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I know that lame - the best encoder....
"I know that lame - the best encoder - used to do this as standard at 128kbps, but they probably still do and maybe for different bit rates too."
Sorry, I got a bit carried away there and had to edit my post down from the 10,000 limit - that bit got lost in the translation...
I was talking about the lame encoder using a LPF (Low Pass Filter) to cut everything in the audio frequency spectrum above 17KHz. There, should make sense now.
Sorry 'bout that.
I only went off on one because despite being constantly corrected by people that actually know what they are talking about, people still seem to want to propagate this myth that mp3s sound crap. They don't if recorded and encoded properly, which I went to some lengths to explain why, and why that the best mp3s are indistinguishable from CD. I know that other people corrected them before me, but this time I thought I might go to some lengths to explain why.
In fact, even in the audio world, an awful lot of people think they know what they are talking about when they do not. I only have a very average understanding of these things at best. But like any good scientist, I don't try to explain things I understand. And unlike most people who talk crap on this subject, I know when I don't understand. This thing has been explained so many times now it's not funny.
Honestly, don't listen to me, look up the science on the subject and if you still think you can hear the difference between the best encoded mp3 and a CD or Flac, then the scientific community would love to hear from you. There's money to be made in the freak show! Oh and those usb cables costing 500 quid? The same thing. If you can tell the difference between that and the one that came with your cheap HD, then again, the world eagerly awaits you. Because they don't and you can't. FACT. Scientific fact.
And this is coming from someone whose mind is very open. I did a track yesterday and as I cut off the low frequencies with my HPF (High Pass Filter - the opposite to what the lame encoder is using), it actually brought out more high frequencies from the bass, which is impossible. But even in the audio world there are illusions. There must have been a good reason for this appearing to be this way, but I've no idea what it was. Illusions are one thing though and reality is another.
Then again I don't suppose this BS will ever go away, most musicians do not understand this and keep spouting this crap. Hell, even audio engineers, because they think it makes them sound like they are the ones with the Golden Ears, and if you can't hear it, it must be because you are a drummer or something.
Jesus, I'm getting carried away again. I'd better stop.
Anyway, I still want to know the bit rate and depth of a bit of vinyl!
Vinyl will be with us for a while
First off, it is physically impossible for a human being to distinguish between the 'best' mp3 encoding and the original file. Notice how I didn't say 'source'. Of course a live band sounds different to the recording coming out of the speakers in the studio as they record or master Dark Side Of The Moon.
So, you are fine with mp3 which is a lossy format, but then again Ogg offers the same quality at even smaller sizes of compression. Flac is of course a lossless format, but there will be some idiot who argues that vinyl sounds better.
I know that lame - the best encoder - used to do this as standard at 128kbps, but they probably still do and maybe for different bit rates too. The info is out there if you care to look. As an audio engineer, I know when to use my eyes and when to use my ears. I use the Voxengo Span plugin in a freely available audio editor such as Wavosaur or Audacity, after placing it in my VST folder, when I want to look at the frequencies. But you mix with your ears which are hard coded and your brain which is soft coded. So you can train your brain but if your ears are physically damaged or you are getting on a bit, you're SOOL. I also can't hear anything over 15/16KHz, but that is average for my age, and lucky to have that considering.
Anyway, the developer of FLStudio got called out on this when someone ran all of the mp3s they encoded through an analyser and noticed that they were brutally HPF'd at 17KHz. He admitted writing this into the spec as 'no one can hear that high anyway'. And even if you were a kid and could hear that high it is a very very unpleasant frequency. They make those kid defender bat screechers don't they that they put outside chip shops to see off all the young punks and stop the mods and rockers clashing. You might have heard of them. But you probably won't have HEARD one.
When the CD came out, people were blown away. Indestructible they cried. No hiss they proclaimed. No goddamn scratches and warps shouted others. Also not as heavy to carry as much music as before, physically. Ok, you couldn't dj on them at the time, but still. More than one or two people sold their entire vinyl collection when moving house, only to replace the lot on CD, justifying it to the wife as, well it will save some space darling.
One of the greatest and best sounding albums ever recorded - Slave To The Rhythm by Grace Jones - was actually mastered at 14 bits, not even using the full 16 bits that was soon to become the standard. Nobody complains about the quality of that recording. And so it came to pass, and so it was burned to CD, and lo, how they did rejoice: 'All hail the CD, all hail the CD'. The future had arrived.
But the djs who themselves still had to lug around their vinyl to do gigs and were understandably bitter still said 'vinyl sounds better'. That was back in the day. And a lot of them are still saying the same thing now. My mind is not made up on this one. There probably is a reason why vinyl sounds different, apart from 'analog warmth'. And anything that the human brain can perceive to be different it can perceive to be better. As long as the record is not scratched and it is played on a good system, I'm sure vinyl does give it a run for its money, but saying it has more low end or whatever is missing the point. It is not supposed to have more low end. If God, sorry the producers/mix engineers had wanted it to have more low end, they would have mixed it into the track which would have then been played back faithfully by a digital clone reproduction on a 'transparent' system. Sheesh, so easy to run rings around these hi-fi idiots. They just don't think right. As has been displayed by people selling a frigging usb cable for 500 quid, and people buying it. Sadly I am not joking. But enough of that argument. It's been done to death.
Take a look at labels like Astrophonica. I don't know if they are even still going, but I watched a video of them on youtube (Fracture and Neptune) doing a little master class on making a toon, mastering it and running a small label. Great stuff. If you like high quality Drum and Bass they do it very well. And it is because of people like this, slogging on for little to no reward that vinyl will not go out of fashion in our lifetime. DJs still love to use vinyl. Ok, they can use CDs now, but if you think Armin My Armchair would be seen dead 'spinning' a CD you sadly don't know much about the 'Glory Boys' of the current music biz. They even fly around it jets and things. Lots of money still to be made from the punters. Clubs and dancing will not go out of fashion in our lifetime. The government killed of the real thing of course - nipped it in the bud with their true policemen - the gangsters who killed the scene. It's been dead pretty much since the beginning of the millenium, but that is another argument.
Kids today like to listen to crap music by crap djs. They like to get off their little numb skulls on crap drugs in crap places to escape their crap lives. I could quote HST here about how there was a time when if you looked a certain way when the waves rolled back. But luckily for you I won't.
Today's music has, to quote the great Dave Pensado: Had the dog piss squashed out of it. Well I'm paraphrasing actually, but none the less. It is all about Dynamic Range, not the BITS. Be that Bit Depth or Bit Rate. Remember Slave to the Rhythm being 14 Bit? Then pressed to a 16 Bit format? 16 Bits is MORE than enough for playback. It is not enough for RECORDING because whilst wholly adequate if you are careful and watch your levels, 24 Bit gives you more headroom and is more forgiving and quicker and easier to work with. One masters down to 32 Bit to send to the mastering houses. And all the shenanigans that go inside your DAW are at 32 Bit/64 Bit now anyway for reasons of floating point calculation accuracy or sommat. That and a bit of Mojo. And once one proclaims '64Bit' they will all be at it lest to be seen losing the arms race. But there are sound reasons for using 24 bit for Recording. Some can even make an argument for going up to silly levels like 96KHz or more, but again, I will leave them to it because it is all very techy stuff and for Recording. There have been some very convincing arguments made as to why you would never want or need to go above 16 Bit - 44.1KHz for PLAYBACK. Again to do with the mechanics of the human ear, General Physics Theory and even a bit of common sense. Inter Modulation Distortion is one of those arguments. Again, it's all out there if you want to spend years educating yourself, or even five minutes.
Today everyone wants their music to be the loudest. And surely enough, the reason why the music on soundcloud sounds crap even if it not is because they have used a limiter to reduce the dynamic range and push the levels up to almost the point of white noise. Nearly everyone does this, because when you first make a track, you don't send it off for mastering, you do it yourself and you notice it is not as loud as everything else, so you learn about compression and limiting and then squash the dog piss out of it. And after spending 300 quid on that nice new shiney software limiter - sure you want to be pushing it another couple of dB, right? So it is people not knowing what they are doing, but it is more than that. So many very talented and capable engineers just argue that that is where they stand on the side of the loudness wars. If music sounds crap today it is because, well, it sounds crap, never mind the music. It is fatiguing to listen to for more than three minutes.
When I put a track up at soundcloud, it is not quite as loud as the other stuff, but in my music, you can hear it rise/fall, ebb/flow. You can't with their music. You might not like my music and you will have to 'turn it up' a bit. But that is the whole point. When you do turn it up it sounds great. When it is a square wave the human tendency is to actually turn it down. I can still make a relatively loud track though, because even I am not Pink Floyd and making a bit of Drum and Bass or Dub, I only need so many dBs of Dynamic Range. Everything else is fair game. The loudness war has been fought and lost I'm afraid and there are only us straddling pathetic hippies wandering around with a dazed expression on our faces, saying 'why did they hit me? I'm a pacifist!'.
Vinyl is expensive to produce, it is hard to take care of, and it probably does NOT sound as good as a CD depending on your criteria. But it is not going anywhere. It will just become more boutique and desirable. For every fuckwit that spends 500 quid on a usb cable for his 10K quid CD player, there will be 20 or more that stretch to getting a bit of plastic fantastic into their lives. And they don't sound half bad either when pressed properly, but as any small label producer will tell you, it is hard enough getting a decent ME (Mastering Engineer) to finish your tracks off, let alone finding a pressing plant that is not going to press a 1000 or possibly 500 minimum run, up in the middle of the night and you go pick them up in the morning only to later find that all that hard work, time and money and creativity, actually sounds like it's being played back on a 19th Century Gramophone, even with your oxygen free, platinum coated 500 bucks usb cables. You pays yer money, you takes yer chances.
Btw, what is the Bit Rate and Bit Depth of a Vinyl Pressing? Never thought about it before. Don't have a record player.
Re: I say!
Gosh. I don't know what to say.
I could do the old 'oh but you were just being ad-hominem and provided no real counterpoint to my argument' type of thing. But I don't think I'll bother. I'll take my compliments where I can.
Yes, it does take a lot of talent to beat the competition, I quite agree.
Shame you couldn't be more specific and enter into the arena, but all the best to you anyway.
I thought it was all built on preposterousness anyway - this thread I mean - "gay boffin super hero" - gave it up for me.
It's a loss to me why I'll never know why you think the things you do. But anyway, just keep telling people. They might not understand you, but I'm sure it makes you feel better. Wait a minute, that's another definition of insanity there.
And thanks for the thumbs up. At least you're not sarcastic. Though I feel, and hope, you are being deeply ironic. I do not hold my breath.
