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Comment: Re:Default ding. (Score 1) 361

by six025 (#45402631) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

Send an email to the whole team at the end of each day, summarizing what you've been doing.

Please don't do this. Updates are good, but not every day via email. It's just annoying and a waste of everyones time. Can you imagine if everyone took this advice? 20 status update emails each day at 4:30, ffs ;-)

As for the main question: go make tea a couple of times a day, or grab some water instead of staying chained to your desk. Set an alarm if you have to. Walking around the office you will bump in to people, which is a good opportunity to say hi, tell them what you're up to or find out what they are up to.

Classic water cooler stuff, really.

Also don't make the mistake of thinking it's really easy for everyone else to start up conversation, and that you have some problem. Pretty much everyone one of us has some kind of hangup, phobia, social awkwardness that makes communication difficult - it just manifests itself in different ways. For example, someone might be an extrovert to compensate for feeling inadequate around other people. Inside, the same voice of self doubt is telling us "don't do that, it will only end in failure".

Hint: it won't or rarely does. There is nothing to lose from saying Hi to your colleagues.


Comment: Dianne Feinstein about face (Score 4, Interesting) 322

by six025 (#45264519) Attached to: Even the Author of the Patriot Act Is Trying To Stop the NSA

In related news Dianne Feinstein has turned around her opinion and stated she is now 'totally opposed' to NSA surveillance of US allies.

Quite surprised at this, hopefully it is not empty rhetoric and actually goes somewhere. Very interested to see what the two leading goons of the NSA have to say for themselves in front of the House intelligence committee on Tuesday.


Comment: Re:Get your priorities in order (Score 4, Informative) 223

by six025 (#45251727) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

Yeah there is more software available on MacOS or Windows in this field but you are way way way overstating your case.

The GPP is absolutely not overstating the case. I love Linux and open source, but it really isn't ready for audio recording and MIDI processing, let alone the myriad of other apps and plugins required for effects processing and mastering. I would be extremely surprised if there are any serious audio professionals using Linux as a DAW.

As for the rest of us: inspiration can be difficult to find. When an idea for a song strikes your chosen platform and toolset must be ready to record perfect audio with low latency now. No configuration, no messing about. Load host, press record, start playing. Anything else is a compromise and will hamper your creativity.

OS X and and Windows allow this to happen with very little configuration. The plugins are available, both free and paid. Linux does not. It may do in the future with host like Bitwig being made available (soon ...), but until that day it's Mac or Windows for consistently repeatable high quality audio work.


Comment: Cross Platform Host Bitwig (Score 4, Informative) 223

by six025 (#45250081) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

Forget using an audio editor for song composition, what you need is a proper audio host (commonly called a DAW).

The options for Linux have been a bit lacking but that is about to change with the impending release of Bitwig. Developed for Mac / Win / Linux, it functions similar to Ableton Live, which is incredibly popular for a good reason - it's unique take on music arrangement means it is great for jamming, live performance and experimenting with ideas. Check it out here:


Comment: Addicted to surveillance (Score 1) 88

by six025 (#45244237) Attached to: UK Telcos Went Above and Beyond To Cooperate With GCHQ

One of the most telling omissions from the reasons GCHQ cite for keeping the surveillance a secret is the so called War on Terror. It's not mentioned at all.

Their biggest fear is / was the public finding out, and challenging their right to spy in the courts.

Something feels very wrong about that ;-)


Comment: Re:slight correction. (Score 1) 201

by six025 (#44893187) Attached to: Visionary Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

And I don't think anybody has forgotten Goldeneye 007 on the 64.


N64 may not have had the numbers, but some of the games were among the most played of all time among my group of friends. We had the most fun with the N64 and that is really what counts.

Diddy Kong Racing was freakin' awesome.

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem is one of the best ever horror themed titles to hit the shelves.


Comment: Re:Meaningless ... (Score 5, Insightful) 248

by six025 (#44796591) Attached to: Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks

It's far from perfect, but at least Google are trying to do something and it's better than the current status quo.

It's an admirable goal, but it comes down to trust. How does Google know, or more importantly how do we know, that someone from the NSA has not embedded themselves in the implementation team in order to weaken the encryption or insert a back door?

At this point it's kinda like introducing time-travel as a plot device to the Star Trek cannon. Once time travel is introduced, absolutely anything is possible. In terms of encryption, hence forth it will be very difficult to trust anything related to computing.


Comment: Except ... (Score 4, Insightful) 250

by six025 (#44740251) Attached to: New Snowden Revelation: Terrorists Attempting To Infiltrate CIA

The anomalous behavior that sent up red flags could include staffers downloading multiple documents or accessing classified databases they do not normally use for their work, said two people familiar with the software used to monitor employee activity.

Except, apparently, one Edward Snowden. Which means for all of the paranoia, someone still got through.

What about the other Snowdens that aren't whistleblowers but real, actual spies?

This is another reason the NSA et al are foolish to dismiss Snowden as a threat, another reason why he should be embraced as a hero for shining light on a serious problem!


With your bare hands?!?