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Comment Re:I'm surprised ... (Score 2) 79

Gratuitous plug for my YouTube "Let's Play" playlist.

All the videos I've compiled and uploaded to YouTube have been made using Kdenlive. I don't labor under the notion that it's perfect, but I found it much better and more accessible that anything else I tried.

Kdenlive's most annoying bug at the moment is that the sound in the final compiled video will sometimes drift, i.e. in an hour-long video, the sound will start off in sync with the video but, by the time you get to the end, it's as much as 1.5 seconds off. This drift does not appear when playing back in the editor timeline; only in the final compiled video. I have not been able to reliably reproduce this issue for the developers, nor do I have a notion of what triggers it. Once it appears in a project, it's there and you can't get rid of it. It's possible it's an issue with MLT (the library on which Kdenlive is built) but, again, I haven't isolated the issue.

Other than that, it's worked very well for me. Even on those occasions when it has crashed, it has never destroyed my work; just re-launch and pick up from where you left off.

If something better came along, I would jump to it without much thought. But I haven't found it yet. I'll give 'pitivi' another look, but it looks as if installing it into my generic Debian system will be a pain (v0.92 is only available in the 'experimental' repository).

Comment Yes, if you're a tinkerer (Score 1) 421

I got one several months ago because I wanted to try building apps for it. If you absolutely have to play around with the bleeding edge of technology, if you are willing to spend that kind of money on a device so that you can be the one who invents what it's used for, then go for it. Otherwise, it's not worth it.

Comment Re:quite the news flash... (Score 1) 118

I was the CEO of a company that sold ringtones and MP3s a la carte for mobile devices. When you added up (1) the licenses paid to record labels, (2) the fees paid to mobile operators for payment processing, and (3) publishing royalties, it was something like 120% of the retail price for the content. So, umm, not a really scalable business model.

I find this fascinating, especially given that the prices charged for ringtones were pure usury. I wonder if you'd be willing to relate a more detailed story of what you were facing.

Comment Resurrecting Technocrat.net (Score 5, Interesting) 2219


So, it is tempting to resurrect Technocrat.net now that Slashdot stinks worse than the last two times I shut down technocrat.net .

If you remember, we didn't get very many readers. We didn't get them because not enough people submitted usable articles.

As it happens, we don't just need a better Slashdot. We need a replacement for Groklaw. And I personally would be happier reading something with the absolute minimum of Javascript except perhaps in the submission editor. Maybe I'm old-fashioned.

I know that I can do it technically, and I have the server, and Cloudflare should be able to help me handle the load. But if it is like last time, and my wife observes that I'm talking to the same dozen guys all of the time, it's not going to work.

What do you think?

Comment Re:not fast enough for this tiger (Score 3, Insightful) 338

15 years ago, nobody "needed" broadband. Dialup was, "good enough."

Today, try doing anything other than text-only email over 56Kb dialup.

Broadband uptake enabled a new class of Internet sites and services. Google is betting that history will repeat itself by kicking speeds up by two orders of magnitude. It also has the beneficial side-effect of lighting a fire under AT&T's slothful ass.

Also keep in mind that GFiber offerings are symmetric. That means you get to upload your photos and videos at 1Gb/sec as well, and not through the 768Kb straw that DSL and cable providers decided was "good enough" for consumer-class Internet.

Comment Re:MOS? (Score 1) 37

You could do this using FRS walkie talkies, as long as they have microphone and earphone connections. Or analog telephones. It's been tested multiple times on ham FM walkie talkies. Anything that carries voice should work. The bandwidth is only 1.25 kHz and I think the low end starts at about 700 Hz.

Comment Re:MOS? (Score 1) 37

There is a video of the codec vs. SSB on the same radio link here. You can also take any radio links you have at hand and run the FreeDV program. This is an evening project to set up without a business case, and at least some companies appreciate people who take the initiative to do this sort of thing.

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