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## Comment Re: What number system (Score 1)211

Better yet, if they use sexagesimal we are all set for at least several more centuries.

## Comment Re:study on go and IQ (Score 1)325

btw i always thought the definition of IQ (assuming that your group satifies the central limit theorem and we can treat it as a normally distributed sample) was that it was normally distributed with a mean of 100 and standard distribution of 10, simple right..

No, standard deviation is 15 points.

## Comment Re:Four ways to profit (Score 1)239

Problem: It really did come from the Native Americans. Two centuries ago.

Say what? From the link you provided:

In conclusion, .... the phrase seems to have been crafted in relatively modern times [1970s], and thus does not have the deep historical resonance provided by age.

## Comment Re:Any optical drive at all? (Score 2)587

From TFA: Optical Drive (read only) BD 6xCAV DVD 8xCAV

## Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1)198

I was wondering when we'd reach the point where the accumulation of knowledge available in any given field exceeded the ability of the human mind to completely grasp in a useful manner.

In medicine, that point was reached many years ago, but few care to admit it:

"To estimate the time that it might take a new entrant to the subspecialty [echocardiography] to read all the previous literature, we assumed that he or she could read five papers an hour (one every 10 minutes, followed by a break of 10 minutes) for eight hours a day, five days a week, and 50 weeks a year; this gives a capacity of 10 000 papers in one year. Reading all papers referring to echocardiography (search 1) would take 11 years and 124 days, by which time at least 82142 more papers would have been added, accounting for another eight years and 78 days. Before our recruit could catch up and start to read new manuscripts published the same day, he or she would - if still alive and even remotely interested - have read 408 049 papers and devoted (or served a sentence of) 40 years and 295 days. On the positive side, our recruit would finish just in time to retire."

Fraser AG, Dunstan FD. On the impossibility of being expert. BMJ. 341(dec14 1):c6815-c6815. http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c6815

## Comment Re:"migrating German code comments to English" (Score 1)249

Aber sicherlich ist diese Phrase im Nominativ, also:
"... das ist ein schrecklich Hack!"
Nicht wahr?

## Comment Re:I have a relative who works (Score 1)354

neil armstrong's 1st wife ditched him because he didn't offer her enough support when 2yo karen armstrong died

Say what? Quoth teh wiki:

Armstrong's first wife, Janet, divorced him in 1994, after 38 years of marriage.

## Comment Re:If a Medical Doctor was involved in the collect (Score 1)99

Every time I see someone say we need to take our freely elected government back, I always ask "from who?".

## Comment Re:The Only People Who Benefit From This (Score 2)166

A substantial portion of the NSA, FBI, and CIA's budget is dedicated towards the very simple task of translating. As in, converting say, islamic into english.

I can see the problem. Islamic language scholars are really hard to find. Similarly, during WWII it was difficult for the allies to keep up with the volume of sigintel from Europe, Africa, and other countries due to the shortage of individuals qualified to translate from the Lutheran and Catholic.

## Comment Re:Psychoacoustics and perceptual coding (Score 1)361

The human ear/brain is indeed capable of hearing the difference between a pure sine wave at 440 Hz and a middle C tone played on a piano.

I should hope so, since Middle C and 440 Hz (the A above Middle C) are a major sixth apart.

-Pedantic Music/Audio Teacher

## Comment John Brunner (Score 1)1365

700+ comments and still no mention of John Brunner? Unpossible!

Specifically, Stand on Zanzibar (overpopulation leads to massive increase in violent crime as aggression levels rise, along with mega-corps basically enslaving entire African countries) and to an even greater extent, The Sheep Look Up (ecological catastrophe in slow-motion, domestic terrorists dose municipal water supply with psychotic drugs).

Both actually highly enjoyable, especially Zanzibar with its spy story, fast pace, and mod, proto-MTV style jump cuts.

## Comment Re:back to old style camera sizes? (Score 1)209

His favorite was an 8 x 10 view. I know this because I was very privileged to meet the master in 1980 and actually asked him.

He once wrote that when people asked him which was his favorite camera, he answered "The largest one I can carry!"

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