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Comment End of the Universe (Score 4, Interesting) 164

If black holes grow by the absorbing the quantum foam, then the universe is slowly gaining mass as new matter is spontaneously being generated but not getting a chance to vanish back to where it came from. This means that eventually the cosmic expansion will halt and be reversed. This universe could end not in heat death but a big crunch. We may have the final answer in the ultimate fate of the universe if this theory is correct.

Submission + - "Open Source Bach" project completed; score and recording now online ( 1

rDouglass writes: "MuseScore, the open source music notation editor, and pianist Kimiko Ishizaka have released a new recording and digital edition of Bach's Goldberg Variations. The works are released under the Creative Commons Zero license to promote the broadest possible free use of the works. The score underwent two rounds of public peer review, drawing on processes normally applied to open source software. Furthermore, the demands of Bach's notational style drove significant advancements in the MuseScore open source project. The recording was made on a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial piano in the Teldex Studio of Berlin. Anne-Marie Sylvestre, a Canadian record producer, was inspired by the project and volunteered her time to edit and produce the recording. The project was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign that was featured on Slashdot in March 2011."

Comment Why they change the UI (Score 1) 1040

Software vendors make money selling their software. But you can't sell somebody the same version of the OS that they already have, unless you are Apple, then you just move the OS version up by 1/10th and the iFanboys will buy it. Windows 7 came about because XP had nearly reached the saturation point. Windows 8 because 7 isn't giving people a reason to leave XP. The big problem is we really hit the level of maximum usability in your UI and now you have to make changes for the sake of making it different, so they rip out the functionality and claim it's "improving the experience". No thanks, I'll stick with what I have for as long as I can and hope that sanity returns when I eventually have no choice and have to update because of hardware issues.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.