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Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

mikael_j Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (623 comments)

Ukraine was the country in possession of the nukes, not Russia. They were former USSR nukes belonging to Ukraine and not controlled by the Russian Federation.

In fact, they had the third largest stockpile in the world for a short while.

about a month ago
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4K Is For Programmers

mikael_j Re:39" display for workstations? (520 comments)

This is a pretty shitty argument.

I work on developing web applications and at work I have two 27" 2560x1600 monitors and the advantage of them isn't that I can run webapps in a 2560x1600 browser window but rather that I can fit a browser AND my tools on-screen.

I've coded on "mainstream-sized" screens in the past and it's pretty painful. Want Firebug and your browser window visible at the same time? Gotta shrink that browser window! Want a couple of terminals as well? Heh, good luck with that.

With my current setup I've got plenty of space which makes it working much more comfortable than if I always had to keep moving windows around to show the various things that I want to see at the same time (like say, two different logs in terminals, firebug, a browser window, an editor and finally an extra terminal window. This would hardly be a heavy setup but good luck fitting that on some "HD Ready" screen or even a single 1080p screen).

about 3 months ago
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Rise of the Super-High-Res Notebook Display

mikael_j Re:Because text size need not be defined by px num (333 comments)

I think you've got your years wrong. I too remember talk of OS X going completely resolution independent but OS X hadn't even been released in 1998.

I remember seeing some examples of what UI scaling in OS X looked like back in the 10.5 (I think) days looked like when enabled (which it obviously wasn't in the actual release version of OS X). It was looking pretty good, a few minor glitches here and there but definitely promising. Sadly they abandoned this approach in favor of the bitmap-based solution they've got now (though it works surprisingly well, if you had told me in the mid 90s that by 2013 we'd be up- and down-scaling desktop-size bitmaps in realtime with no visible UI lag I would've thought you were full of shit).

about 4 months ago
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Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone

mikael_j Re:Apple's actions say they won't (414 comments)

8 times out of ten, people with Macbooks will: 1.) Have some money to spend. 2.) Label themselves as "not computer people". 3.) Be of the persuasion that Macs can't get viruses.

And nine times out of ten Windows users are practically computer illiterate, what's your point?

(BTW, my point here is that I know more developers (when only counting those who have some kind of choice, if you're working for a bank that mandates Windows 2000 Pro on all developer desktops because it's corporate policy then you're not really interesting in this case) who use Macbooks/iMacs/Mac Pros running OS X than I know developers who use Windows Whatever)

about 6 months ago
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Ars Technica Reviews iOS 7

mikael_j Re:Welcome to the Brutalist era of UI design (233 comments)

I'd say the flat UI trend is more about minimalism and a better comparison would be the interior design minimalism trend (which is still going strong) contrasted with past trends such as the 1970's "shag carpets, saturated non-matching colors and wood paneling" trend. So, by this standard we're still in the infancy of minimalist UIs but it's still better than what we had before and it will hopefully get even better with time as we further refine things.

about 6 months ago
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Seagate's Shingled Magnetic Recording Tech Boosts HDD Capacities to 5TB and Up

mikael_j Re: Not going back (195 comments)

Yeah, at this point I only use regular hard drives for backups and networked media storage. No point in spending lots of money on SSDs for that just yet.

about 7 months ago
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Scottish Academic: Mining the Moon For Helium 3 Is Evil

mikael_j Re:Red Mars (462 comments)

My first thought was "Don't let this guy move to any future Mars colony, he'll end up founding the Red movement..."

about 8 months ago
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All-in-Ones Finally Grow Up, With Fast Graphics, SSDs, and CPUs

mikael_j Re:What fud (211 comments)

I'm pretty sure this "article" is really just Dell advertising.

about 8 months ago
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One-Way Ticket: Mars One Project Applicants Top 100,000

mikael_j Re:what happens if the chick get pregnant? (240 comments)

I suspect humans make it there and create permanent settlements the crime and war situations may change rapidly.

Speaking of which, I should finish reading Green Mars...

about 8 months ago
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A Circular New York City Subway Map To Straighten Things Out

mikael_j Re:Circular Tube Map (124 comments)

Well, I more often find myself thinking "I need to get to [some address], on a map it's right around this intersection, I wonder which stop is the closest". That's almost always the initial problem you face when you're about to go somewhere with a public transport system you're not intimately familiar with. Only after this do things like "which station should I change trains at?" factor in.

Add to this that may times public transport systems will have a stop/station named "Something Street" which is actually not on Something Street but rather it's ~50m from one end of Something Street and is only named Something Street because that's where Something Street meets the street that the bus/train/tram runs on and the stop you really wanted was two stops earlier which is called "Random Park" and happens to be on a street parallel to Something Street (and right next to the place you're going to).

about 9 months ago
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Jon 'Maddog' Hall On Project Cauã: a Server In Every Highrise

mikael_j Re:Finally (151 comments)

But tablets and smartphones aren't minicomputers.

about 10 months ago
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Jon 'Maddog' Hall On Project Cauã: a Server In Every Highrise

mikael_j Re:Finally (151 comments)

This sounds more like an attempt to return to the minicomputer era.

