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iPhone 4's "Retina Display" Claims Challenged

Dunx Re:Eyestrain (476 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Websites That Don't Need to Be Made Anymore

Dunx Late _and_ Irrelevant! Win! (161 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Using Augmented Reality To Treat Cockroach Phobia

Dunx Is This A Bad Phobia To Have? (126 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia Is Not Amused By Entry For xkcd-Coined Word

Dunx Re:LOL (553 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

BSA Says Software Theft Exceeded $51B In 2009

Dunx Even Less Accurate Maths Than Usual (350 comments)

"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?

more than 4 years ago

Supreme Court To Consider First Sale of Imports

Dunx Re:Global economy baby ! (259 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From NSF Report

Dunx Re:They explain why (495 comments)

You make it sound like superpower status was recently achieved.

more than 4 years ago

5-Axis Robot Carves Metal Like Butter

Dunx Re:Not to sound overly nationalist (277 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Set To Launch Mobile Payment Service

Dunx Re:And in Europe we've had this for ages already.. (50 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Code Bubbles — Rethinking the IDE's User Interface

Dunx VisualAge? (198 comments)

This sounds an awful lot like what VisualAge had in the late 90s. That mutated into Eclipse of course.

more than 4 years ago

Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina

Dunx Great Futile Gestures Of Our Time (849 comments)

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."

more than 4 years ago

Scientists To Breed the Auroch From Extinction

Dunx Already Been Done, Seventy Years Ago (277 comments)

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?

more than 4 years ago

The Best, Worst, and Ugliest OSes of the Decade

Dunx Re:So you don't have to waste your time (378 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

The Best, Worst, and Ugliest OSes of the Decade

Dunx Re:I will stand by this forever (378 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Software Piracy At the Workplace?

Dunx Re:recommend free alternatives (1006 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best?

Dunx Re:US vs UK... (1174 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

New Comic Book About Logic, Math, and Madness

Dunx Re:Missed opportunities (99 comments)

Godel is mentioned on the second page of TFA.

more than 4 years ago

Old-School Coding Techniques You May Not Miss

Dunx Re:Hungarian Notation (731 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Mathematics Reading List For High School Students?

Dunx Re:Godel Escher Bach (630 comments)

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".

more than 5 years ago
top Data Stolen, Won't Email Users

Dunx No Resumes? (200 comments)

"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?

more than 5 years ago


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