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Comment: Just Too Many Variables (Score 1) 57

by mbstone (#49157711) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved

While the researchers in TFA took account of "harmonic" and "timbral" chnges, whatever that means, the study is still meaningless because it doesn't take into account:

1. Changes in population demographics;
2. Changes in recording technology, e.g. multitrack recording, use of digital effects such as delay, flanging and reverb;
3. Evolution of synthesizer technology including sequencers, MIDI, etc.;
4. Changes in distribution channels, i.e. obsolescence of physical media;
5. Increases in the amount of music composed and produced primarily as motion-picture promotional tie-ins;
6. Changes in radio audience measurement (ratings and their effect on playlists);
7. DJ motivation for airplay, including payola.
8. Changes in the way consumers access music, for example transistor radios, boom boxen, Walkmen,. iPods, smartphones, Sirius XM.

I'm sure I could think of a dozen or so other factors. Nice try.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Why Can't I Download Supernarket Receipt Data?

Submitted by mbstone
mbstone (457308) writes "Like most Americans I shop for groceries at a supermarket; at the conclusion of my purchase I receive a long paper receipt. How come there isn't a URL on the receipt whereby I can download my purchase data (UPC code, description, quantity, price) to a spreadsheet or CSV format? Do they not want me to be able to compare prices with those of other stores, or to better recognize pricing changes?"

Comment: Re: fundamentalists will smile knowingly (Score 1) 168

by mbstone (#49008437) Attached to: Employees In Swedish Office Complex Volunteer For RFID Implants For Access

I used to think the author(s) of Revelations were unbelievably prescient and ahead of their time in predicting the ascendence of bar codes, RFID tags, etc. to identify and to number people.

Now with facial recognition, and with DNA readers in the future, who needs to "mark" people?

Have you reconsidered a computer career?