Perhaps you meant to say that the microcomputer fad is coming to an end? Of course, I doubt it's accurate to describe it as a fad...

about 9 months ago
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Facebook's Newest Datacenter Relies On Arctic Cooling

mikael_j Re:Heat (106 comments)

Lule is also acceptable if trying to approximate how the name of the city is normally pronounced.

about 10 months ago
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Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

mikael_j Re:Not Science Fiction - not Trek (514 comments)

Much of Trek is also little more than space western and this is exactly how Roddenberry originally sold it too.

While it was pitched that way it actually dealt heavily with various political and ethical issues. That was what made it great, sure there was technobabble and bits of "space western" mixed in but overall it was speculation about the future and the present.

The "new trek" is just action movies IN SPACE which makes it "sci-fi" in the eyes of Hollywood.

about a year ago
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CSS Zen Garden Turns 10

mikael_j Re:CSS is Awesome (37 comments)

Seriously, if you're still using tables for layout you probably shouldn't be doing web development.

Tables are horrible to work with yet I still see horribly hacked-up amateurish table-based layouts that are almost impossible to modify and work with cranked out by developers who should either consider that HTML has changed since 1999 or stick to writing server-side code.

Based on my experience I suspect you also never use <!DOCTYPE> tags, use deprecated elements, nest your elements in nearly unparseable ways and don't quite grasp how to write even basic JavaScript (I'm not claiming to be a JS expert but the incredibly poor quality of JS that some people with CS degrees and 10+ years of experience come up with makes me wonder how they have jobs in the first place).

about a year ago
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Adobe's Creative Cloud Illustrates How the Cloud Costs You More

mikael_j Re:Less is more. (403 comments)

Except the UI for GIMP is a pain to work with. Photoshop's UI may not be perfect but it's a lot better than GIMP's UI.

GIMP suffers from having a UI designed by programmers, what it really needs is a complete UI redesign (and it needs to be the default UI for the latest and greatest version, not some GIMP-with-a-decent-UI fork that's two versions behind and suddenly doesn't get updated anymore).

In fact, it needs a UI which is not just almost as good as Photoshop's, it needs to be good enough that an experienced Photoshop user's initial reaction to it is "Huh, this is different but I like it" (right now it's closer to "Why is this user interface such a mess? Why should I take the time to learn this?").

about a year ago
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BT Begins Customer Tests of Carrier Grade NAT

mikael_j Re:Priority Failure. (338 comments)

Oh yeah, because double NAT always works so well, especially when the end-user's precious uPnP is no longer a viable option.

There will be a lot more issues with CGNAT than with end-user-controlled NAT (just another example: services which assume "one user = one IP", works fine when your home connection is shared with one or two others, doesn't work so well when you're sharing an IPv4 address with dozens of other users).

about a year ago
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Adobe Creative Suite Going Subscription-Only

mikael_j Re:Corporate suicide Microsoft style (658 comments)

Well, if Adobe thought they had real competition they'd probably feel the need to be competitive, one way to do that is by having cheaper and less restrictive licensing.

That said, I think Apple would do a better job, Aperture is downright reasonably priced and IMHO the UI for Aperture is better than Lightroom (not that it doesn't have its flaws, I'm just talking about the general workflow).

about a year ago
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Adobe Creative Suite Going Subscription-Only

mikael_j Re:Corporate suicide Microsoft style (658 comments)

I'd say a lot of Adobe CS users are just as locked to Adobe's software as Windows users many times are.

However, this could change quickly if someone decided to put a lot of effort (and money) into developing a viable alternative to Adobe's software (especially Photoshop, while there are currently alternatives on the market Photoshop is definitely the baseline that other software is compared to).

I really wouldn't mind if say, Apple and Autodesk both decided to take a stab at creating their own Photoshop competitors. They both understand the target user to some degree.

about a year ago

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Second Pirate Bay trial begins today

mikael_j mikael_j writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mikael_j (106439) writes "With the Swedish parliamentary elections done the Pirate Bay trial is once again under way. The event is getting coverage from a lot of different sources indicating that the self-imposed media blackout concerning software piracy and the Pirate Party is over in Sweden.

In Sweden industry representative Per Strömbäck is busy writing articles (Swedish) claiming that "internet anarkism" is now officially over, naturally doing so without disclosing that his organisation is directly funded by the large media outfits that oppose The Pirate Bay."
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Prosecutor in TPB case gets another extension

mikael_j mikael_j writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mikael_j writes "Once again, Håkan Roswall, the public prosecutor in charge of The Pirate Bay case in Sweden has been granted additional time to prepare his case before formally pressing charges. This is the third time that the prosecution has been granted an extension, this time for another two months. The swedish Pirate Party has issued a statement in which they condemn they way the public prosecutor and the police have handled the case.

According to IDG.se the main reasons the prosecution was granted yet another extension was that the prosecutors have identified another three suspects and that the defence will need at least another month to go through all the details of the case before a trial is possible."

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The Pirate Bay will not be blocked

mikael_j mikael_j writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mikael_j writes "Today the swedish police announced that they will not add The Pirate Bay to their child pornography blacklist. According to Stefan Kronqvist of the IT crime section of the swedish police the decision was made after The Pirate Bay complied with police requests to remove links to the offending material.

More information can be had at IDG.se (in swedish)."

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