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Comment: Create your own song adventure (Score 1) 157

by paiute (#49781013) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?
For some reason this makes me think of the trend in the early 90s of people creating hyperfiction, where the reader could pick the direction of the plot at certain points. That never appealed to me. Fiction should be about surprising the reader, not letting them control the narrative.

In the same way, I always like hearing a song which takes an unanticipated turn.

Comment: The feeling of having some control (Score 3, Interesting) 236

by paiute (#49752503) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone
I can take action to mitigate being hit by a truck by looking both ways, not texting, crossing at the green. I can minimize my chances of dying on the roads by buying a large safe car, driving defensively, wearing my seatbelt, etc. If I am in an airplane in trouble, there is nothing I can do. If an asteroid in on its way, there is nothing I can do.

Comment: Re:All about tha Benjamins (Score 2) 143

simply handling money doesn't result in your body absorbing enough cocaine to synthesize and excrete " benzoylecgonine and methylecgonine".

As the limits of detection get smaller and smaller, the chances are that I could detect one molecule of almost anything on you. So how much is legally enough to charge you?

Air is water with holes in it.