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Comment: Re:An aid or a barrier? (Score 1) 51

The problem is that too many IT departments think their primary task is to control the network and IT resources without much regard paid to what other departments are trying to accomplish with those resources.

That's what the fuckups always say. I worked for a web design/hosting startup as the network manager. The boss' buddy set up an FTP server and it immediately got owned and we became a warez site. We don't want control of this stuff because we're control freaks. We want control of this stuff so that someone else doesn't get it horribly wrong.

Comment: Re:negativity (Score 1) 106

by drinkypoo (#49788535) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

It sounds like you may be a little fragile for comment boards on the open internet that don't have specific rules against being mean to people. Such things exist, and they might be a healthier place for you to hang out until/unless you develop a thicker skin.

Slashdot is great because I can say precisely what I want to say, when I manage it anyhow.

What the GP said wasn't even close to the most negative thing I've seen in this discussion, let alone on Slashdot today. You must be new here.

Comment: Re:Computers Kill Trees (Score 1) 77

by drinkypoo (#49788523) Attached to: Computer Chips Made of Wood Promise Greener Electronics

Not actually true. As part owner of a tree farm we've looked into carbon credits, etc. CO2 sequestration is highest in the first few years of growth and then gradually tapers off.

What? This is an outright lie. I just covered this here recently, and the precise opposite is true. Mature trees fix more CO2 than young trees. Mature forest fixes more CO2 than young forest. I first found that this was true for Sequoia Sempervirens, but I dug around and found that this was true for the vast majority of trees. You can read the majority of my comments on this subject in the discussion reakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate. As I recall, there was another discussion which followed soon after in which I provided additional citations.

Now, are you telling lies deliberately, or simply repeating lies in ignorance because you were too lazy to go do the research?

Comment: Re:suckers (Score 1) 45

by drinkypoo (#49788511) Attached to: Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion

I'm not in love with the fossil fuel industry, but for all their problems it's also dangerous to assume that installing wind farms on every decent hillside won't have climatic effects.

No. You are being an asshole or an idiot. I and others have covered this material exhaustively here repeatedly in the past, and I thought we were past this. This has been studied and the result was that there is a localized heating effect in a small area immediately downwind of the wind turbine which is rapidly lost in the noise of the already-chaotic system in precisely the same way that the butterfly effect is bullshit — if an entertaining thought exercise.

Now, are you trolling, or just talking ignorant shit so that you have something to say? There's no third option.

Comment: Re:$70000 is poorest? (Score 1) 173

That's very untrue. Show some studies to back yourself up.

It's obviously true, because if it weren't, the poor wouldn't be poor. The rich have virtually all of the money, so they're the only ones who can help. And the wealthy have access to tax dodges that the poor can't use, and aren't we always having to hear on slashdot about how entitlements are where the taxes go and how the rich fly from point a to point b and don't use the roads, blah blah blah?

Comment: Re:How do the "poorest residents" own homes (Score 1) 173

You made a claim, I asked for a source, you provided it.

It's ridiculous that you don't already know this, and it's even more ridiculous that you asked me instead of google for a citation. As I like to say, if you actually cared you'd already know, because this information is everywhere. But further, I'm obviously not going to provide you as much information as Google is. Learn to ask google.

No need to get snippy there, sparky.

Learn to internet, kid.

Comment: Re:Pist frost (Score 1) 45

I was mainly talking about the dash space they use. Many manufacturers no longer use the DIN standard.

Yeah, that includes my 1997 Audi. They billed it as an anti-theft feature, ha ha ha. The radio is coded anyway. But I'm not replacing the head unit, just hacking in an aux input. It's an 11-or-so speaker Bose so why would I dick with it?

Comment: Re:Pist frost (Score 1) 45

by mjwx (#49788413) Attached to: GM To Offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto API In Most 2016 Vehicles

I accept 1, but 2 is debatable, we need to encourage people to NOT fuck around with gadgets in the car at all.

Not gonna happen.

It will if we start taking licenses off of serial phone users.

I'm sure 30 or 40 odd years ago they said we'd never all wear seatbelts. Now we all wear seatbelts. The same with drink driving. Some people will need to be pushed to make a change, but they'll make it.

I cant imagine how bad my current car, a 2002 Nissan Silvia would be if I couldn't swap out the stereo with something that knew what an MP3 was.

That depends on whether it has a changer interface, and whether you have a changer. I have a 1997 Audi A8 with a Bose stereo with no aux input, but I can get one by slicing into the CD changer wiring and using a switch and/or relays (I have the 12V audio signal relays already, have been too busy to make the mod though) to insert my own audio source in between. Or an el cheapo (~$10) panel-mount mp3 player/bluetooth receiver from dealextreme has a line input, so it's just a matter of finding some connectors which fit the board or soldering on some leads, and making a quick splice. Got a voltage regulator so it can run on 5-32V or something ridiculous like that. I might just go that route because there will be no relays to go bad ever. If the thing goes tits up it'll be easy to splice it away.

