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Comment Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 629

A user with a username macs4all with a rabid pro-Apple bias accuses another of fanboyism... Speaking of pot calling the kettle black? Apple does in some ways worse crap than this. At least Android devices have custom ROMs that allow for hardware to live well beyond that of what carrier supports. OTOH, Apple has repeatedly shown propensity for artificially obsolescing their hardware, such as OS checking for motherboard serial numbers and preventing install of newer OS X on a hardware perfectly capable of tackling everything that particular revision throws at it...

Comment Nice, if now they only fixed their driver's issues (Score 1) 142

...I would put a lot more trust in this development. Things like hangs and inability to standby (5+ year old problem) or more recently brightness control that worked until approx 14 months ago and since then was never (fully) fixed despite dozens of bug reports. I mean, this is a simple matter of comparing the code for brightness between the version 14+ months ago and the latest one to figure out what is the problem and then fixing it once and for all... Instead, they announce "fix" for it in two consecutive versions, neither of which address the problem in its entirety, and consider it fixed... Yes, some will argue open-sourcing this may help fix things faster. My experience tells me otherwise whenever you have this level if incompetence involved, because after all it is that same incompetence that will drive the separation of open and closed components... Downvote or not, I would love to be proven wrong so that I can finally install a fglrx driver that actually works as it should.

Submission + - Opera + Minecraft = OPERAcraft?

Agram writes: On Slashdot, Minecraft needs no introduction. The sandbox/game's popularity is so intense, kids these days enjoy just as much watching others play on YouTube as they do playing it themselves. The community has also spawned a broad array of impressive mods. The OPERAcraft mod designed at Virginia Tech's Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology provides a collection of tools designed with real-time theater and movie productions. When coupled with Linux Laptop Orchestra's pd-l2ork free open-source real-time digital signal processing software, the environment offers a rich set of production-friendly features including: animated character mouth movement driven through pd-l2ork's speech/singing analysis engine, hand and body gestures, multiple camera angles, camera view mixer, subtitles, behind-the-scenes performer warnings, and a full scene control (fadeouts, scripted character positioning, etc.). Last night, Virginia Tech premiered world's first virtual opera using OPERAcraft mod. The performance involved live singers in conjunction with high-school kids who designed the set, characters, story and libretto, as well as performed the characters on screen. A livestream recording of a 20-minute opera showcasing the mod can be found here (fast forward to 23:10 for the beginning). And yes, they did use Linux for production as well as signal analysis.

Submission + - Virginia Tech ICAT MAKEr Camp Teaches Kids Programming Through Music

Agram writes: "In an effort to cross-pollinate arts and science (STEM) K-12 education, last spring, Virginia Tech's Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) (previously covered here) introduced "K-12 maker" pd-l2ork module (a part of its pd-l2ork free open source real-time and audio-centric visual programming environment) for rapid prototyping of novel physical instruments using Nintendo Wiimotes and Arduino boards. The software empowered Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Virginia 4th and 5th grade participants to design hyperinstruments for their own satellite laptop orchestra, while teaching them core programming concepts. Earlier this month the expanded version featurnig over 40 objects was used as the backbone for the inaugural VT Institute for Creativity, Arts & Technology's MAKEr Camp for 5th-12th grade students (news coverage, photos) and in the spirit of the maker culture is now available for download together with the source from the L2Ork's website."

Submission + - Virginia Tech ICAT Introduces Pd-L2Ork Instrument Maker Software, Teaches Kids (

Agram writes: "Teaching computer programming to K-12 students is nothing new. Tools like MIT's Scratch and Carnegie Mellon's Alice provide rich intuitive interfaces, allowing students to explore programming concepts through storytelling. Despite their focus on multimedia, the supporting audio components leave a lot to be desired: limited sound cues and high latency relegate audio to sporadic audio loops and static effects. Enter pd-l2ork, a FOSS Linux-centric fork of Pure-Data "real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing" with focus on stability, usability, and most recently newfound K-12 maker module for rapid prototyping of novel physical instruments using Nintendo Wiimotes and Arduino boards. Pd-l2ork is a brainchild of L2Ork, world's first Linux-based laptop orchestra whose 2009 debut was covered on Slashdot. Pd-l2ork serves as the ensemble's software backbone and while there are still some rough edges, with half-dozen ensemble tours across two continents and most recently Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts & Technology (ICAT)'s inaugural MAKEr Camp for 4th-8th grade students, pd-l2ork has seen plenty of beta-testing and is now itching for some Slashdot love. The question, however, is whether it runs on... wait, never mind."

Submission + - Of electric cars and sports sedans 1

Agram writes: "Given the earlier story about Tesla S sedan and its impressive 0-60 rating, could not resist but share the story about a little known underdog start-up from Croatia. Last month at Frankfurt car showRimac Automobili presented the fastest and arguably the hottest sports car on the planet. Rimac Automobili's fully electric Concept_One which should go on sale in limited quantities in 2013 offers 1088hp, 0-60 in 3 seconds, and a range of 600km (370 miles). Videos on their site show retrofitted 1980's BMW M3, their first prototype leaving Porsche, Tesla Roadster, and even fastest BMW gas-powered sedan in the dust... Perhaps even more impressive is CEO's age. Mate Rimac is 23 years old. For those who don't bother on clicking on the links, no, it is not vaporware..."

