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Private Collector Builds Apple Pop-Up Museum

antispam_ben It's More than an Apple Museum (73 comments)

He's got a LOT of old computers, not just Apples, including TWO (Qty 2) Cray 1 computers! I think I'd rather see one of those operating than all the rest of his stuff, including his two Apple 1's. Check out this interview from a few months back:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Fu5wcgWdJQI

Also, this popup museum is only PART (though it's looking like the biggest part) of the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 1.0 (hope I got that name right). There will be plenty of classic computers with no connection to Apple, some of it predating the Apple 1.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Billionaire Wants To Build Jurassic Park-Style Resort

antispam_ben Re:Awesome! (409 comments)

Crichton was writing the most entertaining novel he knew how. If people want to say "Oh, he had an agenda, warning us about so-and-so!" they're free to have that interpretation. He didn't really "have an agenda" until he wrote "State Of Fear."

more than 2 years ago
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MakerBot Introduces Printable Vinyl Records

antispam_ben Re:A word about Vinyl (89 comments)

It's true most audiophiles have little technical knowledge, and they have little or no clue why they like the LP sound. and likewise for the younger crowd rediscovering "vinyls." LP's (vacuum-cleaned and played with a good cartridge and turntable) are at least as good as music played back with lossy encoding through portable players, the way most people listen to music thesedays (this psychoacoustic data compression should not be confused with the topic I address below, dynamic range compression).The quality of recordings has less to do with the medium and more to do with how music production and mastering have changed over the decades.

The RIAA EQ has nothing to do with the sound (other than appropriately shaping the max signal at different frequencies and the S/N ratio). Tape (in use for many decades, still used for some recordings) has recording and playback EQ as well, and for similar reasons.

The stereo compromise for LP's (this is actually where the term mastering originated) is mainly making the bass mono, which was done anyway for pop record starting in the late '60's with the bass guitar and kick drum mixed "in the middle" for maximum power through both stereo speakers. LP's are also made with a dropoff below 40 Hz to keep from exciting the stylus suspension/arm resonance, but very little pop music (as performed live and recorded on CD's) has anything below 40Hz either. The lowest note on the common 4-string bass guitar, the E, is 41Hz.

The REAL compression started in the '80's and became extreme in the '90's with hypercompression, the "LOUDNESS WARS" and actual signal clipping on CD. That, perhaps more than anything else, is why many people like the sound of LP's - despite its limitations, the recordings made on records have more dynamics than on modern CD's. One CD held as the epitome of this production technique was Rush's Vapor Trails: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vapor_Trails

It's such an irony. When CD's were announced it was touted as such a great innovation, recordings would have greatly increased dynamic range over LP's, and certainly the potential was there, but the exact opposite happened.

more than 3 years ago
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MakerBot Introduces Printable Vinyl Records

antispam_ben Thingivers will fill with pirated LP's! (89 comments)

...and become the target of what remains of the RIAA.

(LP's, or do the youngun's call 'em "vinyls" thesedays?)

more than 3 years ago
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Americans Don't Want Targeted Ads

antispam_ben Doubleclick targeted ads 12 years ago! (404 comments)

And probably earlier. I recall Clark Howard talking about how to go to doubleclick.com and go through the hoops to have Doubleclick not track you across websites using its banner ads with cookies - back in 1997.

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Search Tainted By Pro-Microsoft Results

antispam_ben Gomer Pyle (582 comments)

(Gomer Pyle voice)
Surprize, surprize!
(/)

more than 5 years ago
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Telepresence — Our Best Bet For Exploring Space

antispam_ben Humans sent to Mars for less than you think! (309 comments)

It's simple: Make it a one-way trip. This wouldn't necessarily be a suicide trip - it may still be cheaper to make it a one-way trip and send regular "care packages" containing food, water and other things needed to sustain permanent human life on Mars than to make it a round trip, and with humans living the rest of their lives on Mars, a HUGE amount of exploration and study could be done.

Yes, I know, it's slightly controversial, and it relies on many things going right (followup supplies reliably arriving) and CONTINUING to go right (followup supplies continuing to be sent in spite of political changes), but the cost/benefit ratio is so much greater than a visit-and-turnaround mission, it should be seriously studied.

more than 5 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

antispam_ben Re:The real problem... (458 comments)

Blast from the past, one of the biggest indie "hit songs" on mp3.com:
Fisher, "I Will Love You"

I grew up on WPLO FM in Atlanta between about 1968 and 1975 when it was a format I later heard called "underground FM" - commercial rock that was often not in the Top 40's, but quite interesting. If anyone can tell me where I could find some playlists for that station, I would be quite grateful (yes, they played the Dead). I recall Curved Air and Renaissance as two prog-rock or alt-rock bands they played, but there was a lot of music I can't remember the song titles or artists' names, but would love to hear again. I learned there is much more good music than was/is played on "conventional" popular radio.

