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No. If anything, it blows it up. If (natural) language were a constraint on thought, these kids would have been almost incapable of thought at the founding of the school. (You really do have to see what the older "kids"—at twenty-ish—were like, even in the new world, with a halting handle on some parts of the newly-emerging language and nothing really but mimicas—miming gestures—to work with.)

This is likely a response to https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10612447

The Nicaraguan Sign Language (ISN)[0] is an incredibly interesting phenomenon, demonstrating at least that humans will find a way to use language regardless of whether or not a culture of language exists around them, provided that they have the opportunity to do so early enough. Does it confirm that language capacity is innate, that Chomsky's "language organ" (I'm sure he rues the day he ever used that phrase; he's been trying to clarify what he meant for sixty years) exists? It's not the only occurrence of this sort that is known but it's the first that was documented as it happened. (Hawaiian Creole English also arose among children in relatively recent times, but its documentation is oblique, consisting mostly of recorded complaints about a new and obviously unacceptable manner of speaking among "today's youth".)

It's important to keep in mind that these kids were not taught the language, they developed it on their own because they had no real language. They had ways of communicating, of course, through mimicas, but fundamentally humans are unsatisfied with merely making their needs known. Language—the movement of thought from one skull to another—is a huge part of what we are.

It's a fascinating story, but there are better tellings of it.

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaraguan_Sign_Language

Sunrise and sunset together will give you local noon (or local midnight). Local noon plus an accurate timepiece set to a known location will give you a time offset. Knowing your time offset is equivalent to knowing your longitude (which was the whole purpose behind the Harrison chronographs). You won't know it to a tremendous accuracy, since you can't get the exact moment of sunrise or sunset, just a vague idea, your position is likely to change between sunrise and sunset, and dead reckoning on a featureless sea under a featureless sky can only be so accurate. But it's knowing the difference between local time and a reference time that gets you longitude.

Not necessarily. Orthochromatic ("correct colour"), or ortho, materials were actually improved-spectrum materials that were sensitive well into the yellow-green. Prior to that, film and paper were really only significantly sensitive to blue/ultraviolet or "actinic" light. Getting to panchromatic ("all colours") was indeed significant, but ortho was advanced technology at the time. (And yes, being able to see what you were doing in the process room was a Good Thing™. Also, rubylith for masking.)

Whoa, didn't know that. Very interesting. Thanks!

That really depends on how the space is arranged. I'm in just about that size, but my place is wheelchair-accessible with room for attendant care, so the bathroom is huge compared to normal, the entrance corridor is nearly wide enough for, say, a Smart ForTwo (or a chair with a drip and someone alongside), so the basic living area works out to "small bachelor/studio". That's a bit extreme, but a bad layout can really eat into the usefulness of your floor space without a corresponding drop in cost.


Depends how you define "plastic". There are a number of really nice carbon fibre fiddles in the "serious" price range that may give up a teeny-tiny fraction of the absolute best that can be achieved with the best woods, the best varnishes, the best luthiers, the best alignment of the stars and the correct sequence of profanities and vulgarities uttered during the production process, but for that minor loss you get excellent instrument-to-instrument consistency and the ability to play with the same sound under wildly varying conditions of temperature and humidity. Part of the problem with acceptance is that once the price gets high enough, people want "a real one", and Cremona never smelled much like carbon fibre.

Boosey & Hawkes used to make a wonderful series of woodwinds (clarinets and oboes) in aligned glass-fibre-reinforced resin with the same sort of advantages - and disadvantages - with one extra little niggle: they weighed a bloody ton. (I owned a B&H clarinet I haven't picked up in a little over 20 years. There's still a discernible dent in my right thumb, something one never got in a persistent way from wood or the student-oriented plastic or Bakelite instruments. Much nicer sound than anything of wood at twice the price, but I can understand why they didn't sell too very many of them.) I'm sure they could do much better now, at a cost - but then there's the acceptance factor to deal with. At least ebony has problems associated with it that spruce and maple don't so far; it will probably be easier to accept good synthetics over bad or hyper-expensive wood before too much time goes by.


... and alcohol is a CNS depressant. A common "can't afford to smell of booze right now" substitute (at least in the old days; it's been a very long time between drinks for me) was Seconal. It ain't the same, but it takes the edge off in the right way.


Good on you, it must be tough to give up. You have my respect.


Well, isn't that a bummer. I'd block it manually if it weren't blocked automatically since it uses my resources (including, but not limited to, simply requesting and downloading the file) to do things the server ought to be doing at its own end. And no, you don't need to be more granular than that.


That comes across as quite an entitled attitude. It's not really using your resources, that's the package deal for the site. And there are plenty of reasons for granular data - or do you claim to know every use case and rule over the internet?


There is no package deal for websites. I know website owners really wish there was, but it's just that - wishful thinking.

Maybe for sites which require registration (and hence explicitly accepting terms) that could be argued, but there's certainly no implicit agreement to download and process all the stuff the site is offering to the browser.

And "entitled" is just a lazy insult.


Shit, do you block Mustache/Handlebars too because it's using your resources to render a template? That's quite a reductive argument - you get to the point where you don't turn the computer on because it's using your electricity.


You know, quite a lot of us do use NoScript, so that reduction to absurd is not really that effective. As for using electricity, that's why stan_rogers added the caveat of "do things the server ought to be doing at its own end".


Yes. please! voltagex_, do you and webmasters a favor and stop using a computer!


The forearm burn you got from manually lashing your valves was a point of pride. And when you complained about the Lucas electrics, you weren't really complaining about your Jaguar, were you?


"Subpixels" are an artifact of the display type you're using. Although there may be individual colour components of an image pixel, they aren't restricted to a region of that pixel. And in most digital images - those made with a colour filter array, as opposed to a multi-chip, multi-shot, or Foveon-type sensor - the colours at each individual pixel are just an educated guess based on the surrounding pixel values; the RGB values are not captured separately, and attempting to increase resolution depending on which part of your screen is lit up by how much in order to render the colour that should appear at the corresponding pixel can only introduce artifacts. (If green is brighter than red in a particular pixel, it only means that green is brighter than red, not that the detail is laterally displaced.)



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