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Comment: Re:nvidia/ATI should keep their new stuff propriet (Score 1) 309

by Per Wigren (#49481453) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly
You haven't paid attention lately then. Graphics cards and SSDs are the few computer components where lots of innovation still happen and where there still is need for, and room for, improvements. They have long been held back by the 1920x1080@60Hz plateau of affordable display panels and the bandwidth limits of HDMI/DVI/DP interfaces but now with the 4K panel boom, FreeSync/G-Sync and DisplayPort 1.3, things are moving again because now once again the graphics card has become the bottleneck. Not even tripple SLI of the very expensive Titan X is enough to run the latest AAA games at 3840x2160@120Hz with all settings at max. You are correct that the past half decade has been fairly boring in this area though, even though some great things have been brewing during this time (G/FreeSync, Mantle/Vulcan, HBM, etc).

Comment: Re:Language (Score 4, Insightful) 140

by AuMatar (#49454311) Attached to: Finding an Optimal Keyboard Layout For Swype

Its particularly bad in Korean, where the words tend to alternate consonant-vowel-consonant with the consonants on the left and vowels on the right. It just ends up being an exponential explosion of possibilities without much branch pruning. Its also harder in agglutative languages than non-agglutatives, because you can't have a simple dictionary of all words.

But in the end it doesn't matter. If you actually use a keyboard, 2 features are must haves- the first is that you need to be able to type the occasional word. The second is that you need to know where the keys are, so you can type-swype efficiently. That precludes a new keyboard layout, as you know more or less where every key on a qwerty is- you don't on an "optimized" layout and you'll take months to learn. An alternate keyboard doesn't have that much time, it has a few hours max to get you to love it.

Disclaimer: I worked at Swype from 2010-2012.

Comment: Re:Tabs vs Spaces (Score 3, Informative) 428

by AuMatar (#49426009) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

Tabs were more likely to cause problems in the old days, when editors did things that were ridiculous like expand them to 8 spaces. Nowdays with everything configurable, it isn't much of an issue. The reason why the older more experienced people prefer spaces is that they learned to dislike tabs in the bad old days. In 10 years that argument will be dead with tabs winning.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 4, Insightful) 278

by AuMatar (#49395023) Attached to: 9th Circuit Rules Netflix Isn't Subject To Disability Law

And living near San Francisco, there's streets my mother or grandmother wouldn't be able to climb. Even most locals won't walk in those areas. We can't control nature, but that's no excuse for not doing better than that when we can. Out of all the point of the ADA that could use fixing, you picked the one that makes perfect sense to complain about?

Comment: Re:Nonprecedential but citable. (Score 3, Informative) 278

by AuMatar (#49394989) Attached to: 9th Circuit Rules Netflix Isn't Subject To Disability Law

The 9th circuit is the largest court with the most cases. So of course it has more overturned. When viewed by percentages they're one of the least overturned courts. The whole "9th is the most overturned court" meme is from Republican wishful thinking trying to downplay importance of cases out of there,

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky