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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

pr0fessor Re:Gladwell (187 comments)

Most of those male opera singers have a larger range than you will hear them perform, pop and rock singers will use a wider range because control is not as big a requirement. I have a very good baritone voice but not many parts are written for it in popular music so I sing mostly in the tenor range and sometimes alto.

yesterday
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

pr0fessor Re:What about Youtube? Spotify? (163 comments)

Spotify pays per play even to indie bands, garage bands, and or any music they play.... not really the same thing.

youtube is a little weird you can assert your copyright and set up a chanel where you are paid per play and have them take down your content uploaded by fans or just tell them they can leave the content and pay you on a pay per play basis.

All of it is payed for with ad revenue...

yesterday
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

pr0fessor Re:Should be free (181 comments)

There is no shortage of jerks with GIANT 5.1 inch smart phones wanting to open office attachments on them what makes you think that a 7 or 8 inch tablet would be any different?

"Hey, the 80s called they want their GIANT PHONE back."

2 days ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

pr0fessor Re:Gladwell (187 comments)

It may not completely invalidate your point but he didn't say why practice didn't help him... if you don't have the tools to do it, then you probably won't.

Chances are a good tutor is not going to have me hitting a G6 the normal range of vocal music only spans four and a half octaves and before puberty I had a vocal range of almost five octaves now I'm down to three which is still a respectable range.

2 days ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

pr0fessor Re:Gladwell (187 comments)

I was a very good singer in junior high and it came very easy, but then I grew up and my voice changed. After high school and 3 years of sight singing and ear training in college I know that I will never get back the voice I had in junior high.. Although I can sing in key my vocal range is much smaller...

There was an extremely petite girl that played various wood winds in some of classes in college but she couldn't play a full size piano, she used various tricks to make up for her fingers being too short, she couldn't span an octave... although she had a keyboard with smaller keys that she could play very well.

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

pr0fessor Re:It's true (267 comments)

I see a Ferraris occasionally... I see a lot more lamborghinis, porches, and my neighborhood is littered with corvettes and classic cars of the 50s and 60s.

I live in the mid-west sports cars and classic cars are everywhere.

2 days ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

pr0fessor Re:Wiretapping laws still exist. (269 comments)

True, but the valet is not your friend they are an employee and already have no expectation of privacy in the work area.

The problem here is that there are some states that don't allow audio on security cameras in a business, a parking garage, your car, or your home security system.

5 days ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

pr0fessor Re:Just put fine print sticker on the dash,,,,, (269 comments)

I would say probably not unless he is self employed... most employees have no expectation of privacy in the work area whether it is a manager uncomfortably close looking over their shoulder or electronic surveillance in this case the work area would include the car, parking garage, etc... and exclude the restroom of course.

I he doesn't want to be recorded then he probably wouldn't have been hired since most parking garages have cameras.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

pr0fessor Re:List the STL? Seriously? (471 comments)

I could see someone deliberately asking a question that he know the candidate not to know the answer to just for such a purpose

My sister is an engineer, she called me after an interview and told me the interviewer was kind of new and got nervous because the engineers had given him a question that no one should be able to answer with out looking it up and she answered it. I don't remember what the question was it was about 20 years ago but it was just by luck it was something that interested her and she had done a bunch of extra research into. That was her first job after college.

about a week ago
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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

pr0fessor Re:Uses? (75 comments)

I was thinking... manufactures that sell over priced molded plastic replacement parts will be really annoyed.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

pr0fessor Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

Well the vast majority of people make no use of physics or math to begin with

I disagree, basic math is used by most people when handling money {which everyone does in some form}. Not to mention labor jobs that we may consider low skill even the kid that got you fries with that needs to balance the cash register at the end of the day.

about two weeks ago
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I think next winter will be:

pr0fessor Re:I moved away from winter (148 comments)

The mid-west isn't all flat that is a myth created by Hollywood. I live in Kansas which although it has flat plains most of the towns that were built in those flats have withered and the majority of the population lives on the eastern side of the state in the area called the rolling hills.

I live between a river, a large man made lake {39 square miles}, and a series of bluffs but not in the flood plain.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Completes New Face Recognition System

pr0fessor Re:Dragnet (129 comments)

The officer that patrols the part of the city you work in may know when you go to and leave work just because he sees you on the side walk this is not an invasion of privacy and he could possibly recall if he saw you at the regular time on a given date but yes doing it electronically is very different. Generally this will be in public places so I'm not sure any existing laws really cover that.

about two weeks ago
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I think next winter will be:

pr0fessor Re:I moved away from winter (148 comments)

The mid-west isn't that bad if you can put up with the people. Most of the city planners are smart enough to place towns by natural obstructions... tornadoes usually take the path of least resistance.

My town gets hit all the time... Oh look that field nowhere near any houses on the other side of the bluffs got hit again... You would think that farmer would give up and I could say that empty field with nothing planted in it nowhere near any houses.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

pr0fessor Re:cafeteria Workers (392 comments)

I used to work for a major PC manufacture in the U.S. the people that repair those computers when you send them in for warranty work are mostly college students in about every field imaginable and they are given a 12 week boot camp training before they start and anywhere from 1-3 additional days a month the entire time they work there. {that's 3840 hours of class work + 8-32 hours a month for how ever long they do the job and they are not sales people all they do is repair computers sent in for warranty work so all those hours of training and classes are about the inner working of a pc nothing else} Many of them went on to work in tech field without a degree.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

pr0fessor Re:Ya, but... (392 comments)

My degree is applied music and work in tech mostly because teacher's salaries suck. My success isn't from anything other than a willingness to learn {oh and common sense}.

about two weeks ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

pr0fessor Re:Idiots ... (172 comments)

Quickflix service and selection must really suck for someone to go through the hassle of getting a foreign bank account and vpn to get what is advertised as roughly the same service for about the same price. I have a netflix account their streaming selection isn't that great, I'd like to see more new movies, although I can't complain about the service it has never been down or slow when I wanted to use it.

about two weeks ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

pr0fessor Re: didn't have to be worse.. (207 comments)

Sure and I mentioned door handles in particular because I've had one break recently and spent $34.99 on a plastic door handle that had to be ordered but the generic die-cast aluminum door handle that fits most of the chevy vehicles from the 80s and early 90s was sitting on the shelf for $9.99.

about two weeks ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

pr0fessor Re: didn't have to be worse.. (207 comments)

Well I for one prefer a phone that doesn't shatter the first time I drop it. I know every one says "just get a case" but why on earth should I pay for phone and then a case... why not buy a phone with a better screen to begin with. Iphone and Ipod are already notorious for screens that crack when you look at them wrong.

I'm frequently annoyed by how the quality of products keep going down while the prices go up and no one appears to realize it. I'm not just talking about apple pick almost any product and look at the difference in material used between now and 20 or 30 years ago. Things like handles on car doors made of plastic instead of die-cast aluminum.

 

about two weeks ago

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