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Comment: Re:tough love (Score 4, Interesting) 330

by Mprx (#45436105) Attached to: How the NSA Is Harming America's Economy
There's a strong argument that the real reason for Japan's surrender was the Soviet invasion of Manchuria, which happened at the same time. You'll note that the Allies did a lot of damage to Japanese cities with conventional weapons without forcing surrender. The firebombing of Tokyo caused similar damage to the bombs. The bombs however were a convenient excuse to avoid losing face, because unlike the Manchuria campaign they couldn't be blamed on Japanese military incompetance.

Comment: Re:Finally... (Score 1) 47

by Mprx (#45042923) Attached to: Linux-capable Arduino TRE Debuts At Maker Faire Rome
Hard real time support, and greater electrical robustness. There's no OS or caches changing your timings unexpectedly, and interrupt latencies are very low and consistent. It also sources/sinks a lot more current, so you can do things like driving an LED directly from an IO pin without an external transistor.

+ - The Streisand Effect: A Florida journalist's smear and censor campaign backfires-> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "A tragic death, freedom of speech, libel, defamation, legal threats, unethical journalism, reddit's /r/bicycling, and The Streisand effect. A South Florida "journalist" is called out for running a smear story, doubles down on his position, publicly attacks commenters and reddit, and threatens legal action when a disturbing conflict of interest is exposed."
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Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 532

by Mprx (#44064533) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does LED Backlight PWM Drive You Crazy?
Flicker become invisible at about 100Hz, but only when your eyes are perfectly still. As soon as you move your eyes the flicker becomes visible. Saccadic masking does not supress this. I have personally tested this using an LED and a 555 timer, and I can see flicker up to about 10KHz if I move my eyes fast enough. PWM lighting is extremely annoying to me, as well as multiplexed LED displays.

Comment: Re:Meh , fonts. Big deal. (Score 1) 77

by Mprx (#43633175) Attached to: Google and Adobe Contribute Open Source Rasterizer to FreeType
The most legible font is the font you're most familiar with. I used to take fonts very seriously, tweaking Fontconfig settings, etc. I now use default sans-serif for everything. I literally don't know what font it is, and it's just as legible as my customized setup. Despite all the jokes about Comic Sans I doubt it would take more than a week to get used to it.

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