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re: Gapless playback
Zog The Undeniable sez on 06.29.11 @08:54gmt:
"Any Doors fans who like the way "Peace Frog" segues into "Blue Sunday" will know what I'm talking about. A careless commercial rip that leaves a gap or even a stutter ruins the whole piece. I can see where Pink Floyd were coming from when they opposed downloads for so long..."
Damn' straight. And, need we mention the great-granddaddy of 'em all, Abbey Road, Side Two*? My CD copy is "tracked", yet still plays the famous Side Two flawlessly on a CD player, though iTunes can't deal with it even when supposedly set to "gapless" playback. I ended up having to rip my copy of "Abbey Road" to .wav format so I could stitch Side Two together in Final Cut Pro so I could enjoy "Here Comes The Sun" through to "Her Majesty" in all its flowing, uninterrupted glory.
Same for any Pink Floyd album from "Dark Side Of The Moon" and later, and side one of Frank Zappa's "Apostrophe".
*for you youngsters, that's side two of the original LP version, where all the songs run together in a continuous "suite" of twenty-odd minutes or so.
re: On-Demand UFP
Steve Davies 3 sez on 06.28.11 @10:40gmt:
"CD's only for me I'm afraid. I can listen anywhere, anyhow, anytime. (with due reference to The Who's lyrics.) I want to."
Like, even when you're Goin' Mobile?
Pint of ale, for a fellow old Who Yoof.
re: 2. My copy of Ziggy Stardust was issued when RCA thought that music CDs with a glitzy video/multimedia component was surely The Next Big Thing. The result was that iTunes, on my G4 iBook, refused to rip it. I got around it by firing up my old G3 with an old version of Toast Audio Extractor, and -- waddya know, it recognized the audio tracks and ignored all the other bullshit, and let me do a normal high-rate rip to .wav format.
re: 3. So far, none of my commercially-produced CDs has failed on me. Other items I have ripped to CD-R, such as bootleg concert footage or rips from out-of-print vinyl, have experienced a total of two failures in ten years, both traceable to media which shipped defective (look out for TDK). In each of these cases, it wasn't a total disaster as I still had copies on my "tune server" hard drive as well as backups to DVD ROMs. I've also backed up my rips from commercially-produced CDs to archival media as well, just to keep all my bets covered.
re: declining quality of everything
Right on to that.
About the time the first series of iPhones came out, I recall a lot of the marketing hype involved the fact that you could watch movies on it. Far from being overjoyed, I was, in fact, appalled as I imagined some young geek someplace watching Kubrick's "2001" on his crappy little iPhone screen.
Also about that time -- and I wish I'd bookmarked the YouTube URL now -- David Lynch had some video posted of a talk he gave at some media conference, a really right-on rant about what a sad development it was that so many people would actually "...want to watch a movie on your fucking phone!"
I mean, sure; some crappy little romantic comedy would work OK on an iPhone, but "2001"? "Lawrence Of Arabia"? "Blade Runner"? Gimme a break, man.
vinyl to tape dubs: "Most of the music I listen to..."
jake sez on 06.28.11 @12:40gmt:
"... was recorded from vinyl to half inch tape, and the working copies made from the tape."
The author of "Retro Thing", one of my favorite blogs, had an interesting post a while back about taking CDs of old albums remastered from the original analog tapes and dubbing them to analog tape on a high-end open-reel deck, like an old refurbish Teac or Akai. Apparently, the results were quite good: a "smoothing out" of the high end, and a "fattening" and "warming" of the midrange and bass.
He doesn't say anything about the results for dubbing CDs of albums which were also mastered digitally, such as Dire Straits' "Brothers In Arms" which, iirc, was the first album which was recorded, mixed, and mastered digitally.
re: why I buy CD
I, too, had a hard drive containing my entire music collection die on me five or six years ago. It was a minor pain in the ass having to order a new drive, reload it, and re-match all the tracks to the playlists, but it was a far smaller pain in the ass than it would've been to have to actually try to replace all the music (which, fortunately, I had the sense to back up to audio CDs and DVD ROMs).
