Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by azz at 2005-11-02 17:25
"The Wine Project, the community of free software developers dedicated to opening Linux and other POSIX compatible operating systems to Windows applications, today announced the completion of the core architecture for Wine, an open-source project that allows Windows applications to run natively on Linux. Now available as Wine version 0.9, the tools and libraries are functionally complete and ready for commercial testing and optimization."
After twelve years, it's no longer alpha.
Posted by azz at 2005-11-02 15:21
Examining the (now reasonably common) theory that the Toccata and Fugue in D minor wasn't written by Bach or for the organ.
"Compared to learned Bach in compositions such as "The Art of Fugue" or "The Well-Tempered Clavier," the Toccata and Fugue in D minor is facile, dramatic and eccentric."
I'm not sure I'd go that far, though -- it's still a good bit of music even if you're fetishising Bach...
The Wikipedia article includes some excerpts from the violin transcription.
Posted by azz at 2005-11-02 15:01
"John Peel's record collection threatened to overtake his Suffolk home. But in a small, battered wooden box, the much-loved DJ kept a precious selection of 7-inch singles that meant more to him than any of the others."
In order to prevent me banging my head against the desk, here's something a bit more cheerful.
I've heard five tracks out of that lot.
Posted by azz at 2005-11-02 14:56
"The unprotected analog outputs of computers will be, in perpetuity, restricted to either DRM-laden standards, or to a "constrained image", "no more than 350,000 pixels". Analog video which has been branded as "do not copy", will last for only ninety minutes only in the digital world - and will be erased, literally frame by frame, megabyte by megabyte, from your PC, without your control."
The MPAA are evil. And I mean that not in the informal sense that I'd usually use it, but in the "why the hell aren't these people in prison" sort of way.
350,000pixels being less then 800x600 resolution
If there are any Americans reading this, please do something about it.
And for everyone: please don't buy hardware, software or media that supports DRM.
Or that supports the MPAA.
Posted by azz at 2005-11-02 14:45
What an appallingly ugly and amateurish-looking design.
Why design contests are a bad idea...
It is shiny ... but only in the literal sense.
In practical terms it is all but impossible to tell what it is unless you know what it is already, which turns it into an anonymous blob of pointlessness.