Category: Web Policies Internet Polices

Sanskrit, Tamil, Sumerian, Hangul – grammars, literacy, the Internet

Clif, I am looking at the origins of Sumeria. The language is similar to Tamil, and the roots of the early languages include Sanskrit. An Indian grammarian named Panini studied and formalized a grammar notation for Sanskrit in a way that is considered to be an early context free grammar.  The reliance on “string rewriting
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Emoji languages – symbols and communication

Emily, Humans and animals with eyes are pretty good at quickly identifying things seen in the past.  It is a basic survival skill.  “Identify the person”, “Identify the weapon”, “Identify the ripe fruit”. So when training populations for basic survival, you probably have to go back to “Identify and classify quickly” – if you value
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Comment on Viki playback speeds, image controls, and search screens

I have reviewed the use of video playback speeds in various services.  YouTube uses 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2.0 but it is not sufficient.  I have experimented with speeds from 1/100 to 100x or faster.  Rather than a fixed set of speeds, an intelligent assistant can help. For action movies, they have
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Trying to download frames from Solar Dynamics Observatory

Dean, Kevin, I am at https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/aiahmi/# and wondering what the data looks like.  It says “Browser, Movie, Frames” but those are not formats, those are types.  A frame format might be PNG, FITS, SER or some other lossless format. You can make your URL for your names to be MailTo:dean_dot_pesnell@nasa_dot_gov so that it can be
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Comments on PubFacts.com – is it for real? What and who is it for?

I came across PubFacts.com while searching for “parallel sequential” “fluorescence in situ hybridization”.  There is no location or identification information. No team.  It looks like someone copied material from PubMed and MedLine then put really basic queries and listings.  I wrote to ask them who they are, where they are, and what their goals might
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Comment on UN fund raising practices on the Internet

Jane, I commented on your “Urgent appeal” posting. You have edited and curated many things. How would you approach the wide variety and purposes of postings on the Internet related to “Afghanistan”?  — Any topic that has millions or billions of entry points on the Internet? That is what I am facing with the Internet
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Tweets about lossless sharing of astronomical images

Related: A desktop photo scanner can get 6400 dots per inch over 8.5*11 inches. That is 3.82976  GigaPixels with 32 bit colors. See also: PetaPixelProject.com with many 10 to 100 GigaPixel images. They use “Atlas Browser Based Viewer” that seems to work.  I am not recommending it, just noting they seem to be able to
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Comment on Virtual Family Trees for Ancestry and the Internet

Even though it might seem extra work, I might log into another account, but rather than make me the manager, I leave them as owner and manager, and invite myself as a DNA collaborator, and invite myself to their tree as Editor. Life is long and the people you help should have some measure of
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Comment to a private group on Facebook about DNA genealogy

This group has grown to over 100,000 members. I see some wonderful advice that should probably be in a globally accessible form. This is a “private” group, so nothing posted here is seen or indexed and available except to people who join. I have helped more than a hundred people with finding their birth parents,
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Comment on Google Search Hints for Search for Melting point of Al2O3

https://www.google.com/search?q=melting+point+of+al203 You are giving Fahrenheit temperatures on the Internet, and the global standard is SI. You are not only serving the few people in the world who are still not using Metric, but everyone. Or you ought to. K is the abbreviation for Kelvin. So it looked like you are giving 2.07 Kelvin at first
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