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conner_bw (120497) writes "In the future wide spread use of food synthesizers turn meals into intellectual property and people share recipes online illegally to eat. I'm writing a book titled Master Chef Replicator Wars, the first chapter is done, and I want you to pay me before I write the rest of it. Should I use Kickstarter or Indiegogo? Thanks AskSlashdot!" Link to Original Source top
conner_bw (120497) writes "Sometimes, people and things on the Web are incredibly aggravating. Did you ever wish you had an app to say what you hate? Now you do. IH8.it is the federated social Web's premier service for hating things. iH8 is open source and recognizes the Open Graph Protocol, so you can hate movies on IMBD or timothy on Slashdot. Stop contributing and start hating!" Link to Original Source top
conner_bw (120497) writes "Is there an acceptable compromise to behaviour targeting? On the one hand, I don't want to be profiled by unscrupulous advertisers. On the other hand, I feel that the advertiser is the middleman between the things I care about (content) and the dollars that support those things. My compromise is to take a page out of BF Skinner's book Walden Two and view the situation as a sort of absurd behaviourist experiment. Basically, I adblock everything but whitelist the sites I support. Is this too much? Not enough? What should the individual do protect themselves, if anything at all?" top
Behavioural Advertising: To Block Or Not To Block?
conner_bw (120497) writes "Dear Slashdot: Is there an acceptable comprimise to online tracking? On the one hand, I don't want to be profiled by unscrupulous advertisers. On the other hand, I feel that the advertiser is the middleman between the things I care about (content) and the dollars that support these things. My compromise is to take a page out of BF Skinner's book Walden Two and view the situation as a sort of absurd behaviourist experiment. Basically, I adblock everything but whitelist the sites I support. Is this too much? Not enough? With regulatory boards failing to protect the consumer, what should the individual do protect themselves, if at all?" Link to Original Source top
Discovery Channel Crashes a Boeing 727 for Science Documentary
conner_bw writes "A Boeing 727 passenger jet has been deliberately crash-landed. The pilot ejected just minutes before the collision. The plane was packed with scientific experiments, including crash test dummies. Dozens of cameras recorded the crash from inside the aircraft, on the ground, in chase planes and even on the ejecting pilot's helmet. All of this was done for a feature length documentary to be shown on the Discovery Channel later this year." Link to Original Source top
conner_bw writes "Researchers have successfully stored a single data bit in only 12 atoms. Currently it takes about a million atoms to store a bit on a modern hard-disk, the researchers from IBM say. They believe this is the world's smallest magnetic memory bit. Moore's law is on the way out the door." Link to Original Source top
conner_bw (120497) writes "A new rant from a attempts to convince interface designers to to look beyond the current mobile and tablet trends. To me it hints that until something better comes along a mouse and a QWERTY keyboard, both tactile interface devices, have their place. "Are we really going to accept an Interface Of The Future that is less expressive than a sandwich?" Mmm, sandwich." Link to Original Source top
conner_bw (120497) writes "I'm an OSX user looking to switch to a Linux laptop. I like the Unix/BSD aspect of OSX. Simple things like when I close the lid the laptop goes to sleep, the sound card works out of the box, long battery life, minimum cooling fan noise, and a comprehensive but relatively straightforward backup system and "AppleCare" package are important to me. What all-inclusive model of laptop and distro would you recommend?" top
conner_bw writes "Twitter has confirmed that it will meet with the UK Home Secretary on Thursday, after being called in for discussions over the role it played in the recent UK riots. Twitter will send a representative to the meeting scheduled for August 25. Both Facebook and RIM will also send representatives to the meeting in regards to their effects on the riots." Link to Original Source top
Open Source Text Editor $4.99 In The Mac App Store
conner_bw (120497) writes "Smultron is a great OS X text editor. Anyone who's used this editor over the years will tell you it was aborted then forked. Left for dead on SourceForge, it has now reappeared in the Mac App Store for $4.99. No changelog, no sourcecode, no new information for old users. Does anyone have the scoop? Is this just a new version number / cash grab, or what? Is this the future of open source on OS X?" top
