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LG Aims To Beat Apple's Retina Display

ooloogi Re:Cool tech, but (333 comments)

and so that font strokes can be an integer number of pixels wide without too much distortion.

more than 2 years ago
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LG Aims To Beat Apple's Retina Display

ooloogi Re:Cool tech, but (333 comments)

For photos, yes, but for text you can still easily see the difference between 300dpi and 600dpi in plain black with no halftoning. Text rendering is a lot better when the stroke width is getting up around 3 or 4 pixels wide. It gives it a chance to actually look like the right font, rather than be hinted out of shape or anti-aliased into a blurry mess.

more than 2 years ago
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Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

ooloogi Re:The Name (737 comments)

In the past it may have been a perjorative for the disabled in some limited circles, but since it's been the name of an image editor, the new meaning has replaced the old, thus making the world a slightly better place for the disabled.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Plan Would Use CCTV To Stop Uninsured Drivers From Refueling

ooloogi Re:Can't put politics and bureaucracy aside (691 comments)

Why not just include the tax and insurance as part of the fuel cost? That's even simpler still, and requires no tracking.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Tesla Cars Aren't Bricked By Failing Batteries

ooloogi Re:Tow? (362 comments)

Around here, almost all tow trucks are tilt-tray: Just winch it on and drive off.

I doubt there'd be that many telsa vehicles in the backwater areas of the world that still tow vehicles with wheels on the ground.

more than 2 years ago
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Have Bad Cars Gone Extinct?

ooloogi Not according to RSS feed (672 comments)

In my RSS reader, under the title "Have Bad Cars Gone Extinct?" was an advertisement for a vehicle under the "Great Wall" brand. I wonder if they have "bad cars" as keywords for their ad placement.

more than 2 years ago
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Hunters Shoot Down Drone of Animal Rights Group

ooloogi Re:NRA comments aside (1127 comments)

Is there a difference between flying the helicopter, and flying bird shot by launching it from a shotgun? So then there was a collision between the two unmanned flying objects, and they both fell to the ground.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Companies That Force Employees To Join Social Networks?

ooloogi Re:They Can Make You Join... (364 comments)

Surely there's a way of just scripting that. "The clock just turned 10am" etc...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Companies That Force Employees To Join Social Networks?

ooloogi Re:Can information leak in? (364 comments)

In terms of Facebook, if you don't include your friends as "friends" on your work Facebook account, then they can't tag you in photos etc. - at least not in any way that links from that account. Currently, in the privacy settings you can also restrict who can see what you are tagged in by your Facebook "friends".

Basically, so long as you maintain separate personal and work accounts - and make sure you add people to the right one, then you should be ok. It does get a bit harder when there is significant overlap between the two: like if you wanted to include colleagues on your personal facebook account. In that case you'd have to agree only to add them as a friend to their personal Facebook account, and not their work account.

more than 2 years ago
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ICANN Begins "Land Rush" For .XXX Web Domains

ooloogi Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (94 comments)

I think that was the intended point: 0.00001% of non-.xxx blocked, while 100% of .xxx blocked - it shows that companies using an xxx domain will also provide access via other TLDs as well

more than 2 years ago
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Making a Learning Thermostat

ooloogi Re:Simple (192 comments)

We ended up just opening up the windows to let the house warm up to a nice temperature. It's such a waste that the air conditioner keeps trying to cool the whole city to 20C, but dad pays the bills so that's his problem.

-- The Girls.

more than 2 years ago
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Making a Learning Thermostat

ooloogi Re:Women (192 comments)

For some reason people tend to assume a proportional controller, and want to help it out doing its job.

more than 2 years ago
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Making a Learning Thermostat

ooloogi Re:Women (192 comments)

People do this because they don't trust/understand the controller - especially understanding the amount of time it takes to respond to a setpoint change.

Back when A/C was simple, it would just run flat-out until it reached the setpoint, and then turn off until the hysteresis bound was crossed. But then they added inverters and the A/C might run an lower powers when it thought that might be a good thing: but sometimes gets it wrong. The solution was for the human to override it by setting a stupid setpoint so the stupid smart A/C might actually do what they want.

Adding extra layers of complexity to the thermostat may overcome the A/C controller limitations, but on the other hand might just make it so unpredictable that people want to override it more.

more than 2 years ago
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UAE Police Claim BlackBerry Outage Made Roads Safer

ooloogi Re:Pay attention to the road! (206 comments)

I thought it already was banned in the developed world.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 11.10 ('Oneiric Ocelot') Released

ooloogi Re:12.04 LTS (455 comments)

Unique names do help in searching for issues relating to a particular release.

more than 2 years ago
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175 MPH Student-Built EV Smashes Speed Record

ooloogi Re:This is not impressive (164 comments)

A fuel pump is a machine. Machines have been developed to do battery swaps too. If there were the incentive to do so, it would be technically feasible.

more than 2 years ago
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175 MPH Student-Built EV Smashes Speed Record

ooloogi Re:LAND speed record ? (164 comments)

Think you'll find this car won't reach those speeds on 99% of its routes either.

more than 2 years ago
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175 MPH Student-Built EV Smashes Speed Record

ooloogi Re:LAND speed record ? (164 comments)

This car probably is as well. - Just one has a really long extension cord, and the other one fills up batteries and carries them around.

more than 2 years ago
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Tesla Model S: 0-60 In 4.5 Seconds

ooloogi Re:320 miles (426 comments)

By using an electric drive system to capture the energy, rather than dumping it in a brake?

more than 2 years ago
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One Third of UK Kids Under 10 Own a Mobile Phone

ooloogi Re:Shoddy journalism and misleading statistics. (184 comments)

The article says they asked 2000 children, but there's no mention of what bias may have affected the sample of children that they asked. They may have mainly asked older children in that range, which would have skewed the results greatly, compared to evenly sampling across the age range.

The "as young as four" remark demonstrates that there were no 0, 1, 2 or 3 year-olds who owned their own phones, which would account for 800 out of 2000 evenly sampled children. That means among the 1200 4 year olds and up there must be 667 with phones, ie. 56%. Further assuming the proportion increases with age, at 9 years old it would be much higher than that.

more than 2 years ago

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