It's a new day, a new year. And life is too short whilst troubles are too long. I've rambled on and on. In danger of. Breaking into poetry. Best to just let it be. Unlike Paul McCartney. There. See. How deranged do you want to be? Enough for you. And me.
Thumbs up to you too, sir.
*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex
I have heard of the L, G, B and T bit. All for it, in fact!
To paraphrase Feargal Sharkey: A good Tranny these days is hard to find. But never mind that now.
I'm curious about the Intersex thing. WTF is that? I suppose I could look it up on the webnet. But I'm an innocent that still doesn't know what 2 girls one cup is about. No really, I don't. La la la can't hear you. Please don't try to pollute my beautiful mind ((c) B.Bush).
Got to admit, I am kind of curious though. Not bi-curious mind you. Oh no. Just you know..
As for that Tatchell chap. Isn't he just the British White equivalent of the Reverend Al. Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? Don't like the cut of his gib to be frank about it. Then again, never burn your bridges, might need to give him a call soon to find out what t'Intersex ting is.
Please god no, don't let it be what my dirty mind might think it is. Deep fried crisp, shirley not! Mind vacuum needed Mother! Oh sweet cheese crisp, please not. Not that. Anything but that. I'm definitely not looking it up now.
They will be worrying Rhododendrons next and calling it Art.
All I can say is: If you tolerate this, then your children will be next. Will be next. Will be next...
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You make a bootable usb stick with it and reboot if you get infected. It's free as well. All the instructions are on that link. No idea how well it works.
Just thought I'd mention these because they are two fairly new products and some may have missed them.
I replaced my laptop hd with a 750GB WD Black. It's a very fast drive and has a 5 year warranty. I've tested it with quite a few tools such as hdtune and about half a dozen others. It seems a good bit slower than what people were getting in testing when they initially reviewed the drives. They showed some pretty impressive screenshots. But it's still a blazer of a drive and I doubt that would be grounds for returning it anyway.
One thing it does is, whenever I am in Linux on either one of my usb stick installs or the LMDE on the HD itself, it makes a horrendous clicking sound, loud as a thump almost. It doesn't do it in windows at all. Apparently it is a known problem with most people saying it is harmless. I think it is parking the heads or something. I have also done S.M.A.R.T. tests with quite a few tools and everything appears fine so far, though I am keeping an eye on it. It does seem to be a specifically Linux issue and it does it with all different flavours I've tried so far.
But the thing only cost me 60 quid. It was the largest/fastest 2.5" drive I could find for the money at the time. I'll tolerate the clicking and the slightly lower than specced speed. Doing audio on it with large channel count throughput on multiple tracks. It's a superb drive for the cash.
As for this new hybrid WD drive - no thanks. The paranoid bastards that make audio software (like their stuff isn't cracked black and blue already) make you go through a full re-authorisation which dependent on software can be anything from mildly irritating to full on you have to be kidding me jumping through circus hoops that take five days of emailing fucking customer support. There are quite a few cases where a lot of the audio software people don't make you do that, to be fair. But I have a silly amount of software and it all adds up. And everything paid for in full. I even buy software I haven't installed yet to 'support' the devs.
So the hassle with two drives in one would at first glance just be double trouble. It takes days to re-authorise everything already. I wouldn't want to risk the nightmare with this new one. I like the idea of it though. If not the price.
I hate porn. It's crap. I _want_ to like it. I _try_ very hard. But no can do. It, er, sucks.
If I ever meet anyone that makes porn, I will ask them first of all if they are a camera man. If they admit to this, I fear I will be unable to stop myself from reaching for the nearest Daily Telegraph and after styling an impromptu but never the less very effective cosh, beating him profoundly around the head region where it will do most damage.
You see, in my research into on line porn, I have come to the stark realisation that I am a raging fucking pervert. I've seen all kinds of shit. There isn't anything I haven't had a little delve into (apart from the nasty stuff of course). But I have a very unusual and particular kink that is not catered for by any pornographer to date. Ok, I'll come out with it - I've got a thing about women's faces! There. Out of the closet. Big sigh of relief. I don't know what it is. I know it is highly unusual - practically unheard of in fact - but it's just how I'm wired. I can't help myself. For me, the female face is the most alluring part of the female anatomy.
Now. What kind of misogynistic butcher takes the job of a camera man in porn these days? What has he got against the female face? It's tits this and fannys that. How many bumholes can a man see until they all merge into a sea of homogeneity?
And it's not just the bum camera men (ho ho ho)! What about the bastards doing the editing? I have lost count of the amount of times I have been perched aloft on my seat, expectant. Thinking 'here it comes sweet jesus, here it comes, they really are going to show it this time, they really fucking sweet jesus are...' Just for the bastard of a video editor to cut back to her gash. Sweet jesus not again. I shit you not. It is a fucking hour long video. It has had nothing but her gash in it for fifty five fucking minutes and just when you think you are about to be delivered - Lights, Camera, Action. On her bumhole again for a bit of variation.
The worse part is this. The bastards actually show a shot of the woman's face at the beginning. Oh god she is beautiful. Truly beautiful. The only proof of a God in this Universe. The face that launched a thousand ships. The reason why some men dedicate their lives to writing Hymns to women and their profound ineffable beauty. But no, 58 minutes out of 60, that could quite frankly be my or your bumhole, probably with a bit of shaving, granted, but never the less. I might as well have just got out my Gillete Blue 2 and stuck my Samsung where the sun don't shine and edited it down with some bad 'oohs' and 'ahhs'. Auto erotic onanism in one fell swoop.
I almost can't watch porn any more. And the worst thing is that not only do they tease you with the beautiful face of this Godess, but they tease you with the face of a Godess who has only ever made ONE bleeding porno in her life. Talk about a missed opportunity. And this goes across the board for ALL porn. S and M. Teen. Mature. Watersports. Need I go on? Ok. Midget porn. I think I'll just stop there as if you haven't got the point by now...
I mean, when a women is getting ready for a night out, she doesn't spend 2 hours painting her splodge, does she? At least none of the women I have known ever have. YMMV. I mean, who's going to see it anyway. I would imagine a woman would prefer to be complimented on her good looks, not the muscular fortitude of her rectum. "I say darling that really is the most ______ _____ ________ I have ever encountered in my short life span".
"Your eyes look like limpet pools in the snow" might be aging as a good one liner in this day and age. But surely, if sincerely mentioned at the right moment, it's got to be more of a winner than, you know...
I am spotting a massive gap in the market here. It could be revolutionary. I am thinking of setting up a website that features real women with real faces having real sex with real shots of their most beautiful part - their face! Porn made by men who love women. Who love to be loved. Ooh, love to love you baby like Dirty Donna used to say. It suited her.
Are there any other sick perverted individuals like me out there? Or am I just weird and doomed to never find that 'sweet jesus' moment I so achingly long for on film? Go on tell me I'm a sick puppy. I can take it. I've always known I was different.
Re: Page not found for first part of article
I remember Visual J++. A free IDE. Got it on a Computer World CD iirc.
This was before the internet. Or rather, before I knew about the internet. Or could have even afforded the internet, had I known about it.
I was learning Java. I was going to be a superstar. I read James Gosling's code and my head spun, my heart skipped a beat, and my pants took a poop. Still, I ventured further.
All thanks to Microsoft. A true 'Integrated Development Environment' in my grubby little hands. Cross Platform. Performs on any browser...
I started out with the obligatory "Hello World". What can I say? I was a noob. A drone. Unimaginative. It could have been "FU_M$", but alas, I just didn't have the wherewithal. I was lacking in the wit and guile department, but hey, I was trying, and I was winning, for a while. With my new shiny cross platform I.D.E. Don't say you haven't done the same when you were learning PERL or ADA, or ERLANG!
If you've read this far, you know how the story ends. It was a thing of power and beauty to hit that kinky little compile button at the top. Of my I.D.E. And not return too many errors, or warnings even. (Always was very good at ignoring the warnings, but errors were a bit harder to get around)
Anyway, I got it to work eventually. Trumpets sounded. Well at least in Internet Explorer, because it wouldn't bloody work in Netscape Navigator. Cross-Platform my bung-hole!
And the fact that they changed the event handling model significantly after the 1.02 JDK, which then became the J2SE, didn't help. But stop me now. I was meant to be having a go at Microsoft not Sun Microsystems.
I ended up re-writing it all in Lingo anyway for a Director Script. Don't let me have a go at Macromedia here. And that was even more fun! It was a teach yourself to play guitar with images and chord patterns and samples of the very chords themselves. But I'm drifting down memory lane here and just blowing my own blow-hole.
Where was I? Oh yes. Remembering what a sneaky little embrace and extend and extinguish bunch of merchants Microsoft were. Lot of people tell me they haven't changed since then. I gave up coding not too long after that. Not Microsoft's fault. I was just crap. But still. I got around to hacking some PERL just for the crack. It was nearly 1000 LOC. Guess what it said? "Hello World".
Re: The "Cure" for Paedophilia will be VR
Harry. Can I call you Harry? Harry Kiri?
Sorry, bad cultural reference joke.
Er, I'm all for it - anything that protects the kids. Seriously. But you do know that shit you posted is highly illegal don't you? If I got caught with a scrap of paper with a doodle on it, in my pocket, and some deranged sicko decided it depicted the image of a young girl/boy engaged in a sexually explicit pose, then I could be strung up as one of them there threats to the nation - your common paedophile.
How exactly do you think they would feel about an immersive experience in full 3D? With a fully rotational throb-stick connected via USB3? Worse again, with detachable stereo hairy mitts?
I'll tell you how they'll feel: Front page of the daily mail and a dark dungeon for 30 years. Whilst being prodded by sticks by a one off visiting party of O.A.P.s on a 'special' provided by Paul Dacre.
They are not interested in reducing the harm to children. They have the technology. They are openly bragging about it.
You and I and a thousand others are agreed on this matter. Let those that have sick and under-developed fantasies play them out in a neutral environment. Sublimation might have been the term Freud used. But it don't work like that. As many people as possible need to be made as guilty as possible, as quickly as possible. Everyone shall be a criminal. You have probably broken some kind of law by proposing/positing this concept, and I for agreeing with you.
Any anyway, Mr. Kiri, never mind young people in Japan stopping having sex. That is the easy part! Try prising their mobile phones/5G devices out of their clammy little hands. That is when you will realise what type of fight you have on your hands.
I'm off to look up John Wyndham.
So to speak. Oo er and all that. Missus.
Is it any wonder we're all so sexually fucked up in this country with the diet of evening time television we were brought up on? I believe there is even a Mr. Dick Emery that posts on here. God help us.
