DNA Lounge: Wherein we take two steps forward and six steps back.

We seem to have solved the "missing right channel" problem. It was, in fact, a software problem. We were running Fedora 4, and when we installed the latest patches on March 31, that's when the right channel vanished. We tried downgrading to the version of the kernel and ALSA as of three months ago, and that didn't fix it. But, Jonathan took all the sound cards home and tried them in his machine, and they all worked fine there. He was running Fedora 5. So we upgraded to that, and the problem went away.

That's right: upgrading to the latest FC4: breaks the world. Giving up on FC4 and going to FC5: un-breaks it. Nicely done, guys.

(By the way, this means it was almost three weeks before anyone mailed me to let me know that the archives were screwed up. Ten of the archives got screwed like this before I even knew to start looking into it...)

Last night was the first unattended archive after we thought we fixed it, so this morning I gave it a listen, and -- hooray! -- it's stereo again. Then I skipped forward a bit, and was almost deafened by a squealing test tone. It seems that some time around 1:08 AM, the webcast abruptly turns to a high pitched shriek and stays that way for three hours.

I'm thinking of the immortal words of Socrates who said, "OMG WTF?"

For years I've had it drummed into my head that you always have to keep your systems patched, if you aren't running the latest security fixes, the script kiddies will eat you alive, running a six month old OS is like leaving your front door wide open, blah blah blah. Well you know what? Fuck that noise. I'm done upgrading anything ever. The next time I get this shit into a state that seems even remotely stable, I'm never touching it again. If we get hacked, oh well. I have backups. It has got to be less work to recover from than constantly dealing with this kind of nonsense.


we're from the government, we're here to help

eff_deeplinks: Gov't Files Statement of Interest in AT&T Case:

The United States filed today a "Statement of Interest" in EFF's class-action lawsuit against AT&T, which accuses the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive and illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications.

The statement advises "the Court that the United States intends to assert the military and state secrets privilege in this action. In addition, the United States will also move to intervene and to seek dismissal of this case."


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that's how you know it's working!

So we're watching this band, and I say to Eric, "am I missing something, or are half of his drums not actually there?" The drummer had a big accoustic kit, but a bunch of what he was playing was pre-recorded. (Which struck me as unusual, because when people fake it, they tend to fake it with electronic instruments, not real ones, least of all real ones that they actually brought with them.)

So Eric says, "That's the only thing preventing them from being an alternative rock band!"

And I say, "oh, so it's the faking it that makes it be Industrial?"

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Damned Dirty Apes

Socialists: Give apes human rights

The Spanish Socialist Party will introduce a bill in the Congress of Deputies calling for "the immediate inclusion of (simians) in the category of persons, and that they be given the moral and legal protection that currently are only enjoyed by human beings." The PSOE's justification is that humans share 98.4% of our genes with chimpanzees, 97.7% with gorillas, and 96.4% with orangutans.

The party will announce its Great Ape Project at a press conference tomorrow. An organization with the same name is seeking a UN declaration on simian rights which would defend ape interests "the same as those of minors and the mentally handicapped of our species." According to the Project, "Today only members of the species Homo sapiens are considered part of the community of equals. The chimpanzee, the gorilla, and the orangutan are our species's closest relatives. They possess sufficient mental faculties and emotional life to justify their inclusion in the community of equals."

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mark your calendars

These are the things you should be doing in the next few weeks:

Fri, Apr 28:   Ladytron @ Mezzanine  (sold out)
Sat, Apr 29:   A Mighty Ruckus at Lake Hepatitis, 2 PM, @ 1598 Custer & Rankin: 
Lou Lou & The Guitarfish; Sloatbucket; Casey Neill Band; Simon Stinger; Three Weeks Clean; Gooferman; Fabulous Disaster; The Insaints; Fleshies; The Black Furies; Teenage Harlots; The Grannies.
Sat, Apr 29:   Pop Roxx with The Spores @ DNA Lounge 
(Besides it being Pop Roxx, The Spores are good!)
Mon, May 01:   The Sounds @ Slim's 
Tue, May 02:   Sleater Kinney @ GAMH (sold out) 
Wed, May 03:   Sleater Kinney @ GAMH (sold out) 
Sun, May 07:   Creepshow Peepshow @ DNA Lounge 
(If you miss this, you are a god damned fool.)
Mon, May 08:  Goldfrapp @ Fillmore 
Wed, May 10:   Mentallo and the Fixer / Deathline Intl @ DNA Lounge 
Fri, May 12:   Epoxies / Phenomenauts @ Bottom of the Hill 
Fri, May 12:   Slick Idiot / More Machine than Man @ Annie's (CW)
(SI are lame-like-KMFDM, but MMTM aren't bad.)  
Sat, May 13:   Regina Spektor @ The Independent 
Tue, Jun 06:   Front Line Assembly / Stromkern / DJ? Acucrack / Deathline Intl @ DNA Lounge 
Thu, Jun 08:   The Elm St. Murders @ DNA Lounge 
Tue, Sep 12:   Snog @ DNA Lounge 
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expected solution: widen the media exclusion perimiter

House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Ill., center, gets out of a Hydrogen Alternative Fueled automobile, left, as he prepares to board his SUV, which uses gasoline, after holding a news conference at a local gas station in Washington to discuss the recent rise in gas prices.

Hastert and other members of Congress drove off in the Hydrogen-Fueled cars only to switch to their official cars to drive the few blocks back to the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Please, Jabba, don't hurt him

Also, I am horrified to learn that A) there is a Wookieepedia, B) there is a Wikipedia entry for it, and C) there is a Wookieepedia entry for that.

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I, for one, welcome our new japanese mechagimp overlord vaporware

So this thing is in the news again, but I first saw pictures of it three years ago.

The researchers say it could take another five years before the robot can be used by the elderly. At present, the device is slow and needs modifications to carry heavy loads.

I think it's time give up, guys. Or at least stop trotting out the same demo over and over. Or at least dress it up.

Also, Environmentally friendly hand grenades.

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Up next: Amish porn

Muslim Athletic Wear Covers Skin Without Cramping Style:

A Muslim woman prepares to dive wearing swimwear specially designed to enhance athletic performance while upholding the Koranic principle of modesty.
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What Would Jesus Drive?

Thursday, April 27, 2006, clergy from around the Washington, DC and MD area will gather in downtown DC to pray for the lowering of gas prices.
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