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Ubisoft Announces Music Game For Real Guitars

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:You don't need a damned game to play music! (172 comments)

Exactly. Some people just learn differently. I've only been playing for about, oh, 5 years (has it been that long already?). At first, I tried books. I had a bunch of different books about learning guitar. I spent more time reading and researching different threads of thought than I actually did playing. Then I spent a decent amount of money on a highly-recommended set of video lessons (13 DVDs!) that I just never really took to.

I seem to do best with a guitar instructor. I think being able to stop and ask questions about the theory of what we're playing, or alternate chord voicing, etc at any time and being able to explore something in depth on a whim -- while playing music -- really jives with how I, as an individual, learn. The only books I retained are of the reference type (theory, chord voicing and scales). I still have the video lessons, but am saving those for a few more years for my niece, who is showing interest in learning guitar, in the hopes that she might do better with them than I did.

These damn kids these days may learn better through an interactive, video game environment. Some might not, and prefer video lessons, or that fancy book learnin'.

more than 3 years ago

Magnetic Pole Shift Affects Tampa Airport

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:For the airplane geeks... (317 comments)

You don't need a military-grade INS in a small private aircraft. A commercial-grade system with less accurate sensors would suffice, especially if they have GPS integrated. You're still looking at a few thousand dollars, though.

more than 3 years ago

Magnetic Pole Shift Affects Tampa Airport

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:Happens all the time (317 comments)

This is due to how an INS works and how it determines heading. How do you think they calculate the magnetic heading? The systems I work on have a table that calculates the magnetic variation for the location you're at, then subtracts that from "true heading," which the INS figures out by measuring the earth's rotation. There's no magnetic compass built-in on these boxes.

How do you think your smartphone calculates true heading? Most likely by taking the magnetic heading from the internal magnetic compass then using the location service to find where you are, then doing a lookup out on the network somewhere to find out what your magnetic variation is, then approximating true heading from that.

more than 3 years ago

200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:Wow. (693 comments)

I "cheated" in a programming class. It was system software, and we were supposed to write an assembler for an assembly language given by the professor. I had 2 other major projects due around the same time and was coming down to the wire. So I did a search for the assignment online and came across a person who had the same class the year before and had posted his code online. The problem? His code didn't work. The structure was there, but there were so many errors that the output wasn't right. It wouldn't even compile. So I fixed it and made it work in an evening, changed some variable names and code style to match my own, and turned it in.

The professor asked to speak to me the next week and said my code and another person's code were almost identically structured, except mine worked and the other's didn't. He wanted to know if we worked together on the assignment. I didn't even know who the other person was. I copped to what I did and how I found the code online, and emailed the professor the link to the webpage it was on. I also explained what the bugs were that needed to be fixed to demonstrate an understanding of the assignment and converting assembly code to binary machine code. The other person didn't even change the pilfered code to make it work.

I ended up getting full credit, so it all worked out in the end. I took a shortcut to save some time due to poor planning on my part. I thought I would have more time to work on the assembler after completing my other projects. I was upset with myself for not being caught, but for having to be in that situation in the first place.

more than 3 years ago

Google Secretly Tests Autonomous Cars In Traffic

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:Wow! I could be so productive! (561 comments)

I think airbags that can deploy beforehand already exist. I seem to remember some Mercedes commercials from a few years ago that claimed it would tighten the seat belts in the event of an impending collision.

Why not cite a more common failure, like a blown or punctured tyre? Perhaps debris in the road? Monitoring all around the car for other humans or pets who might wander into traffic?

more than 3 years ago

Calling Shenanigans On Super SATA's Claimed Audio Qualities

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:MOD PARENT UP (827 comments)

And 'magical cables make sound better!' is a factually untrue statement, not an opinion.

Actually, I quite think it's both. It is, how you say, confirmation bias? The author may claim he was skeptical at the outset, but such quantities as "warmth," "naturalness" and "organicness" of the music are such subjective qualities that it all becomes opinion, rather than fact.

The statement is factually false, but to the listener, it becomes true due to their own biases.

about 4 years ago

BP Claims Gulf Well Has Been Stopped

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:Back to business as usual then... (601 comments)

Oil drilling will likely resume, but this time it will be under regulations more like the ones used to maintain air safety, and under regulators whose goal is enforcing the regulations, not getting onto private planes with oil men and their teams of hookers.

You're an optimist.

more than 4 years ago

Privacy Flaws In Chatroulette Expose Users

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:No No No No No (101 comments)

Exactly... In true FTFY form:

Even in a city as big as Chicago, you can drill down and find the penis you're actually looking at

more than 4 years ago

Malfunction Costs Couple $11 Million Slot Machine Jackpot

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:Isn't this the SECOND time ... (479 comments)

I've heard of a couple of jackpots a while back called off because a user entering the coin, or pulling the lever, or even present while someone they knew gambled was under the legal gambling age at the time and the jackpot was called off.

