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  1. Just goes straight to reorder for me.
  2. I would like to reiterate the point, since so many people seem to be missing it. If you try to register your first name only (John, Fred, Becky, etc.), a full legal name (e.g. John Smith, Fred Meyer, Becky Thompson) or anything sounding remotely like one, your company name (especially when a corresponding URL is given), a full E-mail address or a jibberish alphanumeric string, you will in all likelihood be flagged as a spammer and removed due to the high volume of spammers attempting to register using such handles. Okay?
  3. The contents of the "Rules, Guidelines and Announcenents" section are required reading for all new users before signing up.

  4. (this one's kind of old) God was fed up. In a crash of thunder he yanked up to Heaven three influential humans: Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Steve Jobs. "The human race is a complete disappointment," God boomed. "You each have one week to prepare your followers for the end of the world." With another crash of thunder they found themselves back on Earth. Obama immediately called his cabinet. "I have good news and bad news," he announced grimly. "The good news is that there is a god. The bad news is, God's really mad and plans to end the world in a week." In Russia, Putin announced to parliament, "Comrades, I have bad news and worse news. The bad news is that we were wrong: there is a god after all. The worse news is God's mad and is going to end the world in a week." Meanwhile, Steve Jobs called a meeting of his top engineers. "I have good news and better news. The good news is that God considers me the highest of the three most influential men on Earth," he beamed. "The better news is we don't have to fix the bugs in OSX."
  5. G Is Mac OS/X a Virus? No, Mac OS/X is not a virus. Here's what viruses (viri?) do: 1.They replicate quickly -- okay, there's an OS for that. 2.Viruses use up valuable system resources, slowing down the system as they do so -- okay, there's an OS for that. 3.Viruses will, from time to time, trash your hard disk -- okay, there's an OS for that, too. 4.Viruses are usually carried, unknown to the user, along with valuable programs and systems. Sigh... OS/X does that, too. 5.Viruses will occasionally make the user suspect their system is too slow (see 2) and the user will buy new hardware. Yup, that's with OS/X, too. Until now it seems OS/X is a virus but there are fundamental differences: Viruses are well supported by their authors, are running on most systems, their program code is fast, compact and efficient and they tend to become more sophisticated as they mature. So, OS/X is not a virus.
  6. PG Steve Jobs Goes to Hell So eventually Steve croaks and goes to St Peter... St. Peter is embarassed. "I don't know what to do with you Steve ... you put a radio station in every pocket ... on the other hand you made OS/X. So I tell you what ... just chose between heaven and hell" Steve goes "Really, I can chose?" "Yes pick one" Peter says. Steve is very professionnal: "Ok, can I visit both before deciding?" "Ok, just go on. What do you want to start with?" Steve: "... why not start with hell?" And it came to pass that they both went to hell. Magnificient. Great beaches, plenty of sun and nude women every where, smiling at Steve. "That looks wonderful" Steve says. Now how about heaven? They then went to heaven. Magnificient. Great beaches, plenty sun, just no naked women. "Ok" Steve says, "I pick hell then." After a week St. Peter decided to visit Steve who was sent to Hell. The poor guy was on the floor, screaming, scratching the ground with his nails. He shouted at St. Peter: "No no no! I Can't stand it no more!" "What's wrong" St. Peter asked Steve goes "I don't understand, there is nothing to do with what I saw the first time. Where is the beach? The naked women?" And St. Peter: "That was just a free demo."
  7. R.I.P. Dr Hawking; the Einstein of our generation/s.

  8. That's pretty much exactly it. Richard bitches about how there just isn't time or money to convert to a more modern codec, o woe is he. It's laughably simple and free to download FFMPEG and LAME, write simple batch scripts to dump the cook audio to PCM then encode to (hopefully reasonable bitrate) MP3 then slap them up onto the web site. Shit, there are GRAPHIC mousebound tools that exist to automate the process, no batch coding required. I mean, really. The guy's a computer programmer himself, supposedly, so you'd think he'd at least have some rudimentary concept of this. Maybe with some luck he'll find somebody who can halfway competently run the site, modernize it (meaning MP3, AC3 or MP4) and open it up for gratis. It would really be a shame to lose all the content there. And that's why he hasn't gotten a penny out of me over the past 15 years. "HD" radio (a.k.a. DTS radio) isn't a total flop. It does have its uses FWIW. In its present form it's really more like "digital SCA" and you know what a niche market SCA is. As a supplement to existing broadcasts it kind of works. As a full hardon replacement for conventional FM broadcasts (which they were originally marketing it as) it's a solution looking for a problem. Had the tech appeared about 10 years earlier than it did (or, god forbid, the FCC actually mandated EU147, imagine that!) it might have stood a better chance in the market. Since broadcast radio in the 21st century (meaning: post-1996) is practically dead as a medium, digital broadcasting here is a case of too little, too late.
  9. "You sound very strange without carrier all over your head." -Al Bernay I just got really crappy-sounding (heavily bit-starved) instrumental music after a lengthy silence of about 15 seconds followed by some bit-robbing. From the sound quality it sounds like they're using CELP or very low-bitrate GSM encoding and sending it over scratchy Bell System T-carrier. I must have hit a bad route. Betcha I hit that one crappy Portland-Seattle trunk group that does that. I am guessing my long distance carrier (Commielink/Level -3) mutes MF signalling hence the long silence. It's where the signals would be in your recording. But did you hear how the T-carrier noise in your recording kind of "sings" along with the MFs? That's how Kaiser's prescription computer sounded a couple years ago. There's probably some analog gear with companding in that part of the connection somewhere.
  10. Shop around, try hamfests or swap meets or flea markets and you can probably find a spectrum analyzer there for well under $1K. That's how my best friend found his ~25 year old Tektronix machine and he didn't pay more than $200 for it. So what if it's decades old if it works and is adjustable, the principles and physics of RF energy don't change much over time. "Bioscope"; well, coming from a cinema background I can tell you what the French know a spectrum analyzer as is a movie projector in the UK!
  11. (Intentionally posted to "General Hacking" so the searchbots will find it.) Uh...yeah. It can't POSSIBLY be because he's stubbornly clinging to an obsolete, proprietary and frankly, unbelievably shitty codec that practically nobody supports any more. Oh no. It's gotta be all these "pirates". Gee and he wonders why he's losing money and subscribers. :rolleyes: You have to wonder about some people sometimes. It takes a real man to admit they've fucked up.
  12. Lately there had been an increase of people, particularly new users, using their account profiles to Spam for companies providing commercial products and services for sale. THIS BEHAVIOR IS UNACCEPTABLE AND WILL NEVER BE TOLERATED. The profile is SOLELY to be used for personal noncommercial uses in accordance with the terms of service, never for advertising. If I or any of the other administrators find you have been misusing your profile in this manner your account will be immediately terminated without discussion and don't think it won't. Got it?
  13. Eons ago they and MCI used Dan Ray exchanges with Cognitronics film-loop announcers (THEE - NUMBER - YOUHAVE - DIALED - ISNOT - ONTHEE - NETWORK - TWO - ONE - M - - - boop boop boop boop boop boop boop boop bo-boop boop boop...) That was when Sprint was still SPC, before the era of innovative fiber-optic digital networks providing connections so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Evan covered that some in the Early 80s tapes about CCIS networks. I have no idea what they're using today but I wouldn't rule out them being a DMS house since they're so common.
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  15. I'm glad they brought back New York Seltzer a couple years ago. It's still available as of this post. Allegedly somebody also reintroduced Clearly Canadian but I have yet to encounter it (maybe it isn't available on this side of the 49th?)