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Comment: Re:Will This Fight Ever End? (Score 4, Interesting) 427

by TWX (#49791315) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

You'd think the fight between Edison and Tesla would have ended long after their deaths. Clearly not. It is a good thing their graves aren't near each other, if they were, there would surely be lighting bolts going back and forth.

I have that Thinkgeek t-shirt actually...

It is mildly amusing that DC, Edison's favorite, might be better suited to an application named after the major proponent of AC, Tesla...

Comment: Re:100 degree plus temp and dryness (Score 1) 152

by TWX (#49782879) Attached to: Heat Wave Kills More Than 1,100 In India
Or if people are outdoors, they actually try to drink enough cool water to survive.

One thing that the Israeli army has right is they require their soldiers to take regular water breaks if conditions are safe to do so, and they enforce that enough water is drunk each break. It's amazing how high the temps can be and still be survivable if one isn't dehydrated.

Comment: Re:Someone Please Provide a Better Explanation (Score 1) 377

What if my dishwasher is old and not as good at washing dishes as new ones, and if due to a lack of volume of dishes generated on a daily basis, dirty dishes loaded into the dishwasher might sit for a few days before being run? I don't want to attract bugs or have a stinky kitchen...

Comment: Re:autotune (Score 1) 156

by TWX (#49780323) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?
Probably none who achieved their initial popularity in the last twenty years. There are probably performers who rose to prominence before it was commonplace that still don't use it, but there probably even large numbers from that generation that have started using it as their voices have aged and their vocal control isn't what it once was.

That said, what I have heard of Lorde, which is probably only two or three songs, doesn't sound especially overproduced, but I don't know if they've tweaked anything to take it from great to outstanding or not.

Comment: Re:Will Technology Disrupt the Song? (Score 2) 156

by TWX (#49780297) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?
Are you joking? Technology has always disrupted the nature of music. Early forms of recording were very short in duration and essentially dictated the time lenggh of their contents. Popular music has had to conform to the technology, and arguably is permanently changed. How many charting pop songs over five minutes long that aren't novelty tunes can you think of?

Comment: Re:They're missing the point... (Score 1) 272

by TWX (#49780051) Attached to: How To Die On Mars
I wouldn't go to another place to live unless the odds were better than even that I could live my natural lifespan if I'm careful. I don't care if that's across town or across the Solar System. I would not go to Mars without at least a decent chance that a colony could survive. After all, going without that expectation is literally accomplishing nothing.

The difficult we do today; the impossible takes a little longer.