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  1. I'm not surprised. Paidcontent already reported here, that the Connect Store will be converted into a Playstation services outlet.

    And without the Connect store, SonicStage isn't really necessary, as there is nothing downloadable, that has to be protected.

    By the way, the 1GB-Version (NWD-B103) is already available on the german Sony-Website, 50 Euro without Radio, 60 Euro with radio including Sales Tax.

  2. I already downloaded it, but where's that: Atrac3Plus@96k??? I only see

    48 & 64 k in the options window.

    It is here:

    IPB Image

    It is in the Settings for CD-Import. You may not see it in the Transfer-Settings, as that is dependend on the type of player connected at that time.

    (Note: Hi-MD knows only ATRAC 48k, 64k, 66k(LP4), 105k(LP2), 132k(LP2), 192k, 256k, 352k).

  3. Ok, did a quick test on DSEE:

    Atrac3Plus@48k: No Effect.

    Atrac3Plus@64k: No Effect.

    Atrac3Plus@96k: Improves the high range and cleans it up (less artefacting)

    Atrac3@66k(LP4): High range improves audibly, but the other LP4-drawbacks stay

    Atrac3@105k(LP2): Slight high range improvement. Sounds cleaner

    Atrac3@132k(LP2): Sounds cleaner

    LC-AAC@80k and above: No Effect.

    MP3@96k: It really cleans it up. It is like going from 96kBit to 128kBit.

    MP3@112k: Less dramatic, like going to 128kBit.

    MP3@128k: Less dramatic, like going to 160kBit.

    WMA9@48k: Takes out a lot of the grime this bad codec produces. High range improves considerably.

    WMA9@64k: It really cleans it up, high range comes out real nicely.

    WMA9@96k: Removes almost all of the residue this codec produces. Plus the high range as before.


    I really don't know, why DSEE has no effect on Atrac3Plus@48&64k,

    I tried it with files from all previous SonicStage versions back to 3.0.

    I can only suspect, that there are not enough hints remained in the data for DSEE to work with.

    I will rerip the test track tomorrow with this SonicStage-version and see, if that changes.

    However, for WMA-victims, DSEE is a godsend. The same goes for bad MP3-codecs. (Like the one SonicStage uses)

    In essence, the better the result is without DSEE, the lesser the effect is.

    Another point: DSEE seems not to have any effect, when compressed data has been recoded.

    I have a bunch of MP3s converted to LP2 and there is no effect,

    while the samples used for the above tests had been created directly from CD.

    If I find time tomorrow, I'll record a few samples from DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale)

    and see, if that low datarate stuff improves.

  4. Are they specifically targeting minidisc.org or just general power board forums?

    I think, it's the latter.

    However, we would a lot less of these hacking attempts, if everyone stops using the Internet Explorer.

    The goal is always the same: Exploit a flaw in IE to establish a trojan in the visitors machine, which then downloads extensions to turn the visitors machine into a zombie, useable for Spam-delivery or DDOS-attempts.

  5. If the turntable has a Line-Out, then connect it directly to Line-In of the JB980. Normally, that should do it.

    By the way, an average level hovering between -8 to -12dB is normal, as that would allow peaks to go through undistorted. By the way, that is the way, pre Year1995 recordings are mastered, before the 'Louder is better'-Syndrome crept in.

  6. I'm not sure how to warn people.

    Maybe a short news-entry on the frontpage, outlining the problem and what has been done to contain the problem, plus an advice, what should be done with this spammail.

    but they used SQL injection techniques that use the forum's skin as the trojan horse.

    SQL-Injection? Neat. Looks like something, somewhere isn't filtered correctly.

    It ruined some of the credibility of the forum.

    I think, by being straight and honest about it, much of that credibility can be gained back quickly.

    I told Invision Power Board (the creators of the forum software) that if this were to keep occuring we'd switch to a different software. I'm sure some of you remember how things went with phpbb, and it if becomes that with Invision then we'll just migrate to vBulletin.

    I don't think, that this is the solution. phpBB had a bunch of problems with leaky code, SQL-Injection and other niceties. They learned their lesson well. And so will IPB. Therefore I don't think, changing the board-software again will prevent you from similar problems in the future. You don't know, what kind of surprises vBulletin or any other forum system might contain. Plus, will another forum system keep up with the load?

  7. UPDate: Obviously public pressure works.

    2006-04-27 Update:

    "D-Link and Poul-Henning Kamp announced today that they have amicably

    resolved their dispute regarding access to Mr. Kamp's GPS.Dix.dk

    NTP Time Server site. D-Link's existing products will have

    authorized access to Mr. Kamp's server, but all new D-Link

    products will not use the GPS.Dix.dk NTP time server. D-Link is

    dedicated to remaining a good corporate and network citizen."

    Let's hope, other hardware makers learn from this and avoid making the same mistake in the future.

