users of laboratory equipment should write the software themselves.

Why do you think FORTRAN still exists?
by Captain Ned
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 79
Views: 3078

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

We're still supposed to use some sort of stupid Notes plugin to request PTO. I just ask my supervisor in person, and he's good with that. I don't think I have opened the native Notes client in over 6 months. The State has an official form for requesting leave and it's supposed to be used even down ...
by Captain Ned
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

(Deep Purple is as metal as I get) I'd be willing to bet there's some Iron Butterfly and maybe some of the first three James Gang albums in your collection. No, and no, although fixing the lack of James Gang has now moved up the priority list (not that they were ever "metal"). Some of Ian...
by Captain Ned
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73218

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

- Fixed a plastic guard under the front end of our other car (a Camry) which had been intermittently dragging on the ground after backing over a pile of snow last week (partial fix; it's still kinda loose because there's some sort of fastener missing and I need to get it up on ramps so I can crawl ...
by Captain Ned
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 165

Re: Formula One 2018

arunphilip wrote:
Any bets on what are the odds of (or) how long until Kubica is promoted into a race seat?

Since Williams needs the cash its current drivers bring to the table (Stroll & Sirotkin essentially bought their rides), it's unlikely outside of injury.
by Captain Ned
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Chrispy_ wrote:
I'm not familiar with the HD3s, perhaps they don't have a gain control but they have a volume control instead, in which case the gain is presumably fixed at unity gain anyway.

Consumer-grade boxen with no studio pretensions. All I got is the volume knob.
by Captain Ned
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

To his defense, the DAC's resolution is usually so high than you can drop the signal level pretty low and not lose much. To my surprise, even studio engineers tell people not to worry all that much about having the source tracks at 0dB. If I recall, staying around the -16dB range is perfectly fine....
by Captain Ned
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

And yeah, my DAC/AMP + Audioengine's gets way, way, way too loud. I only usually have the DAC/AMP set to ~50 for regular listening. And that's on the low gain stage. Even with the AQ Dragonfly Black at 100% I can still keep the system very quiet. I was alluding to its ultimate volume capacity. Also...
by Captain Ned
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2502
Views: 85844

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

If you want to spend your day cleaning up drool and dealing with cranky, pissed off people who've had enough, then they've got a job for you. I've got no complaints about the pair who actually managed my session. When I finally had to quit they both observed that they rarely see the doctors who ord...
by Captain Ned
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 17
Views: 611

Re: Dual Fax

As I understand it, a fax can have the weight of law because it can be verified, whereas an email is way too readily spoofed. While people may agree to accept an email, legal matters have strict requirements for court purposes. Welcome to the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act . The short version ...
by Captain Ned
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

OK, first pass review. Hardware is a 2.1 consisting of a pair of Audioengine HD3s and an Audioengine S8 sub. HD3s sit on Audioengine DS1 silicone rubber angled stands. All comments/evaluations made with magnetic grilles on the HD3s. The S8 is downward-firing and up against the wall under my desk, ro...
by Captain Ned
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3621
Views: 533122

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
This is Somewhere
Mastermind

The Grace Potter that us Vermonters remember from before she was famous, i.e.the bluesy jam-band Janis wannabe, not what she's become as a solo artist.
by Captain Ned
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

When Ars disses on Apple ...
by Captain Ned
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Well, got it all hooked up and, though it clearly needs some break-in, I am quite happy so far. Sub balancing will be the biggest trick.
by Captain Ned
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2502
Views: 85844

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Heiwashin wrote:
At least they didn't cart you in there with an oxygen tank like that Indian guy.

I asked the techs how much it would cost to replenish the LHe2 if someone had to hit the Big Red Switch. They didn't want to answer.
by Captain Ned
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2502
Views: 85844

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I don't know how the Statue of Liberty does it. She's been at it for 132 years, but for me 90 minutes in the MRI tube with my arm in the same position was enough. Had to tap out before the last run due to the discomfort.
by Captain Ned
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2502
Views: 85844

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

just brew it! wrote:
When lift plus thrust is greater than load plus drag, anything can fly.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flying_Nun

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell ... Phantom_II
by Captain Ned
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Well, based on mass alone (I haven't yet opened the boxes) the new rig works. Just the subwoofer damn near broke my back pulling it off the porch and hauling it upstairs.
by Captain Ned
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!
Replies: 21
Views: 804

Re: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!

just brew it! wrote:
Even when played back on the same deck? Muffled highs when moving tapes from one device to another is a sign of improper head alignment.

Just go find (and restore) a Nakamichi Dragon. 8)
by Captain Ned
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?
Replies: 37
Views: 941

Re: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?

leor wrote:
Captain Ned wrote:
I, for one, would never want to be part of "the load of serene bastards".

You're already out to insult the universe, no? :-)

And in alphabetical order.
by Captain Ned
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 17
Views: 611

Re: Dual Fax

He's a bank regulator. They get complaints about banks. He doesn't work for the banks, he works for the state government. And a fair number of complaints still come in on the fax machine from consumers using the fax machine at their local library or town office. To shut down the fax line would mean...
by Captain Ned
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4644

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

UGH... Can't we all go back to using OS/2?! Now there was a small fast OS! (on 50 floppies!) :D Alas, the one working OS/2 box of which I was aware has finally been taken out of service. It ran the touch-tone telephone banking interface (yes, that concept still exists today) at one of my regulated ...
by Captain Ned
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?
Replies: 37
Views: 941

Re: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?

I, for one, would never want to be part of "the load of serene bastards".
by Captain Ned
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

That device is basically a Beats Pill with a better DSP and Siri integration, along with (presumably) the usual Apple build quality and (definitely) a healthy dose of the Apple Tax. It is a very poor recommendation for the OP's use case and price range. I know I'm generalizing but for Millennials a...
by Captain Ned
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?
Replies: 37
Views: 941

Re: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?

I need someone/thing to create a digital frontier to reshape the human condition. And the track record of those wanting to "reshape the human condition" is??? I've read all of those novels and it never ends well for those who desire to remain 100% unenhanced human. You say "reshape&q...
by Captain Ned
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?
Replies: 37
Views: 941

Re: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?

End User wrote:
I want to be Daneel.

I read into that that you care less about life extension than you do about forcing humanity down your chosen path.

Don't debate Asimov with me unless you're really ready.
by Captain Ned
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?
Replies: 37
Views: 941

Re: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?

End User wrote:
If I could transplant my brain into a cybernetic body I would.

Death is the most important part of the human experience.
by Captain Ned
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

End User wrote:

Strong in this one the RDF is.

Wake me when it gets a full instrumented test by Stereophile (yes, they do run instrumented tests on everything they review).