* Posts by ingie

14 posts • joined 13 May 2008

French hacker besmuts road sign right under Les Plods' noses


Re: Unimpressive French swearing.

...there are physical limits on what one can insert with 7 french letters.

edit: had to hover over the "withdraw" link for a moment.


Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive


"Welcome to the Windows In Spider Program"


HAM IN SPAAAAAACE! ISS astronaut contacted by Gloucestershire bloke in garden shed


Re: All very well, but...

v true.

This was a report about my good friend from school and occastional work colleague Matty from 8 (EIGHT) years ago, he's always doing this sort of shizzle.

( We often converse over cunning electronic projects - me being the student, he being the master)


... my favourite part of the report they put on TV back then was that Matty was playing a CD of the band he was in (all members being friends I've played music with myself) in the background while he chatted... The Tholtan Builders (you haven't heard of them, probably) thus being the first Manx Band in spaaaace, sortof :)


Fork off! FFmpeg project leader quits, says he's had enough with these forking AV libraries


Re: That's Open Source For You... @oisseu

I'll take your 2 cents and raise you 2 pennies in return :)

re: Dual head monitors and WiFi...

Oddly, with Dual head monitors, my experience with Linux has been the opposite: I have had far fewer problems doing that sort of thing on Linux than on Win' - I certainly had multi monitor setups [3 of] on Mandrake [when it was still Mandrake], before it was easy on Win'

WiFi, I have to agree... but then it's far less of a problem than it was.

... Though, to hoist the argument by its own petard, I personally think the bigger issue with both WiFi and monitor drivers under Linux has been the nature of Closed Source drivers made available for Win, but not out-of-the-distro for *nix... so, from your argument [and I agree with it, especially from your own experiences] we might conclude that the reason for Linux not being ready for the mainstream, is less due to the Open Source dev community and forking etc, and more due the nature of a FLOSS Licence and how that restricts closed source driver distribution as being part of the general release. That's more of an attitude/idealism issue really.

I wish there was a RMS icon :)


Re: libav

you may have heard of it as "avconv"


Re: ffmpeg vs. libav [ @ouseau ]

Indeed. Your point is quite well covered in last year's "Why Linux Sucks" presentation by Bryan Lunduke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pOxlazS3zs

... as a dev of all platforms, master of none, and [primarily] Linux user at home myself, i always like his 'Linux sucks presentations, as they always cut to the heart of such things that slow down its paths.

That being said, I think the case in point of ffmpeg/libav is more of an issue for distro managers than end-users. In my last job, [a Debian platform] I was asked by my manager [Who'd heard the rumours] to initiate a migration from ffmpeg -> avconv/libav for the back end transcoding... after a very short time of investigation I felt it was best to maintain the status quo... nothing was borked, nothing was going away, and in a matter of weeks Debian turned back to ffmpeg. "Phew, that was close", I thought, "I nearly had to update a few scripts"

Does that, perhaps coupled with other issues in Bryan Lunduke's presentation, mean that Linux is a less attractive desktop O/S than Windows... I think that's down to end-user familiarity and choosing an O/S which runs what your friend/colleague's does... and the end-user of any O/S, unless they're a techie, doesn't care if their video conversion is using this library or that.

Sure, it slows down the forward development. But, I'd rather have a slower forward development that forks and splinters and by natural selection lets the crap ideas die, than the closed corporate directed Fordism of Windows / OSX. We shouldn't be in so much of a hurry to get a new O/S that we worry if such debates take time.

That's not to bash Windows and OSX for what they are good at, which is in the first instance a really stable and integrated business system and the second instance [for me in my own world] the system which happens to run the best audio production software platform. I have several Linux machines, a couple of OSX machines and a couple of Windows machines... I use each to what each is best geared for.

Bottom line: these sorts of arguments/battles/forks happen in closed source too, we just don't hear about them so much. If the transparency of Open Source means that its arguments turn people off, I personally shrug and say "so what" ... I far prefer argument and the slowing down of progress than dictatorship or trend following any day. Whether that means Linux is/n't ready for the [average user] desktop or not, doesn't really bother me, and I'm not really sure why it is ever a talking point other than for punditry sake.

LibAV People's Front? ... splitters.

Beer = something to wash down these Otter's Noses.


WHY did NASA probe go suddenly SILENT - JUST as it was about to send pics of remote ice-world?


Safe Mode...

See, always best to select "Safe Mode with Networking" on these occasions.


Aussie bloke hacks way to top of music charts with MIDI-based tunes


"alien invasion, what on earth are we going to do"



Google: Cloud users have 'no legitimate expectation of privacy'



I'm amazed.

Are you really telling me that if i enter data into a machine,

that the machine then knows the data that I've entered into it!

What magic trickery is this?

It's almost as if it has a "memory"...


Cost of a cuppa set to rocket

IT Angle

reading lessons

reg hacks need to swot up on the difference between "IT" and "High Tea"


French firm intros remix-friendly music format


... as an experimental musican

..i quite like the idea, in fact, it's the sort of thing i've been waiting for...

sure, i'll have to pay money to make them, but i have to pay £1000s for the equipment i already use, this'll just be another one in my "toys to get" bag...

and yeah, it'll have a smaller market, but hey, i'm not EMI wanting some chart topper, i'm a musician, wanting to experiment with new media...

if you're a naye sayer simply because of the file size or it "not being anything better" - then you're probably not the audience i care about as a musician - i don't want people to listen to my music because it's convenient any more than going to an art gallery to see a modern art installation is "convenient" for the viewer... or listening to a live performance at the royal albert hall is convenient...

as a musican MP3s really annoy me, because they simply don't allow me this sort of control... but this sounds "fun"

so, caveat audiens :)


Segway shock army to invade Department of Transport

Paris Hilton


"As for Segways being easy enough for politicians, remind me what happenned when Bush tried to use one?"

yeah... what's your point :-)

paris: so we can all ride her to work


NASA firms up space shuttle launch manifest



Please see my previous enquiry relating to future procurement of your Space Shuttle fleet,

i am now requiring an answer with utmost urgency as i have a warehouse of black orchids which desperately need transporting to my off-site facility.


Hugo Drax.

p.s. In response to your other enquiry from your agent:

No, I expect you to die, Mr Bond


Next Ubuntu LTS in 2010, unless Linuxes synchronize

Black Helicopters


"Sure there's a distro," Doc Torvalds replied. "Distro-22. the only good open and dynamic o/s is a constrained and restricted one"

There was only one distro and that was Distro-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Shuttleworth was crazy and so he can't make a new release. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to make another LTS. Shuttleworth would be crazy to release another LTS and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to release them. If he released them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Userrian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Distro-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

"That's some distro that Distro-22," he observed.

"It's the best there is," Doc Torvalds agreed.

[ black helicopter supplied by Milo Minderbender Enterprises ]