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Comment: Re:Squarer is better. (Score 1) 280

by Mal-2 (#48445079) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

I do rotate a monitor (2048x1152 rather than 1080p), and there is another problem you aren't accounting for: the vertical "sweet spot" of TN panels is much smaller than the horizontal sweet spot. This means that in Landscape mode, the separation between your eyes doesn't matter much, but in Portrait mode, it can become quite significant. The result is that the display looks different to each eye, which can be a very disorienting effect. The only position where this more or less goes away is dead on axis, where the angular difference of each eye matches. The color shift is still different, but at least the brightness and contrast roughly align.This can be quite troublesome though, as I'm talking about a head shift of an inch in either direction making the display go from dead sharp to flickering rapidly between single-eye images. I don't know about you, but I don't sit that still.

Comment: Report every press release from the government. (Score 4, Insightful) 316

Make this such an onerous burden that the ISPs are forced to either withdraw their support, or just censor everything that is flagged without checking it. To do this, report everything that is remotely political as "extremist" and "radicalizing". When the politicians themselves are the targets of their bad law, they just might take a hint.

Comment: Re:Clockwise Question. (Score 1) 61

by Mal-2 (#48348807) Attached to: The Largest Kuiper Belt Object Isn't Pluto Or Eris, But Triton

Phobos is in a similar situation despite having a prograde orbit: it's low enough that it orbits faster than Mars rotates (appearing from the surface to cross the sky in the opposite direction as Deimos), so the tidal drag that is pulling the more distant and slower-orbiting Deimos into an even higher orbit is pulling Phobos into a lower one.

In other words, Phobos orbits below the level of an areosynchronous orbit and outruns its own tidal bulge, which means this tidal bulge pulls back on it. (I just wanted an excuse to use the word "areosynchronous".)

Comment: Re:Who wrote that birdcall? DMCA that chirp! (Score 1) 80

by Mal-2 (#48315265) Attached to: Birds Found Using Human Musical Scales For the First Time

Bach was promoting well temperament, NOT equal temperament. Well temperament was much closer to equal than the meantone that preceded it, closing up the wolf interval Eb to G# and making all keys playable. It did not make them all equal. Keys far distant from C were still more discordant than F-C-G-D.

It's also true that while it's possible to formulate an equal temperament in terms of beats per second between fifths, this depends on having a uniform starting pitch (like our modern A=440), which ALSO did not exist in those days. "A" could be anywhere from 390 to 460+, depending on which town you went to. (Anywhere from a whole tone flat to a semitone sharp.) A tuning regime using beats cannot survive such variances.

Equal temperament didn't become prominent until late in the 19th century. Well temperaments for keyboards were still the standard, and instruments not limited to fixed pitches (including voices) still have a tendency to drift toward 5-limit Just Intonation, even when playing with equal-tempered accompaniment. Barbershop quartets even use 7-limit JI. Solo lines and melodies not doubled by fixed-pitch instruments tend toward Pythagorean (which is really 3-limit JI) -- which I suspect is also what the birds are doing.

Comment: Re:Pretty sure (Score 1) 80

by Mal-2 (#48315239) Attached to: Birds Found Using Human Musical Scales For the First Time

I would guess these birds would use Pythagorean or Just Intonation, not a well temperament. Even meantone is significantly bent from the natural harmonic series in order to close up the thirds in the keys close to C, and well temperaments come even later and are much closer to equal temperament than is meantone.

Birds probably don't worry about modulation on a twelve-note keyboard. There's no reason they need to be consistent even if they do transpose. A doesn't always have to be 440.

Comment: Not worth it... to whom? (Score 2) 594

by Mal-2 (#48292363) Attached to: Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

First, anything the 1% wants to do that involves passing money around between them, rather than picking the pockets of everyone else, is their business. That's not to say we should let them externalize costs onto us -- if parts of it are falling on populated areas, that's not cool. If hydrazine is getting into the water table, or even poisoning an unmonitored (but still important) patch of ocean, that's not cool either. But billionaires spending money for a chance so see the edge of space? Fuck it, let them.

Also, what is acceptable risk to you, isn't to everyone else. Anyone who flies an "experimental craft" is at a substantially greater risk of dying than the average person. So long as the risk is theirs, again, let them. They know the risks, and do it anyhow. Some of them are old and have a bucket list, and don't think the risk is all that substantial in light of the fact that they're mortal regardless.

Lining Branson's pockets isn't my idea of a good time, but it's not my decision whether others want to.

Comment: Re:My house of cards, taller than your house of ca (Score 1) 103

by Mal-2 (#48286139) Attached to: Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

These days, the data comes from high-energy interactions, and often involves highly improbable events. If you don't already know what to look for, you will have to slow down and analyze every event. If you do know what to look for, you can dial up the frequency of events tremendously, paying close attention only to the ones that surprise you in some way. This cuts observation times from well beyond human lifespans, to a matter of a year or two. It makes them practical.

Comment: Re:Geez-Louise! (Score 1) 608

by Mal-2 (#48238543) Attached to: Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

While I have also never seen a lady plumber or cable installer, the latter would be because I don't deal with cable installers. On the mechanic point though, I've known two. One of them I would trust (to be competent, not talking about malice), the other I would not. While that's a small sample size, that's about the same ratio of "trust or not" that I'd allocate to male mechanics.

Male social workers do exist. It's just that they seem to end up isolated from the actual work and sucked up into the bureaucracy, so you wouldn't see them.

Comment: Re:Speaking of UI's (Score 1) 169

by Mal-2 (#48233073) Attached to: Tetris Is Hard To Test

Add me to the list of those using this configuration in a home setting, unless you need to exclude me for actually having three monitors -- one is a TV that is usually off or being used for other purposes. (Having both AGP and integrated graphics active at the same time is... interesting. I get lots of odd behavior out of it.)

Pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious animal on earth.