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Comment: Re:Making music (Score 1) 473

You cannot create music on the audio hardware that comes onboard a PC or Mac.

I'm new to the area. Where can I buy the drugs that you're on?

I know more than one producer who uses plain old audio. Most music software has a "Render to audio file" feature that bypasses the audio subsystem completely. This removes one variable from the equation, and is thus preferred.

Comment: Re:Getting popcorn (Score 1) 69

by null etc. (#47306815) Attached to: Google Building a Domain Registration Service

And yet, Google doesn't even offer a telephone number to call in the event of account-related problems, such as account lockouts, hackers, etc. Google's account "recovery" mechanism amounts to asking you to provide a bunch of details you either don't know or don't remember. If you fail to do that, Google's response is "try again, harder."

Is it worth trusting a company that has that type of customer support strategy? Want to pay Google $10 per month for 1 terabyte of Google Drive storage, and hope you'll never, ever need Google to intervene on your behalf, in response to a problem with your irreplaceable data? Want to take the same gamble with your domain names?

I will NEVER use Google to "manage" my most important assets.

Comment: Separation of Concerns (Score 4, Insightful) 391

by null etc. (#46606747) Attached to: Toward Better Programming

In my 25 years of professional programming experience, I've noticed that most often, most programming problems are caused by improper implementations of the separation of unrelated concerns, and coupling of related concerns. Orthogonality is difficult to achieve in many programming exercises, especially regarding cross-cutting concerns, and sometimes the "right" way to code something is tedious and unusable, involving passing state down through several layers of method parameters.

Comment: Re:Drone Occupation (Score 1) 506

by null etc. (#46335237) Attached to: US War Machine Downsizing?

It's more profitable to pay a civilian to build a drone than it is to pay a soldier to remain enlisted. Soldiers require expensive maintenance and upkeep, and don't have much money to put back into consumerism. Civilians are expected to maintain themselves, and put nearly all of their money back into consumerism.

Comment: Re:Politics as usual (Score 4, Insightful) 348

by null etc. (#45716485) Attached to: Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

A RLC near me gives tickets to drivers who make a right turn on red, if the cars fail to COMPLETELY stop COMPLETELY prior to the intersection painted lines. On a daily occurrence, I see several drivers get tickets because they came to a complete stop INCHES past the intersection painted lines. In no rational universe would a police officer ever give a ticket to any of these drivers; yet, the municipality is collecting several thousands of dollars each day due to such minor infractions.

Comment: March of progress (Score 1) 120

by null etc. (#45716415) Attached to: Interview: Ask Forrest Mims About Rockets, Electronics, and Engineering

Has science or technology revealed any secrets recently that would change how you teach these topics? For example, when I studied electronics as a kid, the theory was that electrons travelled through conductors at almost the speed of light. I think it's now well know that individual electrons actually travel through conductors quite slowly.

Comment: Re:Its nowhere near as good as a cookie (Score 1) 212

by null etc. (#44673019) Attached to: Cookieless Web Tracking Using HTTP's ETag

But then you need to rely on the Referer header to find out where the user came from

There's this web technology called "query string parameters" that can be appended to any request for a resource on the web. A query string parameter containing a site identifier is more than enough to correlate with an etag identifier.

Comment: Higher Education (Score 5, Interesting) 69

by null etc. (#42863939) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Lead Developer Ben Kamens About Khan Academy

Joel Spolsky has famously stated that he prefers software engineers who come from highly accredited universities, preferably Ivy-league. His thought is that one has to distinguish oneself in order to be granted admission to such places. Do you think that Joel's opinion, and those of other elitist employers, will change with the introduction of free, quality online education?

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"

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