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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

folderol I must be doing something wrong (269 comments)

I'm still using my iRiver H320. It works perfectly, has plenty of space on the mini HD and I was able to replace the battery about a year ago.

Nice physical buttons that can be navigated without looking.
Standard 3.5mm plugs.
Presents as mass storage on USB.
Handles mp3, Ogg-Vorbis, Flac, Wav and some vid formats (can't remeber which - never use them)

about a month and a half ago

Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

folderol Intertesting (81 comments)

So much disdain, and even outright hostillity towards the Pi, yet it continues to confound its critics with its popularity.
I wonder where the disconnect is.

about 3 months ago

More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

folderol Typical (209 comments)

It seems ther've finally caught up with what was possible on Linux over 5 years ago. Virtual desktops too. How very, erm, usual!

about 3 months ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

folderol Um... No. (579 comments)

One person, with no such decision authority, and who co-incidentally brokered Microsoft's move to Munich wants this to happen.

I wonder why.

about 5 months ago

Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

folderol Meh! (197 comments)

Seems people are more interested in the tech than the actual content. If I'm listeing to speech my attention is on what the speaker is saying, not where in the room they appear to be. If it's music, I'm more interested in hearing all the instruments and the dynamics than any positioning that I wouldn't know about anyway.

If you have visual cues then this positioning information will be more effective than playing with sound phase relationships etc. If you don't have such cues then does it matter at all?

about 5 months ago

New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

folderol Not good enough (122 comments)

To be worthwhile, something like this has to be the first; the best; unique.

This is none of those.

about 7 months ago

Industrial Control System Firms In Dragonfly Attack Identified

folderol Against man's stupidity... (24 comments)

... the gods themselves, contend in vain. The first time I heard of this, my instant thought was that it was utter stupidity to connect any industrial process to the Internet. Since then, every comment I've heard or seen from every source follows the same idea, so why is anyone still doing it?

The cost argument really doesn't fly. Can you imagine the firestorm of compensation claims when (not if) the first major disaster takes place?

about 7 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

folderol Re:Openbox (611 comments)

Agree totally. Openbox on the very thinnest layer of X, and ROX as the filer.

about 8 months ago

'The Door Problem' of Game Design

folderol This is daft (305 comments)

It all depends on how much real imagination you've got. I designed a text adventure many years ago for the BBC Model B. Doors were based on reality. Some opened inwards, some outwards, some had locks (and you had to get the right key). The nasty ones would swing shut behind you and you'd find there was no handle on the inside.

There were, of course a host of appropriate messages :)

What is far more important is that you have a game plan, room list, alternative routes/actions, and most important of all an objective.

about 9 months ago

XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Has Already Become a Best-Seller

folderol Wow! (129 comments)

There sure are a lot of jealous people on /. these days :(

about a year ago

Inventor Has Waited 43 Years For Patent Approval

folderol The only thing they did wrong (258 comments)

... was not telling him to bugger off 43 yeasrs ago. That was in 1971. As a trainee I was working on aligning servo motor controls in 1967 - it used them thar new-fangled transisitor things {bloody wickless wonders}

about a year ago

Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

folderol Re:What's the point? (293 comments)

I thought they were talking about politicians at first ... all of them.

about a year ago

Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70

folderol Re:It's a replica. Now under attack (110 comments)

See it while you can. If the 'managers' of the Bletchly Park Trust get their way, Colossus and the National Meuseum of Computing will soon be made homeless. Sounds a lot like the /. situation doesn't it?

about a year ago

The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

folderol Good Stuff (341 comments)

This is actually quite interesting. We have now moved from 'everyone knows' to someone has actually spelled it out.

There are a lot of ordinarly people out there who are not in the 'everyone' category and may now become aware of this.

1 year,22 days

Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

folderol Re:And so begins the FUD (573 comments)

Indeed so, added to "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain"

1 year,25 days

Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

folderol Utter Tosh (572 comments)

The only thin g that happening is they are weakening their own credibiklity (what's left of it) by their continued transparent lies, deceit and attempts to cover their tracks.

about a year ago

Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers

folderol My Christmas Present (418 comments)

...from Amazon and Disney

Yet anyother reason not to patronise either.

about a year ago

Munich Open Source Switch 'Completed Successfully'

folderol Proof (275 comments)

Done, in spite of all the FUD and backstabbing. Nobody can now say (with any credibility) that it can't be done for a 'large' oganisation. I especially like that Munich never tried to cover up difficulties they had during the process, but instead calmly adjusted and compensated.

Really really impressed with this project, and now Munich truly owns their data unlike any other government.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

folderol Missing the point (223 comments)

I think you would find it difficult these days to find an OS that could not meet your requirements. However, any software package requires practice (lots of it) to get the most out of it. If the O/P is familiar and comfortable with Linux then why change? Audacity was a good choice for the O/P as a starter, as it has a shallow learning curve. Ardour will do much more (including very valuable non-destructive editing) but will take some time to get to grips with. The version coming out soon will also have extensive MIDI capabilities.

If the O/P is going down the road of keyboard instruments, he/she can save an enormous amount of money and buy a dumb keyboard then link to one of the many excellent free soft-synths - more learning of course, so maybe stick to the accoustic material first then gradually bring in other stuff. A recipe for disaster is to try and do it all at once.

The bottom line is that you don't need a lot of expensive hardware and software to produce first class results, but you do need to know how to make the best use of what you have and, most important of all, you need to develop you musical abilites as far as possible. I have heard astonishingly good music produced on the simplest of kit, and utter rubbish using top-line professional stuff.

about a year ago


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