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New Display Technology Corrects For Vision Defects

mcswell Re:You've lost me (28 comments)

Um - no. I'm farsighted, and like all farsighted people, I can see things at a distance (other cars, say, or the cell phone in that driver's hand) just fine. It's the text on my own cell's gps that I can't see without my reading glasses. (I have 20-14 vision, meaning I can see at 20 feet what the average person needs to stand 14 feet away to see. I just can't focus up close, meaning a foot or two away.) So no, I do NOT need my glasses to drive. And unlike you, I'm not lost.

yesterday
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

mcswell dinosaur history (139 comments)

"in dinosaur history": really? There are historical documents written while dinosaurs were around? Ok, I admit I'm being a bit pedantic...

about a week ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

mcswell Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

What? You mean HTML isn't good enough?

about three weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

mcswell Re:You Insensitive Clod (608 comments)

...spoiled youngsters that never... know which end of a saw to hold

Well _that_ explains something!

about three weeks ago
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New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

mcswell Re:So, it's true (119 comments)

Sure. And if you subscribed to the Ptolemaic model of the solar system, then I suppose you'd have some other theory of atoms.

about a month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

mcswell Re:Why didn't they just listen to users? (681 comments)

Here's a theory: VS 2012 (and likewise Office 2013) were written by people who write in the Perso-Arabic, Hebrew or Hangul scripts, which have no upper/lower case distinction. (And the Ribbon itself was written by people who use hieroglyphics.)

about 1 month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

mcswell Re:Tradition (681 comments)

Reminds me: on rare occasion I need to use Internet Explorer (like to edit some doc on sharepoint--sometimes that works with Firefox, sometimes not). I can't ever find IE in the Windows Start menu, not as iexplorer, internet explorer, or anything else I can think of. Had this experience on several computers, and had to open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\something. Why?

about 1 month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

mcswell Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

Figured it out, yes; like it, no. I've figured it out like I've figured out death and taxes.

about 1 month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

mcswell Re:It's even worse than the ribbon. (681 comments)

(replying to myself--yeah, I talk to myself, but at least I don't lose arguments with myself) I noticed today that the status bar at the top of the Outlook 2013 preview panel has three lines of junk, all of it (except for some useless icons) copied from the line in the message list above. Think you can hide that? In 2010 you could, but they took that tweak away in 2013.

about 1 month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

mcswell It's even worse than the ribbon. (681 comments)

Office 2013 (which we just switched to at work, over my objections after being one of our office's "beta" testers) is even worse than 2010, which was worse than 2007. In 2007, they introduced the non-conforming title bar, so you could barely tell by looking whether an Office app had the focus. (It changed to slightly darker, but only slightly. I had to look at my other apps and by process of elimination figure out whether Office had focus.) In 2013, the title bar changes *not at all* when Office receives/ loses focus. It's always white (or always light gray or a slightly darker gray). I finally found a work-around, using a high-contrast "theme" in Windows forces the title bar to change color depending on focus. Of course everything else looks rather ugly, but I'm gradually tweaking what I can. And Office 2013 has the ugliest icons and buttons I've ever seen. Looks like it was designed for a VGA screen, or maybe CGA... If you don't believe me, google "microsoft office 2013 ugly".

about 1 month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

mcswell Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

Preach it, brother! Amen, and halelujah! And pass the ammo...

about 1 month ago
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The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

mcswell Re:False vacuum (188 comments)

If we're talking about vacuum, shouldn't that be Hoover-eels?

about a month ago
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The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

mcswell Re: our Universe shouldn't exist. (188 comments)

I'm sure you have thought of some testable predictions of this theory, right?

about a month ago
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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

mcswell Re:this or Mill (257 comments)

"A return of LISP machines might be nice." Yeah, because then I could run Steamer (http://hci.ucsd.edu/hutchins/Steamer.html). It emulated the steam plant I was in charge of (as MPA) in the Navy 1972-1975. Without all the dirt, oil, seawater, tobacco smoke, and corrosion (not to mention sea sickness).

about a month ago
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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

mcswell Re:Is unix the last operating system? (257 comments)

Your sig line is misattributed. That quote cannot come from a Chinese speaker, you can tell because it uses the indefinite article "a". Everyone knows the Chinese don't do that. Haven't you read any fortune cookies lately? My own guess is that it was Ben Franklin who said that. -- Stamp out sig lines!

about a month ago
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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

mcswell Re:Is unix the last operating system? (257 comments)

"I imagine most OSes for centuries to come will have bsd or linux in their ancestry." Absolutely. And most slide rules for centuries to come will be made with plastic, not bamboo or metal. There's a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it? I don't know what abacuses will be made out of in coming centuries, though.

about a month ago
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Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

mcswell Re:2 trillion tons (139 comments)

Agreed that the number is bogus. Another way to look at it: divide by the population of the US, ~300 million: 2*10^12 / 3*10*9 = over 600 tons of plastic for every person alive today. Taking 60 years as a convenient number for how long plastic has been around (actually longer, but I don't think it came into common use until later), that's ten tons of plastic per person per year--20,000 pounds, or fifty five pounds per day. I think I'd have gotten pretty tired hauling that much home from the grocery store.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Testing Gmail Redesign

mcswell Re:Just a formality (218 comments)

I could sue you for plagiarism, those are almost my words. But...I suspect they were almost the words of tens of thousands of other (former) users of Google News. So instead, I'll say Amen, brother.

about 3 months ago

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unwinding vertebra

mcswell mcswell writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mcswell writes "Daniël Noordermeer and Denis Duboule, two researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the University of Geneva claim to have discovered how vertebrae get build in sequence in embryos (and by extension, how ribs, arms and so forth wind up in the right place). The story is that the DNA strands contain a linear series of HOX genes, and that the strands slowly unwind over a period of two days, successively exposing each HOX gene, thereby allowing it to be transcribed to form the segments of the vertebra.

Snakes, it seems, have a defect that causes the system not to shut down; eventually it "runs out of steam."

The same process is said to apply in many invertebrates, including worms (presumably segmented worms) and insects.

The report is coming out in the journal Science (behind a paywall)."

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