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May 5, 2009

Internet censorship in germany

Category: General — kaldor @ 10:42 pm

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And now, to something completely different.

Some of you (at least the people living in Germany should have)  probably heard about the latest proposals by our Federal Minister of Family Affairs. Basically it is about to enable better protection from child pornography in the internet. Just to be 100% clear, I absolutely consent with putting all available efforts in finding those criminals and adjudge them with maximum punishment the law allows to.

But the suggested way is to enable filters for webpages. While this sounds like a perfect solution for a dummy, most of the readers of this blog are no novices when it comes to online technologies. Firstly it is no problem at all to circumvent such systems by simply using proxies. In addition this opens all doors for enabling a fully working censor system in our country.

Consequently this proposal must be avoided by all means. The German Bundestag allows to create online petitions and if enough people sign such a document, the topic has to be further discussed.

Here is a link for the petition: click

May 4, 2009

Too fast to digitize…

Category: Music, Spare Time — kaldor @ 10:51 pm

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Once again a musical entry, one might complain. I have to admit, that I am currently very much into music and playing around with our songs. Potentially I am tempted to join a weekend course or such on producing, as I am far too much a novice to handle my Cubase. And I am afraid that upgrading to a new version won’t help me in this situation :)

Anyways, it happened that I received MIDI files from our guitar players to play around with our Song4. Of course I was not thrilled to listen to it using the Microsoft GS Wavetable. Consequently I searched the web for free guitar VST instruments and found this one.

Basically Independence Free is a 2GB huge sample collection providing lots of stuff, including guitar instruments. The sortiment offers far more versions, but these are commercial and I was not willing to invest money right now.

Starting with the Intro of our fourth song, I was fairly surprised by it, take a look:

Also open fourths sound really nice

Unfortunately, we are not making slow rock. Lets cause the simulator to stresstest a little bit. If you play faster you loose a lot of quality, here’s one faster part of the song:

As you can hear, it already starts to give you an old-school Atari impression. But that is ok, as it is a free tool. I was more shocked when the following happened:

Guitar Hero players might remember that sound (at least it reminds me of it). It’s not wrong played notes, the sampler simply cannot handle that many notes! Now, as some of you know I have a QuadCore machine and thus I am used to software working fluently, but maybe that sampler does not support multithreading. “Ouch”! It does! The preferences allow you to specify the amount of cores it should use. Additionally the disk I/O is almost zero, so that cannot be a reason either. The only hardware-specific reason I could think of is my soundcard. I am still using an onboard HDA chip, which is of limited functionality, but fullfilled my needs nicely so far.

For those of you, who are keen to know, what this part was actually supposed to be, here’s a synthesized version of DVS Guitar, another free instrument provided by DreamVortex.

So, what’s the result of this? We’re too fast for music production? Hm… I think I can go to bed with this wishful thinking now…