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Comment Re:Mashups (Score 1) 492

Watching and listening to mashups like these, I liken them to some flashy and fast guitarist playing a lead. I just keep thinking "wow, that takes a ton of skill," but that doesn't make it good music.

There are some great songs with quality fast and flashy leads, and there are some great songs made with mash-ups (Girl Talk's mashups comes to mind since they also have a good live experience). However, this is not the future of music.

Sampling has been used to make music for the last quarter century, and these mashups are just the logical extensions of that. It is just another tool for making music, and adding video doesn't really add much to the experience.

Comment Re:I've been reading the forums.. the alliance"sta (Score 1) 352

This is actually a very interesting event. I wonder if the aftermath will mirror real world events where such a large vacuum was created after the fall of a superpower, or if BoB will simply be able to rebuild in a few months.

Since GoonSwarm is now supposedly a lone superpower, it will be interesting to see if they can destroy the remnants of BoB and any other opportunistic alliances.

If they complete the hegemony and essentially control the entire EVE universe, what will happen then? Will they all lose interest, will they subdivide into warring factions, or will they simply weep without any more worlds to conquer?


Europe Moves To Track Phone and Net Use 120

An anonymous reader writes with a NYTimes piece on the early moves by European governments to implement an EU data retention directive. The governments of Germany and the Netherlands are initially proposing much more stringent programs than the EU directive requires. For example, the German proposal "would essentially prohibit using false information to create an e-mail account, making the standard Internet practice of creating accounts with pseudonyms illegal." The Times notes that, early days as it is, nevertheless some people involved in the issue are "concerned about a shift in policy in Europe, which has long been a defender of individuals' privacy rights."
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Submission + - Surgical success linked to skill at video games

mjh writes: According to The Guardian, "A study has found a direct link between skill at video gaming and skill at keyhole, or laparoscopic, surgery. Young surgeons who spent at least three hours a week playing video games in the past made 37% fewer errors, were 27% faster, and scored 42% better overall than surgeons who had never played a video game at all." The sample size they quote seems rather small, but it suggests that Steven Johnson might be right.

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