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Comment EXIF's one is stupid. (Score 1) 214

"For a digital still camera, this is the date and time the picture was taken or recorded. The format is "YYYY:MM:DD HH:MM:SS" with time shown in 24-hour format, and the date and time separated by one blank character (hex 20)."

Anyone who's travelled much has discovered this one - the timestamps on your camera are stuck in one timezone. No really, the standard *mandates* doing this wrong, resulting in pain and anguish for devs who have to deal with it:

This date format was grandfathered into the first version of's file metadata spec, but after some shouting in the feedback, it changed to using the saner ISO8601 format *with* timezone.

Comment That is NOT what the survey said (Score 1) 659

"most physicians think you should only be able to add information to them, not get access to all of the contents. "

Nope. What it said was that most of them believed you should not be able to UPDATE your medical records. The first paragraph also says 'access', but look at the questions that were asked and the graph. It's about updates, not reading them.

Comment Re:What about Save As PDF (Score 3, Informative) 288

Windows doesn't have it because Adobe didn't want MS to do it.

This is why MS made XPS

Stuart Parmenter wrote an extension for firefox after it started using Cairo (FF3) which would let you print pdf - since with Cairo that came pretty much free. It never made it into the default UI (as you say - it's not needed on Linux and Mac) and since the rendering architecture moved again to azure&skia I guess rendering to pdf wasn't free any more, and the extension no longer works.

Comment Re:Close, but there is a more critical limit (Score 1) 658

Some scientists insist that although you could theoretically build a time machine, you can only go back as far as the moment it is first turned on.

And immediately someone would post an instructable for a Most Useless Machine that when turned on, goes back in time and turns itself off. could you tell?

Comment Sounds like Feynman... (Score 1) 152

In 'Surely you're joking' he describes the last days of the Manhattan project, where they made up patent ideas for nuclear everything (cars, planes, etc). They considered it a joke at the time. There's a copy of that bit of the story online here.

However, if you did come up with some fundamental technology, and had the cash to file all the patents, it seems like a plan - though not for the inventor. Feynman's cut was just $1.

Comment Re:An odd pattern in the comments... (Score 1) 399

I don't think its at all odd that he'd consult with his partner - in fact I never said that so why put in 'quotes'? My assumption was that he'd already done so, its the obvious thing to do. I don't expect he's come to /. for relationship advice, but for specific geeky suggestions.

And "geek attention whoring"? Really raising the tone of the conversation there.

Anyway, glad your weddings went well.


Comment An odd pattern in the comments... (Score 2) 399

"Don't worry about it, your wife will (thankfully) veto this (stupid) idea."
"Hey Moron, Seek advice from your wife-to-be!"

The submitter's name was Qa2. Nothing in the post says if its a man or a woman (even their email address only gives the initial of their given name).

You could say, sure, but this is /. 90% chance its a guy. But then there's the other aspect of those comments - they also assume that his fiancée is not a geek.

Would that really be so strange?


Comment Had a job interview at GCHQ... (Score 4, Interesting) 85

20 odd years ago...I had been doing the usual round of physics graduate interviews, GCHQ's was a little different. After getting the security pass to get in and being escorted to the interview room, they told me that I wouldn't be able to ask any questions about the job (except pay). Or rather, that I could ask if I liked, but they weren't going to answer. Weird.

The point I guess, is that GCHQ don't recruit clandestinely like spooks, even if the interview process is odd. They're part of the civil service, they advertise in the paper, and recruit graduates in the milk round.

Comment Re:Flawed (Score 1) 542

Cost of roads, parking spaces, *were* explicitly included in the study. I've seen estimates done for the air pollution side of things but it skews things massively, depending on what you estimate the health care costs due to pollution to be.

Comment That's NOT what the report said. (Score 1) 88

The article misrepresents the Ofcom report. Here's what the report actually said:

However, in the more rural areas that the phones were tested, the feature/entry-level phones generally returned somewhat better performance than smartphones for call completion and call setup. This may be due to the reduced complexity of antenna on these devices and 2G phones not having issues in switching between 2G and 3G networks. These performance differences are likely in practice to be modest, and not necessarily a factor that consumers should base their choice of phone on.


They go on to say that this may be in part due to the complexity of switching between 3G and 2G and that it can be mitigated by turning off 3G in your smartphone in rural areas...construing this as "users should invest in mobile phones different than latest Smartphones" is a bit of a leap.

Comment Re:It's all images (Score 1) 164

The big downside is that it's all images and you can't do all those fancy things you can do with text. Like select, copy & search.

I'm working on it. To get text out of pdf.js as is, you just implement a TextGraphics object (like their existing CanvasGraphics one) and just implement the text and coordinate transform commands. There's lots of ways of getting that into a copy/pasteable form afterwards, but its early days and I'm just coding up the OCR-ish algorithms needed to infer reading order from non-tagged pdf (the most common case).

I'm not associated with the project, but this is on their todo list too, and someone else might get it done before me. But it will be done.

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