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  • Macavity
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    Ah, I see - I must have misinterpreted what was happening, then.

    Feel free to give me a Shovel Award

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  • Voltage Spike
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    Originally posted by Macavity
    Well, my question is: have you been ripping the MP3s yourselves, downloading them from iTunes, or acquiring them from another source (say, WinMX or Rhapsody)?
    First of all, you don't download MP3s from iTunes. Apple uses an entirely different, DRMed format (a wrapper around an AAC encoding).

    Second, Hillary was complaining that the iPod plays only one type of DRMed file format (in my opinion, the fewer, the better). When she said "or songs that you rip from your own CD’s[sic]", she is essentially glossing over the fact that you can also download music illegally.

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  • Macavity
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    Well, my question is: have you been ripping the MP3s yourselves, downloading them from iTunes, or acquiring them from another source (say, WinMX or Rhapsody)?

    I ask 'cause one, Rosen's bitching about the DRM was from a couple months back (May 9, to be precise) and two, my friends have newer iPods (I just spoke with a couple of 'em about fifteen minutes ago), so either the Apple DRM is A) a fairly new thing, B) something that was tried, abandoned, reworked, and re-instituted, or C) something you guys have already torn to shreds .
    Last edited by Macavity; July 18, 2005, 10:32.

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  • Abby_Normal
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    Originally posted by skroo
    Not sure where this is coming from - I routinely just copy MP3s over to my iPod directly without going through iTunes/gtkpod and have no problems at all playing them. FWIW, it's a 20GB model bought late last year.
    I've never had any problems with mine either, it's a 40 gig and I bought it back in october.

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  • skroo
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    Originally posted by Macavity
    All I know is that a lot of my iPod-using friends have had problems trying to play MP3s that they didn't get from iTunes or rip themselves, and according to them, it has something to do with the Apple DRM (a key part of which, apparently, is on the iPod, and is what makes the iPod not play music downloaded from sources other than iTunes).

    'Course, it could be that they had older iPods and that newer ones don't have this problem . . . but judging by what I've seen and read, I don't think that's the case.
    Not sure where this is coming from - I routinely just copy MP3s over to my iPod directly without going through iTunes/gtkpod and have no problems at all playing them. FWIW, it's a 20GB model bought late last year.

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  • Macavity
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    Originally posted by Voltage Spike
    Originally posted by Macavity
    Plus, you don't have to fart around hacking out the code in the iPod OS that won't let it play anything that you haven't a) ripped yourself or b) downloaded from iTunes.
    In the interests of putting down disinformation, most of the previous sentence is false.
    All I know is that a lot of my iPod-using friends have had problems trying to play MP3s that they didn't get from iTunes or rip themselves, and according to them, it has something to do with the Apple DRM (a key part of which, apparently, is on the iPod, and is what makes the iPod not play music downloaded from sources other than iTunes).

    'Course, it could be that they had older iPods and that newer ones don't have this problem . . . but judging by what I've seen and read, I don't think that's the case.

    Hell, even Hilary Rosen - you remember her? The {CENSORED} {CENSORED} {HEAVILY CENSORED} idiot that used to be in charge of the RIAA? - has been complaining about it!

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  • Voltage Spike
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    Originally posted by Macavity
    2) Some good books you might want to check out:
    I would recommend any of the Effective... series of books by Addison-Wesley. Especially if you get semi-frequent interruptions.

    Originally posted by Macavity
    Plus, you don't have to fart around hacking out the code in the iPod OS that won't let it play anything that you haven't a) ripped yourself or b) downloaded from iTunes.
    In the interests of putting down disinformation, most of the previous sentence is false.

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  • Macavity
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    1) Invest in a palmtop - granted, they're not as useful as a laptop, but they're a hell of a lot easier to hide - and use that to write up Perl snippets to test when you get home. Plus, a lot of them can be used as media players (one of my ex-coworkers at the local tax processing centre used to use one for just that purpose).

    2) Some good books you might want to check out:

    Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
    Neuromancer, Count Zero, Virtual Light . . . hell, anything by William Gibson
    Doctor Who: Dark Progeny - Steve Emmerson
    Doctor Who: The Year Of Intelligent Tigers - Kate Orman
    Doctor Who: System Shock and its sequel, Doctor Who: Millennium Shock - Justin Richards
    The Star Wars: X-Wing series, by Michael A. Stackpole and Aaron Allston
    Hacking For Dummies - Kevin Beaver (Hey, why not?)
    Recipes for Disaster and Days of War, Nights of Love - CrimethInc Workers' Collective

    3) If you've got enough cash, pick up a hard drive media player - I recommend the Creative Labs Nomad Zen Xtra myself, as they have about the same amount of space as an iPod (the largest has about 40 gigabytes of space, mine's got 30), but for about half the price (40GB runs about $250, 30GB around $220 - and that's with tax).

    Plus, you don't have to fart around hacking out the code in the iPod OS that won't let it play anything that you haven't a) ripped yourself or b) downloaded from iTunes.

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  • Abby_Normal
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    Originally posted by pr0zac0x2a
    And now I'm left wondering which of the three you are keeping the job in order to do...

    -zac
    Well, yarn and books cost money...

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  • pr0zac0x2a
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    Originally posted by Abby_Normal
    If I could do all three at once I don't think I'd need a job anymore.
    And now I'm left wondering which of the three you are keeping the job in order to do...

    -zac

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  • Abby_Normal
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    Originally posted by zero
    Post when you've figured out how to do all three at once....
    If I could do all three at once I don't think I'd need a job anymore.

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  • Abby_Normal
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    Originally posted by astcell
    In that priority?
    Yes, otherwise I'd never get anything done.

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  • d3ad1ysp0rk
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    Originally posted by heavens exile
    i have been drawing my whole life. its actually a bore to me now. i grew up watching my father draw, he's an engineer and does alot of drawings and designs for architects. this we before the days of autocad when it was him, his huge drawing board and lots of erasers. lol.
    uhh, the second part was to pr0zac0x2a, but sure ;)

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  • skroo
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    Originally posted by astcell
    It's no fun when you work alone though. It's like getting in a jacuzzi with nothing on, and you're alone. What's the point?
    Air jets and privacy.

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  • astcell
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    Originally posted by skroo
    This is always a good one, and if you're really skilled at it you can do it wel enough to plant the seed of doubt (no pun intended) in your coworkers' minds as to what you're really up to. Not blatantly enough to get fired, but well enough that they just fuck the hell off away from you and call rather than drop by.

    It's no fun when you work alone though. It's like getting in a jacuzzi with nothing on, and you're alone. What's the point?

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