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What about religious hymns of Hinduism and Zoroastrianism which were composed before 200BC and are still in use today? Are they not melodies?

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For those, do we have detailed information about the actual notes that were played, or just the text of the hymns?

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The hymns have specific melodies which were transferred orally as there is no music notation system. They haven't changed in millennia. They are still widely used in India in religious ceremonies.

For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBNEizCsor0

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Just like with texts - how can we be even remotely sure they haven't changed? Seems terribly unlikely to me.

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Only Gist was blocked, not Github. It was a knee-jerk reaction to a court order after ISIS made a series of threats and some Indians were found to be in contact with the ISIS. All those sites were unblocked soon after.

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Microsoft Songsmith does that. There are some crazy videos on Youtube. Eg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg0l7f25bhU

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Depends on how you see it: http://www.tehelka.com/story_main54.asp?filename=Ne011212Onc...

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Thanks for that link. I have been wondering about it for several years myself. This needs to be brought up more often.

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OT: Does anyone know what happened to official Ruby site redesign proposal?

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Old blog post. Some of the issues like single window and layer groups are fixed in Gimp 2.8.

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Zed Shaw is the Nietzsche of hackers (and beyond)! Some Nietzsche's quotes I think relevant to this post and Zed's philosophy in general:

"Nothing is true, everything is permitted."

"Everything is human, all too human."

"I mistrust all systematizers and avoid them. The will to a system is a lack of personal integrity."

"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."

"Who cares if I am right! I am much too right. And he who laughs best today will also laugh last."

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Don't be fooled by DistroWatch stats. It means nothing.

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Link bait title. The author is advertising his upcoming book.

The gist of the article is that anything other than Socialism is 'American'. Since when houses with concrete roofs, foreign brands, shopping malls, office buildings and being optimistic represent only America? The author needs to travel other parts of the world.

Articles like this which draw parallels between two countries often do disservice to both the countries. America is not all about consumerism and India is not all about a poor imitation of America.

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The Indian security establishment with 'overbearing powers' is only obsessed with Pakistan and China.

Internal security is not the task of military. Period.

All terrorist attacks in India (except Kashmir and 26/11) are carried out by homegrown terrorists with indirect external help.

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