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Comment: Re:Music, comedy and something else of interest (Score 1) 165

by FrenchSilk (#30986250) Attached to: The Web Way To Learn a Language
What I would prefer is movies that have subtitles in two languages simultaneously, my own and that of the speaker. I have much more difficulty understanding spoken Spanish, for example, than printed Spanish because my ear is not well tuned to the spoken words. Once I know what words are being spoken I often understand what is being said. And if I don't, the English translation will help with that.

Comment: SNL already figured it out (Score 1) 568

by FrenchSilk (#30607756) Attached to: Scientists Postulate Extinct Hominid With 150 IQ
Saturday Night Live had a brilliant sketch back in the 70's or 80's that perfectly illustrated why the large-brained tend to go extinct. The sketch had a small band of caveman hunters gathered around the campfire at night after the hunt. Brutus, the leader of the band was a muscular and stupid jock who kept walking through the fire and burning his feet while boasting of his hunting prowess. One of the others, a proto-nerd played by Bill Murray, decided it would be a good time to bring up an idea he had about how they could catch more game if, rather than just chase after their prey, they could surround it and close in on it from all directions, making it harder for it to escape. The other cave men seemed to begin to grasp the concept until Brutus walked around behind the Murray character and dropped a boulder on his head. It remains my all-time favorite SNL sketch.

Music By Natural Selection 164

Posted by samzenpus
from the survival-of-the-grooviest dept.
maccallr writes "The DarwinTunes experiment needs you! Using an evolutionary algorithm and the ears of you the general public, we've been evolving a four bar loop that started out as pretty dismal primordial auditory soup and now after >27k ratings and 200 generations is sounding pretty good. Given that the only ingredients are sine waves, we're impressed. We got some coverage in the New Scientist CultureLab blog but now things have gone quiet and we'd really appreciate some Slashdotter idle time. We recently upped the maximum 'genome size' and we think that the music is already benefiting from the change."

Comment: Re:Woop de freakin do (Score 1) 139

by FrenchSilk (#30498228) Attached to: 26 Gigapixel Photo Sets New World Record
You can't take it in all at once on your puny computer, but there is a single full resolution image file somewhere that could conceivably be printed at 100% if there were a printer in existence that could print 30 meter wide rolls (or whatever it would take) or a monitor with enough pixels to display it. So, lacking those means of displaying the image, the next best thing is a zoomable image such as shown here.

+ - 26 Gigapixel photo sets new world's record-> 2

Submitted by FrenchSilk
FrenchSilk writes: The largest gigapixel photograph ever created with a DSLR camera was made by A.F.B. Media GmbH in Dresden, Germany. 1655 images, each 21.6 megapixels in size, were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and a 400 mm lens over a period of 176 minutes. The images were stitched on a 16 processor system with 48 G of main memory, taking 94 hours to create the final result. The interactive view can be found here:
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+ - Swiss File Knife 1.5.3 released->

Submitted by SF:stahlworks
SF:stahlworks writes: One small Windows/Linux Command Line tool for everything. List tree sizes, find text in files, replace or filter text, run a command on many files, instant ftp server, find duplicates and file references, hexdump, hextobin, bintosrc, tcpdump, colored echo, tail, md5lists, split files, detab, collect text in large files, patch text, create aliases. No installation, runs from USB stick. Release 1.5.3 provides much faster text file reading, and listing of all .zip, .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 contents of a directory tree.
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Comment: Try turning off the Windows Search Indexer (Score 1) 835

by FrenchSilk (#26572029) Attached to: How To Diagnose a Suddenly Slow Windows Computer?
Windows search indexer turned out to be the cause of horrendous performance on my system. You can turn it off by running Services (find it at Start>Programs>Admiistrative Tools>Services). Right-click Windows Search service and select Properties. In Startup type, choose Manual. This made a huge difference in my case.

As the trials of life continue to take their toll, remember that there is always a future in Computer Maintenance. -- National Lampoon, "Deteriorata"