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Comment Re:Here's the article (Score 1) 181

From the site:

Strategically placed serifs improve the rhythm of the monospaced text by eliminating large gaps on each side of narrow characters and help to distinguish glyphs like the lowercase l and number 1 at small text sizes.

To me, the i and the l are rather ugly. I wouldn't even call those one-sided hooks serifs. The word reminds me of "sheriff" and Wild West newspaper titles with those big bulky I-beams in capitals. Kids these days, they wouldn't know what a fscking I-beam is, given all these unmanly fonts on their Iphones (back in the day, we used capitals in the beginning of proper nouns, and only in the beginning).

With those semi-serifs on top and the lower turns, the i and the l have too much of a Z character (right, down, right). Similar hooks are OK in some fonts, but these take the idea too far.

If you really want to avoid irregular spaces, just don't use a monospace font.

Comment Re:T-Mobile (Score 1) 136

Hey anonymous Scandinavian neighbor.

I have myself been in your shoes

So that explains why my best shoes were missing for a few weeks. They smelled a bit funny too. I wanted to let you know how funny, so I set up this propeller to transfer the olfactory information. I call it the "FYI fan".

Comment Re:A browser written in HTML, JS and CSS? (Score 1) 70

That's nothing...one time I moved a file from one place to another using only the command line.

I think I know how you did it. It's true you generally need a mouse and a GUI to actually _move_ a file, as you need to drag it one pixel at a time, otherwise you run into Zeno's paradox. You can't just instantly quantum-leap a file into another position, at least not without reversing the polarity and crossing the streams. However, there are command-line utilities such as xautomation to control the mouse pointer, so presumably you used one of those to automatize the movement.

Comment Re:CEOs stepping down (Score 1) 205

I've never understood why stepping down is the responsible solution for CEOs, politicians or whatever after a major embarrassment or mistake. Maybe it's because I think like an engineer. If I make a mistake, I should be the one to bite the bullet and fix it. Instead, the CEO/politician solution is to walk away and let other people clean up the mess. This way, real issues in society are never actually fixed. It's as if "saving the face" is more important than actually fixing broken things.

Comment fpga4fun (Score 3, Informative) 93

I didn't read the summary or the article, but I see these comments about overwhelming toolchains. To me, the important bit is understanding some general concepts (it helps to have some electronics experience first) and the language (Verilog is probably easier than VHDL). Fpga4fun and its tutorials were a great introduction to these.

For those of you who think FPGAs are a waste of time compared to small/fast/low-power CPUs, there are plenty of reasons to learn them anyway. The key idea is that you design your own circuit, instead of running your code on someone else's CPU design. If you have any electronics background, you'll appreciate the idea of basically writing your circuits in code, instead of the painstaking and error-prone manual assembly. It really bridges the gap between software and hardware in many ways.

One interesting side effect to me is that FPGAs helped me write and understand parallel code better. In an FPGA, you often write genuinely parallel circuitry, and you need extra care and thought to make it work at all. That kind of thinking will carry over to your software projects too.

Comment Don't google, just know (Score 1) 181

Or use the language's built-in help features, or its dedicated documentation, on or offline. If you need to google everything, you're probably not the best for the job.

I'm tired of these targeted job adverts anyway. If I'm really looking for a job, then I'll probably figure out where to look myself. If they really want me, they should either contact me directly, if not, stay the fuck out of my life.

Comment Re:The new porn. (Score 1) 94

Watching other people do it has always been popular, I just never thought that applied to banal and mundane activities. What's next, live streams of the commute to the office?

I've always thought spectator sports is like porn. Guys watching other guys do physical exercise, all excited and sweating, while they could be doing it themselves, but for some reason they don't.

Karl's version of Parkinson's Law: Work expands to exceed the time alloted it.