Oh, yeah. What could possibly go wrong?
I am so not there.
1987 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007
Oh, yeah. What could possibly go wrong?
I am so not there.
Wow... The Kinks, Adam & The Ants, early Springsteen?
Nothing worthy of ridicule there, man.
Actually, I think what we have in these reviews is a case of something being easier to do than to explain... but, then, I have a fair amount of experience ripping tape, having spent the better part of a year ripping all of my old Grateful Dead concert bootlegs, a bunch of my old radio tapes, and obscure cassette-only releases by local/regional alt/punk bands.
You get a "Y" adapter for the mini-plug stereo audio input on the computer, plug the leads at the other end into the cassette deck output, do a test rip or two to set the levels, click "start" on the sampling software and press "play" on the cassette deck. I'm betting that ripping LPs is probably also simpler than the description makes it out to be.
I'll go with an obvious example, at least for my generation: Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.
I went through three vinyl copies of Dark Side -- the copy I bought in high school and wore out, the copy I bought when I went off to college and wore out, and the Mobile Fidelity Labs "half-speed mastered" reissue which I bought in the early '80s and dubbed onto a cassette to listen to in the car -- and wore out.
A few years ago, on one of the collectors' blogs I hang out on, I found a copy of the Dark Side 40th Anniversary re-issue, which was released both on CD and virgin vinyl. The copy posted there was a 320kb FLAC rip of the vinyl version which, of course, I downloaded immediately. I burned a copy to CD to listen to in the car, ripped a copy to mp3 to listen to in iTunes on my home stereo, and saved the FLAC files to a DVD ROM for archival backup.
I had no personal issue with this, having spent a total of about $30 on the three vinyl copies of Dark Side I bought between 1973 and '82. Gilmour, Waters and co. already have my thirty bucks, and I have a copy of Dark Side Of The Moon, so I don't feel as if I've robbed anybody.
Stop using Snapchat IMMEDIATELY.
...and he didn't use it?
But, yeah, as someone mentioned above... at least he could've shitcanned the comment sections.
I'll bet it'd taste great with drawn butter...
...but then, a socket wrench would probably taste great with drawn butter.
Here's the straight poop, from Mark Wade's stalwart Encyclopaedia Astronautica:
"... Over the Indian Ocean, White was ready for EVA at last - hoses hooked up, umbilical ready, gun in hand, and chestpack in place - and they again rested and chatted. Nearing Carnarvon, Australia, they began to depressurize the cabin. Then a mechanical problem arose - the door would not unlatch because a spring had failed to compress. After much yanking and poking around the hatch ratchet, the door suddenly cracked open. White found the hatch as hard to push up in zero g as it had been on the ground.
Once he had it opened, White rose slowly through the hatch and installed a camera to record his movements as he swam in space, with the zip gun, tethered to his right arm. floating freely by his side. White triggered a burst from the gun, rose above the hatch, and, without imparting any motion to the spacecraft, propelled himself away. Experimenting with the double-barreled device, he traveled about 5 meters but found himself higher above the spacecraft than he intended. He wanted to go over to McDivitt's window. Short bursts of the gun worked well; in fact, it responded throughout much as it had in ground training on an air-bearing table, at least in pitch and yaw. White was less sure about roll, which he thought would be harder to control without using too much fuel. Floating freely, he felt a tendency to pitch, roll, and yaw, all at once. He knew the gun could correct this, but he was concerned about the fuel it would take. Instead, he tugged on the tether and pulled himself aft and high atop the spacecraft adapter. White saw the thrusters firing, expelling plumes of flaming as, as McDivitt steadied the spacecraft. White propelled himself away rom the danger - across the top of the spacecraft and out beyond its nose. He use the gun for two pitchovers and two body turns, each time stopping easily. Then the compressed oxygen fuel bottle was empty..."
"Am I the only person who habitually adds '-youtube' to their Google searches?"
Join the club.
Whenever I've been rummaging around Google looking for tutorials/solutions to a particular problem or issue, I always exclude YouTube as I much prefer step-by-step tutorials with proper screen shots instead of watching a screen recording of somebody else doing the procedure, which I've always found confusing.
DownloadHelper and Wondershare Downloader are your friends.
...and stop me if I'm wrong, but didn't astronauts kind of start the whole "selfie" thing about fifteen years or so ago -- albeit inadvertantly -- by holding their cameras at arm's length and photographing the reflection of the Earth in their visors while on EVAs?
Of course, my all-time favorite space selfie has to be this one, taken nearly half a century ago by Jim Lovell aboard Gemini 12:
Not a goddamn' chance in hell, man.
What all the driverless-car fanbois and gushers seem to forget is that the driverless cars are designed and programmed by humans, f'crissake -- y'know, error-prone, fallible HUMANS.
"Maybe something else sucks around here...!"
