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>> No. 26482 Anonymous
11th April 2018
Wednesday 12:31 am
26482 Replacing my WRT54G
I found a WRT54G in a skip about a decade ago, dried it out, installed Tomato on it and it's been working ever since. It still works just fine as a WiFi access point for my internet connection, but it's starting to fall flat for my in-house needs. The 1000Mbit LAN ports don't cut it anymore and same-network WiFi connections are lagging behind what's possible on even the cheapest devices out there now.

There are plenty of suggestions on them there interwebs, but I'm curious: do you lot have any suggestions or hands-on experience with more modern Open/DD-WRT-alike compatible WiFi routers?
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>> No. 26496 Anonymous
15th April 2018
Sunday 7:42 am
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>>26495
Are other consumer routers similarly vulnerable? Is there a router that isn't leaky like a sieve?
>> No. 26498 Anonymous
15th April 2018
Sunday 7:11 pm
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>>26496
> Are other consumer routers similarly vulnerable?
Yes. Both home/small business and corporate.

>Is there a router that isn't leaky like a sieve?
For home or small business use you want OpenBSD with PF and a copy of https://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-PF-No-Nonsense-OpenBSD-Firewall/dp/1593275897/ or something very much like it.

Most corporate risk analyses assume that the network is compromised and work on segregating data, incident response, and "need to know" policies. In other words I wouldn't trust a Cisco more than a Juniper more than I would MS Word 2007 - they're all heaps of shit to begin with before we even start talking about bugdoors.
>> No. 26569 Anonymous
27th May 2018
Sunday 8:08 pm
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>>26498
> For home or small business use you want OpenBSD

Running on what? Look for something small, fanless and entirely libre and OpenBSD compatible and options quickly shrink.
>> No. 26570 Anonymous
27th May 2018
Sunday 9:50 pm
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>>26569

Can't you just throw OpenBSD on a rpi and be done with it? What do you need "libre" anything for? Everything you want in a routing / firewalling setup comes pretty much out of the box.

Of course if OpenBSD never got around to doing an ARM port just ignore my ignorance and try buggering around with iptables on a locked down Linux instead.
>> No. 26571 Anonymous
27th May 2018
Sunday 9:51 pm
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You can get loads of PFsense boxes on ebay.

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>> No. 26548 Anonymous
19th May 2018
Saturday 1:10 am
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Anyone fucking around with GDPR?

I've just found out that it will change the cookie law to require explicit consent. I've already come across one website that has thrown up a splash page to harvest my consent before it redirects to the page I actually want.

I don't care about cookies, but the problem here is that I have to enable scripts before I can click the button and visit the page I actually want. So if that gets rolled out across all websites it will defeat the point of me browsing without scripts in the first place. Grrrrr.
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>> No. 26564 Anonymous
24th May 2018
Thursday 3:11 pm
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>>26563
You say what they are doing "works every time", and you've illustrated it with an image suggesting they are 'shooting themselves in the foot'.

Well which is it?
>> No. 26565 Anonymous
25th May 2018
Friday 12:36 am
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Very happy we are finally here with it.
>> No. 26566 Anonymous
25th May 2018
Friday 4:46 pm
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I've managed to get a handful of GDPR emails from sites I've never used, so now I can see where people have used my details or which idiots don't know their own email addresses.
>> No. 26567 Anonymous
25th May 2018
Friday 5:44 pm
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>>26566

There's an american bloke who has the same name as me, and it seems his email must have an underscore or a dot in it somewhere but is otherwise identical to mine, so I keep getting emails about the warranty expiring on his Buick and the occasional forward from his family when people type it wrong.
>> No. 26568 Anonymous
25th May 2018
Friday 7:26 pm
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I think it is gmail which ignores the dots - have seen the same.

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>> No. 26555 Anonymous
22nd May 2018
Tuesday 8:02 pm
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>> No. 26556 Anonymous
22nd May 2018
Tuesday 8:38 pm
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Absolutely fucking mental. Iverson had a second crack of the whip with J, which is only slightly less mental. APL-derived languages are apparently modestly popular amongst quants, but it's always struck me as a kind of Esperanto of programming languages - theoretically brilliant, but not particularly useful in reality.
>> No. 26557 Anonymous
22nd May 2018
Tuesday 9:02 pm
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Damn you, I may have to watch this in its entirety.
>> No. 26558 Anonymous
22nd May 2018
Tuesday 9:42 pm
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>>26557

Allow me to steal the rest of your evening:


>> No. 26559 Anonymous
22nd May 2018
Tuesday 10:08 pm
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No wonder nobody takes APL seriously if Jeremy Corbyn's pushing it.