  8. I may even be able to revert to the UK destination code so I don't have to max out the EQ (which sometimes gives me a sore head).

    This is not necessary, simply don't turn up the volume that much. However leaving it on a non-european setting removes the pumping effect of the limiter on bass-heavy tracks at a higher volume level.

  9. BTW, when you say "set it to 00" what do you mean, I hacked my nh900 113 code to the US code 113:xxx21, what is the 00 for?

    As I remember, it was something like worldwide code for the NH700. NH900-Codes can be different.

    My advice: As I said back then, turn up all EQ-sliders to the max, turn up the volume as well.

    If it is now considerably louder, the hack has been a success.

    If not, check, if you really had used the correct location and possibly use one of

    the other non-european codes given for the NH900.

    Capped recorders seem to be not that limited on the normal volume range,

    but to prevent the additional gain achieveable through the equalizer.

  10. @1kyle: The problem with DAB is not cost, the problem is a lack of frequencies.

    While the UK, as an island, has a bit more leeway in that regard, it too has to follow international regulations. When DAB started, one multiplex per country/state was defined sometimes in 1999. And nothing has changed since then. Now in 2006, additional frequency blocks will be requested for DAB at the Stockholm conference. The reason for DAB's problems are politicians. Remember: Dumb, dumber, politician.

  11. Plus Blu-Ray have now got rid of the stupid cartridge things

    I think, that was a bad decision. A cartridge makes handling the media much easier, no stupid tray coming out at a snails pace, instead just pop it in. Plus, a cartridge gives better protection than any coating can ever provide.

    And speaking of the professional data disc, it is terminated. a new generation of drives will go on sale, as production already has started, but it is the last one, discs will be provided for a number of years. But providing media for their obsoleted formats is a long standing Sony tradition.

  12. Now as a Reminder @ glbuys and others:

    NetMD-Recorders do NOT upload anything.

    1st and 2nd Generation HiMD-Recorders upload only Recordings created on a HiMD-Recorder with a 1GB-Disc or a standard disc formatted in HiMD-Mode.

    By using SonicStage3.4, tracks downloaded onto a HiMD disc can be reuploaded.

    3rd Generation HiMD-Recorders (MZ-RH1) can upload recordings made on old recorders (SP,LP2,LP4) but NOT tracks downloaded onto a standard disc from a PC using a NetMD-Recorder.

    Reason: It could be stuff purchased through the Connect-Store.

    Hope that clears it up.

    Merely installing SS3.4 doesn't give you 3rd-gen capabilities.

  13. I strongly advise against buying BluRay. And against HD-DVD as well. Wait atleast a year. For Game consoles and HDTV the same is true. Early adopters are usually the beta testers of the industry. The overheating problems and the crashes, the XBox360 had, are a testimony to that. I'm really surprised, how few problems we had with the introduction of the HiMD format. Plus, waiting a bit saves money too.

  14. so the $8000 bill is the router pinging the time server? getting a data packet for world time?

    Correct, but not one, hundred thousands of them. And going through the list of included servers, only servers of public organisations and educational facilities had been included. Since most people still use MS-Windows, I would have expected to find 'time.windows.com' in there. That one can handle the traffic easily and Microsoft possibly wouldn't even notice, expecting tons of traffic from their OS-installs. But no, it is better to vandalize public property and violate access rules. *GRMPF*

    Advice: If your D-Link-Product allows to enter a specific time server, either set it to time.windows.com or use the NTP-pool for that.


    That way, the traffic load is distributed evenly onto many shoulders.

    And of course, check out, if your ISP offers a time server, then use that in the first place.

  15. The problem: Many routers keep their internal clock by querying a time-server on the internet. However, instead of operating their own server, the router manufacturers rely on a list of publicly available servers. And that's, where this amounts to vandalism, because very often, access rules are ignored and violated. The latest victim is a privately operated server in Denmark, whose owner now faces a yearly $8000 bill, plus a host of extra cost, thanks to D-Link. Since D-Link refuses to pay for the damages their equipment causes, the time server operator decided to go public:


    By the way, we had seen this before:


    Atleast, Netgear was more cooperative. Much more cooperative, I have to add. (See inside link below)

    EDIT: Link fixed.

    UPDATE: Poul added a link to the expert, who tracked down the problem.

    I include that here as well, as it describes clearly the size and scope of the problem:

    When Firmware Attacks! (DDoS by D-Link).

  16. since this probably will not kill sony, i hope they think very carefully about introducing any new proprietary media formats in future.

    This isn't the first failure, AIT (Data Tape Streamer) wasn't a runaway success either and their latest foray into professional data storage went amiss as well.

    The 'Professional Data Disc'-Adventure was silently ended a few weeks ago, as Sony had to concede, they cannot compete against Plasmon and its 95% marketshare it holds with the UDO-discs.

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