17 May 2015

Recommendations wanted: USB Audio & MIDI interface

I’m looking for a USB and MIDI interface, because M-Audio haven’t bothered to update the drivers for the one I have, so it doesn’t work with any current OSs. Requirements: At least 1 audio in and 1 audio out. At least 1 MIDI in and 1 MIDI out. Standard audio jacks (not just XLR). Must be compatible with USB Device Class Definition for MIDI Devices. Must be compatible with USB Device Class Definition for Audio Devices, specifically USB Audio Class 2 or higher. ... Read more

14 May 2015

A moment from the modern world

I drove up to the traffic lights at Oltorf and I-35 and stopped. I heard the faint sound of some sort of electronic chime, and looked around. In doing so I noticed that in the lane to my right, a man was sitting alone in his Jeep, crying. He made an attempt to pull himself together, failed, and cried some more. After a minute or so the lights changed. He ran a hand across his face, blinked, and accelerated away. ... Read more

10 May 2015

Free Apple watch

This special free Apple Watch provides all of the revolutionary new functionality of the real thing, but has much better battery life. Instructions: Click and open image. Print out file on 8½×11 paper. Cut out watch carefully with scissors. Use tape or glue to secure band to wrist. How to use: Pretend watch has vibrated. Look at watch. Smile smugly. Take out iPhone and look at it for the rest of the information. ... Read more

14 April 2015

On AI and Existential Risk

[Updated 2015-05-24] Discussions of the existential risk of artificial intelligence mostly center on the possible consequences of intelligence explosion. This is a hypothetical moment where a general purpose AI works out how to reprogram itself to make itself more intelligent. This leads to a feedback loop, and before long the AI is hundreds of times more intelligent than any human. This, it is imagined, leads to disaster for humanity. It’s becoming quite trendy to worry about this scenario, particularly amongst members of the rational community. ... Read more

7 April 2015

Stereo is over (if you want it)

I recently gave in and bought a boxed set of albums by The Beatles. After much thought, I bought the mono boxed set. Although modern stereo had been invented by Alan Blumlein in 1931 — including stereo microphones and stereo microgroove vinyl records — in the 1960s it was still a novelty, particularly for pop music which was generally heard via mono AM radio. Until Abbey Road in 1969, all of The Beatles’ albums were recorded and mixed in mono. ... Read more

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