Now it's child abuse this, kiddy porn that, ad infifuckingnitum and ad fuckingnauseum. (Mind your language)
It's almost as if they are trying to brainwash us into being sexual degenerates. (My programming is pretty much complete already)
Anyway, John Wyndham. Didn't he write 'Foul Play Suspected' and 'The Secret People'?
Say no more, say no more. Nudge nudge...
A thought just occurred to me. It must be horrible growing up as a child today. You wouldn't trust or respect any adults you came across. You would think one half of them were spying on your private emails, and the other half were spying on your private webcam. And you'd only be half wrong most of the time. And twice as right some of the time. Little buggers don't stand a chance.
Husbands will have to ask their wives...
...if they want to watch porn at home, Cameron _WARNS_ (emphasis mine).
"Darling, you don't watch any of that nasty smut, do you ?"
"Why of course not, darling, you are all I need, all I'll ever need, for forever and a day".
"Thought so darling. That's good. Darling. It's just we got a saucy letter from our ISP telling us they were going to censor our internet, whether we liked it or not, but if we wanted to, we could put ourselves on the NEW PERVERTS SEX REGISTER (emphasis theirs) and everything would be as normal. For now."
"Oh I don't think we have any need for that kind of filth. I for one, am happy to welcome our new covert/overt censoring overlords."
Cue mad rush to find cheapest monthly VPN that doesn't keep records.
"Darling, what is this charge for 9.99 per month made out to 'Vpnz_R_Us' ? "
"Er, darling, I can explain. But you might like to get a cup of tea and sit down, while I get my story straight, I mean, while I explain everything to you".
I'm still in shock. I don't know where to begin. I feel as if my whole life has been turned around. Everything I thought I ever knew has come into question...
I don't know where to begin. The start is as good a place as any.
My Wife and I have been married for over 14 years. We are soul mates. She is the one for me. And I for her. She is all I have ever wanted. And all I'll ever need. For forever and a day.
I particularly dislike pornography and the kind of smut that degrades women. The exploitation is the worst we have to offer as a species and it just shows how far we have to go in the human race before we can even start dealing with the very real problems that are now facing us. It's why I don't read the Daily Mail.
So imagine my shock, when my Wife cagily broached this subject one evening last week after dinner and one too many bottles of Merlot.
"You do know that I love you, don't you?"
"Yes darling. I do."
"Well, there's something we need to talk about."
"Out with it, my good lady."
"Well the other daaaayyyy, I got this very nasty little letter in the poooooost."
"Really darling, what did it say?"
"Well those nasty men from our ISP are going to be censoring our internet. Rationing the tap of true knowledge and enlightenment that used to be Man's birthright, one and all. And the only way around it is if we sign up for some silly little SEX PERVERTS REGISTER. No ifs or buts."
"That is disgusting darling. We shalln't be doing that. Oh no. You know how I feel about those sex people."
"Well, that is what I wanted to talk to you about darling. You see, I have a secret addiction - it's not that I don't love you, for forever and a day, but, I don't know how to put this - I like to see skinny white girls getting spannered sideways by big nasty black men with 12 inch cocks! There, I've said it."
"You certainly have darling. How long have you been feeling this way?"
"Oohoooohhhh, I don't know, since before I met you. It's not that I don't love you. So I was wondering if we could maybe sign up, well YOU actually for that nasty little SEX PERVERT'S REGISTER - the bill is in your name after all. Then that way, I could keep getting my daily dose of smut and tickle myself into a stupor every day before you get home from work."
I hope by now you are getting the picture of the difficulties I am facing. Obviously I had no idea this sort of thing was going on. Can you see the bind I am in? Do I sign the SEX PERVERT'S REGISTER and keep my wife? Or do I decline to sign it and lose her for ever?
So many things wrong on so many levels. Politically, Technically, Socially, Sexually, etc. etc...
If you read that Mail article, you will see them once again conflating the argument with people that use TOR/VPN.
This is an all out assault. Someone has thought very long and hard about this and they are 'making it happen' with the requisite engineering. They do know how to press those buttons. But it works for them and gives them what they want. Start from a seed of an argument that no right minded individual could disagree with and work up from there until you log on to your state approved terminal with your genitals.
Many on this very website have been saying for sometime now, it's only a matter of time. VPNs will be illegal to use. Proxies too. Bit by bit they will take it down and take it back. Because they are very very afraid. In fact, I never realised they were this afraid. People this afraid are dangerous.
One thing I know is, Cameron et all don't give a fuck about the abuse of children. They have the resources to tackle it and 'backtrace' it and stop it. Nip it off at source. But no, they are too busy using it as the main excuse to spy on and curtail all our rights and liberties and freedoms. They are as bad as the very people that rape young children to my mind. They are perpetrators because it suits their sick and twisted agenda. Images of child abuse will still be available in 10 years time. But the use of VPN/TOR for the average man, will not.
Is there any one out there that can not see what this is really about and where it is really going?
"Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don't care what you do to her. Tear her face off, strip her to the bones. Not me! Julia! Not me!"
if you are interested in AIMP3 as a replacement for Winamp.
Run the URI through urlvoid if you don't trust it.
Audacious and QMMP http://qmmp.ylsoftware.com/
Foobar2000 and Winamp 2.95 for win.
Big fan of REAPER for win too - http://cockos.com/products.php
Justin is a pretty cool guy and has carved out a nice little well-respected niche for himself in the Audio world. REAPER isn't everyone's cup of tea, but most anyone can benefit from the tools it has, even if they don't use it as their main production DAW. I even use it for auditioning files, because, well, in the windows world there is no good Audio Browser believe it or not. Not free any way. Or even remotely free. If anyone comes up with one for 50 quid/dollars they will make a killing. People in the audio world been crying out for one for years now. Don't look like it's gonna happen. Iced Audio - AudioFinder for windows would be a dream, but it's Mac only. There are lots of promising and half-baked solutions out there, but no complete solution.
But yeah, Winamp 2.95 for the light fun stuff, and Foobar2000 for the heavier, more audiophile work. Check out the Hydrogenaudio forum - them boys knows their audios - all free. They host the Foobar2000 site there and you can see screenshots and get an idea what it is capable of. You can theme it from a bare bones small single window to a full screen multi-playlist monster with your own skins/colours.
I've got a REAPER licence up to v5, and it is so reasonably priced, I'll be buying another one when the time comes. Thanks Justin. Who knew all those years ago when that Winamp thing came out what an amazing journey digital audio would take, even just a few years later. A true revolution.
There's a thread about Winamp disappearing over at the Cockos (Justin's new company) forum:
AIMP3 seems to be quite popular as a replacement for Winamp itself though.
Re: bigtimetroller - Pascal
Plouzhnikov did not call you a troll, nor did he even mention the name anywhere in any of his posts.
I am fully aware of that. I never said he called me a troll. I was calling him a troll. I'm sure he's not. But I was finding it hard to see where he was coming from with such an over-reaction to what I said.
Strawman attacks and inventing slurs in order to insult someone are, however, hallmarks of a troll.
You may be right. Let me understand this though - are you accusing me of 'inventing a slur' and of being a troll?
Additionally, if anyone is "jumping the gun" or being patronising, it's you.
Why would that be?
I could elaborate and go further and rip your very poor argument to pieces, at least in my own head, but I find pissing contests on the Reg so boring. In fact that is why I come here and like the place so much - most people have the good sense not to enter into futile ego contests.
I really don't know where you are coming from, and why you are defending a supposed slight on someone that is so disconnected to you. You obviously have some vested interest. But you will never tell me, so I won't ask.
If I didn't know better, I would say you lot probably work for facefuck. I mean someone's got to, I suppose, out of all the people that post on the Reg.
I just gave a very emotive response to something and only offered my silly little opinion. Even in my own mind I didn't think it was any more than that. Yet my words got such a great response. Surprising.
What is the Latin for: "Who trolls the trollers?"
But really. Such poor quality arguments from the lot of you. I sincerely hope you don't write code for a living, because with logic like that, well...
Then again, this thread is a few days old as I didn't get the chance to respond at the time. Which is just as well. Because it wouldn't really have added anything to the overall argument. So I am probably the idiot, for even bothering to post this now.
Re: "It’s funny..
Got me there!
Robespierre. Those were the good old days. He was a 'hacker's hacker' no doubt about it.
Put your wig back on! Your over powdered and rather smelly wig at that, by the sounds of it.
Seriously though, did you just ask me why I don't think that the lack of mass entertainment executions is not for the better? It was kind of ambiguous.
If you clarify I will answer.
But just out of curiosity - I've shown you mine, so now you show me yours - have you ever watched a video of a human being being tortuously murdered against their will? I take it you might be a bit of a fan? No? Where do YOU draw the line? Children? Kittens? Moslimists? And please, do tell me how you reference that with your non-sequitur gobbledygook about the bleeding French Revolution?
(See what I did there Monsieur?)
Sorry, I'm really not getting your logic or your fallacious argument at all. Or even if it is in fact an argument.
The French Revolution. I'd be careful there. If you carry on like that we'll be having a kind of 'Godwin's Law' for it, for people throwing that willy nilly into a diatribe.
Please formulate an argument not based on false assumptions and have at me. What the hell, just formulate an argument!
This is fun!
I'm really not one of those people that calls somebody a troll just because of an opposing viewpoint. But seeing as it's you, I'll make an exception. Feel free to check my posts to find out one example of me ever doing it before.
But I can only assume that you are a troll or a shill, because you do realise that you haven't offered any argument to my opinion. I only offered my opinion, yet you made some pretty solid judgements about me.
Please allow me to counter, good sir:
I grew up in one of those parts of the world btw. Just a few miles away from Saudi Arabia. They don't call it Swordi Arabia for nothing ;-).
You say that I didn't know this went on before. But how do I now? I still haven't seen it. Do I need to see something with my own eyes for me to believe it is true - that it 'goes on' as you put it.
But you are right about one thing though - I would like to live in ignorance about 'some things' that go on in this world. Take Kitten torture porn for example, by your argument, did you have to actually to go and watch the video of poor little fluffy in distress before you knew it was real? That it 'went on'. Or maybe you didn't know that some people do that? Did you know there are animal rape brothels in parts of Scandinavia? Grown men with wives and children at home pay money to pimps to break the legs of dogs, cats, chickens, while they rape them, very often killing them slowly in the process. All perfectly legal. You did know about that right? Because you saw the video didn't you? If you didn't know that that kind of stuff 'goes on', then I think you are the rather ignorant one, wouldn't you agree? And if you did know it 'goes on', pray tell good sir how you got that information in today's glorious uncensored world.
