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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

tannhaus Obsolete for most people (502 comments)

I tried to remember the last time I bought a discrete sound card. Then I remembered. It was back when I paid $20 for Open Sound System aka OSS/Linux because I couldn't seem to correctly compile support in the kernel for my shiny new soundblaster 16.

In short..... a really really long time ago

about 6 months ago

Rental Business Aaron's Admits Role In Spying On Customers

tannhaus manufacture and dissemination of child pornography (119 comments)

So, they took photos with the webcam and even admit those photos include children. If even one of those children is in a state of undress, they took that picture and shared it with their franchisees, they should be busted for manufacture and dissemination of child pornography, because you know if that child did the same thing, those are the charges they would face.

about a year ago

Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate

tannhaus SENDING them a cockroach? (512 comments)

Have they ever been to a school? I'm sure any school in the country has a surplus of cockroaches they can send back to the company.

about a year ago

Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

tannhaus Re:OpenSUSE (627 comments)

and I almost forgot....it's the desktop of my five year old daughter as well... although I've heavily configured it for her....


about a year and a half ago

Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

tannhaus OpenSUSE (627 comments)

I think someone would have to go a long way to top the polish and reliability of OpenSUSE. Every time I try another distro, I always find what it lacks compared to OpenSUSE. Hands down, it's the only distro for me.

about a year and a half ago

Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight

tannhaus Oh please (173 comments)

Ok... two observations:

1. Ain't nobody got time for that!

2. Who, reading this article on slashdot, would not find a way to plugin and use their electronics while camping for an entire week?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Explain That Humans Didn't Ride Dinosaurs?

tannhaus TALKING GIRLFRIENDS?! (278 comments)

In all my years of having girlfriends and frequenting slashdot, I've never had a girlfriend that TALKED! Occasionally they whistle, but that's escaping air from a leak and you have to buy another. You could plug her with duct tape, but that's just sick. I'll have to check around and see if I can find one of these new models for myself!

about 2 years ago

Can You Really Hear the Difference Between Lossless, Lossy Audio?

tannhaus Dodged the bullet (749 comments)

Thank God my hearing isn't worth a crap and I don't have yet another thing to geek over.

As long as Frank Sinatra doesn't sound like Donald Duck, I'm cool with it.

about 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

tannhaus Touchscreen desktops too (526 comments)

I have one of the Gateway 6971 all-in-ones. I paid the $15 or whatever to get the Windows 8 upgrade. My computer before this one was a 24 inch iMac I'd had for 5 years. I have to say that I don't regret the change at all. When it comes to reading a website, I'm more likely to reach up and scroll than even use the scroll wheel on the mouse. When I'm playing music or watching videos, I don't have to be sitting at my computer desk. All I have to be able to do is touch the screen. The article is right. It complements the mouse and keyboard and allows for more relaxed use of the computer.

more than 2 years ago

Why Users Drop Open Source Apps For Proprietary Alternatives

tannhaus Several Reasons (891 comments)

There are several reasons why I've chosen proprietary in the past over open source. There are reasons why I'm running Mac OS X instead of Linux, and why I use the Gimp instead of Photoshop.

First, the price of the software has something to do with it. I can't see spending $100 or more on a piece of software unless it's the OS itself. This is a what I do when I'm not at work, not a paying job. So, if it's a question between a free Gimp, where things are often hard to do, some features are missing, etc. and hundreds for Photoshop, there is no question. I go with free because proprietary isn't affordable.

But, if it's the choice of a sub-$100 program and open source, there are several factors:

1. Does the software have the features I'm looking for RIGHT NOW?

I'm not talking about developers talking about adding the features. I'm not talking about poorly implemented features that they promise to get working well in the future. Can the software do what I want it to do right now? If the proprietary version I'm trying to communicate with is using a protocol and your software is using an outdated/works sometimes or with interaction on their behalf protocol....are you really an option?

2. How does the software LOOK?

Sit down and look at open source vs. proprietary solutions sometimes. Open source software often looks like a flashback to the 80s, while the proprietary is clean, crisp and beautiful. Fonts and UI add to your everyday enjoyment.

3. How easy is it to use vs. proprietary?

I don't want to learn a special scripting language to use a piece of software. I don't want to go through 10 steps to accomplish what I can in one with the proprietary solution. I don't want to have to google and then edit text files to accomplish what reading a prompt and clicking or checkmarking cïan do in a proprietary solution.

These things are all worth money to me. As long as they are, there will be cases where I chose proprietary over open source. I'm not a long bearded, hawaiian shirt wearing activist screaming "Free as in beer". I'm a person who uses his computer to do things and enjoy himself. The easier it is to do those things and the more pleasurable the experience, the more I enjoy myself.

more than 5 years ago

Texas Board of Education Supports Evolution

tannhaus Re:Fracking Halleluja (344 comments)

Pshhhh haven't you heard? Gravity is just a theory....

about 6 years ago

What the Papers Don't Say About Vaccines

tannhaus Re:Parents ARE to blame (737 comments)

There's something about children which seems to turn people's brains off, allowing them to both spout and believe unbelievably stupid statements without recognizing them as such. Must be some kind of hormonal thing.

Actually, I think there is something about people who have never had children thinking that they know it all and are great fonts of wisdom. Then, they get a kid and realize that they don't know jack...or they choose not to vaccinate their kids. I see why you're so defensive..

more than 6 years ago

What the Papers Don't Say About Vaccines

tannhaus Re:Parents ARE to blame (737 comments)

Unless you happen to be a medical expert of sufficient calibre to run the experiments yourself, you rely on others to supply you accurate knowledge about the subject.

Yes, but if you decide People Magazine, the internet, or whatever is more trustworthy than your pediatrician, you are not responsible enough to have kids - at the very least, you need to change pediatricians.

