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Comment: Obvious Oil Company Involvement (Score 1) 841

by Mark Rawls (#42898561) Attached to: Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged
Of course, I can't prove it until someone with the means to do so conducts a study on the reporter, but it's fairly obvious what's happening here. I see absolutely no other reason to write such a scathing and skewed review of a great car like the Model S. Not to mention that, according to TFA, the reporter tried to run the charge down when the car outperformed what the meters said it would do. I see now way that a big check with a fair deal of 0's was not involved in this.

Comment: Dropouts (Score 1) 351

I imagine that this will incite a slew of creative and intelligent students dropping out of school. I certainly wouldn't put up with having my school suddenly flipping the switch and saying that everything I do belongs to them. As a musician and web designer, that would be an instant deal breaker - I would seek home education immediately, or go with one of the many more reasonable options online (such as Florida Virtual School).

Comment: Why not Sublime Text? (Score 1) 386

by Mark Rawls (#40423739) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: No-Install Programming At Work?
Sublime Text is an excellent programmer's text editor that I use daily. It has support for tons of languages (and variants on those), automatic indentation, bracket completion, quote completion, a "memory" feature (knows variables you've typed), extensions support, and even compiling features. It has a full portable version, with nothing cut out. I'd highly recommend it, as the trial is unlimited (and the license is cheap for a tool this high quality - only $60).

Comment: I'm sorry to burst your bubble here (Score 1) 132

by Mark Rawls (#40319587) Attached to: Chords To 1300 Songs Analyzed Statistically For Patterns
Just about every pop song for the past... eternity... has used the same pattern: I, V, vi, IV. It's hilarious how bad it's getting. For instance, look at the preview of Coldplay's "The Scientist" on MusicNotes. The original key is F Major, so we'll work off of that. We start off with a Dm chord, thusly iv (minor sixth). Transition into Bb Major, so we get IV (major fourth). Then down to F, so I, and finally to C, so V (major fifth). They just shifted the pattern two chords over.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.