So when I discovered independent music on the Internet through mp3 hosts, almost exclusively mp3.com in the late '90's, I ate it up. I remember when mp3.com died, artists spread out to soundclick, the late IUMA, and/or whevever else they could find for hosts (I found these hosts by websearching the names of the artists/bands I had listened to on mp3.com).

Here's two sites that list lots of music hosting sites for independent music artists, it rates them from the artist's point of view, but they may be worth looking over as a listener as well (while sites have all genres, many sites tend to specialize in certain genres):
http://www.compo10.com/MusicHosts.htm
http://www.armydiller.com/musichosting.htm
In general, downloads are either free or only partial songs and charge-for-the-whole thing, depending on options the artist sets.

Many indie artists DO put their material on P2P networks in an effort to increase exposure, but I've stayed away from using the crapware necessary to get it.

mp3.com itself has been "back" for perhaps a couple years as far as being an indie host again, but I haven't really heard about it, I just happened to notice it when I went there one day. It doesn't look like the 'cred' or excitement of the late '90's is there anymore.

One more artist I learned about and bought the CD from ten years ago thanks to mp3.com, country singer "Dorene." Here's her old CD online as free MP3's as well as a new song:
http://www.dorenekedney.com/

more than 5 years ago
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Record-Breaking Model Rocket Launch Set For April 25

antispam_ben Site Slashdotted (156 comments)

How does one add tags, or is that for ubergurus only? This site has crashed and burned. I got database errors, the first page for a moment, and then:
This site is temporarily unavailable.
Please notify the System Administrator

more than 4 years ago
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Record-Breaking Model Rocket Launch Set For April 25

antispam_ben Re:So..... (156 comments)

When an antagonistic foreign power launches it. I get the feeling this guy is about to be declared an antagonistic foreign power.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Gov't May Track All Facebook Traffic

antispam_ben Terrorists now leaving Facebook in droves! (204 comments)

Either that or they're starting to post some wildly misleading info on their Facebook and other social networking site pages.

I remember around late 2001 or 2002, it was reported that "the terrorists" were using porn chatrooms to communicate, at least until that news was reported to the press, then they moved on to some other clandestine way to communicate.

With all the web forums, Usenet, email IRC and other Internet traffic, the government really will have to snoop everything to track terrorists.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Gov't May Track All Facebook Traffic

antispam_ben Re:What if Facebook forced encryption? (204 comments)

I swear I thought the idea of these sites was to have your info publicly available so you could amass more and more online "friends." After all, isn't that the most important thing for teens, to be "popular?"

I really don't see how encryption could do anything but hurt a social networking site.

more than 4 years ago
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New Type of Superconductivity Spotted

antispam_ben Re:Space - application with today's Superconductor (71 comments)

Common sense: FAIL

The two sides (in and out) of your can are only at a few hundred Kelvin, and the rate of IR leaving one side for the other is very low (and being only a few Kelvin apart, the net rate is going to be even lower). The sun, however, is at a few million Kelvin, and thus sends out IR at a much higher rate.

Perhaps you're thinking of the inner core where fusion takes place. The surface, which is what radiates heat, light and other things to Earth, is not nearly as hot. One online figure is 5777k:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun

The rest of your point is still valid, radiation isn't nearly as effective at moving heat as are conduction and convection, and that's why a Thermos bottle works.

more than 5 years ago
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New Type of Superconductivity Spotted

antispam_ben Re:Space - application with today's Superconductor (71 comments)

Heat doesn't travel through a vacuum.

Oh, so THAT's the reason the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and visible light is always blacked out and ignored. Infrared is the polywater of the EM spectrum...

more than 5 years ago
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March 14th Officially Becomes National Pi Day

antispam_ben Goodwin's Law! (321 comments)

In 1897, a physician and amateur mathematician from Indiana named Edwin J. Goodwin believed that he had discovered a correct way of squaring the circle. He proposed a bill to Indiana Representative Taylor I. Record, ...

more than 5 years ago
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New Electrode Lets Batteries Charge In 10 Seconds

antispam_ben That's a HUGE instantaneous charge. (348 comments)

Okay, so it's ten seconds, not instantaneous, but the power is huge. Another aspect of such high charge rates is the "gas station" needs to be an electrical substation. The standard US house service is 240V, 200A (48KW), which will take about an hour to put a 50KWH charge into the battery, and that's if there's nothing else taking power in the house.

