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I just computed the number of solutions (all solutions, not optimal ones) to the problem where this[^] was a solution (ie all coverings of the yellow cells with rectangles):
Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.
I did some work in that direction recently (also the Exact Cover variant, which turns out to be easier). It makes some pretty pictures, like this[^] (Set Cover variant) and this[^] (Exact Cover variant).
Spoiler alert: I solved it with ZDDs. Runs in about two seconds. Half a second for the Exact Cover variant.
Is that interesting enough to write an article about? I've got some stories about trade-offs and design decisions, and pretty pictures of the results.
My daughter was thrilled when Matt Smith came on stage for this one - we had sacked off Stevie Wonder to see Orbital on the Other Stage - I have seen Orbital many times (including every performance at Glastonbury) - they do a very good show - the two chaps in the band have the surname Hartnoll - as did an early Doctor
DD, something that might be up your street but maybe you've seen the books? We were in Waterstone's yesterday and they had a display table containing about eight books or more on the good Doctor's stories. They look like new prints rather than reprints of books from way back when. Leastways, the covers looked quite modern.
If there is one thing more dangerous than getting between a bear and her cubs it's getting between my wife and her chocolate.
A video of hot blonde twins on the Internet which is disappointing.
“Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities - that's training or instruction - but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed” “One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated”
As a developer I tend to leave those sorts of niceties to the user/project manager.
Really it all comes down to what is easiest for the user, the pretty interface may make an impression at the beginning but I tend to err on the side of the ease of use rather than the aesthetic of a piece of software.
If metro works better in a particular situation then go ahead and use that style.
I am one of those who still finds a keyboard/shortcut faster than a gesture or a right click on a mouse...
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
I'm sorry but if flat style is a new trend, 3d style will be obsolete, you will have little chance to like it as you said, I understand that this style is more suitable for phones and tablets, that's why it's a new trend? The only disadvantage I can find in 3d style is it requires more rendering processing, more cpu usage and ram memory.
I know Windows 8 will help my laptop faster, consume my ram lesser and make my laptop battery life longer, but I have still not installed Windows 8 yet, simply I don't find any beauty in its flat style. My laptop is powerful enough to run Windows 7 and any other 3D style OS, I can accept the long startup time of Windows 7 (about 2 minutes for my laptop), accept all other disadvantages of Windows 7 to enjoy its beauty which I can't find in Windows 8 (maybe also in next versions of Windows). However, if it is a trend, I will force myself to like it, there's no way. I think Windows 7 has the best UI of all because it seems that Windows 8 and next versions of Windows are certainly flat, flat and flat (metro style?).
I have to say that at start it seemed strange to me (I develop on a Windows phone 8 at work), but then when I saw my friend smartphone (Android) I have to say that I felt like the android look like this[^] while the flat style is a lot more elegant and clean.
For desktop I have Windows 8 but I pratically never use metro style application I think they're just not suited for a desktop
But for smartphone and tablet i think it's way more nicer the flat style
Seriously, I don't like flat UI because I've been using Windows for so long. Having flat UIs for new users is fine, but don't make us old dogs have to change. They didn't stop making manual transmissions when automatics were invented.
Really the thing I don't like is the way Microsoft is catering to the dumbest user and giving us a Fisher-Price interface, where certain things are done automatically, and if a choice doesn't appear it is because they don't think you are smart enough to handle it.
What they are giving us is an interface that "anybody" can understand which does not cater to most of the people that are CP members. We may develop software but we aren't "users".