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Comment Re:Rotate (Score 1) 1140

Vector fonts (and graphics) as used in publishing are rendered using the software's own rendering pipeline independent of the OS, complete with its own anti-aliasing.

As a result, these applications don't suffer from the same issues as text rendered elsewhere in the operating system using GDI or GDI+.

Comment Re:Rotate (Score 1) 1140

It works relatively well except for two points:

1) On windows (not sure about other OS's), both monitors share the same cleartype configuration. Consequently, all monitors would have to be portrait whereas the most frequent configuration I see where I work (aside from dual landscape) is a one landscape and one portrait.

2) While you can configure cleartype to work with portrait monitors, it doesn't work as well for most cleartype tuned fonts. Portrait monitors with cleartype provide greater y-resolution, where as the fonts were tuned for increased x-resolution.

Ideally you could buy monitors tuned for portrait display with rotated sub-pixels, or a new sub-pixel layout that provided equal improvements in portrait and landscape could be developed.

Or you can just buy a 30" 2560x1600 screen and marvel at all those tiny pixels

Comment Re:Rotate (Score 1) 1140

The problem I've always had with rotating a monitor 90 degrees is that you loose the ability to use cleartype since the sub-pixels are no longer stacked correctly. To some people this doesn't matter much, but when looking at code all day, the right font and proper smoothing makes a world of a difference.

Puzzle Games (Games)

Submission + - Bram Cohen on 3D puzzle-printing->

RobotWisdom writes: "BitTorrent's Bram Cohen has the most thoughtful Twitter-feed I've seen. This fascinating recent interview is mostly about the original puzzles (twisty, burr, and ring) he's been producing using inexpensive 3D-printing technology. But it also includes some provocative side observations:

"Even Cartesian coordinates are a hack which happen to provide a simple construction of 3-space, but wind up making most of 3-space's fundamental properties appear to be spooky coincidences rather than being at the center of how it works. When I say this usually people have no idea what I'm talking about, but when people play with my puzzles the intuition gets across."

"For specifying puzzle rings, I generally use ascii art :-)"

"Programmers used to all be widely diversified, but that's becoming less so since we now have clear specialties in programming and languages which have meaningful differences instead of just being worse versions of C."

"What I'd really like to see is for wireless router manufacturers to have UPnP port forwarding turned on by default. Most of them have it built but turned off by default, for no apparent reason.""

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Games

Submission + - Wipeout HD loading ads scrapped after uproar->

RobotsDinner writes: "After yesterday's story about intrusive, loading-screen ads being retroactively added to the PSN racing title Wipeout HD, the popular uproar has indeed succeeded in getting Sony to pull them. You can put your pitchforks down; your voice has been heard!

Sony tells Eurogamer:

"The ad has been removed from WipEout HD and we are investigating the situation to ensure that any in-game advertising does not affect gameplay," said a spokesperson for the platform holder.

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Programming

Submission + - Mario AI Competition->

togelius writes: "We're running a competition to see who can program the best AI for a version of Super Mario Bros. It's about each time step deciding what to do — run, jump, shoot etc. — based on a description of the platforms, items and enemies around Mario.

This is hard. So hard we believe that some sort of machine learning algorithm will be necessary to reach good playing performance. But really, any approach is game. We welcome hard-coded submissions, and we welcome commercial AI programmers, academics and amateurs alike. Whoever wins (maybe you?) this will be really interesting.

The competition is associated with two IEEE conferences and there are cash prizes available for the best submissions."

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Science

Method of Reading Discovered 181

Scientists have discovered that the method our eyes use to process letters on a page is different than previously believed. Instead of assimilating one letter at a time our eyes actually lock on to two different letters simultaneously about half the time. "The team's results demonstrated that both eyes lock on to the same letter 53% of the time; for 39% of the time they see different letters with uncrossed eyes; and for 8% of the time the eyes are crossing to focus on different letters. A follow-up experiment with the eye-tracking equipment showed that we only see one clear image when reading because our brain fuses the different images from our eyes together."
User Journal

Journal SPAM: History Of Bible Translation

Septuagint was written in 285 -246 BC, this is a Koine Greek translation of the Old Testament.

Vulgate was written in 382 -405 by Jerome, this is a Latin translation of Bible.

First English translation was done by Wycliffe in 1384.

After a partial attempt by Tyndale, King James Version was published in 1611. This is a work by 47 scholars. -Paraphrase Rate 2%

Following list is a modern translation.

American Standard Version 1901 -Paraphrase Rate 3%

Feed Dow Jones Recognizing It Needs To Keep Diversifying Away From Newspaper->

It's no secret that many in the newspaper business have struggled with figuring out how to adapt their business models into the digital age. That's unfortunate, but not too surprising. Dow Jones has had its own struggles in this area, at times making its own publication less relevant by locking up the content... and then complaining that its competitors weren't doing the same. However, lately, it appears that the company is really making a big effort to be more relevant. It's been opening up more and more content as well as experimenting with new and different offerings. Thus, it's not a huge surprise to hear Dow Jones' CEO say that the company's goal is to have less than half of its revenue coming from traditional print operations by 2009. Of course, there are two ways to look at this. If you want to view it positively, it's a publisher recognizing that the times are changing and it needs to adapt to those times and stop trying to protect a cash cow who's getting squeezed. However, on the flip side, this seems to be focusing on the wrong thing. The goal shouldn't be to focus on what percentage of revenue comes from what channel -- but on how to deliver the best overall product that helps maximize revenue.

Think of it this way (and I'll simply make up numbers for simplification in the illustration): In scenario A, the publication makes $60 million off its print operations and $40 million off the rest of the business. In scenario B, the publication makes $40 million off the print operations and another $40 million off of the rest of the business. Scenario A is clearly superior, but if the goal the company is focusing on is making sure that print operations are less than half the revenue for the company, then scenario B is what you target -- even if it makes the company worse off. That's not to say that diversification is bad, especially in a rapidly changing market. But if you're going to diversify, the strategy should be on maximizing revenue and mitigating some levels of risk through diversification, rather than just diversification for the sake of diversification.
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