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1  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Conserving Air on: Today at 08:04 AM
A lot of brass pedagogy (Air velocity! Move the air! Breath support!) is contrary to "conserving" air.  For a good reason, I guess... it's a wind instrument, you gotta use air to make the sound.

You either use less of it by playing quieter or replenish it more often.


I'm still looking for the plans for this thing.
2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Today at 07:03 AM
 :D

John Kelly Looked Uncomfortable During Trump’s UN Speech
3  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Equifax data breach... biggest ever. on: Today at 06:49 AM
Someone Made a Fake Equifax Site. Then Equifax Linked to It.

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“Their site is dangerously easy to impersonate,” Mr. Sweeting said in an email, noting that he had created the site solely to draw attention to the weakness of Equifax’s security. “It only took me 20 minutes to build my clone. I can guarantee there are real malicious phishing versions already out there.”

“It’s in everyone’s interest to get Equifax to change this site to a reputable domain,” he added. “I knew it would only cost me $10 to set up a site that would get people to notice, so I just did it.”
4  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Wagner-Flying Dutchman Overture on alto trombone?? on: Yesterday at 11:28 PM
I suspect many conductors have never encountered an alto trombone.
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Need some sound isolating headphones on: Yesterday at 09:17 AM
Are there noise-cancelling earphones that really work?

Work, such that you wouldn't hear a person talking next to you or traffic or the sound of a plane you are on?

I've tried a few under-$100 devices and found the dire warning in the instructions that it was hazardous to walk the streets using them to be quite laughable.
6  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Question: Rare George Roberts recordings on: Yesterday at 08:58 AM
What planet is this, where bass trombone players are pop stars, recording solo albums and getting airplay of singles on the radio?

How may million light years away from our world is it?
7  Creation and Performance / Other Musicians and Ensembles / Re: 100 years old. The first jazz recording. on: Yesterday at 07:29 AM

Notice that EVERYBODY plays behind each soloist.


It makes for very tedious effect after a few minutes. The whole thing sounds like the "big finish". 

Aside from the animal noises, I'm not sure they really take solos... maybe it was just accidental that someone slightly peeked out above the texture for a bit.  Don't know
8  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Sep 19, 2017, 05:46PM
The UN is one of the major bête noires of the right wing, religious right and alt-right.  World government! Loss of sovereignty! Black helicopters!

Talking tough at the UN is giving them all wet dreams now, but I don't know that any of it will translate into actions or policies just because he said it at the UN.

9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: BTS bequest on: Sep 19, 2017, 08:14AM
They still don't show in the 1st post.
10  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Oboe grab and go on: Sep 19, 2017, 06:02AM
Does anybody have a clue what his hitting on the instrument is supposed to achieve?
 Amazed

One speculation I read was that he was trying to clear water blocking a tone hole. Like needing to empty a spit valve.
11  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Oboe grab and go on: Sep 18, 2017, 06:36PM
A later post in that thread shows the reed...



12  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Sep 18, 2017, 05:51PM
Boom: Manafort was Target of a FISA Warrant

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The conversations between Manafort and Trump continued after the President took office, long after the FBI investigation into Manafort was publicly known, the sources told CNN. They went on until lawyers for the President and Manafort insisted that they stop, according to the sources.

So Trump wasn't wiretapped, but he kept calling up people who were.

Well, I'm confident that all those recorded conversations were on the up and up and will prove Donald Trump has conducted himself in only the highest ethical manner, always putting the well-being of the country above his own personal gain.
13  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Classical pieces - without a tuba? on: Sep 18, 2017, 03:50PM
I dunnoo... seems like you have no shortage of low end already. I think the bassoons and trombones con sordino might make a fetching renaissance-sounding ensemble and a tuba would stick out like... a sore tuba.

Have the synth use a harpsichord sound.
14  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Oboe grab and go on: Sep 18, 2017, 02:23PM
I'm not sure what went wrong here.

