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Comment: Re:49 (Score 2) 75

by infolation (#49749573) Attached to: Musical Organ Created From 49 Floppy Disk Drives
TFA doesn't make this clear, but there's some more information in this one.

Musical floppy drives are made by manipulating the internal motor that moves the read/write heads over the floppy disk. Each floppy disk is divided into 80 tracks radially from the centre, which the notoriously noisy floppy drive motor can send the read/write head to. By pulsing the motor at any of those 80 positions, representing different frequencies, you can create a particular musical note. And, because floppy drives don't contain their own controller, they're far easier to manipulate with third-party boards and tools like the Arduino.

Therefore I think each drive has to be chosen individually because with only 80 total positions the chances of any given drive playing consecutive semitone-spaced correct pitches would be small. So it would seem they've gone through a bunch of drives selecting the ones that have a track position that's nearest to each desired pitch to make up 49 semitone-spaced notes.

Comment: Re:works differently in the states. (Score 4, Informative) 288

by infolation (#49621787) Attached to: USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device

Wiping the contents of your laptop, or refusing to give a password in the US, is generally met with unfavourable consequences

Better than in the UK, where it's a criminal offence punishable by two years imprisonment. (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, Part III)

And people are really locked up for that here.

+ - iPad fail grounds dozens of American Airline flights

Submitted by infolation
infolation writes: American Airlines was forced to delay multiple flights on Tuesday night after the iPad app used by pilots crashed. Introduced in 2013, the cockpit iPads are used as an “electronic flight bag”, replacing 16kg (35lb) of paper manuals which pilots are typically required to carry on flights. In some cases, the flights had to return to the gate to access Wi-Fi to fix the issue.

Comment: Re:asdf (Score 3, Informative) 107

It's legal. This is the UK. There is no constitution.

I can't believe this has been modded informative when it is blatantly, and even legally, wrong.

The UK certainly does have a Constitution, and in fact our political system is termed a 'Constitutional monarchy'.

I'm sorry, but this is taught early on at in British Secondary Schools.Anyone who's been to school in the UK should know this. Any UK immigrant who's passed the UK citizenship test will know this.

The laws which the security services are alleged to have broken form part of that constitution.

Comment: Re:Funny thing... (Score 1) 229

by infolation (#49221925) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened
I tell them the imaginary colleague (victim, computer owner) they need to speak to is physically disabled, and is currently on the other side of the building, but is conscientiously on his way to talk to them. Then the scammers get restful music on hold, interspersed with periodic updates about the colleague's arduous progression towards the office to take the phone call ("he's on the stairs... oh he's valiantly struggling on the stairs...")

By tugging at the scammers' heartstrings, causing them to feel guilty that this disabled person is making the effort to talk to them, calls can be extended to half an hour or more with some ingenuity.

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.

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