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Comment Re:non-ASCII (Score 1) 121

Nice that it includes some non-ASCII chars (extended Latin-1). But not IPA, which makes it hard for linguists. There are plenty of variable width fonts that cover IPA etc., but fewer fixed width fonts.

That said, I'm pretty sure it's a small minority of users who need this...perhaps one (me). (I used it when writing up computational linguistics in XeLaTeX.) So I'm not complaining!

A digression first:
With all the nasty data collection on today's downloaded freeware, I find it to be an awesome breath of fresh air when slashdot brings us truly no-strings attached free stuff.

Its "(useful) Stupid (Unix|Emacs|xxxxxx)" series was short-lived, but it was cool. And I just can't believe it was all the way back in 2008 - http://ask.slashdot.org/story/...

*To the point, now,* this about a free fixed-width font for my IDE, specially after I've been looking for something like the Coffee font in my LG phone, but without its annoying filled-in o glyphs.

I grok IPA and though I'd never considered its need to be supported before, since my attention has been caught but Windows 7 and Kitkat's issues with more common symbols, it's a shame to hear I wouldn't be able to make use of the IPA that Wikipedia takes so seriously when I'm looking at foreign terms. The cool thing is, routing back to you and I, that on http://sourcefoundry.org/hack/ it says there are 22 contributors with 1530+ glyphs. Unfortunately Unicode apparently supports way more than 65K total chars (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode has some 150k number listed on the recent versions)

You probably guess what I'm asking for here... it's a lot easier to contribute "solving" even a single glyph per slashdotter to make this font what you and I need, than doing other open source bug fixes so common here. "If you don't like it, the source is there, go FIX it" is annoying, but here the nature of the problem is O(n)-difficulty menial work, rather than having some years-unresolved bug that requires x language and y libraries, then finding a rootcause, issuing a clean fix, then testing it, and then getting it approved for upstream.

So it'd be nice if appearing here would get even 1% of slashdotters doing something nice with those holes left in the font. We still have to learn font-glyphing, whatever that entails, but it's probably less menial than any coding fixes we might contribute to the world. Why aren't there more crowd-sourcing tasks of this type here on slashdot?

Comment Cargo Cult Science (Score 1) 252

Insufficient (experimental) control.

That is pretty much the charitable explanation that Feynman offered in his notorious public talk on this subject.

That and confirmation bias. The classic example is Millikan's initial but not-quite-accurate measurement of the charge of an electron followed by subsequent results that "drifted" slowly but surely to the more modern measurement value.

Gee, Millikan is way off, but I can't publish this, I need to go over my apparatus and procedures to find what is wrong. In that way, only small changes from the "accepted" value get published until converging on a more accurate value.

Feynman was as much as saying that research in behavioral psychology was a Cargo Cult -- going through the motions that brought the planes and ships to our island without understanding that the arrival of the planes and ships had something to do with a war fought far from the horizon of the island and that actions taken by people on the island have no influence on when that war started, how long it continued, and when it ended.

He pretty much gives the benefit of the doubt on fraud, but he calls them out on experimental control, giving the example of one investigator going to the trouble to isolate the cues rats were relying upon in a maze experiment, finding it to be the sounds their feet made on the wooden boards of the maze floor, suppressing that sound by placing the maze box in sound-dampening sand, and finding the behavior of the rats to be entirely different when deprived of that cue. The amazing thing, to Feynman, was that setting the maze in sand was never adopted by subsequent studies -- the scientists in that "community" just plain didn't care.

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 586

You are quite right that some people are allergic to certain things such as nuts and even milk to name two. Once diagnosed that they have an allergic reaction to something or an allergy it really is up to the sufferer to to be aware of their condition and how to manage it. In the case of a very young sufferer they either don't attend a normal school or stay at home and have tutoring there although that can be a abused, hence the need for two or more medical examiners.

As for someone being allergic to WiFi either they are either lying or have some other problem, usually psychosomatic but if this type of allergy is true then they are destined for a very short life since WiFi is pretty much everywhere in most cities around the world and I can't see it being removed for one or two people.

As an aside I wonder if the child's parents have a WiFi router at home or do they have smart phones.?

Good grief it won't be long before we have litigation on the dangers of mobile phone usage and how dangerous it is to be speaking on one when you are filling you car with fuel... Oh Wait!

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 317


I'm not calling for a future where no one does anything because it's all automated away. It just means people are going to spend more time doing what they want.

I would sign up for a subscription food service in a second if it came to my area. I want to 'automate' away having to waste time in a grocery store. It means I spend more time doing what I want. I'm not going to lament over the loss of stock boys and cashiers. They're going to have other jobs.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 317

People don't account for what is being automated changing.

I try to replace myself daily. I write software specifically to try and replace me so that I can work on other stuff. The job that I did when I came out of college doesn't exist anymore. It's a collection of scripts and programs. Society has always progressed like this. Pretty soon drones are going to be picking my crops.

Comment Re:Uh, what's the problem? (Score 1, Insightful) 242

SJW, Randi Harper in particular. My opinions on my social media accounts are my own and have nothing to do with my code or how I code. I don't need doxxed and fake rape reports being called in (as happened to a FreeBSD Developer) for making an off handed comment on Twitter or have something buried in my comment history.

Comment Kyocera Duraplus (Score 1) 208

I think I charge mine once a month or so.

I'm a field engineer and nothing else has survived. If I absolutely need to get to the internet it does have OperaMini and I have been able to Facebook and other websites working on. Otherwise I have a laptop. It has actual buttons that you can use to T9 text without looking. It has a cradle, swappable batteries, and has a lot of good headsets.

All of the 'apps' load instantly, no bloatware. It has an alarm, countdown timer, calendar, bluetooth.

It texts, it makes calls and in a pinch it can be used to open walnuts.

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