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Comment: Re:What a guy (Score 1) 334

by bmo (#49786339) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

When Palin was selected to be McCain's running mate, she had the highest approval rating of any of the 50 governors.

The only surveying company to come up with that is some podunk company in Alaska. Just because it's on Wikipedia doesn't mean it's meaningful.

Then the left wing media went to work and convinced all the mindless cretins like yourself that she was the devil incarnate.

She is the epitome of someone who is both stupid and suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. Her speeches are pure fucking word-salad. They are unlistenable, because they contain not just no information, but rather /negative information/. I cannot stand to listen for more than 20 seconds at a time. To make me actually listen to a whole speech would entail something like what happened to Alex in "A Clockwork Orange." After which, you would have to commit me via an IEA to a mental hospital.

"Grow a brain."

You forgot the "Morans."


Comment: Wrong question. (Score 1) 105

by Mal-2 (#49771047) Attached to: Favorite musical scale, by number of pitch classes?

31-ET, applied correctly, goes a long way to fix the problems 12-ET has rendering pre-20th century music correctly. When this is not a viable option (as with most keyboard instruments), that's what unequal well temperaments are for. Meantone can be very nice for Renaissance and some Baroque but gets to be pretty rancid for Bach and his contemporaries.

If you deny enharmonicity, meaning E-sharp isn't equivalent to F-natural or any other note, and F-sharp is a different pitch from G-flat, then there are essentially an arbitrary number of notes per octave depending on how you want to generate your scale. There are seven uniquely named pitch classes no matter what kind of scale you're working in, meaning diminished scales and other octatonic scales must have a cross-relation in them somewhere (a F-natural and an F-sharp, for example).

So, I'd have to vote for microtonal, the only option that encompasses all of these possibilities simultaneously.

Comment: Still a hack, but way better than nothing. (Score 4, Interesting) 53

by Mal-2 (#49762241) Attached to: Software Patch Fixes Mars Curiosity Rover's Auto-focus Glitch

This fix still requires much of the resources of the previous method, essentially bracketing the shot and picking the best one. This means it will still take just as long to obtain each image, but apparently that wasn't a huge problem. What this saves is something precious though: bandwidth. Now the rover is picking the best shot, instead of sending a bunch of blind guesses and making us sort it out. I suspect that if the bandwidth wasn't precious, they wouldn't have bothered improving on the existing workaround, so it must have been worth all the trouble.

Comment: Amazon exerting pressure? Bullshit. (Score 2) 241

by Mal-2 (#49762007) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

Each company will do exactly the same calculation Amazon has done, and figure out which method of accounting allows them to keep the most money while remaining able to operate in the jurisdictions they care about. If the others come to the same conclusion, it's not because Amazon said so, it's because the numbers and the lawyers said so.

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