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Comment No Sympathy (Score 2, Insightful) 532

Ireland has similar rules too, including no indoors smoking in anything that could be called a workplace. This includes pubs, which had a major impact, as you can imagine.

I have no sympathy. Smoking is entirely unnecessary. People keep doing it only because they are addicted to it, not for any other positive reasons. It can go entirely without any objectively negative impacts whatsoever.

Comment Obligatory Pentax Fanboy Comment (Score 2) 160

I'd rather get a Pentax K-1 for half the price. Full frame, 36MP, image quality way up there, superior in some cases (particularly for static scenes using Pixel Shift), in-body stabilisation (doesn't need new lenses). Video facilities not as good, though: the K-1 doesn't do 4K but does do Full HD @ 60fps.

It doesn't do everything, but what it does, it does very well. Besides, why get what everyone else gets? Canon and Nikon are the Toyota and Nissan of camera companies. Boring. ;-)

Submission + - Seymour Papert 1928-2016 (

stereoroid writes: Professor Seymour Papert, mathematician, educator and computer scientist, died on 31 July at the age of 88. He was a strong early advocate for the use of computers in education, developing the theory of Constructivism, and was one of the authors of the Logo language in 1967. In the same year he was appointed Professor of Applied Math at MIT and became co-director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory alongside Marvin Minsky. In his later career he was directly involved with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, and his book Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas inspired the LEGO Mindstorms robotic kits.

Comment Re:Current Version is GIMP 2.8.18 (Score 3, Informative) 117

For me, the major shortcoming is adjustment layers. In Photoshop, you can apply a non-destructive layer/filter over your image to modify parameters such as brightness, contrast, colour levels, etc. You can then directly edit your image "below" this filter, e.g. cropping it. You can then modify the adjustment layer later.

In GIMP, once you modify brightness or contrast, that's it. You can't come back and remove/change these setting later. This has been a requested feature for at least 14 years.

I wanted to quote this, not just for agreement, but to point out that ... yes.. this is a seriously large issue for professional work. I'm not sure that the 'why' of its importance is widely understood around here either so I just wanted to add some detail to it.

I think that the common mindset might be that once you've made a change, you're done, there's very little journey for you after that. That's true in many cases, such as simple photo editing etc. The value in having what amounts to variables in your stack of layers may not seem high enough to warrant Adobe's price.

When you consider that professional work being done means there's an economic advantage to getting done faster, then the idea of being able to create non-destructive templates in Photoshop means $$$ becomes a little clearer. Some time I invest in creating image 1 could mean I spend half the time creating image 2. It also means that if an image is kicked back to me for revision I can really quickly make that adjustment as opposed to re-tracing a number of steps. Again, time is money.

If I were asked to come up with a programming metaphor I'd give you this really shitty one: Imagine people urging you to switch to a clone of Python that doesn't let you create your own modules. Many of them don't need or want to create their own modules, but for plenty of people who have dug deep into it they feel they'd need them from day one, suffering greatly from the lack of that feature.

I've mentioned before that GIMP may be free, but that it wouldn't actually save me money over Photoshop, this is precisely why.

Comment Re:In his Mother's basement (Score 1) 162

I doubt that his mom gave him over a million dollars to build a Star Trek themed theater in the basement of her house, but if that actually happened I'd look up to him with envy instead of scoffing. Even that scenario is far more likely to get moist panties thrown at him than anonymously making fun of him on Slashdot.

Comment Re:DOS's built-in BASIC system? (Score 1) 211

You could sort of do it in EGA mode if you used the PCopy command. My memory is fuzzy on the exact implementation of it but you could draw pictures into one of 8 'pages' of memory and use pcopy to dump that data into an invisible page, then make that page visible... double-buffering I think it was called.

I did a few experiments where some scrolling and even a bit of sprite animation could be done. It didn't have the performance to be mistaken for an NES, but it could have been in the ballpark of Commander Keen.

I apologize for not being able to get into grittier detail, but I did quite a bit of graphic experimentation with QBasic and was surprised about how far I got with it.

Comment Re:Uttery Unethical (Score 1) 129

How's about we name and shame (with evidence in the form of links) media outlets doing this? If they're getting a kickback, there's no way I'm trusting their review on anything.

First in line with a pitchfork!!

Oh.. wait... it's not a review, it's just a list of offers complete with several easily-visible disclaimers that read "Gawker Media may get a commission"... And... well it was Gawker that even showed me the offer so I have no particular reason to not want them to get a commission.. erm... I need to put my torch out.

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