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bio website vyznev.net
location Helsinki, Finland
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I like programming in Perl and C. I know Java and PHP too (I'm a MediaWiki developer), but I can't really say I like them. I keep meaning to learn Python some day, but never seem to get around to it.

I'm working on a Ph.D. in biomathematics. I also like programming puzzles and cryptography.

Please consider any (original) code I post to Stack Overflow (and other Stack Exchange sites) to be released under CC-Zero unless stated otherwise. You may do whatever you want with it and don't have to credit me in any way, although of course that would be nice.


Mar
29
comment What is the appeal of old style numbers and why do modern fonts still include them?
And my point is that they look a lot better in, say, Hoefler Text or Pesikar's Museo Slab. Raleway may be "nifty", but its text figures (and especially their hinting at small sizes) rather suck.
Mar
28
comment What is the appeal of old style numbers and why do modern fonts still include them?
Those are some pretty ugly "old-style" numbers you've picked there for your example. I especially dislike the zero, which, in proper text figures, should IMO never extend above the median line.
Mar
20
awarded  Commentator
Mar
20
comment Is there a universally recognizable “Download” button?
There's no such thing as a "universally recognizable" symbol for an abstract concept, just some really widespread cultural symbol/concept associations. Besides, I'm sure there are still plenty of people on Earth (even excluding small children) who have never even encountered the concept of "downloading", much less a symbol for it. The closest you can really ask for is something like "a symbol that 90% of all people who've heard of downloading would associate with it", and yes, I agree that the downward-pointing arrow is probably as close to that as it gets.
Mar
2
comment Why do the popular browsers copy each other's user interfaces?
@Keavon: That's the new Firefox Australis UI, coming to your browser any day now. And yes, it looks a lot like Chrome.
Feb
19
awarded  Good Answer
Nov
20
revised What are the options for displaying 3 metrics in a 2D graph?
add some poor man's indentation
Nov
20
answered What are the options for displaying 3 metrics in a 2D graph?
Oct
19
awarded  Yearling
Jun
29
comment Why do light switches find themselves OUTSIDE the room they light up in some European countries?
@Valmond: The English term is ground fault interrupter, basically the same thing translated word for word. (Oh, and shouldn't that Swedish word be written together without the space?)
Jun
29
comment Why do coins in some countries not display their denomination?
I suspect one reason this is less of an issue than it could be, at least in the U.S., is the prevalence of paper money and, more recently, of credit cards. On my recent three-week visit to the States, the only U.S. coins I ever needed to handle were quarters, and even those only for some old coin-operated laundry machines that didn't accept any other method of payment.
Jun
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
23
awarded  Critic
Jun
16
answered Is a dummy button an appropriate way to show that a box is clickable?
May
9
comment Should I save mail list subscription information for users who unsubscribe?
Check your local laws as well (or ask a lawyer). You might be required to at least offer the option to delete the data.
Apr
22
comment Is it a good/acceptable practice to combine checkboxes with radio buttons for one question?
@Dominik: What I meant is that, instead of having a "none of the above, and no others" option, you could instead have a "something else" option, so that leaving all the checkboxes including that one unchecked would literally mean "none of the listed options, and nothing else either".
Apr
22
answered Is it a good/acceptable practice to combine checkboxes with radio buttons for one question?
Apr
22
comment Is it a good/acceptable practice to combine checkboxes with radio buttons for one question?
@Dominik: Would disabling the checkboxes when the "no" radio button is selected (and automatically selecting "yes" if the user checks any box) be an acceptable alternative? That seems to be a fairly common user interface pattern, from what I've seen (which of course doesn't necessarily make it good, or suitable for your use case).
Feb
16
revised Highly rated content, how do users expect this to be sorted?
add summary
Feb
16
revised Highly rated content, how do users expect this to be sorted?
oops, the peak is at (6,6), not at (1,1); also add some extra details