And by the way you were wrong about having access to communications that are not censored. Try downloading or watching that video of the little baby being raped. It 'goes on' you know? I think you will find that it is censored. What is the criteria here? Can we watch babies being beheaded? Do you have to be a Moslimist before you qualify. What about GI Joe? Is he fair game? Do we get audio too? Hearing him begging for his life, seeing the look of fear deep in his eyes as he knows he has just seconds before he meets a painful death? Hearing the cries as the rusty blade hacks back and fore? It 'goes on' you know?
Did I mention that I grew up in Arabia?
You've made false assumptions about me and patronised me. How did that work out for you?
And btw, before you jump the gun again, I am neither an animal rights activist or an Arab. Just a concerned citizen, citizen.
..how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.”
"Right," said Dr. Brodsky. "It's association, the oldest educational method in the world. And what really causes you to feel ill."
"You felt ill this afternoon," he said, "because you're getting better. When we're healthy we respond to the presence of the hateful with fear and nausea. You're becoming healthy, that's all. You'll be healthier still this time tomorrow."
So, let me get this right. Facefuck is pushing real life snuff movies to 13 year old children?
Isn't there a law against that? Am I allowed to make CDs of it and sell them down the market on a Sunday?
To 13 year olds?
Er, is this a joke, publicity stunt or one of them there psychological operations I keep hearing so much about?
I've never seen anyone have their head or any other part of their body chopped off so far in my life. Personal choice and all that - hope I never do. Don't need it, like I don't need to hear the blood curdling screams of a small kitten being tortured, but I am aware some people get something out of doing it and others get something out of watching/hearing it. Don't see the need to desensitise people to extreme violence and encourage it. Is there an agenda here? Quite obviously so, but I'm buggered if I can work out what it is. There is no altruism or common decency from these low life soul sucking bastards and bitches, is all I know.
So they want to gauge our disdain do they? Who the fuck made these sinister clowns the arbiters here and why do they give a shit what I think or how I react?
I won't ever be joining facefuck like I won't ever be having children and bringing them into a world like this. This is not the world I grew up in. Something has changed and it hasn't changed for the better. And it won't be changing back. If I did ever end up having kids by some slim chance, they wouldn't be allowed a mobile phone either until 18. I know, I know, they would be bullied and emotionally tortured by their peers and socially excluded and that would be my fault right? Of course it would. Better not to have children today.
How would you feel if your wife or daughter had 2 million people 'liking' the fact that their head had been chopped off? I'd rather see my daughter being raped then beheaded - at least she would still be alive. Has someone lost their sense of perspective here, because I really don't feel as if I have. Some would argue that an animal's life is not as valuable as a human's. Can I upload a video of a kitten having its head chopped off, because 'that wouldn't be as bad'? What kind of precedent are they trying to set here?
I can think of a 101 things very very wrong with this on as many levels, but time for a cup of tea and then do the dishes. Let me pass the torch of my disdain to the next person to comment on.
But just one thing before I toodle off - If you ever meet me in real life, do not whatever you do, tell me you work for facefuck. If you do, I promise you that I will 'rip your fucking head off', metaphorically of course, within the laws of the land and within the bounds of the decency that I personally adhere to. No need to even raise my voice, break the law or do anything illegal, to wipe that smug smile off your face. Just sayin' as they say. Fucking shameful. Just when you think the scum can't sink any lower or smell any worse.
At least google have an argument for the evil they do - we can't monitor all the videos all the time. They don't actively push it and then advertise the fact as some macho bravado.
Ok, what's next? Babies being eaten by the baby eating bishop of Bath and Wells - pay per chew?
</chain well and truly yanked>
It's a sin!
I'll leave the last word to little Alex:
“The common people will let it go. Oh yes, they’ll sell liberty for a quieter life. That is why they must be led, sir, driven, pushed!”
Excuse me sir!
"Bit of a cock-up on the clerical front. Do you mind if we come in and have a little chat with you about your responsibility to delete the aforesaid clerically cocked up stuff?"
"Good consternoon afterble, by all means, do bumble in, Occifer."
"We wuzh jusht 'avin' a liddle afshternoons refrejmunts. S'not aginst der law izzit?".
"Ha, ha - ha ha".
(Cue much merriment at no. 23 Acacia Avenue - curtains twitching left right and centre)
"And afjter oll, if you've got somethin' wrong, you've done somethin' to hide." (Burp!)
(Wide eyed loon smile from Mrs. Parker [Nosey to her friends, but that's just because of her rather large facial appendage]).
"Come in. Come in!".
Officer Afterble bumbles upstairs to the familial computer viewing wing of the house.
Little Milly and little Billy are gathered around the screen. Eyes agog, mouths ajar. Motionless, save for a slight almost imperceptible shake. Body temperatures slightly lowered. Faint bluish tinge to lips. (It's true what they say - you never forget your first bodily mutilation video - but there'll be plenty of time for sweet reminiscing later on in their little lives)
"We wuzh juzt washing one of dem der dee dee capitation viddyos, Occifer. On zer gud book".
"Snot againsht da lawz izzit?".
"Ha ha, ee eeh." (Cough, hackup and splutter - gobules hitting the screen where poor old Ahmed Amrilliwollah's head used to be, making him look as if he has [or rather had] an extremely bad case of the Afghani Flu)
"Ah, hum yes", proffers Occifer Afterble. "I mean, No, no. Not against the law. Not yet, anyway".
(Not until you start enjoying it too much anyway, he silently thinks to himself, but thinks better of saying out loud)
He faintly smiles.
"Yes, I understand you were recently sent something by mistake...."
"Oh fuck it, I will have that drink after all - make it a double 'n all!"
Can anyone else see what is wrong with this picture?
Just what have we come to? Really. What have we become?
Is there any fucking hope at all for humanity at this point?
The Reggie Perrin of airline companies
Just not as funny.
Remember Reggie? Starts with a G, ends with a T.
'GROT', wasn't it, the name of his company iirc? No matter what he did - lowering the standards of products, raising the price, insulting his target demographic (which he knew forensically well), the mug punters just kept buying into it, and the more he just flaunted it in their faces.
He didn't get where he is today by not knowing a good idea when he saw it, for sure for sure.
The only difference between MOL and Gerald Ratner is that Ratner didn't wilfully insult his audience to 'deconstruct' his brand and customer relationship, and no doubt thought 'God what have I just done?', when it just hit home to him, about what he had just done, probably not long after he had just done it. Oops.
He milks the Irish thing. Takes the mick (pun possibly intended) out of it even. But when I flew into Dublin on a short flight, I've never experienced such sour-puss faced flight attendants that really didn't mind showing how extremely unhappy they were. They were just crying out 'Don't, just fucking don't alright!'. And of course no one did. No one dared. People were even scared to go to the toilet. I know I was. If there even was in fact a toilet back there. Probably would have got sucked out by the reverse vacuum if I'd opened the bog door. Mile high club? No fucking way!
As for the flight attendants:
Then again, probably can't blame them for being bitter. Not every day I meet someone whose life is more miserable than mine. They gave me hope. In the morning. It smelt like.... Kersosene!
Starts with a C and ends with a T, more like.
It's hard not to like him, really.
Re: background noise
I was told by a psychologist about 'cocktail syndrome' and it was the polar opposite of what it is supposed to be.
He told me it was the ability for the human brain to wonderously filter out myriad conversations and home in on specific details that are being 'pattern matched' by the neural network of your wetware.
Like I said. Polar opposite to the common interpretation.
For example: You are at a party with loads of 'chatter'. You can't hear yourself think, let alone what that beautiful babe is trying to say to you from half a foot away (as much as you are really really trying). Then someone says your name. HELLO. Or maybe not your name, maybe something in your life that is important to you 'Breast Cancer'. BINGO. It is as if the brain is constantly running this PERL script in the background, filtering out unwanted noise, and flagging it up like a good 'un when the regular expressions make sense.
Yep, pretty much opposite of what Cocktail Syndrome is supposed to be. One of us is damned confused suffice to say.
But not only can I not hear what people have to say if I am in a room with a TV on and people are trying to talk. I have to walk out. The high pitches cause physical pain to my auditory system. And I can withstand 100dB plus SPLs. I also have very good hearing for my age. Typical hearing - not great, but in common with 90 percent of others in my demographic.
But as for the TV - yes, it causes physical discomfort too. And no, not everyone has this. Especially drink/drug addled people because that desensitises the senses. They are fine with it, but that is to be expected. This is best judged in a room full of sober people. But the again, who would be a 'sober person' in a room with a goggle box going ninety to the dozen with Fucking Eastenders going in the background? You would hope their aesthetic sensibilities would be offended before their sensory ones. But no...
Stress? I'll tell you what stress is!
That is just pure comedy gold AC @ 17:01
That just proves how quickly a nightmare scenario can unfold. I can imagine it now: Your wireless microphone mercilessly feeding back, not just deafening you with your ultra-sensitive auditory perception, but pissing off a load of beered up punters to boot. Spotlight on you, blinding your sensitive little aspie eyes. :-)
It could only have been worse if there was an unannounced anti-terrorist drill and you had got buzzed by black helicopters (with more spotlights and loudspeakers) and the boys in black unfurling themselves off long bits of rope to take you away for a bit of rubber hose cryptanalysis.
But bravo! I wish I could have been there to experience it for myself (with some earplugs and a pair of shades of course). But yeah, never again! You know, people 'on the spectrum' might not always get the joke, but they remain to this day some of the funniest buggers I've ever come across. It's a wry, dry sense of humour, but hey, if you get it.... Maybe you had to be there!
I see the same old 'ooh, you're just trying to be trendy' comments. It's ok. Let it out my little NT cousins, let it all out.
I see the 'no way in hell am I tarring myself with that brush without having to' comments too. And that's ok, I don't bleeding blame you. Anything someone can use to get one over on you...
I see the 'oh, we'll soon be having diagnostics for the colour of peoples eyes next' comments, and you too my perceptive little bedfellows are quite right as well.
Then there are the 'we are all mad, it's just a case of how well you hide it, so just crack on' comments. And these are just as perceptive and valid imho too.
But I think my favourite has been the 'we are all different and we should learn to accept and embrace that and not be afraid to be honest about who we are' comments. Believe me, I'm the first to puke an organ when it comes to American style therapy bullshit (no offence to our over the water relations). But yeah, I'm all for honesty and self-discovery. It's powerful stuff. I believe they are trying to make it illegal. :-)
But anyway, I've learned a load from this thread. I've realised by following some of the links that I suffer from HSP syndrome too as well as being an aspie with PDD/NOs. HSP? I hear you clack into your little google box? HSP - Highly Sensitive Person syndrome! I shit you not. No, I'm serious. Deadly serious. I couldn't be more serious unless I was cancer.
Look it up, follow the links, drink in the Dabrowski and the Jung. The R.D. Laing and the Maslow. Fascinating stuff. I now have another string to my bow. It's all about development or lack of. About being normal, but not quite. About bright lights, over sensitivity/excitability, to external stimuli and internal emotions. Conflict and resolution. Or not.
