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Comment: You may laugh... (Score 1) 389

by Rinikusu (#47919205) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Some of the best programmers I know have degrees in art and music, with even a few English Lit and Philosophy degrees scattered around. Then again, some of the best programmers I know never went or graduated from college. That's just on the IT/Programming side of things.

Hiring a real writer to handle press releases, web "verbiage" (um, the actual text on the website) would do wonders for quite a few sites (like.. /. hiring a real editor would be a boon...), documentation, etc. Once your company gets to a certain stage, you're going to want an HR person, who probably has a LA degree of some sort.

Frankly, outside of an accountant and a lawyer, anyone with a degree that's not from the Business School would be good.

Comment: Re:How much! (Score 1) 404

This only carries for simple stuff like clothing, furniture, dishware and other branded crap. Anything with a visible tie to the team (prominent logo), not too gaudy, and some basic functionality understandable by the average idiot is a guaranteed sale.

Most people won't buy anything as complicated as a Surface just because they see the NFL players using them. There's no SIMPLE need that the Surface satisfies, and the then it's also rather expensive, and thanks to poor naming and late to market, it's lost in a sea of tablets/convertibles. There's also no actual NFL branding on the device, just product placement; so as soon as they see it, most people just automatically think it's an iPad anyway.

Anything complex to use is best not sold directly to the NFL audience. I mean, nobody went out to buy Motorola radio headsets (or even their cell phones) just because they saw them them every week for 13 years on the NFL sidelines, but they sure as hell buy the team-branded warmups that everyone is wearing. Electronics sponsorship for the NFL is more about letting everyone know your company still exists, not about pushing specific products - much like putting your name on a stadium.

Comment: Re:DPI Scaling (Score 1) 204

by Ed Avis (#47878311) Attached to: Dell Demos 5K Display
Have you tried Windows's DPI scaling? I am using Windows 7 with 200% font size and it works well. Before that I used Windows XP and that worked almost as well. To get a usable scaled display, pick exactly 200% so that if icons have to be scaled up they do so cleanly - I agree that odd multiples like 150% can look ugly. Next, make sure Aero is turned off and switch back to a 'classic' theme. The scaling is set in Control Panel -> Display -> Set custom text size (DPI). I use this at work and PuTTY, Firefox, Microsoft Office and sundry other tools all work fine. The only things which don't scale, annoyingly, are the command prompt window and Remote Desktop.

Comment: Re:In other news: Are 4K displays worth getting ye (Score 1) 204

by Ed Avis (#47861025) Attached to: Dell Demos 5K Display
It depends what you do. For text-based workflow (Emacs, web browsing, possibly an IDE) 30Hz is fine. I've even gone as low as 12Hz refresh (on an early model IBM T221 connected to a laptop with only a single DVI output) and it was usable. Tip: if you do end up with 30Hz, Nvidia cards let you turn off vsync. This seems to speed up refresh a bit, making the mouse pointer smoother.

Comment: Re:In other news: Are 4K displays worth getting ye (Score 1) 204

by Ed Avis (#47850683) Attached to: Dell Demos 5K Display
FWIW, at work I use 24" 4k monitors with 200% font scaling on Windows 7, and pretty much every application works fine. The only thing which doesn't scale is the command prompt window. Note that I am talking about the old font size selector in Control Panel which has been there for years and years - the first thing to do is to turn off all of that Aero crap.

Comment: Re:First impressions (Score 1) 220

by Ed Avis (#47824873) Attached to: Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support
Yes, I wonder the same thing. I use Pale Moon on a portable (Panasonic CF-U1) which has a reasonable amount of RAM (2 gigs) but the slowest hard disk you've seen since about 1988. The disk is an SSD but so slow it might as well be a floppy drive. Browsing is subject to freezes on disk activity and I guess that some of that might be due to the disk cache. Firefox's new code should help that, so it might make vanilla Firefox faster than Pale Moon on this machine.

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