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Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 301

It can be of several qualities but once you get to 720p it tends to be reasonable, unfortunately streaming 720p content tends to hit the buffering problem if your connection isn't good so then its better to download and listen and watch later.
It isn't all music either there is useful instructional video's too.

Why rip from youtube anyway? In theory it is there anytime you want it, but the reality is that service quality is intermittent sometimes its fast and reliable other times it glitches like crazy or there is no coverage, so really it is the failure in the infrastructure which is generating the use of these other solutions.

Why do bands make promotional video's anyway? isn't the clue in the name. It's advertising and it isn't particularly effective advertising, bands maybe performing on their video's but where are the interviews, the substance the communication with fans. It is kind of strange really since musicians can be and usually are great communicators, they move people with their music. There could be a dialogue and with it more commercial success.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 301

Depends but if you don't have ffmpeg avconv is a drop in alternative.

personally I don't like to convert from mp4 to mp3 with a good video with a little tag editing you can get iTunes to put the mp4 of a song in the same album as the audio tracks you can do that with pdf files too.

avconv -i input.avi -threads 2 -vcodec libx264 -crf 25 -crf_max 35 -maxrate 4M -bufsize 2M -acodec aac -strict experimental -ab 192000 -ar 48000 output.mp4

my recipe for video not particularly fast but the video is smooth glitch free in action sequences the audio sounds good. With often a reduction in file size. So far that has varied between 20-66% saving on file size. It is compatible with iTunes and Html5 and works well streaming from my NAS

I quite like iTunes these days, if you generate a playlist you can export the playlist as an m3u file and select all the tracks and drag them onto the android file transfer window with 1 more drop for the m3u file. Google music on android picks up the new files and figures out the m3u (the file location is different). I did try double twist but it eats ram and takes forever to be actually be able to use.

I'm also a fan of musicbrainz picard i use it in 2 ways in first importing i use it to verify and tag files and rename files and move to the automatically add to itunes folder. This frees space on my laptop it can also help with dupes if itunes isn't running as it organizes to artist album and they are easy to spot.

Sometimes itunes can make a mess of things duplicating album tracks a lot of the time with several entries for one physical track. it is often easiest to delete the album and keep the tracks and get picard to move them to the automatically add to itunes folder. Sometimes itunes can be used to do the reimport.

Comment Re:Just don't buy HP (Score 1) 243

ML 2510 here also keeps slogging on, usually the rollers need a wipe with a lens tissue about every 2 years or so. it is bad for the rubber so it doesn't get done unnecessarily.

I really like the cartridge protection on the cartridge. It keeps a count to around 5000 pages before it starts to refuse to print more than 1 page at a time (you have 2 switch it off in between prints).

I found this out when swopping between 2 cartridges, I had refilled one with a bottle of toner that wasn't perfect it puts a line down a page but for print outs it is ok, so I use it when a print doesn't need to be high quality.

But back to the cartridge protection the counter reset is digital with a fuse :)

A new cartridge has a fuse attached to a holder on the back it isn't electrically connected to it.

it's around a 200/400mA fuse TV repair shops keep them for repair jobs.
when a new cartridge goes in it connects to the fuse and blows it

the effect is a digital 1 0 using a bit of foil gets a 1 1 and that will not do the reset.

Taking out and reinsert the cartridge that is a 0 0 so the counter keeps counting which is why it caught me using 2 cartridges, the page count got too high , low on toner just means you have probably printed enough pages to have used most of it. There is no measurement of toner.

But isn't that such cool protection, no chips on the cartridge just a plain old fuse. One of my old canon inkjets shines an led through the cartridge when light gets detected then it is out of ink and needs refilling :)

One of my favorite printers is an epson it can do black & white photo printing with just the black cartridge you need to tell it to print gray scale on plain paper but use photo paper. With a little tweaking usually lightening the image a little you get a really nice print. With the normal method the inkjet mixes magenta and cyan which tends to lead to magenta in the shadows and cyan in the highlights and this degrades over time due to the uv. with the single black it stays true black from start to finish.

I have prints using both techniques and the color ones are a pale miscolored comparison after just a few years where the black ink printed ones are still looking as good as the day i printed them. For something exceptional a silver halide print is still the best.

Comment Re: a win for open source (Score 1) 208

Systemd doesn't seem to differentiate between essential to boot and essential to run some service.
if it started SSH then it wouldn't be that bad, it wouldn't be so bad if it wrote something to one of the log files (in a human readable format ideally).

The problem really is that systemd basically halts the system with no comms. On a previous version of debian i used to run a backup program that would login to my computers on the lan and back them up automatically. If it couldn't do the job it sent me an email. Now thats a useful behavior not this i'm having a bad day i'm going to crawl into this emergency shell and hide from the world.

It's better to let the someone know your having a rough day, rather than waiting for someone to notice you hung yourself.

Comment Re: a win for open source (Score 4, Interesting) 208

Ok I can only comment on systemd has caused problems for me. I have a nas running debian. Because a USB drive wasn't able to be mounted it stopped booting and dropped to an emergency shell. The device was able to be pinged but ssh wasn't running as this is headless with no access other than via ssh I was screwed, I was able to open the drive on another machine but there was no log information to say why it hadn't completed the boot.

Obviously being an Arm build I couldn't boot the drive on an x86 system.

The only thing that got me sorted was in a debian page about openssh in jessie, some kind soul had written that systemd now would drop to an emergency shell if it found something it couldn't mount in fstab.

So I got lucky and was able to fix the problem but no thanks to systemd it was just a data drive not essential to the booting of the os.