I have high functioning autism. I didn't want it. I didn't ask for it. My family are ashamed of me. They think I am hiding behind a 'flag', in a 'box', 'trying to be trendy'. It's ok. I don't mention it any more to anyone. Certainly never when I f*** up. That would just seem like an excuse and give all you 'oh it's just an excuse for you to be an arsehole' crew somewhat of a valid argument. At least in your eyes. Even though it doesn't. Now you'll never know if I really am an arsehole or an aspie. Little secret, I _can_ be a total arsehole sometimes too.
But I also display extremely high emotional intelligence. Probably not for you, because you, ironically enough as the NT are not capable of listening to a bloody word I'm saying. Then again, I can get the wrong end of the stick and get battered to a bloody pulp by a gaggle of stewed up brew-heads. It happens, not so much any more because I try to avoid those situations. I have blind spots. Do you get that?
I have also learned not to avoid eye contact, to the point where I can actually stare at someone. Properly stare. I've done it to women out in public with my g/f. Totally innocent. But the repercussions aren't. Boy can you get into a lot of trouble for that. But sometimes, you just go into your own little world. It might be that you are thinking about a higher philosophical construct and your eyes just get 'locked' (honest your honour), or it might be that someone's face 'transports' you back twenty years to a long forgotten image of a friend (officer).
Yes, the beatings come in all shapes and sizes.
The majority of those who are truly on the spectrum will be co-morbid with far more serious stuff - anxiety - depression. According to some sources. Who knows? I don't. Some say that only one in 4000 people have aspergers. And it effects men by low digit multiples more than women. Do the math. Other figures are several orders of magnitude in the other direction. I honestly don't know.
And as for 'high-functioning', it doesn't mean you are a savant. It means you are towards the end of the spectrum where NT people reside. Them being the most high-functioning of all. Chances are that you are not as clever as them because those with aspergers are actually slightly under average IQ. Then again, some say aspies are slightly over. Confusing eh? Who to believe? Who cares. Just crack on.
I'm pretty clever. I have a broad spectrum intelligence. But I have blind spots. I supposedly have an IQ of 138 on the most well regarded test I could find on line (what a load of bollocks). And btw, I scored 38 on that online test that some one referred to earlier. Whilst there, I took the opportunity to understand a bit more about PDD/NOs but I still can't bloody understand it - no wonder they flattened the diagnostic for that in the manual. But here is what matters, when I went for a programming job, they gave me some kind of test. I failed miserably. They told me so. I was upset after spending a couple of years learning Java and not doing a bad job of it. But they said 'you'll never be a programmer son'. And they were right. I'm too thick.
But to be perfectly honest, even with myself, I answered those questions semi randomly because I could feel a meltdown coming on. I answered the best I could. In truth, I just didn't know how to answer them. I knew how to score for a 'no you're not on the spectrum', and I knew how to answer for 'you are so on the spectrum'. But I really struggled with getting it 'just right'. I've found this with all tests I have done. And passed them all with flying colours - 'yup - on the spectrum'.
Btw, when I was diagnosed by a consultant psychiatrist (who yawned in my face - wasn't sure if it was part of the test), it took him a flat 45 minutes to label me aspie. And a second session of shorter length for him to label me PDD-NOs. No family involved. No history as such.
Anyway, just have to crack on.
One has to regroup, find one's strengths. Don't focus on your positive points, focus on your negative points. Be brutal with yourself and forgiving and gracious towards others. That is how one grows. It is called personal development. I know. I have a diagnosed disorder of it. Not otherwise specified, of course....
This has been a somewhat off the cuff, trite and glib post. I'll just leave it here:
Someone you may think of as a 'retard', for that is what we really are - 'retards' by common definition - I would never use the term myself in RL (though I am proud to be a 'commentard'), and I use the word unashamedly and unreservedly - may one day be able to offer you support on a level you never knew existed between human beings based on your experience of NT relationships.
And no, I'm not talking about 'have you tried switching it off and turning it on again' type support.
Computing has become a funny old game
For one it has replaced (kind of) the letter and the telephone call.
But it's also opened up a whole new world of forms of communication. From the drunken rant replying to some idiot posting extreme racist hate filth on Youtube - the equivalent of coming home from the pub in the old days and screaming into the mirror - to hanging around at random places that really have little interest to you, but you do, just because you can - I frequent maybe once a month, one of the British Army forums, and maybe once every 3 months a well known UK Electricians forum.
I have no interest in joining the army (not like they would have me anyway) and I couldn't operate a multimeter even if you put a gun to my head. I don't troll, I join in where I can and there are some extremely warm and witty people to be found in both places.
New forms of communication. Just coz we can.
In the old days, it was assumed that no one opened your mail or listened in to your phone calls. There was no way of knowing and most people just assumed that if this was done it was done for very good reason and only to the deserving few. Common folk being 'communication raped' as a matter of course, wholesale across the board, if known to be a fact would have caused outrage.
Now we just accept it. The lines are blurred. Depending who you talk to, and even before all this storm blew up - who you talked to - the opinion was either: Yes everything you do is monitored, if not in real time, then stored in a database for retrieval, or, Oh no, they wouldn't dare do that, that is against the law, and besides they do not have the resources or manpower.
Still the argument about Tor. Very few people, even those working in the higher echelons of IT have the ability to know for sure just how compromised this system is. Too many unknown variables. Most cite the point about it being 80 percent funded by the US govt. and that is a good point in deed. Some cite the actual technical infrastructure of the system and lay claim that in these roots lie the inherent anonymity that has been claimed.
Now, I'm no IT bod. But this is what I think. Because I do not know. I think, that maybe Tor is pretty solid if you use it properly - Tails distro etc. - but I would never use it for any nefarious purpose with impunity. As a good hacker friend told me once: If you don't want to get caught - don't do it! And that has been my mantra ever since. It is fortunate that I don't want to buy illegal drugs, have enemies bumped off, or download images of vulnerable humans being abused. But that's just me. YMMV :-)
I think it is fair to say, that no one will completely trust Tor from now on, if they ever did before. But it still has its uses.
I use it for visiting websites where I don't want to be tracked or identified. All perfectly above board. It's a personal thing, that I wish sometimes. Nothing nefarious at all. And even if the spooks could see where I go, they would think 'wtf is this dude using tor?'. And even if the people at the other end _could_ identify me, it would merely be an embarrassment, not a disaster.
I could have worked out how to use Tor to access the Silk Road to have a couple of keys of doobie do delivered. But apart from being ripped off at the end point of some long game of one of their sellers, I trust my postman even less. It's just all so much damn effort.
Anyway, computing has become a funny old game, like I said. We now know that even if our communications are not compromised, the powers that are hanging on, are doing their damndest to rifle through our knicker draw.
I coined the term 'Internet Rape' a couple of years ago after being horrified that my ugly mug appeared on a forum to do with music hardware and software. I confronted them about this and they actually denied it. The photos were from a blog and I believe the culprit was Gravatar who had 'sold my arse'. The music software and hardware company actually denied it. I mean, after this photo of mine only ever being uploaded to a totally different site on ONE occasion and this very same photo appearing on their website, they actually freaking denied it. What balls! And when I emailed Gravatar, they ignored both of my emails totally. Class act.
Congratulations my son, you have just been 'Internet Raped'!
And now I coin the term 'Communication Rape'. You can work out what it means. Steaming open your letters is the least of it. Everything, every single thing you communicate will be violated against your will. The internet has become a cess pit. And the greatest offenders are not the purveyors of abusive images, they are the creators of its infrastructure and the very governments that some supposedly voted into power, through a 'democratic process'.
A large boot, stamping on humanity's face. For ever!
Firstly got Mint on a P4 and the NVidia graphics crash on TF2.
What version of Mint are you using? It used to be that generally speaking most people found nVidia cards worked better than ATI cards. But that situation seems to have changed a bit lately. Bottom Line - you can get lucky with graphics drivers, but it is a common bugbear along with wireless drivers. You will just have to post or search on the relevant forum and someone will probably have had the problem before you and possibly got a workaround. Not sure what TF2 is though, so can't help you there.
Not sure where to look for drivers, how to install them, this is the first Linux PC I have had dealings with.
Go to 'All>Additional Drivers' in your mint menu. It should detect your basic hardware and give you options for downloading any proprietary drivers it finds for them. 3rd party Graphics and Wireless drivers that can't be distributed with the distro usually. Follow the instructions. Restart. Or you could open the Package Manager or even Software Manager and download from there after ascertaining what exact hardware you have and what drivers go with it. The hardware manufacturers websites are a good place to look for this info. System Profiler from the mint menu should tell you what exact hardware you have.
Or you could open a terminal and type in this command:
lspci (l is a lower case L) lists units connected to PCI
This will pick up your graphics/audio card, inc. ethernet controller/wireless etc..
Secondly what is the best way to learn Linux, as an example what is Linux CD, DIR, NET USE, DEL, RD, MD
All of those commands are covered in this excellent and concise tutorial -
The 5-Minute Essential Shell Tutorial
Just learn as you go, don't be afraid to search before you ask a question that has been answered a hundred times before. Don't be afraid to ask a question that has never been asked before. Don't be offended when some body is rude to you for asking that question even though you have searched and the question HAS never been asked, let alone answered. The Mint community is a good place to start. They can be a bit indifferent but they aren't as all out brutal as say the Debian forum. Then again, I have had good experiences at the Debian forum. If you show them that you have searched and give them all the info they need and not expect them to be mindreaders, they will at least be civil to you.
Have a look around the Mint forums for your particular distro and read the general F.A.Q.s. There is a wealth of to the point info there. Make use of it.
I heard Oracle are changing the company name
Because he's worth it!
Re: Speaking as a humble home user
Yeah, it's true what you say.
They think they lost data, but had me come along and rescue it.
They think next time will be the same.
I tried to explain that there may come a time when I won't be able to help.
I pray they never learn the lesson. Because everyone has some precious data to lose, that would impact their life.
So many sailing so close to the wind. I know the risks and accept them, as brutal as they are. They have been told the risks and refuse to accept them. Some difference.
Speaking as a humble home user
So take this fwiw.
I split backup into two main areas. There is backup of the system (os) and there is backup of data. I always put my system on C: and Data on D: drives. That I have done for years, even on old laptops with one small drive.
System backup is achieve by imaging with programs such as True Image, Paragon, Macrium Reflect, DriveImage XML, and my current favourite - an old copy os Easus ToDo (3.5) - it is much better than version 4. Sad to see them stopping the free versions, but this seems to keep on working. It's fast, has the features I need and is proven to restore systems via bootable Live CD. On more than one occasion.
