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Comment: Mozart?? (Score 2, Funny) 502

by redGiraffe (#31270194) Attached to: Triumph of the Cyborg Composer

Perhaps this just highlights how mechanical and un-emotional Mozart was? If the app could create something comparable to Beethoven's works then maybe we are going somewhere.

The other point is that most 'great' music is created in the transitional state of musical styles: think Elvis, but it was the same for Beethoven etc.. The musicians playing the same style were generally not regarded as highly.

Could the app create something 'new' and compelling?

Comment: Could the real geeks please stand up? (Score 2, Interesting) 512

by redGiraffe (#31083204) Attached to: Is Internet Explorer 6/7 Support Required Now?

What happened to the tried and tested option of ignoring the browsers you don't want to support; web1.0 was built on these sound principles. When we could not access the site due to the webmaster (remember them?) implementing the latest Netscape tag, we would assume it was our fault and upgrade.

I blame agile development practices for worrying about what the user can handle: pussies.

Comment: thinking in the box (Score 1) 633

by redGiraffe (#29185385) Attached to: Thanks For the ... Eight-Track, Uncle Alex

Here's a thought: Why not bury a laptop with all the data on it? That way you store the mean to read the data again, but maybe install a media friendly OS that you will be able to work 16 years from now (because computer interfaces will have improved SOOOO much by then you won'y be able to work Windows Vista).

You probably don't want to store the battery connected, I'm not sure..

Comment: Re:HOWTO: Using a SUBSET to create LOCK-IN!!! (Score 1) 186

by redGiraffe (#27567225) Attached to: Sun's Phipps Slams App Engine's Java Support

I think you are missing something here: App Engine is a specific platform for specific needs. To quote Wikipedia:

Compared to other scalable hosting services such as Amazon EC2, App Engine provides more infrastructure to make it easy to write scalable applications, but can only run a limited range of applications designed for that infrastructure.

If you are writing for GAEJ then you are writing for that specific platform/framework, just as you would for J2EE5 or J2EE1.4 or a none EJB host or mobile application etc..

In my experience and to generalize:

1. Threads: Not used in web applications
2. Writing to file: Only used for file upload (images, pdf etc..) where streaming to a RDB would create a performance hit) - store in BigTable rather
3. Network access: Used to be used where SOAP services are used today. ..and then there is System.exit which is not implemented, probably a good thing, it used to do horrible thing in tomcat years ago :)

I short, it is as much of a lock in as the Spring framework or J2EE itself, two of the most popular business application frameworks.

Comment: From a cc artist (Score 1) 139

by redGiraffe (#26250285) Attached to: Managing Last.FM's "Mountain of Data"

I've found it frustrating to get heard on last.fm. Our music is all freely download-able (http://www.last.fm/music/The+Willing+Mind and http://www.last.fm/music/Brian+Silberbauer), but we're just not getting hits..

Surely there should be a good way for Creative Commons licensed music to be promoted as we're not making money out of the downloading, its difficult to justify buying into the last.fm promotions.

I just think there is something missing out there, I make music, I'm not a marketer.

Or maybe our music just sucks??

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