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Comment: Re:SIMPLE SOLUTION (Score 2) 145

by DarwinSurvivor (#48688023) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"
If you think cookies are the only, or even primary, method of cross-site tracking these days, you have some serious catching up to do. Install the RequestPolicy extension for Firefox and take a look at how many companies are getting their shit loaded on a HUGE percentage of unrelated websites. Javascript, flash objects, images, chat systems, like buttons, the list goes on.

Comment: Re:Occulus Rift (Score 1) 186

by DarwinSurvivor (#47269705) Attached to: 4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

80 columns is fine if you are only working with a single file. Being able to have long vertical views of code with documentation, design work, other code, compiler outputs, etc beside the code without having to switch between virtual displays is a huge productivity booster.

Call me spoiled if you like, but without people pushing for bigger and better ways of doing things, we'd still be stuck punching holes in pieces of cardstock and hoping we stacked them in order.

Comment: Re:Over 30yo+ you won't see the difference anyway. (Score 1) 186

by DarwinSurvivor (#47260267) Attached to: 4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

I regularly use a 1080p monitor in the 24" range and I can tell you I would *definitely* like the resolution to be higher. I do a lot of text-based work and I can see the letters start to get blocky if I reduce the text size while I know for a fact I could easily read text even smaller when printed on a decent laser printer.

Try it one day. Use a word processor to print "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" in steadily reduced font size down the page. Print that page and hold it next to the computer screen at a comfortable viewing distance and find the smallest font size you can read on the printed version and the on-screen version. If picked the same paper and monitor sizes (as measured by a real-life ruler), you may want to see an optometrist.

Comment: Re:Occulus Rift (Score 0) 186

by DarwinSurvivor (#47260235) Attached to: 4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

Yes, resolution DOES matter. A line of text requires a certain number of vertical pixels to be legible. Whether that line is an inch high or a quarter-inch high makes no difference. For people that need to see more at once, they absolutely do need more pixels. The image from a 1080p projector may look fine from across the room, but you can still only see a small amount of text at a time.

You are making the fundamental error that people just want their displays to look nice instead of actually being able to see either fine detail or large quantities of information at the same time. Some of us DO need (or want very, very much) more pixels on our displays.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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