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Submitted by iliketrash
iliketrash (624051) writes "A touch-screen voting machine in Chicago suburb Schaumburg has been found to repeatedly convert votes for several Republican candidates into votes for their Democrat counterparts. The problem has been blamed on a "calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine.” Of course, Chicago has long been notorious for voting hijinks, mostly of the Democrat flavor.

Do touch-screens need such a gross calibration, or for that matter, any calibration at all? If so, what are the chances that an uncalibrated screen would reliably convert all or several votes for one party into votes for the other party?"

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Comment: Flamebait (Score -1, Troll) 223

by iliketrash (#45250165) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

Why are you such a Linux retard? You're killing yourself creatively by asking for this kind of of software for Linux. If you really want to explore your musical creativity you need to get the hell off such a limited platform. OS X and probably Windows platforms are far, far better as far as choices in this field. Yea, there is Adaucity which you're already found is a piece of crap, or would have discovered had you not limited your world to Linux. And Ardour—nice work, but that's about it. Do yourself a favor and let your creativity flow by looking outside the extremely limited options offered by Linux.

Comment: Calligra web site is uninformative (Score 1) 30

by iliketrash (#44462751) Attached to: KDE Releases Calligra 2.7

The Calligra web site is incredibly bad—there is almost no information about any of the programs, just a few superficial paragraphs. Just awful, an embarrassment to the development team, I'm sure.

This is an example of the "airport signs" problem: The people who build the airport already know how to get around the airport and so the signs that they put up are not helpful to those who rarely visit the airport.

On another crappy note, the link to the OS X installer just goes 404.

Oh well.

Comment: Then three days later, it's back to normal (Score 1) 173

by iliketrash (#44454523) Attached to: Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight

Right. Then the person gets back from his/her happy little camping trip and back into his/her normal life and three days later he/she is back on the same stupid schedule. I've done this many times and camping is not necessary—any outside influence that causes one to rise earlier will do. I didn't read the article but it sounds really stupid to me, so I won't.

Comment: Re:Google Docs CAN DO LaTEX (Score 2) 160

Well, this does look interesting. I played with it for 15 minutes and: I can't think of anything worse than writing anything of any significant length inside a browser. This bypasses all of the hard work that my OS provider (Apple) has spent for decades polishing a decent user interface. As far as I can tell, everything has to be done using the mouse/trackpad—no keystroke shortcuts.

Also, compiling even the short sample document is excruciatingly slow. There is an option to use my local TeXLive installation but the radio button to select it was disabled. If one really wants an easier-to-use LaTeX editor, there are free ones that also provide one with menu-selectable math items.

Comment: Why doesn't Linux use sub-pixel rendering on text? (Score 1) 169

by iliketrash (#43930649) Attached to: One Week With GNOME 3 Classic

The screen shots from show that this interface is not using sub-pixel font rendering. I have noticed this on most if not all other Linux-type screen shots. Apparently the favored font rendering method on Linux is the old-fashioned "treat every pixel as some shade between the font color and the background color". The characters so rendered are substantially less well-formed and harder to read. And this surely isn't a matter of intellectual property:

Comment: Woohoo! Multiple windows side by side! (Score 1) 800

by iliketrash (#43867109) Attached to: First Looks At Windows 8.1, Complete With 'Start' Button

"It'll also be possible to have multiple windows from a single app so that, for example, two browser windows can be opened side-by-side."

WFT? Is this for real? Was this not possible before? Surely the implication of this statement that this was not possible before is wrong.

It appears that PL/I (and its dialects) is, or will be, the most widely used higher level language for systems programming. -- J. Sammet