Comment Nintendo has nothing to worry about... (Score 1) 91

...because (according to what I was told when I contacted Nintendo HQ regarding a research project that greatly benefited from using Wiimotes) they were not the ones who invented Wiimotes but rather licensed them from another manufacturer (as was the case with apparently a number of other controllers). I expect them to simply forward this inquiry to the company they licensed Wiimotes from and by doing so wash their hands clean in no time.

Submission + - L2Ork Sets Sail for the Old World (

Agram writes: "After 8 months of planning, fundraising a metric ton of greenbacks, and literally thousands of hours of hard work distributed across dozens of souls, World's first Linux Laptop Orchestra or L2Ork (previously covered here) is truly excited to announce its maiden tour of Europe May 12 – June 1, 2011. The ensemble will be touring 8 countries, performing and holding workshops in following locations:

May 14 – Linz, Austria (as part of LiWoLi festival)
May 15 – Ljubljana, Slovenia
May 16 – Budapest, Hungary (Fészek Theatre)
May 19 – Zagreb, Croatia
May 21 — Hamburg, Germany (Academy of Music and Theater)
May 24 — Amsterdam, Netherlands (STEIM)
May 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands (Zaal 100)
May 26 – Utrecht, Netherlands (HKU)
May 30 – Paris, France (IRCAM)
June 01 – Oslo, Norway (NIME 2011)

As a gift back to the Linux community, l2Orkists have also been busy working on a revamped Linux-centric version of Pure-Data real-time graphical programming environment for audio and video titled pd-l2ork. Offering hundreds of bug-fixes and improvements, pd-l2ork is the backbone of ensemble's software infrastructure. Both source and prebuilt binaries are available on the L2Ork website."


Submission + - L2Ork on Tour, Reaches out to K-12 Education

Agram writes: "Following its debut in December 2009 (video, audio, original Slashdot story, Linux Journal cover story), Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) has branched out into K-12 education by spawning its first ultra-affordable satellite orchestra. On April 17th 5th graders from the Boys & Girls Club of Roanoke, VA will join L2Ork in rocking it out on Virginia Tech (VT) campus. As if seeing a bunch of kids make music by flailing Wiimotes in front of networked Ubuntu notebooks and "ladybug" hemi speakers made out of salad bowls weren't exciting enough, on April 20th thirteen VT l2orkists, many of whom had never seen or used Linux before in their life, will embark on their maiden Midwest tour with stops in Cincinnati, Carbondale (IL), and Indianapolis. Unlike the long-standing stereotype, for a l2orkist Linux is ready to leave the dark corners of a server room and step into the very spotlight of contemporary arts and education."

Submission + - L2Ork on Tour! Coming to a City Near You... Maybe (

Agram writes: "Following the epic win of a debut in the fall of 2009 (video, audio), World's first Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) has spawned media attention and perhaps more importantly its first junior sibling sporting "ladybug" hemispherical speakers. On April 17th, 5th graders from the Boys & Girls Club of Roanoke, VA will join L2Ork in rocking it out on Virginia Tech campus. As if seeing bunch of kids flail wiimotes around in front of Linux netbooks and salad bowl speakers weren't exciting enough, on April 20th L2Ork is embarking on its maiden Midwest tour with stops in Cincinnati, Carbondale (IL), and Indianapolis. Along the way we would love to meet some Linux-savvy groupies... err... users, so here's a shout-out to all our fellow Linux enthusiasts. Hope to see you there!"

Submission + - Introducing L2Ork, World's First Linux Laptop Orch

Agram writes: "Who says penguins cannot make music? Take a netbook, wiimotes, nunchuks, and hemispherical speakers (which were once IKEA salad bowls), toss it up with some Ubuntu goodness and what you get is Virginia Tech's L2Ork, World's first Linux-based laptop orchestra. With its affordable design and support from the Linux community L2Ork hopes to bring laptop orchestras to K-12 education and beyond. So, regardless whether you wish to hear how L2Ork might sound or to learn how to build your own Linux-based *Ork infrastructure, perhaps this is a good opportunity to reopen the age-old debate: is Linux finally ready for some serious audio work?"

Submission + - Virginia Tech DISIS Linux Laptop Orchestra Debut

Agram writes: "Thought the following news/PR release might be of interest to Slashdot readers: On December 4th Virginia Tech DISIS Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) will hold its first sneak preview debut performance on Virginia Tech campus, Squires Studio Theatre, starting at 7pm. Admission is free. At noon on the same day, L2Orkists will also host a demo booth outside the Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires Student Center (VT campus) demoing how L2Ork works.

About L2Ork
L2Ork (with 2 as an exponent) stands for Linux Laptop Orchestra, and is to the best of our knowledge World's first orchestra of its kind built on Linux. Following in the footsteps of Princeton's PLOrk and Stanford's SLOrk , L2Ork was founded by Dr. Ivica Ico Bukvic in May 2009, as part of Virginia Tech Music Department's Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio (DISIS). For additional info on L2Ork and a video preview of L2Ork in rehearsal visit the L2Ork website and/or (in the case it gets slashdotted) DISIS YouTube channel. Facebook event page can be found here."

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