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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

rewindustry weapons of mass destruction? (202 comments)

put down the remote, back away from the TV, kessler, you sound just like the dumb bulb you no doubt are.

god bless america.

nobody else will.

yesterday
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

rewindustry interesting discrimination (231 comments)

this would appear to mean that apple users, up to now, have not been "interesting" to the U/NSA...

2 days ago
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Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks, Experts Look For Protection From Shark Week

rewindustry Re:Most documentaries suck (103 comments)

generally it has been my impression that most of the original bbc documentary work has been quite reasonable...

to the contrary, although it's subtle, the same documentaries as reworked by discovery (tm), history (tm), etc, on this side of the "pond" are somehow not quite as satisfying..

anyone else have a similar impression?

i admit i've not wasted much time on the american feeds, am really only commenting based on the bits i've had to watch on other people's screens.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

rewindustry fight, fight, fight... (398 comments)

if it's that easy to bypass throttling, then have at it, i say - the more the better.

there has to come a point when derision and cronies will be forced to admit they have been raping yet another dead horse.

when dealing with bullies it pays to be light on your feet, i find.

about 2 months ago
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Help Crowd-FOIA Stingray Usage Across America

rewindustry is RTFA the correct reply? (89 comments)

quote[ A stingray is a controversial[1] electronic surveillance device for remotely capturing data from mobile telephones.[2] It is designed to mimic a cell tower so all the mobile phones in the area communicate with it and provide information, including location data. This can be done even when the phone is not being used to make a call.[2][3] Critics have called the use of the devices by government agencies warrantless cell phone tracking, as they have frequently been used without informing the court system or obtaining a warrant.[1] The Electronic Frontier Foundation has called the devices “an unconstitutional, all-you-can-eat data buffet.”[4] A stingray can be carried by hand or mounted on a vehicle, such as an unmanned aerial vehicle.[3] The devices are also referred to as “cell site simulators” and “IMSI catchers.” ]

from the wiki, first link in the article.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

rewindustry Re:seems you missed the point of C (466 comments)

you seem to have missed my point - C is excellent for abstraction if you have taken the time - as i have - to build your own library of such.

these are skilled hands - read the article - the man is a C professional already, looking for alternatives.

what happens if everbody follows your advice?

who will maintain the C code that *inevitably* lies beneath all "higher" level languages?

i realise i'm soapboxing here, but as one on whom the burden of that maintenance has fallen, and surrounded as i am by script kids who take garbage collection for granted, eat memory like it was candy, and stuff buffers as if they were infinite, i am more than a little afraid of what the future will bring.

there is no such thing as a free lunch, and this includes the highler level coding languages - robert a heinlein (not necessarily the heinlein)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

rewindustry github.com (466 comments)

sorry, is the air i breathe, forgot the microsofties might not know about it.

about 3 months ago
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

rewindustry Re:stupid move (207 comments)

agree - sites like this make ikea crap more desireable, not less.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

rewindustry seems you missed the point of C (466 comments)

i spent most of my working career in C, and as advised by my early mentors, over the decades, i have build, and have continued to hone my own little collection of useful functions.

i have learned interpreted languages, bash scripts, also postscript and forth along the way, various others...

in the end what remains best is C code, and my own little legacy collection of solutions to the problems i have encountered.

to answer your heads as best as i can:

archaic - C is not - underneath every "other" language you will almost always find C source and a C compiler.

text based - think AJAX if you want instant and easy access to gooey bling stuff. these days almost everything that can do GUI can also do an RPC text based interface of some form or another, and if you don't want the fuss off rolling your own interface, there are plenty of stock C libs out there will do this for you.

not a hotshot - you know C, you are not only hot, you are a rare breed, and an essential part of the future - as i said above, C lies beneath just about everything out there, and large parts of the Original Framework is now inscrutable to the script kids, despite their whole world would collapse, if there were no-one left to maintain it.

update your coding skills - in short please stick with C as much as you can, and think about building bridges - in my opinion your time would be best spent studying the C and text interfaces exported by other languages, and working out for yourself how best to leverage their abilities from within C - as opposed to jumping ships.

help out - get yourself a git account, share your work, if you can.

in all of these except the last i speak from 30 years experience, and in regard to the last - i'm working on it - most of my stuff is still bound in commercial licence, however i continue to hope this will change, eventually, and i continue to prepare for that day.

