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New Raspberry Pi Model B+

frog_strat Re:DSP (202 comments)

I am considering buying some embedded board for the guitar effect purpose. While I am familiar with Linux audio recording, I am new to these embedded boards. What kind of latencies does this have ? I want to try to build a multiband distortion, kind of like the Source Audio Multiwave, except more voiced like a TS9, and friendlier to single coils. I hate the nasty sound of too much blocking distortion, typically caused by allowing too much low frequency into the initial distortion stage. I used to configure my Vetta to simulate dual band, and it was awesome.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

frog_strat Once you get used to BB10 gestures (76 comments)

you realize how much time you spend positioning your finger over that little square icon on Android. I think the Palm Pre was what first got me using gestures. Been using the Blackberry Z10 for a year now and love it. FWIW my day job lately is mostly coding on Android. I don't understand why so many people want a monoculture of phones. Definitely not wise.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

frog_strat Re:I was dev support once at MS (253 comments)

>> Private companies that are bad at support go under.

Hmmm. The large companies I have worked for have been some of the worst. Your idea would mean that people shop based on how they are treated, and sadly that does not appear to be the case. I will restate my assertion that some of these problems are endemic to all kinds of organizations. For every govt inefficiency, I can point to a case of corporate malevolence.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

frog_strat Re:I was dev support once at MS (253 comments)

Very good point. But that doesn't mean we don't try and work on it. I am very close to one of these situations, I smelled it a mile away. I'm not the only one. So it is not impossible to make some progress in this area.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

frog_strat Re:I was dev support once at MS (253 comments)

I don't doubt what you are saying. But if you are trying to argue that organizational dysfunction occurs only in government structures, I cannot agree with that. I hope a time will come when all organizations (corporations, governments, churches, etc) are required to yearly examine their leadership and have them pass a test for narcissism / psycopathy. I think this is at the root of much organizational dysfunction that not just makes mistakes, but celebrates the mistakes and takes pleasure in the needless suffering they cause.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

frog_strat I was dev support once at MS (253 comments)

I learned pretty quickly that the engineers skilled in making customers go away looked better when management did their metrics. Sometimes there were complicated problems (customer building a custom PCB made an error in assigning IRQs or memory mapping error). Customers figured out to ask for me specifically, which did not help my metrics. It is really a shame when companies design their process to make people fail. What an effin mess.

about 2 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

frog_strat Re:Stupid assumption (426 comments)

Yea, the guy that wore a shirt...

about 3 months ago
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RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

frog_strat Re:RightsCorp (196 comments)

Posting to undo accidental moderation. (Is there another way to undo ?)

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

frog_strat Re:Are you kidding (818 comments)

I hear Ken Wilber saying 70% of the world is pre-modern or below. That's why he feels a world democracy would be a disaster, we would immediately vote in the Nazis. I have an interest in Wilber and Spiral Dynamics (SD), and one of the implications of what you wrote is that no one sees the world directly, we all see it through memes. Perhaps, with higher levels of development / meditation / psychotherapy we can see things much more accurately.

Another interesting idea coming out of SD is that we now have maps of the human developmental path, we know what the bottom and (kind of) the top look like. I believe going forward it will be necessary to do Integral type assessments of people before we allow them into positions of power. It is the only way we can move toward Triple Bottom Line thinking in business. And at this point we have no excuse for not recognizing that large organizational structures (govt / corp / etc) will nearly always tend toward low ethical / interpersonal intelligence and psycopathy. See the University of British Columbia study that suggests business leaders may be psycopaths at four times the rate of the general population.

about 4 months ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

frog_strat Amatuer guitar maker here (469 comments)

I have made 14 guitars and one violin. I think there might be subtle ways an older instrument could be distinguished from a newer one, apart from the sound. Like the feel of the finish, the feel of the tuning pegs, or the smell. But this study does not surprise me. "Cork sniffing" is also very prevalent in the tube amplifier industry, much of what people hear must be in their head.

As a guitarist, however, I know what it is like to feel a bond with an instrument that is not easily explainable. I repaired a Gibson SG recently (I don't really care for them) but after fixing the high action and polishing the frets, I was unable to put it down, it was such a joy to play.