I was mainly talking about the dash space they use. Many manufacturers no longer use the DIN standard. Getting a wiring loom/adapter is easy, you can knock one up yourself easily if you've got even a modicum of skill. The problem is if Audi start using a different shaped hole in the dash compared to VW or even another Audi then you cant simply buy an off the shelf replacement like I did with my Nissan because they'd have to be custom built to fit where the old head unit came from.

Comment: Re:Pist frost (Score 1) 45

I accept 1, but 2 is debatable, we need to encourage people to NOT fuck around with gadgets in the car at all.

Not gonna happen.

I cant imagine how bad my current car, a 2002 Nissan Silvia would be if I couldn't swap out the stereo with something that knew what an MP3 was.

That depends on whether it has a changer interface, and whether you have a changer. I have a 1997 Audi A8 with a Bose stereo with no aux input, but I can get one by slicing into the CD changer wiring and using a switch and/or relays (I have the 12V audio signal relays already, have been too busy to make the mod though) to insert my own audio source in between. Or an el cheapo (~$10) panel-mount mp3 player/bluetooth receiver from dealextreme has a line input, so it's just a matter of finding some connectors which fit the board or soldering on some leads, and making a quick splice. Got a voltage regulator so it can run on 5-32V or something ridiculous like that. I might just go that route because there will be no relays to go bad ever. If the thing goes tits up it'll be easy to splice it away.

Comment: Re:$70000 is poorest? (Score 1) 173

As a Californian making $10-$15K/year, excuse me if I don't think we need to donate charity handouts to people making $70K, which by the way is well above the median income.

As a Californian making $10-15k/year, you will be paying fuck-all in taxes. Depending on where you live, you may well be receiving back services whose cost is well in excess of what you're paying in.

Comment: Re: Just another arrogant CEO (Score 1) 39

by drinkypoo (#49787937) Attached to: Red Hat CEO Publishes Open Source Management Memoir

There's a surprise - you don't consider anything worthwhile unless it's a closed source piece of shit. Some standard.

No, I don't consider it worthy of note unless a lot of people give a shit.

Oh - right, you have a Windows phone (because it's closed source which is better) and it doesn't have pulseaudio - so other than Skype, nothing of importance uses pulseaudio.

I have a Titan running SOKP.

Comment: Re:Blasting my ears (Score 1) 153

by mjwx (#49787669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?

What amazes me is that the more technology and information we get, the more the music seems to become harsh and random to listen to. All the pop music that has flowed down from dubstep is so jarring...just random ear-raping sounds firing at the listener. This is to say nothing of lyrics which seem to be getting more and more repetitive and less and less creative/sonically flowing.

The industry loves things like Dubstep because it can be produced on a computer and the "artist" (using this term very loosely) is just an actor and can be replaced if need be. Not that the art of replacing band members in pop groups is a new concept either. Their ultimate goal is to replace the human component forever, that way they dont have to pay them their 10%, beyond this people tend to have opinions that aren't popular, develop drug habits, get old/ugly. Virtual pop stars are the wet dream of the music industry.

Back to sound quality, I've noticed this too, even with voices they seem to be altered to just beyond the range of what the human voice is capable of. My theory always has been that this is done to make the track sound louder and more noticeable (modern music seems more about annoying you into listening/remembering than enticing you) but someone else in this thread pointed out that people have grown used to listening to poorly encoded MP3's and this also makes a lot of sense, people are starting to think that the artefacts you get in bad MP3 files are normal. Add to that the fact that people have also grown used to using poor quality playback devices to listen to their poorly encoded music.

Comment: Re:Albums (Score 1) 153

by mjwx (#49787633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?

Albums might become less important commercially, as far as many people will be buying individual tracks, not a whole CD. But when you look at what was released all throughout the CD era (and before), most albums were already just collections of standalone songs. The Pink-Floydian concept album was always the exception, not the norm. The norm was taking a half dozen songs that had in fact already been released as 45 rpm singles, padding them with some filler, and releasing it as an album.

Whilst this is true for a lot manufactured pop, with forms of music that had the artist sing and play as well as write different albums have different sounds. The Colour and the Shape from the Foo Fighters sounds very different from Nothing Left to Lose and the albums were only separated by 2 years and this is very different from Sonic Highways (their latest album).

So yeah, someone who has their music written for them and autotuned will benefit from releasing songs on a staggered timetable, but bands who tour will still need to make whole albums and not just because they only get a few months of studio time between tours.

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