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iPhone 3G vs. Solar Death Ray

jacksonj04 Uhh, 2G (104 comments)

That's a 2G, not a 3G. I think the result would be the same though.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4's "Retina Display" Claims Challenged

jacksonj04 Re:Real Ratina Display (476 comments)

But it wasn't (iirc) claimed that the iPhone had a higher resolution than the eye can distinguish, only that the eye couldn't distinguish the individual pixels.

Either way, it doesn't change the fact that the display is significantly higher resolution than the old one, and on-par with a printed page from most consumer printers.

more than 4 years ago
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Time To Dump XP?

jacksonj04 Re:1990's? (1213 comments)

This is the world of business. If I want computers running Windows 7 in 5 years, I need to start writing the business cases right now. Not when someone in management finally snaps.

more than 4 years ago
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Time To Dump XP?

jacksonj04 Re:Time to change your OS to OSX or BSD (1213 comments)

It's a start. At least now the desktop doesn't make a difference, only your servers. Something platform independent like Ruby or PHP would be more useful in the long run, but baby steps are at least steps.

more than 4 years ago
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Time To Dump XP?

jacksonj04 Re:Pfff... (1213 comments)

Because computers are 'scary' and 'magical' things, and work by smoke. That and the user interface isn't an inherently intuitive one in a lot of applications (particularly legacy business ones). I suspect that's one of the reasons why the iPad is getting such good feedback from 'not computer people', because you interface with it in a more intuitive way.

more than 4 years ago
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Time To Dump XP?

jacksonj04 Re:Pfff... (1213 comments)

The ball isn't any more or less intuitive than why a picture of a floppy disk saves your document. It made sense once, but who uses floppies for saving documents nowadays? It's just become commonplace, much like "Exit" being under the "File" menu. Exiting the application has got absolutely nothing to do with the file.

That's why when you ran Office 2007 for the first time there was a huge bubble saying "This is the new Office Button. It has things like Save and Print in it."

more than 4 years ago
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Time To Dump XP?

jacksonj04 Re:1990's? (1213 comments)

So that in a few years people don't arrive having never used XP and immediately start cursing at "this stupid system". Little things like the improved taskbar, the window snap and so on all work their way into how you interact and you suddenly feel lost without them.

Software isn't the problem, people who use 7 at home and don't want to go back to XP at work are.

That and the fact Vista and 7 don't support IE6. If the OS can't support it, IE6 is dead.

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Demo Hardware Attacks Against India's E-Voting Machines

jacksonj04 Re:All voting systems are vulnerable... (179 comments)

Ugh yeah, should have clarified that it's anything which on its own identifies a voter with a vote, which a receipt (I'm guessing) would do much as a signed ballot paper does.

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Demo Hardware Attacks Against India's E-Voting Machines

jacksonj04 Re:Amazing findings (179 comments)

Ask yourself what stops people from opening ballot boxes to mess with the votes? The answer (in the UK at least) is four uniquely serial-numbered ties which have their numbers noted when the box is sent out, and verified when it's opened. Just put all the innards in an epoxy resin, put them in a toughened metal cabinet, lock the door with a key and attach aforementioned ties. A screwdriver won't help you.

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Demo Hardware Attacks Against India's E-Voting Machines

jacksonj04 Re:All voting systems are vulnerable... (179 comments)

In the UK in particular you *cannot* issue a receipt - anything which can be used to match a vote to a voter is illegal. Even signing your name instead of putting a cross renders your ballot spoiled.

more than 4 years ago
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UK University Researchers Must Make Data Available

jacksonj04 Re:Good and bad (352 comments)

Unless you happen to be a scientist in a related field, raw data tends to be next to useless. Anybody can draw pretty graphs in Excel and get worried about a rising trend line, declining trend line or anomalous result but it takes someone who knows what they're talking about to explain what they actually mean.

more than 4 years ago
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UK University Researchers Must Make Data Available

jacksonj04 Re:Sudden Outbreak of Common Sense (352 comments)

You know the multi-billion dollar LHC? Guess what they did their first physics on. Not finding new exotic particles, but proving that what we think we know so far still stands up. Duplicating data is exactly how things get proven and disproven. If Group A and Group B use exactly the same source data there's no possibility of Group B proving Group A's research wrong.

more than 4 years ago
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What Aspects of Open Source Projects Do You Avoid?

jacksonj04 Documentation and comments. (344 comments)

I wish I had a dollar for every time an OSS project spat out something like "ERROR: 0947445" with no mention anywhere of what aforementioned error code meant or how to fix it, then upon further dredging through a hundred uncommented lines of code to find out what was going on it turns out that the root cause was that I hadn't installed some-package-to-do-something-2.4-beta (which should have been a prerequisite, but isn't).

more than 4 years ago
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Valve Confirms Mac Versions of Steam, Valve Games

jacksonj04 Re:PS3 not tier one? (541 comments)

Source is actually on the more modular side of engine design - bolting in a new render path for OpenGL isn't massively taxing.

more than 4 years ago
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Valve Confirms Mac Versions of Steam, Valve Games

jacksonj04 Re:Woohoo! (541 comments)

My MacBook Pro with an 8600M GT plays L4D2 just fine and that's an '07 model.

more than 4 years ago
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Valve Confirms Mac Versions of Steam, Valve Games

jacksonj04 Re:The first thing to come to my mind... (541 comments)

Yes, because Valve are going to release the source so that the communities can compile their own distro-specific releases...

I'd love to see Steam become a truly cross-platform application, but until the Linux community can come up with a way of making something as simple as a CLI utility install and run the same on every distro without resorting to --with-obscure-option-to-fix-ui-glitch and --without-something-that-doesnt-come-with-this-distro then it's not going to happen.

more than 4 years ago
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Designing the Computer UIs In Movies

jacksonj04 Re:Not as bad a directed security camera's (371 comments)

Hey now, some media players are hooked on their timelines. I recall RealPlayer back in the day insisted on a timeline and scrubber for live playback (it may still do, but I haven't used it for many, many years) and IIRC Windows Media Player still does.

more than 4 years ago

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