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Comment: Re:I don't understand the version control complain (Score 1) 346

by The_mad_linguist (#42402045) Attached to: Google Docs Vs. Microsoft Word: an Even Matchup?

That's actually something google docs doesn't do well.

Let's say you have a spreadsheet with a bunch of pages and cells. Google docs says who edited when, but it doesn't tell you what or where the edits are - and you can't jump to them, which means you have to manually look at each cell until you find the highlighted one.

Comment: Blogspam (Score 4, Interesting) 118

by The_mad_linguist (#42133309) Attached to: Nobel Prize Winner Got Free House and Free (as In Beer) Beer

So the blog cites as a source, another blog. If you look in the comments for that blog, the author says you should google it, and links to a reddit page. That, in turn, links to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okJnQIjELY4#t=2m55s

It's a nice story, but I'd like to actually hear it from someone who can actually supply details. Bohr's got a lot of cool stuff - like how his lab was used to hide smuggled Nobel medals from the Nazis (by dissolving them: http://www.archive.org/stream/adventuresinradi01heve#page/27/mode/1up ).

I'm sure there's more to the story than just 'he had free beer on tap'.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 2) 159

by The_mad_linguist (#39487163) Attached to: MIT Solar Towers Beat Solar Panels By Up To 20x

No, they are using *significantly* more cells. Read the article. They're going by the ground footprint.

That is, the area of the earth that is being used by their solar cell array.

Let's say you have a tower ten feet high, covered in solar cells. Which is essentially what they have here. That tower is *obviously* going to have more surface area than just the amount of earth covered up by the base of the tower, since you're coating the sides as well as the top.

Just because he's dead is no reason to lay off work.

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