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Comment: Re:Invasion (Score 1) 639

by Webz (#40719457) Attached to: Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

That doesn't discount the contribution of the unboxing experience for the perceived satisfaction of the product. Sure, maybe technical folk who read this site may not be susceptible, but clearly the success of a product is based on more than its technical merit.

There are non-discerning viewers/customers. They probably outnumber the discerners.

Comment: Re:2880×1800? More like 1440x900. (Score 1) 914

by Webz (#40311871) Attached to: Analyzing the New MacBook Pro

Could you elaborate on how Microsoft is on the losing end of the high DPI displays? I've heard this argument before regarding the fonts but something isn't clicking.

If pixels get smaller as the DPI goes up (true?) then doesn't pixel snapping mean less at higher densities?

Pixel snapping and unhinted fonts should converge at infinite resolutions, no?

Comment: The difference between a hacker and an engineer (Score 1) 446

by Webz (#38888923) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Transitioning From 'Hacker' To 'Engineer'?

A hacker gets things done. An engineer enumerates the pros and cons of various solutions and picks one.

The work you do will rarely be complicated or sexy, in the CS/theoretical sense. But it will be put up against a lot of non-technical forces like time, budget, politics, etc. Being an engineer is about navigating this imperfect space. A hacker will come up with one solution, but an engineer will come up with many.

You're multiplying the solution space by a certain amount of non-technical dimensions and accounting for the difference. That ability will come in time. You will find out that technical correctness isn't always the #1 priority.

The only thing cheaper than hardware is talk.

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