No, the schools that are free are compatible to community colleges in the USA so in that realm of classes you can take what they offer. Even then it is not free, Germany charges you around $2000 a year for the "free" colleges.
I'm not sure if you're referring to the ones in Germany or Europe in general. But at least in Finland, you only have a fee of some €80 / year, and I don't really think the community colleges compare to that. All of the courses are included. Although the new government is likely to add a fee for non-EU students in the coming years - it would likely be somewhere in the ballpark of €500 / year. The fee includes also health care in the YTHS (or FSHS in English; basic health services are free of charge; dental check-ups are free of charge and filling a cavity, for example, is typically some €20).
How can the state afford this and public health care? We have higher tax rates. How can we afford the taxes? We don't pay crazy amounts for private schools and private health care.
Therefore I think each drive has to be chosen individually because with only 80 total positions the chances of any given drive playing consecutive semitone-spaced correct pitches would be small. So it would seem they've gone through a bunch of drives selecting the ones that have a track position that's nearest to each desired pitch to make up 49 semitone-spaced notes.
Actually no, since the frequency is not a property fo the drive and it actually doesn't have anything to do with the number of positions either. The frequency depends on the rate at which the drive head is moved. Most of the controllers used to have a software-controlled setting called "Step Rate Time" (or SRT for short) for controlling this frequency. But there are some drive-related characteristics that defines for example how quickly the motor can step and also what kind of resonant frequencies the drive generates. That mostly defines the usable frequency range for each drive.
Seems there's Bake, Broil, or Convection
Actually in Europe, the ovens have more than just a couple of functions. It's quite typical to have lower, upper and combined heat, convection and grill plus some combinations of or alternating between those. Also some models have an integrated thermometer for meat etc. Not that setting them up would still require an Internet connection. But having the correct function, temperature and timer set ready perhaps reduces the risk of human error. But I'd actually rather see an oven that monitors the color of the food and informs me when the food has the correct hue.
Think of it like being in MDI mode all the time, in every application.
1. MDI doesn't make sense with every application. It works for programs where you have multiple content items and some common tools for them (like an image processing program) or if the application needs for some other reason to have multiple windows open. MDI stands for "Multiple Document Interface", so it's not a coincidence that it works well for such usage, since it was designed for it.
2. Even MDI applications can be closed by the closing the main window, which you don't have in the OS X applications.
Because that's how the MacOS GUI has worked since time immemorial.
Just because it has been that way for a long time doesn't mean that it actually is the optimal solution. It just makes it an old solution.
But hey, there are lots of apps which behave the way you seem to want them to behave, they pop up a window with some menu options when you close the last document.
There's a difference: The user closes the last window, the application closes vs. the user closes the last window, the application opens a new window. That is just counterintuitive.
well the mac app-menu-at-top-of-screen is just stupid if there's multiple apps in view at a time...
Why? You cannot physically perform actions on more than one app at a single time. The menu is active for the one you are presently using as indicated by where you have clicked the mouse pointer. It's not the only way to do things (or even necessarily the best) but it's perfectly sensible and logical and consistent.
What I hate about the menu location is that on a big screen I have to drag my mouse all the way to the upper left corner, even if the window I'm dealing with is in the lower right corner. Combine that with the lack of decent keyboard navigation for the menus, they are pretty much useless for anything else than looking up the keyboard shortcuts.
US is a big innovator. However, it far from being the source of "all major inventions and innovations" - it even is not the biggest source of inventions and innovations. On the innovation output, it is on rank 7.
Fields are a physical quantity, but not a tangible quantity. For a field to be digital, it could only have two states - on/off. Since most fields can vary or modulate, there must be some other state than on or off.
Actually, digital does not mean having just two states - that is a requirement by a binary state. Digital just means that the states are discrete.
Two million miles per hour is less than 0.003c, but still quite a clip, even in astronomical terms.
Well it is approximately 0.00298c, so taking into account that the speed reading only has one significant digit, the speed of the star cluster might very well be above 0.003c.
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