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[3]: Good and Bad
by google_ninja on Tue 28th Aug 2007 15:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Good and Bad"
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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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RE[4]: Good and Bad
by REM2000 on Tue 28th Aug 2007 16:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Good and Bad"
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There is some truth in that statement, i can't remember the site at the moment, i will try to find it.

Microsoft did make a couple of changes to vista to ensure that it didn't look bad. The first was the removal of Windows and Microsoft from the loading screen (it's now simply blank with a progress bar). And the other was to ensure that the audio didn't stutter during startup.

The blank screen was introduced as microsoft said users associated slow startup with windows as that's all they saw during startup.

Sorry i haven't quite read through the whole article but is the slow down due to mp3's or video. As i know some videos can be very demanding. If it is MP3 then thats not a good sign, as the computer should not throttle music for network services.

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RE[5]: Good and Bad
by google_ninja on Tue 28th Aug 2007 16:08 in reply to "RE[4]: Good and Bad"
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Its the other way around, they are throttling system resources and network services for media playback and media streaming, the article is about how they didn't use good enough settings for either.

What I am saying is that in the case of audio, the entire stack has been re-done to lower latency, and they have made a completely new driver model to take advantage of emerging hardware. Kroc says that all this will do is prevent the startup sound from stuttering, while big audio companies like Cakewalk are saying that it will dramatically reduce latency. As I trust technical articles more then some random guys opinon, I was asking where the basis for his opinion came from, as I have only read good things about the new audio stack.

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RE[4]: Good and Bad
by Kroc on Wed 29th Aug 2007 16:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Good and Bad"
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Because a stuttering startup sound is the best introduction to an OS, I've ever heard. I hear it regularly, dealing with consumer machines. It's the perfect sign of what to expect from the rest of the operating system IMO.

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