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I am not dyslexic, but I have been watching the OpenDyslexic project for a while now. After their latest release, I have converted my PC to use the font by default. I am finding it so easy to read. I can even read most of my screen when I misplace my reading glasses.
I am now in the process of converting all of my code to default to or recommend downloading the font.
OpenDyslexic ... Its not just for dyslexics anymore.
*Money makes the world go round ... but documentation moves the money.*
I'm not dyslexic, and I do not find the font easy to read. Yet I will easily believe claims that for some kinds of dyslexia, this font is a good one.
One reason for me to say this: I had a daughter with a strong visual handicap, so she was a braille reader. His teacher decided that the entire class should learn a little braille, so they had my daugther print out some braille hardcopy that the others could read, looking up the dot patterns one by one in the braille alphabet. One of the boys was suffering from severe dyslexia, and had had large problems learning ordinary blackprint reading - but this little fellow read learned the braille right away, and soon could read the texts without checking the alphabet. He actually learned to read braille faster than he could read letter text. This was when they were seven, maybe eight, so they were not fast readers, any of them. (And this was a Waldorf School, or Steiner School as we call them, where they certainly do not push reading at a very low age. Other things are more important when you are five or six.)
When a small kid with strong dyslexia learns to read braille without any problem, then it makes sense that a different, but character-like, typeface can have a simlar effect.
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My guess: File names reflected some significant of ordering of, say, observations that gradually focused on some target, similar to a mathematical series expansion. When summing a long series, you start from the "small" end, not the "big" end, or you might loose a large number of small values that are insignificant one by one, but the sum of thousands of them can be quite significant. Adding elements in random order can loose small values.
When traversing an array by a foreach, you expect to get the elements by increasing indexes. Assume that there then comes a new implmentation processing all array elements simultaneously on a highly parallell machine (assume that the handling of each element is independent of the others, no locking issues). Partial results are returned in arbitrary order. This would be similar to processing files in arbitrary order.
A few (5-10?) years ago, I read a description of a new language that makes it explicit that with a foreach, or other set/array operation, the runtime system may process all elements in parallel if several processing units are available. (The compiler have to verify that there is access conflicts.) You can NOT rely on a foreach being sequential, or that the same modification added to all elements of an array is done row-wise or column-wise.
But which language was this about? All I remember is that it came from some large actor, such as Google. In today's description of Go on Wikipedia, I do not see this mentioned. Did I read about a different language? Or did I read some paper that was a proposal for what became Go, but this part of it was dropped from the language defintion? I found no programming language description in Wikipedia that matched my memory.
I considered my question to have a wider scope, and I expected to reach a broader audience, not limited to those who read comments (and reply to them) to a referenced article.
Another detail is of course that my personal privacy control plan says that I should be very restrictive in creating new login accounts where my individual statement may be tracked and correlated with statements on other web sites (that be through cross-site cookies or otherwise). I choose not to create an account on ArsTechnica for making my request there.
Python doesn't do parallel unless you explicitly make it do that, and the above is a C# example, not a Python example.
I guess it just demonstrates yet again we make thousands of assumptions about how things should work, and that gob function is no different. Some assumptions we realize and take into consideration, other assumptions slip through the cracks to be discovered years later. Hopefully this one didn't kill anyone.