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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

manicb Re:It was not misspelled (275 comments)

If only there were some kind of universal character set that included all these scripts

about three weeks ago

Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

manicb Re:GoG? (373 comments)

PlayOnLinux also makes it pretty easy, and explicitly supports a lot of GOG installers... Currently enjoying Neverwinter Nights from the GOG Insomnia sale on my Linux music production rig. Still, native versions are nice, and I won't buy a game from them if I have reason to suspect a native version is available.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

manicb Re:Let work provide tools for work (158 comments)

Welcome to Slashdot 2014: news for professionals, stuff that you're being paid to care about

about 3 months ago

Free Software Foundation Endorses a "Truly Free" Laptop

manicb Re:Well... (340 comments)

When was the last time a proprietary video card driver or wifi chipset called home and caused you any problem?

I have no idea, and that's the scary part.

about 4 months ago

Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

manicb Re:No Sympathy (413 comments)

I didn't realise that arguments could be invalidated by mere unpopularity.

about 4 months ago

AMD Continues To Pressure NVIDIA With Lower Cost Radeon R9 270 and BF4 Bundle

manicb Re:Unfortunate Card Naming (142 comments)

I happen to like being able to choose a video card based on specs. I can find what I want at the price I want.

The difficulty is in understanding what you want. If I sometimes get choppy performance in a game, does that mean I want faster memory or more memory? If I want good rendering performance in Blender using OpenCL, what is the break-even ratio of core clock speed/core number?

about 5 months ago

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

manicb Re:Renoise (223 comments)

Freaking love Renoise, but trackers aren't for everyone. I use it in combination with a DAW (Logic when I was on Mac, now REAPER running in WINE like a champ on linux) for beat generation and sample mangling.

about 6 months ago

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

manicb Re:Ardour (223 comments)

Another vote for REAPER here. Runs very well in WINE as they actually test it. KXStudio is a nice distro that provides useful tools for a low-latency setup and will even install REAPER for you.

about 6 months ago

Milestone: The Millionth UK-Made Raspberry Pi

manicb Not great for audio (129 comments)

Mine is idling at the moment; I couldn't get an acceptable audio setup. I wanted it to pair up with one of my synths (Novation X-Station) which has an audio interface, so I could use it for playing long samples, backing tracks etc. Wouldn't have minded if it had just turned out to be too slow or unstable, but I think the problem is a mixture of not enough USB power and general poor linux audio. Ah well, back to my netbook for that application, and it was cheap enough that I don't mind having it kicking around for a rainy day project. Home/SSH file server, perhaps?

about 6 months ago

All Your Child's Data Are Belong To InBloom

manicb Re:What's the problem? (211 comments)

Are you seriously using IQ scores as a meaningful reference point while arguing that people may be under-appreciated if you judge them with arbitrary quantitative measures?

(Not that I doubt your story -- depressingly plausible.)

about 6 months ago

Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

manicb Re:To be fair (663 comments)

Because the phone manufacturers who use standard usb connectors are having so much trouble...

about 6 months ago

A C++ Library That Brings Legacy Fortran Codes To Supercomputers

manicb Re:Code... (157 comments)

"Secret codes" or "cipher codes" are countable. So are "weather simulation codes".

about 6 months ago

How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

manicb Re:Musician's prospective (617 comments)

You've hit on a really interesting point with construction kit songs. It is now common knowledge that anyone can download the tools, read some magazines and *produce* a track. What's a shame is that there is still very little knowledge of how to *write* a track.

There are plenty of blogs, forums, articles out there, countless books on theory (I'm sure I could find something second-hand for pennies....) So why are there entire subgenres of music that are unable to execute a basic modulation? And why do the handful of pop songs that modulate up towards the end do it so, so badly? Has there ever been a hip-hop track with a tempo change? Why does every emo band think that "vocal harmony" means doubling the line up a third? (Not intended as a slight on the specific genre; at least they acknowledge the presence of more than one musician in the band to do the singing).

We need to get people listening to better-written music. The industry filter was never a big help.

about 7 months ago

How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

manicb Re:Differentiate (617 comments)

No there isn't. You just don't know what you want or how to find it.

about 7 months ago

55,000 Sign Twitter Abuse Petition After Jane Austen Campaigner Threats

manicb Re:In fairness (421 comments)

I'm fairly sure that dashes can also be used in the manner of matched commas or ellipses – as is common in gothic literature – but they do carry a little ambiguity. I find the main benefit is that they reduce the formality of the text – as in speech, sometimes the pacing of a flow of ideas is of more interest than the exact relationships.

Perhaps the rule should be that a person has to demonstrate proper use of a semicolon before they are permitted to use a long dash?

about 9 months ago

Ingy döt Net Tells How Acmeism Bridges Gaps in the Software World (Video)

manicb Re:Yay, another hipster programming messiah!!! (164 comments)

YAML markup language

We're familiar with RAS syndrome (redundant acronym syndrome syndrome). YAML expands to "YAML Ain't Markup Language", making this his YAML ain't markup language ain't markup language markup language *headsplosion*

about 9 months ago

The Man Who Convinced Us We Needed Vitamin Supplements

manicb Re:Diet and laziness (707 comments)

[citation needed]

about 9 months ago


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