Right on about the Beatles reissue in FLAC on a USB drive. It's cool in a way, but, still, there's something even cooler about having the actual discs with the actual album art. Hell, half the fun of listening to Sergeant Pepper is copping a couple of bong hits and staring at the front cover.
crusing the music blogozone
an Anonymous Coward sez on 06.28.11 @09:57gmt:
"I have in the past used unauthorised sources to download music, once I have 'auditioned' the music I either delete it or buy the CD..."
Bravo. A very sensible policy. Myself, I've bought most of my CDs as replacements for my worn-out vinyl copies of the same albums -- Blonde On Blonde, Sgt. Pepper, Are You Experienced, Dark Side, Quadrophenia, Slayed?, etc. -- and have never had much need to listen before I buy.
I also spend a lot of time in the music collectors' blogozone, although my interests lie mostly in "bootleg" live footage -- I was a proud member of the Deadhead "tapers' underground" back in my tour-following days -- or in obscure old stuff that's been out of print for decades, and often exists only on vinyl, having never been reissued on CD. A lot of my favorite old early/mid '60s surf punk and "garage" rock'n'roll falls into this category. A large part of my music collection these days comes in the form of stuff ripped from old '45s and LPs, courtesy of collector/bloggers who hit used record shops, estate sales, garage sales and junk shops in search of really cool old "garage" tracks recorded by long-forgotten bands on small regional labels long gone out of business -- the kind of funky old shit I couldn't find on iTunes in a million years.
I have iTunes running on the G4 iBook I use as my "tune server" when I'm not on the road, and I have iTunes configured strictly for use as a music player. First thing I did when I installed it was to shut off all the advertising, and use Little Snitch to lock it down tight, and keep it from calling home to Apple. The only 'Net connection I allow out of iTunes is to the live stream of a freeform FM station in NY which plays a lot of old obscure art music and old prog and '60 garage rock that I really like. I sure as hell don't use iTunes to _buy_ music.
damn' straight, man...
Call me old-fashioned if you want -- hell, when I first started buying music, it was still on _vinyl_ -- but the more I see the direction the Entertainment-Industrial Complex is moving in, the more sense it makes to me to keep it "old skool". The more crass and greedy the behavior of the EIC becomes, the more I like having actual physical copies of my music on CDs and LPs, the same way I still prefer my books printed, on actual paper, which I can share and trade among my friends or sell to a used-book shop without Amazon getting in my face about it.
All the music in my collection -- living on a dedicated hard disk, accessible to iTunes for playlists and the like -- is backed up to remote physical media, either audio CDs or DVD ROMs, for easy backup in case of hard disk failure. Add to this the advantage of the likes of Apple or Amazon being unable to reach across the 'Net and delete the music I have backed up to offline physical media, and you can see why many of us still choose to keep it Old Skool (not to mention that the EIC still hasn't figured out to encode DRM on vinyl LPs).
My copies of Dark Side Of The Moon -- both on CD, and on vinyl (half-speed-remastered reissue) -- are paid for and owned by me, legally, and I'm free to listen to them, use them in mix discs, or mash up for my own personal pleasure as I see fit, no corporate bullshitting around about "licensing".
TeeCee sez on 06.30.11 @13:45gmt:
"I take it that there are no prizes on offer for correctly guessing who's behind this and already planning to have all his limbs sawn off and replaced with cybernetic ones?"
Uhhmm... that Black Knight from "Monty Python And The Holy Grail"?
"Come back 'ere! It's only a flesh wound...!"
(the chain-mail one, thanks)
thou protest too much, or something like that
Shill much? P'wah. Teabagger.
Sound in space? Artistic license...
I'm sure the producers of the JPL/NASA concept video had sound in the coast-phase/Mars approach segments for the same reason Star Trek episodes had that subtle whooshing sound whenever the Enterprise flew by the camera while in space -- it adds a bit of excitement to what would be a really boring shot if done in a technically correct fashion.
When the explosive bolts blow to cut the aeroshell assembly loose prior to Mars atmospheric entry, the craft is still in vacuum and the explosions would technically be silent, but then there'd be no cues to the audience that something important has happened; simply seeing the bolts pop loose and zip silently off into space wouldn't have the same impact.
