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Comment: Re:Ask Slashdot (Score 1) 600

by CarpetShark (#34301150) Attached to: Best IT-infrastructure For a Small Company?

"It doesn't matter that he doesn't have ALL the knowledge in his brain to do this from scratch. He's researching"

Exactly. Just about all professional jobs require learning new skills on an ongoing basis, and many require actual R&D. IT is probably the most research-laden profession around, that isn't actually labeled as such.

Comment: Re:I hate software patents... (Score 1) 128

by CarpetShark (#34294330) Attached to: Did an Apple Engineer Invent FB Messages In 2003?

A patent for this should not exist. To me, it's pretty obvious any time you open an IM client and someone isn't on, that email should be chosen instead. It's the simple next step you take as a human, so automating it is a simple, obvious step too.

Also, IM clients like pidgin do something very similar when you merge the same contact's accounts on different networks (including non-IM networks like IRC and Facebook) and double-click to send a message.

Comment: Re:Low-res game font (Score 1) 280

by CarpetShark (#34268436) Attached to: The World's Smallest Legible Font

If you click through a few links around this story, you'll find a guy who made a smaller font without subpixel rendering, for a MUD client, and other people talking about how old games used 4x3 fonts in some cases -- I forgot that 8 pixel fonts where NORMAL, not the small ones, on old systems. There's NOTHING new here. Even the subpixel rendering stuff was obvious at the time subpixel rendering was invented. One of the first things people discussed was how subpixel rendering would reduce the need for font greeking.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?