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Chip Allows Blind People To See

Looke Re:Seven shades of grey? (231 comments)

Count them, or compare them to eachother?

more than 3 years ago

Programming With Proportional Fonts?

Looke Stroustrup chose proportional-width (394 comments)

All code in Stroustrup's "The C++ Programming Language" is presented in a proportional-width font: "At first glance, this presentation style will seem 'unnatural' to programmers accustomed to seeing code in constant-width fonts. However, proportional-width fonts are generally regarded as better than constant-width fonts for presentation of text. Using a proportional-width font also allows me to present code with fewer illogical line breaks. Furthermore, my experiments show that most people find the new style more readable after a short while."

Not only is the font proportional, but it's bold, italic, and serif as well. Now, reading a textbook is of course pretty different from editing on-screen, but I remember reconsidering some of my habits after reading that book. That code ain't hard to read.

more than 4 years ago

What Do You Do When Printers Cost Less Than Ink?

Looke Re:Cheap Printer? (970 comments)

My dirt-cheap Brother DCP-130C came with full cartridges. I guess that's because the fixed costs of producing two lines of ink for the same printers are too high. HP, Epson and Canon sell a lot more printers and ink.

The downside to this printer is that it refuses to print anything, even plain b/w, once one colour cartridge is empty. I fooled it with a piece of black tape.

more than 4 years ago

The Sad State of the Mobile Web

Looke Re:it's all about screen size (220 comments)

"Scrolling the text sideways"? It doesn't sound like you ever tried a decent mobile browser, like Opera Mini. It reflows text and resizes images to fit your little 3 inch window. For a whole lot of sites out there, neat and simple tricks like that work brilliantly.

As for the rise of web apps that the article brings up, that's where a mobile browser like Opera Mini falls short.

more than 4 years ago

Emacs Hits Version 23

Looke Re:Word wrapping (367 comments)

Already? Wow, thanks ...

more than 5 years ago

Emacs Hits Version 23

Looke Re:Word wrapping (367 comments)

M-x longlines-mode

more than 5 years ago

IBM Patents Changing Color of E-Mail Text

Looke Re:..and if you are color blind? (132 comments)

It could be be an advantage for the colour blind, too. If text is tagged "important" instead of "red" or "bold", then it can render blue for koreans and bold for colour blinds. This means you cannot blame it on software anymore; you should have clicked the "important" button, not what you thought was "red".

more than 5 years ago

New Food-Growth Product a Bit Hairy

Looke Low ambitions (243 comments)

"could revolutionize how food is grown in the US"

Is US soil very different from what we have elsewhere, or does this company just have low ambitions?

more than 5 years ago

Nuclear Subs 'Collide In Ocean'

Looke Re:Whoops (622 comments)

They've been sailing the same oceans for far longer than they've been driving.

more than 5 years ago

The Slow Bruteforce Botnet(s) May Be Learning

Looke Re:Solution: Public Key Auth (327 comments)

"For long"? 5 years and counting here. It's just like running Linux with no anti-virus. Crazy, I know, but I like living on the edge!

more than 5 years ago

100-MPG Air-Powered Car Headed To US Next Year

Looke Re:I just want to know (449 comments)

Not to mention the Nike Air. I'm embarrassed to admit I paid over $50 some years back...

more than 6 years ago


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