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Comment: Eternal and universal? Anglo-Saxon-centric? (Score 1) 170

by smithfarm (#34654952) Attached to: A Klingon Christmas Carol

Living in continental Europe, I find the statement that A Christmas Carol is "eternal and universal" amusing and sad at the same time. Let's face it, outside of Anglo-Saxon countries, A Christmas Carol is obscure at best. The same goes for Star Trek, although you might get a little more name recognition there, just because its later incarnations are occasionally on TV (dubbed into the local language) - but it gets lost, more or less, among all the other U.S. TV cruft that gets dubbed, broadcast at odd hours, and forgotten.

Americans should travel more. It sounds like this particular OP has never been outside the continental 48.

Come on, just do it. Even a trip to Canada will broaden your horizons. (Although it's possible that A Christmas Carol is beaten to death every year there, too.)

News

Ray Kurzweil Responds To PZ Myers 238

Posted by Soulskill
from the dem's-fightin'-woids dept.
On Tuesday we discussed a scathing critique of Ray Kurzweil's understanding of the brain written by PZ Myers. Reader Amara notes that Kurzweil has now responded on his blog. Quoting: "Myers, who apparently based his second-hand comments on erroneous press reports (he wasn't at my talk), [claims] that my thesis is that we will reverse-engineer the brain from the genome. This is not at all what I said in my presentation to the Singularity Summit. I explicitly said that our quest to understand the principles of operation of the brain is based on many types of studies — from detailed molecular studies of individual neurons, to scans of neural connection patterns, to studies of the function of neural clusters, and many other approaches. I did not present studying the genome as even part of the strategy for reverse-engineering the brain."

Comment: Informative post, thanks - follow up question (Score 1) 326

by smithfarm (#32562218) Attached to: A File-Centric Photo Manager?

Is there a "save all changes" option in Picasa? Or do you have to hit Save on every individual file that you've modified in Picasa?

For example, I'd like to do this:
1. back up all the original files,
2. run "Save All Changes" in Picasa
3. migrate to a different photo manager

The reality of family photos is that there are way too many of them. Picasa is great because non-geek family members can easily edit their photos, but if at some point all those edits can "disappear", it loses a great deal of its appeal.

Comment: Re:1970s and 32MPG...? (Score 1) 520

by smithfarm (#32386910) Attached to: When the US Government Built Ultra-Safe Cars

I live in Europe and can confirm no Expeditions here, fortunately for me. Aside from the rare Hummer, the SUVs I see here (mostly BMW, Mercedes) are smaller, on average, than in the U.S.

Now that I mention it, almost EVERYTHING is smaller here than in the U.S.

Human psychology is the same everywhere, though. Europeans tend to aspire for bigger possessions, just as Americans do. The difference is, over here bigger gets impractical more quickly.

Image

Woman Claims Wii Fit Caused Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome 380

Posted by samzenpus
from the can't-stop-playing dept.
Amanda Flowers always liked her Wii Fit but now she can't get enough of it. Amanda claims a fall from her balance board damaged a nerve and has left her suffering from persistent sexual arousal syndrome. From the article: "The catering worker said: 'It began as a twinge down below before surging through my body. Sometimes it built up into a trembling orgasm.' A doctor diagnosed her with persistent sexual arousal syndrome due to a damaged nerve."
Books

Judge Chin Says He Will Cut the Google Book Settlement 38

Posted by timothy
from the why-not-horizontally dept.
Miracle Jones writes "In a move that has shocked the publishing world, Judge Denny Chin has filed a brief saying that he has decided to cut the Google Book Settlement in half, letting Google host the first half of every book the company has scanned, and letting other interested stakeholders fight for the rights to the rest. 'We think this is a hard decision, but a fair one,' said John Peter Franks for Google. 'We would like to be able to host and control whole books, but at least we get the front half.'"

Comment: Definition link found (Score 1) 180

by smithfarm (#30342370) Attached to: Google Launches Dictionary, Drops Answers.com

I had never seen it before, either, and I had the same reaction as you ("Huh?") to the term "Google word search definition". But I found it _is_ there, just very small and easy to miss.

1. Go to Google
2. Type in a single word (I typed "retch")
3. In the bar just above where the search results start, on the far right, I see this:
Results 1 - 10 of about 311,000 for retch [definition]. (0.34 seconds)

The word "definition" in brackets is a link to Google Dictionary's page on "retch".

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