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Comment Re:A-Team Style (Score 1) 292

It seems like you might already know how to fix that feedback loop or at least intrinsically what is happening, and though I can't speak so much to specific, ideal PC audio or WebEx configurations, I thought I might offer my take. It's such a common problem that perhaps attributing it to the vendor(s), etc., might make the problem appear less general than it is or that a better solution was not possible.

The feedback occurs when the microphone/input "picks up"(hears) the speaker/output that is amplifying/receiving the microphone in close proximity. In your use case, however, there's no reason for your computer's microphone to be routed to speaker at the same time: it would be distracting to hear yourself through the speaker likely and it creates feedback issues obviously. The solution is to change your audio settings somehow, hopefully within WebEx, if not possible there then at the System level, and if there's no system utility that will help you, look for a 3rd party tool (I've used Virtual Audio Cable on PC with success but found it lacking/difficult/overpriced compared to Soundflower which is awesome/easy/free which is what I would use on the Mac when confronted with the same issue). With either of these utilities the concept is the same, being able to create virtual audio routes between programs and devices so it's not such an all or nothing proposition where audio signals are implicitly going to the same place. I'd be surprised though if this major conferencing software doesn't have this implemented though, so I should probably start rambling, the world has bigger problems.

Anyhow, there has to be a way to not hear yourself, but sometimes it is more of a pain on the PC, at least if VAC is the best thing. If there's a will there's a way though so if anyone is so challenged and wanted a cheap guide, I just burned some minutes typing this. Adios amigos!

Comment Other BBS doors and development is taking place (Score -1, Offtopic) 78

Full disclosure, I started up a bbs last year running on Synchronet. Synchronet has a javascript engine, and people have been writing new games using some cool new libraries that allow you to do things that were unimaginable back in the day (always could use more competent developers). Sure, LORD's still being played, but there are some cooler games that are beyond that. We've got sprite based games, someone just released a version of "Lemmings" for Synchronet BBS (known as "Lemons"). BBS's communicating in real time through our BBS alliance (http://centerofawareness.net/). Lots of cool stuff. If you feel like checking any of this stuff out, shameless plug for the board : telnet://futureland.grudgemirror.com ... It's a little different than the traditional BBS with all its custom mods. Much more dynamic than the static menus of BBSs' of yesteryear. We've got a lot of new stuff, and some of the old classics. Also, bbsnexus.com is a kind of cool site where you can browse BBS's in the browser without having to install a better terminal for BBS display or tweek your settings to make ansi graphics install nice.

Comment Stop anthropomorphizing your computer (Score 1) 720

Hey, if your wife says it's too loud, turn it off when she's around, if it's a 'gaming computer' it means your gaming when she's there. Computer gaming is a monastic endeavor where people disengage from the real world. I had a girlfriend who got hooked on my WoW account. It was completely obnoxious to see from the other side and I'd suggest if you want to game, get a console and a few controllers. Otherwise you won't notice what's happening in the real world and you'll regret time wasted, communication lost.

Comment Re:The Million Dollar Question (Score 1) 56

I understand it, and that is what makes it boring. Most of the people who watch it do not understand baseball. I used to love baseball, but the more years pass, the less I like it. Like most people in the stadium can see whether a pitch is a ball or a strike, or a curveball or a fastball, you can't see it unless you have perfect seats. I will beat 9/10 baseball fans in baseball trivia, I will beat 9/10 baseball fans in a baseball video game, i will beat 9/10 of baseball fans in whiffleball (because 9/10 of baseball fans can't even track a baseball in mid-air). it's barely even a team sport, since using statistics to pick players seems to be all the rage rather than actually coaching. that's why they're called managers.

the only thing that baseball has going for it is that you never run out of time, you run out of outs. a high school team could beat a college team could beat a pro team cause for the most part baseball could be simulated with dice. that's all baseball is. dungeons and dragons

Comment Re:JD Salinger (Score 1) 276

I'm not sure what you are talking about aside from JD Salinger was a miser who was a lucky one trick pony. If you want to look to literature, try perusing the Picture of Dorian Grey. He did pick that as his new name. What happens in year 38, what age is the pseudonymous Satoshi? It's a set-up, they're all a bunch of phonies man.

Comment Bring back BBS's (Score 1) 606

I'm building a site right now (actually the site's finished, on the surface) that if you enter the Konami code on the main page it loads up a Synchronet BBS in a flash or html terminal (I don't want people logging in right now or checking the site, so I'm keeping it quiet.) I think it will be pretty popular compared to the BBS's that are still out there because BBS's that have been up since the 80's/90's are like abandoned palaces waiting for their kings and queens to come back rather than try to find new royalty. Anyhow, if anyone wants to work on a BBS for fun, i've got work to do!

Comment Re:history, itself, repeat, etc. (Score 1) 475

If you're a bitcoin investor, which you may be, you might have trouble reading the news. Two separate things. The first was a warning, which hinted at the action. People who actually can listen to stuff outside of the bitcoin bubble reacted to the warning. And then the action took place. So now there's a reaction to that. And then there's people who, evidently, can not read the news, buying "cheap" bitcoins and slowing the fall.

Anyhow, if you need to get rid of your bitcoins, I will trade you some baseball cards. They're awesome, and they're not making any more of them, so they can only go up!

Comment Digital vs. Analog all comes down to the task (Score 2) 328

I can play a few instruments and make my own music, as well as having played in a few bands, but over the years I've learned to accept that computers can help me out a bunch. I used to try to play everything and record it too, which was a lot of work and it made things a bear to change. These days, I just try to focus in on a thing at a time, rather than be engineer, instrumentalist, songwriter, etc. I hardly have been playing instruments much on recordings because I don't have the time to do it all and come up with the sounds I like. I will enter my chord progressions into band in a box, and find a style that I kind of like. Then I'll tweek the instruments. It's just a million times easier. So I take sequencing shortcuts as well. But it's just a matter of ease, I mean if I could find a real steel drum player and could mike them up and it wouldn't take a few hours more than clicking a button, I'd do that, but only if I really had a vision or it was going out commercially and I could justify the cost.

Comment Re:Even more likely (Score 1) 186

I know you're being funny, but aside from the porn and the alien part, but I'm curious about the time traveler aspect.

  I've been wondering this wouldn't the most likely thing to be travel back in time be information itself, since we already can send bits at near light speed already? There must be someone on slashdot who can answer this.

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