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Comment: The brain's other great invention... (Score 1) 637 637

The reason is the brain's other great invention, the tokenisation of value, aka "money". That trumps everything when it comes down to it. That's why people always vote in tax-cutting moronic governments rather than one that acts for the greater good.

Comment: Re:Can someone translate "1.4x faster?" (Score 1) 415 415

Jeez how to overcomplicate and overthink a simple thing. However they worded it, it's no way 2.4x faster than Yosemite - that's not possible on the same hardware. It's 40% faster than, or 1.4x faster.

And what exactly is faster? They don't say, but perhaps that's a mix of typical operations (launching, drawing speed, searching and sorting, etc), or perhaps they're just cherry picking a few routines that they've managed to optimise that are low level but will benefit most apps equally (but which won't translate into a 40% speed up to the user in most cases).

Comment: Re:Heptatonic (Score 1) 111 111

That's because music doesn't usually use a 12 tone scale, it uses a heptatonic or pentatonic scale, and Western musical notation is pretty good at representing that.

A single piece may not, but taken as a whole body of work, dodecatonic scales are the norm in most music today. So rather than have to say "this 5-stave notation represents the key of E-flat in this particular case", a 6-stave representation would be key-agnostic. Not all note positions would be needed in a given piece, but all instruments could play the same piece in the same key from the same notation. The notation would be clearer due to the lower degree of visual "compression" and the lack of need to notate exceptions to sharps, flats and naturals indicated by the key. Makes total sense. But it will never happen, because reactionaries would object, as you did.

Comment: Already has (Score 5, Interesting) 158 158

The "sound" of a badly encoded MP3 is already influencing the way people sing - it's almost as if they think those artefacts and unwanted harmonics are something that makes a voice a good singing voice, because that's what they hear when someone holds a long or high note. Bloody hateful.

Comment: Re:Heptatonic (Score 1) 111 111

You're right - music as a logical system is pretty much a mess. But that reflects both its long history and lack of understanding that went along with it for a very long time. A great series to watch if you're interested in that is Howard Goodall's "Big Bangs" which is very interesting and approachable even for non-musicians.

The idea of musical notes being a straightforward geometric series took an awful long time to be realised, because of the idea (set in train by Pythagoras) that musical intervals HAD TO BE simple integer ratios. Just like Pythag's blind-spot about irrational numbers such as root 2, he assumed that nature abhorred nasty fractions. That thinking influenced music for millennia, and people still think that equal temperament is a "compromise" because it's slightly off from whole number ratios - but who says it has to be? That's just trying to force it to fit an idealised model of nature that is an entirely human idea.

Musical notation is also barking mad in the light of a 12-tone scale. It would make much more sense if a stave had six lines, so every note in the scale had its own fixed place, instead of wandering all over the place because 12 doesn't divide into 5. It would do away with clefs, the need to notate keys by use of special sharps and flats, and generally make it much easier to learn and use. However, it'll never happen because those who read the existing notation think it's fine, and a change would be too disruptive.

Comment: Re:You realize... (Score 2) 186 186

The premise is that things going extinct is universally bad

Says who? You realise that >99% of species that have ever lived are extinct? Of course it seems sad when a species goes extinct, especially as it's often because of unnecessary predation by humans (e.g. elephants, rhinos), so let's concentrate on stopping our own species being such arseholes. However, in general extinction is totally natural, and as in this (rare) case when it's not our fault at all, then let it be. I suspect that those Iguanas will be perfectly fine if we just leave it alone for a change.

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