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Comment Re:Linux on Mac?! (Score 1) 780

I don't remember anyone complaining about large pixels before the new MBP came out.

Here's a /. article from 2002, "ViewSonic shows 200 dpi display", where a number of people think the new-at-the-time 200dpi display is great and long overdue.

I know that ever since I got a laptop with a 133dpi screen back in 2001 or so (1600x1200, 15") and saw how good text looked on it, I've been looking for a display with at least that pixel density (preferably higher) that I can use with my desktop computer. The 1920x1080 on a 21.5" (or larger) screen that's popular these days is a regression and just doesn't look as good (it works out to around 100dpi, or lower).

Comment Re:Doubtful. (Score 2) 110

He probably meant impossble for anyone not being Microsoft. There is, for example a tag called autoSpaceLikeWord95 standing for Emulate Word 95 Full-Width Character Spacing; and there is more.

That's a pretty old blog post... it's from 2007, but ISO 29500-1 wasn't officially standardized until 2008. IIRC, the issues he's talking about were problems with the draft standard that MS submitted. They were cleaned up for the final spec. The real ISO standards cost $$$ to get, but a quick Google search shows that MS has documented autoSpaceLikeWord95 as:

9.7.3.4 autoSpaceLikeWord95 (Incorrectly Adjust Text Spacing for Specific Unicode Ranges)

This element specifies adjustments (detailed below) which should be applied to the spacing between adjoining regions of non-ideographic and ideographic text when the autoSpaceDE (Part 1, 17.3.1.2) and autoSpaceDN (Part 1, 17.3.1.3) elements have a value of true (or equivalent). This algorithm typically results in the following:

  • An increase in the inter-character spacing added between non-ideographic and/or number characters and certain full-width characters
  • No inter-character spacing between non-ideographic and/or number characters and certain half-width characters

Typically, applications apply additional spacing between ideographic and non-ideographic characters/numeric characters when the autoSpaceDE / autoSpaceDN properties are applied. This element, when present with a val attribute value of true (or equivalent), specifies that applications shall apply the following adjustments to this logic:

  • Characters in the following Unicode ranges should be treated as ideographic, even though those characters are full-width forms of non-ideographic text: U+FF10–U+FF19, U+FF21–U+FF3A, and U+FF41–U+FF5A. [Note: This results in the unnecessary addition of space. end note]

  • Characters in the following Unicode ranges should be treated as non-ideographic, even though those characters are ideographic: U+FF66–U+FF9F. [Note: This results in the omission of the intended additional space. end note]

Comment Re:Brilliant PR move (Score 2) 225

The $200 isn't the installation cost; that price includes the battery itself. Seeing that a comparable battery for a Dell laptop (e.g. a 97 Wh battery for a Latitude E5420) runs in the $140 range, $200 for battery + installation isn't unreasonable and is hardly exorbitant.

Comment Re:China-made iPad is banned from export? (Score 1) 1116

The government prohibition is against sale into or transfer into those countries. It does not apply to US Citizens of descent from those countries.

It does if it's known that the US citizen is planning on importing it into Iran. As the overview of the US sanctions against Iran says:

EXPORTS TO IRAN - In general, unless licensed by OFAC, goods, technology, or services may not be exported, reexported, sold or supplied, directly or indirectly, from the United States or by a U.S. person, wherever located, to Iran or the Government of Iran. The ban on providing services includes any brokering function from the United States or by U.S. persons, wherever located. For example, a U.S. person, wherever located, or any person acting within the United States, may not broker offshore transactions that benefit Iran or the Government of Iran, including sales of foreign goods or arranging for third-country financing or guarantees.

In general, a person may not export from the U.S. any goods, technology or services, if that person knows or has reason to know such items are intended specifically for supply, transshipment or reexportation to Iran.

Apple -> US buyer -> Iranian would mean that Apple is indirectly exporting from the US to Iran.

Comment Re:Same was said with a lot of tech (Score 1) 302

GPS receivers work well on civilian airliners.

On an old Garmin I took on the plane, it indicated a speed over 500 MPH at 40,000 feet, so I'm not sure how fast you have to be or how high you have to be to disable GPS.

You know, there was a link in the comment you responded to that stated the limits. They are above what you'd normally achieve on a commercial/civilian flight.

Comment Re:Happens in teh Wiki, too. (Score 1) 185

What makes you think the censorship was automated? The article had "locuntur" from when it was first added on 2 August 2011 until a change made by an unregistered user on 26 January 2012. While I don't know why that user made that change, it wasn't automatically done by Wikipedia. So what can be done is for you (or someone) to change it back (actually, someone has already fixed it).

Comment Re:"News for Nerds" indeed (Score 1) 116

No idea where you got that link from, but as the Fine Article says, the eclipse actually "begins at 6:36 p.m. EDT (2236 GMT) in southern China." And it takes some time for it to move eastward from there to the US; it didn't start where I am until some time around 7:00pm CDT (8:00pm EDT). While I didn't depend on /. to tell me about the eclipse, if I did, I would've been informed in time.

Comment Re:The Takeaway (Score 1) 202

You obviously don't know what "marginally" means. Here, I'll paste a definition for you: "close to the lower limit of qualification, acceptability, or function : barely exceeding the minimum requirements "

So you said that a 100Mbps RDP connection is close to the lower limit of acceptability or function, and that ltwally repeated what you said. However, that is not the case--ltwally said that a 100Mbps RDP connection "is rather more speed than is necessary" for function. That's pretty much the opposite of being at the lower limits of functionality.

Comment Re:Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (Score 1) 210

That chart showed up to a 30minute wait in London! I don't ever remember waiting longer than 4 minutes to take transit in Bangkok, and they're considered a developing country.

What? When was the last time Bangkok hosted the Olympics? Never? In that case, how is your non-Olympic Bangkok experience at all relevant to London during the Olympics? I'm sure you'd have long wait times in Bangkok too, if they were hosting the Olympics there.

Comment Re:For this you want a professional product (Score 1) 387

As amazing as this seems, the IRS (and many state and muni tax agencies) have in fact figured out how to produce a form-style PDF that can be filled in ENTIRELY electronically. The IRS does make you do the math yourself, but I am sure you can find an open source calculator to help with that, right?

While the IRS does provide PDFs, if you're OK with Flash, they also provide a version that you can fill in electronically, and it'll do the math for you too: Free File Fillable Forms. No income limits either.

Comment Re:For this you want a professional product (Score 1) 387

That being said, I would like the IRS to come out with some basic tax forms which do the calculations and look up by itself. i.e., you would still need input the numbers, but the simple “multiple by 28%” and “Look up income in tax table” would be automated.

http://www.freefilefillableforms.com. It's listed pretty prominently on irs.gov, and has been for a few years.

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