Data backup is achieved either by imaging again, if it is what I call a milestone event - say getting ready to put in a new hd or when the system reaches end of life. But this has drawbacks for data - much better to just do a standard copy - this way there is no need for requisite installed programs to 'read' the data, so it travels well, and there is no need to take the time to mount a disk.
Lately I have been getting into virtualisation, and though it does take a while to get your head around, it has obvious benefits relating to backing up. Backing up the Virtual Machines themselves though is a bit of a nightmare I have found, at least with my VM of choice - VirtualBox, but it is possible to grow and shrink disks and copy them, as well as clone them, with a bit of effort. This is one area, even as a humble home user that is going to be getting a lot more attention from me. VMs are the way forward.
So, backing up the system is fairly trivial, and as long as you are dilligent with the data side of things, there should not be too many tears in a crisis. I don't have an automated or scripted plan. This is sorely lacking and irresponsible on my part. The data that I do is priceless. In a day or two between backing up (or weeks sometimes), I generate a massive amount of unique irreplaceable data - artwork and music. Stuff that once gone is gone forever. I have a strange relationship with it - I love my work as some love children. Yet I risk losing significant amounts of it by not having a system in place. I know this risk and accept it. I also plan to change it when my head is not so frazzled with it all and I can devote some time to a strategy that works for me.
I also am too poor to be able to afford hard disks to back the stuff up. I have stuff backed up to just one disk, which is not a backup by any means. I have a lot of stuff mirrored on two disks, but not everything. This I aim to rectify soon as well. I have spent far too much money on software and supporting developers - very often giving donations where possible.
I am not as irresponsible and reckless as a lot of people that I do computer stuff for though. I mention backup to them and they just see it as another thing they have to shell out for or spend time on. I explain to them in the simplest terms, but to no avail. I rarely labor the point these days with them.
Anyway, just a little insight into the habits of a home user.
Let's face it
We live in an insane age. Interesting times for sure.
Draconian laws against the growing of a single plant. The oldest game on the planet illegal.
Prohibition does not work. It damages individuals and it damages society disproportionately.
In another hundred years, the rate things are going, it will actually be impossible to commit a crime, yet everyone will be a criminal.
When I lived in Kings X. I would regularly see pimps smack their 'bitches' blatantly on the street. A street where very often police would walk up and down. A street with CCTV up the proverbial. I really wanted to say something, but thought better of it. Some of the pimps were 6 foot 8 black men, some were 4 foot 11 Scotsmen. I fancied my chances against neither of them. And what if I had won that particular battle? It was a street I had to walk down every day. I can see why the vigilante sub-genre of film is so poplular. Charles Bronson I am not.
I often wonder what would have happened should one of the policemen see the pimp smacking his 'bitch' up in plain daylight on the Kings X road. Cocked a deaf 'un, I would imagine. This is a street where lone women and children walk down. It was a disgrace.
Prostitution should be legal. In fact, where I used to live - opposite the Magistrate's court in fact, there was a massage parlour with a lot of lovely blonde ladies working there. I would often catch a glimpse of a 'trader' coming out all refreshed and popping off in his 911. This is a hundred yards from the Magistrate's court. I don't even know if that is legal or illegal. Technically there is no law against paying a lady to give you a back rub, but I would imagine there is one for things further on. I never saw it raided.
I will never understand why men pay women for this 'thing'. It is anathema to me. But hey ho. If others wish to partake, then good for them. It certainly would make the streets safer. And less lives would be ruined. I would imagine a wife would 'click' on sooner or later. I can see why she might be a little miffed. But court, fines, criminal records (do you get a criminal record for this?) only add insult to injury.
Make it legal. What the hell, tax it. Safe places for people who consent. And we shall leave the morals of the situation down to the individuals involved. 'Darling, I visited a prostitute today', or even, 'Darling I prostituted myself today'. I hate that word 'prostitute', btw, it is obtuse and callous. I suggest a different name for our ladies of the night - may we call them 'Sisters of mercy'?
For they will never be departed or gone.
Bless their little stocking tops.
This is easily done
I picked up a lady of the night by mistake one dark night in deepest darkest Tottenham.
I had just got a new car and thought I would go for a midnight spin. One of life's little pleasures...
As I was just making my way out of Tottenham this lady by the side of the road was waving her arms and it looked as if she was trying to flag me down. I thought she might be in trouble so I stopped the car. Thinking maybe she just needed a lift. She opened the door and got in...
I ended up dropping her about 20 yards down the road. I don't which one of us thought the other one weirder.
It's easily done. At that time I didn't realise I was on the spectrum. It might have come in handy if I had got nicked. Really don't know how I would have explained that one, apart from telling the truth - I thought she was in trouble or that she wanted a lift.
Wonder how long I would have got?
"I hereby sentence you Mr. Hardleigh-Hadderchance...."
Cries from my family in the courtroom...
Wonder how long I would have lasted in prison?
As the judge retires from a hard afternoon's sentencing, slipping into his naughty schoolgirl outfit to get spanked into next week by a leather clad dominatrix.
Life just isn't fair sometimes I suppose, but that is one I'm glad I 'got away with'.
Even chunkymark has something to say about this
(Warning: Graphic language and more sense talked than all political parties put together.)
I love the way they conflate the two arguments...
...between legal pornography which is healthy and a human right (at least I consider it to be), and illegal child ABUSE, which is unhealthy and against the human rights of the child being violated.
Why didn't they just ban all child abuse? Go after the sickos and gangsters that make the stuff. They have the technology. They know how to use it. What is the problem? Little bit too much effort perhaps?
They don't give a flying fucktard for children's rights, or they wouldn't be making a large percentage of them live below the poverty line without adequate access to nutrition for starters.
And they don't care about child abuse on the internet or they would deal with it. Did I already make the point that they have massive powers to tackle this and do NOTHING. In fact the proto-fascists in power LOVE child abuse images and videos on the internet. It is a cosh to use against any dissident that dares to stick his head above the parapet. Power is nothing without control, as the song goes...
Will I be opting in? Will I crikey. I'll do what I do when evading their other censorship, find ways around it. It's not going to be difficult is it? What worries me is this constant never giving up push against every single right and little bit of humanity we have left. These people are criminally certifiably insane if they believe for one moment this will work. Or is there a deeper agenda at play - the outlawing of vpns, tor, etc...
I've said it before and I'll say it again, the people in power for the moment are absolutely shitting themselves and the only form of defence they can think of is attack, because someone said once....
This proves it beyond any reasonable doubt in my mind now. This is about censorship, it is about control and it is about bullying the average man who does no wrong and lives in peace with no badness in his heart. This is not about the children. In fact to use them as bait for their ridiculous plan is tantamount to child abuse as I see it.
Is David Cameron trying to be the next Slaggy Thatcher?
I got diagnosed a few years ago with mild Aspergers and also PDD/NOS.
Talk about keeping your options open ;-).
I'm a failed programmer. Not clever enough in the mental gymnastics department. I still study computer programming for fun. Some stuff that catches my eye is decompilation, disassembly, reversing, GUI design.
All kinds of things. A lot of my 'friends' think I'm a wizard. But what I don't tell them is that they are just fuck dumb and incurious. :-). A full Aspie would just tell it like it is...
I am a bit clumsy. Always was. Kind of grew out of it though. I wanted to be a pro footballer because I loved the game. But I just didn't have what it took in the leg synchronised with ball gymnastics department.
I was shit in other words. So gave up on that.
Decided I would become a pro guitarist. Practiced 8 hours a day 6 days a week for more years than I care to admit. Finally reached the point where I thought, Mmm... I am good, but I'm not Ritchie Blackmore. In other words I wasn't shit, but I wasn't as good as I should have been for time expended.
Now, this may or may not have anything to do with anything. But it does show that I can be a little obsessive about things and get lost in them, and also my motor-coordination whilst perfectly fine for every day, day-to-day life, is not at a level that would be necessary for a jet-fighter pilot. I do have one particularly weird thing though. I can knock a cup off a table whilst full (accidentally of course) and by pure instinct and without sight whip my arms around my back and with a twisted and convoluted contortion, catch the cup without spilling a drop. Don't ask me how I do it. I have the reflexes of a cat. I should be in the circus.
Someone mentioned earlier the curse of only being slightly on the spectrum. I can confirm this. It's a nightmare. Most people assume you are normal. So you work with computers, so you are intelligent. You are not dribbling at the mouth, so you are not autistic. They put two and two together, and.... They just think you are rude or insensitive. I have learned to hone my social skills. A little too much sometimes it would seem. I have actually been accused of being 'suave'. :-) Does anyone even use that word any more? Well the gentleman in the pub that had just met me did. It is surprising the level to which one can mimic learned human behaviour. This is probably how psychopaths work. I don't know. I just do it to get by. Fat lot of good it does me.
I'm pretty much a failure in everything I do. There is nothing I am really really good at. Maybe music. But that's not for me to say. I don't really get this life thing. I have all the co-morbid stuff that goes along with it - chronic and severe and even sometimes major depression. Yes they are all different. Double-depression it is sometimes called. There is anxiety, social exclusion and a whole other raft of things to deal with.
Family don't want to know. Autism, whether a little itsy bit on the SPECTRUM or not doesn't count. People with autism are dribbling idiots. Then there is the, oh psychologists make this up as they go along. In the old days you would have been called the village idiot. Then there is the 'Oh you just want to be autistic because it is trendy'. I actually know people in the computer world that DO want to be autistic, ironically enough, but just being good with computers and insensitive is not enough to join the hallowed club, sorry. They resent me for my diagnosis saying 'you can't be autistic, you are a crap programmer'. Go figure.
And so the thing entwines with itself. Contradictions and paradoxes abound. Very little understanding. You can't tell someone you just met you are a 'bit' autistic. They have no concept of a 'bit' mad. Others will think you are making excuses for rudeness. Others will think you looking for attention. Others will think you are saying 'aren't I clever?'. Most people with Aspergers are only of an average intelligence. Yes, higher intelligence exists, but it is balanced out by those with lower intellect. Being autistic does NOT mean you are automatically even as clever as the guy who sweeps the streets. And no offense to him/her that does sweep the streets. If you do mention it you are marked. Some will say, 'oh there's that autistic one'. Others will say 'oh he's just making it up'.
True story, I have a blind friend. Let's call him John. Coz that's his real name. Not only is he totally blind, he has two glass eyes. The laughs we have had when we have had a couple of drinks together when he raconteurs about the times people have said: 'He's not blind, he's making it up'. Once he even had the police called to a pub after someone called about someone impersonating a blind person. I don't know if you know but that is an offense in the UK and not taken lightly. All he ever has to do is take his glass eyes out and put them on the table. Best one was some young girls having a go at him. This time when he put his eys on the table in front of them, one of them actually vomited. Oh the hilarity that ensued...
