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Comment Re:Why do they need money for this? (Score 2) 49

MusicXML doesn't cover every aspect of music notation. It covers the common-practice stuff pretty well, but out of 50,000 scores, I'm pretty sure they'll run up against notation symbols or graphic elements that aren't in MusicXML.

So I expect they will employ someone familiar with both notation and braille to ensure that the visual score matches the braille score.

Comment Re:How do you use braille sheet music? (Score 1) 49

I'm a professional composer. Fingerings are usually only found in pedagogical music. Music for performance by a professional soloist, no. They don't need it. It clutters the notation, and you prevent the musician from finding the solution that is best for their hand(s).

The principal in an orchestral string section will usually only provide the bowing.

You're right about the rest, though.

Comment Re:I admit to using text-decoration: blink; (Score 1) 138

I have a bit of javascript that puts a message the top of the screen when there are 90 seconds to go, and then makes it blink when there are only 30 seconds left.

Why not use a countdown timer? I would argue this is more useful to someone who has to submit a form within a certain timeframe. The real-world equivalent of blink in this situation is someone standing next to you yelling, "Hurry up! Hurry up! Hurry up!"

Submission + - NSA makes contribution to Apache Hadoop Project (

An anonymous reader writes: The National Security Agency has submitted a new database, Accumulo, to the Apache Foundation for incubation. Accumulo is based on the original BigTable paper with some extensions such as the ability to provide cell-level security. It appears there are some hurdles that must be cleared concerning copyright before the project could be accepted.

Submission + - Top Ten Most Influential Programming Books (

AlexDomo writes: If you could go back in time and tell yourself to read a specific book at the beginning of your career as a developer, which book would it be?

Since it was first posed back in 2008, this question has now become the second most popular question of all time on StackOverflow.

Top 5 results: "Code Complete (2nd Edition)", "The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master", "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs", "The C Programming Language", "Introduction to Algorithms".

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Comment NIMBY (Score 5, Interesting) 252

I hope the offshore aspect solves the NIMBY mentality I often encounter whenever wind energy comes up.

Here's an example. One of my colleagues bought a lakefront property in rural Ontario. A couple of years later, a farmer on the *other side* of the lake leased land to a wind energy provider. They pay $10k per turbine per year, so ten of them went up. My colleague sold his property shortly thereafter, saying that he couldn't stand the turbines.

Can anyone explain this? I'm genuinely curious to know why some people dislike turbines.

Comment Re:Oh. (Score 4, Interesting) 353

I know you're kidding, but Time Capsule has been upsold in the past for a similar reason.

Remember from the .Mac suite? It was touted as a complete remote backup solution for a couple of years, until Apple changed their tune in Knowledge Base articles and began describing it as a modest service intended for browser bookmarks and user settings. The reason? Restoring files was prone to data loss.

Time Capsule + Time Machine appeared shortly thereafter, and Apple made a big, intentional splash about how this particular hardware and software combination will keep your data safe.

Comment (Almost) All of the Above (Score 1) 460

Although I voted for chair, I believe it's a combination of most of these choices. Getting a decent chair at home, and bugging my employer for a replacement, made a significant difference to my overall health.

But after setting my chair up (with the help of a kinesiologist), it became clear that I also needed a desk at the right height (I'm 6'4"), and should keep the keyboard fairly close, slightly off-centre, and at the proper angle. I moved my monitor further away, too.

Of course, this is all completely subjective, but I think it's wise to consider all of these things when setting up a workstation.

Comment Bad Merge (Score 1) 94

This is so unfortunate. IHT was great before the merge, which was touted as a "new" version of IHT. Instead, they just canned it and attempted to transfer its content to the existing NYT site. And did a dreadful job, it seems.

I understand the logic - newspapers need to cut costs because they can't figure out the internet and it is killing them. But they lost a dedicated reader in me with this move.

Comment Why Hedge on Open Office? (Score 3, Interesting) 207

So, Oracle admits they 'need' MySQL, which may or may not complement their core business, but then ducks a question on the future of OpenOffice, saying they can't comment on any product line. Isn't MySQL a product line, too? Why comment on the future of one and not the other? Sun employees, start twisting in the wind...

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