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Raghavan: PulseConf 2012: Report
Posted Nov 8, 2012 20:14 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Posted Nov 8, 2012 20:57 UTC (Thu) by akeane (subscriber, #85436)
Blimey! that's overkill, scripts, runlevels, pah! just pipe your *.wav files into hexdump look at the output, then play the sound in your head.
A bit more tricky using mp3 or OGG, with the decoding and all, but with a little practice you'll soon be able to "play" classic Van Halen tracks with ease!
This has the advantages of:
1) No need to spend $$$ on overpriced new fangled audio hardware!
2) Save precious battery life!
3) If you are an 18th century German composer you can still enjoy them there sonatas you wrote!
No doubt some joker will claim you could just print out the score and do the same, but they are merely Luddite fools!
4) You don't have to use Puls^H^H^H
Posted Nov 9, 2012 7:40 UTC (Fri) by zdzichu (subscriber, #17118)
Posted Nov 9, 2012 9:29 UTC (Fri) by Eckhart (guest, #74500)
Out of curiosity: what is your runlevel → volume mapping? I tried this once and wasn't satisfied with the precision (due to the limited number of runlevels).
Posted Nov 9, 2012 11:12 UTC (Fri) by epa (subscriber, #39769)
Posted Nov 9, 2012 11:43 UTC (Fri) by Eckhart (guest, #74500)
Thank you, that did the trick. :-)
As a side node, this is also the first compelling use case for virtualization I came across.
Posted Nov 9, 2012 12:34 UTC (Fri) by sdalley (subscriber, #18550)
Ahh, reductio ad absurdum^Wnirvanam. In the same vein, see http://xkcd.com/378/ .
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