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Comment: Chopin need not fear anything from this (Score 1) 31

by nightcats (#46557031) Attached to: Algorithm Composes Music By Text Analyzing the World's Best Novels
I'm fairly sure Commander Data would have come up with some more engaging compositions; this stuff could be placed in an online dictionary beside the word "dull." I suspect that in the next few generations the algorithm will be as abused in applied practice as email, texting, and video have been in our time. Still, if it goes well and the corporations stay away from it long enough for it to develop naturally, the algorithm could become a faltering forward step in human evolution. I am admittedly not confident about that, but it is a good target for hope.

+ - Another State Legislature Targets Tesla

Submitted by nightcats
nightcats (1114677) writes "New York joins the growing list of state legislatures aiming to shut down or at least restrict Tesla's business model:

The bill, which would restrict Tesla's ability to sell cars directly to consumers, moved out of the Assembly Codes Committee on Wednesday, one of several necessary steps on its way to a full vote.

Most of this legislation is driven by lobbying from traditional auto dealers working aggressively to protect their business model against an innovative but threatening incursion. Those dealers claim to have the full support of the Cuomo administration. For those keeping score, NY joins Texas and New Jersey in its efforts to keep product that is good for the environment as far away from consumers as possible."

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 888

by nightcats (#46248585) Attached to: Star Trek Economics
I was just writing about this last week. One of my points is that there simply isn't enough information given in the series (most notably TNG and Voyager) to draw any inferences, let alone conclusions, That's what I mean by my desire to see "the real drama" of those ST stories -- what's really going on in the Terran system that makes that Wall St. goon awoken from his cryogenic sleep such a stranger there. It's such a fascinating notion, this amaterialistic global economy, that a completely new series could be made about it, but as presented it's all too vague.

+ - Statue of Apollo Discovered in Palestine

Submitted by nightcats
nightcats (1114677) writes "A 2,500 year old statue of the Greek god Apollo has been discovered by Palestinian fishermen.While Trekkies may object that this is all merely a trick, an energy projection of the being from Pollux IV (see season 2, Who Mourns for Adonais), it does appear an actual creation of those Greeks who worshiped that alien life form."
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Journal: Ask Slashdot: Can Quality Writing Live Beside SEO?

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As a writer, I have a crucial question which needs input from geeks, and I hear a few of them hang out here. It's about SEO, which usually stands for Search Engine Optimization; but I call it Strange Eerie Orwellian. I use the Yoast plugin on WordPress and find that it's always sniping at me about omissions and flaws. The gold keyword must be in the title, in the first paragraph, and a dozen other places amid the content. The Flesch score is always yapping at me to make shorter sentences, as

+ - What Happened Before The Big Bang? 1

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "For decades, the Big Bang was synonymous with the beginning of the Universe. This hot dense state — extrapolated all the way back to a singularity — described the earliest stages of the Universe and how we evolved from that point. But a little over three decades ago, it was realized that if cosmological inflation was added on to the Big Bang model, it would produce not only a few otherwise inexplicable observations, it would predict a new set of realities imprinted upon our Universe. Those predictions have matched our observations from satellites like WMAP and Planck, and we're as certain as we can be that this is, indeed, what happened before the Big Bang. If you still think the Big Bang was the very beginning, you're woefully out of date!"

Comment: Re:Sgh. (Score 1) 392

by nightcats (#45829267) Attached to: If UNIX Were a Religion
Agreed, one of those metaphors that reveals rather than corrects ignorance (Judaism a "rules-deficient stripped down heresy"???). Stick to your own turf, analogy-maker: the Jedi, the mystic cult led by the captain of Deep Space 9 (didn't watch that show much, memory is vague), the quasi-platonic Tantrism of the X Files, etc., etc. --- there is religion enough in geek culture to work with. The I Ching (Taoism) is written in binary code, ain't it?

Comment: The Chinese (of course) (Score 5, Interesting) 170

by nightcats (#45709337) Attached to: Polynesians May Have Invented Binary Math
Perhaps an apocryphal story, but it goes that Leibniz was introduced to the I Ching (Yijing) oracle by a Catholic missionary friend who had gotten it translated into Latin (must have been strange). Anyway, the story goes that Leibniz instantly recognized the binary system in the 64 hexagrams and 8 trigrams. The I Ching is somewhere between 2,500 and 4,000 yrs. old in the format and ordering it still has today.

Comment: Re:just FUD IMHO (Score 1) 303

agreed insofar as this is a horse that's already out of the barn. It's very often required to be printed to be employed -- I remember having to be printed when starting a gig for American Express in NYC; to get into the building we had to put a finger over a scanner. This was post-9/11 at the WFC (a block west of the WTC site); but I hear it's become fairly widespread over a decade.

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