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Comment: Engine sounds through speaker = bemusing (Score 1) 791

by TigerPlish (#48884605) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

But I really like what Mini, Jag and some others (lambo?) are doing -- they replicate the *pop* you sometimes got out of hi-strung carburetted cars when you let up on the gas. This pop was made by a bit of unburnt gas going into the pipes when the throttle plates would snap shut.

The modern version just randomly squirts a bit of gas into the exhaust to make the pop artificially when you let up the gas. And I'm totally cool with this. In my mini it's selectable by sport mode. I love this feature. It reminds me of old sports cars.

Mine's a polite little pop or two. The F-Type jag sounds like a machinegun, and the Aventador I heard the other day had so many pops on upshift that it could've been confused with an mg-42.

All artificial, but not piped in through the stereo. A joy to hear in a garage or a tunnel.

Digital pianos do this too -- they replicate (or for lesser pianos, sample) artifacts of real pianos. Because people found out that a perfectly tuned piano with no mechanical noises is boring.

Comment: Re:Honest question ... (Score 1) 148

by TigerPlish (#48525157) Attached to: How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

See, before the interwebs and computers, there was no mechanism to tap into an entire country's phone systems.

Didn't the English have a room in London where *every*single*wire* coming into the country went through? Weren't they reading each and every cablegram coming in and going out?

That was in WWI.

Yes, technology advances make it exponentially easier now, but don't for a second think that en-masse wiretapping is a new thing enabled by the Interwebz.

Comment: Re:Honest question ... (Score 2) 148

by TigerPlish (#48524933) Attached to: How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

"fuck it, everybody is spying anyway"?

Everyone has been spying on everyone for at least a couple of centuries.

The difference is that now, thanks to Snowden, Wikileaks and others, the Average Joe Muggle knows it. And nothing makes more noise than Joe Muggle with only 1/4th of the Big Picture in their brain! A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, yes?

Nothing's changed, other than public awareness of espionage.

Comment: Re:Missing the point. (Score 1) 127

A few million each year for security compliance is nothing to Target or Walmart. It is a dagger in the heart of their local and regional competition.

Mom and Pop don't have their own POS. They use payment processing houses. It's the Big Dogs that have their own POS systems.

Comment: Re:Repeat with me (Score 2) 127

So you'd rather have it so there are no Federal consequences for being a sloppy, lazy, bug-infested easy target?

Sometimes regulation protect all of us, not just corporations. This could be one of those.

OK, I have a non-regulated approach to fighting breaches: If your company is stupid enough to get breached, the banks and card issuers must block you from doing credit and debit card business again -- ever. Good luck with cash-only.

Is that too cold-hearted for you? You'd rather have that instead of rules and consequences for data breaches?

Comment: Re:CYA (Score 2) 127

The last sentence of TFS has a link to an article mentioning bankers are pressuring retailers to pay for the banks' costs in a post-breach cleanup.

Money talks. In this case the bankers hold all the cards and the retailers will have no choice but to armor their payment systems. That, or spend hand-over-fist in cleanup and damaged reputation.

Which road will they take? The cheaper one -- which I suspect is to armor their POS systems.

Comment: Confusing directions from relatives (Score 1) 236

by TigerPlish (#48314413) Attached to: The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

Instead of confusing directions from relatives, you occasionaly get improbable confusing directions from your satnav.

"Ahead, drive straight ahead" twice in 30 seconds.
*looks at map*
The blue line showing intended course shows a left turn. "Dammit, left turn in 500 feet? WTF?" followed by quick mirror glance and hard left if possible. Which isn't often at all. x.x

Tom Tom, get yer shit together!

After using satnav for 5 years I can see how we (US) can miss the intended target and make a holy place a holey one instead by accident.

I still won't go back to paper.

Comment: Re:Anyone still going to the movies? (Score 1) 357

by TigerPlish (#48282699) Attached to: MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

How do you do multi-channel sound with hardware that doesn't understand any of the newer codecs?

Easy. I only have two sources: A DVD player and a Bluray player. Each uses toslink optical to the receiver, and component video to the receiver. Then from the receiver to the projector there's one long component cable.

The receiver I have understands Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby ProLogic and DTS Neo 6. Enough for my needs.

The curtain is about to close on my current receiver.. I will soon need HDMI because the MPAA cowed the manufacturers into taking hi-rez component video out of the picture. Any new sources I buy / build will likley lack component out. Thank you MPAA for forcing an unwanted upgrade. The Panasonic XR-55 I use is a freakish thing possesed of a most sweet sound. The encouraging thing is that anything made in the last 10 or so years will sound just as good.. it's not like the dark ages of the 70's 80's and 90;s.. back then you wanted good sound, you used tubes. After the invention of the digital "amp," great sound is within everyone's reach.

You just need the speakers to let all that good sound out... and that's where the horns come in.

Comment: Re:Anyone still going to the movies? (Score 1) 357

by TigerPlish (#48281093) Attached to: MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

With modern technology you can have a decent enough experience without the theater. Huge screens, projectors, surround-sound, etc is all available and relatively affordable by normal people these days. Sure, you're not going to get iMAX at home easily but it's good enough to make the effort of going out not worth it.

Problem with this is, most people I know won't make the commitment that it takes to make a nice home cinema. Not a fancy one -- just a technically accomplished one.

What does it take?

0. Absolute light control. No windows, no shutters, no blinds, no light.
1. Black ceiling and front wall
2. Dark-ish side and back walls -- the room should have as little light reflection as possible.
3. A fixed screen of half the height of viewing distance, placed high up coupled with chairs with a good deal of gangsta lean. (so if you sit 8-9 ft away from the screen, the screen should be 4 ft tall, which works to about 7 ft wide. This is what I have.)
4. 3 IDENTICAL channels up front -- not two big "mains" and a ridiculously tiny "center." You need three of the same speaker up front
5. Surrounds identical to the front (or at least from the same family)
6. Properly calibrate all that mess.
7. Shelving to store physical media and display figures, models, whatever.
8. Lighting with a remote dimmer to light all those toys and things -- narrow spots, for the most part. That means low-voltage MR16 heads, and that means more $ and more commitment.
Still think the avg. homeowner can do all that?

I did, It took me 3 months of after-work labor just to paint and wire and carpet. All my audio gear is 10+ years old, some of it sourced from Craigslist. None of it is what people would cal hi-end. But it all works, and I can throw a better picture than a badly-ran theater. I'm particularly proud of my audio, which uses horn speakers, letting me get outrageous fidelity and almost unlimited headroom. Bring on the ka-boom. .

But none of my friends will do it, none of my coworkers will. All they want is a stupid TV with speakers haphazardly strewn about. To them that's good enough. And I bet you 90% of people think the same way.

It takes commitment and a certain degree of crazy to make a proper home cinema.

Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes. -- Richard Hamming