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Google Docs Vs. Microsoft Word: an Even Matchup?

The_mad_linguist Not gmail either (346 comments)

Gmail's constant interface revisions are making it worse.

Not as bad as google groups, though, which (on my monitor) reduces the space you can actually read posts in to about an inch vertically, thanks to all the useless static unscrollable stuff.

about a year and a half ago

Google Docs Vs. Microsoft Word: an Even Matchup?

The_mad_linguist Re:I don't understand the version control complain (346 comments)

That's actually something google docs doesn't do well.

Let's say you have a spreadsheet with a bunch of pages and cells. Google docs says who edited when, but it doesn't tell you what or where the edits are - and you can't jump to them, which means you have to manually look at each cell until you find the highlighted one.

about a year and a half ago

Spinal Fluid Chemical Levels Linked To Suicidal Behavior

The_mad_linguist Re:Suggestion: Stop linking to Medical Daily. (85 comments)

glutamate, an amino acid felt to be a neurotransmitter

Felt to be a neurotransmitter in the same way that hemoglobin is felt to be important to your circulatory system.

about 2 years ago

ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?

The_mad_linguist Re:Why not both? (354 comments)

That's actually implemented in a lot of places in the EU.

There are a lot of European idiots who dial 911 because they saw it in a Hollywood movie.

about 2 years ago

Gov't Report Predicts Cyborgs, Rise of China for 2030

The_mad_linguist Re:Skynet (219 comments)

Anyone with an air conditioner is already using 'cybernetics'.

about 2 years ago

Nobel Prize Winner Got Free House and Free (as In Beer) Beer

The_mad_linguist Blogspam (118 comments)

So the blog cites as a source, another blog. If you look in the comments for that blog, the author says you should google it, and links to a reddit page. That, in turn, links to

It's a nice story, but I'd like to actually hear it from someone who can actually supply details. Bohr's got a lot of cool stuff - like how his lab was used to hide smuggled Nobel medals from the Nazis (by dissolving them: ).

I'm sure there's more to the story than just 'he had free beer on tap'.

about 2 years ago

Scientific American's Fred Guterl Explores the Threats Posed By Technology

The_mad_linguist Re:Do we have any credible (93 comments)

Which is why you should pay me for unicorn insurance.

Just because you haven't heard of any attacks, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. With their pointy, pointy horns.

about 2 years ago

Why Kids Should Be Building Rockets Instead of Taking Tests

The_mad_linguist Re:Educators aren't missing the punchline... (381 comments)

Also education degrees are trash, thanks to the courses being easy As (average GPA is 3.8) and certification being a joke.

more than 2 years ago

Space Shuttle Collides With Bridge In New York

The_mad_linguist Re:It was on a boat (157 comments)

It's not like it'd be flying. It's been retired.

more than 2 years ago

The Science of Handedness

The_mad_linguist Re:What tools? (258 comments)

Single bevel axes are 'handed'.

I imagine optimizing the grip would also cause some handedness as well.

more than 2 years ago

Ellison Doesn't Know If Java Is Free

The_mad_linguist How should he have answered? (393 comments)

I suppose the most accurate way to answer is "it depends what you mean by 'Java' and what you mean by 'free'", but that makes it sound like you're being a weasel.

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Releases HTML5 MMO BrowserQuest

The_mad_linguist Nice job on the https link (138 comments)

Nice job linking with https to

Firefox immediately starts whining about it.

more than 2 years ago

MIT Solar Towers Beat Solar Panels By Up To 20x

The_mad_linguist Re:Duh (159 comments)

No, they are using *significantly* more cells. Read the article. They're going by the ground footprint.

That is, the area of the earth that is being used by their solar cell array.

Let's say you have a tower ten feet high, covered in solar cells. Which is essentially what they have here. That tower is *obviously* going to have more surface area than just the amount of earth covered up by the base of the tower, since you're coating the sides as well as the top.

more than 2 years ago

MIT Solar Towers Beat Solar Panels By Up To 20x

The_mad_linguist Duh (159 comments)

Use 50 times as many solar cells, and OF COURSE you'll get more power out.

more than 2 years ago

Science Reveals Why Airplane Food Tastes So Bad

The_mad_linguist Re:Cheapskates! (388 comments)

Yeah. I buy stuff at the airport, and eat it on the plane. It tastes fine.

more than 2 years ago

MIT Prof Predicts the End of Disabilities In Next 50 Years

The_mad_linguist Re:And flying cars and moon bases too, yeah, yeah (190 comments)

Much improved versions? Of the fraction that use prosthetic arms, the majority use a design cooked up by the US military almost 60 years ago.

There's too much market fragmentation - the powered prosthetic limbs available are basically all first-generation prototypes. We need to stop reinventing the wheel for these things before there can be any improvements

more than 2 years ago

Valve Reportedly Working On 'Steam Box' Gaming Console

The_mad_linguist Re:Valve has a long way to go. (233 comments)

First, Valve has not delivered the Steam Big Picture mode which it promised a year ago (!).

Oh, wow. Valve missing their release date. I don't think I've ever heard of that happening before.

more than 2 years ago


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