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Comment Why is this hard? (Score 1) 189

It's as if they had to do some big R&D project to figure out how to sync separate digital audio receivers. We've been doing things like this in the open-source world for years now--I hacked together a synchronized multi-sink audio system as a weekend project in 2011, for example.

That was UDP/IP/ethernet, but the same principles of latency-matching apply pretty much regardless of the underlying transport.

I suspect that this actually has nothing to do with "[having difficulty figuring out how to] ensure that both earpieces receive audio at the same time to avoid distortion"--because, frankly, I don't think the people at Apple are so stupid as to think they need to invent latency-matching themselves and then also have difficulty with it.

They're probably just having difficulty sourcing parts from one of their vendors or something, but claims like `oh it turned out to be very hard to synchronize playback wirelessly because we're breaking so much new ground with multiple independent receivers' reads as much more profound to the general public who don't actually even know where to begin thinking through something like that.

Having the universe conspire against you with things like physics and math, vs. having let some plebeian manufacturing house upset your schedule due to retooling-problems or materials shortage or some local holiday you didn't know about... or whatever. Which would you rather have as part of your narrative?

Comment Re:Jill Stein (Score 1) 180

Of course Bernie will support Hillary Clinton because he thinks preventing Trump (or any Republican) from becoming President is the most important thing.

While that sort of thing never surprises me at all, I still get frustrated by it: the reason I voted for Bernie in the Democratic primary was because preventing Hillary Clinton from becoming president was the most important thing. The reason I voted in the Democratic primary at all was to try to keep her off the ballot in the general election.

Comment Re:Damnit, it is a MEDICAL INSTRUMENT! (Score 1) 266

The stupidity of some IT people is staggering. We had one case where they put AV on a highly isolated system and then had to compromise its isolation to allow over-the-net updates. When we told them that the system was not isolated anymore and that at the very least the AV vendor could now attack them over the network, they did not even understand what we were talking about. They mumbled something about "all machines must have AV".

Have you asked them if they approach their kids' schooling with the same keen sense of security?

Comment Re:Impossible Project indeed (Score 2) 81

You also can't point/shoot/eject/watch-it-develop like you could the original Polaroid. The Impossible film remains sensitive to light for at least 10-15 seconds if not longer, requiring hacks and tricks to eject it into either a box or under shade to make it develop properly at all.

Those issues have actually--finally--been resolved in the latest generations of Impossible's film; it only started shipping a few months ago.


I haven't tried the new color film, but I have used the "Generation 2.0" B&W film--which does appear to be as much of an improvement as they say.

all for vintage pictures that look like they're 40 years old the minute they fully develop.

I guess it's highly subjective, but that seems to be part of the appeal of Impossible's stuff. When I first saw the way my pictures on the colour film ended up, what really struck me was that it "didn't look real, it looked like a memory". And the experience of "watching a memory develop" was kind of profound.

I wondered whether the uncannily-matched fuzzy hypercolor in the way I experience memories and dreams was perhaps due to my having grown up with polaroids and basically been calibrated to that "being what memories look like". But then I actually found some old Polaroid pictures, and you're right: they weren't like that. So, I don't know where it comes from. But I like it.

Comment Re:Apple buys tesla?? (Score 1) 255

please dont do that apple, I really like Tesla. I dont want apple to be able to remote kill my car if i dont accept their EULA

This sort of thing already made its way into the car industry years ago with OnStar; VW just introduced something similar called "Car-Net"; I wouldn't be surprised if Tesla's cars already include something similar, too.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 3, Interesting) 104

After reading through the list it seems they want me to give my non-techie family a bunch of shit they'll never figure out or have no use for anyway. How cute

Maybe your non-techie family members are different than everyone else's, but in general those non-techie family members will never really figure out their Windows or Macintosh PC, or their iPhone, or Google servicesâ"they're going to lean heavily on their family's designated techie for tech support regardless of what they're using (for learning how to do new things, for remembering how to do things they've done before, and for cleaning up the messes they get themselves into). Might as well give them something that's easier for you to support.

Comment I don't want to know who's stepping down... (Score 2) 92

the news comes in the midst of a global public backlash over the NSA's widespread surveillance programs

I can't find a reliable source for this now, but I seem to remember someone saying recently (on another, less significant matter): "I don't want to know who's getting fired, I want to know who's going to jail."

Of course, we're not even talking about someone getting fired--we're talking about someone retiring....

Submission + - Bringing Wikipedia to kids without access to the Internet (

Rozzin writes: When San Francisco-based product designer Aislinn Dewey and Wikimedia Storyteller Victor Grigas heard about an inexpensive offline reader for Wikipedia, they knew what they wanted: they want to buy ALL of them and give them to kids in remote areas to learn with.

"Every student today who has internet access is using Wikipedia in school to write papers, research assignments and learn about the world they're living in", they say. "Shouldn't everyone have the same access?"

Their ultimate goal? "provide a whole encyclopedia to thousands of kids living in areas without textbooks, computers, or internet to do their homework with."

Comment Re:Depends on the source (Score 1) 749

Your preference for 24/96 audio as a listener is entirely due to the placebo effect. There are good reasons to master audio in high res, but for listening 16 bit 44.1khz audio is as good as anything.

There's a pretty good explanation of this (and other factors) on "24/192 Music Downloads are Very Silly Indeed"

Comment Re:No focus on AT&T liability? (Score 1) 459

If you're going to take the place to be a reactionary "victim" then maybe you should ask yourself who victimized you first -- AT&T perhaps? If AT&T left your car unlocked, would you still blame the thief?

I don't know if I'd blame AT&T for the theft just for leaving my car unlocked, but I'd definitely blame them for it if they gave my keys to anyone who asked.

Comment Re:Do not want (Score 1) 173

Every time I run man and get a pointer to texinfo, I want to beat my head on the keyboard. I do not have the time, once again, to look up those obscure keyboard commands so that I may navigate laboriously through the documentation.

Then just pipe it through your pager, and you'll have basically the exact same experience as if it was a man page. e.g.:

info info | less


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