Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Aug 2007 22:21 UTC
Windows A curious network performance reduction noticed by many Windows Vista users of the 2CPU forum that became the talk of Slashdot last week has been identified as having been caused not by DRM, as Slashdot users expected, but by a curious prioritization 'feature' of Vista that's intentionally biased toward Media Player at the expense of network and system resources.
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RE: Good and Bad
by google_ninja on Tue 28th Aug 2007 03:31 UTC in reply to "Good and Bad"
google_ninja
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2006-02-05

The big thing for audio guys on vista is WaveRT, which is a different way of doing sound. Unfortunately, it requires hardware support, so we aren't seeing much of it yet (I'm stuck using the ASIO4All shim driver for my stupid embedded sound card on my laptop). But once the cards start coming out, Vista will be giving OSX with coreaudio a run for its money.

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RE[2]: Good and Bad
by Kroc on Tue 28th Aug 2007 10:34 in reply to "RE: Good and Bad"
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2005-11-10

Yes, but CoreAudio works here, now, on just about any Mac, since 10.2

It's quaint that Vista could give CoreAudio a run for it's money, but that money has long been earnt / spent in audio production based on Macs for years now.

All Vista's new audio stack is going to do for end users is maybe prevent the startup sound from stuttering.

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RE[3]: Good and Bad
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2007 11:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Good and Bad"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

All Vista's new audio stack is going to do for end users is maybe prevent the startup sound from stuttering.

And the per-stream volume adjustments. I curse the moments I forget to turn off Adium's and Colloquy's sounds while watching Dead Like Me. I almost get a heartattack when I'm watching an emotional scene and someone gets promoted to OP in #haiku ;) .

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RE[3]: Good and Bad
by MollyC on Tue 28th Aug 2007 11:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Good and Bad"
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2006-07-04

"Yes, but CoreAudio works here, now, on just about any Mac, since 10.2

It's quaint that Vista could give CoreAudio a run for it's money, but that money has long been earnt / spent in audio production based on Macs for years now. "


I don't know how Vista's audio stack compares with CoreAudio, but I've never understood the line of thinking that underlies your statement. Are you saying that because CoreAudio achived a certain level of audio capabilities a few years ago that Microsoft should make no attempt to improve their own audio stack, or if they do, they should be bashed for the effort? That, as a general principle, if Product A had feature X before product B, then it's bad for Product B to ever include similar features? Makes no sense.


"All Vista's new audio stack is going to do for end users is maybe prevent the startup sound from stuttering."

Um, no.
This avsforum thread started by Amir Majidimehr, head of MS multimidea, explains Vista's audio improvements in great detail. I don't know how it compares with CoreAudio (from reading the avsforum thread I suspect that it surpasses CoreAudio, but I don't really know), but I do know that it blows away XP, which is Vista's prime competition, not OSX.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=713073

(Amir ( http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/amirm/default.mspx ) is a frequent poster to avsforum.com, used to work for Sony, and knows of what he speaks.)

Edited 2007-08-28 11:23

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RE[3]: Good and Bad
by google_ninja on Tue 28th Aug 2007 15:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Good and Bad"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

All Vista's new audio stack is going to do for end users is maybe prevent the startup sound from stuttering.


Why do you say that? Vehement microsoft hatred, idolic adoration of apple, or do you actually have something technical you are basing that opinion on?

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