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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

Black Cardinal Re:HP ZR30w - 30" 2560x1600. Never going back. (375 comments)

Seconded. I've got one of these 30" behemoths paired with a 24" running 1920x1200. The 24" is great for displaying reference documents or text editing and the 30" is superb for schematics or waveform viewers when doing digital logic simulations. Also, you can arrange 4 good-sized non-overlapping terminal windows pretty easily on a 30" screen.

about a year and a half ago
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In Calculator Arms Race, Casio Fires Back: Color Touchscreen ClassPad

Black Cardinal Re:You'll have to pull my HP-16C from my cold... (170 comments)

The 16C is indeed superb for embedded system work, and I keep one in my work bag for all the same reasons you do. Unfortunately, the lack of trig and other scientific functions prevents it from completely replacing the much bulkier 48S I also keep at my desk. Actually, these days I use a 48GX emulator on my iPad and iPhone more than anything else.

about 2 years ago
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Buckyballs Throws In the Towel

Black Cardinal Re:Search for spherical neodymium magnets... (383 comments)

Nice site, but the magnets seem to be even more expensive. Maybe I didn't find the right thing, but to buy 216 3.0mm neodymium spheres (equivalent to one package of "buckyballs") would cost EUR 50 vs USD 35 for the "buckyballs"

about 2 years ago
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Southwest Airlines iPhone App Unencrypted, Vulnerable To Eavesdroppers

Black Cardinal Thank goodness for the TSA! (139 comments)

They could even book a flight in the victims name.

That's OK, the TSA's security is so good that the crackers could never actually do anything with the false booking.

more than 2 years ago
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Zynga Accused of Cloning Hit Indie iPhone Game Tiny Tower

Black Cardinal Re:Thompson and Ritchie (245 comments)

Maybe the original poster was trying to say "have some scumbum company like Zynga copy the thing" and forgot that Slashdot isn't LaTeX.

more than 2 years ago
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Huge Shocker — 3D TVs Not Selling

Black Cardinal Re:Cumbersome (535 comments)

LASIK only makes sense if you're eyes are stable and not still getting worse. I'm 38 but every couple of years my prescription gets updated to correct my ever-increasing nearsightedness.

I wish my eyes were stable, I'd get LASIK in a heartbeat if I had confidence that I wouldn't need to start wearing glasses again 2 to 3 years after the procedure.

about 4 years ago
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High-Tech Microphone Picks Voices From a Crowd

Black Cardinal Re:come on people... (221 comments)

Did you actually read the article and watch the example video? This was an example shown in the video, where bubblegum being popped by someone sitting next to the coach (who was being focused upon by the system) was clearly audible above the crowd noise during a heated moment. It wasn't so much desirable as a concrete example of its effectiveness.

about 4 years ago
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Is a US High-Speed Railway Economically Feasible?

Black Cardinal Re:Unintended consequences (1139 comments)

Running new lines might be practical in a few shorter corridors, but it would be extremely difficult to get either the land or the money to buy such land for longer high-speed runs, such as cross-country. It would be difficult to repeat the massive government allocation of land that was done in the 19th century because this time much of it is already privately owned.

more than 4 years ago
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Is a US High-Speed Railway Economically Feasible?

Black Cardinal Unintended consequences (1139 comments)

A couple of weeks ago The Economist had an interesting article about this: http://www.economist.com/node/16636101. It pointed out that upgrading America's railroads to handle high-speed (or even pseudo high-speed) traffic would have a negative economic impact on freight train service, which is among the best in the world. I had never seen America's train system called "the best" in anything before, but I do think this does point out the dangers of just focusing on the benefits in one specific area.

more than 4 years ago
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7-Inch iPad Rumored

Black Cardinal Re:The "retinal display" is still bs (233 comments)

Take a close look at text printed on 600dpi and 1200dpi monochrome printers, and you can't tell the difference without the aid of a magnifier. Even text from a 300dpi printer will only be slightly less sharp.

But if you look at a grayscale (or color) image printed at those resolutions, absolutely you will see the difference. This is because the extra resolution has the effect of enabling more color levels through halftoning. The extra resolution is used to compensate for the low bit depth, not to add detail.

