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AMD's New Flagship HD 6990 Tested

the_banjomatic Re:feels hollow (164 comments)

Yeah, I can't imagine having 3 of these... 1 takes up a good amount of desk real estate as it is, I got my Dell 3008 refurbished for about $1200 I think a year and a half ago with full warranty, etc.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD's New Flagship HD 6990 Tested

the_banjomatic Re:feels hollow (164 comments)

I assume he was referring to the 30" lcd's that run at 2560x1600 resolution... which are awesome for the record

more than 3 years ago
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High-Tech Microphone Picks Voices From a Crowd

the_banjomatic Re:come on people... (221 comments)

...and if you read the specs from the manufacturers website, they also list 285, 300 and 345 in various places

about 4 years ago
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Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

the_banjomatic Re:Rotate (1140 comments)

Vector fonts (and graphics) as used in publishing are rendered using the software's own rendering pipeline independent of the OS, complete with its own anti-aliasing.

As a result, these applications don't suffer from the same issues as text rendered elsewhere in the operating system using GDI or GDI+.

about 4 years ago
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Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

the_banjomatic Re:Rotate (1140 comments)

It works relatively well except for two points:

1) On windows (not sure about other OS's), both monitors share the same cleartype configuration. Consequently, all monitors would have to be portrait whereas the most frequent configuration I see where I work (aside from dual landscape) is a one landscape and one portrait.

2) While you can configure cleartype to work with portrait monitors, it doesn't work as well for most cleartype tuned fonts. Portrait monitors with cleartype provide greater y-resolution, where as the fonts were tuned for increased x-resolution.

Ideally you could buy monitors tuned for portrait display with rotated sub-pixels, or a new sub-pixel layout that provided equal improvements in portrait and landscape could be developed.

Or you can just buy a 30" 2560x1600 screen and marvel at all those tiny pixels

about 4 years ago
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Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

the_banjomatic Re:Rotate (1140 comments)

The problem I've always had with rotating a monitor 90 degrees is that you loose the ability to use cleartype since the sub-pixels are no longer stacked correctly. To some people this doesn't matter much, but when looking at code all day, the right font and proper smoothing makes a world of a difference.

about 4 years ago
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Researchers Zero In On Protein That Destroys HIV

the_banjomatic $225,000 (216 comments)

Sounds like promising research, but I'm confused by why the cost of the microscope is prominently displayed in both the press release and TFS. Is $225,000 considered cheap or expensive for a microscope these days?

more than 4 years ago
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How Do I Manage Seasoned Programmers?

the_banjomatic Re:Specs (551 comments)

Or no specs at all. The last thing I want as an engineer is someone to come to me with their own solution they want me to implement.

Good software engineers enjoy solving tough problems. So present them with the problems you are trying to solve and let them come up with their own solutions

more than 5 years ago
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Interviewing Experienced IT People?

the_banjomatic Re:Questions about Experience (835 comments)

exit
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| |_____
|  ___  |
| |   | |
|^|___| |
|_______|

^ = you facing up

With your right hand on the wall you'd keep walking in a circle... with your left hand on the wall you'd find the exit

more than 5 years ago

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