I'll leave the calculation of the power required to put 50KWH into a battery in ten seconds as an exercise for the reader, but it's big. I wouldn't want to be closer than maybe a kilometer if something "goes wrong."

more than 5 years ago

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Next G8 President wants to 'Regulate the Internet'

antispam_ben antispam_ben writes  |  more than 5 years ago

antispam_ben writes "The President of Italy, which will have the Presidency of the G8 starting January 1, says he wants to use the future position of Italy to 'Regulate the Internet.'. Italy's President Berlusconi appears to be a cantankerous character, prompting riots when Italy last had the G8 presidency in 2001. This will no doubt be a serious effort, but knowing the fundamental design of the Internet involves routing around damage, the efforts could be more amusing than threatening."
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Colonel: Build Mill 'botnet' as cyberspace weapon

antispam_ben antispam_ben writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antispam_ben writes "CNN is running this story on an Air Force Colnel who is promoting building a botnet to, in time of war, "attack the computer networks of foreign enemies."
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/05/15/military.botnet.ap/index.html
There's much to discuss about this, but surely one way to get an enemy to harden its computers against attack is to announce your intention to attack.

I'm not sure whether to submit this under "The Mlitary," "The Internet," or "It's Funny. Laugh.""

Link to Original Source
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antispam_ben antispam_ben writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antispam_ben writes "This article from The Register reports that "After foraging through thousands of couches in Washington, the government has come up with $3.5m in prize money for the contestants in an upcoming robotic vehicle race." Okay, that's not exactly how it happened, but it's good to see continued interest in this type of incentive to develop technology."
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antispam_ben antispam_ben writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antispam_ben writes "This CNN article gives a lot of current stats on spam, quoting various experts and making statements with varying veracity. I especially noticed "Anti-spam laws have had mixed results." No, anti-spam laws have failed miserably to make a difference in how much spam is received in the average person's inbox. But there's this statement which should be read and understood by everyone with an email addy, and add "and anything else advertised by unsolicited email": "It will only end when people stop buying diet pills, herbal highs and sexual performance enhancers, said Dave Rand, of Internet security firm Trend Micro.""
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antispam_ben antispam_ben writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antispam_ben (591349) writes "Japan's Supreme Court has ruled that a Hitachi employee who invented technology for reading CD's and DVD's while working at Hitachi is to be awarded $1.4 million. Japanese companies have traditionally not rewarded individual achievement, but rather has emphasized team effort and loyalty to the company in exchange for a lifetime job. This employee sued his now ex-employer to receive the funds.
I have two patents but received no recognition from the company I worked for. My notice of being awarded each patent was a solicitation from a company offering to sell me a plaque with a facsimile of the first page of the patent. How do other companies and nations deal with employees' inventions and patents?"

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Ben's Rule of 5-scoring Slashdot Posts

antispam_ben antispam_ben writes  |  more than 9 years ago

While persusing my Slashdot Page under "antispam_ben's Latest 24 of 360 Comments" and shamelessly admiring the two comments scored at 5 (one Interesting and one Informative), I recalled that both of these comments incited posts with strongly opposing views (other posters flat out said I was wrong! How dare they!), unlike the lower-rated comments. Thus my rule:

The highest-scoring posts will receive by far the largest number of flames.

Copright 2005, Ben Bradley. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized Copying Prohibited. This Means You.

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Spam promoting johnkerry.com

antispam_ben antispam_ben writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I received this and three other identical spams promoting John Kerry for President and his website johnkerry.com.

Late note: This is a phishing expedition. This link claims to accept contributions through a "secure" website:
http://testhost.yahoogoogle.biz/JohnKerry/contribute.html
Any contributions through this link surely go to the spammer only.

Comments invited.

Technical note: I copy-pasted the spam with >-type quotemarks, and despite my efforts it appears some the spam's HTML gets interpreted rather than displayed. Sorry about that, though if you really want to see the original, "View Source" in your browser should show it.

I sent the following to the contact weform at:
http://www.johnkerry.com/contact/contact.php

Are you aware of this unsolicited email sent out on your behalf? This was also sent to three other email addresses I own which only get spam (and which I WILL NOT SHARE with you nor the actual sender of this email).

The part about "respecting privacy" is untrue, because my email addresses were improperly shared with the sender to begin with. At no time have I ever requested political emails from anyone.

The headers indicate this was not actually sent from johnkerry.com, but it may have been send from a spammer or "targeted email advertiser" hired by the Karry campaign.

Know that this practice will hurt the Kerry campaign, and you should make every effort to stop the sending of email to anyone who didn't ask for it.

For more info on spam and why it is bad, to the links on this page:
http://spam.abuse.net/overview/

While the vast majority of spam is ccommercial in nature, there are other cases of political spam as well as religious spam. The most important objections to commercial spam also apply to other types of spam, including political.

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> for ; Sun, 1 Aug 2004 12:48:21 -0400 (EDT)
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>Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2004 11:52:31 -0500
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This is a message sent by John Kerry
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Just a few dollars can make the difference on Election Day. Since March
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> and me matched every q2000 check George Bush's fundraisers brought in.
> This is the only reason John Kerry has been able to counter George Bush's
> negative and misleading attacks.
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Every contribution large or small helps. John Kerry's campaign will
> only win if the same people who will support him on Election Day can
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