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Comment: Re:Tape recorder rewind, vinyl scratch (Score 1) 790

by Tapewolf (#48786489) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

That high pitched gibberish when you rewind a reel to reel tape recorder.

Interestingly, that sound went away before reel-to-reel did since the machines started muting the output during fast wind.
A happy day for me was getting a machine with a jog shuttle so I could do that on demand:

Comment: Re:Movie projector. Reel-to-reel tape recorder. (Score 1) 790

by Tapewolf (#48786265) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

My entire music collection at the time is still on reel to reel tapes, not sure how long they last but got some good stuff waiting. I had cassettes I could of used but wanted the best reproduction I could get.

Depends when the tape hails from, and in particular, what it's made of. Tape made between 1975 and 1994 used a synthetic replacement for whale oil that was later found to decay and causes the tape to shed goo all over the transport. This can be fixed if you need to recover the audio.

Tape made before that period should be good, from 1995 onwards they switched to a new formulation which seems to be holding up so far. Oh, note that Maxell tape continued to use whale oil so it isn't prone to this failure mode.

If the tape is shedding, it can be recovered by baking it using a food dehydrator. Look up "sticky shed syndrome" for more details.

Comment: Re:Texas theater running "TA" (Score 1) 230

by Tapewolf (#48629625) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

I would guess not. (posted from a phone on a work break) I thought Texas was supposed to be a state that had balls. Guess not.

IIRC, digital projectors have to talk to an authentication server to decrypt the movie. If Paramount disable that, you're not going to be able to show it, balls or otherwise.

Comment: Re:Won't work in most rooms (Score 1) 197

by Tapewolf (#47687939) Attached to: Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

I've heard Dolby's positional audio, being driven from a game, in the Dolby Labs screening room in San Francisco. It sounds great. You can hear people sneaking up behind you in the game. You can hear someone walking around you. There's a real sense of presence.

Before Creative destroyed them and threw away the technology behind it, Aureal had this capability 15 years ago, even when downmixed to stereo headphones. Playing System Shock 2 and suddenly having a voice behind you suddenly scream "THE MANY ARE STRONG!!" will make you jump out of your chair.

Comment: Re:Boo (Score 1) 163

by Tapewolf (#47617019) Attached to: Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

If you have tires rated to handle 100PSI without fault, you don't have $80 tires.

Adjusting for inflation it's more like $460 in present-day money - one reason I added the publication year after the citation. Even so, I doubt stock tires on a 1971 Cadillac were rated that hight. Of course, how much of that was actually autobiographical and how much of it is sheer fiction is open to debate.

Comment: Re:Boo (Score 1) 163

by Tapewolf (#47584921) Attached to: Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

As far as I can tell, tires just blow up when they feel like it. Ridiculous abuse hasn't failed my tires, but normal driving with 35-40psi in a 50psi rated tire has.

...fifty pounds each didn't seem to help with the cornering, so I went back a few hours later and told him I wanted to try seventy-five. He shook his head nervously. "Not me," he said, handing me the air-hose. Here. They're your tires, you do it."

"What's wrong?" I asked. "You think they can't take seventy-five?"

He nodded, moving away as I stooped to deal with the left front. "You're damn right," he said. "Those tires want twenty-eight in the front and thirty-two in the rear. Fifty's dangerous, but seventy-five is crazy. They'll explode!"

"I told you," I said, "Sandoz laboratories designed those tires. They're special. I could load them up to a hundred."

"God almighty!" he groaned. "Don't do that here."

"Not today," I replied, "I want to see how they corner at seventy-five."

He chuckled. "You won't even get to the corner, Mister."

"We'll see," I said, moving around to the rear with the air-hose. In truth, I was nervous. The two front ones were tighter than snare-drums; they felt like teak wood when I tapped on them with the rod. But what the hell? I thought. If they explode, so what? It's not often a man gets a chance to run terminal experiments on a virgin Cadillac and four brand-new $80 tires.

--Hunter S Thompson, 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas', 1971

Comment: Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (Score 2) 81

by Tapewolf (#47525953) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

No offense, but that's a kind of dumb assumption. They explicitly state that they make the games compatible with modern systems. With a large portion of their catalog being 16-bit, and 64-bit OSes not able to load 16-bit apps, they *need* to be wrapping the games in emulators or the like.

Yes, the original game files - or very close, minimally-patched versions - are in there. However, the vast majority of their customer base wouldn't be able to do anything with those game files. Even if they were, it wouldn't be the simple and user-friendly experience that it is today.

Yeah, I appreciate that but I think you may have missed something in my post. I know exactly why they've done what they did and for the majority of cases it's a very good idea. But if you want to play the game in its original format, you are SOL.

Right now, you buy a game - you get a choice of downloading a Windows version or a Mac version. Would it have killed them to have had a third option to download the DOS version of the game? It would be a damn sight smaller than the bloaty thing I had to download.

I think what really pissed me off was the fact that they had deleted the original EXE files instead of just leaving them around for people who needed them.

Comment: Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (Score 2) 81

by Tapewolf (#47523933) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

It's a little more complicated than that.

They have big all-in-one installer .exes that setup a full environment for the games.

This. I bought the Kyrandia series about a month ago, and after faffing around with WINE to extract the games - which was not fun because it only drew half the installer and I had to guess what it was trying to tell me - I found that they didn't actually include the bloody game program at all, just the data files and a scummvm installation of unknown provenance.

Yes, it does make it easier for someone without a DOS background to get the games up and running, I can't fault them for that. But I would much preferred to have had the option to get just the bare installation files so that I could play the actual game on the platform of my choosing. After all, I had assumed I was buying the original game, rather than some weird, dicked-about version of it :P

Comment: Re:Kernel bloat (Score 4, Insightful) 65

by Tapewolf (#47341829) Attached to: Are the Hard-to-Exploit Bugs In LZO Compression Algorithm Just Hype?

Why should the Linux kernel have a compression algorithm in it?

Because it needs to compress and decompress things.

The kernel image is usually compressed anyway, then you've got things like page compression for zram, in-filesystem compression support - heck, BTRFS uses LZO! I think some network layer stuff like PPP supports header compression, and all that's only the things I'm vaguely aware of.

Comment: Re:Blackberry - only vendor serious about security (Score 1) 67

by Tapewolf (#47289833) Attached to: BlackBerry Back In Profit

Certainly they were - the old Blackberry OS was FIPS-certified. At the time, about 3 years ago, it was the only phone platform we could find that matched the government security requirements the company I worked for needed for a tender, and that was unfortunate, because the old OS is shit and horrific to program against.

I do not know if the QNX-based OS was ever secured as tightly as OS7.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.