Now, let me get this straight...
These guys scored $20m in cash and $45m in stock, and they're _appealing_? Isn't that a little like hitting the Powerball number and then complaining that you only won twenty million bucks? Christ.
Still, I also suspect that they called off their appeal because they got tired of hearing the waves of snickering in the courtroom every time a judge or attorney uttered the name "Winklevoss".
MGS telescopic lens?
I honestly don't recall exactly which of its lenses/cameras MGS used to get that Jupiter shot, other than that it wasn't anything especially "long" -- the MGS cameras, iirc, were designed more for looking at things slightly closer, like the surface of Mars, or the occasional shot of one of its moons near the limb, and even at their "telephoto" setting, weren't really "long" enough for distant astronomical photography, certainly not the same as the cameras aboard the HST.
Also iirc, it wasn't an especially magnified shot -- Jupiter was quite small in the overall image, but just large enough for atmospheric banding and coloration to be discernible when that part of the image was cropped and magnified. I'm taking a SWAG that Jupiter viewed from Earth orbit with the same lens/camera would still be rather twinkly-dot-like.
What's even more compelling here is that from Mars, Jupiter is visible as an actual sphere in the sky, instead of something small, glinting and starlike, as it appears from here.
I remember an even better image -- from the Mars Global Surveyor, iirc -- showing Jupiter as seen from Martian orbit. It wasn't a time-lapse video, but was still even more amazing as it was in natural color, and Jupiter's atmospheric banding and Great Red Spot were clearly visible.
Also outstanding was a shot of the Trifid Nebula taken from Cassini; it was doing a camera calibration check prior to a flyby of one of Saturn's moons, focusing on a random patch of space, and whaddya know, there was the Trifid Nebula! Granted, it was in grayscale and at a resolution nearer to most early/mid 20th Century astrophotography, but, still... a clear shot of the Trifid taken from a probe orbiting Saturn. Man, that foto was made of awesome.
targeted advertising "an interesting business model"?
Wow, that's the most inventive way I've yet seen to say "big, fat pain in the ass".
re: It's all Google's fault
"most people (shamefully me included sometimes) just type the name of the site into google and get the domain from there..."
Auuggghh. My wife does that. Every time I try to tell her that "Google is NOT the Web" and that more often than not, a try at name-of-site.com will bring up the site you want, she just pitches a fit. I've pretty much given up trying to teach her anything about the Internet.
re: Add 200 pounds to the next cargo manifest
"They should launch this idiot into space..."
...yeah, one way, aboard a non-man-rated module.
One failure, and...?
"...one failure and the whole anarcho-military-aerospace-industrial-government complex will come down on them like a ton of deorbiting ESA space truck debris."
Y'mean, like the buttload of Atlas failures during launch-vehicle testing early in the Mercury program? Or, the launch of Vanguard I? Or, the Challenger?
http://www.astronautix.com/articles/thelures.htm ...check out all the Atlas, Titan and Delta failures.
anti-enterprise, my ass
One of Obama's last acts in the Senate was to carry water for the Wall Street bailout.
His health care "reform" bill was a big fat giveaway to the health insurance and pharmaceutical corporations.
He just finished doing a big shuffle dance for a bunch of Wall Street honchos for cash for his re-election campaign.
Everything he's done re:NASA has been geared toward privatizing as much of the space program as possible.
Anti-enterprise, my ass.
Already on top of it
In fact, I supplied bogus info when I created my account. I used the nom de guerre I do my art under for my name, and totally bogus info for my age, gender and location. I didn't supply an info about where I went to school, or favorite movies or music, or any of that other crap they use to figure out which ads to shove at me.
Facebook thinks I'm a woman born on April 1, 1984 and living in Tripoli.
Already doing just that
I don't spend a lot of time on Failbook; I use it primarily to promote my cartoon art, and that's all I post in my albums -- just cartoons, no photos... and, I'm already poisoning the well by tagging myself in all my cartoons.
Great idea, though, and easy to pull off.
That said, upon seeing this report, I went straight to my Failbook account and disabled the "feature" in question. Friggin' bastards.
