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Comment Average performance yes, great never (Score 1) 319

I am both a musician and a geek and I've been there - i do my arranging and the playback from an arranging program (Finale/Sibelius) is pretty sophisticated these days. Software + synth will replace an average performance pretty well, but a great performance is great because it pushes the limits of the players and the environment. A great performance requires great individual performances and will be on the risky side. Typically a great performance (I've occasionally been lucky and been there, great performances are very rare) works this way: you are playing along and someone, perhaps the conductor, perhaps not, makes a proposal: "Lets go for it on this one"" and plays a stunningly great phrase. The proposal is answered by another wonderful phrase, and from then on to the end (if it goes right) everybody is concentrating at a rare level. I've occasionally heard performances that start great & finish ordinary, too. Want a couple of examples? These are from the classical area but I've heard it happen in jazz too. Try: Leonard Bernstein+NY Phil, Mahler Symphony #2, the version with Lee Venora singing. The brass playing is superb too. Same conductor & orchestra, Sibelius Symphony #2, The great phrase is the oboe solo. What we have now is software that gives us the most of the nuances and produces a polished copy of a fine performance. I can imagine software that would give us true greatness but not any time soon.

Comment The really interesting thing about this machine (Score 5, Insightful) 121

is that it can be built by anyone with intermediate carpentry/model-making skills. This is not the case with Enigma, for example, that is in the advanced electromechanical category. Definitely deserves an A for excellent design and first-rate results with minimally advanced technology.

Comment Re:Racecars? (Score 1) 196

From previous: We do NOT have an electrical grid that can support all the new electric cars you would love to see. Sorry, its just not there, and not likely to be there for several decades. This is a correct statement and IMO the best argument for investing in distributed solar (rooftop panels) I have ever seen. I know it will not pay back for a number of years but it does pay back for most locations in the US. There are even companies that will let you lease their solar cell panels on your roof in return for a long-term commitment. There are also juicy Federal (US) subsidies on the horizon. Somehow or other I think this will happen for ordinary folks. And as a longtime geek, the thought of an all-electric Le Mans strikes me as a good thing, there should be some sort of relationship between the race cars for a race like that and the cars that ordinary people drive. Maybe if they let Danica Patrick drive (she placed third at Indy this year) an electric car could win IF the rules gave them a chance. For racing of course you don't worry about the long term, just get your car across the line first.

Submission + - Time to encrypt all P2P traffic? 3

VORNAN-20 writes: Yesterday's item here about Comcast screwing around with P2P traffic brings up an idea. Is it time to change the P2P standard to encrypt all traffic? I think that almost any current PC would have no problem handling the extra load, and really, Comcast or any ISP has no business knowing what you are sending in the first place. I am not a network guy but I think that this is doable. If azureus, ktorrent, etc were all to come out with an "encrypt all packets using " option maybe this could be managed quickly and cleanly. It would be best to move quickly before all of the ISPs catch on to this. Come on developers, liberate us from the network meanies!!

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