* Posts by Androgynous Cow Herd

341 posts • joined 19 Jan 2016


USA decides to cleanse local networks of anything Chinese under new five-point national data security plan

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I'm glad we are protected for the Communist party...

Now, can someone please save us from the Republican Party?

Reply-All storm flares as email announcing privacy policy puts 500 addresses in the 'To' field, not 'BCC'

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Re: Reply All

plus one

Hey there, want to break into computers like an Iranian hacker crew? IBM finds 40GB of videos that include how-tos

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Bittorrent has legitimate uses

And someday, someone may employ it that way.

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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Re: I am obviously a horrible person and possibly racist...

Re-reading my post, you're making an awful lot of assumptions about the state of these recordings after mixing and what had to happen in mastering. If a final mix is clipping anywhere when it hits mastering - it wasn't set up right for mastering and would get thrown back. If a mastered recording is clipping anywhere - It wasn't mastered correctly (that is, to the published standards) or (more likely) the properly mixed recording is hitting the front end of your playback system too hot and overpowering the pre-amp.

The drum effect you are talking about is called 'side chaining' and is not a mastering step - it happens in the mix, and can sound like ass if not done well, but is smooth like butter when done properly.

"Turn off your compressors and limiters" is a pretty naive statement. Mastering is a technical process much more than an artistic one. There are well understood values for LUFS and peakDB values to ensure best possible playback on consumer devices and streaming services. . In fact, most engineers do it through a completely several set of monitors different from than what was used for mixing - "reference standard crappy speakers" to simulate most consumer quality gear. I personally master on a set of powered 6" monitors, then check it back through JBL 4310s. Once it it sounding good on the small monitors it usually sounds amazing on the big ones.

Compression is part of the signal chain for all broadcast, and all streaming services. It's not a bad thing at all or some kind of sonic sin.

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Re: "dummy value"

Discriminatory toward Trump supportters.

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I am obviously a horrible person and possibly racist...

I was doing some hard core audio engineering last week, preparing a series of mixed audio recordings for production of CD disks as well as streaming services, making sure that the recordings are of the proper loudness levels and peak dBs for correct playback on those platforms.

This process is called "Mastering"

And per the naming convention standards of the P&E guild of National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS...Aka "The Grammys" )...Each of the final output files is labeled "SONG TITLE- MASTER"

I am a terrible person for using such derogatory and insensitive language.

Consider this my public apology.

After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good

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Sad but not unexpected

When I shot film, I was an Olympus guy, professionally. Optics of the Zuiko lenses were really the superior product (IMO only second to Leitz) and it was a system that was every bit as extensive as Nikon. Still have a pile of OM bodies and Zuiko glass...OM-1n, OM-2, OM-4 and the OM3-T because I didn't sell them when they were worth anything. When I switched to digital (a bit late) I tried to stay in Olympus but the 4:3 format and lens incompatibility with my quiver of glass mean't I would have to rebuy it all anyway. I switched to Canon full frame since I had to re-buy the glass anyway and haven't looked back.

The process of choosing a camera platform is completely different from the film days...An OM-1 was just a mechanical light tight box with a shutter, an OM-3 or OM-4 is the same light tight box with a better light meter...but you changed the "Sensor" with every roll of film, and so the investment was in the glass.

Now, the sensor is generally fixed in the camera (excepting pro stuff like Phase One). And, yeah, for the consumer market, there are silly good digital cameras built into most cell phones so why even bother with a point and shoot? Olympus really never even entered the digital pro market - OM-D is OK at best compared to competitive systems, and so, there's no real product other than something pro-sumer.

The medical imaging and other optical stuff is apparently doesn't go with this spin off...I hope whatever is left of Olympus continues to thrive but they're been personally irrelevant to me for years.

A memo from the distant future... June 2022: The boss decides working from home isn't the new normal after all

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Re: Serendipitous

In 2020, most "Money" is fiat and is actually more a shared belief system than a reflection of value or quality.

From the crew behind the Sony Pictures hack comes Operation Interception: An aerospace cyber-attack thriller

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Oh great...

Every time I read about the Sony hack I feel compelled to watch "The Interview" again. And James Franco really isn't all that funny.

Microsoft unshackles WSL2 Linux kernel from Windows 10 image for future fettling via Windows Update

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Re: Junction support

I read that as "SAMBA continues to suck".

DB2 migration problems caused IBM to resurrect Netezza, according to analyst

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IBM's Integrated Analytics System (ISA)

It was going to be IAS...unless someone realized it would be pronounced "EYE ASS"

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl

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Re: Camera in bedroom?

The moronic kind

Sorry if this seems latency obvious, but... you can always scale out your storage with end-to-end NVMe

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Good call

Can I re-use these FCoE switches for it?

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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That Dell quote

Isn't it ironic that Michael eventually sold the company and gave the money back to the shareholders

A fool and his money is some party

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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Re: Bizzarre!

Epson Inkjet for real photographic work. The commercial ones are very reliable and the cost of Genuine Ink is acceptable for the quality.

But inkjet is ruinously expensive and far too slow for simple print work.

A Brother colour laser printer handes that. On my 2nd in 12 years. The first was a Dell badged but made by Brother job that was just an absolute indestructable tank for high volume print work. I replaced it with the most similar Brother model I could find when the print head died for the second time 10 years in (after I don't even know how many pages printed).

Per volume HP Ink (and toner) is more expensive than Dom Perignon. It doesn't taste as good but Dom Perignon just doesn't have the resolution.

Spyware maker NSO can't claim immunity, Facebook lawyers insist – it's time to face the music

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Re: Slime vs. Scum

So does Zuck.

Tick tick Zoom, is this thing on? US comms giant Verizon pulls on BlueJeans for 'undisclosed amount'

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Had to use it today, coincidentally

latency was abysmal.

You're a botnet, you've got a zero-day, so where do you go? After fiber, because that's where the bandwidth is

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Faithed based networking

"they have been attempting to contact Netlink but were told this problem should not be happening"

And we agreed. It should not be happening. But it is.

Vietnam bans posting fake news online

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Does this include dating sites?

asking for a friend...

VMware plans to give vSphere power to automatically patch everything running in a VM

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Vanilla vSphere

I prefer Butter Pecan

Latest bendy phone effort from coke empire spinoff Escobar Inc is a tinfoil-plated Samsung Galaxy Fold 'scam'

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Re: Fools and their money

Not me. I wash my hands a lot...

Peak greenwashing: SAP backs oil and gas giants with Accenture partnership, eco-credentials go up in smoke

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"We will be carbon-neutral by 2025" means "Were going to make so much money we can afford to buy your stupid credits."

Reach for the sky: Pixar founders win Turing Award for pioneering 3D animation – and getting rid of jagged edges

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Re: I'd like to see some mentions of others that built up the NYIT lab and worked at Pixar

"A good fried"

Also tasty broiled...

HPE celebrated diversity on International Women's Day not with pictures of its own staff but stock images of models

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HPE Diversity

Is proving Female CEOs can be as bad at their jobs as well as their male counterparts

Small business loans app blamed as 500,000 financial records leak out of ... you guessed it, an open S3 bucket

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At least

For once no one had to stand up and fib "Your privacy is important to Us"

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit

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Re: Yes, please stop

I wish this was Usenet so I could just say WTMKF.

IBM veep partly blamed Sopra Steria for collapse of £155m Co-Op Insurance Agile project

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IBM? Agile?

Expecting IBM to be "Agile" is like expecting my Basset Hound to sing an Aria.

I would imagine it was a Waterfall with Agile names like "Scrum master" for the various middle management pogues.

Gaming hot ticket E3 2020 looks like it's the latest tech event fragged by coronavirus

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NAB also

I just got word that the NAB show in April has been postponed indefinately

Months-long trial of alleged CIA Vault 7 exploit leaker ends with hung jury: Ex-sysadmin guilty of contempt, lying to FBI

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Interesting prosecution statement

"The prosecution argued this was evidence that Schulte was willing to damage US interests to further his own goals."

Didn't they try that with Trump too?

All the IT ladies (all the IT ladies), all the IT ladies (all the IT ladies), now put your hands up! Oh, still not many here

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Re: Are they struggling, though?