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>> No. 26527 Anonymous
23rd April 2018
Monday 4:54 pm
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Lads.

I really want an old rotary telephone. I remember using one at my nan's as a kid and the tactility is so satisfying.

Does anyone knows if BT/Virgin still support pulse dialling? My plan is to buy one anyway and convert it to USB using a PIC/Arduino/Pi/Whatever to use it as a VoIP dialler, but it would be nice if I could also connect it to the real phone network.
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>> No. 26542 Anonymous
24th April 2018
Tuesday 7:34 pm
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But isn't this all a bit out of date now?

I might be talking complete bollocks here, but my understanding is that if OP is still on an ADSL line, then yes the signal is travelling down copper all the way to the exchange and into the MSAN at the exchange or into the equipment of whatever provider has installed LLU.
But if you've switched to VDSL/FTTC, the copper wire has been terminated at the street corner box, which is now the MSAN. And as far as I know, there is no provider running their own equipment here.
>> No. 26544 Anonymous
25th April 2018
Wednesday 11:51 pm
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Fuck, lads.

Strowger switches are fascinating to watch in action.
>> No. 26545 Anonymous
26th April 2018
Thursday 12:54 am
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>>26544

If you like complicated mechanisms, you might enjoy these:







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>> No. 26546 Anonymous
26th April 2018
Thursday 1:20 pm
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Ironically enough I'm an electronic engineer so my ilk have made all these mechanisms useless. But it gives me a pause to think -- have we reached some sort of technological threshold?

By that I mean 70 years ago, I'd say pretty much all technology was understandable by a layman -- you can see how a Strowger switch works, how carburettors in car engines worked, a radio tuner, etc.

Now, most technology is only understood by people who specialise in that field. A farm hand could explain how a carburettor works, but even I couldn't fully explain how a modern EFI works without spending time reading up on it.

I might not be accurately putting into words what I mean here, but it seems to me like at some point in the last couple of decades we've reached a point where pretty much all technology is now out of the realm of understanding of most people.
>> No. 26547 Anonymous
26th April 2018
Thursday 4:00 pm
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>>26546

>have we reached some sort of technological threshold?

Undoubtedly. We've reached the point that nobody really understands anything. Our technology has advanced through specialisation and the division of labour. We depend totally on trusting other parts of the supply chain, because a human life isn't long enough to learn all this stuff.

Most electronics engineers don't really know how how IC manufacturing works. We might have a slightly hand-wavy overview explanation involving photomasks and doped silicon, but we couldn't make a transistor to save our lives. Many IC manufacturing companies are fabless - they know how to tape out a chip, but they're happy to leave the job of actually etching the wafer and bonding the die to a pure-play foundry. Most software developers don't really understand how hardware works. They might half-remember a few university lectures about registers and ALUs and DRAM, but they couldn't build a basic circuit from discrete logic.

There's nobody on earth who truly understands how their smartphone works. Every component embodies multiple lifetimes worth of expertise, a specialism of a specialism of a specialism.

The capacitor plague is a good example of when this all breaks down. Hundreds of millions of devices failed because second-tier electrolytic capacitor manufacturers didn't understand the electrolyte formula that they had copied from the top-tier Japanese manufacturers. EEs specified cheap caps, without realising that they were sabotaging their own products because of some ultra-specific chemistry related to electrolyte outgassing.

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>> No. 26521 Anonymous
22nd April 2018
Sunday 12:31 pm
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>> No. 26522 Anonymous
22nd April 2018
Sunday 12:51 pm
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>>26521
My wife chose this song to walk down the aisle to. This version, I believe.



Why did you post this in /g/?
>> No. 26523 Anonymous
22nd April 2018
Sunday 3:35 pm
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>>26522

g = games
>> No. 26525 Anonymous
22nd April 2018
Sunday 3:41 pm
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No, /e/ is video games. /g/ is technology. This is neither, you've literally just posted a video of a lass playing the harp with no context. It's as low effort a thread as I've ever seen.
>> No. 26543 Anonymous
24th April 2018
Tuesday 9:16 pm
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>>26521

I'd like to have this pasty wench play on my traditional instrument if you catch my drift.

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>> No. 26461 Anonymous
8th April 2018
Sunday 4:45 pm
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I just shit myself. AI could be about to change the world in a very big way and it might go wrong.

http://doyoutrustthiscomputer.org/watch
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>> No. 26517 Anonymous
19th April 2018
Thursday 9:54 am
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"Slightly" is an understatement. If the possibility is real, it might well outlaw his chosen field. It'd be naive to think it ridiculous he might want to downplay it.

