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  1. Pluto

    Poll & discussion: UFOs / UAPs / Other Intelligent Life in Universe

    All that need happen is for us to discover Life 2.0 on Mars, here or indeed anywhere and that discovery alone is likely to answer the single biggest question of all. And create a zillion new questions.
  2. Pluto

    Poll & discussion: UFOs / UAPs / Other Intelligent Life in Universe

    True. While you cite excellent references in defence of the relationship between size / metabolism / lifespan, don't forget the possibility that sufficiently high tech medicine may well, in due course, be able to make lifespans near-indefinite. Perhaps the worst kind of creatures humanity could...
  3. Pluto

    Poll & discussion: UFOs / UAPs / Other Intelligent Life in Universe

    Or not :p It's just too big a question, for now. I would speculate that the most important single factor in all this, for essentially philosophical reasons, is longevity of a species. I would postulate that anyone living in this universe is driven by what can be achieved within a lifetime...
  4. Pluto

    Poll & discussion: UFOs / UAPs / Other Intelligent Life in Universe

    Nonetheless, there may well be species out there for whom a five hundred year voyage is nothing more than a bit boring. The attraction of FTL travel is based on little more than our tiny lifespan. The longer-lived you are, the less the need for FTL travel.
  5. Pluto

    Poll & discussion: UFOs / UAPs / Other Intelligent Life in Universe

    Sixty years after the Drake Equation, we haven't really managed to solidify many more of those variables, certainly not the most tricky ones like… fi, fc & L
  6. Pluto

    Poll & discussion: UFOs / UAPs / Other Intelligent Life in Universe

    However, you should never neglect to consider the consequences of the final term of the Drake Equation, the one that factors the length of time throughout which a civilization remains contactable. Many mighty galactic empires may have risen and fallen since the universe began, but the chances of...
  7. Pluto

    foobar2000 v1.6.6 final has been released

    My hunch would be that the exclusive mode hardware buffer time is a tad on the low side at 100mS. I would try, say, 250mS (search within the advanced section to find the setting).
  8. Pluto

    foobar2000 v1.6.6 final has been released

    There is; in the output section you merely choose between devices marked [exclusive] and err… not. You had better ask someone who really understands the relative merits of push and event. @edechamps?
  9. Pluto

    foobar2000 v1.6.6 final has been released

    A couple of things to note with regard to Foobar's new defaults The default appears to be WASAPI shared (not exclusive, even in 1.6.7β) The default appears to be WASAPI push. It is generally recommended to use the event option (pull) when possible and to achieve this you have to select...
  10. Pluto

    Why do records sound so much better than digital?

    What worries me is that, up until about 200 years ago, few humans ever heard anything much louder than about 80dBA and, when they did, it was typically highly transient (a thunderclap, that kind of thing). Now people regularly and willingly subject their hearing to 95dBA++ Those golden ears...
  11. Pluto

    $1 Million Cable Challenge

    It is very difficult to PROVE that there is NO difference between this and that. So unless you are able to PROVE this likely (negative) outcome, no megabuck for you. Or something like that.
  12. Pluto

    High-res audio comparison: Linn Records Free High Res Samples

    While I hate to rain on your parade, were that true the insertion of a low pass filter at, say, 22kHz in such material would cause an audible change. If the existence of content that high in the spectrum is of any audible consequence, it is just as likely to be the result of intermodulation...
  13. Pluto

    High-res audio comparison: Linn Records Free High Res Samples

    Hugely fascinating. Nowadays, we can make a (PCM) copy of an analogue recording that includes any and all artefacts up to a few hundred kHz, which probably safely covers any bias-related phenomena. But once you need to put an analogue copy of a tape into the evidential pot, I reckon a good...
  14. Pluto

    High-res audio comparison: Linn Records Free High Res Samples

    Oooh… nostalgia :p If I remember rightly, the simple lack of a colour sub-carrier within the incoming signal 'told' the recorder that it was monochrome, at which the machine was supposed to switch off any of its colour processing circuits that could degrade the signal. The area that did...
  15. Pluto

    Why Roon?

    True, but Apple is of greater concern than most of the others because of its near-monopolistic position, particularly on account of its interests in both content and hardware and its attempts to create a mutual lock-in between its divisions.
  16. Pluto

    High-res audio comparison: Linn Records Free High Res Samples

    Were I a defence lawyer I could make a meal of that. “How fortunate for the prosecution, members of the jury, that the process purporting to provide evidence of my client's guilt has conveniently resulted in the destruction of that evidence, rather limiting any prospects for further examination”
  17. Pluto

    High-res audio comparison: Linn Records Free High Res Samples

    Sorry, this is getting all topsy-turvey, but I believe that the prime reason for the choice of 44.1kHz was to get something that was not 48kHz but fully compatible with both the PAL and NTSC* video technologies of the time. The fact that the chosen sampling rate meant that the Nyquist frequency...
  18. Pluto

    High-res audio comparison: Linn Records Free High Res Samples

    I seem to remember that this residual signature was typically at a frequency well below what you might expect (i.e. the actual bias frequency), suggesting that it was (probably) an intermodulation product of some kind. Recall anything in this respect?
  19. Pluto

    High-res audio comparison: Linn Records Free High Res Samples

    Blessed be he! Brilliant guy, much respect.
  20. Pluto

    High-res audio comparison: Linn Records Free High Res Samples

    But there still exists the erase head timing problem, especially when dropping-out! If you are listening to the sync head (Studer's term) and you punch out at exactly the right instant, the couple of inches between the erase head and sync head have already gone! :eek: In practice, ISTR that...
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