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Comment Right tool for the job.... (Score 1) 223 223

You may like Linux (I do to for things it is good at) but when it comes to professional music software there is very little available. There are some multitrack recording and sequencing solutions but they often lack in available effects and virtual instruments as writing good sounding and efficient filters and instruments is extremely hard. You should seriously consider having a look at the options available for OSX or even Windows. I know apple hardware is high in price but Apple's Logic is relatively cheap (compared to the competition) and contains many high quality filters and outstanding virtual instruments (they have samples on their website). For big compositions you can even use multiple macs either by syncing them using MIDI over ethernet or by harnishing the processing power using xgrid to cluster them.

Comment Re:Fanless doesn't seem to be an accurate descript (Score 1) 380 380

iMacs and MacBooks use radial fans and you could say this is a radial fan too. However in this case the heatsink is it self the fan while macs use the normal fan with separate heatsink construction. BTW there are also PC notebooks and desktops with radial fans. Radial fans are in general quieter and are much better at building pressure so they are much better at pushing air through a heatsink. However they are more expensive.

Comment Re:butbutbutbutbut (Score 1) 320 320

They need the anti piracy schemes to be able to tell if it has been pirated. Most anti piracy schemes have a weak point or two at which it is easiest to crack. One approach of detecting piracy is to check if the code at that points has been changed. Other method's often adjust certain memory locations from with the anti piracy code. So if the anti piracy code has been disabled these memory locations will not be filled with the right values and the rest of the game can check on this.

There are two reasons to do this crippling instead of refusing to start up. It makes the game into a kind of demo and the crackers often don't notice they have missed something because the game starts normally and seems to run normally. If they put enough of those tricks into the game it will a certain that there is considerable time between the release of the game and the release of a full working crack.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 309 309

Of course the problems with connecting and disconnecting could easily be solved by having a special notification delivered to the phone whenever something of interrest is available. If they did this the same way incoming calls are send to the phone there wouldn't be this problem and the phone could stay in it's low power standby mode until some notification comes in. Which is exactly what the notification system of the iPhone does.

Comment Re:dumb monitor (Score 1) 187 187

But that was mostly because otherwise the letters would be to small. Ofcourse you could increase the point size of your fonts or dpi of the screen but as many applications on windows didn't (and many still don't) handle that very well decreasing the screen resolution was often the best option.

Comment Re:a few extra feet (Score 1) 187 187

The speed of light is dependant on the material. In a vacuum it's about 3.0E5 km/s but in fibre optics which have an index of refraction of approx 1.5 it's only 2.0E5 km/s. Traveling 1.0m through fibreoptics costs 5.0ns (nanoseconds). at a bus speed of 1 GHz that is an additional latency of 10 clock ticks (5 each way for a round trip). My verdict is keep things as close as possible.

Comment Re:More than 10 years ago? (Score 1) 505 505

I was using floppies a ZIP -drive and CD-R(W) and ofcourse networks. So I didn't need floppies a lot and when I did need them I had enough that I could reuse. Backup's went to CD-R sometimes I transfered large files using CD-RW and at school we also had a couple of ZIP drives so most of my school work was on a zip disk. Actually I am guessing the last floppies I bought would probably be in 1997. (That's not counting any driver floppies I may have gotten with hardware). My first USB drive i got in 2001 with my ASUS Notebook which didn't have a floppy drive. It was a whopping 16MB and it still works!

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Woman Claims Wii Fit Caused Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome 380 380

Amanda Flowers always liked her Wii Fit but now she can't get enough of it. Amanda claims a fall from her balance board damaged a nerve and has left her suffering from persistent sexual arousal syndrome. From the article: "The catering worker said: 'It began as a twinge down below before surging through my body. Sometimes it built up into a trembling orgasm.' A doctor diagnosed her with persistent sexual arousal syndrome due to a damaged nerve."
Books

Judge Chin Says He Will Cut the Google Book Settlement 38 38

Miracle Jones writes "In a move that has shocked the publishing world, Judge Denny Chin has filed a brief saying that he has decided to cut the Google Book Settlement in half, letting Google host the first half of every book the company has scanned, and letting other interested stakeholders fight for the rights to the rest. 'We think this is a hard decision, but a fair one,' said John Peter Franks for Google. 'We would like to be able to host and control whole books, but at least we get the front half.'"
Programming

Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C 582 582

An anonymous reader writes "Wondering where all that bloat comes from, causing even the classic 'Hello world' to weigh in at 11 KB? An MIT programmer decided to make a Linux C program so simple, she could explain every byte of the assembly. She found that gcc was including libc even when you don't ask for it. The blog shows how to compile a much simpler 'Hello world,' using no libraries at all. This takes me back to the days of programming bare-metal on DOS!"

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