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FCC To Allow Texting To 911

Dracker Re:They're kidding, right? (321 comments)

What good is a phone call... if you're unable to speak?

more than 3 years ago

The World's Smallest Legible Font

Dracker What about Asian Fonts? (280 comments)

One thing I've noticed while studying Japanese is that I need to use a larger font size when reading Japanese than I do when I'm reading English. The characters are just too complex to differentiate at small font sizes. You can't easily distinguish a character with N horizontal lines without the character being 2N-1 pixels tall (one for each stroke, and another for the gap between strokes). There are common characters with as many as 8 horizontal strokes (The kanji for "kaku" for example, which conveniently means to write). Even today's video games (on nintendo DS, for example) have 11x11 pixel Japanese fonts that can be very difficult to read.

Any reduction in font sizes for readability must have separate standards for Asian characters, or the more complex ones will just appear as blobs.

more than 3 years ago

The Coming Onslaught of iPad Competitors

Dracker Re:Still waiting for my Smartbook (497 comments)

I'm loving my Pandora. Good luck getting one now, though, orders are backed up for many months at the moment with no sign of catching up.

more than 4 years ago

Browser-Based Jailbreak For iPhone 4 Released

Dracker Re:Serious security hole (154 comments)

It pops up a slider like the "slide to unlock" when you press the home button. Only this time it says "Slide to jailbreak"

more than 4 years ago

South Korea Deploys Killer Robot In DMZ

Dracker Re:I think they have it backwards (243 comments)

I think you misread it. The way I see it, it can shoot if it detects an intruder that it cannot identify.

more than 4 years ago

Cory Doctorow On For the Win, Gold Farming, and DRM

Dracker Re:interesting quote from the subject of the artic (179 comments)

I think it's natural for someone who hates DRM as much as Cory Doctorow not to give credit for quotes. After all, credit for quotes are is another form of Intellectual Property.

more than 4 years ago

Apple's HTML5 and Standards Gallery Not Standard

Dracker Re:Chrome (527 comments)

It actually means one very important thing: The demos Apple are using actually are standard, by and large, and that it is only Apple being dicks preventing other users of browsers from enjoying the content, not actual incompatibility at the browser level.

more than 4 years ago

Google-Backed Wind-Powered Car Goes Faster Than the Wind

Dracker Re:What debate ? (393 comments)

I'm not trolling, honestly. How is this not perpetual motion?

more than 4 years ago

New Handheld Computer Is 100% Open Source

Dracker Re:Another dumb P.O.S. (195 comments)

Something like this?

Now shipping, but still be prepared to wait a long time before you get yours if you order now.

more than 4 years ago

New Handheld Computer Is 100% Open Source

Dracker Re:Open Pandora (195 comments)

Reverse engineering and building one? Good luck with the analog nubs, those were specially designed just for this device, and have proprietary drivers.

more than 4 years ago

New Handheld Computer Is 100% Open Source

Dracker Re:Open Pandora (195 comments)

I know a lot about this device. I preordered one Sep. 30, 2008 and am about to receive it as they are finally shipping them.

There are a few problems with this device for thr purposes of a "100%" open source platform
-Philosophical: It's not 100% open. There are no blueprints available, and proprietary chips and interfaces (SD card reader, etc) inside. Furthermore, while the OS is open source, some drivers (wifi, analog nubs) are not.
-Practical: Even though they're finally in production, you'll probably have to wait a year to get yours if you order now. There are no large scale factories assembling them, it's done by the team behind the product (just a few guys) and any volunteers they can muster.

While an interesting device (and certainly one you can do a lot more with than the Qi) it's not really appropriate for a conversation about available 100% open devices.

more than 4 years ago

New iConji Language For the Symbol-Minded Texter

Dracker Re:OB (195 comments)

The filter exists because ASCII art is unwanted on Slashdot. Congratulations getting your art through. That doesn't mean it's wanted, and it's certainly not "OB" as your subject says. You could have just typed "A picture of a middle finger" much more easily, and of course that will fit into 32x32.

more than 4 years ago

Wine 1.2 Release Candidate Announced

Dracker Re:But Windows 7 Is So Schweet! (165 comments)

Private trackers often use whitelists for allowed torrent clients.

Utorrent is always on the list and instantly updated when a new version comes out. Linux and Mac clients like Transmission, not so much.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft's New Attempt To Dominate Robotics

Dracker What great timing! (225 comments)

There's a Burger King ad on TV now featuring a robot-version of The King, clad in Iron Man armor, who gives someone a burger then starts shooting everywhere.

Obviously, that robot must be running MS's new robotics software.

I don't have Flash at work, but I believe you can see the commercial here.

more than 4 years ago

Long Odds For Online Gaming Legislation In US

Dracker Bad Title (148 comments)

At first I thought it referred to gaming as in gamers, not gaming as in gambling. I am sure there are many others who made the same mistake, seeing as Slashdot has a Games section.

more than 4 years ago

Google TV Announced With Intel, Sony, and Logitech

Dracker Re:Mainstream (224 comments)

What does this do that a WIndows 7 HTPC doesn't, though? If you're talking about ease of use, the only thing I have to do on my win7 box is press a button on my remote and Windows Media Center pops up. Yes, I had to buy a WMC-friendly remote that came with a USB receiver. I still don't think this is hard. In fact, the only thing that's "hard" about my setup is that most people don't know you can even do that. They don't know that you can hook a computer to a TV, they don't know WMC exists, and they don't know that you can get a remote for the computer. Astute readers will notice that I said nothing about TV tuners. I don't use one. Comcast gave me a cable box for live TV and DVR features. I just use the computer to stream Netflix and play Blu-Ray/DVD.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Loses Another 4th-Gen iPhone

Dracker Re:Just a thought (466 comments)

Apple is not stupid? So you think Apple is not doing this on purpose? Yet after losing one prototype they failed to put the necessary measures in place to prevent a second loss. Either Apple is stupid or they are tricky. Hmmm...

And why would Apple want people to buy a new product instead of the current offering? Because they can charge more of course.

There is a difference between carelessness regarding prototypes and stupid marketing through uncontrolled hype. It is possible for Apple to have one of these qualities without the other.

Securing the next generation of one of the hottest devices on the market while testing them in the wild is not an easy task. What "necessary measures" would you suggest?

more than 4 years ago


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