22 posts • joined 26 Nov 2007
I was at a loose end for a few hours in London yesterday and decided to wander around the Tate Modern (after toying with the idea of going to the Barbican).
Next time Gadget!
I'm forever trying to plug USB cables into my laptops HDMI port. Bastard thing.
Right there with you.
Pretty much every drawer in my flat has old tech related 'stuff' in it.The attic has boxes full of old cables, there's 200m of cat 5 on drums up there, as well as 5 old PC's that are neatly stacked in a corner (one of which is a P166) plus all the original boxes for said gear.
To make matters worse my mates garage is currently full of the audio gear I collected over 10 years working as a live sound engineer. Anybody need any XLR cables? A 35m multicore perhaps? Maybe a rack full of ancient dbx compressor/limiters?
I keep meaning to ebay stuff but I wouldn't know where to start.
I might be a hipster too?!!
We've been using postgres with RoR (after abandoning MySQL and sqlite for local development) for about 18 months now. It's ace, bulletproof and fast. It does everything we need, on the rare occasions it's not appropriate we tend to use MongoDB.
Well done Mr Stonebaker and cheers for the article el Reg, it's nice to read a bit of history about the tools we're using.
I came back to developing about 6 months ago because the tools dont do my nut in anymore - CSS3 is lovely, HTML5 is ace + ruby is both simple and powerful.... then this happened. It's clearly written by people without 0.1% of a clue how the internet works.
How do I track if someone doesn't want to keep the cookies?
"What we need is some sort of extra file which is stored on the client from session-session to specify if cookies should be used. And they should be called biscuits not cookies"
... what he said ^^.
The alternative is a style-destroying bar of doom on every website. It's ridiculous. Well done Brussels.
DRRUUUUUNNKKK INNNNNNNN SPAAAAAAAACCCCE
The Espionage Act?!
What's happened to America? More and more it's looking like Nazi Germany in the 30's.
Attack of the killer non-sentient-node-brain.
"meow" said the computer, as it launched the nukes.
Where's a tvbgone when you need one? : )
@ AC 14/11 17:17
Part of the problem with that is school IT depts. I remember doing my IT GCSE about 10 years ago (which I got an A* in - it was almost laughably easy), and almost the entire course was based around Office - we did the 'spreadsheet database' thing, and I remember wondering at the time why we weren't using Access. Apparently the school couldn't afford it.
As for wordart.... fuck me. That brought back memories too - being told to design things in Word that should've been done in a DTP package.
Now I have a mac...with office on it. : )
Microsoft is in a group called the Open Content Alliance? You couldn't make it up.
"If Morrissey really wants to stick it to the man, have him set up a web site with all his catalog available as mp3 downloads for free."
Someone already did mate, I think it's called the pirate bay or something like that?
The Terminator, as I imagine Morrisey would've used his services extensively given the chance. Warner Execs beware.
Am I the only one that felt they were in the beginning of a '28 days later' style Hollywood montage (explaining the beginning of the end) while they were reading this?
I'm SURE the Chinese are capable of keeping it within that village, and I'm sure they'd tell us all immediately if they didn't.
Beer, because I need one.
Marketing Wizardry or Hardware Genius?
"Customers don't consider themselves to be using Orange, T-Mobile or O2 any more, they're Apple's customers regardless of who happens to be carrying the signal... which is just how Cupertino would like it."
I hadn't thought about it in those terms before now, but you're bang on right. The carrier is pretty much irrelevant with the iphone, at least in my mind, and obviously in others too. I jailbroke mine straight away, and it's now happily living in Vodafone land. But is there the same feeling for other phone manufacturers? I don't think so, and that's weird, no?
Apple obviously don't just have high flying marketing graduates in their PR dept, they have Wizards (And Witches - who I'm sure get paid slightly less?).
I paid thru the nose for the interface, the app's, and the general day to day lovelyness of using it. VS my Windows Mobile Xperia X1, the iphone shits upon it from such a great height that we'd need to invent new telescopes to see Jobs i(LoveYou)Phone floating several billion light-years from earth.
