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  1. Thinking about it, what I actually said about most audiophiles not needing a multimeter is wrong as a result of reading your list!
  2. I do own a multimeter and use it very occasionally. I agree it isn''t a particularly important tool for most audiophiles, but they start at such low prices that there is no point in not having one. I've recently bought a UMIK-1 measuring mic and use it with REW and an AudioTools app on my iPad. In my opinion that combination is way more useful as a tool for more technically orientated audiophiles than a multimeter.
  3. I agree with the above points. I was only trying to say the talking about 'Intellectual Property Theft' doesn't make much sense without specifying the specific type of problems in more detail, as you have done.
  4. My point is that you need to be more specific about what exactly you mean by 'Intellectual Propery Theft'. It could be about copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets amongst other things. It may be possible to negotiate to attempt to harmonize some of those things legal frameworks individually. For instance you might want to persuade China that it was a really good idea to have excessively long copyright terms for music and books like the USA does. However, the examples you are giving are about industrial espionage and you can't really expect to have negotiations with a country and have them end up signing a treaty to 'do less industrial espionage'. The only way to counter that is to improve you law enforcement, deport suspected spies and so on. Imposing tariffs to get China to 'do less espionage' doesn't make any sense. Hence, my suspicion that in this instance it is really about US protectionism under the guise of countering 'Intellectual Property Theft' to justify keeping Huwei out of the US 5G mobile phone infrastructure market for instance.
  5. What effect has JIS had on the Japanese HiFi industry?
  6. Primaluna are made in China, but built to a higher standard than most 'Chi Fi' amplifiers. China is a large country and there is no reason why manufacturing standards should be the same throughout the country.
  7. You’ve got the time line for the origination of the two meanings of ‘hacking’ the wrong way round. The term was first used in the MIT Model Railway Club in the early sixties, and that is the same meaning for describing the activities at ‘Hackerthon’ events. Describing breaking into computer systems as ‘hacking’ is a more recent usage.
  8. Thanks for pointing out my shortcomings. I'm sure the term 'intellectual property' will appear in a legal dictionary, but that doesn't mean that there is a legal definition of it. The term just covers various types of laws about intangible things, which have no legal connection with each other, such as copyrights, patents and trademarks amongst others. If some politician is waving their hands in the air saying 'China is stealing our Intellectual Property', I personally suspect they might be introducing protectionist measures under the guise of stopping the stealing. Of course that doesn't mean the Chinese companies and the Chines government haven't committed crimes against the United States such as industrial espionage as some of the posts on this thread have pointed out.
  9. You haven't provided an actual link to a legal definition of 'intellectual property'. As far as I know it doesn't exist in a legal sense. What does 'PBS just did a frontline episode on it' mean in itself?
  10. Is it a problem? What does the term 'intellectual property' actually mean? Can you provide examples what 'serious problems' have been caused by China 'stealing' intellectual property'? I ask these questions because in the software world, patents on software are regarded as a bad idea by most people who actually develop software. Software people value maximum collaboration between anyone who can contribute whether it be a 14 year old American school kid, Chinese phd expert , a smart dog or whoever. A company adds value by being able to leverage the common pool of 'intellectual property' faster than the other guys. Using patents to establish artificial monopolies on 'intellectual property' doesn't make any sense in that context. To me as a software guy, patents don't make sense in general, and my feeling is this idea of 'defence of American intellectual property' thing is just protectionism.
  11. Your comment was in reply to a single sentence from Allan F mentioning Gordon Rankin, I not sure what I need to read again.
  12. If Gordon Rankin has implemented USB firmware, used it in his own DACs and licensed it to other companies how can he be a 'carnival barker' who is not a USB expert?
  13. Not sure about that. But I can make a factual correction to something George said - Gordon Rankin didn't design the Ayre QB9, it used his USB firmware but the rest of the design was done in house at Ayre as far as I know.
  14. That's not what Alex is saying. He endlessly repeats that files with the same checksum or sha1 or whatever, can sound different even when they are played from the same media. Because somehow, it matters how the identical files were derived and he thinks it makes a difference to how they sound.
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