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Comment Unless you are in the country, stay in bed (Score 1) 62

A meteor shower is not a meteor storm. Meteor showers get way more media attention than they deserve.

Astronomically speaking there are far more exciting things to do with your time that are more convenient. Borrow a decent telescope for a month.

I for one have no desire to get out of bed at the time I'm most sleepy, travel from my big city to somewhere where the night sky is half way decent, to see three meteors a minute, each of which is only in the sky for a few seconds, if I am lucky. That's an average of rather less than 1 meteor in the sky at any one time.

Comment "wikipedia is not censored" is a conceit (Score 3, Interesting) 176

Quoting directly from "Content will be removed if it is judged to violate Wikipedia policies (especially those on biographies of living persons and neutral point of view) or the laws of the United States".

In fact wikipedia is not censored according to the laws of China, but it is censored according to the laws of United States. Naturally this doesn't appeal to the Chinese government when it's available to Chinese citizens. No doubt if it wasn't censored according to the laws of United States then this wouldn't appeal to the United States government (or other governments with similar views to the US).

Comment Re:GMT / UTC ? (Score 1) 95

This is a good question. Here's the answer. UTC is never a daylight saving time. With UTC you don't have to be aware of the daylight saving time rules of a foreign country. You only have to be aware of when your own time zone goes on and off daylight saving. It does make it simpler to figure out mentally.

This is particularly important for opposite hemisphere countries, which go on and off daylight savings time at roughly opposite times instead of roughly the same time.

Many countries do change their daylight savings time rules every now and again, for example the US as recently as 2007:

Nobody wants to keep up with the changes to all the daylight savings regimes of all the countries in the world. Very often people do not take the trouble to say whether a time is a daylight saving time or a standard time. The reader first has to figure that out.

I don't point the finger at slashdot because it is an American site. However quoting some particular countries time in an international forum is inconsiderate, ignorant or imperialistic. Pick one or more.

Comment Re:Thai music is heptatonic (Score 1) 111

Most western musical scales divide the octave into seven intervals, not eight: C-D, D-E, E-F, F-G, G-A, A-B and B-C for the C major scale. Those seven intervals are not all the same. Your reference claims that the Thai seven intervals are near enough to being all the same. That is a huge difference between them.

Comment Swift execution (Score 2) 255

We can look to the Starks and the Torvalds of this world for the solution to this problem.

In the sight of the newsgroup, in the name of software stability and maintainability, I Linus Torvalds, creator and maintainer of linux, creator of git, sentence you to die. You will speak no final word.

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