conner_bw writes "What if making an acoustic instrument was a matter of hitting “print”? MIT Media Lab researcher Amit Zoran did just that. He created a flute using the Objet Geometries Connex500 3D printer. The instrument is playable and the results are surprisingly good for a first attempt. As an aside, rumour has it that Amit has a bumper sticker that reads: My other printer prints food." Link to Original Source top
conner_bw (120497) writes "Trinity Audio Group demonstrated a prototype of a tablet running a MeeGo-based version 5.0 of its Transmission audio platform for musicians. Now open for beta testing, the Indamixx 2 tablet runs on an Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM, and offers a multitouch display, 160GB of storage, and the Renoise tracking and sampling application. Full story." Link to Original Source top
Adobe Flash On Apple iPad Via 3rd Party Opensource
conner_bw writes "A group of Japanese researchers, who publish their findings today in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, have succeeded in building a fully functional replica model of a swallowtail butterfly. They have filmed their model butterfly flying. The invention corroborates the idea that, unlike other insects who actively compensate for aerodynamics, the flight of swallowtail butterflies is realized with simple flapping, requiring little feedback control of the feathering angle. So, how many flaps this thing can manage before it stops flying?" Link to Original Source top
conner_bw writes "Imagine strumming to a guitar without any strings, on a touchscreen. Think the idea is too far fetched? Misa digital guitar claims to be just this. Working over the natural limitations of a traditional guitar, this new instrument eliminates the need to pluck strings while using the right hand to control sound. My favourite parts of the site are the Specs (Linux kernel 2.6.31 (Gentoo); 24 frets; touchscreen; MIDI out; Ethernet) the FAQ (How do you SSH into the guitar?), and this quote from the developer: Because the software is open source I'm hoping people completely change the instrument and share new "firmware" with others. Different graphics, different control ideas etc. It would all be free of charge. So I'm hoping that happens as the instrument becomes more familiar." top
sux0r 2.0 is a blogging package, an RSS aggregator, a bookmark repository, and a photo publishing platform with a focus on Naive Bayesian categorization and probabilistic content. sux0r 2.0 is open source and is distributed under the GNU Affero General Public License.
Montreal based Trotch Recordings held a music contest with the theme "Mutant Breaks : The reckless pursuit of utopia at all costs, even utopia."
Eleven tracks have been received from all over the world. We (one guy) are very pleased with the caliber of the work. Obviously we have a strong bias but this is by far the greatest Renoise competition in the history of mankind. Each track brings their own flavor of breakbeats and experimentation, and each are pretty effing good. Conner_bw, a person who's opinion you don't give a shit about, will be taking a couple of weeks to judge and pick a winner. In reality, Conner_bw will be asking his friends to judge and he will base his decision on that. That's right, celebrity judges! Minus the whole you probably never heard of our (one guy) friends part.
If you want to listen to the tracks, all free, they're available here:
The songs are XRNS Renoise modules. When you download the tracks and load them up in Renoise you can poke and prod them all you want. And in case you didn't know...
Renoise: * is a music composition tool * has a unique approach when compared to mainstream sequencers * delivers professional results * works on all your computers (Windows, Macintosh, Linux) * has a vibrant international user community * rocks the mad hours, so hit the showers
Get the Renoise Demo to listen to the tunes. It's a free demo, what are you waiting for?!
Renoise is a contemporary digital audio workstation (DAW) based upon the heritage and development of tracker software. Its primary use is the composition of music using samples (in WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Ogg, and MP3 format), and MIDI sequencing of VSTi soft synths.
I'm very active in the Renoise community, whatever that means. I initiated the XRNS-PHP Project several months ago, post regularly in the Renoise forums, and absolutely love this music sequencer.