"Transport minister Claire Perry added: 'Driverless cars are the future, [and] I want Britain to be at the forefront of this exciting new development, to embrace a technology that could transform our roads and open up a brand new route for global investment.'"
I don't know about the rest of you, but I get scared shitless when I hear some high-level government type gushing like this.
...and you'd be right -- but it's crap like this that makes me glad I own an iPhone.
I've certainly got issues with the IOS App Store, but at least I don't have to worry too much about this kind of skankiness.
Insert joke (HERE).
Thanks, you've been wonderful. I'm here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress. I'm outta here.
What could possibly go wrong?
...at which point I immediately thought oh, Christ, more doucheware...
Those Terms Of Service remind me of an old Peanuts strip in which Lucy goes around to all the other kids with some kind of document and requests that they "sign this, please, it absolves me of all blame."
Not to mention that many of the people who worked on this little stinker were also responsible for Google Nest.
Settings in the Cloud? Integrating all the Internet Of Shit devices in your house? Built by the designers of Google Nest? D'ahh, what could possibly go wrong?
...for another solution in search of a problem -- kinda' like presentation software.
I'm down with you in principle, but I think you're being a little bit rough.
After all, there are the people who worked on Illustrator and Photoshop, a couple of genuinely well-done and indespensible applications in my line of work -- and, btw, two of the only three (?) applications developed by Adobe in-house, not assets acquired from other companies, like InDesign (formerly PageMaker, developed by long-gone Aldus) and Flash (ex-Macromedia).
But, anybody who worked on Flash? Yeah, sure, chase 'em out of the building with tire irons and baseball bats.
...everything I've read about DRM has made me cautious and skeptical.
I have FlashBlock installed on both browsers I use -- Firefox and SeaMonkey -- with a blocklist as long as my arm, along with AdBlockPlus and NoScript.
All I really use Flash for these days is watching YouTube footage, that's pretty much it. For all other Flash content, my browsers have standing orders to "shoot on sight".
"I don't understand what people have against flash. Sure it has a few secuity holes, but..
...Sure it used to be a resource hog, but since I got my current laptop...
...As long as you have a decent computer and security I don't see it as a problem..."
That's a knee-slapper for sure, but in many ways not too far from reality.
Here's one of Von Braun's WWII-era orbital launch vehicle concepts.. Dude was really into clustered engines...
...and, of course, the Soviets' ill-fated N1 program, where clustered engines became a clusterfuck -- and which makes one ask, "how far can you stretch a concept before it snaps?"
"...Brought to you by the lowest bidding subcontractor...hmm."
D'ahh, c'mon, man. That joke's been around almost since the beginning of the Space Age.
As I recall, it comes from a comment John Glenn made in an interview in the early '60s, commenting on the early Mercury/Atlas booster test launches; during the test phase, Atlas boosters seemed to be malfunctioning and exploding during launch every other day.
See also "our rockets always blow up" in Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff.
Also, as I recall, the combined contents of the tanks in a Saturn V had an explosive force equal to a small nuclear device.
Saturn V: The Don't Fuck With Me Rocket.
You mention the Falcon Heavy's thrust in terms of the number of 747s.
How many Saturn V's is that?
Oh, I dunno... I thought the music was damned cool.
Falcon Heavy: The Rocket That ROCKS.
"my 'favourite' is when you have sound down really low just so you can hear alerts/alarms etc., but then an advert decides you really want to hear it because it is sooo important..."
Perhaps I'm just getting old, but... back when I was first moving over from print to Web design about 20 years ago, one of the first things I learned was that auto-playing media of any kind was a big, fat no-no.
These days, Web designers just don't seem to give a rat's ass about annoying readers. If it isn't the big-ass fotos or slideshows which take up the entire top half of the scroll and add no information or value, it's the goddamn' auto-playing video.
For instance: http://www.mediumrarerestaurant.com/
Big fat full-window foto slideshows, text crawl -- there's hardly anything on this page that isn't useless and distracting. In fact, the only thing missing here is an auto-playing video.
I guess this would be "Web 3.0", then?
Luckily, I'm using a separate Twitter cilent (TweetDeck) that lets me choose whether or not to show attached fotos or video in the tweet stream. The Twitter client on my phone is also fast and tight, with a "hide visual dross" option. "Sponsored content" is shot on sight.
Haven't used the actual Web site in ages. Went there once recently to do something, and gaaaahhhhdddd what a shit-ass mess.
You're reading my mind. Do I really need a 4k or 8k the size of Colorado to watch crap like Shark Tank and American Family?
Pig, meet lipstick.
The exact wording the MS use for the "FREE" part is:
"A free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, who upgrade in the first year"
"Just throw and rope and brand 'em,
Don't try to understand 'em!
