Roll over, Beethoven: Decoding the maestro’s musical style with statistics

EPFL researchers analysis of Beethoven’s writing style, applying statistical techniques to unlock recurring patterns. Famed Classical/Romantic composer Ludwig van Beethoven had a distinct statistical signature to his compositional style, according to an innovative analysis published in a recent paper in PLOS ONE. The study is part of the rise of so-called “digital humanities,” although much of […]

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Netflix lost US subscribers in Q2 over price hikes; how can it win them back?

Enlarge / Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. re:publica If you’ve been grumbling about the rising cost of your Netflix account, it seems you’re not alone. Netflix shared its second-quarter financial results and the company indicated that higher prices may have led to dips in the platform’s subscriber counts. Revenue for the video streaming service totaled $ […]


Australian watchdog sues Samsung over misleading waterproof phone ads

(Reuters) — Australia’s consumer watchdog has sued Samsung Electronics’ Australian unit for allegedly misleading consumers by promoting water-resistant Galaxy smartphones as suitable to use in swimming pools and the surf. The world’s largest smartphone maker did not know or sufficiently test the effects of pool or saltwater exposure on its phones when ads showed them […]


Steam and Ubuntu clash over 32-bit libs

Enlarge / The new icon theme in Ubuntu 19.04. Scott Gilbertson It has been a tumultuous week for gaming on Linux. Last Tuesday afternoon, Canonical’s Steve Langasek announced that 32-bit libs would be frozen (kept as-is, with no new builds or updates) as of this October’s interim 19.10 release, codenamed “Eoan Ermine.” Langasek was pretty […]

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U.S. Blacklists More Chinese Tech Companies Over National Security Concerns

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration added five Chinese entities to a United States blacklist on Friday, further restricting China’s access to American technology and stoking already high tensions as President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China prepare to meet in Japan next week. The Commerce Department announced that it would add four Chinese companies […]