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Chinese Boy Claims To Have Cat-Like Night Vision 171

Posted by samzenpus
from the all-the-better-to-see-you dept.
Oswald McWeany writes "Reports swirling around the Internet are that a boy in China may have cat-like night vision. The boy with eerie blue-eyes was able to fill out a questionnaire in the dark and his eyes reflect like a cat's when a light is shined on them. No reports yet if he marks his territory or is litter box trained."

Study Finds the Perfect Ratio of Attractiveness 176

Posted by samzenpus
from the hey-there-big-arms dept.
Gksksla writes "Scientists in Australia and Hong Kong have conducted a comprehensive study to discover how different body measurements correspond with ratings of female attractiveness. The study, published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, found that across cultural divides young, tall and long armed women were considered the most attractive."

Comment: Re:It's definitely a fast boot, (Score 2, Interesting) 324

by Joseph Lam (#30189600) Attached to: Microsoft, Other Rivals Slam Google Chrome OS

If you want more than that you'd be better off with Ubuntu Netbook Remix or another mini Linux distro. I would have much preferred a stable Linux build of the Google Chrome browser.

As you've already said there are better solutions for people who need more. Google is providing something optimized for those who DON'T need more.

Comment: Re:Car Analogy for MS Spokesperson (Score 1) 324

by Joseph Lam (#30189532) Attached to: Microsoft, Other Rivals Slam Google Chrome OS

I think you hit the nail on the head. Google is solving a problem that doesn't exist. I have yet to hear anyone ask to do all their computing through a web browser.

I love Chrome. It's my browser of choice most of the time. I'm a Google account/services user. I do think they provide an excellent web experience. I don't see them providing the same experience for my desktop as they do for the web. I guess we'll see how this unfolds though. Something tells me there is more to this than we're seeing.

Most users don't even know what to ask for, be it a web browser or standalone software. They just need a good way (whatever it is) to achieve their goals e.g. email, reading news, watching videos, listening to music, etc... Web-based computing is one of the many ways, and it happens to be the way Google chose to bet their entire business on. So they're doing whatever it takes to improve it. In terms of user experience it's ahead of desktop computing in some ways and lagging behind in others. I'm sure the engineers at Google know that and are working hard on those weaknesses.

Comment: Re:Netbeans just isn't there (Score 4, Interesting) 151

by Joseph Lam (#30039034) Attached to: Oracle Outlines Plans for Sun Products, Casts Doubt on NetBeans

Netbeans isn't there in terms of industry backing and support (which is what we hope Oracle will provide). As far as the software itself is concerned I find it to be at least as good if not better than Eclipse. It's been significantly improved over the last couple of years from version 4.x to 6.x. There are two things that I like it better than Eclipse:
- it's 100% Java and runs fine on anything that has a JVM (Eclipse's SWT has platform specific dependencies which prevented me from using it on 64bit machines, it took ages for it to have proper x64 support)
- better developer experience because of a cleaner and sensibly chosen set of plug-ins that all work out-of-the-box with no dependency hell (Eclipse plug-ins is a mess unless you pay for commercially packaged versions like MyEclipse)

Comment: Re:Fonts (Score 1) 378

by Joseph Lam (#28717001) Attached to: Typography On the Web Gets Different

Licensing? Nightmare.
Bandwidth? Eek.

Compared to all those CSS, Javascripts, images, multimedia contents currently being downloaded alongside webpages, it doesn't seem like a nightmare. In some cases it may actually save bandwidth (coz otherwise the text would have to be made as images).

Security? Whoa!

Give browser developers time and things will improve. The implementation is still relatively new and less mature.

Compatibility? Doesn't downgrade nicely (that page looks horrible in a "stable" browser of today and is almost unreadable)

That's the responsibility of the web developers. The spec allows for multiple failover fonts that if used properly should provide graceful downgrade.

Gains? Geocities-like webpages that use every font they can just for the sake of it. Seven million websites written in Comic Sans. And only the sensible browsers will come with options to turn the damn thing off (and thus look even worse).

Then blame those incompetent web developers, not the enabling technology (otherwise you can blame HTML for allowing the use of colors). Look at it from the other side it provides a standardized way for competent developers to improve visual quality of text. It's fine if you want web technology to stay as it was in the 90s but the rest of the world will continue to move on.

Stupid idea, stupid execution (having to DOWNLOAD every font mentioned on a page?)

Developers can specify both local and remote fonts. Only remote fonts need to be downloaded and they will be cached just like images, CSS, etc...

Spend some time understanding something before bashing.

Comment: Re:Self-downloading fonts... (Score 1) 378

by Joseph Lam (#28716531) Attached to: Typography On the Web Gets Different

again it's a race between hackers and browser developers... Same thing happened to HTTP, HTML, Javascript, etc...

There is always a risk when processing any data from the net. It's impossible to make something that is 100% secure. But when something gains popularity and is being depended on heavily, the effort going into the implementation will naturally grow and the security will improve.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.