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Comment CCRMA and Fedora (Score 5, Interesting) 299

Our music studio only records live sound (no MIDI). We use CCRMA on Fedora20. It has a ton of stuff you might find useful. We use it for the RT prempt capabilities so musicians can auto-punch-in/out during recording without have to go back and time-shift tracks later. Our "sound card" is a pair of Echo Audiofire 12's for the 24 mics around the studio.

Submission + - Scientists to observe seismic energy from Seahawks' '12th man' quakes (

vinces99 writes: University of Washington seismologists this week installed two strong-motion seismometers at CenturyLink Field in Seattle to augment an existing station in recording shaking from “earthquakes” expected on Saturday during the NFC divisional game between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is preparing a special website at for the game to display seismograms from all three seismic stations in near-real time, and seismologists will also be available to explain interesting signals. Seismologists also will highlight interesting signals in tweets (@PNSN1) and on Facebook (thePNSN).

Seahawks fans, collectively known as “the 12th man,” have a well-known reputation for generating noise and shaking in the stadium during games. Perhaps the best-known example occurred on Jan. 8, 2011, during a 67-yard touchdown run by the Seahawks Marshawn Lynch that helped Seattle defeat New Orleans in an NFC Wild Card game. Scientists hope to record similar shaking during Saturday’s game to better understand how the stadium responds to the activity, and to measure the energy transmitted to the ground within the stadium and within the surrounding neighborhood. “Because the fault ruptures that generate earthquake waves are almost always buried by miles of rocks, scientists aren’t sure about the action at the source that results in seismic shaking. In a way, the Seahawks’ 12th man provides us an opportunity to get inside the source that’s generating seismic waves,” said seismic network operations manager Paul Bodin, a UW research associate professor of Earth and space sciences.

Submission + - Intel Challenges Manufacturers to Avoid "Conflict Metals" (

retroworks writes: Several news outlets, CBS, Verge, Engadget, National Geographic, MarketWatch, etc. report on Intel's announcement that the chips it produces will avoid purchases of rare earth minerals and metals, such as tantalum, sourced from high conflict areas such as Congo basin. Will recycled content follow? Will manufacturers begin stating the percentage of their boards which are made from recycled boards, like recycled paper greeting cards, closing the loop on the environmental conflict-mine-to-ewaste chain? Or is another De Caprio "Blood Diamonds" film in our future?

Submission + - T-Mobile Is Forcing Other Carriers Down The Rabbit Hole ( 1

redletterdave writes: T-Mobile's 'UnCarrier' initiative was originally designed to inject some attitude into the company's stodgy public image. But as the company continues to roll out new initiatives, it's forcing Verizon, AT&T and Sprint to compromise their own strategies in order to play catch-up. And that's exactly what T-Mobile wanted all along. CEO John Legere: 'We are either going to take over this whole industry, or these bastards will change and we’ll still be wildly successful. I’m going to love watching the peckers scream.'

Comment Quickbooks? Quicken? (Score 1, Interesting) 427

I'm not even going to check the website. Pretty much everything worth running already works, except Quickbooks. That's the game killer for real desktop adoption. I completely understand why it's nearly impossible to make it happen, but It would sure be nice if Quickbooks completely worked.

Comment Why stop at 4k? (Score 1) 496

As someone who's constantly training for marathons and triathlons I find that I'm frequently at a calorie deficit. Even if I constantly chug olive oil and almond butter I still need to fill in the gaps with 5 or 6 meals per day plus junk food. You have no idea how hard it is to cram 4k+ calories into every available orifice!

Submission + - Fox News encodes propaganda in their URLs (

bucketoftruth writes: Descriptive URLs are all the rage these days, allowing would-be clickers to identify the content of an article before visiting the site. They can also be used to deceive or send a message. Fox News' website offered their version of a descriptive URL with a few easter eggs. 1. The URL includes "obama-gets-crack-healer-chief" when crack, healer, and chief don't appear anywhere in the article or headline. 2. The accompanying picture in the article is named "0bama_111009_forthood_monster_397x224.jpg". 0bama is spelled with a zero — a popular meme of groups that consider his presidency invalid. There's also no reference to a monster at Fort Hood, apart from the implied character of the shooter. Buy why include it in a picture of the president and first lady? Is Fox exercising creative license with URLs or is it more nefarious?

Submission + - Did Vista break the upgrade treadmill? (

TropicalCoder writes: Windows 7 has been launched, but there is no corporate rush to replace XP. When you include replacement hardware, admin costs, application testing, and replacing incompatible apps, Gartner's VP of research, Michael Silver, believes that in a hypothetical organization with 2,500 Windows users, the cost of upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 will run $1,035 to $1,930 per user." Eric Knorr, InfoWorld
Perhaps this might explain the lack of enthusiasm? ...but are there any realistic alternatives to upgrading to Windows 7?


Submission + - Windows 7: The $1930 Upgrade (

TropicalCoder writes: "When you include replacement hardware, admin costs, application testing, and replacing incompatible apps, Gartner's VP of research, Michael Silver, believes that — in a hypothetical organization with 2,500 Windows users — the cost of upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 will run $1,035 to $1,930 per user." — Eric Knorr, InfoWorld
Get the cost breakdown direct from Gartner

Submission + - Microsoft Attracted To, Repulsed By Win 7 Whopper

theodp writes: As Microsoft teamed with Burger King last week to celebrate the launch of Windows 7 with a seven-patty Whopper weighing in at 2,000+ calories, the USPTO unveiled a Microsoft patent application decrying those who would eat such fare. 'Many people out of sheer laziness refrain from partaking in physical activity and consume unhealthy food,' complains the patent application for What You Will Look Like in 10 Years. 'This avoidance is borne out by the soaring demographic of persons who can be classified as being obese and who continually and incessantly eat fast foods (e.g., hamburgers, french fries, pizza, hot dogs, etc.) and then proceed to 'supersize' the order for a marginal increase in price, for example. In most instances, if people were pictorially or visually made aware of the consequences of their choices and actions, many, if not most, would modify their behavior and life style selections to comport with a healthier body image.'

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