Video:

https://twitter.com/_/status/909814697691680768

I've heard of violin soloists grabbing a concertmaster's axe when a string broke but I haven't ever considered such an emergency for a WW.

Anyone here ever have to grab a horn that quick? Probably not, there isn't as much to go wrong with a trombone, fortunately.

15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: CCleaner Hacked With Data-Stealing Malware Injection on: Sep 18, 2017, 10:18AM
Malwarebytes identifies Advanced Systemcare as a .pup virus. 
 

I've noticed this too.   

"pup" just means "potentially unwanted program", not necessarily a virus.

Perhaps the fact that it also wants to install ASC software is what gets it that flag.

I've set Malwarebytes to ignore ASC.
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / CCleaner Hacked With Data-Stealing Malware Injection on: Sep 18, 2017, 08:26AM
Multiple responsible outlets are reporting this

CCleaner Hacked With Data-Stealing Malware Injection

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CCleaner, a system-optimization tool with more than 2 billion downloads worldwide, is used by many Windows, Mac and Android users who want looking to keep their devices running as fast as possible. Unfortunately for them, it appears that hackers decided to sneak their own code into a recent build of CCleaner for Windows in an attempt to steal data and possibly infect users' systems with even more malicious applications.


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The attack took place by piggy-backing onto CCleaner by infiltrating the servers that distribute the software, infecting version 5.33 of the Windows utility and version 1.07 of its cloud-based sister application.

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If you've updated CCleaner since Aug. 15 and you're running 32-bit Windows, you may be infected. You should roll back to a pre-Aug. 15 snapshot of your system, or run a malware scan. Following either (or both) of those steps, visit Piriform's site to download and install the latest, clean version of CCleaner.

Fortunately, I'm on 64 bit Windows, but many people are not even if they have a 64 bit computer.

I always wondered how they can be sure the anti-malware software doesn't have malware. Now I know they can't.

17  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Equifax data breach... biggest ever. on: Sep 16, 2017, 07:47AM
Broad horizons for music majors...

Equifax hired a music major as chief security officer

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When Congress hauls in Equifax CEO Richard Smith to grill him, it can start by asking why he put someone with degrees in music in charge of the company’s data security.

And then they might also ask him if anyone at the company has been involved in efforts to cover up Susan Mauldin’s lack of educational qualifications since the data breach became public.

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Equifax “Chief Security Officer” Susan Mauldin has a bachelor’s degree and a master of fine arts degree in music composition from the University of Georgia. Her LinkedIn professional profile lists no education related to technology or security.

This is the person who was in charge of keeping your personal and financial data safe — and whose apparent failings have put 143 million of us at risk from identity theft and fraud. It was revealed this week that the massive data breach came due to a software vulnerability that was known about, and should have been patched, months earlier.


As a person with a music degree who then made a career in something technical I have some sympathy for her but the most data I ever lost was a ZIP disk.
18  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: You will cry for Cassini! on: Sep 15, 2017, 06:22PM
Fun facts...

-Cassini was the first deep space probe with an SSD. 4 Gbits or about half a gigabyte. Pretty good for a mid 90s build. My SSD today is only 256Mbytes. Prior probes, including the still-functional Voyagers, used tape drives to store data until it could be downloaded to Earth.

-More than half its original 12,288 lb weight was 6890 lbs of propellant. But they made that last 20 years.

-The bit rate during the last phase of the mission was 27kbps or about what dial-up internet from AOL was when it was launched.

-After it was launched, someone figured out that it hadn't been designed right to relay data from the Huygens probe it was going to drop on Titan. They managed to compensate by changing the flight path and drop off point. I hope someone got an employee of the  month award for that save!
19  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: The professional trombonist. on: Sep 15, 2017, 03:53PM
She's no Deborah Harry.
20  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Equifax data breach... biggest ever. on: Sep 15, 2017, 01:18PM
I have not investigated this development to ascertain if this company which I'm previously unfamiliar with has a useful solution to your troubles. 

None-the-less, FYI...

Credit Karma to launch free ID monitoring following Equifax hack
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