The Null Device
Pointless computer peripherals
Reports are coming in about a new Sony Vaio computer with, wait for it, a SACD burner
. Which sounds good, except for the facts that the SACD
format uses an unusual extremely-high-frequency 1-bit audio encoding system
requiring considerable processing to convert to/from the PCM formats used everywhere else, that SACD recordable media seems to be rather rare, and that once you burn a SACD of music (presumably from your Sony Trusted Client ATRAC jukebox application, which does the PCM-to-bizarro-world conversion in the background for you), that disc will be useless for anything other than playback in a few SACD players, and the DRM inherent in the format at every level will prevent such discs from having the positively criminal levels of flexibility and tinkerability that have made recordable CDs (and DVDs) such a hit with users everywhere. Which makes it all seem rather pointless.
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