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Comment Re:While you're at it... (Score 1) 661

Up to about 150dpi, I'd prefer just using the resolution for more 'space'. Certainly on a 30" monitor, I think 4K resolution would look fine without the DPI scaling. I'm writing this reply from a Vaio P-series with an 8" 1600x768 screen, and again I don't use DPI scaling on this one either, however I'm also about half the distance from the screen than I would be on my desktop monitor.

Most new programs seem to scale reasonably well. But windows strong point was always backwards compatibility. A lot of old stuff does still work in Vista / 7 but doesn't really deal with scaling properly. I think if people started buying higher res screens, application developers would fix the remaining problems.

Comment Re:While you're at it... (Score 1) 661

That's what gets me down. It's nearly 6 years now since I bought my 2560x1600 30" monitor and nothing has moved, except the price for what I already have has gone up about 40%.

I'm pretty sure Apple has comprehensively shown people are willing to pay a premium for a decent screen, I just don't understand why this one area has stood still for a whole decade. I'd happily pay £1000 for a 4K monitor (well happily except for begrudging the fact such a thing hasn't been available for years already!)

Comment Re:Bull turds! (Score 1) 349

It doesn't matter to the client whether your software segfaulted or replied 'sorry Dave I'm afraid I can't do that'. Either way, it hasn't completed a use-case that it is meant to do. And that fact may well mean that a load of downstream activities happen differently, and you quite possibly have gained nothing by rejecting it.

Comment Re:Abstraction (Score 2) 516

Rohirric had roughly the same old-but-understandable relationship to Westron (common speech) as Old English has to Modern English.

Huh? Old English is not even vaguely understandable - I don't even recognise most of the letters. I thought to myself that reading Beowulf in it's original format would be interesting. It would be, but I'd need to put serious time into learning a new language.

Comment Re:Fun names worked great, for a while. (Score 1) 429

The admins should be able to trivially look up a name in a spreadsheet. We've got a lot of redundant server pairs, and an application that shows the current server name in the corner. With fun names, you can ask a user which server they are on, and often they know the answer without checking. Good luck with them knowing LON-EXC-01 without spending a couple of minutes looking it up.

Comment Re:Misleading to call it "non-copied" (Score 2, Insightful) 657

If you read TFA (which admittedly, also very nearly misses the point) you'll see the point is this photo isn't just a recording of something. There are certain aspects of it chosen by the artist - the white sky, the monochrome background, the red bus - which therefore can be copyrighted. And furthermore, the defendant had photographed the second image especially to avoid having to pay a licence for the original image.

While the second image isn't copied either digitally or by photocopier, it is still a copied image. If the defendant had the idea for the image independantly, it would be arguable, but in this case it is well documented that he did not.

Comment Re:In some respect, I agree. (Score 3, Interesting) 427

This is one of the best points on here. For 90% of the people who could benefit from programming knowledge, the question of whether to learn Java, or C, or Ruby is ridiculous. Many office workers have to deal with spreadsheets quite a bit, and VBA is the thing they often need.

My wife used to be a team leader and she had to submit various reports on a weekly basis, through a process that took about 2 hours of copying and pasting between various spreadsheets. One day she was doing it from home and I saw she had got rid of about half the work using more complex formulas instead of copy/paste. I showed her how to add a button to run a VBA macro that did the rest, and reduced it to a 10 minute job, collating the data from a few sources, and then hitting a button.

Within a few months of that she had rewritten most of the standard procedures for how most of the management reports were created (by herself) and automated most parts of it.

Comment Re:He did not experience 40g's (Score 1) 643

You're misunderstanding his point. At high g's you're accelerating very quickly, that's a given. It won't take long until you're being accelerated into something. For a fighter pilot that would be the seat or harness. But if the acceleration is sub millisecond, you've barely even begun to be pushed against the seatbelt, so you don't really feel the 40g acceleration.

Comment Re:100mph and no seatbelt? (Score 1) 643

It all depends on what you hit. If it's a head on collision with a tree, it doesn't budge, and you stop dead. If it's a glancing blow that sends you flying / skidding to a stop over a distance, it isn't really that bad. Richard Hammond survived a crash caused by a tyre blowout at 288 mph ...

Comment Re:Engineering (Score 1) 643

For most cars? I've got a little Citroen C2, a 1.4 diesel that I commute in, and that only goes safely to about 80, but that is definitely a very low-end car. I have had the opportunity to take a hire car down an empty toll road, and hit 130mph. I chickened out at that point because I could finally see a car in the distance going quite a lot slower, but as I was slowing down, a BMW came flying past, that was almost certainly going above 150mph.

My big family car is a Ford Mondeo ST220, which I have taken on a track, and it will happily, and safely, go round a decent corner at 80, but no idea how fast it could go on a long straight.

Comment Re:Newer, just to reduce the power bill (Score 1) 272

Same thing going on here. My desktop and media centre used to be always on. Now I've sorted out standby mode properly (3W in standby, wakes in about 4 seconds), and just the server stays on permanently.

My server was at its peak using 11 drives: 5 x 400GB, 6 x 500GB, which made quite a bit of noise, and used quite a bit of power. When I worked it out, I reckoned there was about 50W power to be saved. I decided to get rid of the RAID configuration, and replaced them with a pair of 1.5TB greenpower discs. A small cut in capacity (3.6TB down to 3TB), but it cut the machine power usage by nearly 60W - over £60/year.

I've got a box of 14 discs that are now just offline backups, although the server now also has a pair of 2TB greenpowers also.

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