“If all OECD countries matched Sweden's levels of female employments, GDP would be boosted by $6tn,”. I know women less get paid less but I had know idea the gap was that significant.

Uber takes a downer as ride-sharing app service crashes

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Re: Just a small thing you might say. . . . but

Those that seek cause to be offended are seldom disappointed

Uncle Sam's nuke-stockpile-simulating souped-super El Capitan set to hit TWO exa-FLOPS, take crown as world's fastest machine in 2023

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Bad news..

While initially named "El Capitan" it was recently upgraded to "Catalina" and a bunch of stuff that used to work now doesn't.

Quantum compute boffins called up to get national UK centre organised for some NISQy business

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Re: "The UK has long been a world leader in quantum computing science"

Actually they meant "The UK has long both been and not been a world leader in Quantum Computing"

Admins beware! Microsoft gives heads-up for 'disruptive' changes to authentication in Office 365 email service

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Re: Hmmmm....

Way to turn a feature gap into a feature...

are you in marketing?

Get in the lake, Sparky: Databricks touts new ingestion file sources

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Technical Wordsmith Wizards!

"Databricks said Auto Loader avoids file state management by incrementally processing new files as they land in cloud storage."

sounds so much better than

"Databricks ignores metadata and relies on FIFO".

I do like "Lakehouse" though.

Third time's a charm, maybe: Bankers suing Oracle over claims of exaggerated cloud sales have another go at convincing skeptical judge

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TL:DR Version

Oracle's UI sucks, and sales numbers are inflated.

In other news, bears are found to defactate in woodland areas

Life in plastic, with a classic: Polymer £20 notes released into wild sporting Turner art

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Re: 141 Double Decker Buses


We know what you did last summer: MGM's hotel spinoff lost 10.7m guest records and now they're on hacker forums

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Loyalty Club

I had to stay in the grey low ceilinged jail that is the MGM Grand while working a trade show last summer. I recall they were pimping a "Players Club" thing pretty hard on check in. I passed on the deal, but the sorts of details they are talking about here could be from that loyalty club...

My 4th floor room had a great view of a dumpster in an alley and was only slightly larger than the bed that filled it. Miserable place..then again, if you are going to Vegas they don't want you hanging out in your room...

Chrome 81 beta hooks browser up to Web NFC, augmented-reality features

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Re: (UI is my forte)

I can't see where that would be an issue.

Shipping is so insecure we could have driven off in an oil rig, says Pen Test Partners

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So, the ship is 300M long...and you don't want to walk

this is hardly an excuse. Many corporate campuses are larger and manage to have reasonable security.

Being on a boat isn't an excuse. Having an IT crew unemployable on dry land might be.

Jeff Bezos bungs $10bn at climate change after chump change for Oz bush fires

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Huntsville, AL

Is locally thought of as "The Silicon Valley of the South"... Thanks to NASA, the Redstone Arsenal, and a lot of contractors associated with same.

Having lived in Huntsville, and in Silicon Valley....I can authoritatively say that Huntsville is more like the Milpitas of the South...or maybe Alviso...

Google lives in an Orange submarine: Transatlantic cable will get by with a little help from some friends

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Can we just send the Congress?

and keep the Library?

Psst. SANshine, fancy a bit of shared block storage on Azure?

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SAN in the “Cloud”?

It will all end in tiers.

Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD

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Re: Excellent

RAID with high capacity drives is a sucker bet. Unless being stressed out about rebuild times excites your metabolism or something...

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Re: "spinning rust"

Somewhere in North San Jose there is a road named "Hard Drive"

Hopefully they are planning on an expressway named "Solid State Drive"

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police

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Streisand effect

Saw this in the "Normal" news channels as well.

Kali Linux could not pay enough for the kind of advertising it is currently getting for free...

Hey GitLab, the 1970s called and want their sexism back: Saleswomen told to wear short skirts, heels and 'step it up'

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GitLab insists transparency is one of its six core values

Particularly when it comes to ladies blouses...

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance

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Re: Crazy Hammer Guy

I've done a couple of HDD recoveries with the freezer trick...never tried the hammer trick.

Now it's all SSDs so troubleshooting is much faster..."You have backups, right?"



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