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Comment Re:Isn't just the keyboards (Score 1) 459

But unless it's IPS, rotating an LCD will shift colors because the viewing angles aren't the same for horizontal vs vertical. It also messes up font smoothing since the order of sub-pixels isn't the same (unless the OS is aware of that)

Still won't work for a laptop

It's really not so bad. I'm reading slashdot on my landscape monitor, but VIM is always open in the landscape LCD non-IPS monitor (23" LG) and it's fine. With a dark background and light fonts, there is no discernable issue of font smoothing, and the viewing angles are limited but more than adequate. When I do open an application that has a light background and dark fonts (such as a PDF) one can detect font-antialiasing issues but it really isn't a bother.

Comment Re:tool? (Score 1) 124

From the first lines of the first file on Github:

def x(m1, m2):
                assert type(m1) is bytes
                assert type(m2) is bytes
                return (int.from_bytes(m1, 'big') ^ int.from_bytes(m2, 'big')).to_bytes(len(m1), 'big')

assert x(x(b'abc', b'def'), b'def') == b'abc'

Maybe that was added after you posted. Note that it ostensibly has a 'test' (assert) but with functions named h(), x(), I find the code very unfriendly indeed.

Comment Re:the root of the problem (Score 1) 1009

Honestly, I think this argument can be put to rest. The sales figures do not lie.

While It's nice for you that you are happy with Metro, the interface is not moving computers off the shelves. There are a lot of people who will risk staying with XP, and the security risks that go along with it, rather than switching to Metro.

The same could be said of any Linux-based OS. The sad truth is that people prefer "familiar" over "good" and so are stuck thinking that they like Windows XP.

I don't understand how these people ever by a new car, especially if the wiper control or headlamp switch is in a different place.

Comment Re:Wrong question (Score 1) 432

Let's say I have something in python that was developed on python 2.5 and is in maintenance now. The correct question is why would I demand python 2.7 suddenly?

Actually, I just recently started a new project and I'm coding it in Python 2.7 despite the fact that I much prefer Python 3 (byte/str makes sense in Python3, str/unicode in Python2 was and is a mess). The reason is that Python 3 does not have a decent MySQL connector. I hear complaints about thrid-party developers (mysqlf included) not supporting Python 3, but core Python language bindings that we depend upon don't yet even support Python 3. Here, let me quote to you directly from my project's FAQ:

Why no Python3 support?
There is no MySQL connector for Python3 yet.

According to `git blame` I added that entry on 2013-12-04, just about a month ago.

Here is the project for those interested in a database explorer with a focus on breadth, not depth:
https://github.com/dotancohen/squeal

Comment Re:Interesting concept, terrible website presentat (Score 1) 124

I've seen a few Slashdot links to this "medium" website recently. I think it hosts single pages from different authors in a format that is supposed to be comfort able to read on a tablet computer. Just my guess, I don't have a tablet that will show this type of page (just a hacked e-ink Nook running Android).

I now check where the link leads before clicking it in the fine summary as well as the comments. If it leads to "medium" I don't even follow the link anymore.

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