If you're ever in a music store, walk down the isle and briefly play each guitar or violin. It is amazing, the difference in feel and sound, and it does not correlate to price.

about 4 months ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

frog_strat Ken Wilber: Marriage of Sense and Soul (517 comments)

There is a deeper debate lurking here: how do we arrive at valid knowledge ? It is not as simple a question as you might think.

about 4 months ago
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Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

frog_strat Re:Never Underestimate... (236 comments)

So it's just governments ? Not corporations, churches, every type of organization ?

about 5 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

frog_strat Interpersonal intelligence should be a requirement (248 comments)

As a civilization we are amazingly uninterested in the common themes we see with large organizational structures. How they frequently let people with low interpersonal / ethical intelligence run large structures. So we see all manner of childish behavior, extortion on resellers selling competing products. Personnel policies that mandate that someone on every team must fail. I could go on and on. Maybe one day in the future, we will require a psychological assessment of these people. There was that study out of England suggesting business leaders qualified as psychopaths at four times the general population. Maybe one day we will require that a company be an asset to a society, that profit alone should not be the only measure. I was eating dinner one night in Redmond with my little niece. I spotted the Balmer entourage at another table. I told the waitress, I am picking up their check. She came back and said they thanked me but they would pay. I thought it would have been an interesting story.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

frog_strat No software is perfect (299 comments)

I was just talking to a friend who owns a Protools studios, he just went through some nasty downtime. I was also called to help troubleshoot a Sonar studio a while back. I have been using Linux / Ardour / Rosegarden / Hydrogen for years and pretty much have it down. Running a pro studio with it would require ready backup machines, (probably should be done with any OS). Here is a prog rock song, using 42 tracks in Ardour, Hydrogen. Mesa Boogie Mark IV into an SM57. Custom fanned fret guitar, Roland RD digital piano. http://www.think600.com/647mix...

about 6 months ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

frog_strat Re:The candlestick makers did the same thing... (692 comments)

That's all well and good when the jobs are still there, they're just changing. That candlestick maker, he can retrain to work on robots ! But when jobs are shed and not replaced, this will eventually lead to big problems. Shaming the unemployed is not so effective when there are no jobs.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

frog_strat Re:Drugs (384 comments)

I went through a period where my concentration went through the floor, which is scary if you are a software developer. Later I would learn I had a stroke and did not realize it. To help my concentration I used Adderall, which gave me amazing concentration powers, but made me much less patient with people. Now I take 800mg Piracetam, and I definitely notice a difference in my ability to stay in deep concentration. It does not give me the Adderall buzz. It's pretty cheap, I buy the powder and cap it myself.

about 7 months ago
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UK Benefits System In Deeper Trouble?

frog_strat Re:Nope, you are the ignorant one. (266 comments)

On a recent TV show, reporters rode around in an ambulance in Los Angeles, CA. They picked up a patient and it took three times to find a hospital ER that would open it's door. I think the hospitals here have been going under so the ones that are left are burdened.

about 7 months ago
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Soviet Union Spent $1 Billion On "Psychotronic" Arms Race With the US

frog_strat Re:All those who believe ... (230 comments)

How do you raise your own hand ? How does a thought move an arm ? Or does some other force raise your arm ?

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

frog_strat I get a lot of opportunities from up there (506 comments)

The opportunities that come to my email are often from Seattle / Portland. I lived there 6 years while with Microsoft. FWIW I am an embedded / driver guy mostly. It wouldn't kill me to move back (I actually stopped getting depressed and started to like the weather after 3 years), but I really prefer Orange County (CA). IMHO there is not that much difference in the housing costs. I will say most of the opportunities are crap, 3 month contract with of course no benefits (and I suspect a lot of the offers are just gaming the H1 system). I decided to go back into medical, where we are forced to work more slowly and carefully. And most importantly, I just happened to land in a situation where many of the management are good people that want us to work reasonably, but do not abuse us. That is increasingly rare.

about 8 months ago

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