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Comment: Ears Changed (Score 1) 360

by khr (#49693107) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

In my teens and twenties I listened to a pretty diverse selection of music, just not much that was too popular, and not very loud. I mean, as a teenager still living in my parents' house my father would play on the computer in my bedroom and comment how he couldn't hear the music I as playing (which half the time was Venom or Slayer, that he hated anyway...)

But then in my thirties I lived in urban India, where the noise from outside my apartment was usually louder than I liked music, people yelling, maids sweeping the ground, cars honking, trucks revving engines, jackhammers, feral dogs barking, the fucking watchmen blowing whistles to call rickshaws up the street, and all that. And that's hurt my ears, so they're always ringing and now I can't hear a lot of subtleties in music unless it's played loud enough for the loud parts to cause pain. So I got to where I could only listen to rock music that didn't have too much range to the sound.

I only recently got a pair of good headphones and I'm rediscovering some parts of music again. Although a lot of the quieter bits are lost when I listen on the subway going home from work.

Comment: Nearly 2 Million Lines of Code (Score 1) 160

by khr (#49592263) Attached to: US Switches Air Traffic Control To New Computer System

uses nearly two million lines of computer code .... The system almost doubles the number of flights that can be tracked and displayed to controllers

Nearly two million lines, and almost double the capacity... If they bumped it up to an even two million I wonder if they could've completely doubled the number of the flights that could be tracked.

And what if they expanded it to four million lines of code, could they have quadrupled the number of flights that could be tracked?

And what if they made the code self-replicating? Could they have support an infinite number of flights?

Comment: Re:Drinking water? (Score 1) 314

by khr (#49569449) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

But who drinks tap water?

Me. I drink lots of New York City tap water... At my office in Brooklyn I only drink tap water, just go to the kitchen sink, let it run for a minute, then fill up my cup. Everyone else drinks the bottled water we get, but to me it tastes like a plastic bottle.

At home in Manhattan, I keep a few bottles of water in the fridge and refill them from the tap...

Comment: Re:I hope this is a april fools. (Score 1) 187

by khr (#49392621) Attached to: Amazon Moves "Buy Now" Into the Physical World, With the Dash Button

I can't tell whether you're kidding

I'm not sure, either anymore... I carry my cell phone when I leave the apartment, but certainly not inside, where it just stays on my desk. But my wife, on the other hand, carries hers from room to room to room...

Other people I know won't ever let theirs out of arm's reach for fear of missing something....

Comment: Re:Lazy != Busy (Score 1) 187

by khr (#49390733) Attached to: Amazon Moves "Buy Now" Into the Physical World, With the Dash Button

Using your hourly billing rate as an opportunity cost only works if you would actually forgo that income if you spent that time doing something other than earning wages. Since most people shop outside of work hours there is no lost wages and so the opportunity cost is much smaller

I think of it as putting a value on my time. Even outside working hours, when I won't lose that income for doing other things, it's still about what my free time is worth. How much value do I put on spending my limited free time doing unpleasant tasks, and what's it worth to spend a little more money to avoid the tasks.

On a salary, the money keeps rolling in on a regular basis. If I squander a bit of it, I'll get more with the next paycheck. If I squander my time, it's gone for ever.

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