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Comment: Good music has no age (Score 1) 360

by Misagon (#49693297) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

I wouldn't say that people's tastes calcify. Good music holds up to the tests of time and bad music doesn't.

There is a lot of music of low quality produced in every age that became popular then but doesn't hold up. Even in the 19th century there were then popular composers that practically nobody listened to ten years later.

I started liking early '80s synth-pop when I was in my mid-30's - a genre I didn't listen to when I was younger because it had its peak when I was in kindergarten. But I listen to only a small subset of the music from that era. The music I listen to tend naturally to be from the groups who still go on tours, the songs that are still being made into covers and remixes - because that is the subset of the music of that genre and era that was the best.

Comment: Re:Most people answered too low. (Score 2) 158

by Misagon (#49651341) Attached to: Devices I have with a GPS reciever built in:

As if not owning any smartphone, tablet or GPS-enabled camera would make you a luddite.
Sure, the parent post had a remark at the end that you could interpret as the author being a smart-ass, but you don't have to be a smart-ass in return.

Some people who like tech just happen to prefer other types of devices and other types of interaction than what you can get with a smartphone.
Garmin GPS receivers are considered by many to be superior to any service you can get on a smartphone. If you are used to using one when sailing (there is no data-capable LTE on the ocean), then you might prefer to use the same device on land.
Others prefer phones that are not phablets, that fit in your pocket, with physical tactile buttons.
And when you get older and your eye-sight starts falling then the ability to play 4K video on your GPS receiver (phone) is going to be useless to you.

Comment: Don't get a hangover in the first place (Score 1) 105

by Misagon (#49536669) Attached to: Ancient Hangover Cure Discovered In Greek Texts

I am not going to say that people shouldn't drink, but if you drink responsibly then you shouldn't get a hangover in the first place.

I can imagine that hangovers were more common in earlier times because alcoholic drinks could have been of lower quality - with more of the chemicals that would worsen hangover. Production and quality control these days are done using scientific methods.
One of those chemicals is methanol, which I would expect there to be more of in moonshine than in store-bought vodka.
Another cause of hangover is dehydration.

So... Know your limit and stick to it, drink high-quality drinks and let every other glass contain a non-alcoholic drink, and then you should avoid the hangover.

Comment: Re:Cancer vs common cold (Score 5, Informative) 52

by Misagon (#49523089) Attached to: Protein Converts Pancreatic Cancer Cells Back Into Healthy Cells

The problem is that neither cancer nor cold are of "common" types: there are quite a few types of each.
One man's cancer could be quite different from another man's, even if they are both found at the same place in the body. The pancreatic cancer mentioned in the article is only one type of pancreatic cancer, although it is the most common form that would originally form there. Cancer in the pancreas could also be another type of cancer that was formed elsewhere and metastasized.
Similarly, there are many different viruses that can cause "cold".

Comment: Being able to be more precise (Score 3, Interesting) 276

by Misagon (#49502277) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

Search features I depend on:
* Non-English characters. Handle multiple encodings of web pages and URL-encoded characters in search queries.
* site: to search only within a domain. This is often a national domain, such as "" to search only British sites.
* Minus: Begin able to block certain words, or sites.
* Plus: A word prefixed with a plus is required.
* Quotes/hyphen: Searching for exact phrases. "Java class file" is different from "Java File class".

Where current search engines are lacking:
* If there is a period between the words then they do not belong to the same phrase. (A search for "Hello Google" should not return "Say Hello. Google for it." as its top result)
* Use word order in search query to weigh how important a search term is. Rank pages higher wihen those words are closer together.
* Don't correct my spelling by default, assuming that my search query is in US-English. (I am speaking to you Duck-Duck Goo!). I can spell, and I do not always write English. If I misspell then that is my mistake, and sometimes I search for a brand name that was misspelled intentionally.
* When indexing a web page, identify what is the important text on the page and ignore the rest. For instance, on an internet news site, the text in the articles is most important. On a forum text inside the comments. On this forum, articles followed by comments. What people have written in their signatures is not important. Slashboxes are not and ads are definitely not.
It is aggravating when you use Google on a collecting site and you get every other page on that site in every search result because members have listed their collections in their signatures.
If I search for the word "review", I don't want every page on every web store that has a Reviews tab.
Pages on a site often follow a certain pattern - find that pattern to find which text on each page that is the most unique.

Comment: Re:About half (Score 1) 293

by Misagon (#49502095) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

"56 per cent of radio listeners use digital radio every day."

I wonder... Would there be more radio listeners overall if stations hadn't closed down on FM already as part of the transition to DAB?
How many stations worth listening to are still on FM? How many radio listeners are there now in total compared to a decade ago?


Sharp Announces 4K Smartphone Display 152

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-pixels-than-you-know-what-to-do-with dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Japanese electronics giant Sharp has announced production of 5.5" displays with 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution. They'll hit the market next year. The display will have a pixel density of 806 PPI. It's not known yet which smartphone makers will build devices with these screens. The displays cost significantly more than a more typical 1080p or 1440p display, so they'll probably only make it into high-end phones. On the other hand, this will help to drive down prices for lower-resolution displays, so it could indirectly benefit everybody.

Comment: Re:Or a simple solution. (Score 5, Interesting) 95

by Misagon (#49436701) Attached to: Microsoft Creates a Docker-Like Container For Windows

Shared libraries are shared also so that you would be able to update the library without updating all applications that use it.

By the way, when virtualizing servers you could also create file system instances using a copy-on-write filesystem, in which case you would be able to get self-contained instances with the least amount of copying necessary.
Under Linux, you could use FUSE to get CoW on top of a underlying filesystem that doesn't support it.

Comment: Cool hack, but not very useful (Score 2) 113

by Misagon (#49420509) Attached to: Turning the Arduino Uno Into an Apple ][

The cool things are that he used a 8-bit AVR microcontroller to emulate the 6502, and that he used a USB chip on the prototyping board to create video...
Unfortunately, it runs much slower than a 1MHz 6502.

It appears that he did his own reverse-engineering of the 6502. One peculiarity that he may have missed is that it has undocumented op-codes, and those do show up in some programs.
Other people have done much more reverse engineering of the chip, down to the gate level even.

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