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Comment Re:Office handles this string perfectly (Score 1) 425

Try typing it into the search box in the toolbar in Word/Excel/PowerPoint. The document fields of the Office apps aren't "standard" OS controls (whereas the document body of TextEdit is), so they're not susceptible to the bug. But the search field, which appears to be a standard system search field, is.


Submission + - What are the Unwritten Rules of Deleting Code? ( 3

Press2ToContinue writes: I came across this page that asks the question, "what are the unwritten rules of deleting code?"

It made me realize that I have seen no references to generally-accepted best-practice documents regarding code modification, deletion, or rewrites. I would imagine /.'s have come across them if they exist. The answers may be somewhat language-dependent, but what best practices do /.'s use when they modify production code?

Comment iPad may be more than enough (Score 5, Interesting) 417

My mom is the very definition of computer illiterate -- my sister and I have been trying to teach her to use a computer (first a PC, later a Mac) since the mid '90s, and she simply cannot grasp the basic concepts. She can sort of work a keyboard (it looks like a typewriter), but mice constantly thwart her. Add to that the fact that she has trouble discerning "windows" on a desktop as being discrete items, and you can see why we finally gave up trying to teach her once we had both gone away to college.

About a year ago I managed to acquire an unneeded iPad, and made the decision to gift it to my mother. For a woman who has literally never used a computer without assistance, never mind owned one, she took to it immediately. She's now able to browse the internet, send and receive emails, and even navigate the app store when she wants additional functionality. And after a full year, I haven't received a single "oh no, I think I broke it" call.

That being said, my mother is not your mother (AFAIK), so your mileage may vary. If you think her needs can be satisfied by an iPad (web browsing, shopping, email, media consumption, and no more than light content editing), I highly recommend it. There's just no beating its ease of use. An external bluetooth keyboard would be nice for longer writing sessions, however.

Comment Re:Still no Retina support for OS X (Score 3, Informative) 137

Additionally, any site that renders text will look better. Firefox 17 doesn't render text at the higher DPI supported by new MacBook Pros, causing every site to look blurrier than it would in Chrome or Safari.

For the record, the same is true in Windows: change the scaling factor of the OS, and Firefox simply scales the same low-res text. It's unclear whether the change I mentioned in nightlies will fix Windows as well; I simply haven't tried it yet.

Comment Re:To be fair (Score 1) 171

I'm not sure that you understand the point he was making. Yes, the web browser is the one that ultimately displays the image, but you can't magically make a small image look clear when stretched to be larger. The only way to fix that problem is for the web designer to serve higher resolution images. Or better yet, avoid static PNGs and JPGs whenever possible, especially for text.

Comment Re:And they think companies will use Windows Mobil (Score 2) 359

I think this is a big reason why the Nokia deal is so important to Microsoft. In pretty much every aspect, it appears that Microsoft is ultimately trying to push Nokia+WinPhone as a product in and of itself, with little thought given to the OEMs. In my humble opinion, this is the right strategy. Microsoft can't (and doesn't want) to compete with Android directly, since they'd be going up against an entrenched and inexpensive foe with whom the carriers and OEMs already have a strong relationship. And after Windows's dominance in the 90s, they know exactly how futile competing against that can be.

But by betting heavily on Nokia, Microsoft has guaranteed themselves a partner who will build hardware specifically tailored to their OS (and vice versa) and who will never have to choose between putting marketing dollars behind Windows Phone or Android.


Submission + - Mimicking Apple Risky Business (

An anonymous reader writes: University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business says mimicking Apple's iPhone and iPad makes sense for big companies only if they continue to follow the basic business principles that already made them successful, offering an explanation for why HP has abandoned the smartphone and tablet market to concentrate on servers, infrastructure software, and cloud computing services. (I knew something was wrong last week when I saw its Touchpad in Cosco, who only buys heavily discounted items for resale).

Submission + - HP Leaving Tablet, Computing Business (

jpwilliams writes: HP reverses it's initial decision and decides to exit the tablet and PC business, ditching the Pre and webOS. Apparently Leo Apotheker who recently joined HP from rival SAP, wants to refocus on the company's profitable software. This goes in line with another move this article mentions ... the acquisition of UK software firm Autonomy

Submission + - Google's Chromebook: Still a Thin Read (

disco_tracy writes: A computer that does "nothing but the Web," as Google advertises, can be a strange concept. Rob Pegoraro spent longer than usual trying Samsung's Series 5 3G Chromebook. But weeks into testing a review unit loaned by Samsung — even after software updates from Google have fixed bugs and improved its stability — he still couldn't see spending $499.99 on this model. Google's "nothing but the Web" tagline understates the Chromebook's problems.

Submission + - Microsoft Drops Use of 'Supercookies' on MSN (

Trailrunner7 writes: In response to work by Stanford University researchers who found that Microsoft and several other high-profile companies were using a controversial technique to keep persistent cookies on users' PCs to track their movements, Microsoft says it has discontinued the practice of using so-called "supercookies."

In July, Jonathan Mayer, a graduate student at Stanford, revealed that some companies were still employing techniques that enabled browser history sniffing, which give the companies information on what sites users have visited and what links they've clicked on. The research also found that some companies were using cookies that re-spawn even after users have deleted them. Microsoft was using this technique on one of its sites,, and now the company said that it is no longer doing so.


Pink Floyd Give In To Digital Downloads 409

An anonymous reader writes "Tripped out old rockers Pink Floyd have inked a deal with EMI to allow single tracks by the band to be peddled as digital downloads. The remains of the band was in court less than a year ago, arguing that cutting up their albums and selling individual tracks undermined the 'artistic integrity' of their work. Now, though they've given in to the Man, and the likes of Money, Shine on you Crazy Diamond and Comfortably Numb will soon no doubt be available as 99p downloads on iTunes. Have a cigar."

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