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Comment: Still waiting for the magic box... (Score 5, Interesting) 259

by hile (#36631440) Attached to: First Thunderbolt Peripherals Arrive To Market

What I would like to have with thunderbolt is fancy magic breaker box, which would for example include:
- 4 firewire 800 ports
- 8 USB2 / USB3 ports
- 2 ESATA ports for disks
- maybe connector for external display as well

Connecting such box to your laptop might sound silly for most users, but my use would be to hook this to my music hardware rack, having all of the audio hardware connected to your gig laptop with one cable. Like, all various MIDI controllers (usually USB), audio recording interfaces (usually firewire), instruments (my line6 guitar amp has USB) and external disks for recording.

Usually you only use one or two of these devices at a time, but the cables can be really a PITA: having one magic box bolted to your audio rack, connecting everything there permanently makes things so much simpler. Of course, I would like the magic box to come in 1U form factor, or with rack mounting kit.

If such box is made available, I seriously might be tempted to get a new MBP, just to be able to use it.

This is not going to make thunderbolt a must for all users, but it's wonderful technology to replace firewire (which is certainly not dead yet in pro audio market!). Everything doesn't have to be The Big Thing for everyone. I'm not sure about USB3, but I though it still has latency issues like USB2 for multichannel audio (like 32 channels, not your average gaming rig...), which are not solved by higher transfer rates. Might be wrong of course regarding USB3...

Comment: Certificate Patrol (Score 1) 168

by hile (#31627610) Attached to: Government Could Forge SSL Certificates

While not a perfect solution, this https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6415" for firefox helps a little bit: it stores the certificates to a sqlite database in your profile and warns if the certificate changes.

If you get mitm on the first connection, you still have a problem, but the extension can at least detect if someone is trying to do it in future...

Comment: Re:So what... (Score 2, Insightful) 502

by hile (#31269104) Attached to: Triumph of the Cyborg Composer

You need to also remember that for most old school classic music masters, copying themes and ideas from your own works or from some other composer's work was considered very cool and a clever trick, as long as you used them in some new interesting way. If the other composers were still living, they were very happy about this because it proved you had created something worth copying!

The idea that you are expected to make "completely original music" is quite new, and whole idea of plagiarism is new as well in music circles. For example, I skip the whole Coldplay's Viva la Vida vs. Joe Satriani's If I Could Fly issue just with "cool reuse of a theme, go on boys", certainly not "oh crap now I can't support Coldplay because they are copycats".

BTW, it's kind of interesting that modern pop music is more OK with direct sampling of songs than copying ideas. I'm fine with both, just saying the ideas should be free to use as well.

A penny saved is a penny to squander. -- Ambrose Bierce

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