That you seem to be basing your opinion on one talk by one man in the field is not ideal, either, though it sounds like a compelling talk nonetheless - did he address how you might restrict an artificial intelligence from making a logical leap that may endanger humans regardless of it's intentions - the problem, as discussed, of your smart car having to decide which human to kill in an accident?
>> No. 26518 Anonymous
19th April 2018
Thursday 11:47 am
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>>26517

Petroleum geologists are remarkably optimistic about climate change.
>> No. 26519 Anonymous
20th April 2018
Friday 6:34 pm
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Oil companies are the ones spreading the climate change apocalypse hoax so that they can have even more control over the energy supply.
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20th April 2018
Friday 10:30 pm
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>> No. 26526 Anonymous
22nd April 2018
Sunday 5:38 pm
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>>26517
That's not me. The talk was 2 months ago, from what I remember he may have mentioned kill switches and robots just following code, though I'm not sure. You might be better off emailing him yourself: nickh[at]robots.ox.ac.uk

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>> No. 26458 Anonymous
6th April 2018
Friday 6:11 pm
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Hey everyone. A few years ago someone recommended a Sansa Clip Plus as an MP3 player for running. Because I was broke at the time I didn't get one.

It looks like they've gone up considerably in price, with the cheapest I can find being a £50 refurbished one.

Can they be had any cheaper?

If not, are the 'sport' and 'jam models (between £20 and £30) much worse in terms of features and build quality?
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>> No. 26484 Anonymous
11th April 2018
Wednesday 6:42 am
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For me it saves power on my phone to use another small device for songs, but I'm often going long distances without the ability to stop and charge along the way. Plus >>26480
>> No. 26485 Anonymous
12th April 2018
Thursday 1:10 am
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I've got a Sansa Sport, it's essentially the same thing, only downside is not being able to slap rockbox on it but aside from that it's grand and the battery lasts forever.
>> No. 26486 Anonymous
12th April 2018
Thursday 11:31 am
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As a result of this post, I dug my Clip out for the first time in a few years. The headphone port is dodgy, and afaik it just needs a re-solder but I had a decent phone by that point so just forgot about it. They are very good, but if you have a large collection of music, Rockbox is unusably slow.
>> No. 26487 Anonymous
14th April 2018
Saturday 10:10 pm
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>iPod nano 6th generation, I'm assuming you can get a used one for next to nothing these days.
Not really. You can get the 8GB ones for less than £50 if you're patient on ebay, but the 16GB ones still go for £80+, and as you say, you have to deal with iTunes. Some don't mind, it's just an inconvenience as far as I'm concerned. I'm also the kind of twat who downloads FLAC where it's available, and in their boneheaded way Apple still refuse to support it - you've got to convert to MP3, or ALAC, their proprietary lossless format.

I got tired of running my phone down, so picked up a little DAB/FM unit. It's surprisingly good for what it is, and lasts about six hours per charge.

Anyone ever used wireless headphones, jogging type or otherwise? I've been thinking of shelling out for some in the house, it'd be great not be tethered to the desk.
>> No. 26488 Anonymous
14th April 2018
Saturday 10:11 pm
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(Sorry to jack your thread with that last query, OP.)

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>> No. 26277 Anonymous
19th January 2018
Friday 8:27 pm
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I'm almost certain this thread already exists, but I can't find it, so sorry.

What're the .gs recommended "teach yerself coding" websites? Free would be nice but I'll pay if I need to.

I don't have any specific goals in mind other than seeing if I can get to grips with a language.

Cheers in advance.
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>> No. 26450 Anonymous
5th April 2018
Thursday 12:16 pm
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>>26448
>that moment as a kid

I have a distinct memory of being about Year 2 aged and clocking that I could actually read in my head rather than out loud, and then bounding over to my parents' bed on a Saturday morning with a Roald Dahl book in hand to proudly display to them my latest development in reading ability. In my head.
>> No. 26454 Anonymous
5th April 2018
Thursday 5:35 pm
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>>26448

I remember the LOGO robot they dusted off every so often in ICT. It was enough to get the idea of stringing simple commands together to make a more complex action, but sadly in my day that's about as far as it went, that and a bit of Lego mindstorms.