I digress. Thankfully I suppose, I can't take my eyes out and put them on the table. I only have my honesty and yes pretty much most spectrum people don't lie, or don't feel the need to or couldn't even if they wanted to. I can bullshit as well as and maybe better than the next man. But that's just me. Everyone is different, even within the spectrum. But these are 'good games' as the guru Alan Watts might call them. I never bullshit to gain anything, whether it is respect or money. I must never gain in any way. I do it to learn. I do it in environments where no one is harmed. I do it to test. It has almost become a defense mechanism for me. But whilst I probably do have low self-esteem, I really don't see how lying or deception could ever make up for that. I want what's real. Something most 'Neurotypical' people are unable to give.
I get on well with a lot of other Spectrum people, well the ones I have met. But to be honest, most Aspergers and autistic types just go 'blah blah blah, me me me' and consequently they are highly boring. But then again these are just my findings so far and I have little experience with these things. After only being diagnosed a few years ago, Aspies, autism and all that comes with it, weren't on my radar.
Look at me blahing on ;-).
One final point about the sensory overload. It is quite typical for the senses of an autistic spectrum person to be more sensitive than neurotypical types. I wear shades in the day - bright light hurts my eyes. I can not stay in a room with a television - it hurts my ears. I can not stay in a room with pig-ignorant people - it offends my sensibilities. And if someone asks me what I really think, and I know that they are genuine and that they value my opinion - I tell them the truth.
I love computers, I love music, I love philosophy. I even love people when they aren't being shits..
I just feel for (I won't patronise and pity here) the people that are a good bit further along the spectrum than me. If it is impossible for me to have a life, a job, friends, a relationship, what must it be like for them? That was a rhetorical question btw, if you went some way to mentally answering it, I would get yourself checked out and diagnosed. You never know. It could be you! There's a place on the spectrum for everyone.
These are just some flippant off the cuff remarks that hopefully aren't too far off topic. FWIW.
But I must just leave you with this before I go. As for a lack of functional empathy, what would you make of this:
A crowded bar at noon. Lots of shirts and black ties.
Robot Voice: DOES NOT COMPUTE!
End up talking to some guy and asked what it was all about. He says to me: 'Oh I ran my wife over in my tractor and killed her'.
What would you say?
This is what I said: 'I'm sure the bitch deserved it!'
You can imagine the rest. Hilarity did indeed ensue.
I didn't say that because I had a lack of functional empathy. I said it because I honestly thought he was joking. He totally caught me off guard.
And do you know, (and this is why I love all types of people), he is the ONLY ONE that forgave me for what I said. I apologised to him a a week later, and he just said, no apology necessary etc. etc..
No one else in that pub ever forgave me though.
I don't lack functional empathy. I just lack the wherewithal when to employ it. Because after years of being taken for a ride because you are a bit 'simple', your defenses really do go up and you end up trusting no one on face value at first sight. I did say the thing entwines on itself didn't I? And the paradoxes? And the hilarity? Really, if you didn't laugh...
Re: Such a sorry end
"Who's going to be interested in a Chrome clone when you can just run Chrome?"
Not me, I'll just run Comodo Dragon instead. Very fast and stable, but, er, it's based on Chrome which is what I believe a Real Programmer might describe as being somewhere beetween a 'kludge', a 'crock' and a 'cruft'. Possibly all three, depending on whichever use case.
I use Opera coz it's Opera. I'm not really a power user compared to others and have only been using it as my browser of choice for a few years. But seeing as I use a gaggle of other browsers too (WaterFox, FireFox, Chrome, Dragon, IE) whenever I have to, I certainly feel informed enough to say it has the best features and workflow of the lot. It isn't any less compatible or slower in general than the others, but it certainly has no more weaknesses than the others.
Bookmarks? Even Comodo Dragon has them. Have they lost their tiny Norwegian minds? Can't remember - are they even Norwegian any more? Never mind.
And while we're about it, I've been using Fastmail for about 10 years which was recently bought out by them a couple of years back or something. 'Great' I thought; my fave browser with my fave email. How happy and superior I am. It was fun for a while. Till they brought in the 'c', 'h', 'a', 'n', 'g', 'e', 's'. Say it quietly now. NO I FUCKING WON'T! They managed to fuck up not just a perfectly usable email company, but a rather pleasant, easy to use, reliable email company. That was also rolled out as soon as they had finished the second betas. Not sure if it's the same coders (seriously doubt it), but in general I think they are ALL suffering from a severe case of 'ejaculatio praecode', and would be well advised to start practising a bit more 'codus interruptus'.
I am looking for a new mail provider and it is only legacy and lack of time reasons that keeps me faithful. For the moment. I'll remain loyal too on the browser side as long as they keep their side of the bargain on maintaining security updates for 12. Then time to jump ship.
Is it just me, or does anyone get that 'we have just passed the second Golden age of computing' feeling?
Windows 8, total loss of privacy and lack of anonymity through illegal spying (sorry, forgot, it's would only be illegal if we did it, not for them), slowdown in uptake of hardware because the machines just aren't that much faster than the ones we used a few years ago (in real terms) and they haven't even bothered to make them 'sexier' (read frigging displays that can be read at proper resolutions and not fitted with what seems to be a two way mirror).
Old and jaded and bored of it all, is this what we have all worked towards, in our little ways, with whatever little contributions we have made?
I'm in danger of going into a rant. So I'll nip myself in the bud. So I'll just finish off with a couple of adapted common usage cliches:
Farewell Opera, we hardly knew ye.
Now all your browser are belong to us.
Re: "since the money is not currently used for actually buying goods and services"
*cough* Silk Road *cough*
John, is that you? Johhhnnn, come out from under the bed now.
Come on, good Johnneee, don't make me send in the nurses to work you over.
Alright, John, if you play nice you can have EXTRA bath salts tonight.
"I'm coooommmmmiiiiinnnng..... "
*cough* Silk Road *cough*
It's a rum life...
The Lives of Others (2006)
But never mind the outrage...
Wtf has my bronze badge gone?
I worked fucking hard for that badge. Posting like a demented madman. Are you seriously encouraging me to do that again for another year el reggie?
I think the other users would prefer it if I didn't.
I thought that a true merit given in life, remains with one until the end of their life. Else, what's a merit for?
Did they take back my grandfather's medals from WWII, just because time lapsed and he didn't go back over the top and do it all again, five years later, much to the chagrin of his already long suffering wife?
"Sorry dear, got to go back to the trenches of Wipers (Ypres to all you heathens), they said they were taking my medals away.."
I fucking think not!
I hope this is a blip on your server, if I have been demoted, I shall be most angry. I might even write a long ranting post about it. Such as this one. But longer. And angrier.
I don't care what wayward policemen get up to in their spare time. I want my bronze badge back.
This is what we have become? This is what we are?
As a nation? As a people?
Is there no one to respect or look up to anymore?
Most secure alternative?
I've un-installed Adobe Reader. I have Foxit on my system, but I read some comments here that there were some major security issues with it. So, I have set up PDF Complete to read my .pdf files, sandboxed and with full mitigations set up in EMET. Some others said the Sumatra was the safest and most lightweight .pdf reader. I installed it on an old computer and it works just great.
So which is better? Sumatra, PDF Complete, or anything else?
And do others agree that there are issues with the Foxit reader? Quite a few people seemed to claim that in the other thread (can't remember which one now).
I see trees.. what a wonderful world..
Ah, I can smell it now, sipping peach wine with dearest friends in the cherry orchards. The sound of music played by those you love ringing out around the air. I drink it in, yes the smell, of peaches, of cherries, warm bodies bathed that morning in orange scented flowers...
And then I wake up. No need to smell the coffee, coz I know what time it is.
Where I live is a wasteland. There are only charity shops and sandwich bars. The post office and the co-op.
There are three pubs. The pubs must be subsidized by the banks because there is NEVER anyone in them.
The obligatory odd alky or two. The lonely old lady with a dog. The ex rugby player who has seen better days.
The kids are spiteful. The people are beaten. They have no fight left. They never had any fight to begin with.
Record shop, drinking coffee and tall tales? Sounds good to me. When do I leave?
He's not quite Bono yet. Give him a year or two kids. Buy his records. Feed his fire. Watch him bloat out and blow up like Elvis. He's goin' out in a blaze of glory, coz it's rock'n'roll kiddies, and he knows something you don't...
I know about the crackers that spent 10 years in front of a computer screen tracing through SoftIce and IDA, WinDasm32 dead listings etc. etc. - they regretted it.
I don't know what I am trying to say. But I've said it, whatever it is...
This is the toolkit you really need -
Talking of mitigation, don't forget Emet.
Google 'Rationally paranoid' and you can find a great primer under the resources tab.
For those that don't know of course. Once EMET is set up, you can largely forget about it.
No performance hit. Oh and look on Dedoimedo's site for other good info on this toolkit.
Google 'dedoimedo emet' and you should be good.
Not a Microsoft fan either, but credit where credit is due.
@Miek - Cocks
I agree. Stallman is a Cock. A major cock. A most upright member, or was it 'most valuable member' as Lynne Featherstone said.
A good hard stiff cock. Ooh, suits you sir!
Tell me Miek, are you so vital, old chap?
Are you? Are you? ooh!
To the left - to the right..l.
I totally disagree with the left/right paradigm. I have arguments with my step-dad who is an old labour man.
We talk about Marx, Fascism. The Trots....
So I don't think it is just an American/European thing.
I don't view the world as left or right.
But maybe right/wrong would be too simplistic.
+fravia will be turning in his grave.
may +fravia rest in peace.
It only took me three words in google.
And I found this:
Now, if you thought stallman was out there....
Mint search engines...
Mint seems to use different default search engines with their different versions.
Sometimes it is Duck Duck Go, sometimes it is Yahoo. I seem to remember one was a modded Google.
It's a bit of a pain when you are used to using one, but can be changed by anyone that ironically enough, can use a search engine. I use Google. I believe them to be evil. But they give the best search. I choose my women on a similar criteria. So shoot me...
I'm also a big windows fan. WinXpSp3 is just a masterpiece. I'm having a flame war at the moment winding up some people that didn't like my comments that win7 is not as efficient as winxp. I don't see what their argument is really, as winxp is obviously set to run with a lot less ram than win7. I have an install, I am proud to say of winxp that is on a 266MHz Dell with 64MB of RAM. It's fun to watch the disk swapping, especially so as the disk is failing and on it's last legs. HDTune gives it another 24 hours to meltdown. How did I get here?
