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Comment Re:And in countries where it's legal? (Score 1) 498

Nicotine is very addictive, although I've never heard of it being ranked as more addictive than Coke or Heroin:


That being said, there's no shortage of controversy about the extent to which the substance itself is the main factor in addiction:


Comment Digital Camera (Score 1) 311

1. http://www.sharpics.com/tabletop-monopod-p-28.html
2. Digital camera with a remote switch option (i.e. Poweshot G10)
3. Black Surface
4. Bright Lights
5. http://www.i2s-bookscanner.com/produits.asp?gamme=1011&sX_Menu_selectedID=path_1011_GEN (To 3d deskew text)
6. http://finereader.abbyy.com/ (to straighten up text a bit more in the 2d realm, and OCR the book)

Via this method it's about as fast as you can flip the pages. (Use the remote switch with your foot.)

Unfortunately you can't buy this convenient device any more:

Comment Musicbrainz has a Similar Problem (Score 1) 207

Last I checked, Musicbrainz wouldn't allow this sort of thing either. Mind you, specifically I was asking about bittorrent 'compiliations' of pre-existing material where, arguably, the set and ordering chosen results in a new work. I'm not sure if they would allow a torrent-only album under 'other' under the current practices:

            http://wiki.musicbrainz.org/ReleaseType [musicbrainz.org]

            But at least Musicbrainz is rather 'open' and allows dissent among the community on such topics--this leads to the obvious question, then: why isn't there a centralized 'open' metadata database like this for *all* forms of media: music, scores, movies, television, books, magazines, journal articles, encyclopedias, video games,etc...

Submission + - Choosing a Phone for Mobile Music Synchronization? (slashdot.org) 1

adamgolding writes: I'm shopping for a Phone (in Canada), and I have some rather stringent (possibly unsatisfiable) criteria:

- must scrobble to Last.FM via the desktop (this must not *require* a Data connection)

- the scrobbling must use the more advanced MBID (Musicbrainz ID) method rather than by title and artist. (This is important for classical music since title and artist fields usually radically underdetermine the track being scrobbled.)

- must play all sorts of formats, including FLAC, OGG, WMA, MP3

- it must be possible to synchronize ratings, playcounts, and last played fields between the phone and ID3 tags on files on my (Windows) desktop. I don't care what program does this so long as it is one-click (or automatic) and saves this info *in the tags* on the desktop, rather than in some proprietary database, so that I will always be free to change desktop players.

- must allow a civilized sort of access to the music, unlike the iPod which, IIRC, in order to keep things 'simple', didn't allow sorting albums by release date and trivial things like that. I want to browse folder trees and sort by arbitrary fields, etc.

The only solution like this I found before was one I never got around to implementing: Rockbox on an Ipod 5.5G using MediaMonkey and "SansaMonkey" to sync the fields, along with some special scrobbler program. I was really bothered that I had to use a separate (old) Ipod rather than listening to music on my Phone for this to work.

And while we're on the subject, how far are we from solutions like this in the video realm? I don't like having so many fewer data-tracking capabilities for video than for audio...

Comment Nothing currently beats Bluebeam and Onenote (Score 1) 256

Both the Kindle and the iPad are a joke when it comes to academic work. At the very least, they need to duplicate the kind of functionality you can get from bluebeam and onenote running on a convertible tablet PC:

- freehand inking on pdfs
- the ability to TYPE pop-up notes
- audio recordings you can sync with notes a la onenote
- hotkeys for various highlighter colors (I use a 9-color system which would be impractical with physical highlighters)
- hierarchical bookmarks allowing you to make clickable outlines of an articlegreat for reviewing! (ideally they would improve this by making a more freely formatted 'notes' pane that can be hyperlinked to the bookideally with audio support like onenote's)
- insert lined paper into a book (i.e. for doing math problems in a math textbook)
- the ability to very quickly pull up paper for rough work (i.e. win+N for onenote)
- something like zotero for unified management of pdf and html references (i.e not mendely)

Comment The Answer Is: It Depends! (Score 5, Insightful) 203

This depends on the strings: you can handwrite many mathematical expressions more quickly than you can type them in most setups. This is especially true for things with a lot of super/sub scripts. It's *especially* true for symbols not in the character sets available to you.

Also, sometimes the same *content* can be recorded more quickly as handwritten math/logic than as typed strings.

Sometimes handwriting is faster, sometimes typing is faster.

Therefore, the fastest setup is one where you can switch between handwriting and typing seamlessly, such as on a tablet PC on some sort of stand situated like an easel with an external keyboard at elbow height, or at a desktop with a keyboard and graphics tabletin which case, for the monitor position, you don't have to compromise between what's good for your hands/arms and what's good for your eyes/neck/back.

Comment Re:Oh Noes! (Score 1) 921

I think that part of the reason that cursive is so 'illegible' to us nowadays is that we are surrounded by print, probably much more so than our forefathers--and handwriting just doesn't look enough like Times New Roman. Somehow I doubt it's any intrinsic property of cursive scripts--in one study of reading speed for various fonts, there was one guy who was an outlier in that he read fastest in some weird Fraktur font--turns out that's what his school books were in...

Comment Pinker (Score 1) 799

Steven Pinker is how I found Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Linguistics. Best popular writer on the subjects, even if you dislike his theories. His writing on Philosophy is a little weaker, but still engaging.

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