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Comment: Re:PDF is problematic by design (Score 1) 193

by xtracto (#44669077) Attached to: Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

The best solution I found to read PDF (in my PRS-950) is to crop their margin with BRISS and read them full-screen on the ebook-reader. When the font is still too small, I can do landscape reading... unfortunately, due to the PRS-900 form, a page is broken in 3 (the PRS-650 breaks it in two, which IMO is better). Or with BRISS it is also possible to split pages in two segments, but I don't like that as much.

Comment: Re:Sega did it (Score 1) 335

by xtracto (#43822887) Attached to: Can the Wii U Survive Against the PS4 and Xbox One?

Dont be so sure. Back in the day when I played videogames there was a very strong Sony vs Nintendo rivalry. Specially in the SNES vs Genesis generation I remember some Sega people saying that the SNES was not truly 16bit (but super-charged 12 bits). The thing is, Sega fans would laugh at the thought of a Sonic game in a Nintendo console... fast forward 15 years, and it is the *only* place where you can get a Sega game.

I can imagine than in 5 to 10 years, all the Nintendo franchises (Zelda, Mario, Metroid, etc) will be part of either Microsoft or Sony's console. The latter would be very funny (or sad, depending on how you see it) as in the beginning Sony's gaming technology was supposed to work for Nintendo.

Comment: Re:rather have money (Score 2) 524

by xtracto (#43786565) Attached to: Do Developers Need Free Perks To Thrive?

So much bullshit, at least for the UK.

I lived there for 4 years and I used the NHS quite frequently and on all levels (from GP to hospital specialists and doing several kinds of analysis).

If anything, what is horrible with the NHS is the GPs, because you only get 15 minutes (counted by the second) and that's it. GPs do not seem to care, and you are just a number.

But once you get to the specialist and hospital, everything changes. First, everything is free, so you do not have to worry. Second, the specialists in the hospitals seem to really care, and you know that they are going to make all analysis necessary to find your problem. And you don't have to care about the cost.

I miss that system, really.

Comment: Take it to ycombinator (Score 1) 205

I recommend you take this question to It is a forum were lots of entrepreneurs meet and discuss. Most likely, in Slanshot you will only get responses undervaluing your job/algorithm, saying how many ways it sucks and how you could achieve the same with current X or Y (including virtualdub) open source technologies.

Good luck!

Comment: Re:Let's predict the headlines of the future: (Score 1) 305

by xtracto (#43436251) Attached to: AMD Says There Will Be No DirectX 12 — Ever

Well, for one the taskbar is fucked up and less customizable than the Windows XP taskbar (anchor on the right, showing list of running applications with horizontal text, a small section of shortcuts to most-used programs and some drop-down buttons of folders with some programs and documents.


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