# [ale] OT: Music Majors & Math (was Comcast speeds)

```On Tuesday 03 April 2007 15:57, Jerald Sheets wrote:
> 'scuse me, chief...   Apparently you've never *had* a combination of
> acoustics & theory classes which are very math and calculus intensive.
>
> Don't generalize, music majors who actually didn't crib all the
> science are everywhere...
>
> --j

As a general rule, music students statistically do very well with
mathematics -  similar brain skills seem to be involved.

Of course, the effect of the test obsessed  "Every Child Abandoned"
educational budget slashing is that  music and arts programs are the
first to get the ax.  Then they get perplexed when little Joan and
Johnny continue to struggle with math and seem incapable of innovative
or abstract thinking.

(sigh...)

btw, the tune I'm humming now suggests that Scott just got the
math inverted in his story problem speed calculation:

> But - don't forget your bits to bytes conversions on the way
> to converting that to Mb/s...

> 690kbit/s = 5,520 Kbytes/sec = ~5.39 Mb/s

I believe that 8 bits per Byte means that you would DIVIDE
the bit value by 8 to determine the KByte count, not multiply.

I could be mistaken, though, since I'm only a drummer and not
a REAL musician! ;-)

peace
aaron

Kinda hard to sue them for fraud (and win) when they are delivering
more than promised :)

> On Apr 3, 2007, at 4:19 PM, Jim wrote:
>
> > Scott McDonald wrote:
> >> With MRTG graphing my gateway interface, the max I've hit over long
> >> times has been ~650kbit/s.  See:
> >> http://twopeanuts.com/mrtg/
> >>
> >> But - don't forget your bits to bytes conversions on the way to
> >> converting that to Mb/s...
> >>
> >> 690kbit/s = 5,520 Kbytes/sec = ~5.39 Mb/s
> >>
> >> Kinda hard to sue them for fraud (and win) when they are delivering
> >> more than promised :)
> >> -Scott
> >>
> >>
> > Let's see, you either work for Comcast, were a music major in college,
> > or a product of government schools (per Neal).  Check your conversion
> > once again. ;)
> >
> > 690,000 bits/s * 1 byte/8 bits = 690,000/8  bytes
> >
> >
> > As we learned to 'cancel' the bits cancel out the bits, but new math
> > says bits/bits is equality so we just substitute 1.  That statement is
> > probably only understood by someone that came up canceling and
> > married a
> > teacher that had to teach new math.  :)
> >
> > Jim.
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