Lets say you have a server in a rack somewhere and a hdd dies in the raid rebooting that server remotely would end up in exactly the same situation. So systemd is a success but only when things don;t go wrong.

So what are you supposed to do remove drives that are not essential for your server to start from fstab and manually mount them once the server has booted maybe not init any services that will be using those drives either....

wouldn't it be better if systemd was able to init what it can and finish booting and issue a cry for help once the system was up and running?

If you were running a windows server sure sometimes not all services get started, There is one domain controller which quite often fails to start the mail server. This results in no email for the domain and a remote login to restart the service. not a shutdown of the lan ...

Systemd has potential but I'm not buying it as being ready for deployment when it can wreck your morning if not your entire day because of it;s behavior when there is a problem.

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Comment Re:I hope they put in an external antenna port (Score 1) 124

Ok the 1k zx81 was never that good and the 16k spectrum was pretty good fun the 512k Amiga 500 was much better and the 2 megabyte A1200 was great especially with a 52 MByte quantum fireball hard drive. 68030 cpu in the trapdoor and an additional 4 MB of ram. It got me on the internet and aminet a wonderful archive of amiga software.

guess kids today can't comprehend running a full desktop on so little resources. It is still hard to comprehend why we now need so much.

Comment Re:Privacy? Fuck you. (Score 1) 212

The point of the "vans" isn't to catch people but to intimidate people into getting a license.
The idea that at any moment there could be a knock on the door.... That is what works.

Of course having a database of every dwelling which has had a TV license previously and currently doesn't also helps ensure a brown envelope drops on the right door mats, for years.

I've only once actually come across anybody having an inspector turn up on their doorstep. The fella who answered the door was a Hells Angel and he just told the inspector he didn't have a TV (it was on in the living room behind him).

The inspector looked at curly started to say something, changed his mind and said that's ok then and went away ...

Comment Re: The basest, vilest (Score 1) 1017

On his own money? I think if you dig you will find there is a lot of russian money behind Trump.
After several failed ventures, a lot of what Trump has been doing has been backed by russian investors close to Putin.

Putin has been rather clever, funding and supporting the far right anti Eu parties in Europe. Would you believe Nigel Farage is a great admirer of Putin too.

Perhaps that explains some of his actions such as going into the EU Parliament after Brexit and after saying we must all act like adults launch into a childish attack on EU Parliament members saying things like "you lot have never had a real job in your lives".

It's been over 50 years since russia had burgess philby maclean and blunt is it likely that there hasn't been other recruits put in place since then to do damage to Britain Europe and the USA?

If you look at Trump and Farage (and possibly their wives have you seen where they are from),
Consider their destabilizing influence on Europe and the USA which favours Russia. For example Trump has already said that he wouldn't support NATO members from former soviet block countries if Russia was to invade them.

It isn't easy to provide proof that these Politicians are working for Putin but their actions seem to be firmly in the interests of Russia. Nuclear weapons make a regular war to be out of the question but an Economic War can be played out and Putin seems to be winning it with the use of well placed actors in his enemy's camp.

Is it likely Russia has agents working in the US and Europe? Would it make sense that Trump and Farage are agents? That both are wreaking havoc in Europe and the USA is clear, how they can be stopped is not.

Are we at war and don't even recognise it's taking place?

Submission + - Another SWIFT Robbery nets big bucks by bypassing security.. (nytimes.com)

krakman writes: A commercial bank has been reported to be the victim of another SWIFT attack... No details as of yet on the dollar damage, and who got robbed... The second attack involves a commercial bank that SWIFT declined to identify. But in a letter SWIFT plans to share with its users on Friday, the messaging network warned that the two attacks had numerous similarities and were probably part of a “wider and highly adaptive campaign targeting banks.”

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 197

Samsung has interesting 1 0 reset on laser cartridges, it does a count to figure when the cartridge should be finished giving a low warning finally when 'empty' printing just 1 page when you power it up. Found this out when i was swapping 2 cartridges round (one used to put a line on the page but for some prints it doesn't matter).

Anyway the cartridges come with a small fuse around 200 - 400ma 240v glass fuse its not connected electrically to the cartridge. When a new cartridge is inserted in the printer the fuse completes a circuit and then blows resulting in 1 0 this resets the counter foil round the fuse doesn't work it doesn't go to 0 and any removal of the cartridge and reinserting is just 0 0.

I love the simplicity of this, other systems use a chip to maintain a count and the fuse does the same job for less.
       

Comment Re:This is not a joke topic. (Score 2) 120

Interesting read but I can not find any reference to Turkish Pilots being killed in the attack in February. It appears to have been army personnel that were the majority of the victims (and most likely from the nearby military training school - speculation no evidence). There is little detail about the dead, one funeral was for an army officer (guardian).

I would find it unusual that the turkish army and airforce would share buses. However it is also unusual that names of any of the victims have not been disclosed.

Comment Re:What is "biometric information"? (Score 1) 58

I'm not so sure on this.
A photograph is not biometric information just because it is a photograph, you could have 1000's of photographs. After analysing the photographs you can then have biometric data from the face geometry which could be illegal.

I can grow poppies at home, it is not illegal to have poppies even though they contain opium.
However if I process these poppies to extract the opium I would then be in violation of a bunch of drug laws. Opium is a class A drug which would attract severe penalties.

There seems to be a transformative event that changes legal possession of flowers into a class A drug. Arguably there is a similar event when you process photos into biometric data.

As an aside google wants to replace the version of picasa I have with one without facial recognition. I think possibly due to infringing European laws.

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