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Is Flash Really On 99% of Net Devices?

cei Bad forecast (383 comments)

A forecast from 2 years ago might have assumed Flash Lite getting onto more mobile platforms than it has. The iPhone & iPod Touch, for example, certainly take a decent chunk of the mobile market at the moment, and neither can run Flash.

more than 5 years ago
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Image of Popeye Enters Public Domain In the EU

cei Re:Copyright, trademark, patent (229 comments)

And, to be more complete, a "copywright" is the guy who works in a copy shop making copies. Like a shipwright builds ships and a playwright writes plays.

(I need to get "copywright" into publication at some point so the OED will finally recognize my mad genius!)

more than 5 years ago
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Leap Second To Be Added Dec 31, 2008

cei IERS (255 comments)

Damn. I've been following the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) emails for years and this one managed to slip into my spam filter. Thanks slashdot! for making sure I didn't miss it this year!!!

(A great bonding moment with my father was counting along to 61 with the atomic clock signal on the short wave while sitting by the sundial at the local science museum...)

more than 5 years ago
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Photographers Face Ejection Over Lenses

cei Re:no photography policy (743 comments)

Actually, if you RTFA, the museum had explicitly made a big deal about how they were opening up more to photographers. Both the museum's website and a senior museum employee had confirmed such with the photographer. But one power-mad guy in charge of visitor relations, or somesuch, got on his high horse and shut the photographer down.

Keep in mind, this was photography in the open atrium of the museum lobby... not pictures of individual pieces in the museum's collection.

about 6 years ago

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Gotta Love it

cei cei writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I just noticed that under the new system, I'm getting a localized +1 Friend-of-Friend bonus looking at my own post...

Amusing.

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Jukebox logic

cei cei writes  |  more than 11 years ago Last night I had dinner with friends & family at Mel's Drive In on Highland @ Hollywood Blvd. As we were leaving, I had an odd thought... the classic 50's style jukebox controls in each booth? What kind of control signal did they send to the Wurlitzer? Seems like something that should be researched for the Dead Media Project.

Along those lines, what kind of logic would you use if you wanted a good jukebox, and how could you apply similar techniques to your MP3 collection?

I've only done limited webcasting... set up a ShoutCast server for a while at a previous job; had a station on Live365 too. But with the RIAA fees, no way I'm going to do an open circuit cast...

What kinds of things do you expect a jukebox to do?

  1. Let users select from a list of available songs those that they want to hear.
  2. Play those songs, in the order they've been requested.
  3. When no songs are in the user's queue, continue to play music

Those seem like the basics. Now, ultimately, once a song has been played, it can leave the queue and the player can forget about it. It would be nice to increment a counter so you can determine popular songs. And since you're doing this with some real control logic, a time/date stamp of last played might be nice. So when the juke goes into random mode, it can play popular songs that haven't been heard recently.

Now that I think of it, with the exception of unattended play, webcasting with a micropayment system to cover royaltees could actually work. The micropayment may have to be variable and based on how many listeners are on the stream at a given time, but that might be ok. You want to hear a song? Go to the jukebox, pop in your quarter, and pick it from the list.

Someone's probably patented it though...

More random thoughts later.

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RAID

cei cei writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Last night I filled up one of my drives... a 40 GB from my old Beige G3 minitower that I had dropped into my new Dual GHz G4 last month. It gave me the excuse to go ahead and reformat that drive and another as a RAID for my MP3s.

I'm using Jaguar's built-in software RAID, though I've been seriously considering a card...

At this point I can't afford/justify it. We'll see though. I think more memory make take precidence...

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