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Submission + - Over 90 Pianists Collaborate to Record and Release 100% of Chopin's Music (kickstarter.com)

aarondunn writes: Musopen, which previously raised $70,000 to hire an orchestra and release public domain music recordings, has started a Kickstarter to hire a group of notable pianists to record and release the life's work of Frederic Chopin.

His music will be made available via an API powered by Musopen so anyone can come up with ways to explore and present Chopin's life.

Comment Re:Bill Clinton did not say that first (Score 3) 722

And Chu got it from Rosefeld, who was saying it back when Chu ran LBL. From the linked WSJ piece: “There’s a friend of mine, a colleague of mine, Art Rosenfeld, who’s pushing very hard for a geo-engineering we all believe will be completely benign, and that’s when you have a flat-top roof building, make it white. “Now, you smile, but he’s done a calculation, and if you take all the buildings and make their roofs white and if you make the pavement more of a concrete type of colour rather than a black type of colour, and you do this uniformly . . . it’s the equivalent of reducing the carbon emissions due to all the cars on the road for 11 years.”

Comment Re:So he was the CEO of a huge multinational compa (Score 2, Insightful) 241

The idea that a company is being threatened with a single lawsuit is enough to cause a small panic in the stock price. Repeat this multiple times, and you'll have a company with an undervalued stock price. While you are correct that such actions happen all the time, it's appropriate for a CEO not to mention them, as a CEO is interested in increasing the stock price.

Comment thinking calories (Score 4, Interesting) 276

While shoving a mouse around and typing does not seem like significant exercise, I think there's a bigger energy expenditure in interactive thought. Zoning out at the television does not engage many areas of the brain, but chatting with friends or deciding where to browse next takes a bit more power. Brain activity burns calories. I've personally noticed that my head warms up more when I'm thinking, especially if the work or play is cerebral or there's a time pressure involved. It would be very cool to see a study on just how different these tasks are, with brain activity monitored objectively.

Comment Re:This is College (Score 1) 664

Agreed, but the life and death wasn't the point. Regulation was the point. Over-regulation sucks. The question is whether the fact of regulation is reasonable.

You've indicated that life and death obviously merit regulation. And you've said that distraction might be just cause.

Banning screens is regulation. Maybe it is over-regulation. So what would be reasonable?

Comment Re:What's the big deal? (Score 1) 483

How is this any different from the requirements for developing for the XBox, Sony Playstation/PSP, or the Wii/Gameboy?

I don't know much about Sony or Wii, but with respect to XBox at least, you can develop for it using XNA - and it doesn't come with such a restrictive license agreement.

Then also, for gaming consoles, the model of restricted SDK and publishing has been a de facto standard for a while now, for better or worse. With smartphones, though, only Apple is trying to lock things down - everyone else on the market has been open, and remains so.

Comment Re:So what does it do? (Score 1) 159

If you are referring to ATI's proprietary driver, then I'll have to agree with you. I've never been fond of ATI's own proprietary drivers for Windows or *nix, though they have improved greatly over the years. I especially hate the fact that ATI feels it necessary to advertise their own products, inside their drivers. And I'm not talking about "advertising" for the hardware you already have. Add-on TV tuners, latest Radeon cards, etc., have all been advertised within their drivers. No thanks ATI.

Honestly, I still prefer NVIDIA's drivers for their stability and reliability. I have worked extensively with NVIDIA hardware over the past few years in a professional field, utilizing GP-GPU and CUDA. They may not currently have the fastest hardware at the moment, but it works well. And their drivers are solid. I'm not saying NVIDIA's drivers are perfect, they are not, but they generally work well and I have had few issues over the years. I still believe ATI's drivers are a weak point for their hardware, which is currently very good. The UI for the CCC is also poorly designed and looks amateur-ish, imho.

Today, I'd much rather have a solid, closed-source binary driver that "just works", than a much less functional OSS one for ideological reasons. Let's see what happens over the next few years.... it could be interesting.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 821

Terrorists will always find a way to get explosives on planes if they feel they need to.

Why bother? Thanks to security theatre, they can now simply blow themselves up in the scanner queue, which will kill the hundred or so people packed in there, will probably shut down the entire airport, and will cause the government to rape us even harder than before.

Comment Re:the more prevalent it remains, the bigger the r (Score 1) 319

That, and the fact that its largely compatible with all the IE only corporate SHIT out there (i'm looking in your direction, sharepoint) means it will be stuck on corporate networks for some time.

Given the choice between having to support 350 clients on IE8 with auto patching via WSUS, etc - or Firefox/Chrome by relying on 350 PCs to go off and get their own updates whenever the user feels like it - I choose IE8 as the corporate standard.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 2, Informative) 821

The law covers indecent images of children. They must be engaged in, or appearing to suggest, a sexual act. Photos of naked kids are not illegal, otherwise every parent in the country would be on the sex offender's register. That photo of you in the tin bath when you were two will not get your mum in jail, nor the one when you ran around the garden in the buff because you didn't want to wear powder blue swim shorts.

The guy you reference was previously convicted of having images which were of children engaged in sexual acts. That is what he was originally convicted for. He was convicted the second time for having cartoons which were of the same type of indecent images of children he had previously been convicted for having. Clearly, this man has a sexual desire to (at least) see children engaged in sexual acts, and was therefore prosecuted.

Had the man not been convicted before of a similar offence, I'm fairly certain the outcome (and press coverage) would be considerably different.

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