"Let me die... please, let me die...!"
Sizzling speedy torpedoes?
Congrats, El Reg; you've outdone yourselves again.
So, hot bodies get super-slippery when wet? Who'da thunk it? Ooooh la la, baby.
Paris, because she knows a thing or two about sizzling speedy torpedoes.
"Stolen RSA data used to hack war profiteer"
There, fixed it for ya'.
Boo yah! Sic Semper Sony!
Between the legal threats against PS jailbreakers, and the rootkits on audio CDs, I'd say this couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of filthy, thieving bullies.
$171 mil, huh? Sounds like a good start. You go, LulzSec!
"...just go behind a tree..."
...or, in this case, our campers would have their choice of several dozen really big rocks.
Besides, don't forget; since the Gemini days, spacesuits have what's delicately termed a "biomedical pouch".
Martian campsite fee collector
"He has a ray gun and is not afraid to use it ..."
Not to mention that he's also developed the Eludium Q36 Explosive Space Modulator.
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PBS is just pissed off because people like Bradley Manning have the cajones to do what's right, and because WikiLeaks is doing their job better than PBS. Their whole "report" was a smear job on Manning and Wikileaks. PBS got what it deserved.
"A ZDNet blogger recently counted 200 separate discussion threads on discussions.apple.com in which users complained of infections that caused their Macs to behave erratically..."
That's not an infection; that's Safari. (Oh, I don't know, though...)
Stop me if I'm wrong...
...and I might be stretching the definition a bit, here, but... if a piece of software pushes an installation onto your system without your permission -- and ignores your requests to abort the installation -- doesn't that sorta kinda qualify as malware? OK, the payload itself was technically benign, but, still...
"Unintentional installation", my ass. It was only "unintentional" because they were CAUGHT.
Kinda reminds me of my recent Firefox 3.5.8 unwanted auto-update experience. FF 3.5.7 was misbehaving, starting without presenting a new window and ignoring the "New Window" command, when I thought that perhaps a fresh reboot would solve the problem. So, I rebooted and restarted FF; after some moments' hesitation, Firefox presented me with a new window congratulating me for upgrading to FF 3.5.8. This bugged the hell out of me on a couple of levels; first, that Mozilla pushed an auto-update despite my Prefs settings to NOT auto-update and somehow managing to bypass LittleSnitch (despite my Prefs settings, FF still insists on trying to call home to addons.mozilla.org, setting off Little Snitch, to which I always reply "Deny Until Quit") -- and second, that this upgrade-pushing while ignoring Prefs setting smelled like a good old Microsoft trick.
EasyBits' tap-dancing rationale
"EasyBits GO is NOT a malware, it is a legitimate application distributed by EasyBits Media as part of our scheduled update.
Unfortunately the user interface in the update installer has defects causing confusing user experience that leads to unintentional installations..."
So, I guess that means it's malware, then.
Alright, nice to see "twee" in there...
...although I've already heard it used over here for a number of years, usually by pop music critics describing one band or another whose style recalls "twee '60s sunshine pop".
I've also always rather liked "knackered", although I'm surprised to see that "wanker" and/or "tosser" haven't made the list, especially as "wanker" has also been popular over here for a while; I'd have definitely taken "wanker" or "tosser" over "chunter" (wha...?).
...and, where's "chuffed"? That's a great one, too...
So, I hit Google Images just now...
...and it wasn't much help. An exact-phrase search on "Daniella Atencia" gave me about fifty different copies of that same foto from the Sun-Times, sized and cropped in various ways, so I guess we'll never know for sure.
Regardless, it seems the complaining attorney is simply clutching at... uhh, straws... in an attempt to muddy the waters.
...it's kind of hard to tell from the foto at the Sun-Times. I'm sure her boss had her dress a bit frumpy on purpose for that foto, adding the dorky horn-rimmed glasses to make her look more "lawyerly". I need to hit Google Images to see if there's any other fotos of her that show her a little more clearly.
