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READY.GOV :: Helping America Prepare for Fiery Death
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:40 pm EST, Feb 22, 2003

* Don't get so preoccupied with biological weapons that you forget to put on deodorant.

* If a chemical weapon follows you home, try to act casual.

* If deadly radiation knocks on your door, do not answer

READY.GOV :: Helping America Prepare for Fiery Death

Jon Lech Johansen
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:50 pm EST, Jan  7, 2003

The entertainment lobby has failed to persuade a Norwegian court to convict a teenager for creating a utility for playing back DVDs on his own computer.

Jon Lech Johansen has been acquitted of all charges in a trial that tested the legality of the DeCSS DVD decryption utility he produced, Norwegian paper Aftenposten reports.

Jon Lech Johansen

44100 Explained
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:09 pm EST, Dec 27, 2002

From John Watkinson, The Art of Digital Audio, 2nd edition, pg. 104:

In the early days of digital audio research, the necessary bandwidth of about 1 Mbps per audio channel was difficult to store. Disk drives had the bandwidth but not the capacity for long recording time, so attention turned to video recorders. These were adapted to store audio samples by creating a pseudo-video waveform which would convey binary as black and white levels. The sampling rate of such a system is constrained to relate simply to the field rate and field structure of the television standard used, so that an integer number of samples can be stored on each usable TV line in the field. Such a recording can be made on a monochrome recorder, and these recording are made in two standards, 525 lines at 60 Hz and 625 lines at 50 Hz. Thus it is possible to find a frequency which is a common multiple of the two and is also suitable for use as a sampling rate.

The allowable sampling rates in a pseudo-video system can be deduced by multiplying the field rate by the number of active lines in a field (blanking lines cannot be used) and again by the number of samples in a line. By careful choice of parameters it is possible to use either 525/60 or 625/50 video with a sampling rate of 44.1KHz.

In 60 Hz video, there are 35 blanked lines, leaving 490 lines per frame or 245 lines per field, so the sampling rate is given by :

60 X 245 X 3 = 44.1 KHz

In 50 Hz video, there are 37 lines of blanking, leaving 588 active lines per frame, or 294 per field, so the same sampling rate is given by

50 X 294 X3 = 44.1 Khz.

The sampling rate of 44.1 KHz came to be that of the Compact Disc. Even though CD has no video circuitry, the equipment used to make CD masters is video based and determines the sampling rate.

Kevin Mitnick: Back Online
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:48 am EST, Dec 27, 2002

Mitnick was freed in January 2000. The terms of his probation, which expire January 20, require he get government permission before using computers, software, modems or any devices that connect to the Internet.

Kevin Mitnick: Back Online

Topic: Miscellaneous 5:39 pm EST, Dec 19, 2002

You've see the Nissan Altima commercial where jungle brothers Ming + FS record the sound of doors slamming and windows going up and down, then run the sounds through ProTools to make a techno song. And you've heard Matmos' A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure, which was created entirely from the sounds of plastic surgery. Well, electronic funk maestro and pal to the Tigerbeat6 krew Venetian Snares (aka Aaron Funk) has decided to sex this G-Rated premise up-- he's recorded the sounds of he and his incredibly open-minded girlfriend (Rachael Kozak, aka Hecate) doing the horizontal trip-bop, and plans to assemble the sounds into a full-length album.


Says Funk in the January 2003 issue of Playboy: "It's weird to deconstruct the sounds of sex. It makes you conscious of a lot of stuff you'd normally ignore. I remember thinking shit like, 'Oh, that slap will make a good snare drum.'" If nothing else, concentrating on the tonal qualities of an ass-slap should be an interesting new way for our male readership to forestall orgasm. Just don't forget about her needs, guys. While a full tracklist has yet to be released, it's probably more fun to make up song titles yourself. Here's hoping Hecate doesn't dump Venetian Snakes, prompting a masturbatory solo album.


Coca-Cola closes door on earnings forecasts
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:59 pm EST, Dec 14, 2002

Coca-Cola Co. said yesterday it will no longer issue future earnings estimates, opting instead to let analysts set their own projections for the firm's operations.

Coca-Cola closes door on earnings forecasts

Keyboard and keyboard combo (What you say?)
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:37 am EST, Dec 14, 2002


Keyboard and keyboard combo (What you say?)

Horse Quartet
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:00 pm EST, Dec 12, 2002

Antidote for the last meme. You'll need Flash, n'joy :)

Horse Quartet

Take the Homeland Security Quiz!
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:55 pm EST, Dec 12, 2002

Check it out.

Take the Homeland Security Quiz!

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