Talent, or skill? Talent is developed over years of practice, skill is what you're born with.
The FOSS auto-tune alternative has been around a long time. It's called "practice"
Don't get me wrong, I don't need it, I just have a few ideas I want to toy around with.
Like making a monotone recording and mapping it to a crazy guitar solo, or patching it through an electronic drum kit to try and create a funky stutter effect.
You're forgetting why bands sign to labels to begin with: Advertising.
The record labels are the ones that can (and do) do the legwork to set up and promote concerts,
Which is now done by the band themselves on social media.
to help design and create the T-shirts,
Social media + boutique, online print shops (CustomInk, VistaPrint, CafePress, etc.).
I found one site that does custom graphics for kick drums, too.
to get the bands name out there for the masses.
Did I say social media already?
When the labels die out, there will be a mess of indie and smaller players, and the signal to noise ratio will get worse and worse.
Only if you operate under the assumption that "major label bands" > "indie bands."
Which is a false assumption to make. For example, look at some of the top acts from the late 1980's and early 1990's - Nirvana's first album, Bleach, was produced by a nobody studio known as SubPop Records; Sublime founded their own label, Skunk Records. These are but two examples of many great, at least moderately successful bands who broke into the industry without first selling out to the major labels.
Personally, I see it the other way: the big labels do nothing but pump out pile of crap after pile of crap, generic poppy garbage that all sounds the same, from talentless hacks who, if there was no such thing as AutoTune, would still be asking SAG card holders if they want fries with that. The Indie scene is were we get modern wonders like Jonathan Coulton, DeadMau5, LudaCris, et. al.
Seriously, the Thing A Week album series? You'd never see anything that progressive coming from an RIAA member.
Just one Antares VST plugin (Auto-Tune 7), and you sing as well as any modern pro can.
Always wanted to play with it, never wanted to spend the money.
Still waiting on a FOSS alternative.
Making high-quality music used to require investment. Expensive instruments at a minimum - but if you didn't want to sound like Kenny, you'd also need high quality microphones, sound damped recording studio, mixing desk, specialist technician to operate it and several high-end recorders capable of syncronised operation.
Actually, that's largely been a myth since the advent of consumer grade, multi-track tape recorders.
For instance, the Sublime album Robbin' The Hood was recorded exclusively on a 4-track tape machine, and it sounds awesome. The problem, however, comes in with mastering the tracks. Not sure how they managed it back in the early 1990's (I'm guessing they went to one of those expensive studios), but the solution today is as simple as downloading a free copy of REAPER and learning how to use it. If you don't mind spending a fair amount of cash, there's a plethora of other DAW options out there; I'm a fan of Logic myself.
Hell, I bet dedicated audiophiles could probably come up with studio quality stuff using nothing more complex than Audacity.
The next generation may be the one that grows up without very expensively produced music.
Humans will have music for as long as we can find something to bang on rhythmically. But, in the future, most production will probably happen in small and home studios, as opposed to the monolithic labels owned by RIAA members.
You could have a look at the ATLAS-I machine built at Sandia in the 70's, they used it for simulated EMP testing. 200 gigawatts @ 10 megavolts, focused at ~50 m distance.
That's good to know, in case that DeLorean I built runs out of juice in 1976... again.
You fail to explain why covering it HERE is better than the massive coverage it already gets elsewhere
Slashdot is a news aggregate. If you're looking for fresh, hot-off-the-presses breaking stories, you are in the wrong place.
I would say a good reason for covering it here is the opportunity for intelligent discourse about the topic that one would not find on other news sites.
Don't like it? Start your own new aggregation website.
Preferably with blackjack, and hookers.
How is this relevant on
Well, you've shown it, intentionally or not.
Anyone old enough to have at least a 10th grade education should know why Nelson Mandela was an important person, and why his death is relevant to everyone on the planet.
Oh, it's a 10(british-pound) indicator LED.
..,. made from less than 5 PetroDollars worth of parts.
Butbutbut... HID firmware on an AtTiny85!
Yea, not impressed. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
Sure, because your cellphone is still associating with the nearest cell (i.e. tracking you) so that information can be pushed to you.
OK, that's what I was wanting to know, thanks.
I think the threat of using a dirty bomb is more effective than actually deploying it; i.e., "Fuck with us again, and we'll irradiate everything you ever cared about, Federales."
Sure, an unlikely circumstance, but not impossible.
Wow, and I thought I was jaded!
Oh, yea, you've got nothing on ol' Captain Cynical here. I make Wally from Dilbert look positively human.
Seriously, though, the problem isn't getting one Congresscritter to work this issue: we already have several very dedicated champions in Congress carrying the banner of email privacy on principle.
The problem is that it takes a LOT of Members to get anything done. In particular, we need the leadership in both chambers -- which means Democrats AND Republicans -- to make it a priority. If we can't get 100,000 signatures, why should they?
Fair enough; I'll sign your petition, and forward a copy to my own 'pet' representatives. Good luck in your endeavors.
I would imagine one necessity of keeping track of who's who (i.e. authentication) is so people can receiving incoming calls and texts.
Since I am not crazy about the tracking aspect of cell phones, I would like if you could put them into a "stealth" mode where they don't exchange any information unless you initiate a call. You could whitelist certain places to sync up all your texts and emails opportunistically, like your home and office.
I realize you could already accomplish this by simply putting the phone in airplane mode all the time (well, I think so), but the whitelisting is the important part.
Question: If I used Redphone for calls, TextSecure for SMS messaging, and GNUPG encryption on my email, would there be a need for the whitelisting?
Hmm, an IS person doesn't know anything about IS conditions, and someone who isn't denies the conditions exist, and won't do the most basic research?
Wow. Just, wow.
Oh, so I guess being black automatically makes a person know everything there is to know about, say, sickle-cell anemia? And autistic kids, they know everything there is to know about autism, right?
Just because you're a minority doesn't give you the right to be a bigot, you know. Well, no more than anyone else.
FTR, I never said you "didn't know anything" about the topic, I disagreed with how you, subjectively, classify XX-male and XY-female syndrome. A sentiment to which you immediately attacked me over, rather than so much as attempting to engage in intelligent discourse. That's on you, not me.
Getting a smart mouth, throwing out ad hominems and out-right lies about what I said don't strengthen your position, they weaken it.