No kidding, it's a heck of a pancake.
Player 10 adds support for PCM sound generation. The bad news is
that the latency is bad, partially because Actionscript isn't threaded
and so audio must be buffered. In a bit of a strong-arm move, Adobe's
keeping people from pushing the limits of the buffer by randomly
determining its length (anywhere from .2 to .5 seconds) at the player's
launch. So, no realtime instruments in Flash yet, in other words.
Klein's article on Chinese privacy monitoring is more than a little
chilling. Whether it's an argument for Little Brother-style
vigilantism or David Brin's transparent society, I'm not sure.
- If at first your ill-concieved techno-educational project doesn't
- Campaign ads are generally pretty stupid anyway, but this McCain ad is
just unbelievable. As Crooked Timber says, you almost expect it to
promise free ponies and perpetual motion machines.
- The "snare" on our Rock Band drums went out a while back. You can
still play by pressing the regular-sized gamepad buttons in the center
of the unit, but obviously that lacks the mad joy of using the sticks.
We've been waiting a week and a half now, I think, just for the box to
ship it back to EA for replacement. Not impressed, guys.
- Someone stole my car radio the other day. Seriously, who does that
anymore? And what's up with the lack of standard wiring on the backs of
car radios? I blew two fuses in the car when the caps came off my wire
splices. I realize that people don't upgrade the radios often, but
there's no good reason that anyone should be rewiring parts of an
expensive item like a car by hand.
- Since loading up VMWare to run Ubuntu, I've also found a copy of OS
X (10.4.7) on Bittorrent to mess with. It doesn't include iLife, but I
wouldn't have any use for that anyway, so I've ignored it. Instead, what
I've been trying to do is figure out the big deal with Mac shareware,
which seems to get an incredible amount of praise: take, for example, this
fawning review of Delicious Library, a program that (as far as I can
tell) is neat but not particularly mind-blowing. In fact, that seems to
describe most of the "must-have" apps I've tried. Perhaps I simply have
no joy in my heart.
- I really dig this Lifehacker
post on using a cameraphone as a to-do list. It reminds me of one of
my favorite travel strategies: when entering a new city, make a point to
immediately take a good, high-res picture of any subway/bus maps you run
across. It's definitely worked for me in New York, Chicago, and