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IBM Dipping Chips In 'Ionic Liquid' To Save Power

scarlac Hardcoded software? (68 comments)

As a non-hardware engineer, I am not sure I understood the article, but would this make it possible to literally hard-code software to improve performance? I.e. a logic board having some standard components and a "changable" chip that could improve performance of much-used software?

about 2 years ago

Apple Hit By Hackers Who Targeted Facebook

scarlac Re:You can sense the glee in the writeups... (148 comments)

Actually... Everyone in Denmark, thanks to the national authentication system called "EasyID" (translation). It forces people to have Java enabled. Nobody likes it, but we're forced to use it.

about 2 years ago

Typing These 8 Characters Will Crash Almost Any App On Your Mountain Lion Mac

scarlac Re:Little light on specifics.... (425 comments)

The bug requires Text Replacements to be enabled. It is enabled by default (but I disabled it because it's annoying). When enabled, I was able to reproduce the bug in iCal and Chrome but not TextEdit (where my default mode is plain text).

about 2 years ago

Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

scarlac Re:Maybe (642 comments)

What's the point of this article, and why the comparison with Apple?

The answer is quite simply: http://adage.com/article/digital/mac-pc-battle-microsoft-winning-perception/136731/ (as linked in the summary) Title being: "In Mac vs. PC Battle, Microsoft Winning in Value Perception" which pretty much sums up the comparison to Apple.

TFA basically claims that Microsoft is winning ground in the popularity contest which makes the price tag seem more appealing.

I personally don't agree, as many others point out in here, (the majority of) people look at the price tag first and don't understand the difference from Windows 7 to 8. They just need something that works, and all they know is that others buy PCs.

more than 2 years ago

The Truth About Hiring "Rock Star" Developers

scarlac Re:"rockstar developer" (487 comments)

Groupies? Do under-paid employees count?

more than 2 years ago

MplayerX Leaving Mac App Store

scarlac Re:Is this a genuine case? (225 comments)

QuickTime Player is sandboxed in 10.8 (and possibly earlier), so it should have the same issues as MPlayerX... And I havn't experienced any difficulties as a power user.

more than 2 years ago

The First Universal Quantum Network

scarlac Better than "regular" optical fibre? (156 comments)

I've read TFA several times, looked at the diagram and read every single comment in here.

I still don't get it...
How is this technique any better/faster than the current optical fibre method we currently use?

more than 2 years ago

Google's Reach Hits Your Tivo

scarlac Relevance (98 comments)

(...) Does this mean fewer commercials for viewers? Not likely, but one can hope.

Quite possibly not. It would mean more relevant commercials and less annoying flashing and screaming ads. Before Google entered, advertising on the internet with mere text was unheard of. By using very relevant ads both viewers/users and companies benefit. The issue with todays TV ads is that they are highly irrelevant. It's up to the company to make sure the ad gets displayed at the right time of day. Perhaps Google could improve upon this, so some of us can be freed of vacuum cleaner ads, unless they are robots.

more than 5 years ago

MIT Electric Car May Outperform Rival Gas Models

scarlac That's all well and fine (457 comments)

But does it come in hotrod red?
I'm looking for something that will go with my exoskeleton...

more than 5 years ago

Huge Unidentified Organic Blob Floating Around Alaska

scarlac It could be... (424 comments)

The Mushroom King... someone should call the plumbers.

more than 5 years ago

Typography On the Web Gets Different

scarlac Reality check (378 comments)

From the Slashdot post:
> (...) latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera - recognize a CSS rule known as @font-face

From the linked page viewed in IE7:
> "This demo appears as intended only in Firefox 3.5"

The demo page shows the issue so clearly: You forgot IE. IE8 still doesn't have font-face support for TTF which is possibly the only format people will like to use.

I work with CSS most of my day but I doubt that I will have the pleasure of setting up sites with custom fonts for several years to come with the release cycles and popularity of IE as we have it today. For now we can be happy that IE8 can actually pass the acid2 test.


more than 5 years ago

Internet Explorer 6 Will Not Die

scarlac IE6 support already dropped (531 comments)

Actually our company recently dropped IE6 support unless specifically asked for.

The reason?
All statistics from monitored sites and campaigns are showing roughly a 1% drop per month of IE6 and we are currently raging from 12% to 18% (with a single one at 23%). Most users seem to be upgrading to IE7 which is fine. The general Firefox share is consistently larger than the IE6 share which only makes sense if you are comparing "the lowest common denominator"... which we are.

How do we deal with our clients?
We advice them. If the client specifically asks for IE6 we will explain the budget implications (which is the truth of IE6). Actually we've had several clients who are positive of the way we handle it since they can suddenly ask for much more without being told "well, it won't perform/look good/work in ie6". We've had no complaints yet and the current trend tells us there is no need to worry.

According to my experience I find reason to doubt the conclusion that IE6 will not die. It may sound optimistic but I project that IE6 will be irrelevant to most developers within 12 months.


more than 4 years ago

What Do You Call People Who "Do HTML"?

scarlac Re:Funny or an idiot? (586 comments)

Spot on, Simon.

In fact, I had a short talk with a collegue today about this. Never hire someone on the basis that they "do HTML" - you don't know what you're getting. If you want a Frontend developer (the term that we use for CSS+HTML+JS) you should search for the in-depth experience with CSS.

Agreed on HTML is not developed, it's just written. However, the amount of work a true frontend developer uses on setting up a semi-complex design usually requires programming skills, which is why a good frontend developer usually has some sort backend experience.
Even if it's just PHP.

It takes a lot of skill to work with IE76 without loosing your mind. Skilled /frontend developers/ are hard to come by. I know a couple of companies who are looking for skilled people in this area but many of them can't find people that are good enough.

more than 5 years ago

Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 Released

scarlac Re:It always amazed me (273 comments)

Actually, there are a lot of campaigns that are doing just that. A quick search for "stop ie" will give you a handful of results.

I started one as well on www.mijav.dk under Projects. However mine is targeted on IE6. I suggest, if you really care about your idea, that you join one of these campaigns.

more than 5 years ago

Magpies Are Self-Aware

scarlac Re:Crows, for one (591 comments)

The same can be said for humans. What you are describing is just confusion. In it's simplest form it just requires someone to experience two incompatible thoughts. The dictionary definition may be slighty different.
In any case we daily see game shows like "deal/no-deal" where people are in distress because they it all, but don't want to loose it all.

- Chuck chuck, sir.

It's actually an interesting topic on how the firmware of the brain works. The key difference between humans and animals in this matter is that humans can learn many different behaviors with less effort thus enabling us to switch around different actions in any given situation.

more than 6 years ago


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