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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

janek78 Re:Were Hunter-gatherers doing better (92 comments)

Please define "better". For myself, the greatest achievement of humankind is the advancement of knowledge about the world. Depending on what your priorities are, you could argue that a different era was "better" (e.g. less polution, less stress [doubtful], more "natural", or whatever floats your boat). But if you give up on what makes us what we are, you could argue that the best way to live your life is to be in a coma. Yes, today sucks but it is still better than any day before. YMMV.

about 2 months ago

Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

janek78 Re:The Numbers Lie (167 comments)

One drop is about 0.05 ml, i.e. 20 drops per mililitre. (When talking about water.)

about 2 months ago

Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

janek78 Re:So what? (261 comments)

You're missing the point. It's not that we should all get down to the lowest common denominator, it's about having useless visual bling (that is annoying and distracting even for a healthy person) that serves no useful purpose and CAN'T BE SWITCHED off making the phone unusable for people with a medical condition.

Again, the solution is not to force everyone to use a static UI, it's to give people the choice. Which is something Apple never does, I guess because then there would be people who switch it off and then complain that it does not work. I am an iPhone 5 user recently switched from Android and while the phone works just fine, I sorely miss the ability to actually customise anything.

about a year ago

3-D Printable Food Gets Funding From NASA

janek78 Rendezvous with Rama (242 comments)

I'm not a Star Trek fan but this always reminds me of A. C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama. It is exciting to live in the future.

about a year and a half ago

Technology To Detect Alzheimer's Takes SXSW Prize

janek78 Sensitivity vs. specificity (81 comments)

It is very easy to make a test that detects 100% of patients who will eventually get a disease. Just make it always say "positive" and you're done. The hard thing is balancing the ability to detect a disease and avoid false negatives (sensitivity) with the ability to detect absence of disease and avoid false positives (specificity). Related to this are the positive predictive negative predictive values. Since Alzheimer's is very difficult to diagnose clinically and the only definitive proof is a biopsy/autopsy, I very much doubt a screening test would exist with a 100 % sensitivity and/or specificity.

about 2 years ago

The Tech Behind Felix Baumgartner's Stratospheric Skydive

janek78 Re:Live helmet cam (109 comments)

The official site now has a video that includes some of the on-body camera shots, I am sure we will see many more of them as the footage is processed. I believe he had a couple cameras mounted on the suit, so don't worry.

more than 2 years ago

I go through keyboards ...

janek78 Re: 5, you're doing it wrong (341 comments)

I had the original for 18 years. Then a wire broke in the PS2 cable. It is possibly the best piece of hardware I've ever laid my hand on.

more than 2 years ago

Nature Lover Vladimir Putin Flies With the Cranes

janek78 Re:Good ol' Putin (285 comments)

Wait. These articles are able to glorify Putin in anyone's eyes? I thought by now every new piece about how he saved a puppy from a burning house serves only to further ridicule him and make fun of him. He tries so hard that it became a kind of comedy performance. With a lot of these articles, couple years ago, you could mistake them from something from Onion.com. He became a caricature of himself, an iron-fisted evil dictator who's trying so hard people laugh at him.

more than 2 years ago

Seth MacFarlane Helps LOC Acquire Carl Sagan Papers

janek78 Re:should have been free? (135 comments)

I am not so sure there is that much to be ticked-off by. Sagan's widow is quoted as saying that "...Sagan would have been thrilled to see his life’s work made available to the public." That does not sound like a greedy estate trying to get rich from selling stuff she inherited (not that there would be anything wrong with that). TFA is unclear on what the money went towards, I can imagine that transporting, sorting, filing and displaying the (large) collection is no easy feat and that the money is perhaps to be spent on that? Mrs. Druyan was not only Sagan's wife but also co-author, I don't see her as waiting for the highest bidder to auction off her inheritance.

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Shows Off Junior, a Simple Browser Built for iPad

janek78 Re:Good, but a little pointless. (137 comments)

"Utterly dominate" as in ~8 % of the mobile phone market? Or ~25 % of the smartphone market? Apple is big, but utter domination looks different, IMO.

more than 2 years ago

Buttons That Morph Out of Your Touchscreen

janek78 Re:What is the problem being solved? (134 comments)

While I agree with your point about touchscreens in cars, I don't see this as a solution, since these buttons are not pressed, they are touched, you can't just use tactile feedback to locate the right button and then press it, you'll "press" any button you touch. Still, I am curious where this technology will evolve and what uses it will find.

more than 2 years ago

'Inexact' Chips Save Power By Fudging the Math

janek78 Pentium (325 comments)

Didn't Intel do something like this in 1994? :)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

janek78 MSF are one of the best (570 comments)

Several of my colleagues work/have worked for Doctors without Borders and through them I have met some of their non-medical personnel as well (esp. the logisticians). They strike me as one of the most deserving charities who provide relief without agenda (they are secular). I occasionally donate to other charities as well, but MSF are my No. 1 and I admire their work.

more than 3 years ago

Muslim Medical Students Boycott Darwin Lectures

janek78 Re:I have problems with this (1319 comments)

I was going to write basically the same comment. You'd think that if they truly believed they would not have a problem going to a lecture and hearing arguments against their belief. It's the furious opposition to education that betrays how little some people *really* believe. They just cover their ears and go "la la la" not to hear anything that would lead to even worse cognitive dissonance than they already have to face.

more than 3 years ago

Science and Religion Can and Do Mix, Mostly

janek78 Re:Absolutist statements = No-No (1345 comments)

Exactly. If the possible answers really were ALWAYS, SOMETIMES, NEVER, I would expect all scientists to answer SOMETIMES, regardless of their own belief/lack thereof.

There was a study done to quantify what people understand under terms such as "sometimes", "usually", "frequently" and so on. It turns out "sometimes" ranges from 1 % to some 80 % (I don't have the exact numbers now, I saw the study in a workshop given by people from the National Board of Medical Examiners).

Without reading the original study though, I am inclined to think that it may be the journalists interpretation of what they think the researchers said.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon To Launch Kindle Tablet?

janek78 Not what I want from Amazon (140 comments)

I hope this whole tablet business will not delay what I really expect from Amazon - a hi-res color e-ink Kindle. Same format but a larger display. And please no touch screen, thank you, I don't want my greasy fingers on the display I read.

Tablets have a long way to go to replace dedicated e-book readers. Until they are easily readable in broad daylight and can last at least couple weeks, there will be a market for Kindle.

more than 3 years ago

Hands-On Account of Amazon's Upcoming Color Kindle

janek78 Do not want LCD or touch (156 comments)

I am with you. I bought my Kindle a month ago, after very very long hesitation. And I love it. It's light, small, portable and the display is amazing. I love the fact that I can sit in the sun and read, just as I would with a book. That I can read in the evening in bed, without having to look at a back-lit display (some people may not mind, I do).

I love the fact that it does nothing else - I was impressed how immersive the reading is and I guess the fact that it does not have Skype, email, news, facebook, or any other of the million distractions is a huge plus. Of course, I know that on a tablet you can switch all these off and get the same undisturbed experience, but Kindle just makes it so much easier for you. When I read to fall asleep, without being tempted to check my mail one last time.

And don't underestimate the importance of the incredible battery life. I hope for a future where all devices will be like this - you just use them without having to constantly care about battery charge. With my android phone, I have to make sure that it's fully charged when I leave the house in the morning.

As for touch - I don't want to touch the screen of my e-reader (or my computer for that matter) with my dirty greasy fingers, thank you.

YMMV, but for me, the future Kindle should have a larger display, colour and possibly be even a little lighter. That I would buy immediatelly.

more than 3 years ago



Roktober 2008 - Support Amarok

janek78 janek78 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

janek78 writes "It's Roktober again and with 10 days left, only 27% of the target has been met. If you love Amarok (and you should!) come and help out. You can win an iAudio7 if having a great music player is not a good enough reward for you.

From the site: Your donations of time and money make it possible to create the awesome music player you love so much. Our aim for this Roktober is to raise 10.000. Our budget is aggressive, but as costs go up, and our plans get more complex, we have to raise the goal. As in past years, for every 10 donated, you will receive one entry in the drawing for an iaudio7. This year we have two grand prizes and we will also give t-shirts to 4 second chance winners."

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