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Comment: Re:uh - by design? (Score 1) 160

by aitikin (#48670277) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

I live in the pro audio world, almost at the bleeding edge of it I might add. What the other poster stated about sub 5ms latency is true. Get yourself an HDX system and test it out. Also, there's this, this, the entire Apollo line, and even an entry level interface that's Thunderbolt based.

IMHO, nothing will compare to using a mixer, but that's for the functionality and quality. I would never pitch a Mackie as a decent recording system, live sound, sure, but, unless you've got an Onyx, it's crap for recording (and even then, just decent). A mixer to me is something like this. My interface is a Fireface 800 and I have 0 perceived latency (so long as I'm not sending anything into the DAW for processing on my cue mix, or merely playing back from the DAW and recording new tracks). To claim something as 0 latency would be incorrect for everything, there will be latency. To claim that the conversion process adds less than X ms of latency is what we're talking about, and the Thunderbolt stuff from MOTU (not even a stellar name in the industry) is leaps and bounds beyond my Fireface (it should be, my interface is 8 years old now), clocking in at sub 1ms at the hardware itself (seen in info note in the link above), with the Fireface being a respectable 5ms at the lowest.

Long story short, if you're looking for the lowest latency and a professional setup, Thunderbolt or PCIe is king. If, as it seems from the photo you posted, you're working in a prosumer or entry level situation, than USB will suffice.

(Other sources: I work in pro audio. A number of years of experience behind the board in both live and recording environments on everything from small projects to working with the likes of Bob Mintzer. Much of my knowledge comes from the real world.)

Comment: Re:uh - by design? (Score 1) 160

by aitikin (#48664145) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

So in the pro audio world you find stuff hanging out in the parking lot?

Depending on who you are. My old boss literally got a Fairchild compressor from someone's backyard. Another friend got a 2" tape machine from someone's parking lot (next to the dumpster).

But, to the point, GP said nothing about a parking lot. "Discovering a Thunderbolt device at all..." does not mean finding it hanging out in the parking lot, it means that, the tech is oh so rare to begin with, that it's nearly impossible to find period.

Comment: Re:WTF ? (Score 1) 289

by aitikin (#48485195) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

I don't like the censorship, but would it be fair to discuss if the material is more than tangentially relevant in a biology textbook?

I admit, I haven't taken a bio course in about 25 years. I could conceive of this in a sex ed class (not that that would happen in arizona), a reproductive biology class.... a medical class, a human biology class.

Really? You don't understand how or why explanations of a biological process belongs in a college level text? REALLY?

Seriously, ALL OF YOU, keep your politics out of science. Even if Republicans bring it in, keep the politics out.

I don't understand where A SCIENTIFIC TOPIC discussing SCIENTIFIC FACT is politics.

human contraception efficacy? It's barely relevant.

Sure, human biology might be barely relevant to you, but in a discussion in an educated class (again, COLLEGE LEVEL TEXT, so I'm assuming some degree of actual education), it's extremely relevant. That'd be like someone taking a college level algebra course and never talking about permutations. It's only sensible to expect that to be discussed.

Comment: Re:Constitution and multiple parties (Score 1) 71

by aitikin (#48453783) Attached to: DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

There is no such "favoring" anywhere in the Constitution. We have multiple parties and, in fact, one of them was — the Whigs — once strong enough to gain major chunks in Congress and the Presidency.

Uh, have you read the 12th Amendment? I quote the first relevant section, "...if such number [of electoral votes] be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed..." by definition forcing it to mean 50.0000001% or greater (AKA a majority). So, if 3 candidates are in the running, one gets 10%, one gets 45% and the other gets 45%, no one wins. Following that scenario, "...the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President..." means that, whoever has the majority most members in the OUTGOING House, will (almost undoubtedly) have the winner. Therefore, we would have to magically elect at least a reasonable percent of third parties to have even a REMOTE chance of a third party mattering. Frankly, the 12th is one of (if not) the worst amendments created, not only permitting the focusing of parties, but downright endorsing it.

What confuses many people — including, it seems, yourself — is that in the US we do not vote for parties. We vote for individuals. The individuals may or may not choose to affiliate with a particular party, but such affiliations are not binding. An elected lawmaker can quit/join any party without any official consequences to his position.

I'd thank you to not put words into my mouth, nor attempt to extract thoughts from my mind. I have not voted for a party, ever, in my life. I have always voted for whomever I felt had the most reasoned decisions, the most education, and the most experience as to whatever posting they were applying for.

Comment: Re:Elections have consequences... (Score 1) 71

by aitikin (#48452727) Attached to: DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

all the stuff that also happened under a "conservative" president.

Lets not beat around the bush. This has little to do with "liberal" vs "conservative", this has more to do with "democrat" and "republican". Not ideaologies, but formal organizations with well defined leadership and central planning. They are both guilty in varying degrees.

Honestly, what is amazing is that if you watch the "third party" debates, across the board, all canidates involved are dead set against this sort of thing. This includes the Greens, Libertarians, and even pretty standard conservative "Constitution Party".

And people wonder why I feel we need to amend the Constitution to stop favoring the 2 party system...


Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water 167

Posted by samzenpus
from the water-water-everywhere dept.
Diggester writes The weight of water limits how much can be brought on a long bike ride. There isn't always an option to stop and fill up from a clean stream or drinking fountain, but water could be obtained from a different source: the air. Austrian industrial design student Kristof Retezár has created Fontus: a prototype of a water bottle system that condenses humid air into clean, drinkable water. His design made him a finalist for the 2014 James Dyson Award.

"When the going gets tough, the tough get empirical." -- Jon Carroll