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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Entropius Re:Seiko Kinetic (365 comments)

It's hilarious that smartphones, operating in data mode, can give me nearly transparent audio in a voip connection to the other side of the planet... and yet in "phone" mode, people in the same city can't hear each other.

"Hold on, let me call you back on my Skype app" is something that should never be uttered over a voice call.

yesterday
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Entropius Re:Another failure of ZAW!!! (347 comments)

How could anyone competent ever call scripting obsolete?

It is no more or less than a tool to tell the computer wtf you want it to do in precise terms. If you don't have that you're reduced to hoping someone already thought of the things you're trying to do and implemented the correct clicky bit for you to click on. If not, you're SOL.

about a week ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Entropius Re:And... (347 comments)

The Registry.

Oh, god, the Registry.

Those of you know more than me can maybe advise: why the hell does this thing even exist? Why not stick with ordinary text files containing things like

# set the preferred meaning of life
meaningoflife = 42

like sane OS's? Yes, okay, sometimes they're hard to find, but if you want to mimic the "registry" idea, make it standard practice to name them "foobar.ini" and symlink them into a central location.

about a week ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Entropius Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (269 comments)

Why not give users the option to use both?

The dumb thing is pinning a run command to the task bar: this requires both mouse input and keyboard input to do anything. It's far more sensible to use a keyboard shortcut for "run"; I can type alt-f2 (linux) or meta-R (windows) and then a program name and get it without reaching for the mouse.

about 1 month ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Entropius Re:A few things... (545 comments)

Good call -- I was using "grandma" as a proxy for "people who aren't that computer-savvy", but I imagine my mother who's in her 60's runs Lubuntu just fine :)

about a month and a half ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Entropius Re:A few things... (545 comments)

No -- and, thus, I am not going to like Windows 9. I will hold my nose and use it for a few programs, but Microsoft's agenda is fundamentally incompatible with making the sort of OS I want to use.

about a month and a half ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Entropius A few things... (545 comments)

What's your litmus test on Windows 9?

I want an OS that:

1) Doesn't attempt to hide the workings of my computer from me -- in particular, don't hide the way that paths and directories really work. (As a bonus: remove the spaces from system directories, dammit, because I get real tired of escaping them when I access my NTFS partition from a real OS.)

2) When something goes wrong tell me what the fuck it was. "The internet connection has limited connectivity" doesn't tell me a damn thing. "DHCP timeout" tells me something. Include both messages, by all means, for the benefit of Grandma -- but Grandma likely can't fix her internet connection on her own anyway.

3) Don't be patronizing. Copying .mp3's to a phone shouldn't give a "Your phone might not be able to play this file, copy anyway?" message, and there are a thousand things like that in Windows.

4) Get rid of file locking, or at least allow an override. I can decide whether a file is sufficiently "in use" that I shouldn't delete it.

5) Don't attempt to push other MS products (cloud services, "stores", and the like) on me, and don't keep spewing Windows Media Player etc. icons around after I delete them once.

 

about a month and a half ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Entropius Re:Ion strengthened? (207 comments)

Is that $3 to replace a scratched screen, including all the AR coatings? At that price they might as well include three spare glass plates with every phone in case you scratch one.

As far as the rounded glass: I had a Nexus 3 with a curved screen and it was a good idea -- wish they still did that more.

about a month and a half ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Entropius Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

We put multi-ton vehicles on the roads whizzing around a few feet from sidewalks, and out in the middle of people trying to ride bicycles. Sometimes people get hurt by them but by and large the utility of cars outweighs the risks.

Drones are likely to be far safer than cars on roads. Imagine the utility of replacing all those news helicopters with news drones to report on, say, the protests and riots in Ferguson?

about 2 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Free speech but not trade (312 comments)

Well, it depends. If you're in a place with limited government (like most places in the West), that's not really a freedom. In the US, you don't have the right to vote in a law that says that redheads can't own property, no matter how much you'd like to: the scope of things up for a vote isn't unlimited.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

So, in other words, any law is a good law, even if it exists for the protection of a cartel?

about 2 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

Well, good -- but this shouldn't extend to banning Uber or services like it.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

I live in a large US city (the District of Columbia) with both a conventional regulated taxi service and Uber/Lyft.

Let me look at your points one at a time:

--Insurance: The auto insurance market is developing insurance policies for these sorts of drivers. In any case, I imagine that the average Uber driver is a better driver than I am (it's her job, and just a means of transport for me); when I accept a ride from a driver, I know she might wreck and hurt me. If she does, her personal liability insurance (which she's required by law to carry, like any driver) will cover some of the cost, and my medical insurance will cover the rest.

--Technical inspections: Uber drivers' cars have to be no more than two years old. Technical inspections are required for *all* cars here.

--Reliable costs: Reliable costs mean unreliable service. Once there was an unexpected snowstorm and my mother needed a ride to the airport. There were no city taxicabs anywhere, but we could get her a ride on Uber, albeit for double the cost. Price signals let buyers and sellers communicate supply and demand, and are a good thing.

--Proper filing of taxes: Uber drivers have to report revenue earned from their work to the American tax authorities, just like the fellow selling fruit out of a truck by the side of the road. Nobody wants to shut down fruit stands because they might cheat on their taxes.

--Drivers can indeed form a labor union if they want -- they can get together and collectively bargain with Uber through a representative. They haven't yet, but they could if they wanted.

--Many employees in the US don't get health insurance, Social Security payments, or pensions. As independent contractors, the drivers are responsible for taking care of themselves; many have second jobs that do have these perks, and all of them know that there's no health insurance going in. It's no different than someone who owns a small business: if they want health insurance they can buy it separately, and if they want a pension or social insurance they can save money.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

Then haul their asses to court for fraud (hoax bookings) and the other real crimes they've committed, if they've committed any. But these problems have nothing to do with Uber's business model.

about 2 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Entropius Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

"Negligent homicide" or something similar is a crime in many jurisdictions: "You didn't mean to kill the guy, but you did because you did something dumb that you should have known not to do."

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Entropius Re:I like... (643 comments)

A body camera is a tiny, tiny fraction of the salary of a cop, and will probably make up its cost very quickly in the bullshit that it cuts out.

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Entropius Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

And yet Japan and Germany are two of the most prosperous countries in the world today.

about 2 months ago
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The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

Entropius Re:Neutrino Mass (97 comments)

Lattice gauge theorist here -- we're working on that.

I agree with your interpretation -- this very well may just mean that the QCD part is hard and the theorists didn't correctly estimate systematic errors from it. However, there's quite a push in the lattice community to actually calculate the messy nonperturbative parts, so there's hope that this will be sorted out from the theory side alongside the new Fermilab experiment.

about 2 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Entropius Re: Surprise? (579 comments)

My mom (a non-techie) and a couple of friends run Lubuntu with no problems at all -- my mom's certainly called me fewer times for tech support since she started using it instead of WinXP.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Entropius Re: Stupid (561 comments)

Nonblack people are hardly a monoculture.

about 3 months ago

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RawTherapee goes GPL, improves GUI

Entropius Entropius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Entropius (188861) writes "RawTherapee, a flexible geek-friendly RAW converter for Linux and Windows, has just released its new version (with major UI improvements) under the GPL; it was previously proprietary but free. It uses selectable, unique demosaicing algorithms that are both resistant to Bayer artifacts and produce sharp, detailed results; see the comparison page. I've found it in the past to be the best Linux RAW converter available. The new UI improvements mean that its combination of usability, geek-friendliness, and sharp results is strong competition for ACR/Silkypix/whatever on Windows, and further improvements should no doubt follow now that the community can hack on it."
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