I'd have been well into the python minecraft thing or scratch if it'd been available then. Being able to take home a raspberry pi might well be the thing that makes programming more of a basic skill than a specialist one.
>> No. 26455 Anonymous
5th April 2018
Thursday 6:17 pm
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That's adorable.

>>26454
I was gifted a Raspberry Pi two Christmases ago, but it's still in the box. As an adult who has the time?
>> No. 26456 Anonymous
5th April 2018
Thursday 7:04 pm
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>>26455
Plenty of people; that's why FOSS exists -- most people do it in their spare time, very few of them are paid.
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5th April 2018
Thursday 7:15 pm
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>>26456

In my experience they're either students, people who get paid by their company to work on a FOSS project that said company uses, or professional bellends and wankers. Which is why most of FOSS is utter toss.

After working for 10+ hours staring at WinDbg, gdb, or IDA Pro the one thing I really really don't want to do when I clock off is think about fucking computers.

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>> No. 26431 Anonymous
1st April 2018
Sunday 6:32 pm
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I was using an old Moto G2 until recently. As the charging port became warped, a few times I've decided to have a fiddle around with a pin or toothpick to get it back into position and connect properly with the charger.

While tired last night, I tried to use the edge of a pair of tweezers. This went badly and I've totally mashed the inside of the port.

I've already ordered a replacement handset so I'm not exactly heartbroken, but it would be nice to have a go at fixing it and keeping it as a spare handset.

Have any of you lads ever replaced something this fiddly before? Aside from using smaller tools (I'm thinking of a watchmakers screwdriver etc.) how do I avoid hamfisting it?
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>> No. 26446 Anonymous
5th April 2018
Thursday 3:55 am
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They are meant to be waterproof.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCeYUSrwgmk

There's a video of an older model (G3) going an hour in a fishtank but I can't find that right now.

Did yours break?
>> No. 26449 Anonymous
5th April 2018
Thursday 7:56 am
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Fortunately, I'm not in the phone repair game - but I suspect I could do that. Combination of BGA / CSP putting on / taking-off machine and vapour phase reflow oven, and it'd be not much worse than usual.
It's actually quite a nice piece of design. I'm a little surprised they didn't flood the volume inside with something heat conductive and water repelling, just to piss repairers off more.
>> No. 26451 Anonymous
5th April 2018
Thursday 2:14 pm
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>>26446

It broke, as in it was fucked, it didn't break as in the screen cracked or anything. Basically it sat in clean (as in clean as bog water can be) toilet water for less than a second before I pulled it out. There was no physical damage to the phone, but the touch screen instantly stopped working. The fact that the fucking useless piece of shite doesn't have a removable battery meant that I couldn't turn it off and the bag of rice trick didn't really pan out. Did a charge-back on my credit card for the fuck of it.
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5th April 2018
Thursday 5:25 pm
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>>26451

Interesting. Mine is definitely splash proof, and drop-in-sink-with-tap-running proof, I have the earlier model with removable battery (same one as the bucket video).

Maybe the newer ones aren't for whatever daft reason.
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5th April 2018
Thursday 5:27 pm
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>>26449

I'm honestly surprised they don't cover everything in epoxy at this point. I've seen some chinese phones do it.

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>> No. 26421 Anonymous
30th March 2018
Friday 12:02 am
26421 Das Keyboard vs AUKEY
Okay I needed a new keyboard and decided to test these AUKEY things against the Das Keyboard, which I love with all my heart.

The Das Keyboard 4 I have is the ever so slightly softer key version - the AUKEY is the slightly clicky version of the mechanical keys.

I really like it, and for the massive difference in money will definitely buy some more.
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>> No. 26426 Anonymous
30th March 2018
Friday 12:39 am
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They are absolutely fantastic.
>> No. 26428 Anonymous
30th March 2018
Friday 8:24 am
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>>26421

I've been hovering about buying some of these Aukey's for a while, so thank you for having a go. I'm really pleased that you can get cheap mechanicals now, and twenty quid is just insane.
>> No. 26437 Anonymous
2nd April 2018
Monday 5:23 am
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Are they more robust than normal keyboards? I mean are they less prone to sticky keys if you hold one key down a lot? e.g. the shift key to shift-left-click links instead of right-clicking them.
>> No. 26440 Anonymous
2nd April 2018
Monday 5:49 pm
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Keep your keyboard clean and that won't be a problem on any keyboard. I can't speak for the Aukey, as I'm not OP, but the Model M has the most stable, least wobbly/sticky keys of any keyboard I've ever tried.
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2nd April 2018
Monday 6:15 pm
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Cherry MX switches are designed and tested for industrial applications and have a rated lifespan of 20 million keypresses (50 million for the non-clicky linear variants). Cherry MX clones (Kailh, Gateron, Outemu) seem to be similarly durable, although their quality control probably isn't quite as tight. Normal membrane keyboards don't usually have a rated lifespan, but the few that do are usually rated for less than 5 million keypresses.