Look, I love windows, warts an' all. I love Linux. I've only been using it for less than two years.
Stallman has probably forgotten more about computers than I will ever know. Shuttleworth? Someone said earlier that they knew some people that knew him and that he wasn't a 'bread-head' man...
I'm prepared to accept that. Maybe it was just a bad error of judgement. I don't hate him or Ubuntu. But, where I have choice left and can vote with my feet, I choose not to use Ubuntu. Leaves me with those prickly bastards over at Debian forums. I find their almost abusive nature almost endearing.
Please dear God don't let me become one of them ;-)
..could be he has more the courage of his convictions
..than an anonymous coward.
Right or Wrong.
I use an Ubuntu derivative called Mint. Though it is also based on Debian.
I use Debian more and more these days, as my Linux skills come up to snuff.
Debian forums can be pretty brutal, but Mint forums are often indifferent.
I got switchable desktops - lxde/xfce of Debian. It's a fast, efficient distro (Squeeze here).
The default search providers can annoy in certain versions of Mint (Katya for one), but they can be changed quickly.
But I would never install a pure Ubuntu. And that would be more along my dumb skill set. Instead, I go for broke and install Debian. God help me when I run into trouble...
Sorry for the ramble. Maybe someone would find it interesting what a dumb punter is using.
Debian expert installs to hard drive here. Oh Shuttleworth, where did it all go right?
I like Stallman
He's out there on the edge. It's a reference point. He's about as far out to the 'left' as you can get without getting into Kooksville. I'm sure many would disagree and say that he is the Mayor of Kooksville.
He's entertaining if nothing else, not in a John McAfee kind of way, but it's always worth listening to his sound bytes.
Anyway, wtf were Ubuntu thinking pulling this stunt? It's about the only distro I haven't tried out, though I use derivatives.
I would avoid like the plague anyone who did this. Bye bye Ubuntu. This kind of thing is beyond the windoze/free software argument. It's just plain WRONG.
Wouldn't you just have to switch the loudness button on, thereby inverting back the already inverted Fletcher-Munson Curve? I would assume that anyone listening to Motorhead on cans would do this by default anyway, the hairy old rockers that they (probably) are. Maybe that's why they put in that feature - to neutralize the frequency response.
Not really what an Audio Engineer would appreciate though. Then again <cough>NS10s</cough>.
Good catch, missed that.
Trying to get a frequency response graph for the HD7 and came across this link which likened the HD7s to Superlux hd681b cans.
Interesting. Must look into that.
This is my rough criteria for what a decent set of cans should have.
1/ Do they sound good?
2/ Is the lead long enough, but not too long?
3/ Do they look cool (will they make me look like a tit when the fem vox comes to do her take, or worse, make her look like a tit, thereby crushing her already too fragile ego and throwing a hissy one?)?
4/ Will they break if I sit on them?
5/ Do they sound good?
Btw, you can now get Isone Pro for free over at http://www.jeroenbreebaart.com/
This plug in pack contains over a dozen of the best VST ever coded, by an authority on the subject and a very generous individual. You wouldn't need anything else, but this, it has all the tools needed to do a professional production. You just have to figure out how to use them, that's the hard bit ;-).
Isone Pro - Binaural simulator
Isone Pro comes as bundle of two plugins:
Isone Pro - for simulation of a stereo loudspeaker setup; and
Isone Pro Surround - for simulation of a multi-channel setup.
With Isone pro, a virtual reproduction system and listening room can now be experienced simply using a high-quality headphones. The virtual reproduction system supports a variety of known reference loudspeakers. Furthermore, the reverb time of the virtual listening room and the distance to the virtual loudspeakers can be fully customized.
Well, I suppose the HD7s must be 'high-quality', because I can hear one hell of a difference, with this plugin and these cans. It's easy to forget you've got them on and you're not listening on speakers. It's uncanny.
Btw, it caused a bit of a stir when he decided to give away his whole pack for free. He has new ones you can buy though. It really is worth reading his biography at the site. Impressive. Very impressive. And his plugins speak for themselves. I've bought a few myself.
Massive Lemmy fan here
Geezer! Actually really is an exceptionally good bass player. Doesn't glorify drink/drugs. Hell, I even like his growly voice.
But, you can get a pair of cans as good and save yourself a hundred quid. I haven't tried the cans, so take what I say with a pinch of salt, but I would be surprised if they are better than these - Presonus HD-7.
I've got a few pairs of cans and have written at some length about them before, but I just happened to be wearing these now and they really are a very strong/light/great sounding pair of cans. They can hold it with the industry standard Sony 7506s I also have. I'm not affiliated with Presonus in any way.
You can find them for under £30 if you shop around. And for less than £100 you can get the Presonus AudioBox USB bundled with it too. This package also comes with Studio One Artist, a cut down version of their top-notch Digital Audio Workstation. So if you feel like playing producer or trying your hand at songwriting or just messing about with a really fun and powerful bit of kit, you can also save £30 on what the Motorhead cans cost.
In fact Studio One Artist costs about £80 if you just bought that by itself. And of course if you wanted to upgrade to the full professional version, then the upgrade would be cheaper than if you bought the full one outright.
I think I've got the price right on that bundle, but there are so many options I might have got it a bit wrong. Google around and see for yourself. They have mics included with some packages and if you didn't have one already you would kind of need one for a lot of stuff, such as recording your cat screaming or your wife snoring ;-) or, hey, push the boat out - your cat snoring and your wife, well you get the picture.
Here is a list of differences and plugins etc..
Back to the cans, really, for £30 inc. delivery, you would be hard pushed to find an overall better set.
Then again, maybe the Motorheads really are excellent and worth the money..........
To those looking for alternatives.
Sure most of you are way more tech savvy than me, but I mess about a lot with this stuff and fix computers for friends and family. So this is for the noobs who are reading, who have the time and inclination to set up even a fairly old machine with mostly free software. I'm being Windows specific here.
What I'm running at the moment on a fairly old machine, because it takes very little resources, and a multi-layered approach and is free and not too difficult to use, is Comodo Internet Security. If I can use it then you tech-heads won't have any troubles. Along with the anti-virus, you get a hips and a firewall and a sandbox. You can use it straight out the box/install by setting it to 'Proactive security' in the taskbar icon at the bottom, just right click and select 'configuration'.
See here for instructions and advice:
It really is worth taking the hour or two to read everything there and pretty soon you will have your CIS set up and running like a champ. Once this is done to your liking you can save your config file and then select as before at will, and even use it on other (similar) systems.
The anti-virus isn't bad. It can give some false positives, but I have it set for full heuristic, so to be expected. The HIPS, called Defense+ needs a few changes to get the best out of it, but it works fine out of the box/install as I mentioned. The firewall works a charm too. So it is an all in one integrated package on an old machine with hardly any resource hit for this kind of thing. Maybe I would get better av protection with avast or avira, but the hassle of setting them up is not worth it, they are resource hogs as well compared to what I have now. On new machines they are fine, but on older ones you can tell the difference in a big way. So everything is compatible with a nice easy to read GUI.
I would then chuck on Malwarebytes for a once weekly/every few days scan. And include Hitman Pro in there too.
Malwarebytes is free and fully functional for on-demand scanning. I have the pro version, but just use it on demand.
Hitman Pro is free as well in a similar vein, but if you do find any nasties you will have to activate it and this then starts a 30 day grace period, after which you will have to buy if you want it to still clean. You can still scan with it though, so if your system is clean, wait until you get another nasty... saves a few days that's all.
Another program that some laugh at but has its uses and is free is SAS. SuperAntiSpyware. It really comes to life when you are disinfecting a system that is riddled with crap, but on a clean machine it tends just to pick up tracking cookies and the odd trojan downloader. It is very fast though, which is why I mentioned it. It has picked up things that others have missed, also. Possibly its best feature though is the ability to set your home page only from SAS. This prevents browser hi-jacking. It only supports Internet Explorer, but that is the lowest level of your internet configuration as I understand it. One machine, the person only used FF, but he was still getting hi-jacked because the malware was changing his home page all the time. It's a small feature, but very useful. And make sure to turn off 'Use Proxy Server' or whatever it is in the config of Internet Explorer. This closes down another option for being taken over. Obviously if you don't need to use that feature, as I would assume most don't.
Another option is SpyBot Search and Destroy, but just use the 'Immunization' function, because on the whole it is quite slow and with poor detection rates. Update and Immunize once a month. Then forget about it.
And if you really want to go for it, install PrevX. It has excellent rootkit detection and is free for just scanning. It is super fast and has the benefit of being compatible with your other av. You can run PrevX and Comodo no problems. You might want to put in some exclusions in the config files obviously, but I have never had a problem. PrevX really is a great little second opinion real time scanner. But you can use it on demand or from the shell. Talking of rootkits, make sure you have a copy of Kaspersky TDSS killer. It's free too.
There you go. You're now all tooled up. It hasn't cost you anything and you can run it on a 10 year old laptop without too much penalty.
Now all you need to do is get a good hosts file and run it from HostsXpert and chuck in Homer, after you changed your DNS to Norton DNS or OpenDNS, or even Comodo's DNS. Btw, you get the option to use that when you set CIS up.
But try not to install GeekBuddy. It is a major resource hog that slows your machine way down. I'm not sure if it installs by default these days, but no problem - add/remove programs gets rid of it. Double check with Autoruns to make sure. Or use the Comodo version - Killswitch, another very hand utility to have around.
That's about it.
As for MSSE, it's a decent enough scanner, is free and lightweight to a certain degree. It's better than nothing and when I tend to use it is for technophobes that just want an av on their machine that they can totally forget about and pretend it is not there. EMET is good for system hardening too in this regard because once installed it can be pretty much forgotten. Of course you just set it to a basic level otherwise it is going to cause all kinds of problems that are hard to track down. But even set to the most basic level, I find it works just fine and will protect you against the 0 day exploits that were referenced in this article. Av doesn't really do that - it can help, but no Av is going to pick up more than what MSSE did, not by much anyway.
I'm not one of those people that say, Oh I don't need an Av. I could do without it, sure, but it is another level to your protection as long as it does not interfere with other things. But I'm certainly not one of these people that puts all their eggs in the mythical ANTI-VIRUS-SOLUTION basket either. You need HIPS, Firewall of course and Sandboxing.
God, don't set me off on sandboxing or virtual machines... a mere noob myself in this department, I find that I know more about it than 'some' people that 'know' about computers. But those that say "I don't use AV - Don't need it", tend to be people who are running Sandboxie or VirtualBox or both. But even they can get bitten if they get too complacent.
Sorry for the long post, it was for a noob that was interested. I've learned so much from others on this site, that it's nice to put something back sometimes (other than my overly verbose deranged rants ;-)).
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