Can we have a half and half devil/angel icon for Jobs, for those that aren't quite sure if he's good or evil, but like most people, somewhere in between?
What about all those camera's popping up in Taxi's... ?
"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself—anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face… was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime…"
The Alien.... cause I'm hoping they come and save us from ourselves. With important things like Britains Got Talent to watch, who's got the time to revolt?
ooh such a good time
White socks slipping down
Stilettos are a no no
Bouncy Bouncy ooh
Everytime I bounce I feel I touch the skyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
BTW. Love the holier than thou, 'thou shalt not mutilate' commentators. It's a pretty drastic thing to do to yourself, but it's her body, she can do what she wants to it. Who cares, really?
PARIS, cause she could make use of the offcuts. (too far? :)
People who know what they're on about want a response up to 28kHz. In fact, my 650's go up to 39.5kHz. I would explain why, but I can't be arsed.
@Ian Ferguson and other 'why does it matter?' ppl
It matters because of progress - microprocessors are getting faster, hard drives are getting massive, cheaper and have much higher data densities, but increasingly consumers (and worryingly, DJ's), have taken 320k mp3's as a 'standard,' and it's totally unnecessary, and it is bloody iTunes fault.
Even with fairly crap headphones, most people would pick up on the substantially lower quality vs a CD, and why have lower quality if you don't have to? It's like going to the supermarket and buying the reduced, minging looking strawberry's over the pristine lovely ones, for the sake of a couple of quid. Admittedly, it doesn't really matter when you're on the bus or walking down the road - but it is a mobile format, and because iTunes, Napster et al all offer crap mp3's, people think it's fine - thing is, it could be so much better. FLACS will end up being the standard, people just need educating really? Or is that me being an arrogant f*ck?
I'm a sound engineer, and more and more "DJ's" (and you'd know a lot of them, I'm not talking about your Disco Dave's) turn up to gigs with laptops crammed full of crap 320k mp3's. When you play said crap mp3's thru a £25k+ PA, unsurprisingly, it sounds shit, particularly when A/B'd with the same song on CD. The fact that the 'quality doesn't matter' and 'you can't tell the difference' argument is seeping into pro audio is scary stuff I reckon.
@ el Reg - dynamic range compression has nothing to do with mp3's, come on. That's down to crap producers, and the endless loudness wars that they enter into.
Mines the one with the RTA in the pocket, and 'crew' on the back. Fire, to burn the mp3 player of anyone that tries to play them thru my PA.
Is there any chance....
... that some people on here have gone a bit mental? I've not met or heard anyone deny that the climate is changing... I have heard a lot of people question the mechanism that's causing it to change tho, which is a very healthy and scientific thing to do.
"Climate change denier" has an obvious and horrific connotations, and I'd be very very wary of any 'anonymous coward' that uses the phrase alongside the words 'fear, uncertainty and doubt.'
There's lots of evidence that current climate models vastly exaggerate the effect of CO2 on earths climate, just go and have a look. Google is your friend. There's also lots of evidence that the sun plays a large part in the warming/cooling cycles on the planet - not least that every other planet in the solar system is warming at similar rates to ours. I don't see anyone pumping CO2 into the atmosphere of mars, do you? Surely it's worth having a look and looking for evidence, rather than believing the mythical consensus.
We didn't even realise that plants released methane till November (http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/esthag/2008/42/i01/abs/es071224l.html)... be very wary of anyone that claims we know what's going on with the climate.
The physical album isn't dead, don't be daft. Vinyl sales are climbing year on year, and so long as there are people that care about audio quality there will always be CD's, or some equivalent. Even 'high quality' 320k mp3's on half decent speakers are easily identifiable vs a CD.
mp3's are fine for portable players, but I know I much prefer a tangible physical product over a digital download, and I know I'm not alone. Even the most ardent audiophiles I know recognise that it's not just about the music... who doesn't like a shiny cd case, liner notes etc?
It's the standard unit of measurement in the live sound industry, often used to measure flight case weights.
1 Metric F*ckload = 50kg