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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

chocolatetrumpet Tent! (269 comments)

Ladies and gentlemen, I present: https://cupcake.io/ ... an alpha implementation of a distributed social protocol called tent. You can make a free account. There is only one app right now; a Twitter clone called micro. But it works well and there's a good community.

What is Tent and Why Does It Matter? http://housejeffries.com/artic...

about 3 months ago

SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

chocolatetrumpet Re:There's regulation and then there's protectioni (510 comments)

I don't think anyone minds these requirements, but, the number of licenses available should not be restricted. New licenses should be made available to anyone who meets the qualifications.

about a year and a half ago

Former Valve Hardware Designer Recounts Management Difficulties

chocolatetrumpet s/seduce/create a great product for/ (224 comments)

What you call "seduction," I call "good business." The market had a need. Valve met that need and was rewarded.

about a year and a half ago

Fedora 19 Beta Released: Alive, Dead, or Neither?

chocolatetrumpet Re:Should I care? (171 comments)

My advice: run debian wheezy, and if there's newer stuff you can't get, move to jessie.

about a year and a half ago

BeagleBone Black Ships With New Linux 3.8 Kernel

chocolatetrumpet MINIX3! (64 comments)

MINIX3 support coming soon, I hope! Minix is booting on the BeagleBoard-xM, so supporting the BeagleBone Black should not be too much of an issue.

about a year and a half ago

Live Tweeting the Symphony?

chocolatetrumpet Re:Key is relevance, not interactivity... (166 comments)

Who composes orchestral music today?

Many composers still compose music for orchestra! Perhaps not many do it professionally, but, many excellent composers are otherwise employed as university professors, or as bankers. I know some!

This is going to sound funny, but the problem is not a lack of composers; the problem is the orchestras. It is no one's job to review incoming scores. I'm serious! Any professional orchestra probably has a mountain of new compositions piled up on a desk somewhere, but it's no one's job to review them, so no one does. Money is always tight in the music industry, and these orchestras are not about to employ more people to do more stuff when they're already struggling.

That said, I'm with you- I think *I* *should* be in the prime demographic for my local orchestra, but they play a lot of old music. I'm interested in personal creativity, and there isn't much room for that in an orchestra, but there is always the creativity of the composer to enjoy. I wish my local orchestra would put a world premiere on every concert, or have one concert per year of all premieres. But the orchestra is a business, and they are not interested in experiments or undue risk. They will play new compositions, but only those that have already proven themselves.

There are organizations dedicated to premiering new orchestral repertoire, notably the American Composers Orchestra. They are not the neighborhood symphony, however.

I wish the local orchestra performed more new music. They do *some*, but not nearly as much as I'd like. The artistic director did bring the orchestra back from the brink of bankruptcy back into profitability, and I respect that. She has a mountain of honorary doctorates, and I respect that. But when I do go to orchestra concerts, the average age is "deceased," and I can't help but think that they need to do a lot more to stay relevant. It's a brilliantly talented group of performers, but they have no control over their orchestral careers. They just show up and play when they're told. They've been making recordings. They're going back to Carnegie Hall. But I have this nagging thought that I want so much more from my orchestra, and no one is going to give it to me.

I'd take this mission on myself, but I'm busy with other things, like writing rock songs. c'est la vie...

about 2 years ago

SimCity 5: How Not To Design a Single Player Game

chocolatetrumpet Linux support (569 comments)

re: Is Linux support a possibility?

"Yes it is, we originally wanted to list it as a launch platform, but we decided to wait to add it to make sure that we would really be able to support it at the same time as the other platforms, due to time constraints. We didnt want to promise it, and then not deliver. Us linux users get enough of that as it is. If it is not available on linux on release day, it will be very shortly after."

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Incentives For IT Workers?

chocolatetrumpet W. Edwards Deming (468 comments)

Not one reference to W. Edwards Deming this entire thread!? You really, really need to investigate his work.

"Deming's teachings and philosophy are best illustrated by examining the results they produced after they were adopted by Japanese industry, as the following example shows: Ford Motor Company was simultaneously manufacturing a car model with transmissions made in Japan and the United States. Soon after the car model was on the market, Ford customers were requesting the model with Japanese transmission over the US-made transmission, and they were willing to wait for the Japanese model. As both transmissions were made to the same specifications, Ford engineers could not understand the customer preference for the model with Japanese transmission. Finally, Ford engineers decided to take apart the two different transmissions. The American-made car parts were all within specified tolerance levels. On the other hand, the Japanese car parts were virtually identical to each other, and much closer to the nominal values for the parts - e.g., if a part was supposed to be one foot long, plus or minus 1/8 of an inch - then the Japanese parts were all within 1/16 of an inch. This made the Japanese cars run more smoothly and customers experienced fewer problems. Engineers at Ford could not understand how this was done until they met Deming." -wikipedia

Read his books! You are asking the wrong questions!

more than 2 years ago

Are We Failing To Prepare Children For Leadership In the US?

chocolatetrumpet parents are too busy working (754 comments)

Parents are too busy working multiple minimum wage jobs, or tons of unpaid overtime at their job, to be home spending time with their children. Children simply do not have enough adults in their life. Children spend most of their time in a classroom with 29 of their same-aged peers, and a single adult instructor who is forced to march them around like soldiers just to keep order.

I think it's more of an economic problem; the social problem is a symptom.

more than 2 years ago

Why Bad Jobs (or No Jobs) Happen To Good Workers

chocolatetrumpet Re:O RLY? (1201 comments)

"Whether they choose to do something about it or not (e.g. offer a better salary, benefits, etc) is their problem, not mine. "

You say this as if we are all independent of each other and the economy. We stuck in a cycle of workers have less money -> demand slows -> economy slows -> businesses cut jobs -> less workers have disposable income... etc. It might be to our mutual benefit if we can nudge things in the other direction.

p.s. what is your job/what did you major in/what sort of experience do you have? I think I need to do whatever you're doing.

more than 2 years ago

NewEgg: Installing Linux Breaks Laptop

chocolatetrumpet Newegg: Two Products with Same Product ID (518 comments)

The only problem I've ever had with Newegg: there were two versions of the GPU I wanted; one with a fan, and one with a heatsink. The catch: they had the same Newegg product ID. Terrible, terrible decision on Newegg's part. After getting the one with the fan 3 times even though I talked to support, explained the situation with the product IDs, etc., I gave up and ordered from another vendor.

But it still annoys me to no end that they couldn't fix that problem.

I still order from them though... creature of habit I guess. It's always interesting to compare their reviews with Amazon.

more than 2 years ago

RIP, Electric Amplifier Inventor Jim Marshall, 'Father of Loud'

chocolatetrumpet Real Live Amp Sound (166 comments)

I feel almost ashamed to say that as a 30 year old man, music teacher, and classically trained musician, it wasn't until just last weekend that I heard REAL live guitar amps, performed in a hall by expert musicians, without any other sound reinforcement.

I had been to many, many rock concerts, but they all fed the sound through the PA system, and though it sounded good, it was nothing like I heard in the hall last weekend. Just two small floor guitar amps, one on each side of the hall. The stereo effect was amazing. The bass player had his own amp. Otherwise the drums were un-mic'd, and only the vocal mics were fed through the PA system.

Speaking about just the tone quality, I'd rate every other rock concert as being about 60%-80% of last weekend's tone. It absolutely blew my mind.

The only thing I can compare it to is standing in front of a really good drum corps.

Even recordings I thought sounded awesome can't touch the live sound I heard last weekend. I'm afraid I'm addicted, and I don't even know where I'm going to find more performances like that. Even in the smaller clubs here, most bands feed through a PA system.

It is something I think every person should experience. No PA; just the amps, live in a good hall, expertly performed. If anyone cares, it was the wonderful Christina Courtin and her band.

more than 2 years ago

Up To 1.5 Million Visa, MasterCard Credit Card Numbers Stolen

chocolatetrumpet Re:Recourse? (189 comments)

All you have to do is what you should already be doing, looking over your statement and reporting anything you have questions about.

Looking over? Doesn't anyone else use electronic bookkeeping and reconcile their bank statements? Money is so hard to come by. It is really worth your while to keep accurate records. And if you're nerdy enough to read this website...

I spend a few minutes each day typing receipts and cash transactions into the computer. Just this very act has increased my savings. My theory is that it helps bring your transactions into consciousness. You can also get all sorts of cool charts and graphs, which helps me decide if I'm really getting good value for my money.

This free and open source accounting application has served me well for years.

I am all for theoretical knowledge, but I really do believe basic bookkeeping should be a standard high school class... I didn't start keeping books for myself until I was into my 20's, and it has been a highly empowering activity.

more than 2 years ago

LibreOffice 3.5.1 Released With Fixes

chocolatetrumpet Re:I wish... (128 comments)

Access 2003? Even Access 2000 would be a huge landmark for open source!

more than 2 years ago

Ham Radio Licenses Top 700,000, An All-Time High

chocolatetrumpet HAM Nation (358 comments)

Surely the increase is due in no small part to Leo Laporte and the HAM Nation podcast?

It's my first and only exposure to anything HAM.

more than 3 years ago



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