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Comment: Re:test gear that was made in USA in the 50s and 6 (Score 1) 702

by forty-2 (#46790489) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Amen to that!
My old Tektronix scopes are still frighteningly accurate some 50+ years later. The old manuals went beyond just schematics & troubleshooting procedures; there were very through circuit descriptions and theory of operation narratives & diagrams. I learned much of what I know reading those old manuals and maintaining my gear as a kid. Even later era 7000 series gear (babies at 30 - 40 years old) are still rock solid, well documented, and maintainable (though the digital stuff gets a little dicey with those custom, hard-to-find chips).

Comment: Re:Never apply DRM to someone else's work (Score 1) 392

by forty-2 (#43061535) Attached to: Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI Dongle Secretly Packed With ARM, Airplay

Yeah, newer macs will kick in HDCP if you look at them the wrong way. About a year and a half ago, we were running a generative visual app (Jitter) on a mini feeding an HDMI capture card on a PC (gen'ing alpha masks for a Watchout system). We could see boot-up through the capture card, but as soon as the quickTime component initialized, the output was borked.
lesson learned: stick with analog

Comment: Where's the Z axis?? (Score 2) 298

by forty-2 (#40418621) Attached to: Will Dolby's New Atmos 62.2 Format Redefine Surround Sound?

..Or Y, depending on your UCS orientation ;)
64 speakers and they're by and large constrained to one plane?
I do electroacosutic design for a company that does real '3D' sound installations using an equally spaced 3D array of speakers. The effect is unreal!

I mean, these guys are Dolby, so I'm sure its a 'sound' design (sorry, sorry), but I'm just curious as to why there's not a high and low ring (or at least an upper and lower L/C/R). There's crazy spatilization tricks you can do with low double-digit millisecond delay times, maybe if they're taking those sorts of approaches.
I wonder if the composer is has to address each channel, or if they're given a subset of channels and math does the rest.
I know our up/down perception isn't as keen as the other two dimensions, but still.. 64 speakers? Curious to learn more...

Comment: Re:Repurpose the telephone cabling (Score 2) 300

by forty-2 (#37154426) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Wi-Fi Solution For a Hotel?

second that, I've gotten away with using CAT3 in a pinch, but testing the longest runs is a good place to start. Hell, it might not even be the end of the world if it negotiates @ 10Mbps. Presumably there's local power @ the WAP location?
How many rooms? (or 'keys' as they say in the hospitality business)

Comment: Re:I wonder what would happen... (Score 1) 386

by forty-2 (#36089816) Attached to: 23,000 File Sharers Targeted In Latest Lawsuit

Thank You! I've always thought this was such a simple problem: If you claim I owe you more money then it costs to have you 'taken care of' AND you're a scum-sucking bottom feeder, well... seems like maybe you want to rethink your strategy...

Kidding aside, I'm not preaching violence as a solution but I am surprised that through all these witch hunts, no one has managed to piss off 'the wrong person'. Maybe I've just watched 'Fight Club' one too many times.


Denver Airport Overrun by Car-Eating Rabbits 278

Posted by samzenpus
from the night-of-the-lepus dept.
It turns out the soy-based wire covering on cars built after 2002 is irresistible to rodents. Nobody knows this better than those unlucky enough to park at DIA's Pikes Peak lot. The rabbits surrounding the area have been using the lot as an all-you-can-eat wiring buffet. Looks like it's time to break out The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

Winnie-the-Pooh Parodied In Wookie-the-Chew 58

Posted by samzenpus
from the oh-bother dept.
pickens writes "Erik Hayden writes in the Atlantic that children will see endearing portraits of Chewbacca rendered in the style of "Winnie-the-Pooh" in the book of drawings "Wookie the Chew," a tribute to the combined genius of George Lucas, A.A.Milne and E.H.Sheppard, by artist James Hance released on September 1st. Samples from the book are available at Hance's web site. Hance bases his right to parody Winnie-the-Pooh on Fair Use as parody under which certain uses of copyrighted works, which would otherwise be considered infringing, are permissible. Interestingly enough, the rights to the original Winnie-the-Pooh were the subject of an 18-year feud in which Walt Disney corporation fought off a challenge to its ownership of the rights ending in 2009 when a judge in Los Angeles struck out a claim against Disney lodged by the family of Stephen Slesinger, a comic book pioneer who bought the copyright to Pooh in 1930 from the bear's British creator, A.A. Milne. Stories of Pooh's adventures were originally created by Milne in the 1920s, based on a toy bear owned by the author's son, Christopher Robin."

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre