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Comment: Re:Word processing?! (Score 1) 77

by Alan Shutko (#46492183) Attached to: Why Are There More Old Songs On iTunes Than Old eBooks?

It only needs to be encoded into TEI if you want to digitally archive the original edition. For instance, you want to be able to mark up an original and identify original and regularized spelling of a word.

If you just want to be able to reissue an Ellery Queen novel in ePub, you don't need TEI at all, and could have someone just retype the scans or hand-correct (off shored, usually).

Comment: Not very different from the web (Score 2) 333

by Alan Shutko (#46338233) Attached to: How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

Of the complaints, most of them apply to the web as well.

  • Millions of pointless apps/websites: yep
  • Fragmentation into parallel and incompatible app worlds: No, web does have an advantage here
  • Paying for apps became a race to the bottom: Yep
  • When apps are free, you're the product: Yep
  • The app user experience is wildly inconsistent: On Web, the experience for a single site is consistent across different browsers, but there's hardly any consistency between apps. On a mobile platform, usually there is more consistency between different apps.

The reason that mobile apps have been so popular is that in many ways they offer a better experience to websites. If Jeff wants more people to use the web instead, he should be learning from the successes of mobile apps and applying them to his websites. StackExchange has great content, but problematic UI, and it's got a really bad UI on mobile web. I'd love a more capable app version.

Comment: Re:Outside the range? (Score 2) 212

by Alan Shutko (#46080743) Attached to: Edward Snowden Says NSA Engages In Industrial Espionage

Well that depends, if you got a situation where America is artificially taking work away from other nations by simply stealing their knowledge, product designs and so forth then that might mean those nations become less stable and more likely to want to hurt America when they find out the only reason they're poor and unemployed is because America stole from them.

What have we done to China so far?

Developing countries are known for bootstrapping themselves by stealing IP from more developed nations. (The US did it when it was a developing nation: look at the history of textiles.) China has been doing it to the US for years, and our response has not been WWIII, but rather to work on gradually improving IP protections.

Comment: Re:Oooh No. Most of /. is Arial font (Score 1) 312

Almost every font in use has fixed-width digits, including Arial. There are fonts out there designed mostly for display work that only have proportional digits, or as part of larger family which has options for both. But in general, unless you try very hard, all those numerical columns will line up.

Comment: Re:Garden Variety Upgrade SNAFU (Score 5, Insightful) 327

by Alan Shutko (#45208441) Attached to: How To Lose $172,222 a Second For 45 Minutes

There were a number of errors made here.

  1. They failed to deploy to one of eight servers
  2. They failed to automate the deployment to the servers such that it would be impossible to deploy to all servers without knowing.
  3. They didn't have a step between code deployment and production activation where they could validate all 8 servers. For instance, in our company, we deploy the prod code to the prod servers but leave them in a "stage" environment, where the production load balancer doesn't hit those instances. Once we've validated, we then switch the load balancers to point to the correct instance.
  4. They failed to quickly back out a change when they realized it was having problems. In fact, they backed out the part on seven servers but not the flag that was being sent to the servers, which made things worse.
  5. They failed to have a risk-mitigation backstop in place which would have prevented these orders from being submitted once they hit a certain amount, and which was required by SEC Rule 15c3-5(c)(1)(i).

There were a lot of places that you could put in a control to prevent or limit the effect of these kinds of errors, and that's the lesson people need to learn. Yes, mistakes happen! But try to make it hard to make a mistake, easy to recover from a mistake, and really easy to NOTICE a mistake.

Comment: Re:Nothing about colour accuracy? (Score 5, Informative) 222

by Alan Shutko (#45208313) Attached to: OS X 10.9 Mavericks Review

All I can find is this in the Apple Dev Forums (login required). It seems that certain people in a workflow without a monitor color profile see differences without embedded profiles look differently. This does not appear to be a problem in a workflow where you regularly profile your monitor (and in fact, I don't see a problem).

So, if you depend on OS X for color accurate work, and if you are working exclusively with untagged images that are to be assumed to be sRGB, and if you have a monitor which does its own sRGB calibration and you're depending on the bits from the image being sent directly to the monitor without adjustment, then you might see problems. I don't know how big of a community that is.

Comment: Re:Erm, ok. (Score 1) 477

by Alan Shutko (#45081479) Attached to: HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

Now imagine if telco 1 just terminated telecommuting and had everyone work at the nearest office. People still wouldn't be able to walk to someone's desk and confer, because Alice is in Tulsa and Bob is in Memphis, and they're working with a team of people in Secunderabad with a QA team in Manilla.

Banning telecommuting is a nice sound bite but collocating people and inspiring those conversations would take a huge disruption to the facilities and people.

Comment: Re:I have heard of ABBYY, I have not heard of Nuan (Score 3, Informative) 56

by Alan Shutko (#44687045) Attached to: OmniPage Maker Nuance Loses Patent Trial Over OCR Tech

Well, I do know Omnipage. It's been on the market for decades, and was acquired by Scansoft and then by Nuance, who are most well-known for their speech recognition technology.

The software used to be highly rated but fell in popularity over the years.

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