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Comment: Re:possibility...some... (Score 2) 367

by quitte (#46546189) Attached to: Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

Or maybe they could even not do facelifts?

Of course I'm glad the CRT ATMs with burned in interfaces are gone. But apart from that? I don't like the Welcome screen and Ads. I want the thing to be fast.and easy to use. I don't want a lot of functionality. I want to enter the sequence of keys I press to get money without having to follow the rules on the screen that I have seen hundreds of times before.
I want to be able to read the screen at all times of day independent of where the sun is.

As with all embedded systems if the question wether something is an improvement can not be answered without a doubt you'd better leave it as is or find a simpler solution. Like a physical button. Or an instructional poster.

Comment: This is what I have come to dislike about fairness (Score 1) 259

by quitte (#46306141) Attached to: Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?

It increasingly seems to me that the demand for fairness is a race to the bottom and results in a loose-loose situation. Because if not everyone gets the good stuff noone should get it - because of the so called fairness.

This happens so often as to make me angry - and I'm far from privileged.

Comment: Re:Input lag! (Score 1) 271

by quitte (#45542729) Attached to: Why You Shouldn't Buy a UHD 4K TV This Year

But the results of the research has to go somewhere! We can't have students write their thesises and do their accompanying work without putting it on the market, can we?
Apparently it's even unthinkable to let their undergraduate tinkering go to waste. Or maybe there is an actual reason for the mood lights built into the coffee maker at my local gas station.

Comment: Re:Why such low specs (Score 1) 307

by quitte (#45542413) Attached to: Jolla's First Phone Goes On Sale

I'm using an ipod touch with a vga adapter modded to accept a usb charger plus an audio cable connected to a monitor to watch itunes-U lectures. As a result I need to be careful to not loose any connections when interacting - such as changing the volume.
Every cable beyond a thin and light charging cable is a pain. So Apple had the right idea with making the new connector for i-devices. However I doubt it accepts long cable lengths.
I agree that we are getting close to our handhelds merging with the portables and even the desktops. But there are still a lot of problems to be solved that only present themselves when interacting with the actual implementation.

Comment: Re:what about the other 38% (Score 1) 331

by quitte (#45542117) Attached to: 62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

No. This is an inherent limitation of ebooks where the paper books interface is superior.
With a real book I quickly get to know the book well enough that I can just flip it open at a good estimate of how far in I am by the the thickness of the stack I'm flipping. A scrollbar doesn't convey that kind of information anywhere near as well.
A book has a mechanical preference to pages that have been looked at for longer. If I simply flip it open at random it will flip open to a page that has been looked at more because of the binding becoming weaker.
A book has infinite fps. By flipping through the pages with my thumb I can look out for and actually find a diagram I'm looking for.
No matter how responsive and high fps the reader software gets - It will not have the physical feedback a book provides and that is actually useful to find your way through that book.

Comment: what about the other 38% (Score 2) 331

by quitte (#45541203) Attached to: 62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

At first glance I was shocked at the acceptance of ebooks this implies. On further thought however (and without reading the article) this could as well mean that 38% don't read at all. Or have a more complex opinion than can be stated as a preference.

I refuse to believe that 38% of any population actually prefers those slow to flip through ebooks.

Comment: Re:still no printer cartridges (Score 1) 161

by quitte (#36611812) Attached to: Silver Pen Allows For Hand-Written Circuits

Thanks. I'd prefer a solution that doesn't have steps 3 and 4 but I guess I could give this another try.
I tried that a while with a laserjet 1000. but i couldn't find any paper that transfered the toner reliably. now that I have a laserjet that can control the amount of toner used i may give it a try.
Could you explain to a non-native speaker what thermal resist paper is? It's not that stuff that becomes black when heated, is it?

Comment: too bad for the crew (Score 2, Interesting) 218

by quitte (#33627300) Attached to: Helicopter Crashes While Filming Autonomous Audi

but still I want to see the existing footage now. The teaser clip is pretty cool. Apparently this is not about getting up Pike's Peak but getting up fast. If there are ethical issues showing the helicopter footage at least show the footage from the cars onboard camera that surely exists.
This is so much more exciting than the stupid soccer bots with their Robocup.

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