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Comment Instead of trying to create a unique set of symbol (Score 1) 264

Instead of trying to create a unique set of symbols "one size fits all", why either not include the entire 50x50 pixmap (or vector graphics) for every symbol? Or alternately each IM service create their own repo for all users into which they can update symbols and then use them by a short UID reference? Is the band width saving by using a "fixed dictionary" of predefined symbols really worth it? In any case API compression and aggressive caching could reduce to a minimum the additional bandwidth for sending the entire pixmap. I'd like to use an inline image of our cat when chatting with my family. None of the current IM services that I know of support that.

Comment Shorthand (Score 1) 140

The work of finding fast input methods was done more than a century ago and it resulted in a wealth of different Shorthand systems, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S... systems. I'm still waiting for someone to write an input method using one of these systems. This should be much faster than even an optimal swype based system. The downside is the learning curve, which is probably very long.

Comment Re:No fonteditor, gesture creator, talking heads (Score 1) 421

Didn't know about Instafont. Still, at first glance gives the impression that it a mere shadow in functionality compared to an application like FontForge does. Regarding gestures, you are welcome to give me an example. Currently I have only found a few input methods using gestures, and they are not very extendable.

Comment No fonteditor, gesture creator, talking heads (Score 1) 421

There is no fonteditor app, at least not on Android. Nore is there any app for creating your own gesture input method. I haven't seen any app for fully remote controlling android and seeing a scaled down(?) version on my desktop. There is no svg editor for android that is as powerful as inkscape. I haven't seen any application for counting objects, in which you teach the application "here is an object, now count all like these". There is no "talking head" chat, in which you design your own 3D model of the kind of monster head you would like to have, and then through the camera the app maps motion vectors which makes your monstors' head move and talk. The claim is like saying that it is time to close down the patent office, because all inventions have already been done.

Submission + - Gates returns to Windows 7 after being unable to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade 3

Artem Tashkinov writes: According to rumors Bill Gate's first day at his office in Redmond turned out to be a complete disaster mixed with ostensibly curse words no one had expected from him. He tried to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade but the updater failed continuously asking to reboot the PC. Microsoft's new C.E.O. Satya Nadella who came to help resolve the situation couldn't sort it out. In the end Gates said he would be returning to Windows 7 for the foreseeable future.

Submission + - Induction stove not compatible with Iphone

dovgr writes: There is a story in the Swedish news paper Dagens Nyheter, Google translation at http://translate.google.com/tr... , telling the story of a woman who bought an induction stove, that caused a noise in her phone whenever using the phone. When complaining to stove service company, she was told that the stove is only compatible with Samsung, and recommended her to switch phones.

Comment They should sweep the camera from left to right (Score 1) 174

Instead of using a single image they should use a video recorded while sweeping the phone in a semicircle in front of your face, possibly while making a prerecorded funny face at the same time. Try beating that with a photograph! If someone patent this idea, I want to have my share. Slashdot counts as prior art, doesn't it?

Comment Re:is it really horrific to the patient? (Score 1) 838

My father currently has Alzheimer and moved to a service home a month ago in Sweden. He is having a good time at the home, and keeps saying that he doesn't understand what he is doing there, as he doesn't feel sick. It is the family that is suffering from the change in him, not my father. Quite the opposite, if you sit with him showing him pictures he is very excited. He likes taking walks, drinking coffee, talking, playing the piano. And it is not totally ungratifying being around him, as you can tell the same joke twice and he will not remember it the second time. :-)

Thus, Alzheimer is in my opinion not a candidate for assisted suicide, as the patient does not suffer from the disease. True, it is not the same personality as he had in his "sane" days, and he needs constant assistance. But saying that a life is less worth because you are only satisfying basic instincts, is egoistic on the side of the family, who wants dear loved one stay the same as they remember him.

Terry Prachett who is today saying that he doesn't want to become the demented Terry Prachett does not represent the wishes of the demented Terry Prachett.

Comment Re:apt-get install gcc (Score 2) 162

Or python, perl, lua, tcl, with Qt, Gtk or Tk on the N900. I'm always amazed how companies like Microsoft and Apple manages to first push the paradigm that "less is more" (no scripting, no inventive GUI concepts, no access to phone applications, but "magic") and then they throw you breadcrumbs of what they took away and people get all excited and the news even makes it into slashdot...

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