If a mechanical switch does ever fail, it can be replaced - they're commodity components that are individually soldered to a PCB. If your spacebar gets wobbly, you can buy a replacement stabiliser or keycap. Membrane keyboards are all-or-nothing - if one key fails, the whole keyboard is scrap. Decent mechanical keyboards are also much more durable than their membrane equivalents, with solid aluminium or steel backplates and keycaps made from resilient PBT plastic instead of the softer ABS.

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>> No. 26427 Anonymous
30th March 2018
Friday 2:59 am
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I made a problem solving program.

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>> No. 26429 Anonymous
30th March 2018
Friday 9:23 am
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>>26427
Now all you need is a problem causing program, and maybe you can evolve the two into skynet.
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30th March 2018
Friday 3:23 pm
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Jugs go in /x/ m8.

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>> No. 26357 Anonymous
20th March 2018
Tuesday 9:09 pm
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Hello brain trust.

What are our thoughts on third party laptop batteries?

I very much love my X220 and don't want to let it go, but both of the official batteries I have are about a third of the capacity they're supposed to be now.

There are still official Lenovo batteries on the market (for 80 quid) but I would assume these things have been sitting on shelves for long enough that they're probably half dead anyway.

Are Chinese knock-offs really that bad? I'd have thought we were at a stage in battery technology where they're probably as good as the ones made in the 'official' Taiwanese factory anyway. But at the same time I'm very aware that the potential for disaster is fairly high in a Li-ion pack.

Another possible move is that these battery packs are just a big plastic case full of 18650 cells. It's within my capabilities to spudge one open and replace the old cells with new 'trusted' ones, but it's a lot of hassle if the chinese ones aren't going to set fire to my cock.

Any thoughts? Do you trust the Chinese?
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>> No. 26409 Anonymous
25th March 2018
Sunday 5:56 pm
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I hate to be the grumpy old man not really, but you kids don't know how good you've got it. Back in my day, bands would scrimp and save for a couple of days in a crap demo studio. We usually booked the overnight shift because it was slightly cheaper. I can't begin to describe the heat and smell of a room that's lined in acoustic foam, full of hot analogue equipment, completely unventilated and being used 24/7. A reel of 2" tape cost a couple of hundred quid and only held 16 1/2 minutes of multitrack audio, so keeping your multitracks was an absurd luxury. The closest thing we had to home recording was a Portastudio, which cost about as much as a top-of-the-range Macbook. The only way to get your music heard by a wider audience was to send a tape to John Peel and cross your fingers.

Paying CDbaby £35 to release your album to the world is pocket money in the broader scheme of things. You don't need a record deal, you don't need a studio, you don't have to pay for pressing and you get to keep the majority of your royalties.
>> No. 26410 Anonymous
25th March 2018
Sunday 6:29 pm
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You're not wrong, though there was nowt wrong with Portastudio. The record labels ran on cassette for a while, back when they'd get 15 million demo tapes in from their A&R.

Computer recording is still a very recent luxury - even when I was getting into the game in the naughties it was an exciting new novelty to record to HDD. I'd argue you still need to spend money (or invest time learning the skills) to get a usable demo.

Audio recording will however always be a bizarre fight between bleeding edge digital technology and a rack full of weird tube pres and compressors and a bucket reverb you found in someone's garage. I love it.
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25th March 2018
Sunday 6:32 pm
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>get to keep the majority of your royalties.

That's the problem though, Before the 90s happened artists got a pretty decent deal, then it got progressively worse but still alright, and now you get a cheque for 25p from PRS every three months. The fact that it's piss easy to get your music out there is both a blessing and a curse - it has diluted the pool somewhat.
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25th March 2018
Sunday 7:19 pm
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>Before the 90s happened artists got a pretty decent deal

We really didn't. They looked like OK deals because records sold in fantastic quantity, but the absolute percentages were horrible.

If you were a big artist and had a really good agent, you might have got 18% net. Out of that share, you paid for promotion, pressing and distribution. That tour bus? It's coming out of your royalties. The fancy sleeve with the holographic artwork? It's coming out of your royalties. The label takes the majority of the royalties, but then dumps all of their costs onto the artist. That 18% net deal gets whittled down to about 2% gross. Major artists might have been millionaires, but that's only because their labels were earning hundreds of millions. It was daylight robbery, but they got away with it because there was so much money sloshing around.

