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Comment Clocks drift at varying rates (Score 1) 103

Different device clocks drift at different rates, mostly due to heat. Oven-controlled crystal oscillators are employed in more expensive devices to provide more reliable clocking.
Sources that are simply synchronized at the start will typically quickly drift and lose sync. Unfortuantely the drift is often not linear. So if you sync them at the start, and then stretch or shrink one source via re-sampling, they may sync at the start and end, but not in the middle.
A good solution for the OP's problem would compare the audio streams, identifying common reference points. The sources would then be adaptively corrected, matching those reference points. I've always thought that would be a very fun project, and useful to many people, but haven't been able to align my clocks to make it happen.

Comment (Score 1) 295

I have been using Gandi since around 2000. A few years back I was late renewing a domain and didn't get it submitted until the day of expiration - I had hours to spare. That, combined with delays in whois expiration data updates, made me very nervous so I phoned Gandi and...... I spoke to a real person! They were friendly and helpful! They told me no problem, not to worry. There is even a grace period of a couple weeks after expiration where you can renew without penalty.

I am now a loyal customer and it would take a lot for me to change. Saving a few dollars over ten years? Not a chance.

Comment Bring back 19.34b (Score 1) 156

emacs releases have been on a downward arc since 19.34b. Unfortunately that version won't build on any recent versions of Linux.
I said this on /. back in 2008, and things have not improved.
The problems are a mix of bloat and changes to the default behaviors.

Comment Real pirates don't fly the Jolly Roger (Score 1) 645

Fortunately, where I sail on the ocean, we don't yet have to worry about pirates. But there is a real challenge in identifying actual pirates vs. people who are merely on the water. Add visibility problems, language barriers, and that pirates probably want to remain stealth for as long as possible.

Not every non-tanker is a pirate. Ships aren't always easy to avoid. They turn, and not always in predictable ways. Someone may try and move out of the path of a ship and inadvertently move into the soon to be path. Targeting some family who is out fishing, a disabled vessel, or telling Lance to open up with the forward fifties at a merely suspect target a mile way, is not acceptable. And yet, you don't want to let actual pirates get close.

Attacking someone with any sort of weapon just because they're within a half mile or mile is not reasonable. This isn't like CCW, where the threat tends to be closer and more obvious.

Comment The future is now (Score 2, Interesting) 289

boasts a ridiculous resolution of 13,280 x 9,184 pixels

My 6x7 cm film images are already 11,023 x 9,448 when scanned at 4000 dpi.
And there are no artifacts from Bayer interpolation.

30x36" prints, and even larger, are spectacular. But you need good lenses, a good tripod, and good technique; otherwise you won't resolve the detail.

And with 20x30" prints only $9 at Costco (on profiled printers), I *am* enlarging my prints to poster size, thankyouverymuch.

I look forward to digital catching up.

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