RAYA: Real-time Audio Engine Simulation In Quake
To me, this demo is serious uncanny valley territory.
When I was composing MOD music on my Amiga back in the late 80's, I was very much aware of the problem of playing the same instrument on the left and right channels at the same time, especially when doing pitch slides. You got all kinds of weird interference problems, or the audio version of moire effects, if you will. If you were good composer, it could be used to good effect in music in a lot of cases, but most of the time it was a real pain, especially with sound effects in games.
I hear plenty of that in this demo, and it's far different and more annoying than actual reverb. As it is, the sound is just too "off" for me to consider it an improvement, and just like 3D sound, I'd have this feature turned off.
PHP 5.6.0 Released
Every time I update PHP on my Windows dev box, I have to re-arrange the order of the extensions in the config file to get PHP to start. Apparently, if you use any extensions that aren't enabled in a vanilla install, the default order of the extensions results in dependency issues. The helpful, paraphrased error message I get is something like, "PHP can't load this extension".
Yes, I know I'm talking about the Windows version, but installing PHP still isn't as simple as just unzipping an archive.
Then again, I've learned not to trust anything in PHP that is designed to make it portable across OSes. I used to use PHP_EOL to determine which newline style to use in my text files. On more than one occasion, PHP_EOL was broken and produced UN*X newlines.
Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'
"Pop" is too kind a term. What usually happens is that the screen darkens, and an animated box will slowly scroll into view, then the ad will fade into the box, followed my more JQuery-ish transitions before the close gadget (if you can recognize it as such) finally comes last. Click the close gadget, and the whole thing proceeds in reverse. Really nice when combined with paginated content!
Once I see a page darken, I immediately hit F5. If it darkens again, I close the window. There are actually some sites on the Internet where I intentionally disable AdBlock, but I won't tolerate any site that attempts to block content on purpose.
Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'
Well, for one thing, the TV program usually starts before the ads, so I can at least see some of the show to determine whether it's worth watching. With Internet videos, the ads come first.
Without AdBlock, I spend a LOT more time watching ads being interrupted by content, not the other way around.
Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It
I used to argue like this, too, but the rest of the world seems to be catching up to Apple's tactics real fast.
Secret of the Banjo's Unique Sound Discovered By Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist
It's been known for a while that if you place a banjo mute or any other metal object directly on the bridge, not only does it mute the volume but it also eliminates the characteristic, metallic ring. Placing objects anywhere else along the strings, pot, or even on the drum has little to no effect. The "valley" created by the bridge pressing into the drum is surprisingly small, so only a very small area of the drum affects the behavior of the bridge.
The bridge is what defines the sound of the banjo, and using differently shaped bridges has a bigger impact than using different drum materials.
It's a shame I lost most of the strength in my fingers over the years. I tried different setups for my banjo, but I could never actually play it. It's a wonderful and fascinating instrument.
Venture-Backed Bitcoin Miner Startup Can't Deliver On Time, Gets Sued
They have more confidence in cashing in on a fad, rather than the actual value of Bitcoins.
UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'
Only 4.8 per 100,000? I'm not sure that justifies talks about gun control. It might, however, justify talks about how to get rid of the slums that breed so many violent people in the first place.
Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses
I just bought a 2015 Subaru WRX with electric steering, and the feel is pretty incredible. Way better and gives much more feedback than my old 2005 WRX with hydraulic steering. People are still saying good things about the electric steering in the Subaru BRZ, too.
It wasn't long ago that all American cars were very soft and all drove like boats. Whether the technology works or not has little to do with the mechanics and more to do with the tuning and manufacturer's priorities. Thankfully, Ford has shaped up a lot since the 2008 economic crash,and they'll probably do it well. I'm not sure how GM and Chrysler would fare.
The Shrinking Giant Red Spot of Jupiter
Fluid simulations have shows that vortexes spinning in the opposite direction of a planet's rotation tend to continue spinning in a stable manner, and will eventually consolidate into a single vortex. Vortexes spinning with the planet's rotation will dissipate.
I assume something similar explains the hexagonal shape of the storm at the pole of Saturn.
Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats
The sad truth is that most criminals don't get caught until they brag about what they've done. Advertising services is one way of bragging.
Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw
I sure hope you're talking about issues due to horrible drivers, not issues with Windows.
Get hardware that comes with good drivers, and Windows runs on everything.
Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem
You can change a massive deficit to a surplus in a single year just by adjusting the numbers in your budget.
Does that include multi-year corporate contracts?
Not all budgets can be turned on a dime, even with a change of management.
Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them
The one that can still feed himself for a few months if he breaks a leg.
I'm not a very materialistic person and I don't make much money, but I do very much understand the concepts of emergency buffers and retirement savings.
Google Chrome 34 Is Out: Responsive Images, Supervised Users
Ever heard of an autotracer? Some of the new ones work amazingly well.
Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?
If there's a vulnerability in your web browser, it really doesn't matter what OS you use.
Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser At Pwn2own 2014
I have huge issues with Firefox, mostly with regards to memory management. However, stability is not one of them. I have maybe one or two crashes a year, and that's with a minimal, carefully culled selection of extensions.
The big disappointment is AdBlock Plus. This extension is the source of most slowdowns, and after the v27 update, AdBlock slows Firefox down to a crawl, and sucks up so much memory that regular restarts are needed to keep the browser from going berserk due to running out of memory.
Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update
In the 20 years I've been using computers, the only people I've ever heard say, "That computer is for old people" are fellow geeks.
New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression
It would help if many paint programs had a default JPEG quality level higher than 70%. That's okay when dealing with 10 megapixel photos that are only shown on the screen or destined for 4x6 prints. Not so nice when dealing with large prints or artwork. I hate seeing Death by JPEG on sites like DeviantArt all the time.
Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?
Some people just like to play dumb and ask for external opinions. Kind of like when someone asks you something that they could Google in 3 seconds.
When people ask specific questions, I try to understand their skill level when answering. When people ask very general questions, I assume they're just interested in conversation.
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