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by snakemeat at 10:00 AM EDT on July 30, 2009
Is this subwoofer proximity thing more than just a myth? Do the magnets really screw up your junk?

I've had speakers mess up a TV. They were pressed against it though and unshielded. It made certain sections have a green tint to them. I had never heard of the problem until it happened to me.

You only need to worry if the speakers are unshielded. For example, some surround sound systems come with shielded speakers for the ones that will be in front (and likely near other equipment), and unshielded for the ones in the rear. I'm not sure if sub-woofers are ever shielded, so you may want to investigate that.
by manakoAT at 2:13 PM EDT on July 30, 2009
I had my dvd player on my tv, this was enough for a 2 inch pink line in the screen :o)
by Elven Spellmaker at 9:04 PM EDT on July 30, 2009
I havn't ever seen a shielded sub, last year I set up my P.C. on the ground with the sub about 20cm away from the monitor to the left.

Suffice it to say, I basically couldn't see anything on the screen properly. =/

So I moved it 1 metre behind it and it was fine.
by SmartOne at 10:35 PM EDT on July 30, 2009
I cracked open my old, partially blown Klipsch ProMedia 4.1 subwoofer/amp last weekend. It's basically huge magnets in a wooden box with a monster hunk of PCB containing (allegedly) overestimated components.

edited 10:37 PM EDT July 30, 2009
by Mouser X at 4:42 PM EDT on August 10, 2009
I've been cleaning my room for about 2 weeks... I haven't done so in at least a year (likely 2), so I suppose that's my reason for it taking so long. And I'm still not done. :(

Currently, I'm attempting to clean out from beneath my desk, which contains wires, cables, cords, notebooks, a phone, miscelaneous paper, USB cables and attachments, a Gamecube, and a UPS. Oh, and a LEGO box, 2 PCs (3 including a laptop I don't use anymore), 2-3 power supplies (only one of which is in use), a VCR, some hard drives which aren't hooked up (one of which doesn't work), and, if I recall correctly, a picture in a frame. I'm probably forgetting something (I didn't include dust bunnies, but they're there too), but that sort of gives an idea of how terribly disorganized the area under my desk is.

Wish me luck? Mouser X over and out.
by Elven Spellmaker at 10:58 PM EDT on August 10, 2009
Hows your Ocarina Playing going Mouser?
by Mouser X at 11:09 PM EDT on August 10, 2009
Not as well as the room cleaning is going.... And I still have a lot left to do in that area. IIRC, I got swamped with school work, Spore (I have Galactic Adventures now as well), and I bought a Wii, and got a PS2. So yah, I have a lot of stuff to take my time right now. Not to mention that, since I'm not riding the bus anymore, I don't have the opportunity to play it while I walk to/from the bus stop.

In other words, not well. I picked it up the other day, and was disappointed at how much I had lost. :/ Mouser X over and out.
by SmartOne at 11:50 PM EDT on August 10, 2009
Figuring out which Java JAR contains the javax.persistence package is a pain. Acquiring that JAR is painful.
Random copyright thought experiment by hcs at 11:33 AM EDT on August 11, 2009
Time sharing a book is not, as I understand it, a violation of copyright. That is, physically passing it along to 100 people in series should be permitted, while allowing all 100 simultaneous access (e.g. they all read together, or we unbind the book and allow each page to be distributed to a different person, or even arrange a system of mirrors so they can all see the page at the same time) would conceivably fall under "public performance". This is understandable: even if no copy is fixed, if many people have simultaneous access to the work, they each have a "virtual" copy. This simultaneity isn't strictly in the physical sense. We can have the aforementioned system of mirrors set up so that we time multiplex the view between simultaneous viewers rapidly enough that it is still readable (say we flip it between two viewers at 120 Hz; even without persisting phosphors (which could constitute fixing a copy) the persistence of vision would allow it to be read). We could argue that only one person is seeing it at once, but I don't think that the law would make such a distinction and would consider this as much public performance as if every viewer could see it simultaneously.

The question, then, is at what frequency does this setup become illegal? If it is 1 cycle per day, we essentially have a lending library with a maximum checkout time of (one day) / (interested parties), which the apparatus simply makes more convenient than returning to a central location. Does it become illegal when the physical eye no longer notices the absence? What what about when it persists long enough for a single paragraph to be read and mulled over in the intervening delay? What if it is a reference work, where requests for entries are queued up and the entry is only displayed to one person long enough to read, then automatically passing on to the next client? That much could be done mechanically with the physical book, even.

I'm proposing that this can all be done without mechanically copying information. These things would be easier to do if we substitute a video camera, easier still if we allow the book to be stored digitally, but these involve making copies in some sense, while I assume that the natural action of photons is not so construed. I suppose the optical lending library might infringe anyway, if any device allowing access by a number of people, even serially, to the same book is criminal no matter how closely it is an analog to something that is allowed when less convenient. That convenience factor was something I was trying to get at with the frequency argument.
by snakemeat at 2:04 PM EDT on August 11, 2009
Figuring out which Java JAR contains the javax.persistence package is a pain. Acquiring that JAR is painful.

This site is useful for such things:

edited 2:04 PM EDT August 11, 2009

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