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ESRB unintentionally exposes email addresses of people who filed complaints over Blizzard's Real ID system [Updated] {WoW}

Jul 13th 2010 7:48AM @Zaros you can't recall an e-mail that's been relayed to most SMTP servers. For the most part, unless you're in a closed ecosystem (AOL mail to AOL mail, within an Exchange network) you can't unsend the message being sent.

Spruce Deuce robot drummer is a fleshbag percussionist's worst nightmare (video) {Engadget}

Jul 9th 2010 1:08PM Uh, the robot's not that scary. The dude WITH the robot's one of the creepiest people I've ever seen in my life.

Switched On: Courier courts the creative {Engadget}

Mar 31st 2010 9:37PM @Leroysboy I totally just watched the point fly over your head.

YOU DON'T TYPE ON IT. YOU NEVER, EVER, EVER TYPE ON IT. And for all those times I'd rather have scratched something down rather than had to type it on a laptop during a meeting to have it digitally archived, that is 100% the draw of this.

I don't want to write a novel on it, I want it for those times I have to draw a chart or mind map and don't want to be dragging and resizing shiny vector bubbles and text boxes around at a speed 1/1000th of what I'm thinking at, which is MOST times I'm at work. This would replace the office whiteboard for private thought, my paper notebooks for meetings, and my laptop for the same purpose.

I am literally frothing at the mouth for this, and I am a -hardcore- apple user through and through. Holy shit.

Engadget's 6th birthday giveaway: 'Gadget of the Year' edition {Engadget}

Mar 5th 2010 6:11PM Did you know that the longest word you can type with only your left hand on a dvorak keyboard is 'papaya?'

Luckily this thing's qwerty

Ableton, Serato announce 'The Bridge,' cause DJs to faint en masse {Engadget}

Jan 14th 2010 4:19PM @glamajamma Have better taste than you.

Ableton, Serato announce 'The Bridge,' cause DJs to faint en masse {Engadget}

Jan 14th 2010 2:55PM @ezelkow1 Again I'm not sure you're really looking at it the right way, I'm not referring to purists, I'm referring to the purpose of the software.

SSL is not designed for any degree of pre-planning. A traditional vinyl DJ (and most other DJs as well) show up on the spot with a bag of records and a general idea of what they want to play, and figure it out on stage. There's very little programming beforehand (if any.) It's a gut thing. SSL is there 100% to be used as an instrument - it's a live tool that does nothing except react to what you are telling it to do RIGHT NOW and that's its entire point.

The point of this release is not to make SSL more scriptable, which would be silly - from the point of sitting down and clicking and dragging with your mouse, SSL offers absolutely nothing that ableton doesn't (aside from vinyl control) which is pretty silly when you think about it because the whole point of SSL is to bring back that analogue lack of predictability into digital DJing. That's it. The point of this release is to integrate an entirely new class of DJing into an old methodology, which is the traditional sort of pitch-fadering, finger-dragging, gruv-glide abusing vinyl DJing. If you're playing on vinyl, you'd need to have absurdly good timing and absolutely no free will to actually stick with fader or EQ presets you set up in ableton. Essentially, you'd be playing a scripted set and going through the motions. it'd be pointless. That's not what this is about. SSL's knobs are meant to be tweaked in real time to sync up with the wow and flutter of turntables.

With ableton live being the #1 production environment for dance music PERIOD, the one thing they really COULD do would be a way to play your tracks produced in ableton off of a vinyl record while not losing the intimate control that you get from playing it straight out of ableton. When you see DJs doing live PAs they're playing a set back and forth (or just on the same ableton machine) wherein they're going through a scripted series of events, but tweaking parameters like release on synths and reverb and filters to change up the song, sometimes changing the arrangement and on occasion even playing along live. The problem is that if you're playing a mostly vinyl set or prefer vinyl DJing, you 100% lose that intimacy you get from playing on records. This allows you to bring in that track on vinyl an then have all that granular control over every instrument and effect in it like it never left ableton, and then continue to match it out to the next track mixing on vinyl traditionally, all the while tweaking the filtering on your lead and changing the bassline and kick around.

That's awesome. I can't see why you'd complain.

Ableton, Serato announce 'The Bridge,' cause DJs to faint en masse {Engadget}

Jan 14th 2010 2:41PM @ezelkow1 Why on earth would you record a scratch in advance and then want to play it back in real time using CPU cycles to warp the audio?

I can't think of any situation in which people would want to do what you're describing. The whole reason someone uses SSL is because they want to step into the digital world without losing the physical control of vinyl, what you're saying effectively nixes the need to have turntables or physical hardware in the picture at all.

you need to consider who uses this shit

Ableton, Serato announce 'The Bridge,' cause DJs to faint en masse {Engadget}

Jan 14th 2010 2:39PM ezelkow1 Ok, actually, I see what you're getting at here, I misunderstood what it meant by transport control... still... how are you not impressed?

if you're a producer and you produce in ableton live, this means you can play a set on traditional vinyl, mix in a track that you have produced on the fly and -then- perform that track like a live PA, re-arrange it, and otherwise have the same level of control as someone doing a non-DJ performance, all while still maintaining sync via turntables with the non-ableton tracks you're dropping.

that's even better than what i thought. your ableton live sets are treated like tracks that can be tweaked and modified as they're playing out, instruments added and removed, etc... and while you're doing all this you can continue to sync it up with actual vinyl control. how is this not awesome?

Ableton, Serato announce 'The Bridge,' cause DJs to faint en masse {Engadget}

Jan 14th 2010 2:32PM @ezelkow1 I'm not sure you're living in the real world? People don't use live performances for CD releases? Uh... no, that's not really true. I know lots of DJs who record live and then tweak after the fact (in traktor, for example) to get it perfect before releasing the live mix online. This also helps with issues that are not as apparent on the spot (playing at 1am after a few brews'll definitely get you a bit inaccurate on the gain faders and it's much easier to fix it in the source material than it is to automate, plus it sounds better than fixing it with compression.)

Second, there are totally pure SSL Djs and totally pure Live DJs that I've seen, but the one class I've seen not quite catered to is the sort of people that are running a DVS while also running ableton at the same time. Richie Hawtin does this by my understanding and while I'm not sure of any other pros that big into it I've seen this sorta set up often on the road. This is geared to that sort of DJ. That's it. Full rewire support wouldn't do shit 'cause what is SSL going to do with MIDI data, and how is SSL going to generate midi data? That's not the nature of the software. Most DJs who play a combination of DVS and live are already used to using live's transport and pitch controls to get sync so even if they simply automate the process of syncing up your session view to Serato's beat counter or whatever, this is significant.

I've switched to almost pure ableton because I really, really like layering tracks, throwing in instruments, etc. but I totally feel that ableton's current options of getting in sync with traditional style DVS are a little bit clunky and wind up with me having to do lots of unnecessary tweaking and essentially babysitting a third deck all night, which is why I don't do it. If this is going to make sure that ableton's completely quantized against my set I'm playing in SSL, this is amazing.