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Comment Re:This isn't exactly news... (Score 2, Informative) 305

Admittedly, it uses an initial sample bank from a human singer for the seed phonemes (think an incredibly over the top application of autotune).

For reference, Hatsune Miku's voice is done by Fujita Saki. Hatsune Miku is not the only famous vocaloid, but she's the most famous (and the one getting the concerts).

(dressed like Sailor Moon? Really? It's not even a sailor uniform. Bad article author, bad. Go sit in the corner.)

Having seen some questions asked of other vocaloid actresses, it's an interesting and involved process in recording the voices; it's completely different than normal voice acting (and hours of recording work).

Comment Re:People who tether transfer more data (Score 2, Insightful) 272

$20/mo to enable tethering?

People who tether transfer more data per month than people who do not.

AT&T is charging $20 for tethering and implementing bandwidth caps. So if you gulp down your bandwidth limit with your phone, it costs X. If you gulp down the same bandwidth with your computer, it's X+$20. There's a cap in place, so it takes the "uses more bandwidth" argument out of play (since the tethering plan doesn't increase your cap). There's no reason for it, it's the same bandwidth.

Comment Re:Average Schmo's suck at math (Score 0) 1042

Another fun one to trip people up: A car travels around a 1 mile track. It goes around the its first lap at 30 MPH. How fast does it need to go on its second lap to average 60 MPH?

Tricky! You'd have to teleport the car around the track instantaneously. To average 60MPH around 2 trips around the track (2 miles), you'd have to finish in 2 minutes. Exactly the time it took you to travel the track once at 30MPH.

Comment Re:GP100M (Score 2, Insightful) 1042

Depends on the beverage. Single use beverage containers are more likely to be done in fluid ounces (12oz cans, 20 oz bottles). They do sell soda and water in 1L-3L bottles.

Bottom line, we don't have any consistency and apparently only grok liters for some kinds of drink containers. There's no reference for gas, which is always in gallons here. We're a strange culture.

Comment Re:"journalist" (Score 2, Interesting) 1204

Since the finder of the phone did not follow the law, he/she could be convicted of a crime if charges are pressed.

Which is true. Jason Chen, the Gizmodo jounalist, is not that person, though. They are trying to use his notes and communications(on his computer) to either implicate Gizmodo for this as well, and/or find out who the finder is. However, there is a California law that seems to block this (in Gizmodo's lawyer's opinion); we'll have to see what a judge says.

Comment Re:Hmmmm (Score 1) 240

I was considering buying one recently when I read glowing descriptions of its manual focus, until I ran across a description of what the manufacturer called "manual focus": a menu that requires several "clicks" to find, and lets you choose among 7 different fixed focal lengths.

What camera, pray tell, was this? Focus != focal length.

So is there a way of learning which digital cameras accept a lens with a focus ring?

Most Nikon and Canons, if they're not completely ancient, have a switch on the lens that lets you take the lens out of autofocus mode. Come away from the kit lenses and a great many lenses will let you auto-override the auto focus by turning the focus ring. I'm pretty sure the other majors (Pentax, Sony/Minolta, Olympus, Panasonic) in the SLR space have this type of feature, too.

You may need to take the camera out of continuous auto focus mode (duh, you've told the camera to continually auto focus!) or switch the focus button away from the shutter release (most, if not all the DSLRs have this option, even my lowly D40 can do this).

Comment Re:Here is an example. (Score 1) 147

An issue that might come up every two years? That would hardly warrant a "stop the presses" to Sony.

Actually, the bug would only manifest itself every 4 years. 2012 is a leap year and Feb 29 does exist, so the bug *shouldn't* occur. In 2014, though, we'll see.

If you're not careful, you're going to catch something.