When I was 14, I went on a cruise with my parents. The ship had a casino on board with some slot machines and some of the more popular table games. My sister and I would scrounge for loose quarters or get a couple of quarters from our parents, and just drop them in a machine as we passed through. Nobody ever complained until I won $50 on a pull. After dropping in about $2 worth of quarters prior to that. So it was ok if I was underage and spending money, but if I was winning suddenly it was an issue.

more than 4 years ago

Is Programming a Lucrative Profession?

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:Depends on specialization and responsibilities (844 comments)

Do you have more then 3 c/c++ compilers on your computer

I have 3, but 2 of them are different versions of Visual C++. But I also have 2 Ada environments and a VAX emulator so I can run the JOVIAL compiler/linker. Not to mention Matlab and LabView environments.

I'll bet I sound like I'm 60 with those old languages. I assure you I am not. I just happen to work on a number of different projects at my job, most of which have their own environment.

more than 4 years ago

Gran Turismo 5 Delayed

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:Gran Duke Nukem Turismo... (122 comments)

But GT5:Prologue gave absolutely no indication that PD have any intention to replicate this. The AI was just the same old rubberband.

I'm not so sure that the AI in GT3/4 was a rubberband model. If you had a really good car for the race, you could win by laps, or large amounts of time quite easily. A car that was too slow, and, well, you were bringing up the rear. It seemed like each car in the race was destined to finish in a certain spot, and you have to beat the fastest car to win. They drove a perfect race at the pace the car would allow, and you just had to do better, or have a faster car.

more than 4 years ago

Bizarre Droid Auto-Focus Bug Revealed

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:iPhone 3G/3GS GPS bug (275 comments)

Obviously this means the triangulation computations go horribly wrong and rather than reporting something absurd, the chipset just pretends it couldn't get a fix.

Actually, the GPS is looking for a specific set of satellites that should be in view (based on the time and the orbit calculations) and can't find them where they should be. That's why it can't get a fix.

more than 4 years ago

Computer Failure Causes Gridlock In MD County

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:Where's a traffic cop when you need one? (483 comments)

Sometimes the car in front of you is a giant box van and you don't know what's going on beyond him, and he's already across the intersection at full speed. Again, no warning.

That would be called "following too closely" around these parts. Doesn't matter that if you leave a 10 foot gap to the car in front of you that 3 people will try and cram their giant SUVs in there at once while talking on their phone.

more than 4 years ago

Australian Student Balloon Rises 100,000 Feet, With a Digital Camera

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:Altitude (174 comments)

Always interesting to see the twists applied to previous attempts at the same task.. I know what idea I'm putting in my 6 yr old's mind for his first science fair....

After seeing these stories as of late, and reading the FAA regulations on launching balloon missions and their payloads, I've been wanting to do one at night. Would take some tweaking to figure out the correct camera settings, but having night pictures (with all the roads and cities lit up and such) would be pretty cool that high up.

more than 4 years ago

Apple vs. Google, Who Will Control the iPhone?

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:Who will control the iPhone? (213 comments)

If you're going to do the install yourself rather than try something else like Mythdora (Fedora with Mythtv all-in-one install, like Mythbuntu), give the Fedora/Mythtv install guide a look. It's what I used to set mine up, and have done so whenever I upgrade. I've got a back-end server with dual tuners and I use old modded xboxes as my front-ends.

about 5 years ago

Verizon Sued After Tech Punches Customer In Face

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:More to the Story? (493 comments)

By that logic, shooting anybody in self defense could be considered premeditated. After all, you thought of it in advance and said that if your life was in danger, you would respond with lethal force.

more than 5 years ago

Guitar, Studio Wizard Les Paul Dies At 94

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:A true innovator (227 comments)

Actually, that was the parent company of Gibson guitars that were opposed to the solid body guitar idea. Les Paul created The Log as a way of eliminating the feedback that was common with amplified/mic'd hollow-body and acoustic guitars of the time.

Only after the Broadcaster (later Telecaster) took off did Gibson approach Les Paul.

more than 5 years ago
top Self-Slashdotted

Alizarin Erythrosin Re:Would like final analysis (388 comments)

Where does "wonky" fit on that list? Is that above iffy but below stuffed?

more than 5 years ago



Scaled Composites test site explosion

Alizarin Erythrosin Alizarin Erythrosin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alizarin Erythrosin (457981) writes "An explosion at a Mojave desert test site during a "cold fire" test for SpaceShipTwo's rocket engine went disastrously wrong. Reports are that 2 personnel were killed and 4 serious injured. Scaled Composites founder Burt Rutan was not at the site at the time of the explosion. The CNN story has an included aerial picture of the site. It is still unclear whether the actual test caused the explosion or if it was preparation for the test, as the nitrous oxide used in the rocket motor is the suspected cause."


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