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Comment The cost comparison is off (Score 4, Informative) 403

The comparison should be made to Adobe CS6 Master Collection which is going for $2,100 on Amazon right now, not the smaller package of CS6 goes for $403.99. Adobe also announced the monthly cost for a single app will be $10/mo. for the first year, not the current $19.99/mo. Similarly, if you are an existing CS3 or higher owner, you can get the first year of everything for $39.99/mo. for the first year. Now I'm not saying whether this is a good or bad change, just pointing out that the summary's numbers aren't accurate.

Comment Re:Same security for all (Score 1) 199

It's not exactly "waved through security". If the airport has PreCheck (not all do) and you are at the PreCheck checkpoint (not all checkpoints are configured for it) then you'd be able to see it in action.

If you qualify for PreCheck for that flight when you get to security you don't have to take your laptop or liquids out of your bag, don't have to take your shoes, belt, or jacket, off, and walk through a metal detector not the porno scanner.Last time I went through security (at Denver International Airport) it took me 30 seconds from the time my boarding card was scanned to the time I was walking out the other end of the checkpoint with my stuff.


Comment Relevant story from two weeks ago (Score 4, Informative) 503

What free antivirus do you install on windows

Install Windows Security Essentials and you'll be fine. Seriously, it's not like by putting Windows 7 on a computer your house is immediately going to be invaded by zombies dragging every virus or malware known to man. Install WSE (or one of the other recommendations from the above thread), run with standard (not admin) rights, and that's pretty much all you need to do.


Comment Dell XPS 17 (Score 1) 300

I'm typing this on a Dell XPS 17" laptop that comes with a full keyboard, including a real numeric keypad. Is it Lenovo-quality? No. Does it work just fine? Yes.

Do note that the Dell XPS 17" laptop is large enough that my colleagues nicknamed mine the "schleptop" because it's quite a lot of work to schlep it everywhere.


Comment You only have to pay $50 (Score 3, Informative) 527

And it's not to the TSA. Another spectacular Slashdot story title and summary.

People who have already been screened and approved for the Global Entry ($100) or NEXUS ($50) program are automatically eligible for pre-check. The TSA isn't making (or receiving) any money on this. The money is to pay for the background check and screening done to get into the trusted traveler programs run by customs and immigration.

The TSA is actually being *smart* here. If you've already been checked and interviewed for expedited entry into the country, why *wouldn't* you be trusted for expedited security screening at an airport?


Comment Redmond recently ended their program (Score 2) 433

The city of Redmond, WA did a one year pilot study installing red light cameras at a few key intersections. The full study of how well they reduced traffic accidents is worth a read, but in a nutshell there was essentially no impact to the number of traffic collisions. 89% of the citations issued were for turning right on red without coming to a complete stop. The only place the cameras were useful was in the school zone.

Based on the above study the city decided to cancel the contract for the cameras.


Comment Other sources for good paper data (Score 1) 160

If you're doing fine art inkjet prints on the higher end printers, you likely aren't using the papers referenced in the article :) There are, however, several good sites that collect hard data on the various paper options out there:

  • Dane Creek Folios Inkjet Paper List: A good way to filter on the various inkjet papers by tone, texture, weight, OBA presence, etc. Helps to narrow choices down to a select few for testing. Full disclosure: I maintain this list.
  • Aardenburg Imaging and Archives: Longevity test results for various printer/inkset/paper combinations. Very useful if you care about knowing how long your print will last under assorted lighting conditions or the OBA content of your print media.
  • Spectrum Viz: Spectral plots for inkjet papers to help determine reflectance levels of the various options on the market.

Owner, Dane Creek Printing


Woman Wins Libel Suit By Suing Wrong Website 323

An anonymous reader writes "It appears that Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones and her lawyer were so upset by a comment on the site that they missed the 'y' at the end of the name. Instead, they sued the owner of, whose owner didn't respond to the lawsuit. The end result was a judge awarding $11 million, in part because of the failure to respond. Now, both the owners of and are complaining that they're being wrongfully written about in the press — one for not having had any content about Sarah Jones but being told it needs to pay $11 million, and the other for having the content and having the press say it lost a lawsuit, even though no lawsuit was ever actually filed against it."

Windows Phone 7 Gaming and Xbox Live 99

Engadget is running a preview of Microsoft's attempt to bring Xbox Live to upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices. Launch titles will include Guitar Hero, Castlevania, and Halo: Waypoint, and many of the features from the console version of Xbox Live will make the transition intact. Quoting: "Live on WP7 will allow for full avatar integration (we're talking fully rendered, interactive avatars) along with customization (clothes, accessories, and more). The company has even crafted an avatar-centric version of familiar phone utilities like flashlight apps and levels, adding some whimsy to what would normally be pretty staid affairs. Additionally, messaging, friend lists / status, achievements, and leaderboards (with friend comparisons) are all here as well, making for a pretty complete mobile Xbox Live experience. And also just like the console, every game will have a try-before-you buy demo to check out before spending your hard-earned cash."

Comment Bill Hill talked about this on Channel 9 (Score 1) 814

The one space/two space debate is really about fundamentals of good typhography when doing text layout. It has everything to do with the overall colour of the block of text you're setting. But I'm no expert. Bill Hill is. He knows more about fonts and typography than likely anyone posting in this quite silly thread, including me. He spoke at length about spaces after periods on Channel 9 back in 2004.

Want to read more? Then pick up a copy of The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst. It's pretty much the bible of typography and goes into all sorts of wonderful detail on the colour of text, how to lay out pages, when to use em dash vs. en dash vs. hyphen, lowercase numbers, etc. And yes, Mr Bringhurst even talks about spacing after periods.

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