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Comment: Re:Adobe (Score 1) 225

by quetwo (#48924603) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

In Photoshop, you can still save back to Photoshop version 3 (that would be 11 versions back). When you do, it flattens any features you may have used that aren't supported in the older versions, but you can still open and modify the files.

At this point, I'm not very concerned with it. 99% of the features are still compatible with CS6, which is the last stand-alone version.

Comment: Re:Many thanks for the feedback (Score 2) 63

by quetwo (#48838389) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tablet and Software For a Partially Sighted Person?

Give it a try, but research shows that the iOS devices are much better at accessibility.

On my campus we have "The Research Center for Persons with Disabilities," and they overwhelmingly advocate for iOS devices (iPad / iPhone). The difference is that iOS has the accessibility built into the OS, where under Android, it's up to the apps to support it. Things like Voice-Over, temporary speech, high-contrast mode, zoom, etc. are all OS level functions and don't rely on a single app to provide the feedback. On Android there are accessibility "hooks" that are pretty much only used by Google -- and if you don't have an ASOP device the addons that the hardware partners put in rarely make use of them (meaning some dialog boxes will do speech, some wont. Some critical apps will, some won't).

For e-books there are apps like Voice Dream (again, iOS), that come highly recommended. Essentially, it turns the book reading experience into something like iTunes -- you can scrub through the file, read it back faster,slower etc. It also highlights the words it is trying to pronounce so that if you run across a technical word that isn't commonly annunciated properly, you can zoom in and read it for yourself.

Comment: Re:Does it still work? (Score 1) 189

by quetwo (#48766981) Attached to: UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

Ability to find parts on for the aging system is probably becoming more and more difficult. Regardless of the software platform, the OS is aged enough where certain parts are bound to be harder and harder to obtain should they need a replacement.

There is also something to be said about reviewing all the business rules and updating them to meet their current needs. That usually happens during a revamp of the system.

Comment: Re:Simplest is best (Score 1) 259

by quetwo (#48600583) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

With the cost of spinning discs so cheap, why delete any of them (aside from the obviously bad blurry ones)? I've always had a habit of tagging photos as good or bad (in the metadata of the photos, using Lightroom), with the thought of deleting them one day if I needed space. Then my grandmother passed away and a whole bunch of photos that were deemed "meh," became much more valuable. For the cost of pennies to store them and keep them around I was able to create a photo album of passable photos that meant the world to my parents and extended family.

Worst come to worst, move them to slow storage (DVD's Bluerays, etc), if you don't want to keep them on spinning discs.

Comment: Re:Are you ready for a weekly needle in the eyebal (Score 1) 17

by quetwo (#48565737) Attached to: Photoswitch Therapy Restores Vision To Blind Lab Animals

The thing is, this is just another step in progression. I don't think they are recommending this same procedure for humans. Sensitivity to light is a huge leap forward into restoring partial, then full sight. Conventional wisdom today says that if your retinas stop responding to light, you are done. This procedure allows them to begin responding to light via another mechanism. Sure, it's not sight at this point, but that is what further research will produce.

Comment: Re:Remove != Improve (Score 4, Interesting) 110

by quetwo (#48506313) Attached to: Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

MS Clipart wasn't internal, or stored on your local PC since Microsoft Office 2003. It's gone online to download the clipart. In 2003 -> 2010 it cached them locally so that if you downloaded it once, it was cached on your computer so you could re-use it without having to download it again.

What was nice about the Clipart was they were all vector-based images. Meaning they scaled nicely. All the images that come up using the Bing search are 300x400 or close -- which looks like crap if you try to use it. Sure, most of the images in the clipart library were pretty bad and way overused, but at least they were pixelated crap.

Comment: Re:who cares? (Score 1) 101

by quetwo (#48490679) Attached to: Forbes Revisits the Surface Pro 3, Which May Face LG Competition

I've seen it used mostly by people who used to carry around laptops to meetings, then switched to iPads. They replaced their iPads with this because it has a slightly better keyboard, and allows them to actually use Outlook (so they can schedule more meetings with shared calendars) or Project. I've seen a few IT managers carry it around because they can RDP into servers (they can use the VPN client that we use -- the iPad doesn't have the SSL-VPN software).

People don't use it for real work. They seem to be using it as fancy toys they bring to meetings. All the people I know who have one still have a real laptop, and still have a desktop.

Comment: Re:8X cost increase up front (Score 3, Informative) 516

by quetwo (#48466461) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Just to dive into this a bit more. I just got quotes to connect three of the farms on our campus.

  $3.50/ft over the distance of about 15 miles for ariel. That includes sinking new poles, putting up the wire, purchasing right-of-way, etc.

> $900/ft over the distance of about 15 miles for buried. That includes concrete encasement, conduit, purchasing right-of-way, road construction and the engineering. We would also need power vaults every few miles for transformers and equipment to load the line properly.

So, in places where space is a premium and it's nearly impossible to have ariel (think of a downtown area like Chicago, NYC or LA), it makes perfect sense to bury. For other times the cost really is prohibitive. In a small downtown area with a very dense area there is justification to do it. You do gain some reliability, particularly from wind/snow/ice/car/hunter damage, but you lose some reliability if your undergrounds flood/overheat/catch fire. The chances of the undergrounds misbehaving are a lot less, but they still exist.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?