Head 'em up, move 'em out,
Move 'em out, head 'em up,
Head 'em up, move 'em out,
...when you consider what happened last time:
Woo hoo. Suh-weet. I'll go heat up the Jiffy-Pop.
Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly. That's friggin' classic, man.
Screw "Selma"; this is my choice for Best Picture.
"I know, to change that perception, let's just hold our conference in that Mafia run den of vice, Las Vegas."
Y'know, these days I'm thinking that the Mafia is a paragon of honesty and virtue compared to these tech industry clowns. At least the Mafia is straight up about what they're about and what they do.
...it certainly makes filtering the spam a lot easier. I already learned this when .biz and .info came out.
I've since learned that I can safely shit-can any mail coming from .click and .rocks with nothing of value lost.
"You know what would've made me interested in Google Glass? A pedestrian-friendly minimap. How cool would it have been if you could give it a destination and then have arrows "projected" in front of you..."
I got yer killer app right here, man. It's called a map... on a sheet of paper. You hit Google Maps before you leave the house, print out the map, fold it up and stick it into your pocket.
(The st00pid, it buuurrrrrnnnnnsssssss.)
If I can just nitpick, here...
Are you talking about a "true" dash – that is, an "em dash", like the ones on either end of this phrase – or are you talking about a "hyphen", like this - ...like you see in typeset copy with hyphenated words, or many British surnames, such as Gervaise Brooke-Hamster? The terms aren't interchangeable, though many people do use them interchangeably.
(graphic design geek mode off.)
Granted, I'm a mere Illustrator ninja and not a network guy, but I honestly can't see any downside to this.
...this will likely turn out to be the dick move of the decade.
Naaah, I can't see anything possibly going wrong with this.
"...Chrome is crash prone. Crashes several times per evening. Everything reset six ways from Sunday. Crash, crash, crash, crash. P.o.S. Tried Firefox, it's ugly."
I've been using SeaMonkey ever since the big Sponsored Frames In New Firefox Installs from about a year or two ago and haven't gone back. Runs really solid, and there are SeaMonkey-compatible versions of pretty much all the add-ons I use with Firefox.
Actually -- in case you're not being sarcastic -- DuckDuckGo is billed as a privacy-respecting "alternative" search engine. Still, it serves sponsored links at the top of every results page, and is a throwback to the bad old days when you had to learn some kind of weird secret language in order to get more precise search results.
I'm trying to give them a fair shot by using them as my default search in SeaMonkey, but I honestly can't see why all the hardcore geeks I know are drooling over it so much.
Google may be evil for sure, but, still... exact phrase search.
That is all.
Oh, man! This is the best news I've read all day! Well done!
I've never met a corporate "viral" marketing campaign sabotage action I didn't like.
Obviously, this assclown hasn't heard of proxies, VPNs, or "tunnelling".
Hell, I'm not even a network tech -- just a lowly graphic designer -- and even I know about that stuff.
My "store-bought" CD collection includes a lot of old and obscure stuff -- '50s/early '60s modern jazz, classic '60s psych, '70s Eurosynth/Krautrock, oddball prog rock, stuff like that. When I buy a new CD, the first thing I do is rip it and dump it onto the stonking big FireWire drive I have hooked up to my old G4 iBook that I have hooked into my stereo and use as my "media server".
On top of that, I have a lot of high-quality bootleg live recordings -- lots of soundboard and pre-broadcast FM mixes... I started out with Grateful Dead, but branched out into early Floyd, Stones, Who and such, along with a lot of obscure and lesser-known alt bands via sites like nyctaper.com, archive.org, and several bootleg collectors blogs, all in FLAC and high-rate mp3 formats. Then, there's the ever-growing pile of mid 60s "garage" and similar, from high-rate rips from old 45s I find posted at one of at least a dozen record collectors' blogs, all of which ends up on "CD mixtapes" that I edit myself and burn to CDs (for the car and the boombox) and export to high-rate mp3 (for iTunes, at home). All that stuff I have backed up to DVD ROMs.
All this combines to make me pretty much not the kind of listener that outfits like Spotify, etc. are aiming at. I'm old enough to remember when people bought individual songs on 45rpms, and when I started buying records seriously in high school in the early '70s, it was at the beginning of the era when you bought an entire album, not just individual songs, and many albums were designed to be played as a set piece, listened to in one sitting, the same way you'd listen to an opera or symphony -- Dark Side, Ziggy Stardust, Close To The Edge, Passion Play, Sergeant Pepper, Quadrophenia, Terrapin Station, etc.
P'wah ha ha ha ha haahh.
Honestly, I'd never heard of this site until I saw this article today.
"Moonpig"? Who the hell came up with that one... and where can I get a quarter OZ of what they were smoking at the time?
...but, since wifi on planes usually sucks wind anyway, no big deal.
I usually read a book on the plane, anyway.