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    • in reply to: Aren't these the greatest performances of classical music? #2169545

      OscarCP
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      And for this number, I think that the following is enough introduction:

      Vaughan Williams “The Lark Ascending”; Hilary Hahn, violin, with the Camerata Salzburg, Louis Langrée conducting, performed in front of a live audience. A Rumanian TV 2 production:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOWN5fQnzGk

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    • OscarCP
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      For rendering in 3-D the shapes of satellites to calculate certain forces acting on them, I have had someone test “Blender”, that is open source, freeware and available for Windows, macOS and Linux. I wonder if the product discussed here, that I have not heard about until reading the comments here, might not be a better one. https://www.blender.org/

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    • in reply to: Time Machine stalls during back up. #2161970

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      Well: It took well over two hours, but it got done. So, finally: Fumata bianca! Habemus backup!

      What I still would like to know is: why it took this long and proceeded in such an untidy fashion, when it has always been a trouble-free, 20 – 30 minutes’ process until now, for over 2 1/2 years?

      But at least now I have all my recent work relatively safer, stored both on the Mac’s SSD and on the TM HD! And Nathan has explained that he also has trouble, now and then, with Time Machine. So things are not as easy and trouble-free as I had thought. Oh well…

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    • in reply to: Time Machine stalls during back up. #2159582

      OscarCP
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      One more thing: when the progress of the backup stalls, if I put my ear to the little box of the TM hard disk and I can hear it spinning inside. So it is not dead. A software problem, maybe?  Now I have started a new back up and I’ll let it go for the whole night; tomorrow I’ll see if it has managed to get somewhere.

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    • in reply to: Aren't these the greatest performances of classical music? #2154129

      OscarCP
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      This collection of J.S. Bach concerts for oboe and oboe d’amore (an early form of the oboe) is a collection of works from the lighter side of his huge production. The video has a good execution of the works, but it is illustrated with a tragic and depressing “cautionary tale” that has nothing at all to do with the music, particularly with its warm and bright style. The background illustration is in the form of a sequence of Hogarth’s prints called “The Rake’s Progress” (a sarcastic pun on John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrims’ Progress”). Being by Hogarth, the prints are both gorgeous and very, very realistic. This sequence is definitely OK to look at once, but I would minimize the screen after that and just listen to the music again, instead.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOc6I7rxAO8

      And to complement the above video, here is one where my favorite fiddler plays J.S. Bach’s violin concert BWV 1060 in C minor, that is really a double concert for violin and oboe, here with both violinist and oboist pretty evenly matched in the quality of their interpretations and playing some truly lovely duets, particularly in the second, slow movement:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erwt9IexcCA

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    • in reply to: Microsoft Defender ATP coming to Linux, iOS and Android #2154072

      OscarCP
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      This announcement about Microsoft Threat Protection (MTP), including the part about Microsoft Defender ATP, seems to be directed at people in the IT departments of governments, different types of public organizations and private corporations. The MS announcement mentions its partnership with the MITRE Corporation, that researches various aspects of risks to national security and ways to defend from them and provides advice and technical help to the USA government, so this development could be taken seriously. I don’t think that is very relevant to operators of small networks, or small business, or home users. But you never now: if Microsoft Defender pans out, eventually there could be useful spinoffs for those other markets as well. I don’t know what the people that develop the various Linux distros will make of this. It should be interesting to find out.

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    • in reply to: Aren't these the greatest performances of classical music? #2153751

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      The “Musical Offering” by J.S. Bach consists of a series of different types of counterpunctual music, from canon to sonata, composed by J.S.B. at the strong suggestion from King Frederick II (called “The Great”) of Prussia, who was also a respectable musician: flute player and composer whose works are still played at concerts. The king, at Bach’s request, then played a rather long theme of, presumably, his own invention, on his flute, and Bach promised to make something of it. The result is the topic of this comment.

      One of the most famous parts of the “Offering”, and of the whole Bach repertoire, is the “Ricercar a 6” a composition for six voices that play both with and against each other in a most fantastic cascade of sound. Bach also wrote a version adapted for keyboard instruments, because  human piano, organ, or harpsichord players only have four extremities (and only organ players can really use all four).

      Here is an interesting looking animation of the Ricercar a 6:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYouXtuk0T8

      And here is an episode from a German/Hungarian TV program (in German, with English subtitles) chronicling Bach’s life, with a reenactment of the meeting between the king and Bach where he got his invitation to compose a little something based on the what right away became known as the  “Thema Regium” or “King’s Theme”.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdmcabpiGYU

      And here is the actual thing, all of it — to me one of the most delightful stimulant and beautiful things I have ever heard and I often listen to. (And listening to it also does make people cleverer, take it from me  — although, full disclosure, I started being clever, or so my mother and some of my better girlfriends have informed me, which always helps.) The music begins with the king’s theme without any ornamentation or harmonization, just the same plain sequence of notes Frederick played in his flute, and then Bach takes it from there…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooqdCeswX9k

      Finally, from “Gödel, Escher Bach: an Eternal Golden Thread” by Duglas R. Hoftstadter (the book many bought because Martin Gardener so much recommended it, but never got past page 20) is this excerpt, where the actual meeting between Frederick and Bach is recounted as told by Bach’s biographers, near the beginning of Chapter 1:

      One May evening in 1747, an unexpected guest showed up. Johann Nikolaus Forkel, one of Bach’s earliest biographers, tells the story as follows:
      ‘One evening, just as he [Frederick] was getting his flute ready, and his musicians were assembled, an officer brought him a list of the strangers who had arrived. With his flute in his hand he ran over the list, but immediately turned to the assembled musicians, and said, with a kind of agitation, “Gentlemen, old Bach is come.” The flute was now laid aside, and old Bach, who had alighted at his son’s lodgings [the son was emplyed as a King’s musician], was immediately summoned to the Palace. Wilhelm Friedemann [Bach’s son], who accompanied his father, told me this story, and I must say that 1 still think with pleasure on the manner in which he related it. At that time it was the fashion to make rather prolix compliments. The first appearance of J. S. Bach before se great a King, who did not even give him time to change his traveling dress for a black chanter’s gown, must necessarily be attended with many apologies. I will not here dwell en these apologies, but merely observe, that in Wilhelm Friedemann’s mouth they made a formal Dialogue between the King and the Apologist.
      But what is mere important than this is that the King gave up his Concert for this evening, and invited Bach, then already called the Old Bach, to try his fortepianos, made by Silbermann, which he kept in several rooms of the palace. [Forkel here inserts this footnote: “The pianofortes manufactured by Silbermann, of Frevberg, pleased the King se much, that he resolved to buy them all up. He collected fifteen. I hear that they all now stand unfit for use in various corners of the Royal Palace.’

       

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    • in reply to: Surface Laptop 3’s Spontaneous Cracked Screens? #2153664

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      NTDBD: Batteries placed in the screen/lid of a laptop-like device? Well… should we now also speak of “built-in obsolescence by design – and we really, really mean it to be this way”? Is this actually true of the “Surface” devices or of any laptop-like gadget these days?

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    • in reply to: Time Machine stalls during back up. #2169531

      OscarCP
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      Thanks, Alex, what you mention is at least plausible and, for all I know, it could have been the cause of the trouble; I didn’t think of that. It is too late now to see if that is what happened, but next time I do a backup, I’ll make sure to check first that nothing else that I can control is running, before I start, and also to keep my hands well off the machine until it is done, for good measure (while hoping it will really get done any time soon).

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    • in reply to: Aren't these the greatest performances of classical music? #2169465

      OscarCP
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      To atone for my mistake, here is my offering of an album by Toquinho and Paulinho Moreira of music by several composers of Bossa Nova and of other things, such as J.S.B. (track no. 2):

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81DjBm0GZHY

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    • in reply to: Aren't these the greatest performances of classical music? #2169441

      OscarCP
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      Oh Dear! I have really been going on about Getz and his ‘trumpet’?!

      And, er, where is my  head now? It’s always getting lost somewhere.

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    • in reply to: Aren't these the greatest performances of classical music? #2169383

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      migongo: Thanks! That is a real classic.

      To attempt repay such a favor, here is the famous recording of Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s trumpet and guitar with a group of good musicians they put together, that in the late 60’s started the explosion of Bossa Nova in popularity here in the USA and other places as well. I first heard this when I was living in Australia and still remember the big impression it made on me and my friends then:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7VGpKdX3f8

      And is this a sort of re-fusion, because Gilberto invented Bossa Nova as a fusion of Samba and Jazz?

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    • in reply to: Microsoft Defender ATP coming to Linux, iOS and Android #2169356

      OscarCP
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      Wavy: I think, yes, it looks that way reading the document. If it were meant to be sold to us teeming millions, it would not be going on about things most of us are unlikely to want, need or be able to use. Unless the bundle of services described there can be broken up and some bits made available to those of us that could and would use them.

      As to MrJimPhelps last comment ( #2169302 ), in line with an earlier one of his also here, I say: bussinesspeak mealymouthed pomposity has gradually corrupted everyday language, particularly the use of long “difficult” words (e.g. “Momentarily” instead of “soon” or “shortly”) by advertising copywriters and PR people to give the appearance of gravitas and, or superior knowledge in order to impress us rubes. So the use here of some of such vocabulary, because it has become the standard one to use in formal communications, cannot be ruled out entirely.

      So it is hard for me to know, at least in this case, whether this is just a glorified ad to sell something to the big bosses that decide what to buy, or is mainly a straight description of a service bundle made using accepted, if awkward, jargon. Or both. Fortunately, in my situation, I can ignore this thing and go on my merry way. For now, at least…

      But what might the Linux developers make of this? I would love to hear about that — if there is anything to hear, that is.

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    • in reply to: Microsoft Defender ATP coming to Linux, iOS and Android #2155183

      OscarCP
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      I have some reason to believe that the use of those buzzwords might be necessary to communicate with the personnel in charge of the  IT departments of the large organizations the article seems to be aimed at. Those particular IT people use some pretty narrowly defined and stilted vocabulary in the formal writing of contracts, regulations, courses (such as the one I have to take once a year on IT Security), etc. So it might not be just some PR person trying to create a big impression. But there might be some of that too.

      In any event, it does not look to me like this concerns, at this time, small-time users such as myself and many others around here. Even those that administer small networks.

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    • in reply to: Microsoft Defender ATP coming to Linux, iOS and Android #2154118

      OscarCP
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      Generally available Microsoft Threat Protection (MTP) provides the built-in intelligence, automation, and integration to coordinate protection, detection, response, and prevention by combining and orchestrating into a single solution the capabilities of Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) (endpoints), Office 365, ATP (email), Azure ATP (identity), and Microsoft Cloud App Security (apps).

      This and more information, here:

      https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/2020/02/20/microsoft-threat-protection-intelligence-automation/

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