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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

polyp2000 Embrace or Expire? (337 comments)

I honestly cant help but think that Microsofts dominance is slowly slipping away.

about three weeks ago

The Video Game That Maps the Galaxy

polyp2000 Re:Cool idea until you see the beta price (28 comments)

Without the contributions and crowdfunding Elite: Dangerous might not have happened! There are a huge number of people who have made this happen (including myself)! That money , not only gets you early access to the game but to actually help shape the games development. The reviews so far , despite the fact that were still in Beta have been amazing , some commenting that the game is remarkably polished for this stage in the game. Others have said its occulus rift support is possibly the best showcase of the hardware out there at the moment. N

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

polyp2000 Tablets are overkill (143 comments)

Sounds like your just looking for an excuse to get some new gadgets. Whiteboard + Digital Camera - job done. Or if you want to get really funky howabout an interactive whiteboard? N

about 2 months ago

Gecko Feet Inspire Hand-Held Spider-Man Paddles

polyp2000 Re:On belay (64 comments)

It sounds like you are caught between a rock and a hard place to me!

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

polyp2000 Re:I'll get flak for this (552 comments)

The last thing i would want if i was dying would be people praying for me. "And patients who knew they were being prayed for had a higher rate of post-operative complications like abnormal heart rhythms, perhaps because of the expectations the prayers created, the researchers suggested." N

about 3 months ago

Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

polyp2000 Re:Good fit (198 comments)

Great if your looking for something held together with glue and having limited expansion capability.

about 4 months ago

Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

polyp2000 Re:Fuck Hypermilers (262 comments)

I bet you drive a BMW

about 5 months ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

polyp2000 Re:Fuck Apple (406 comments)

Imagine if apple made a beard trimmer ...

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

polyp2000 Re:Never gonna happen, because of how OSS works. (299 comments)

2) It's impossible to write plugins similar to VST, because of the different way tookits connect to X11 (they won't share the connection). You can't mix and match toolkits so a host DAW will use different plugns. The only way is to use separate processes, but that makes programming complexity much higher and very few people bothered. Wayland seemed like it could fix this in the future, but other distros such as Ubuntu refuse to use it, so it doesn't seem good.

Its not "impossible" - difficult maybe - but not impossible ...

...The only way is to use separate processes -- this is actually a very good idea ...
Nick ...

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

polyp2000 Renoise & Bitwig Studio (299 comments)

If you want to use Linux Renoise is a great program - its interface is more like a tracker, but just as capable as a traditional DAW. Its crossplatform and inexpensive too! I've been writing music exclusively on Linux for a while now (I released an EP a couple of days ago).
Secret Level EP .

Im very much looking forward to the release of "Bitwig Studio" - this will be the piece of software that may convince a lot of musicians to switch to Linux. Its written by the same guys who built Ableton Live and I cant bloody wait for its release !

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Asks: What Are You Doing For Hallowe'en?

polyp2000 Avoiding it unfortunately (273 comments)

Here in the UK halloween , and specifically Trick or Treat is little more than door to door begging. If you are lucky you might open the door to a hoodie instead of someone wearing a bin liner. No one in the UK bakes cookies or spends time organising the community like in America where the event is done properly. For this reason and not wanting to get my head kicked in by yobs at the front door I will just "be away from home". Camerons Britain - where at halloween local shops displaying signs noting that "eggs and flour will not be sold to persons under the age of 18"

about 10 months ago

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

polyp2000 Re:Cross Platform Host Bitwig (223 comments)

Yup - Im holding out for this one too. For the moment Im very much into Renoise - its pretty amazing. I use it exclusively on Linux and get great results... take a look :

about 10 months ago

Torvalds: Free OS X Is No Threat To Linux

polyp2000 Re:the second dose is free (314 comments)

Apple's license allows installing it on Apple branded computers. ... So i presume if i buy a beat-up stripped mac shell / case off ebay and put a motherboard of my choice inside - that would be ok would it ? N.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

polyp2000 Its nothing to do with programming! (473 comments)

I think i speak for many, the hardest thing about my job is the expectation that i will work late or overtime without extra pay or work over family holidays such as christmas and the like.

about 10 months ago

Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone

polyp2000 Re:Is Shuttleworth fucking stupid? (414 comments)

Noooo ... Apple waits till everyone has failed to do something , and then - learning from everyone elses mistakes does the same thing and claims it was there idea all along.

case in point :

mp3 players - were very much a niche item until iPod came along
smart phones - apple would have you believe they invented them - of course this is not true
tablets - nothing new here

currently - there are several players out there bringing "smart watches" on the market - they will probably fail to garner much interest until apple reveals one under an intoxicating media frenzied event!

So I wouldnt dismiss the Apple mobile / desktop OS convergence just yet.

about a year ago

Google X Display Boss: Smartphones, Tablets, Apps Are "Mind-Numbing"

polyp2000 Re:Overlooking an obvious fact (157 comments)

Its an interesting question ... It wouldnt suprise me though if these things are actually a lot safer than human drivers, as i understand it though law dictates e a human driver to be present "babysit" the controls in case anything goes wrong. Im not sure if this has ever happened. If an accident did happen I assume the person babysitting the controls would be responsible in the same way an driving instructor would likely be responsible if a learner driver caused an accident. I think as time goes on the tech from googles cars will creep into consumer cars and when accidents do happen it will usually be down to human error. N.

about a year ago

Google X Display Boss: Smartphones, Tablets, Apps Are "Mind-Numbing"

polyp2000 Re:Overlooking an obvious fact (157 comments)

That's possible, but I suspect Google engineers would be able to rig up some sort of wiper system... Sarcasm aside, they'll be able to use far better snow clearing systems than we can now, with spinning lenses,"frikkin laser beams" etc that would be impossible to implement with human drivers. fixed that for you ;)

about a year ago



Ableton Live Killer "Bitwig Studio" Released for Linux

polyp2000 polyp2000 writes  |  about 5 months ago

polyp2000 (444682) writes "Myself and a many others will be pretty excited to learn that we now have the option ditch proprietary os'es in the music studio because in addition to OSX & Windows ; Linux is supported. So here we have a cross-platform DAW designed from the upstart by a team who left Ableton to come up with something designed to shake up the market somewhat and solve some of the problems with traditional DAW's.

Some people may be a little disheartened to learn that it is not open source (that doenst really bother me) — but it does feature an open API to permit modding of the software. It also supports VST's and linux native plugins. I will be taking the demo for a test drive tonight. Are there any linux users here on Slashdot that have been lucky enough to have tried the beta yet?"

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Alternative Broadband Delivery Systems

polyp2000 polyp2000 writes  |  about 3 years ago

polyp2000 (444682) writes "Soon I will be moving to the country. I have a possible issue in that broadband speeds are not that brilliant. Since I will be working from home a fair chunk of time and its looking likely im not going to be able to get cable internet — i've been looking at
other possibilities for getting decent speeds. Most places with internet over phone line
it looks like we will be lucky to get 2mb in the areas we are looking at — im going to want something
better than that especially if i am working from home.

I found an interesting alternative using bi-directional satellite

i wondered if anyone knows much about this kind of service — is it what its cracked up to be?
Are there other alternatives i should take a look into?"

Radio Controlled Car Runs on Soda Can Rings

polyp2000 polyp2000 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

polyp2000 (444682) writes "A pair of Spanish engineers have recently unveiled the dAlH2Orean (see what they did there?), a R/C car that runs on aluminum. Dropping a few soda can tabs into a tank of sodium hydroxide produces enough hydrogen to power the little speedster for 40 minutes – at almost 20mph."
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The Amiga Returns - In the guise of a Smartphone

polyp2000 polyp2000 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

polyp2000 (444682) writes "I wanted to share with slashdotters my recent discovery of this ... It looks like someone is now producing Amiga branded mobile phones based on Android (1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android Froyo 2.2 ) Images here . Apparently they are looking to work with the Amiga community in getting titles running on the new platform. Full Article. Will this be a successful venture ?"
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PS3 Legal Troubles: Hackers Get Served Legal Docs

polyp2000 polyp2000 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

polyp2000 (444682) writes "With respect to the recent events leading to the release of the root PS3 signing keys, and subsequent hacks. Sony is going down hard. Geohot and fail0verflow have updated their respective websites ( ( they both got served with some scary DMCA legal biz. Listed are the defendants George Hotz, Hector Martin (marcan), and Sven Peter the last two being members of team fail0verflow. Also 100 others have to now lawyer up."
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Novell to Be Bought by Attachmate for $2.2 Billion

polyp2000 polyp2000 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

polyp2000 (444682) writes "I just read that Novell is to be aquired by Attachmate.Novell investors will get $6.10 a share, Attachmate, a software company owned by private-equity firms including Golden Gate Capital Corp., said today in a statement. That’s 9.1 percent more than Novell’s closing price on Nov. 19. Novell will also sell some intellectual-property assets to a group of technology companies led by Microsoft Corp. for $450 million. The question on every bodies lips is what happens to the ownership of their UNIX IP — will that be part of the IP sold to the Microsoft — led group of companies. Slashdotters ... Discuss...."
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Flying penguins found by BBC programme

polyp2000 polyp2000 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

polyp2000 (444682) writes "Camera crews discovered a colony of Adélie penguins while filming on King George Island, some 750 miles south of the Falkland Islands. BBC1 viewers will see the penguins not only take flight from the Antarctic wastes, but fly thousands of miles to the Amazonian rainforest to find winter sun."

polyp2000 polyp2000 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

polyp2000 writes "Alex Tews Million Dollar homepage has spawned a multitude of imitators and few are enjoying Alex Tew's success. However, I stumbled across this interesting twist on the idea. Social networking site Bandwagon launched today an offshoot project called, which promises £500,000 given away to unsigned bands; and 20 bands will receive smaller cash payouts of £25,000 each.
This looks like quite a nice idea — I wondered if anyone else has come across any other interesting twists on the Million Dollar Homepage of note? Hands up to them though, and its nice to know that Artists will be getting their fair share instead of the MCPS and Labels!"



polyp2000 polyp2000 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well, in case anyone is interested in hearing music from the greatest band in modern times, you should really visit...Black Apology ...

We like dark tunes and music.

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