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Comment Re:Thai music is heptatonic (Score 1) 111

Most western musical scales divide the octave into seven intervals, not eight: C-D, D-E, E-F, F-G, G-A, A-B and B-C for the C major scale. Those seven intervals are not all the same. Your reference claims that the Thai seven intervals are near enough to being all the same. That is a huge difference between them.

Comment Swift execution (Score 2) 255

We can look to the Starks and the Torvalds of this world for the solution to this problem.

In the sight of the newsgroup, in the name of software stability and maintainability, I Linus Torvalds, creator and maintainer of linux, creator of git, sentence you to die. You will speak no final word.

Comment Phooey (Score 1) 480

I could gain the same pleasure by fantasizing that instead of being my father's son, I am in fact the bastard son of a billionaire and his sole heir, and he's about to come to the end of his days. He didn't tell me because he wanted to see what I could make of myself. There, saved $2.

Comment Re:China + India + Coal (Score 1) 206

The Chinese are building more nuclear plants these days and electric scooters are very popular there. I wouldn't be surprised to see them become more environmentally friendly than the US in the next 15-30 years.

They already are:
United States: 17.5 tonnes CO2 emitted per capita
China: 5.3 tonnes CO2 emitted per capita
Source: United Nations Millennium Development Goals Indicators

Comment The real news is that legislation is required (Score 1) 308

Legal advice has been obtained recently that the Australian government cannot implement the internet filter without legislating. That is the real news here.

Both the greens and the opposition spokesmen oppose the filter. Xenophon's vote would be crucial only if there was a coalition split on the issue, such as if the National party senators split from their opposition colleagues.

There doesn't seem to be any evidence of this. Either the Fairfax article is incorrect or their journalists know something that's not been made public.

Microsoft Embraces AMQP Open Middleware Standard 122

AlexGr writes to tell us that Microsoft apparently has plans to embrace a little known messaging standard called AMQP (Advanced Message Queuing Protocol). Red Hat, a founding member of the AMQP working group, was very excited about the news and wrote to welcome Microsoft to the party. "Suffice it is to say that AMQP is to high-value, reliable business messaging what SMTP is to e-mail. The proprietary message oriented middleware (MOM) products on the market today like IBM's MQ or Tibco's Rendezvous fulfill the same function as AMQP. But they operate exclusively in single-vendor fashion and utterly fail to interoperate with each other. They are also — perhaps not by coincidence — burdensomely expensive. As a result their use is mostly limited to wealthy organizations such as Wall Street banks (at least the ones who are still in business) that need to exchange huge volumes of business messages very reliably and very quickly. But AMQP's supporters feel the market for such reliable messaging could be much larger if a less expensive and truly open solution became available."

Where are the calculations that go with a calculated risk?