A printer has an inherent depth of only one bit: a drop is either there or it is not. Displays have much more bit depth and can get by with a lower resolution as a result.

I'm not making any claims about the retina display, I'm just pointing out why display and print resolutions aren't directly comparable.

more than 4 years ago
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7-Inch iPad Rumored

Black Cardinal Re:The "retinal display" is still bs (233 comments)

To be fair, a lot of that is because printers have a much lower bit depth than a display. The extra resolution is used to add more dots to increase the number of color levels perceived by the human eye.

more than 4 years ago
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Silicon Valley's Island of Misfit Tech

Black Cardinal Re:Circular circuit board (134 comments)

Yes, we call these "wafer probe cards" at my work place because they are used for probing circuits directly on wafers and die.

more than 4 years ago
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Recession Turning Software Auditors Into Greedy Traffic Cops

Black Cardinal Thank you, Captain Obvious (307 comments)

From the third article linked: "I don't anticipate a big round of simplification," Ballmer said. "Whenever you simplify you get rid of something."

Duh. That would be the point, wouldn't it?

more than 4 years ago
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The Twelve Most Tarnished Brands In Tech

Black Cardinal Re:How about Tektronix? (430 comments)

Like the other big test & measurement companies, they've lost a lot of their luster, but they still make good oscilloscopes. I bought an MSO 4054 from them two years ago, and have been pretty happy with it. Of course, it's more of a "disposable" scope than the classic analog scopes were.

more than 4 years ago
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How many countries have you visited?

Black Cardinal Fairly well-traveled for an American (958 comments)

Not counting the U.S., my native country, I've visited 18 countries:

Canada
Japan
Fiji
New Zealand
Germany
Italy
Switzerland
Liechtenstein
Austria
Czech Republic
Poland
Lithuania
Estonia
Russia
Finland
Sweden
Norway
Israel

Japan and Israel were business trips, but I got to spend some time in the local culture, as well. I've also been to Latvia but just riding through on a bus so it doesn't count.

My wife really likes to travel, and I enjoy it, too, although I wouldn't have traveled nearly as much if it weren't for her.

about 5 years ago
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Old Operating Systems Never Die

Black Cardinal Re:Windows 3.11 (875 comments)

Windows For Workgroups 3.11 is the only 16-bit Windows that has native TCP/IP networking support. So if anyone is seriously using a Windows 3.1 variant anymore, this is probably the version they are using.

more than 5 years ago
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Snow Leopard Drops Palm OS Sync

Black Cardinal Re:Palm has retired the OS (290 comments)

Thanks for the tip. I'll look into it. Actually, Palm's HotSync with iSync worked fine for me. For other file transfers, I just used Bluetooth File Exchange.

more than 5 years ago
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Snow Leopard Drops Palm OS Sync

Black Cardinal Re:Palm has retired the OS (290 comments)

Well, I don't know about your company, but mine frowns upon people connecting their personal laptops to the corporate LAN to sync with the servers. PDAs are allowed to sync with certain limited data (such as contacts).

more than 5 years ago
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Snow Leopard Drops Palm OS Sync

Black Cardinal Re:Palm has retired the OS (290 comments)

Except you don't seem to be the type that's in any rush to upgrade to current technology.

It's not wise to extrapolate from a single data point. Just because I like one device the way it is doesn't mean I don't like to update other tech gadgets. It depends on the risks and benefits.

I was considering upgrading to Snow Leopard this weekend, but decided to wait until I return from a trip I'm taking next week. I don't want to spend my last night at home frantically trying to restore a Leopard backup to my MacBook Pro if something went wrong with the upgrade. Now I'll probably wait even longer, to see if this issue is resolved.

more than 5 years ago
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Snow Leopard Drops Palm OS Sync

Black Cardinal Re:Palm has retired the OS (290 comments)

If only 3 people are still using Palm OS devices, then they must all be in my work group. Several of us still use Treo smartphones. Just because new devices use a different OS is no reason to ditch a perfectly good device if it fits your needs well. I like my Treo 755p very much.
My Treo was an easy way to keep my address book and calendar on my Mac synced with my Exchange data at work. This definitely would impact me if I upgraded to Snow Leopard.

more than 5 years ago

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