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Comment: It's always been true, it's just easier (Score 1) 74

by argStyopa (#49180229) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

Bad historians have done this forever, carefully culling information to fit the predetermined narrative that they're trying to present. Don't get me wrong, sometimes this can be done in a way that makes history more entertaining & easier to understand as long as it's highlighted as what it is, but the tenor of modern (particularly American, particularly ) teaching of history is very much a linear, determinate thing: this happened, so then THIS happened, which logically led to that.

HIstory - even recent history - *must* be understood in-context. Frankly, that's what makes GOOD study of history a really hard thing. Monday-morning quarterbacking happens whether the event was last night or 1000 years ago. The people of, for example, Dark Ages Europe are practically aliens from another planet, in terms of how they saw the world; to interpret their choices (or worse, to render moral judgement on their actions) solely through the postmodern view of 2015 would be ludicrous, yet it happens constantly.

"History is written by the winners" has always been true; the internet has simply made it a sport everyone can enjoy. It's no longer academic historians fighting closeted battles over esoteric issues within their field, it's the subject of daily conversation.

Further, with the astonishingly short memory/attention span of the modern American electorate, tendentious people are able to get away with the constant revisionist presentation of events within recent memory.

Hell, half the political conversations I have, the first effort is simply to establish SOME common basis of accepted facts upon which we can even constructively argue.

Idiocracy is truly approaching.

Comment: Re:Not enough information. (Score 1) 87

by msauve (#49179587) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Wireless Microphone For Stand-up Meetings?
One easy thing which can help with room echo, but not require modifications would be to buy or build stands on which you can drape cloth or hang curtains.

A directional microphone can help, if all the people are at one end of the table, so it can be positioned and pointed at the group. I wouldn't expect miracles, though. What's needed most is a system with good echo cancellation. Polycom's in my experience are pretty good. But, they make models for different size rooms. You might find a model with remote microphones to work better, as they can be distributed to be closer to the speakers.

You may wish to speak with a firm which has experience with conference room systems (either a telcom system provider or pro audio one).

Comment: The sound sucks because your gear sucks. (Score 1) 87

by Lumpy (#49176955) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Wireless Microphone For Stand-up Meetings?

Get management to pony up for real AV gear. The problem is your gear is garbage and not designed for the use. There is no magical CHEAP thing you can buy.

Now get a biamp or BSS DSP and 4 boundary mics hanging from the ceiling on some 18" diameter glass plates... I can make a meeting room cover all voices in there perfectly for video and teleconference.

Comment: Not enough information. (Score 2) 87

by msauve (#49175891) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Wireless Microphone For Stand-up Meetings?
Is your room a natatorium, or a broom closet? How many people? Around a table, or classroom seating? Have you tried a proper conference room phone (not a regular speakerphone)? Is your phone system analog, digital, or IP (for the latter two, the solution may depend on the system in use)?

Comment: Re:Strange (Score 4, Informative) 68

by msauve (#49175411) Attached to: Linux and Multiple Internet Uplinks: a New Tool
Link aggregation works at layer 2 (e.g. Ethernet). Basically, make multiple cables between 2 devices look like a single one.

Multipath routing works at layer 3 (e.g. IP), you can send outbound packets to multiple routers for further forwarding. It works when there are "real" routes between the hosts (i.e. not behind NAT).

This is one step beyond that, since it also does connection tracking and will work with outbound port NAT, so you can have a private network connected to multiple ISPs.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 567

by Lumpy (#49174505) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Absolutely, He is a fool if he even thinks about it because the DOJ can promise the world and not abide by it. In fact I guarantee they will make his life a living hell and an example to all those bad bad americans that would dare let out secrets that help terrorists.

Only a fool would come back here after blowing the whistle like that.


Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use 236

Posted by timothy
from the wait-til-you-see-how-scully-revives-walter-white dept.
Bennett Haselton writes: Vimeo and Youtube are pressured to remove a dark, fan-made "Power Rangers" short film; Vimeo capitulated, while Youtube has so far left it up. I'm generally against the overreach of copyright law, but in this case, how could anyone argue the short film doesn't violate the rights of the franchise creator? And should Vimeo and Youtube clarify their policies on the unauthorized use of copyrighted characters? Read on for the rest.

Comment: Re:B0ll0cks... (Score 1) 477

It would be my pleasure to see the whole lot of them have the actual text of the law applied to them as though they were a tattooed black guy with multiple priors.

We often have suitable laws; but they just mysteriously never even get brought up, much less by people in a position to do something about them.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 477

"Many people have multiple email addresses."

Why would mixing them be an issue here? Information, much of it extremely sensitive, related to her government service as SoS shouldn't ever be kept on a private computer, and using a government computer for personal use is improper:

Executive branch employees have a duty to protect and conserve Government property and may not use Government property, or allow its use, for any purpose other than the one that is authorized.

...The term "Government property" includes real or personal property that the Government owns or leases such as:
telecommunications equipment

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.