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Comment I'm surprised... (Score 5, Informative) 127

that no one mentioned the very well written article posted on ArsTechnica yesterday about the patent system and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. As expected, a very US-centric view on the problem, but it does raise some obvious issues. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/09/how-a-rogue-appeals-court-wrecked-the-patent-system/

Comment Real and myth... (Score 0) 424

It's real for CRTs (why do we still test these anyways?) and OLED screens. It's a myth for LCDs, including those "LED" screens everyone's touting nowadays. CRTs and OLEDs do take more power to display a white pixel because of the way they work. LCDs depend on the backlight to produce a visible image, and the backlight is always on. The only use case where the LCD had lower consumption was a totally black screen and with HardOCP: dark enough to trigger the darkening of the backlight in "dynamic" contrast (which is a farce anyways). Turn off dynamic contrast, and suddenly there will be no power savings. This isn't a story...

Comment Linux and Windows 7... (Score 1) 2

I don't know if I'd go as far as to say Linux will crush Windows 7 (it seems to be quite good actually), but I do believe Linux will continue creeping up in the OS share. I own three computers: a Mac running OS X Leopard, and two PCs, both of which dual-boot Linux and Windows. I've found that quite a few configuration things require diving into the command line, which is often beyond what most people expect. Example: to turn off tap-to-click on my laptop (annoying as hell!), I had to edit X's configuration file, then restart X. Restarting X isn't a problem (log out and in will do the trick), but editing a configuration file? I bet most would be scared shitless of screwing it up.

Over the shoulder supervision is more a need of the manager than the programming task.

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