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2014-04-15 PAX East 2014
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So, +ASTRO Gaming A50: Do not buy. There's apparently a widely-reproducible-except-by-them buzzing in the right can whenever the microphone picks up any sound whatsoever, or when they do acknowledge it they say it's working as intended. Probably going to take them back when I have time on Thursday...

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Okay this basically makes up for the pentasteal last night.

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l;kasdfjiouarlkgjalsdfj should have had my first pentakill =\

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And this is why I refuse to buy a 1080p monitor.
Ok, since some people continually seem to be confused about the point of higher-resolution screens, I'm doing a small example of why you want it, especially if you're working with lots of text (ie email or source code).

One of these two pictures is a part of a real screenshot from my pixel, using a font that I actually use and find readable on that screen.  Yes, it's a smallish font, but it really is readable, and it's small enough that I see about 50 emails at the same time (it's a crop of my lkml folder in gmail in the "compact" view using chrome, in case people care).

The other one is an approximation of the same kind of setup with a 1080p screen (it's just scaled down using cubic interpolation using gimp: actually redrawing the fonts with a smaller font-size would result in slightly different output, but it's fairly representative).

Remember, this is the good kind of screen some people claim is great. Most laptops actually have a 768p screen, which would just be unreadable.

And you know what? Yes, you can actually read the 1080p version. But compare the two, and ask yourself which one you think causes less eye strain because it's clearer and easier to read. And if you still think that 1080p is "good enough", I can only say that you're either (a) stupid as f*ck or (b) in deep denial.
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OK this cough isn't fun anymore.

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So Instagram is now going to use photos taken by its users in advertising, and they may or may not disclose to viewers when the advertising is happening.

I have no idea how this will work, and I'm once again glad that I don't use Instagram... but I know a lot of people who do, and many of those people are celebrities to some degree.

Here's what I'm wondering: if Kaley Cuoco uses Instagram to share a photo of her and Melissa Rauch doing something silly, does that mean that Instagram can take that photo and use it to advertise for something silly without compensating them for what becomes a use of their likeness for commercial purposes? I can see that being a pretty serious shitstorm if it happens.

This sort of dovetails with another concern I have about the automatic opt-in nature of much of our digital life: if I'm in someone's address book, and they use an app that grants the developer full, unfettered access to their address book, I've now had my information given without my consultation or consent to a developer, and I never even knew it was happening. 

Just as we have a "do not track" option for our webbrowsing habits, we're going to need to have something similar for other aspects of our increasingly-digital lives: from contact information to our location to moving and still images of ourselves. Because it's no long enough for me to be careful with my opt-ins and online sharing; now I have to ensure that every single person around me is careful, as well.

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