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Comment: Re:notepad++ dude. (Score 5, Insightful) 300

by drmitch (#38724066) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Answer to Dreamweaver?
Agreed. WYSIWYGs like DW only seem to muck up all the hard work I put into making my html look clean and concise. They add their own stupid DIV tags and ugly CSS code making it impossible to understand what's going on should you need to make edits without them. Think of it like writing source code, then trying to edit the assembly code when you make edits.

Comment: A good place to start (Score 1) 358

by drmitch (#37235520) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Math Curriculum To Understand General Relativity?
I seem to recall a physicist (I think it was Hawking) that said something along the lines of "if you think you understand [General Relativity], you don't." If you want a good place to start with the mathematics (without even needing more than Trig), pick up the book "Six Ideas that Shaped Physics, Unit R: The Laws of Physics are Frame-Independent" by Thomas A. Moore (ISBN-13: 978-0-07-239714-7, ISBN-10: 0-07-239714-4) It gives the underived equations for many of the effects of special relativity. Once you get that, you can move on the to derivation of the equations, and then eventually General Relativity. -- Mitch

Comment: Won't somebody PLEASE think of the trees! (Score 1) 348

by drmitch (#34192708) Attached to: Gold Nanoparticles Turn Trees Into Streetlights
How am I supposed to stalk all those girls if their trees are glowing?! They'll see me right away! Seriously though, you can't get energy from nothing. The energy given off is going to come from the trees themselves. They should determine what consequences it has on the trees.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov