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With regard to the PostScript language, many people do not realise that PostScript is not simply a markup or page description language but rather a Turing complete programming language with a rich variety of graphics and non-graphics capabilities. For example my Barcode Writer in Pure PostScript generates all major barcode types (including QR Codes) entirely using PostScript. You can get an idea for what's possible on the demonstration website here: http://www.terryburton.co.uk/barcodewriter/generator/.

As Professor Brailsford mentions, PostScript allows you to defer rendering decisions until the last possible moment (rasterisation) which preserves precision and provides superior control of the output. With fonts this improves aesthetics and readibility, but with barcodes this is absolutely necessary to produce accurate barcodes at low resolutions because the relative width of the lines and spaces is what actually encodes the contents.
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Hat Tip to Trond Mylkelbust, the Official NFS Client maintainer for Linux. Today the NFS Industry received an early Christmas present from Red Hat. Today Red Hat announced the availability of RHEL 6.2. The RHEL 6.2 Features list from RedHat explicitly mentions pNFS (for the files layout only) as supported in RHEL 6.2. This pNFS client capability complements NetApp's release last month of its Data ONTAP pNFS server. Note that the Linux community h...
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Dear Cisco and Juniper: Its been a good run, Cisco. Thank you for the CCIE. Thank you Juniper for the JNCIE. I learned a lot about networking because of you. But you are irrelevant now. Right now, I can buy a 64-core server with 768GB of RAM from HP for a mere $57k. That includes [...]
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In an astonishingly frank admission, a key civil servant who worked on the Digital Economy Act (DE Act) has revealed that the UK government did not gather any evidence to support the copyright enforcement policies. They just relied on statistics supplied by the rights-holders. Worse still, civil servants were not able to assess how those statistics were compiled – because the rights-holders weren’t willing to let them. Finally, in a damming indic...
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