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+ - Linux Pro Audio Getting Mainstream Attention 2

Submitted by northernalbertapolic
northernalbertapolic (2966983) writes "Studio 13.37, the ultra-low-latency super-studio, received mainstream attention this month with a mention in the professional publication "Recording" magazine. With a realtime kernel, Ardour 3, and the ability to load itself entirely into RAM (OS and all), has Linux finally eclipsed Mac in the area of pro audio work?"

+ - How do we explain cloud privacy risks to K12 Teachers?

Submitted by hyperorbiter
hyperorbiter (876833) writes "[* Google Apps is just an example here, I think it applies to many cloud services]
With the advent of Google Apps for Education, there has been a massive uptake by the K12 schools I deal with on signing students up with their own Google powered email address under the school domain. This combined by the fact that the students' work when using Google Apps is stored offshore and out of our control—with no explicit comeback if TOC are breached by Google—it seems to me that the school cannot with integrity maintain it has control over the data and its use. I have expressed a concern that it is unethical to use these services without informing the students' parents of what is at stake e.g. the students are getting a digital footprint from the age of seven AND are unaware of the implications this may have later in life. The response has often been that I'm over-reacting and that the benefits of the services far outweigh the concerns, so rather than risk knee jerk reactions by parents (a valid concern) and thereby hampering 'education', it's better to not bring this stuff up. My immediate issue isn't so much about the use of the cloud services now, but the ethics over lack of disclosure in the parental consent process. Does anyone have ideas about defining the parameters of "informed consent" where we inform of risks without bringing about paranoia?"

+ - Mass deployment of iPads—there HAS to be a better way . . .

Submitted by hyperorbiter
hyperorbiter (876833) writes "I have found that there is A LOT of frustration with technicians doing mass deployment of iPads in NZ schools and I was wondering if anyone had cracked the best workflow? Apple's Configurator is the right idea, but unfortunately if deploying volume licensed apps, the supervised mode makes the camera virtually unusable as photos and videos can only be read on the Configurator machine. Not using Configurator means volume purchasing is down to sending out download codes to the users. I've looked at Meraki ( and it's a great looking solution except that given how the apps are installed wirelessly and there's no caching system that handles iOS apps that I'm aware of (enlighten me please if you know) downloading 100 x Garageband (1GB) is bandwidth intensive and time consuming—esp over ADSL (NZ's fibre options are only just starting to roll out). I dread to think what will happen with updates as they come through. Note that these are school owned devices and are shared between students so it's up to me to administer them. How are others dealing with this? I've searched for reasonable tutorials etc, but nothing really seems to deal with this. Any thoughts and help would be gratefully received!"

+ - Progress Bars 6

Submitted by hyperorbiter
hyperorbiter (876833) writes "How come after 25 years in the tech industry someone hasn't worked out how to make accurate progress bars? This migration I'm doing has sat on "less than a minute" for over 30 minutes . . . I'm not an engineer, but is it that hard?"

Comment: Re:subtitle (Score 1) 627

by hyperorbiter (#12267498) Attached to: Texas Bill to Filter Highway Rest Stop Internet
what exactly are you reacting to? what parent do you know is going to look over the shoulder of their kid (let alone kids) all the time? besides what kind of parenting is that? that was also very clever how you implied i'm an animal : your powers of observation and your wit leave me trembling in awe. now if there were dialogue here (which clearly there isn't because i'm an asshole and an animal--and i'm sure you wouldn't want to be conversing with either of those and yet strangely you are) if you had read my original response, you would notice that my issue is that difference between democracy and anarchy is blurry. can you make comment on that? or are you actually unable to talk about anything other than your knee jerk reactions?

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