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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

lasinge Re:MuseScore? (299 comments)

I've been using lilypond for years and find it actually very nice for quick and dirty ... once you figure it out and have set up an initial format for whatever you want. The learning curve is steep - it is essentially a scripting language for music, somehow related to LaTex. It took about 50 hours to do my first 3 lead sheets, now I can crank one out in about 15 minutes. Frescobaldi is a nice way of dealing with lilypond, it is sort of an IDE for lilypond with a panel for viewing your pdf while you work on the code. On the other hand, I just checked out musescore and I like being able to play the notes on a midi keyboard with one hand and adjusting note values with the left... it will export to lilypond format as well (but not back).

about 8 months ago
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The CIA's Social Mining Department

lasinge Re:Modern Spy - An Actual Job Description (110 comments)

No freaking wonder, damn. What's wrong with perl and ttytter? And I thought Ubuntu had gotten bloated. No wonder they couldn't find { O | U } sama Bin Waldo.

more than 2 years ago
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Mathematically Pattern-Free Music

lasinge Re:Ascent-descent patterns do repeat (234 comments)

There is a natural cohesion to it nonetheless which comes from the fact that they are always muliplying by a power of 3 to get to the next note, unless you jump off the end and start again so to speak. When you consider that there are 12 separate and distinct notes, interesting things happen in music when you divide the notes (chromatic scale to be specific) symmetrically and is a widely understood phenomenon, and gives rise to many of the patterns you hear in music. 3 into 12 is possibly the most versatile of them all. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Slonimsky

There is definitely a harmonic pattern, and this music by no means is pattern free, just that they don't play the same note twice. Interesting but a false premise. If it were played with an even tempo the patterns would emerge even more. It could easily be made more ugly, try overlapping some of the notes in another sort of pattern for one, like running two different sequences at the same time, or even varying the durations then we'd see ugly, and that's just for starters. The ugliest piece of music, bah.

more than 2 years ago
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Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

lasinge Re:Curious if there's any informed people here... (667 comments)

Wait a minute, banks LOSING money? Come on son, which financial institution are you working for? What desert island have you been living on for the past two months? That's like all the money you supposedly SAVE when you buy something from your local shyster used car salesman. That's the biggest pile of horse nitrogenous compounds I've ever heard. The banks did more to shoot themselves in the foot by lending bogus loans and bundling them and reselling them as financial instruments, laughing all the way to the ... errr wait. Seriously? We are talking about enough money lost to equal the whole economy for one year of the whole planet!! And then lobby to get the money from the US government. This has always pissed me off about banks, they hold on to 10% of your money make money hand over fist with YOUR money and charge YOU fees for their trouble. They should be paying you for the privilege of making money from your money. That's why the kids are Occupying Wall Street, that's why. To quote Matt Taibbi .... oh never mind. Go stroke your gold bullion or something. "My precious, my precious..."

more than 2 years ago
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Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

lasinge Re:Cash for absolutely everything? No. (667 comments)

That's great and all, but when I go to my "local" electronics store in Marin county to buy piezo tweeters for my keyboard amplifier and they are damn near $30 and I can get the same ones online for a couple of bucks, well... and they blow after about a month. I know I need to update the electronics, will do it soon - but still. I know they have crazy overhead, but isn't that also a function of the cost of renting commercial space which goes back to the mortgage problem?

more than 2 years ago
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Vim Turns 20

lasinge cats and dogs (271 comments)

vi(m) is like a dog, emacs is a cat. vim will always be there for you, is uncomplicated and reliable. emacs is mysterious, sometimes there sometimes not, and takes more patience to own.

I'm a dog person.

more than 2 years ago
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Julian Assange Loses Extradition Appeal

lasinge Re:Not a good public rep (311 comments)

So you form your opinion based on what you watch on TV? I know CNN is not Fox, but neither is Democracy now. I'd say on that spectrum, CNN is closer to Fox. One of the charges that the OWS people are saying is that the M$M is lying to us left and right, and if you choose to entertain that notion for even one second you must logically deduce that trying to understand the movement through the eyes of its enemies is indeed impossible to achieve.

Go to one, talk to people there. Yes you will find drum beating hippies, yes you will find incoherence, but what is not widely seen on TV is that you will also find incredibly articulate mostly (but not all) young people who are not apathetic and want to make some changes in the world to make it a better place, and are willing to get off the couch and do something about it. That should make you wonder about the common narrative of youth today. If you cannot do that for whatever reason (not local enough, home responsibilities whatever) You can actually see a lot of it live online through livestreaming. Youtube also has a lot of information. At least try to see the narrative through the eyes of the people who are making the statement and not the detractors before making your opinion.

Or you could vote, or you could contact your representative. I did it this week, I tried to fit my concerns into a 2000 *character* limit box on my state representative's website. Not big enough, so I called asking for an email address and was told, that (s)he was too busy for that. Huh? Upon further pressing I was told by the staffer that I could fax and he gave me a fax number. I'm guessing that's a dead letter office right there. Either that or they compile all the faxes into stacks and then process all the info that way (which a staffer from another office told me that's how they do it.) Faxes? Are you kidding me? So the state instead of using email and search capabilities etc. etc. (grep anyone?) instead chooses to use dead trees to compile reams of concerns? At the cost of the taxpayers. Again why should I be surprised, it's gubment after all - but why is that to be tolerated? That's the point here, so many things are broken and people have let it slide for far too long.

more than 2 years ago
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Angry Birds Downloads Pass Half-Billion Mark

lasinge Re:Journalists and Math (94 comments)

bridgekeeper: What is the velocity of a sparrow in flight?
Brian: African or American?
bridgekeeper: I dunno? Aaaaaaaaaah, (flies into the abyss....)


Isn't a billion a different amount (million is different I'm pretty sure) on the American side of the pond than on the European? 500,000,000 is a half billion in American terms.

more than 2 years ago
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How X-Ray Scanners Became Mandatory In US Airports

lasinge Re:Point gun at foot. SHOOT! (264 comments)

It is exactly that plan, the plan is a long term war of attrition - if anyone in the West would have actually bothered to listen to what {O | U} sama Bean Laiden said was his plan, but then you'd actually have had to get out of your comfort zone and go to AlJazeera's translation for that. His plan was that for every "dollar" the terrorist spends the US (and the West) would spend one million. It is working, at this rate they will drain us before we drain them. I'm not a sympathizer, repeat I realize that he was an enemy, but that is the clear strategy and they even said so. In our zeal to demonize and depersonalize the enemy we lose the ability to *respect* the enemy which is a terrible mistake to make in war. Isn't that from some old book somewhere? Nah, who reads books anymore, it doesn't apply to the old USA we transcend all that and make our own rules. Pride before the fall.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Network Administrator?

lasinge Different skillset (480 comments)

Troubleshooting networks is not hard, it's the peopleshooting that presents the real problem.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Sued For PlayStation Network Data Breach

lasinge Re:DRM anyone? (404 comments)

Thanks for that, seriously I wouldn't have thought that. What are you defining as "special characters"? I'm not sure if I follow your equations either, forgive me for being daft I honestly want to know.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Sued For PlayStation Network Data Breach

lasinge Re:DRM anyone? (404 comments)

pretty much, except in a different order.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Sued For PlayStation Network Data Breach

lasinge Re:DRM anyone? (404 comments)

ummmm, no.

more than 3 years ago
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Did Some Black Holes Survive the Big Bang?

lasinge Re:I get it! (188 comments)

I used weasel words there, I didn't claim that time went one way using the word apparently. And proving that light isn't a universal constant would be a big if, but sure that would be a game changer for relativity now wouldn't it.

more than 3 years ago
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Did Some Black Holes Survive the Big Bang?

lasinge Re:I get it! (188 comments)

It sort of satisfies my curiousity of why there'd only be 3 apparent space dimensions if you will, and why only one time dimension which apparently only goes one way? Maybe we are in a special case of a much larger more multidimensional universe. Pure speculation of course, I admit that I have no more proof than the last guy, but it can't hurt to imagine.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Unknowingly Tweets the Osama Raid

lasinge Re:Call me Crazy... (354 comments)

I would think a crypt where followers go to revere him would be an intelligence asset, I mean think about it - rather than having to find the perpetrators the U.S. government are looking for they would all go to one place, easily photographed and tracked. Of course that's exactly what any Islamic government wouldn't want to have anything to do with. I don't think he was buried at sea, simply returned to his family in Saudi Arabia (that would be the truly respectful thing to do) and bury him in a private family plot not accessible to the public. If there's a coverup that's where I would bet my money, his body was flown on an Air Force jet straight to the Saudi family and buried properly there. Whether or not he was real, his death was faked, he's dead, he's alive kicking it in South America blah blah blah, one thing is sure - no one will ever hear from the man known as Osama (Usama?) Bin Laden ever again. Cue the Who's "Baba O'Reilly" now...

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Sued For PlayStation Network Data Breach

lasinge Re:DRM anyone? (404 comments)

Opt in? That would mean trying to transfer the blame to the customer.

I hadn't looked at it that way, I suppose a lawyer would argue that. So the question is how do we push for laws that make it illegal to persistently store CC info, I am guessing this case will affect a lot of people and as the CC companies are the ones who end up footing the bill for fraud, it should benefit them as well.

more than 3 years ago
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Report Critical of FBI Cybercrime-Fighting Ability

lasinge Re:Typical Slashdot editor incompetence (56 comments)

So this is based on self assessment? Ever heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect ? It basically says that incompetent people tend to over-rate their own abilities and vice versa (particularly true for North Americans, it's not so pronouced in Europe and even less so in Asia.). This actually gives me hope that at least some of the agents are aware of the immensity of what they are up against. If they rated themselves as being 100% up to the task then I'd truly worry.

more than 3 years ago
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Feds To Remotely Uninstall Bot From Some PCs

lasinge Re:WTF? (211 comments)

Yes the ISP's handling this would be far preferable and no doubt less cost intensive than the federal government stepping in. Do the ISP's do this as a matter of course? If so then I do smell the low-tide-smell of the slippery slope. The federal government asking for access to your computer is a sign that things are broken and need to be fixed, and if there were a buck to turn here it would have happened already (it happens but it seems like a drop in the bucket to me) so the only recourse is the government who is supposed to be acting in our collective interest and is doing "what is good for us" TM

Any time I jump up and down about security at a gig I get a mostly tepid response, and in opening a business account at my bank recently I was shocked that only alphanumerics were allowed as password characters, no symbols. I ended up using all of the available characters to prove a point and the bank staffer was shocked as she had never "seen such a large password" I guess if you can't see it or feel it, the threat doesn't exist, or gets blown out of proportion to the nth degree in a sodium iodide sort of way.

more than 3 years ago

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GSM encryption cracked

lasinge lasinge writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lasinge (1009929) writes "A German computer engineer said Monday that he had deciphered and published the secret code used to encrypt most of the world’s digital mobile phone calls, saying it was his attempt to expose weaknesses in the security of global wireless systems. “This shows that existing G.S.M. security is inadequate,” Mr. Nohl, 28, told about 600 people attending the Chaos Communication Congress, a four-day conference of computer hackers that runs through Wednesday in Berlin. “We are trying to push operators to adopt better security measures for mobile phone calls.”"
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