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Comment: Re:39" display for workstations? (Score 1) 520

by mikael_j (#45976995) Attached to: 4K Is For Programmers

This is a pretty shitty argument.

I work on developing web applications and at work I have two 27" 2560x1600 monitors and the advantage of them isn't that I can run webapps in a 2560x1600 browser window but rather that I can fit a browser AND my tools on-screen.

I've coded on "mainstream-sized" screens in the past and it's pretty painful. Want Firebug and your browser window visible at the same time? Gotta shrink that browser window! Want a couple of terminals as well? Heh, good luck with that.

With my current setup I've got plenty of space which makes it working much more comfortable than if I always had to keep moving windows around to show the various things that I want to see at the same time (like say, two different logs in terminals, firebug, a browser window, an editor and finally an extra terminal window. This would hardly be a heavy setup but good luck fitting that on some "HD Ready" screen or even a single 1080p screen).

Comment: Re:Because text size need not be defined by px num (Score 3, Informative) 333

by mikael_j (#45767149) Attached to: Rise of the Super-High-Res Notebook Display

I think you've got your years wrong. I too remember talk of OS X going completely resolution independent but OS X hadn't even been released in 1998.

I remember seeing some examples of what UI scaling in OS X looked like back in the 10.5 (I think) days looked like when enabled (which it obviously wasn't in the actual release version of OS X). It was looking pretty good, a few minor glitches here and there but definitely promising. Sadly they abandoned this approach in favor of the bitmap-based solution they've got now (though it works surprisingly well, if you had told me in the mid 90s that by 2013 we'd be up- and down-scaling desktop-size bitmaps in realtime with no visible UI lag I would've thought you were full of shit).

Comment: Re:Apple's actions say they won't (Score 2) 414

by mikael_j (#45102895) Attached to: Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone

8 times out of ten, people with Macbooks will: 1.) Have some money to spend. 2.) Label themselves as "not computer people". 3.) Be of the persuasion that Macs can't get viruses.

And nine times out of ten Windows users are practically computer illiterate, what's your point?

(BTW, my point here is that I know more developers (when only counting those who have some kind of choice, if you're working for a bank that mandates Windows 2000 Pro on all developer desktops because it's corporate policy then you're not really interesting in this case) who use Macbooks/iMacs/Mac Pros running OS X than I know developers who use Windows Whatever)

+ - Silk Road closed, Dread Pirate Roberts arrested->

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For several hours this morning, the website displayed the message “'Silk Road is temporarily closed. We will reopen asap.” This has recently been replaced by an FBI notice.

The criminal complaint alleges that 1,229,465 transactions were completed on the website from Feb. 6, 2011 to July 23, 2013 involving 146,946 unique buyer accounts and 3,877 unique vendor accounts. The total revenue generated was 9,519,664 bitcoins, equivalent to $1.2 billion in revenue. Silk Road collected 614,305 BTC in commission, or $79.8 million.

Ulbricht faces charges of computer hacking, money laundering, and narcotics trafficking, specifically heroin, cocaine, LSD, and methamphetamines, among others."

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Comment: Re:Welcome to the Brutalist era of UI design (Score 1) 233

by mikael_j (#44888393) Attached to: Ars Technica Reviews iOS 7

I'd say the flat UI trend is more about minimalism and a better comparison would be the interior design minimalism trend (which is still going strong) contrasted with past trends such as the 1970's "shag carpets, saturated non-matching colors and wood paneling" trend. So, by this standard we're still in the infancy of minimalist UIs but it's still better than what we had before and it will hopefully get even better with time as we further refine things.

Comment: Re:Circular Tube Map (Score 1) 124

by mikael_j (#44407729) Attached to: A Circular New York City Subway Map To Straighten Things Out

Well, I more often find myself thinking "I need to get to [some address], on a map it's right around this intersection, I wonder which stop is the closest". That's almost always the initial problem you face when you're about to go somewhere with a public transport system you're not intimately familiar with. Only after this do things like "which station should I change trains at?" factor in.

Add to this that may times public transport systems will have a stop/station named "Something Street" which is actually not on Something Street but rather it's ~50m from one end of Something Street and is only named Something Street because that's where Something Street meets the street that the bus/train/tram runs on and the stop you really wanted was two stops earlier which is called "Random Park" and happens to be on a street parallel to Something Street (and right next to the place you're going to).

You can tell how far we have to go, when FORTRAN is the language of supercomputers. -- Steven Feiner