This isn't a case of people not knowing, this is a case of people making a choice: they choose not to vaccinate their children. They risk their children's lives because of something they've read on the net or wherever else instead of listening to the advice of practically any pediatrician they come into contact with. Again, these people should have their children taken away from them.

more than 6 years ago

What the Papers Don't Say About Vaccines

tannhaus Parents ARE to blame (737 comments)

When it comes to something that may seriously harm your child, whether it be vaccines or the illnesses the vaccines prevent against, it is your responsibility as a parent to not go off half-cocked and to make extremely sure that you have all the facts before you make a decision regarding the welfare of your child. If you're not up to that responsibility, then you shouldn't have custody of your kids. Plain and simple.


more than 6 years ago



tannhaus tannhaus writes  |  more than 8 years ago

tannhaus (152710) writes "I'm having a really hard time stomaching the paranoia and seeming contradictions by many I've seen posting on Slashdot lately. First, we were told to boycott SuSE then we're supposed to foam at the mouth because SuSE has introduced functionality into OpenOfficeOrg spreadsheets to be compatible with Excel macros.

Yet, there is no mention that this functionality already ships with Fedora Core, Debian, and Ubuntu, among others. There is also no mention that OpenOfficeOrg already had functionality existing so it could open and save Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Powerpoint formats, includes native support for Microsoft Access databases, supports the Microsoft Outlook address book, as well as many many other features designed for interoperability with Microsoft products. As a matter of fact, these people fail to acknowledge the fact that interoperability with Microsoft products has been a driving force for years within the linux community. I submit WINE and Codeweaver's Crossover Office as proof.

Also, one may think it is a good idea to boycott SuSE because of a deal with Microsoft, yet, unless you have also boycotted Gnome, then you're being extremely hypocritical. In case you don't remember, Michael de Icaza and others at Ximian worked with Microsoft engineers to develop Mono, an open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET platform. Of course, we can't forget the JBOSS deal with Microsoft over a year ago. For those of you that don't know, JBOSS is a division of RedHat.

In short, what we are seeing with Novell is only new in reference to the patent indemnification found in the deal. Open Source companies have worked with Microsoft before. Open source companies have tried the entire time Linux has been in the enterprise to ensure compatibility with Microsoft products. Linux will not survive if we try to throw away any ability to interoperate with Microsoft software. Even though the patent indemnification clause may be cause for concern, the general gist of the deal is not a huge jump from what has happened in the past."




tannhaus tannhaus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Well, I lost my old website's domain name, but I've copied the content over and my new website is http://www.moderngnosis.org

It deals with Gnosticism, Thelema, Aleister Crowley, etc.


Automatically detect and remove commercials from EyeTV

tannhaus tannhaus writes  |  more than 7 years ago Before now, there really hasn't been a way in OS X to automatically detect and remove commercials from EyeTV recordings. So, I've done a little work and created a way to do so. It uses wine and a windows-only program, but the whole thing does run on OS X and with a little changing around, could work on linux as well..with the scripts I've written.

It doesn't just work on EyeTV programs. Any program you record into mpeg2 format can have the commercials automatically removed using this method:


The great thing about this method is that it automatically encodes the resulting video into h264 format for exporting to the iPhone.


iPhone Nightmare

tannhaus tannhaus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I'm on the telephone waiting for Belkin right now. I've spoken to Apple support twice on the phone, AT&T twice on the phone,twice in the store, and have emailed both. At this point, I've received no help from any of them. This is my story:

I really wanted the iPhone. I have a 24 inch iMac and a mac mini. I'm an avid apple fan, so the day after the iPhone was released, I went and picked up the 4 GB model. I was told then that I would not be able to get insurance on the iPhone. That worried me a bit, but having dealt with Apple support in the past and being amazed, I thought I'd be taken care of if anything weird did happen. Of course, I didn't have the option of going to a different cell phone provider. Apple locks you into AT&T for the service....no AT&T/no iPhone.

I went back the next day and purchased the Belkin hard acrylic case for the iPhone, however. I wanted a bit more security to make sure my iPhone was protected. However, like tnkgrl, the case I bought to protect my iPhone actually damaged it. Not only did the case scratch the iPhone, but last night it came apart while I was walking across a service station parking lot and dropped my bare iPhone to the concrete.

I immediately took the iPhone home and called AT&T, where I was transferred to an Apple representative. The representative told me that there was no way I should have had a problem like that with the case and that I should go the next day to the AT&T store and see what they could do for me. So, I did just that. According to AT&T, they could do nothing for me except replace the case. Since I only had the receipt for the case and not the actual box it came in, they claimed that they couldn't exchange the case but only swap it for the EXACT SAME ITEM...the case that damaged my iPhone to start with!

I've been on the phone with AT&T themselves once since then and called Apple directly twice. Even asking to speak to a manager and being transferred to a "product specialist" did not help me. Now, I'm trying Belkin. If someone doesn't rectify this situation soon, I'm selling the iPhone on ebay and cancelling my account with AT&T. This is an absolutely ridiculous situation: Apple says it's not their fault even though they forced me to use AT&T service where I would not be able to purchase insurance for their product even though I would be able to do so if I bought a product from any of their competitors. AT&T says it's not their fault, even though they refused to give me the option to purchase insurance coverage that they extend to every other product they carry...insurance that would have covered something like this and which I would have gladly paid extra for.

Of course, Belkin actually created the faulty product. So, I'm on the phone with them right now trying to file a claim. You would think, however, that if Apple and AT&T both sell a product to protect your iPhone that they would be reasonably sure that at the very least it wouldn't DAMAGE your iPhone. However, it appears to be doing just that.

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