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    Archimago blog on MQA (guess what, he's not a fan )

    I'm contending they'd likely move far more product if the DRM wasn't so obtuse, and it doesn't need to be. Sure, though HDCP is extremely different in intent. It's primarily intended for copy protection. Dave, that's an ethereal discussion and not an unimportant one but seriously I'm not going to waste time scratching my chin contending that Intel and go trying to protect HD content from being easily pirated - a problem in video distribution - is something with any conceptual parallel to what Meridian is trying to do. You're taking the piss here and you know it. You buy your HD content and you can watch it. Sure, there are corner cases where HDCP is in the way, for the most part it does its job as intended - no one making a video copying device was going to get a key. Which is fine. If I have a HD screen to view my HD content I get to enjoy HD. I don't get to enjoy better HD when I have a certain screen from a certain manufacturer that costs a certain bit more to cover a certain license for a certain mastering process that needs certain decompression that needs to be certainly verified for a certain light to come on and tell me everything is, well, certain. If I buy an MQA file I own it. It is mine. MQA creates a paradigm where the quality of experience is a walled, vendor-specific garden - unnecessarily so. It's not anyway comparable in concept with HDCP.
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    Archimago blog on MQA (guess what, he's not a fan )

    They could take a longer-term view, a quick SWOT would reveal as much. That's reasonable. Sure they are doing things. I buy an MQA file, I can only access full content if I also buy an MQA DAC. 'Full content' is different to 'full experience'. Right. That's the 'CP' in 'HDCP'. It won't send audio somewhere it's likely to be copied. That's the purpose - copy protection - glad we're all clear on this. If Meridian wants to put anything in their music to stop people making unauthorised copies, fine by me. If they want to use DRM to limit what access legitimate copyright holders have to their music, different story... and that's what they've done.
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    Archimago blog on MQA (guess what, he's not a fan )

    If by excellent you mean 'designed to maximise license revenue per every sale of encoded material', sure. Most organisations follow a more general 'maximum profit' target without getting bogged down in details like 'just how many times can I get paid for a customer wanting to play back a file they already own'. Seems to be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory there. Bob Stuart might be intelligent though this move isn't particularly smart, IMHO. Nope, that's copy protection. Very different intent.
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    Archimago blog on MQA (guess what, he's not a fan )

    Control can just as easily be ‘and this little light here will only ever come on if you’re playing it back on a DAC we’ve approved of’. License a codec, license a little light with an approved development process. Why sting consumers amidst this? Suggesting otherwise and restricting rights to content already paid for using digital means is the very definition of DRM. Bob and friends are taking the piss to suggest otherwise. To be clear - there is no reason that ‘end to end control’ can’t be effected without limiting ‘here’s the content you paid for when you bought a file’. That’s a business choice - an extremely poor one at that - there is no implementation of this business model anywhere in mass market that’s ever been successful, with good reason. Bob can stroke his chin, stare into space and sound ethereally knowledgeable all he likes in his videos. I hope his other hand’s patting a white elephant, they need love.
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    Archimago blog on MQA (guess what, he's not a fan )

    I think they’d get more traction licensing the codec alone. It’s been successful smart business for others before them.
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    Archimago blog on MQA (guess what, he's not a fan )

    If only it were a codec where you could 'unfold' any content you'd purchased to whatever maximum potential is in there we'd be done. Yes, we all get the 'end to end' ness of it all though that needs be no more complex than a light going on when you've a DAC they say has things tuned 'just so'. I pay for my content when I buy it. Period. Anything less is DRM.
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    electric cars

    Tame your enthusiasm, it's worth the wait, don't snatch a headline by suggesting 'base' is 'first'. That battery electric cars aren't instantly affordable is not a surprise, nor that not-so-awesome cars will make market before the super awesome stuff. You study the space well, you'll know it's not about your patience nor Elon's hyperbole, just keeping the company solvent. Keep the free cash flows decent whilst the bigger batteries profit more. You want to tell Elon, step up and get a Twitter account. You never know, he might just answer. Not being pithy about that, you won't know if you don't ask and he's more likely to answer you than Kia or Hyundai's leadership. Great there's choice but trust me, the 3 is a stunning drive. It's a much, much better EV than the S - and I don't say that to disparage the S in any way. It's not perfect but it's really that good.
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    electric cars

    A BMS doesn't give liquid cooling automatically. There's a ton of work in building a liquid cooling solution, not just the BMS. It'll be a cost decision. A bigger pack is likely to inherently cool a better anyway for the same thermal load. If it's a problem just get an i3. What's tragic about it? They've sold over 370,000 of them, outselling all other EVs. It was the best selling EV in the world in 2013 and 2014. Nissan is happy to sell upgraded batteries to owners at a reasonable price as they come out. It's allowed four factories around the world to make EVs in a reasonable number that started an EV industry in each one. So you can't fast charge it super often. Boo hoo. So there will be better EVs out there in time. From Nissan too. Double boo hoo. It'll come in time - no surprises there - batteries just cost what they do for now. Lower cobalt and more scale is coming. This said if you're out for an E class/5 series/etc a Model S is affordable.
  9. Doing a job presently that's necessitated a PLC to integrate some advanced HVAC system functionality - things got interesting when we were able to get a reliable 'someone's home' signal into it. The home owner is off researching what else we could do with it - the usual things (auto lights when home at night, plant watering, feature lighting etc). Has anyone else done stuff to this end? Would be keen to share experiences.
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    electric cars

    They're going away at speed, in energy industry terms. Why anyone bothers with Cadogan is beyond me.
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    F1 -- 2018

    He'll likely have a tough year next year. Though watching Max get his visor steamed by a failing Honda engine en route to not second place was particularly delicious.
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    Hydrogen Cars, the future?

    Nope, I'd read that again in context. Solely points out it's a horses for courses argument - nothing more and nothing new.
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    The null tester

    You might mean 'qualitative'. They're definitions. Their effect is observable depending on the accuracy of the nulling circuit, and audible depending on the sensitivity of the listener. You're an outlier
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    The null tester

    Yeah... nah... null testing assumes sensitivity is linear per all conditions - a large assumption - (vastly) unequal length speaker cables will test indifferently on a null test. Would you do it?
  15. Both have good web portals for data access; only SolarEdge (because it's a hybrid microgrid design) gives you per-panel metrics. SolarEdge also has better grid export limiting - you'll need to add the DataManager to any Fronius inverter to get export limiting happening. The same design differences mean you'll want very good panels with a Fronius system, whilst SolarEdge can get the most out of most any panels. SolarEdge has (much) better battery integration and (on some models) islanding if you want that in future (until Fronius' Gen24 lands next year - almost worth holding off for IMHO). It's connected home suite wins soo. It is more expensive than Fronius. If you have any shading or stringing issues, SolarEdge is your only choice. Fronius make an excellent inverter asides. I specify SolarEdge for most of our projects. I have zero shading at home and have a Fronius inverter with DataManager and Reposit Power. If you want, PM me your address, I can have a look and give some advice.