about 3 months ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

rewindustry tax the fat (625 comments)

they are a burden on us all, and in my opinion should be lined up against a waill and pissed upon, until cured or dead.

about 3 months ago
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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

rewindustry Re:freddie (240 comments)

ah no, hmm is a smile, you have me all wrong.

last i heard, freddie thought he was a tricycle..

not odd, therefore - more like one of a kind.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

rewindustry i was wrong (636 comments)

turned out the code i was objecting to works in a thing called a sandbox - so a comparison "statement" is legit in the directly interpreted sense - the ibook just assumes i know what a sandbox is, and does, in order to make sense of it's examples.

your point about obj-c is valid, i think - will stick to providing support at this level, let apple and the swift people build their own bridges, if needed.

about 3 months ago
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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

rewindustry freddie (240 comments)

odd?
hmm..

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

rewindustry my head (310 comments)

most of the best code i've produced has been the stuff i wrote in my head when i could not get near a terminal.

programming in the Visual C IDE was the weirdest of all though, first and only time i tried to write code inside a BUG.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

rewindustry bug in the iBook (636 comments)

(by god i hate reading documention in iBook form, is the most irritating thing known to man pages)

page 10, line 2 of the sample code - this seems to be a comparison operation with no consumer.

following is my opinion only:

in general the swift documentation is *far* too breathless in it's own praise to be believable, i find.

the hell of it is i now have another language to support in my own "portable" products, and another whole learning curve, sorting out all the personal little differences these precious lisping clowns have implemented, to meet a demand that will certain fizzle in a year or so.

unless swift somehow turns out to be genuinely *better* than existing languages, and therefore a real improvement, apple should be taken out and shot, without trial, for pushing bad drugs, essentially, on an already very unhealthy industry.

so far swift has all the hallmarks of a "vanity" product, and appears entirely constructed of existing concepts, so i do not hold much hope.

i will, unfortunately, be forced to learn this new beast, cover to cover, in my work, and i do promise to correct my impressions, should swift prove me wrong.

about 4 months ago
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Firefox OS Powered Flame Available For Pre-order; Ships Globally

rewindustry keyface (109 comments)

is the word you wanted, no?

about 4 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

rewindustry am ocd (521 comments)

jokes need to make sense to be funny, i find, but i do realise most others find otherwise.

about 4 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

rewindustry applause (521 comments)

n/t

about 4 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

rewindustry rubbish (521 comments)

ctrl-S is still alive and well and suspending most things.

about 4 months ago

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i can has kickstart?

rewindustry rewindustry writes  |  about 10 months ago

rewindustry (3401253) writes "(RFC)

am fifty this year, been working on a thing since basically it was possible, back in the soundblaster, gravis, etc era. by this time am pretty sure it already has been done, but perhaps not quite the way i've been doing it, on my own machines.

it is essentially an audio tape loop with digital advantages. you begin an instance by defining a length, and you get a recording space which simply goes around and around, continuously, and in which you play.

from there the options expand as you like — for instance i like spaces of 32 to 128 bars, and i add a click track or other guide beat, to begin with. because everything is continuous, having no beginning or end, this can be multiplied out to be any new length i might like, in production.

i can then create a new space, the same integral multiple of the original, with perhaps an extra 8 bars inserted, for count in and out, if am working on a 'final' length.

this is only one method i settled into using. of the many i have been fiddling with, perhaps the most fun is to set things to fade slowy into the background, as new ideas are inserted — the effect is like playing in a hall of mirrors, which is great for not-very-good musicians like me. after the fact i like to select the best bits, and set them to fade in and out and around at random endlessly, or until bored.

all of the above, built to an RFC standard, can be distributed across the net in pseudo real time — it does not matter that each instance of a given "space" is running in it's own time, as long as you accept that any submission to a multi-user space will only appear the next time around (assuming your connection is fast enough). no matter how long it takes to arrive, a simple protocol will ensure it appears in the right place.

my overall thesis is that this very simply concept should be enough to easily make global recording a comfortable enough experience — as comfortable an experience, for instance, as participating in slashdot.

in fact a comment system like slashdot would form an ideal basis for a control system, by impementing an extention allowing users moderate which parts are mixed into what spaces.

i think — which might explain why i am posting this here. first off, has this already been done, and conversely — if it not, how do i get it out there? i'm a bit tired of playing with this thing by myself, and so far have not seen the app/gadget on the market that already does the thing i've been dreaming of... and suddenly it occurs to me that slashdot is the place to find out, for once and for all."

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