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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

raph Re:Marketed for Asia? (198 comments)

Glad you like it. We don't do anything special, really. It's mostly just FreeType doing the rendering, and HarfBuzz doing the text layout. Hinting is turned off by default, though, as we find that looks a lot better once you get to 200dpi. A 2012 Nexus 7 is now considered a fairly low resolution device, even though its 216 dpi would be pretty amazing on a desktop.

The new CFF renderer that's now open sourced and part of FreeType should make the rendering of CFF fonts a lot better.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

raph Re:Why? (2219 comments)

Ahem.

about 10 months ago
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How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

raph Re:Sounds a little like me (659 comments)

Well, I for one think the world would be a sadder place without pompous nerds like me. Not, of course, on the same level of cultural tragedy as if there weren't anonymous trolls, but still.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

raph Sounds a little like me (659 comments)

I took college classes from 9 to 13, then my parents pulled me out entirely. There were good and bad aspects to my path. At 13, actual graduate math classes were a bit over my head, and I felt a lot of pressure and feelings of failure because I couldn't quite hack them. Also, being isolated was hard, and it wasn't until I came back to grad school at 22 that I felt I developed my social skills properly. But being allowed to focus on intellectual pursuits was really nice in a way, and I actually look back on that fondly. Now I have my PhD and work for Google, and I do geeky things for fun. As one example, I'm noodling on keyboards, and, being me, I'm writing a DX7 synthesizer emulator. Most people consider the math of it to be impenetrably difficult, but, I'm like, "oh, _Bessel_ functions, I can dig that shit!"

I hope he does well and finds a path that makes him happy. One thing my parents did was keep me out of the newspapers (and off the front page of Slashdot, although we didn't have that then). I'm not sure whether that was entirely good or bad - publicity is valuable coin in today's society :)

more than 3 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

raph Re:Best of luck (1521 comments)

Yep, that's me. And thanks a bunch for the recognition. I think there's more life in those concepts, and we'll probably see them continue to evolve, but it's taking way more time than any of us imagined in those heady, fast-moving days.

more than 3 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

raph Best of luck (1521 comments)

As you can see from my uid, I've been with you since almost the beginning. At times I've been frustrated with the quality of the posts, especially the pseudoscience garbage, but /. has always been one of my go-to places, and always enough interesting content to make it worthwhile to visit. Plus, the format of the site, especially the moderation system, has proved to have enduring worth, even with all the other changes going on. I wish you the best of success in whatever you choose to do next.

more than 3 years ago
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Visual Hash Turns Text Or Data Into Abstract Art

raph Reminds me of visprint (86 comments)

I did a couple of things like this back in the mid-90's. One used iterated fractals. I think the original idea was by Ian Goldberg, and I added the coloring.

http://www.tastyrabbit.net/visprint/

But I wasn't satisified by the fact that lots of different hash values produced similar-looking images, so I also cooked up one that had a guarantee that a single-bit change in the hash led to at least a single-bit difference in the image, and came up with these snowflakes:

http://members.shaw.ca/dlakwi/snowflake/snowflake.html

Could be this is a better and slicker implementation than any of this stuff, but the underlying ideas are not quite new.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Protects Healthcare From Michael Moore

raph Another Googler's opinion (1153 comments)

That post is but one Googler's opinion. Here is another. Clearly, there is much in that original post with which I disagree, and neither of us is representing official Google policy.

The health insurance system in this country needs changing. If anyone tries to convince you otherwise, look at them as an arm of an organized, effective, and massively funded propaganda campaign. And if they're an unwitting arm, that just means they're not smart enough to tap in to their share of the obscene overhead that the insurance industry rakes in.

Overall, I think Google is going to do a lot more good than evil in terms of contributing to the debate on healthcare reform. If I thought this, or anything else they were doing, was really evil, I would not be working there.

more than 7 years ago

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