Speaking of which... whatever happened with that other woman -- in NYC, I think it was -- who worked at a bank, and who sued her employer claiming her boss tried to fire her for being "too hot". I forget her name, although she did go on to be known simply as "the Hottie Banker". Gawker covered that story extensively, complete with fotos which plainly showed her to be -- shall we say -- titanic.
Where's the IT angle? Ask me if I care. Ph'waahhrrrr.
bleak literary analogies
For the past decade, I've felt that living in the USA was like living in a Margaret Atwood novel. On top of that, Obama's "vision" for space exploration has also made me feel as if I were living in a Stephen Baxter story, which almost too damn' much to handle.
Hey, man, where'd you find that icon?
I don't see it in the icon menu below, here. You crafty bastard.
best'n'brightest left NASA in the '70s?
Stop me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the as-flown STS Orbiter designed by Max Faget -- the same engineer who designed the Apollo CSM? As I recall, when the first series of Apollo CSM concepts were submitted by the aerospace "majors", it was said that any kind of design would be considered as long as it matched Faget's Apollo concept.
Also, I'm still amazed to this day that an engineer as bright as Faget would design an orbital spaceplane with no crew escape system. I remember watching the first launch of Columbia in '81, and being rather boggled with the thought that they were launching a brand-new spacecraft for the first time with a live crew aboard, and that there was NO GODDAMN' ESCAPE SYSTEM, f'cripesake. Even as I marveled at the awesomeness of the sight of a Shuttle launch, in the back of my mind I was guessing when they'd have their first LOV&C incident (or, as the NASA boys so elegantly put it, A Very Bad Day).
Windows is successful because...
Windows is successful in the office because, as the old saying goes, nobody ever got fired for buying Windows.
Scarily, I _am_ old enough to remember Mosaic and Gopher. Aughh.
Seriously, though... now that you mention it, I've often had a curious urge to dig out my old copy of Mosaic -- yeah, it's still buried in a pile of backed-up stuff on an old Zip cartridge someplace -- fire up my old G3 Mac running OS 8.x (still sitting around the studio, believe it or not), and see how many current sites it can load without imploding.
re: the training's on how it's not permitted
"Been there, seen it, done it, bought the T-shirt.
The scene: A boardroom in California. .."
Awesome story. Funniest thing I've heard all day, although it's still fairly early on the East Coast.
I guess you figured out pretty quickly that we don't do sarcasm very well over here.
"If it's genuinely anonymous, what is the problem with Google gathering data they can use to generate statistics and make money from those... etc etc?"
Schmidt creeped out by facial-recognition database?
So, I guess that means Google is hard at work on one, then.
"Elevenses"? Damn, that was about 0300ish here on the East Coast
Still... it's all Americans, Russians and Italians aboard; I don't think they do "elevenses"
(...but an interesting idea. Pint of ale because... well, "elevenses".)
Instant or ground?
I'm hoping like hell that they said ground is better. I only drink instant when I'm absolutely desperate.
'Ere, I'm not dead yet!
"USA health care is based on the "bring out your dead" model."
Best explanation of US health "care" I've ever heard. I raise a mug of coffee to you, sir (to replace the one I just spewed all over the table).
Hot damn diggety!
Prostate cancer? The negative effects of boozing? And here all this time I was worried that drinking all this coffee would be bad for my heart someday; turns out it'll insure that I can still drink like a fish and fuck like a rabbit well into my old age.
Boo yah! (another, please, sugar only)
"Just load Linux, start Firefox, load Linux-in-browser, start Firefox etc etc..."
Ouch. My head just exploded.
They forgot the most important experiment...
...which would be going back to producing and promoting bands and performers who DON'T SUCK.
It doesn't matter how much a Black-Eyed Peas track costs, because they still suck.
Stop me if I'm missing anything here, but...
...am I the only one out here still using FF3.5(.7) because it doesn't suck? I took a crack at 3.5.8 when it came out, and you wouldn't believe how long it took me to pick all the metaphorical shards out of my metaphorical ass.
Oh, and I like how they brandish that threat of "online attack", too. Looks like Mozilla's been taking lessons from Microsoft. Way to sling that FUD, guys.
- Updated HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
- Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
- iPad? iFAD! NOW we know why Apple went running to IBM
- PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion
- Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball