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comment Microphone suggestions or software to avoid background noise in audio
It's more or less the industry standard for journalists though.
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comment Microphone suggestions or software to avoid background noise in audio
@JuniorMayhé: that's not a noise-cancelling feature, it's just a cardioid pick-up pattern (so, it picks up more from the front, less from the sides, and almost none from behind). The "low noise" spec basically means that the electronics in the mic are good quality, and don't introduce much electrical interference. Noise cancelling doesn't make much sense in the context of a microphone, although there are some recorders (like the Zoom h4n) that include some digital filters that can help reduce the impact of background noise.
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comment "Despite the fact" implies knowledge of said facts
To me, "He borrowed my car, despite the fact that it needs new brakes." has a (vague) implication that you informed him that the brakes were bad. "He borrowed my car, despite the fact that I told him it needs new brakes." is much closer to the original than "He borrowed my car, despite the fact that I didn't tell him it needs new brakes.". Also the odds in blackjack aren't overwhelming, and the house doesn't necessarily have better odds :P. And the odds at roulette are known, and usually disregarded in favour of "luck".
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comment kmeans: Quick-TRANSfer stage steps exceeded maximum
Note, the actual error flag is from here: svn.r-project.org/R/trunk/src/library/stats/src/kmns.f (search IFAULT = 4). Still doesn't really explain what it means.
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comment Hypothetically, what would happen to the earth if a large hole was drilled through the center?
I'm glad this is just a hypothetical question.
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asked USB MIDI HID with the ATmega32u4?
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comment What happened to Radagast The Brown?
High-speed rabbit-sled crash?
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comment How to find the Euclidean distance of two vectors in R?
I just tried this on R 3.0.2 on Ubuntu, and this method is about 12 times faster for me than the dist(rbind()) method. (Testing with system.time({a <- c(2,6,78); b <- c(4,6,2); for (i in 1:1000000) {dist(rbind(a,b))} }))
Sep
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Does Contwoyto Lake empty into both Bathurst Inlet and Chantrey Inlet?
Sep
12
awarded Notable Question
Sep
12
comment Killing the protagonist - should it be done?
Romeo and Juliet woulda been a lot more boring if the protagonists didn't die.
Sep
12
comment Is the imperial measurement system still used in the geosciences?
"the oil and gas industry ... which unfortunately leaks out into the rest of the world" - oh dear.
Sep
11
comment Level of the questions so far
@DavidHammen: Sure. But One Direction is popular. That doesn't mean that their music has any merit. (also, that question has 8 downvotes, and 3 upvotes, it's not all downvotes).
Sep
11
comment Is it true that a butterfly flapping its wings can result in a tornado in a distant location?
This is a pretty interesting discussion, but I'm worried that it will get lost in the future when a moderator comes along and decides to cull the lengthy discussion. Maybe a better way to deal with the disagreements would be to ask more questions? I know I have a couple of good references for an answer to the how behaviour in models relates (or doesn't) to the real world, for instance.
Sep
11
comment Level of the questions so far
@DavidHammen: I'm doing a PhD in climate modelling, I totally disagree. Due to the fairly-permanent, yet editable and commentable nature of the Q&A on SE, this is as close to a perfect forum for these kind of questions as possible. Questions like this clearly have some skeptical assumptions behind them, but there is a lot of value in the question. If we can deal with questions like that in an accurate, genial fashion, addressing the assumptions without letting ideology get in the way, then no experts will be turned away.
Sep
11
comment Is it possible to forecast ocean salinity 100 years into the future?
@DeerHunter: I meant, are you really asking about the impacts of human activity on ocean salinity, or mostly natural processes?
Sep
11
comment Is it possible to forecast ocean salinity 100 years into the future?
Is this question posed in the context of this coming 100 years, with anthropogenic global warming and its knock-on effects as well as land-salinity changes due to agricultural practices? Or is it just for 100 years from any given point in time?
Sep
11
comment Is Philosophy of Science on topic on History of Science and Mathematics?
@Conifold: that depends if we choose to agree with Gauss and Marcus du Sautoy or with Einstein and young Karl Popper :P. Non-universality doesn't make it narrower, it just forces us to define our terms for the site. "History and Philosophy of Science and Mathematics" is a bit of a mouthful. Mathematics is the only one of those terms that can be defined as a subset of one of the others, so it's the only one that's reasonable to leave out (if we are concerned with both history and philosophy). But whatever, it's just a name. The main question is whether Philosophy of Science is on-topic.
Sep
11
comment What is the most powerful natural phenomenon on record?
@RobertCartaino: I doubt you'd be able to meaningfully call glaciers "powerful" - power is energy over time, and glaciers grind things up pretty slowly. Also, the question specifies "on earth", so earth's momentum is out of scope. Tides are a good one - shouldn't be to hard to estimate how much energy is required to lift the top meter or so of half the ocean by a meter. I don't have a problem with including "idle curiosity" questions, as long as they are well defined, and ideally, offer some useful reusable information (like the relative energetics of volcanos, tides, earthquakes, etc.)
Sep
11
reviewed Leave Open Hypothetically, what would happen to the earth if a large hole was drilled through the center?
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