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Comment: Re:It's all in the cow bell - only the beats are s (Score 2) 386

Yeah, I hadn't listened to the comparison before now. Just wow. They're completely different songs. They do use the same instruments (as you mentioned: cowbell, bass, and vocals), which does give them a similar feel.

I bet musicians feel about this like us software guys (for the ./ers who are software guys) feel about so many of those patents.

Comment: Re:Answer: no (Score 1) 97

What if I reframe the question, "We can standardize regulatory frameworks between allied friendly countries through modernizing uphevals. In the long run this is expected to be free of cost, or even slightly profitable!" I don't know if it'll change your mind, but it sounds nice to me.

Comment: Re:Missing the obvious? (Score 1) 183

by Talennor (#46795061) Attached to: The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

And it was obvious enough for an undergrad to discover. Even though it passed the (at the time) tried and true methods that proved the fitness of many designs. It even became a cautionary tale that improved our procedures without the building falling down and killing people (which I find to be the truly amazing part of this story).

However, your lego example could point out why wind wasn't tested at the corners. In pushing over legos you assume a constant force from any direction (since you're pushing with your hand/foot/whatever). But wind produces considerably less force at angles. How would you blow over a lego tower? Your first obvious choice might be to try directly at the sides.

Comment: Verification Time (Score 4, Insightful) 332

by Talennor (#46036085) Attached to: Marc Andreessen On Why Bitcoin Matters (And A Critique)

I'm still concerned with the verification time required to show that double spending hasn't happened. It's simple to double spend bitcoins, though within 20 minutes or so the blockchain will show which transaction went through. This means bitcoins can be used for online orders (as long as the seller is trusted because no chargebacks), but waiting around at the Target checkout for 20 minutes can't happen, at least with only direct bitcoin transfers. You could have a processor guarantee with more information to save time, but that's more like an already existing debit account and less like the bitcoin transfers people are excited about.

Comment: Re:Mediocrity in Academics (Score 1) 194

And while the current reality isn't exactly new, we're creating new ways to understand and handle it. Can subpar research and publication be harnessed to advance us or is it just a drag? Is more education in our current model helpful to the new masses of PhDs? What does that do for science? Society? Not everyone uses their high school education in their jobs or really needs to even be literate, but it's made our society better in many ways to educate as many people as we do today. There's so many cool questions about what this is today that we're seeing and what it means and what we can do with it!

Comment: Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (Score 1) 1440

by Talennor (#44950203) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

They changed the law in 2012 to limit it to texting. So they've fixed the law. Now they need to fix the officer enforcing what's no longer a law.

Current: http://web.lexisnexis.com/research/xlink?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=O.C.G.A.+%A7+40-6-241.2

Comment: Re:touch-typing? (Score 2) 240

by Talennor (#42968061) Attached to: Compared to my immediate peers, my typing

I can, and it's a pretty useful skill for someone who lives in a cubicle all workweek. I've been surprised at people who've spent 20+ years in front of computers and never learned to type without staring at the keyboard and pecking with one or two fingers. Like my father who learned drafting in college where I learned CAD, and the always in front of your own computer thing showed up during his career. It doesn't take long to learn, but apparently you do have to try to learn.

After Goliath's defeat, giants ceased to command respect. - Freeman Dyson