Deals started to look worse in the 90s, but that's mainly because CD sales started to collapse after the launch of Napster. The cost of recording and promotion were relatively fixed, so an increasing proportion of artists found themselves failing to recoup. Things only started getting objectively worse in the late 00s, when labels started offering 360 deals that covered record sales, live revenues and merch.

A notorious example of dirty record label accounting is something called breakage. Back in the days of vinyl, record labels would deduct about 20% of the artist's royalties for breakage, ostensibly because vinyl records were fragile and a lot of them got broken before reaching the retailers. The idea that one in five records were broken in transit somewhat stretches the limits of plausibility, but ho hum. When CDs arrived, the record labels were advertising them to the public as unbreakable, but they still charged 20% breakage. Ostensibly this was because the smaller CDs were easier to shoplift. When iTunes came along, the labels still charged 20% breakage for something that's literally impossible to break. It's 2018, most recording revenues are from streaming and the labels are still charging 20% breakage.
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25th March 2018
Sunday 11:37 pm
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>>26409

I certainly agree with most of your post.

I first started learning production techniques in the mid 00's before the "home recording revolution" really took off, but if anything my feelings are mixed at best about what it has done for music as a whole. Back then, there was no room for "all the gear, no idea" types. Anyone can play at being a musician these days, and it's harder for the ones with talent to shine out above the sea of rubbish- Which has only reinforced the power of labels and publishers.

Things have just gone completely the opposite of how I hoped they would, really. I was one of those people who really believed in the whole "Music can just be free for everyone, and we'll make all our money on gigs and merchandise!" utopian mindset in the early days of online distribution. No need for labels, kills the concept of piracy dead... But here we are a decade later, and it's pretty much just the same as it ever was, only there are no physical copies any more.

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>> No. 26383 Anonymous
22nd March 2018
Thursday 6:19 am
26383 Shoreham Air Disaster - embracing failure and the AAIB
I'm a huge believer in embracing failure in technology - create a psychologically safe space where people can talk about what went wrong without fear or favour. No blame. The Air Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) is the absolute best in any business at this.

https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/aircraft-accident-report-aar-1-2017-g-bxfi-22-august-2015

Not much will be written about this as it is now a court case and the pilot is being charged with manslaughter - but everything is in that report. Amazing work.

Every geek can learn from this.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u20-oh5Wblw

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>> No. 26330 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 2:41 pm
26330 Curved Monitors
I tend to use a multi monitor setup, with some horizontal, some vertical. I have an ageing Apple 30" LCD and am in the market for a new, large monitor. Samsung do a pretty good 32" now that I have used, but I notice there are a lot of very large curved monitors around now.

I am sceptical - are they really better to use than two flat monitors, correctly positioned? Anyone out there with a curved setup?
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>> No. 26365 Anonymous
21st March 2018
Wednesday 1:34 am
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>>26363
Would you mind mentioning why you didn't like it for games? It's slightly annoying since some games letter box as they don't support this wide a resolution (and this particular screen has a noticeable amount of backlight bleeding) but for games that do I find it quite nice. As long as your setup doesn't choke rendering the resolution and, for FPS games, there's an FoV slider you can just plain see more; I don't see the down side.
>> No. 26366 Anonymous
21st March 2018
Wednesday 1:35 am
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>>26364
> generally things are happier when I pretend it's two screens and have two windows occupying half of the screen each. Still, I like the setup.
>> No. 26367 Anonymous
21st March 2018
Wednesday 1:42 am
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It was a very subjective thing for games - I actually don't like a massive FoV - if you do, it's no problem, but it makes me feel a bit queasy. Having ultrawide just makes everything visually seem a bit 'off'. Perhaps I could have gotten used to it. If you like it you like it, I suppose, but I could never get my head around it, no pun intended.

The only thing we ever found it useful for was showing a big long ableton or Logic project.
>> No. 26416 Anonymous
29th March 2018
Thursday 12:25 am
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>>26367
Thanks, I never knew that too wide an FoV could be an issue (only the inverse).
>> No. 26417 Anonymous
29th March 2018
Thursday 12:29 am
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>>26416

I don't know if I'm just an outlier, but it definitely gives me a sort of motion sickness.

I've hit a point where I'd rather play games on the sofa looking at a nice telly, but that's not exactly the discussion so I'll be quiet.

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