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Comment: All those jokes - all I feel is deep sadness. (Score 1) 41

by mha (#49049101) Attached to: Oldest Twin Remains Found In Siberia

What does it say about the state of the world that most posts in response to this story are stupid jokes?

Not much. But what does it say about the state of the majority of people now to be found on Slashdot? I don't come here often any more, having known the site from very early (see ID#) it was painfully obvious the kind of people who come here are of a different mind than me.

However, I thought THIS story could bring some human emotions to the front. All I could feel was deep sadness. My mind was busy imagining the pain, the suffering - the deaths. What those who died and those who were left (the father and the rest of the tribe) went through.

Comment: Funny that you complain about slow PDFs in FF... (Score 1) 296

by mha (#49004421) Attached to: Firefox Succeeded In Its Goal -- But What's Next?

...when PDF display in Chrome is *significantly* slower than in Firefox. I just switched to mostly Chrome because I watch a lot of Youtube lecture videos and HTM5 support esp. for Youtube still is lacking in FF, but whenever I open a PDF I often find myself stopping Chrome and opening FF just for the PDF. Firefox's inline PDF display is a clear winner by a big margin over the slooooow Chrome. Once it's loaded it's fine, but Chrome takes about 10 times as long to load the same file. Since that's hardly due to download speed differences I guess it's processing of the incoming PDF is much slower.

Comment: I don't get it (Score 1) 467

by mha (#48891093) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

I've run AVG Free for years and I have no idea what you are talking about. It leaves me alone. Only the occasional new version installs (vs. just virus updates), which is once per year, bother me - once. There's a banner underneath the AVG window, but I don't need to open that and it isn't intrusive, it's just "there" (when the AVG window is open).

Comment: A common word in German (Score 1) 194

by mha (#48678933) Attached to: MIT Unifies Web Development In Single, Speedy New Language

Any German will know. It's use stems from a time when you were just as likely to find a scientific text in German - the 99.99% English dominance (in international scientific publications) happened after 1933...

http://www.word-detective.com/...

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U...

Comment: Re:For me: Videos (Score 1) 67

by mha (#48416159) Attached to: Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

> I didn't know Chrome could change the playback speed of videos.

It is not limited to Chrome though. It is a feature of Youtube's HTML5 player. So it works on Firefox and other browsers too, only that Chrome supports all HTML5 video features that Youtube needs while Firefox does not (yet) - check with https://www.youtube.com/html5).

> The other way to do that is to use VLC

Sure, as always there are many ways. Chrome is the most convenient way to view Youtube though, that's all.

Comment: For me: Videos (Score 3, Informative) 67

by mha (#48413863) Attached to: Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

First, HTML5 videos. I watch a lot of lectures on Youtube, and HTML5 videos have a speed option that most lectures benefit from (30min instead of 1 hour lecture). Sure, Firefox plays HTML5 too - but not as many. Some options are not available.

Second, Flash on Firefox has been *horrible* at least for me lately (I have the latest version of everything, Windows 7 system). After the latest Flash update all I have to do to crash the Flash plugin is right-click over a Flash area. And it's been crashing a lot for me for a long time.

On the other hand, (from a user point of view, not web developer) I often run across bugs in Chrome while the same doesn't happen (to me) with Firefox. So if I could I'd stay with Firefox.

I think as a web developer, especially when you develop modern apps and not just intranet enterprise apps (that are very conservative in what functions they use) Chrome may be more tempting at this point. I'm guessing - I only develop those "boring" apps where the intelligence is in the business logic and on the server and I don't need to do as much in the browser.

Comment: Background info/learning resource: Coursera course (Score 1) 246

by mha (#48404253) Attached to: Big Talk About Small Samples

Even though this course has "public health" in the title, it is really quite generic. The methods used and very(!) well explained by the very likable John McGready (Johns Hopkins University) are exactly the same as what is relevant to understand for what is being discussed here.

Statistical Reasoning for Public Health 1: Estimation, Inference, & Interpretation

A conceptual and interpretive public health approach to some of the most commonly used methods from basic statistics.

https://www.coursera.org/cours...

Comment: Info on medical imaging, for those interested (Score 4, Informative) 47

by mha (#48317003) Attached to: Revitalizing Medical Imaging With Ultrasound-On-a-Chip

https://www.edx.org/course/uqx...

The course's contents is still accessible. "Episode 3" is about Ultrasound.

All videos from the course on Youtube (there is a lot more content on edX - text and images):

https://www.youtube.com/channe...

Look for "Brian has an Ultrasound" in that list (after loading all videos under that account) and go backwards (left and up) in the list for all videos on ultrasound.

The course/the videos are really interesting!

Comment: Relevant excellent explanation of the search: (Score 1) 103

by mha (#48288047) Attached to: Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

"The Search for Dark Matter - Professor Carolin Crawford

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

If you are interested in astronomy you should check out the other videos of her from Gresham College. After Neil deGrass Tyson she's the only other person that makes me - who is only mildly interested in the subject - want to watch such hour log lectures all the way to the end. In other words: She's darn good at this!

Comment: Nuremberg: fully automated subway, works. (Score 2) 179

by mha (#47957781) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

I live in Nuremberg, Germany. 2 of 3 subway lines are fully automatic. They run much more often than with drivers, and this is actually MIXED operation: the third line, that is still driver operated, shares the tracks on the middle section through the city. Nuremberg was the first city to have such a mixed-mode subway.

They are on time for the most part, stop within a few cm of where they are supposed to each time, and are just a normal part of life. I've read about an occasional hiccup but never experienced one myself, and I don't think it's more than it would be in the "old system". The biggest stops were due to worker strikes, not technology issues. They didn't lay off anyone, by the way.

Anyway, it is just unexciting business as usual for me any more, nothing special.

Video (1min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

http://www.railway-technology....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...

Comment: Just me? Article is not all that insightful. (Score 1) 36

by mha (#47945753) Attached to: The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

Lots of generalities and assertions, no depth at all. Was this really worth being posted? They may or may not be right - but all you can have after reading it is an "opinion". No actual knowledge in that article, or even any insights. It is mere boulevard paper level journalism.

Also, what is missing is the speed with which the options increase. I just finished edX course MIT "Introduction to Biology" (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! WARNING: CONTAINS ACTUAL KNOWLEDGE! https://www.edx.org/course/mit...) and so much happened just the last 10 years! So an assessment of the danger of these developments that only looks at the current state (and what a bad job they do with this) is kind of useless.

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