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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:13 pm    Post subject: GLSA RSS feed with "itunes" and a trackback? Reply with quote

Does the itunes reference provide the list via itunes? (the link doesn't load for me). Anyone know what "madskills" is? Besides sounding questionable, "madskills.com" doesn't load either with "can't open a connection to server".

Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<rss version="2.0"
  xmlns:content="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/content/"
  xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"
  xmlns:itunes="http://www.itunes.com/dtds/podcast-1.0.dtd"
  xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/">
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do they have some 96khz 24bit flac?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:lol:

I was thinking it seemed really strange, but then iTunes seems to be a platform as much as something specifically audio (I've never used the service, and only briefly the app).
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you get a DAC finally?




Very old domain, now on godaddy.com
https://www.whois.com/whois/madskills.com

https://web.archive.org/web/*/madskills.com
It was probably some webdesign shop
https://web.archive.org/web/20081118202403/http://madskills.com/

Quote:
Madskills Inc. is a think-tank that designs and builds unique internet and mobile applications. Additionally, Madskills provides a full range of services to clients seeking the same. Navigate the menu above to explore.


It looks like it was dead for some years, maybe they worked for apple some years ago and some stale links remains in itunes.
Or someone hijacked (or bought the dead domain) to plant malware of some sort :-)

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PING madskills.com (75.119.196.100) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from pdx1-vshost90.dreamhost.com (75.119.196.100): icmp_seq=1 ttl=50 time=193 ms


https://whois.arin.net/rest/net/NET-75-119-192-0-1/pft?s=75.119.196.100

It's a webhoster in CA: www.dreamhost.com
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

xmlns URLs are just magic strings. Nothing should ever be making requests to them (it'd be funny if the w3c site got hammered by every computer in the world 24/7 for inventing XML, but sadly no)

The one dead domain does suggest whatever generates GLSA feeds is in dire need of an update, though.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

erm67 wrote:
Very old domain, now on godaddy.com
https://www.whois.com/whois/madskills.com

https://web.archive.org/web/*/madskills.com
It was probably some webdesign shop
https://web.archive.org/web/20081118202403/http://madskills.com/

Quote:
Madskills Inc. is a think-tank that designs and builds unique internet and mobile applications. Additionally, Madskills provides a full range of services to clients seeking the same. Navigate the menu above to explore.


It looks like it was dead for some years, maybe they worked for apple some years ago and some stale links remains in itunes.
Or someone hijacked (or bought the dead domain) to plant malware of some sort :-)

Quote:
PING madskills.com (75.119.196.100) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from pdx1-vshost90.dreamhost.com (75.119.196.100): icmp_seq=1 ttl=50 time=193 ms


https://whois.arin.net/rest/net/NET-75-119-192-0-1/pft?s=75.119.196.100

It's a webhoster in CA: www.dreamhost.com
Interesting. But why would there be any iTunes links in the GLSA feed?


erm67 wrote:
Did you get a DAC finally?
No, I decided a Raspberry Pi wasn't the solution i really wanted. I was mainly looking for a practical use for a Pi, and that was the only thing I came up with.



Ant P. wrote:
xmlns URLs are just magic strings. Nothing should ever be making requests to them (it'd be funny if the w3c site got hammered by every computer in the world 24/7 for inventing XML, but sadly no)

The one dead domain does suggest whatever generates GLSA feeds is in dire need of an update, though.
If they're not functional, then ti seems odd to have them there at all. Well, at least the itunes one. I suppose the other could be a "signature" of sorts.

It just seemed very strange.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If they're not functional, then ti seems odd to have them there at all. Well, at least the itunes one. I suppose the other could be a "signature" of sorts.

To put it another way: XML uses URIs as namespace identifiers where most sane people would spec a bare UUID.

There's no requirement that they point to a valid resource or even be http (they could just as easily have been urn:uuid:xxxx)... but web people are a vain bunch.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:lol:

OK, I'll go with that. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

erm67 wrote:

It looks like it was dead for some years, maybe they worked for apple some years ago and some stale links remains in itunes.


What I wanted to write was that maybe they worked for apple some years ago and reused some snippets of code from their previous work without noticing that some stale links remained pointing to itunes.

I need more sleep I guess.
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erm67 wrote:
Did you get a DAC finally?
No, I decided a Raspberry Pi wasn't the solution i really wanted. I was mainly looking for a practical use for a Pi, and that was the only thing I came up with.


I use an usb dac with the phone and xiaomi headphones while travelling, at home it's useless since I just use an optical cable to output 32bit/192khz from the regular spdif out of my sound card .....
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took the liberty of correcting your quotes (you had me attributed to the first, and were missing one of me around the second).

erm67 wrote:
What I wanted to write was that maybe they worked for apple some years ago and reused some snippets of code from their previous work without noticing that some stale links remained pointing to itunes.
Ah, that makes a lot more sense :).

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I use an usb dac with the phone and xiaomi headphones while travelling, at home it's useless since I just use an optical cable to output 32bit/192khz from the regular spdif out of my sound card .....
I usually use my laptop. I have decent earphones, which obviously sound much better than just the laptop speakers. I originally chose my phone in small part for having my music on it, but I've been reducing how much I use earphones. I thought about buying external speakers for the phone/laptop, but it hasn't been important enough to research what's available and worth buying. Plus there are two issues working against that option: work space clutter and having to lug it around. The only other place I could see using the phone would be in my car, but I've not bothered to see how that would work if at all.

Although I did come up with another possible use for a Raspberry Pi. I'll just have to finish some other stuff before deciding if buying one would be worth it (you never know when they'll release the next model! :)).
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I usually use my laptop. I have decent earphones, which obviously sound much better than just the laptop speakers. I originally chose my phone in small part for having my music on it, but I've been reducing how much I use earphones. I thought about buying external speakers for the phone/laptop, but it hasn't been important enough to research what's available and worth buying. Plus there are two issues working against that option: work space clutter and having to lug it around. The only other place I could see using the phone would be in my car, but I've not bothered to see how that would work if at all.

I have an ancient Technics HI-FI amplifer + JBL loudspeakers that I bought 20 years ago, if has a SPDIF in, and I always used a 5 mt toslink/spdif optical cable to connect it the computer, since my lappy doesn't have a spdif out I bougth a Fiio dac for 20€ (well it's the second since the first was buggy) to use the equipment I had. I used audio over HDMI for a while but it isn't well supported by alsa and now I have an external monitor connected to the HDMI port.
There weren't many improvements in digital audio in the last 20 years, so whenever I hear someone bragging about their DAC it makes me laugh ....
I often listen to spotify or di.fm in the car streaming from the mobile using bluetooth, but both the phone and the car radio has bluetooth and no other equipment is required.
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Although I did come up with another possible use for a Raspberry Pi. I'll just have to finish some other stuff before deciding if buying one would be worth it (you never know when they'll release the next model! :)).

Most raspberry PI dac use the same chipset used in cheap chineese dac like fiio, some of them doesn't even filter properly ground loops, but they cost a lot more and well they are useless without hi-fi ampli and speackers ....

I have heard a lot of people that lives an happy life without a raspberryPI :-) :-)
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen many low power alternatives to the Raspberry Pi that seem reasonable (price / convenience / features). I did see a Banana Pi with 4 gigabit network ports. No idea how much it costs.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naaa, it sucks, for a firewall/router it is alot better to get a board supported by openwrt
https://openwrt.org/docs/techref/targets/start

or by *bsd

If you are bored and looking for a DIY project try something IoT like smart lights maybe combined with mycroft Open Source Artificial Intelligence ...

Or automate watering the garden


I forgot to tell that using the usb id of my "dac" I found out that until a few years ago it was sold as a audiophiles sound card, they rebranded it as DAC and boosted the sales :-) The old drivers still work so the HW is the same
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

erm67 wrote:
Naaa, it sucks, for a firewall/router it is alot better to get a board supported by openwrt
https://openwrt.org/docs/techref/targets/start
I browsed their list once, and nothing I clicked on was readily available. The only other stuff seemed to be questionably suitable for the job and/or too expensive.

erm67 wrote:
If you are bored and looking for a DIY project try something IoT like smart lights maybe combined with mycroft Open Source Artificial Intelligence ...

Or automate watering the garden
It isn't about boredom, but something useful. I'm currently thinking of a type of ILO with WOL capability. I saw some variation, but don't recall how it handled video. The WOL would serve an additional benefit of being able to shut down stuff that I don't use much. Then maybe using it for distcc or something would be more worthwhile.

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I forgot to tell that using the usb id of my "dac" I found out that until a few years ago it was sold as a audiophiles sound card, they rebranded it as DAC and boosted the sales :-) The old drivers still work so the HW is the same
Audio seems to have always been one of the shadier technology industries out there.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the killer idea for something useful:
Combine the project of a raspberrypi cocktail machine with a voice user interface based on mycroft AI
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/cocktail-machine/

I'd make it look like the bartender in Passengers


There are plenty of router that can be used with openwrt, but the good ones are expensive, around 200$ for something useful. like this maybe https://openwrt.org/toh/zyxel/nbg6817

There is also something that supports dsl/vdsl I think.

I use the tg789vac.v2 that I got from my provider (it can be found for a few $$$ on ebay) but I replaced the firmware with one based on openwrt (from an australian provider), it's nice to have openwrt unlocked on the vdsl modem but not terribly useful .....
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erm67 wrote:
I got the killer idea for something useful:
Combine the project of a raspberrypi cocktail machine with a voice user interface based on mycroft AI
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/cocktail-machine/

I'd make it look like the bartender in Passengers
Seems a bit gimmicky more than functional. I guess it depends on how it would be used. If I have to do the fresh limes myself, I might as well do the rest of it. Usually I'll just go with <whatever> neat.

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There are plenty of router that can be used with openwrt, but the good ones are expensive, around 200$ for something useful. like this maybe https://openwrt.org/toh/zyxel/nbg6817
$200 is OK, if I don't have to be worried about it being a table decoration. That was the main reason I couldn't find anything last time. At that price, I want more than "void warranty at your own risk."
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erm67 wrote:
There are plenty of router that can be used with openwrt, but the good ones are expensive, around 200$ for something useful. like this maybe https://openwrt.org/toh/zyxel/nbg6817
$200 is OK, if I don't have to be worried about it being a table decoration. That was the main reason I couldn't find anything last time. At that price, I want more than "void warranty at your own risk."


well it has a large NOR flash (4mb) for future uboot bootblock updates
a 4GB emmc drive (basically an embedded ssd drive)
4+1 Gbit port that will work as a managed switch
a usb3 port to connect a hard drive and be used as a nas (maybe with a usb3 raid enclosure)
decent 512mb ram (probably not enough to run emerge or use it as an application server, maybe can be used as a frontend)
quadcore@1.7Ghz 32bit ARMV7 CPU
1.7Gbit wireless speed with compatible cards
dual core @800 Mhz network accelerator


Some people risks to brick devices a lot more expensive than that :-)
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