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Comment: Re:Will Technology Disrupt the Song? (Score 1) 153

by Sir_Eptishous (#49782399) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?

A big part of the reason why you don't hear many 10-minute songs on the radio or elsewhere is because it's SIGNIFICANTLY harder to write a piece like that which is satisfying, doesn't get boring, and is also simple enough in structure to remain interesting upon first listening. Similarly you don't hear many songs less the 1-2 minutes long because you don't have enough time to develop anything interesting enough to have a satisfying "narrative journey" for a listener.

There aren't temporary trends -- they're pretty basic to human experience in general which has been consistent for centuries. Has the author of TFA never listened to Broadway songs, let alone historical music? Has he not noticed that the same song lengths and structural patterns tend to occur there, where the constraints of media and radio play are less relevant?

I couldn't agree more about "there aren't temporary trends". Human enjoyment of music is pretty much as you explain it.

However I have to point out that this renewed focus on short songs is strange, being that going back to the beginning of 20th century pop music, songs were regularly 2-3 minutes in length. Take "Michelle" by The Beatles for example. It clocks in at 2:40. Sheer brilliance in less than three minutes. Short songs are nothing new.

On the flip side we have a band like Rush that has consistently created longer songs that "remain interesting" and usually don't adhere to the AABA song structure. For bands like Tool that make this attempt, it usually falls flat.

Comment: Re:Will Technology Disrupt the Song? (Score 1) 153

by Sir_Eptishous (#49782279) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?

Donovan had to make a decision when recording "Hurdy Gurdy Man" whether to include all 3 verses he wrote, or 2 verses and a guitar solo, as there wasn't time to have 3 verses plus a solo within 3 minutes. The Byrds had loads of songs where even more verses were cut out to keep them down to a radio-friendly length.

Yes, the radio version and the LP version, may they never meet!

Comment: Re:Will Technology Disrupt the Song? (Score 1) 153

by Sir_Eptishous (#49782247) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?

Most on /. don't know that in the 80's there was a movement of making short songs, especially in the punk and hardcore bands.
Short songs are nothing new.
Look at most of the early Beatles catalog. Those were short(and sweet) songs.

The length of a song doesn't dictate it's quality.

Comment: It's not just the IRS (Score 3, Insightful) 82

by Sir_Eptishous (#49778253) Attached to: IRS: Personal Info of 100,000 Taxpayers Accessed Illegally
Yea, /. had a story about the IRS and SS sites a while back.
Make sure your log in and create an account for the Social Security Administration too.

It really is getting ridiculous how frequent this shit is happening now.
It's almost to the point where people don't even pay attention:
"Oh wow, another big financial institution got hacked... Another fifty million Americans data is in the hands of criminals... What can we do about it?"

The average American is at their wits fucking end trying to keep up with all their accounts, passwords, blah diddy fucking blah shit they have to keep track of. For most of us this isn't an issue, but you can guarantee that for the vast majority of Americans, they are flying blind when it comes to all various requirements for being secure online. Oh, and lest I forget(how could I?) all of these security problems we encounter daily are always for convenience of the user(Trust Us!). Convenient apps/plugins/sites/tools to make your life easier:
"Isn't your life easier with our no security, pro-hacker enabled widget? Why, within a matter of moments of using our widget your personal data, financial data and medical data will be in the hands of our trusty hacker/malware infested servers in DerkaDerkaStan, where our trusty staff of well trained consultants will bleed you dry before you can click the X in the upper right hand corner. Why, to deny such a widget would be an affront to America, to the very meaning of Freedom and Capitalism!"

To be less hyperbolic, think of what it takes to have even a modicum of security online. We've got to have hardened browsers(NoScript, AdBlock, etc), we have to have different id/pw combinations for all important sites(that one really messes with people...), we have to have an account with a credit monitoring/credit agency(Equifax, etc) to monitor our financial accounts, we have to have up to date settings, firmware on our DSL/Cable modems, we have to have our OS security settings correct, AV/AntiMalware, etc, etc, etc

Have fun with all that, average American(it's bad enough for "advanced" users).

Comment: A Message from The President of Penn State (Score 2) 101

First off, is this hyperbole?

Moving forward, we all will need to take additional steps to protect ourselves, our identities and our information from a new global wave of cybercrime and cyberespionage.

Second, and most importantly, how long until the US and China "come in from the cold" and enter an actual hot war(with the way events are unfolding in the South China Sea, and this cold war that has been going on for the last 15 years)?

Comment: What they will really drink (Score 4, Interesting) 278

My experience in living in places with "bad water"(wells with ultra high mineral content) and visiting people who live in those types of places(Phoenix...) has shown me that people will either buy five gallon plastic jugs of water at the grocery store or get their drinking water delivered somehow from a "reputable source".

Of course there will also be those who invest in high end in-place water filtering systems.

Human behavior dictates that no one with the financial ability will knowingly drink recycled sewage. I see a boom market for water distributors of all flavors.

With that being said I applaud the efforts in So-Cal to be better users of their precious little water.
Let us raise our glass and give a cheer!

Too much of everything is just enough. -- Bob Wier