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Bitcoin-Based Drug Market Silk Road Thriving With $2 Million In Monthly Sales

adamgolding Re:And in countries where it's legal? (498 comments)

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:


more than 2 years ago

Computer Programmers Only the 5th Most Sleep Deprived Profession

adamgolding Re:7 hours is sleep deprived? (204 comments)

Many of those people might 'binge' sleep here and there to catch up--what the small range of values might show is that sleep debt is very linear..

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Go Paperless At Home?

adamgolding Digital Camera (311 comments)

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:

more than 2 years ago

Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?

adamgolding The answer is... (577 comments)

Yes. Clearly Netflix will 'destroy the internet'.

more than 4 years ago

Torrent-Only Movie Denied IMDb Listing

adamgolding Musicbrainz has a Similar Problem (207 comments)

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...

more than 4 years ago

Should I Learn To Program iOS Or Android Devices?

adamgolding Rhomobile? (403 comments)

I don't know much about programming, so I'm wondering:

To what extent does Rhomobile solve this question?


It claims you can write something that compiles for all devices. What are the limitations to this approach?

more than 4 years ago

Cool, Science-y Masters Programs For Software Devs?

adamgolding Cognitive Science (150 comments)

Since you're interested in Neuroscience and AI a masters in Cognitive Science is a relevant option. Every school's cogsci program is different,but they're all *very* flexible. Check out UCSD, Indiana, MIT, Carleton, Arizona, etc.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fails First College Test

adamgolding Nothing currently beats Bluebeam and Onenote (256 comments)

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)

more than 3 years ago

Pen vs. Keyboard vs. Touch vs. Everything Else

adamgolding The Answer Is: It Depends! (203 comments)

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.

about 5 years ago

26 Years Old and Can't Write In Cursive

adamgolding Re:Oh Noes! (921 comments)

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...

more than 5 years ago

Tomorrow's Science Heroes?

adamgolding Pinker (799 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Memristor Minds, the Future of Artificial Intelligence

adamgolding Re:I'm always taken back by this (184 comments)

"It's not a hardware breakthrough that'll create a true AI - it's an algorithm breakthrough that's required. Faster computers might be nice - but it'll always comes down to the algorithm. "

If you mean *strong* AI, a better algorithm may, in fact, create strong AI, but we'd never know it, until we can learn under what conditions a system would be conscious.

more than 5 years ago

35,000-Year-Old Flute Is Oldest Music Instrument Ever Found

adamgolding Re:Interesting! (139 comments)

You're right that the GP is misusing the word 'harmonics', but the NYT article is probably not talking about combinations of tones produced by two flues when they say 'harmonic' either--they probably just mean that the scale itself sounds 'nice', which actually follows the more ancient sense of the word 'harmonics' which, for the ancient Greeks, was the study of tunings, temperaments, and scale designs. In other words, the scale sounds like modern music because it's a pentatonic scale.

Which brings me to what you were saying about music universals--there is, indeed, much cultural variation, but there are a number of commonalities--the pentatonic scale, is actually supposed to have been arrived at independently in many cultures, which isn't that surprising because it's what you get if you iterate the 'simplest' interval other than the octave, and the diatonic scales come from iterating that twice more.

There are also lots of universals about interval choice--melodically or harmonically, simple ratio intervals like 5ths are usually preferred, and you aren't going to find a culture that prefers minor 9th leaps to perfect 5th leaps, except Webern et al., of course.

There are also general cognitive constraints--for instance, most cultures have 5-7 note scales, which is supposedly tied to the size of working memory.

more than 5 years ago

State of Sound Development On Linux Not So Sorry After All

adamgolding not a chance (427 comments)

The reality is this: it is already a difficult compromise choosing audio software to work with on PC or Mac platforms. Only people who aren't serious about their work really have time to worry about linux solutions here. Composers are only just now beginning to see anything like a move towards a merger of sequencers and notation programs, with Sibelius and Finale adding limited audio support and Cubase adding better support for orchestral articulations and some improved notation capabilities. Protools added some code taken from Sibelius but it's still rudimentary. Competition in terms of features is very tight between these various alternatives, and it's not like OpenOfficeâ'it can't just do 'more or less, the main tasks we need'. The open source software has to actually be *better* than the existing options. Whenever I wonder again about this I just compare the 'new' features in the most recent version of Cubase or Sibelius to the most recent features in the open source alternatives and I can only laugh...

more than 5 years ago

False Fact On Wikipedia Proves Itself

adamgolding Re:1984? (513 comments)

Her said 'also', not 'therefore'...

more than 5 years ago



Choosing a Phone for Mobile Music Synchronization?

adamgolding adamgolding writes  |  more than 4 years ago

adamgolding (871654) 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..."

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