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Comment: Re:Proprietary fonts (Score 1) 108

by juancnuno (#47255605) Attached to: Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts

I agree that it's a problem but I don't think it's Unicode's. I don't think the consortium has set out to do anything but encode characters (and I think they're doing a good job). I imagine that coming up with a font for all those characters would be another massive undertaking.

And as much as I champion free software I would have no problem with a company stepping in and filling that need by selling such a font.

Comment: Re:Or foregoing kids altogether (Score 1) 342

by juancnuno (#46807847) Attached to: Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

People may consider it selfish of us, but I'm not sure I want to bring any more human beings into this already over crowded world.

I'm wondering why anyone would consider you not wanting kids selfish. I've decided a long time ago that I would never want to father more than a single kid precisely because of overpopulation.

Comment: Re:Science fiction is not about the future... (Score 1) 210

by juancnuno (#38977459) Attached to: The Science Fiction Effect

One of my favorite stories, for example, is Isaac Asimov's the Last Question. It doesn't get into details about how the computer works, what variables it's considering, or even how humanity is evolving. It merely postulates that, with each generation, technology becomes more accessible and more integrated into our lives. In an ironic twist, it suggests that we begin to become a part of technology to a point where our minds fuse with AI and become a single consciousness.

The Last Question is my favorite short story. You can read it here. You won't regret it.

Comment: Re:Look at electric/gas horsepower (Score 1) 633

by juancnuno (#38626702) Attached to: Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality

The '09 Civic Hybrid I tested was particularly bad: larger gas engine than a Prius, 1/4 as much electric power, so it gets worse mileage, and with so little horsepower you feel like you're putting your life on the line every time you take an on-ramp.

I have a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid. When I bought it I considered the Prius as well. I went with the Civic for three main reasons:

  1. Visibility out the rear
  2. Better dashboard. I don't like touchscreens in cars. I like the tactile feedback and the subtle hybrid UI in the Civic. The Prius' is too flashy and distracting to me.
  3. The Civic scored higher with Consumer Reports

I've heard that the Prius doesn't have good steering feedback. No problems with that in the Civic. It handles great. I tear along cloverleaf interchanges. :)

I've been happy with my purchase. I average 44 MPG: from odometer and gas pump readings. My last tank was 47 (mostly highway, cruise control).

The '09 Civic Hybrid I tested was particularly bad: larger gas engine than a Prius, 1/4 as much electric power, so it gets worse mileage, and with so little horsepower you feel like you're putting your life on the line every time you take an on-ramp.

Come, now. I drive on freeways all the time and my Civic does just fine. It can certainly use a little more oomph but I don't feel like I've compromised too much. My car's shitty taillights honestly bother me much more.

The horsepower does become an issue on the San Francisco hills. Then, I just pop it in low gear. It does struggle (maybe it's the CVT more than the low horsepower) but it doesn't happen enough for me to think about it all the time.

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