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Comment: Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (Score 1) 421

by Dieppe (#46300703) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?
Oh, a choice to spend $1,500 now, develop a killer application for it, and know that it'll sell when it's available for the general public because you've been the first with that idea. I mean, there was a first "Flappy Bird", and everything that has come after it are just pathetic clones of an original idea. (Or better clones, if you will.) Be the first, make the best, and rule. I would say my idea for a Google Glass app, but I'm keeping that to myself. :) P

Comment: Nanny State. (Score 1) 366

by Dieppe (#46223755) Attached to: House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls
I swear we're living in a dammed nanny state here. People can't politely ask people on a plane (where the ambient noise is 90db+ anyway) to keep it down, but would rather go whining for Congress to make a Law about it? We've been lied to all these years about why we're supposed to have cell phones off during flight, and if cell phones actually caused problems you'd have found flights with lots of Al-Quaida on them leaving their cell phones on... finally get rid of the lies, and people want to cling to their nanny's skirts. Get a life people, and grow a pair!

Comment: Re:It's about time! (Score 1) 1431

by Dieppe (#45959211) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie
Shooter leaves the theatre, and then comes back a few minutes later. Couldn't he have, I don't know, sat somewhere ELSE if he was afraid for his life enough to kill over? Yeah, the shooting wasn't warranted. He could have left and got his money back and this happened during the previews not the movie itself. Still strong enough reason to kill somebody?

Comment: Re:A Small Voice In the Wilderness Calls Out (Score 1) 238

by Dieppe (#44810129) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Synchronize Projects Between Shared Drive and PCs?

USE VERSION CONTROL!!!!

Git Mercurial Perforce Subversion Vesta CVS ClearCase VSS StarTeam

The choices are legion. What you are doing is not a choice.

Pick a version control system and your life will be much easier (after the learning curve).

I think this story can be closed with this post right here. Version Control, end of story. P

Comment: Re:Move (Score 1) 431

by Dieppe (#43551497) Attached to: Elon Musk Hates 405 Freeway Traffic, Pays Money To Speed Construction
Speaking as someone living in Hawthorne, it's really not so bad here in some neighborhoods. He could live in Playa del Rey and have a view of the ocean, or in a condo in Marina del Rey, and have an uninterrupted view of everything, including ocean. Honestly though, he should just learn how to fly a helicopter. SpaceX is located at an airport afterall. D

Comment: Re:This story is still boring. (Score 5, Interesting) 157

by Dieppe (#42712061) Attached to: Jonathan Coulton Offers Some Gleeful Turnabout

I have to call foul here. First of all, Jonathon Coulton previously had permission to perform the "Baby Got Back" song. Second, if a melody is important to the creation of what could be considered a "unique work", the original rap song had no discernible melody, except for a bass track that you could probably reproduce with your mouth no matter how unmusical you are. Jonathon Coulton created a unique melody to "Baby Got Back" and he changed one line to say "Johnny C's in trouble," referring to himself of course.

Now anyone creating a cover of "Baby Got Back"---and make no mistake Glee and Fox have hordes of talented musicians to choose from. See how "Piano Guy" just pops up out of nowhere? --- could create a new version with a unique melody that is different and distinct from Jonathan Coulton's version. Are you familiar with the "Jeopardy" Theme Song? Ever hear it used in a cartoon, but it's not the original tune. Notes go down, instead of up, and it's only vaguely familiar? Fox, in this case, used EXACTLY the same melody as JoCo, down to the note.

Lastly, JoCo's version has a different tempo than "Baby Got Back". There's a reason it's over 5 minutes long, when the original song is like 3 minutes something. The Glee version, while they could have sped up the tempo, or slowed down the tempo, is exactly the same.

Now I won't go into possible "duck" samples, or questioning the exact same use of the banjo, but Glee's version of "Baby Got Back" isn't a cover of the original Sir Mix-a-Lot's version, it's practically a note-for-note copy of JoCo's cover: same melody, same tempo, same words that JoCo changed referencing himself, and using exactly the same instruments and general feel of the song.

Fox has some giant balls on this one. I don't know why they bothered to change the vocals at all, personally, if they're going to steal the entire song in the first place.

-D

Comment: What's next? (Score 1) 374

by Dieppe (#33540752) Attached to: Sony Breathes New Life Into Library Books

"While a title is out on loan, it's unavailable to others to borrow (unless the library has purchased multiple copies); it only becomes available again once the loan period expires and the book removes itself from your reader."

What's next? YouTube that won't let you play a video with a copyrighted song until the last person stops playing it? Get rid of Brick-and-Mortar thinking already!

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"

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