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ChordPulse lets you jam along with your computer (Download Squad)

Jul 19th 2010 3:43PM This is a very nice program and could be a valuable addition to any musician's toolkit. It packs some of the most useful features of more expensive programs like Band-in-a-Box, but without the additional complexity (and admittedly superior compositional and sequencing capabilities) such programs provide.

For practice, or quick & dirty idea thrashing, it's well worth the download.

There are a few little glitches from time to time. And I'm not completely convinced the time accuracy is all that it could be. But that doesn't really affect it's overall usefulness - and for the price, it can't be beat.

Cops could soon be using iPhones armed with facial recognition software (Download Squad)

Jun 17th 2010 4:17PM They could very easily make it difficult to abuse by restricting it so that it can only be used after someone is arrested rather than before. Most police officers are well aware of the consequences they may face making a 'false' arrest, so you can be sure what they're calling "probable cause" is in fact probable.

Up till now, fingerprinting and other "positive" identification procedures have only been used as part of someone's arrest processing.

The basic

It's important to realize that other than being reasonably cooperative (i.e. non-threatening) if stopped, and unresisting while being taken into custody, you don't have to do anything. You needn't talk to the police at all if you don't want to. Nor can you be required to show any identification unless you have been stopped while operating a motor vehicle. The police may imply you have to, usually by threatening to arrest you if you refuse. But that's really just a common intimidation tactic. If you surrender your ID" voluntarily" in the face of such a threat however, that's that.

They may still arrest you on suspicion (or some manufactured up charge) if you refuse to show ID. But if they do, the burden of proof is on them to show your arrest was based on a valid cause.

There's a 45 minute video up on YouTube. UIt's called: BUSTED: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters. Watch it.

It could turn out to be the most valuable investment of your time you've ever made.

Why Diaspora will fail (Download Squad)

May 22nd 2010 10:05AM Pretty serious allegations of wire fraud you're making here.

Can't wait to see what your defense is going to be if they go after you for slander or defamation.

Penzu helps you write your thoughts privately online, but why? (Download Squad)

May 20th 2010 6:32PM Just get yourself a classy little Moleskine notebook and keep it with you at all times if you really want hack-proof privacy you can use anywhere.

Nothing that lives on the web can ever claim to be truly private.

Wondershare Time Freeze supposedly freezes your computer in time (Download Squad)

May 14th 2010 10:01AM One word: ReturNil. Use it.

HTML5-powered Google Voice looks, feels like the iPhone app Apple denied (Download Squad)

Jan 27th 2010 10:33PM @jjasonham

Love to get one if you can spare it. How can I get in touch?

HTML5-powered Google Voice looks, feels like the iPhone app Apple denied (Download Squad)

Jan 26th 2010 1:53PM I gave it a try.

The website says it's currently available by "invitation only" and asks you to leave an e-mail address for possible receipt of an invitation.

So much for instant gratification...

SourceForge blocks Iran, North Korea, Syria, Sudan and Cuba (Download Squad)

Jan 25th 2010 1:49PM It's a snarky world out there today with all the conflicting interests and the politicos we've got running it. Knowledge is power. Information is wealth. And there will always be winners and losers in that game.

I think the FOSS community is going to have to start dealing with a very basic bit of reality - they have no legal power to compel a government (any government) to do anything.

And while FOSS may be founded on the noblest of principles, those same principles have no more effect on governments than any other "shining example" out there. The OSF may "own" the GPL. But governments own the infrastructure, the courts, and the regulatory authorities.

Anybody wanna bet how it's gonna play out any time push comes to shove under that scenario?

Maybe it's high time for the diehard FOSS advocates to acknowledge that their dream for a fully open society based on the free flow and sharing of information is little more than that. A dream.

At least in the current political climate.

Microsoft submits new patent: now watch as the number of well-endowed girls on the Internet declines (Download Squad)

Dec 20th 2009 6:40PM Team Microsoft: Once again solving a problem that doesn't exist with a product nobody wants.

(And we thought these guys were supposed to be smart?)

XMind - free open-source desktop mind-mapping software (Download Squad)

Dec 14th 2009 11:19AM Mind mapping has been around for years.

Think of it as a diagramming and note-taking hybrid. Works great for some people. Others find it cumbersome and unintuitive.

The only real way to find out if it will work for you is to give it a try.

There's a fairly good article about mind mapping over at Wikipedia: