Software pianos are currently not up to reproducing acoustic pianos, and can be easily distinguished. However, the gap is closing fast and there is no theoretical reason why they will not be able to fully reproduce the sound of an acoustic given enough time and effort. For an exhaustive discussion and some scientific testing of software pianos vs. acoustic, see the pianoworld.com Digital Pianos forum, particularly this thread: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1365103/The_DPBSD_Project.html and this thread, discussing a fully-modelled (i.e. no recorded samples) software piano called Pianoteq: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1470073/Just_tried_Pianoteq_OMG.html
The want chimpanzees released from "illegal detention," but if we treated them like people, they would end up in prison very quickly. I would give them two days before they were guilty of trespass, theft, assault, and battery. They would be ruled incompetent to stand trial, and probably placed in a psychiatric prison in solitary confinement. That is what we do with people who act like chimpanzees.
Without Nelson Mandela, there would have been no Mark Shuttleworth, and hence no Ubuntu Phone.
"The system will have a video camera, thermal imaging sensors, a laser
Okay, so it's a "laser range finder" and not a death ray, but my world now potentially includes hostile robots shooting lasers at me, which is neat (or terrifying?).
"The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent." -- John Maynard Keynes
As many have said, it's an issue of money. Based on some brief research, a monthly pass for the London underground costs £213.60, or $344. A monthly pass on the NYC subway costs $112. The residents of my city would rather have an additional $232 in their pocket each month instead of a newly redecorated subway system.
A better question would be, "Can there be closed source music?" I can't imagine how there could be. If you want sheet music for a particular recording, you can just transcribe it. imslp.org has copious amounts of public domain sheetmusic available for download, so access isn't even a problem for the classical tradition that TFA is discussing. TFA is a slashvertisement for a recording by Kimiko Ishizaka, and is using open source as an advertising buzzword. Nobody is "liberating" Bach's "source code." Bach's sheetmusic is in the public domain; you can download a whole bunch of different versions of it from all kinds of places. Anyone who knows how to play the piano can make a recording of it; this has been true since recordings existed. There are a lot of websites that host recordings of public domain classical music, such as pianosociety.com. Nothing new is happening here, and it does not have anything to do with "open source." Someone is making another recording of the Goldberg Variations, and is also releasing another public domain version of the sheet music. You can hear my "open source" recording of the Aria from the Goldberg Variations here: http://recitals.pianoworld.com/wiki/index.php/Category:Coldsalmon along with a whole bunch of other "open source" recordings.
They have large pockets and are not form fitting, so the tablet will not stand out as much as if it were in a pair of pants.
I use Ubuntu on my desktop at home, and Debian stable on my server at work.
But what if someone cracked your WPA and instead of using DHCP they assigned themselves a static IP outside of the DHCP pool?
Disabling DHCP is the most ludicrous option. The only way this could make your home network more secure is if it is an open network and you want to prevent devices from automatically connecting. Do you really think someone is going to crack your WPA2 encryption, spoof your MAC address, and then give up because they don't feel like configuring a static IP address? Or is there actually some valid security reason for disabling DHCP?
This also worked for the fattest man in the world.
That sounds like an unconstitutional bill of attainder to me: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_of_attainder
It is "an act of a legislature declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime and punishing them without privilege of a judicial trial." This is prohibited by Article I, Section 9 of the US Constitution.
A lot of occupations require a suspension of empathy. I would be interested to see if "non-psychopaths" have a similar "empathy switch" ability regarding tasks associated with their daily occupation.
Glad to see that contemporary programming is finally taking more influence from early 20th-century Russian poetry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acmeism