iPhone 4's "Retina Display" Claims Challenged
I would go further - literally: 12" is very uncomfortable. I don't look at things that closely when I'm trying to paint them, let alone trying to read text. And 8"? Come off it.
I'm wondering where this guy got his "typical" from.
Websites That Don't Need to Be Made Anymore
OK, this story was in idle. Well done for pegging it right there. And I like the Oatmeal, so always happy to see it getting more exposure.
But this strip was posted weeks ago. So not only should this not have been on the front page, but it should have not been on the front page a long time ago.
What's next? Reposting every xkcd strip?
Thanks for giving me another reason to drop /. from my RSS reader.
Using Augmented Reality To Treat Cockroach Phobia
Some phobias are disabling - agoraphobia, for instance, or a sufficiently developed fear of heights. Some phobias are inconvenient like fear of the number thirteen.
But fear of cockroaches? I call that healthy!
Unless your job requires you to go into cockroach-infested places and not freak out, I can't see any serious downside to cockroach phobia.
Wikipedia Is Not Amused By Entry For xkcd-Coined Word
Too right. Priggish to the point of idiocy. And yet so many of the articles in the 'pedia make no sense at all if you don't already understand the subject you are reading about.
BSA Says Software Theft Exceeded $51B In 2009
"The rate of global software piracy in 2009 was 43%, meaning that for every $100 worth of legitimate software sold in 2009, an additional $75 worth of unlicensed software also made its way into the market."
When did 43% of $100 start to come out to $75?
Supreme Court To Consider First Sale of Imports
Hence all that lovely region coding - ensuring geographic market segmentation so there will not be a single global market.
I often wonder if Philips and the other CD standard signatories regret not inserting region coding into that first digital media standard.
Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From NSF Report
You make it sound like superpower status was recently achieved.
5-Axis Robot Carves Metal Like Butter
It's the startup cost.
Software product companies are expensive to start, but they're nothing to companies making innovative physical objects. I used to work for a silicon startup - it was a cheap start for silicon company and it still burned through a phenomenal amount of money before it had a product. Software is just cheaper (and often quicker) to get to market.
So really blame the VCs and the addiction to short term returns in the US stock market.
Verizon Set To Launch Mobile Payment Service
No, 2000 sounds about right. There were SMS payment systems in place in the UK before I moved to the States in 2001 and was nauseated* by the state of mobile telephony here.
[*] I exaggerate for comic effect - I really don't care enough about mobile phones to feel sick at their poor state in, ahem, the States, but it was shockingly backward then.
Code Bubbles — Rethinking the IDE's User Interface
This sounds an awful lot like what VisualAge had in the late 90s. That mutated into Eclipse of course.
Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina
In other news, immigration officials have reported that they have seen an increase in the number of terrorists self-identifying on immigration declaration forms filled in at ports of entry. "It's since we added the extra questions," said a spokesman. "We ask if they really mean it, then if they are willing to cross their heart and hope to die."
Scientists To Breed the Auroch From Extinction
This is great and all, but it's also something that the Nazis were doing before WWII - there are quite a lot of these Heck cattle still around. There was even a radio programme on the BBC about it a week or so ago.
Maybe the Italians and the Poles are using a technique closer to cloning, but why then talk about breeding back - the same methodology that the Hecks used?
The Best, Worst, and Ugliest OSes of the Decade
And the writing is redundant, terrible and repetitive:
"lack and dearth of appropriate hardware drivers"
Lack _and_ dearth? That's pretty bad. Just put the thesaurus down and step away from the keyboard.
The Best, Worst, and Ugliest OSes of the Decade
More RAM, yes, but also direct access to hardware resources, and predictable response times (a lot of the same reasons that made DOS a reasonable basis for embedded PC systems).
OTOH, DOS barely counted as an operating system.
Software Piracy At the Workplace?
There are problems with the XP zip handler - not on expand, but on create: it doesn't put files prefixed with a '.' into the archive. This is utterly disastrous if you are trying to archive an Eclipse workspace, for example. So a third party tool is essential for anything dev-related, I would argue.
7-Zip is a good tool, as you say. I also quite like zip/unzip on the Cygwin command line.
Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best?
I haven't been able to read the article yet, but one thing which is definitely different between the US and UK plugs is that no US plug has a fuse in it.
Also, the US plugs are woefully inadequate for inflicting really serious injuries when stood on with bare feet.
New Comic Book About Logic, Math, and Madness
Godel is mentioned on the second page of TFA.
Old-School Coding Techniques You May Not Miss
Hungarian notation is bad because you are encoding type and scope information into the name, which makes it harder to change things later.
The fact that it is also one of the ugliest naming conventions is merely a secondary issue.
Mathematics Reading List For High School Students?
Exactly right - it worked for me. I read this when I was sixteen, and (with no irony intended) it changed my life.
Pace Neal Stephenson, I call GEB "The Geek's Illustrated Primer".
Monster.com Data Stolen, Won't Email Users
"No resumes were stolen."
Uh huh. So there's no possibility that the malefactors will log in with the stolen user IDs and passwords and collect resumes from people's accounts?
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