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Comment: Lecture notes (Score 1) 109

by SuperElectric (#47661949) Attached to: Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

I think we can all relax about the throwaway example he tossed out there about coding with steganography. We can all see how it's a bad idea, so the 20 people who've made that same point now can rest assured that their unique insight is appreciated.

I would've loved to be able to do ~180 wpm when taking notes in university. For me, notes will always be far better than a recording because they're much easier to skim than video. Also the act of noting increases retention, and you can choose what is worth writing down and insert add your own thoughts or questions live, rather than by reviewing the video later (which, given the time crunch of university, usually doesn't/can't happen). This is why I still take notes, even while also recording audio to catch the sentences that I inevitably can't transcribe in time.

If there was some note-taking app that let you type steganographically, draw on the notes, and insert photos (e.g. of the whiteboard) in-line as you take them, that honestly would be a killer app that I'd invest time learning steganography for. (The time would come out of my Duolinguo budget; sorry France! :P)

Comment: it's Nutt, you nut (Score 5, Informative) 328

by SuperElectric (#45395917) Attached to: Scientist Seeks Investment For "Alcohol Substitute"
Former member of the UK government's drugs advisory panel, until some pol fired him for pointing out (correctly) that the health risks of horseback riding outweigh those of doing ecstasy. He's the author of Drugs Without the Hot Air, a fantastic book. http://boingboing.net/2012/06/20/drugs-without-the-hot-air.html

The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong -- until the next person quits or is fired.

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