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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Gr8Apes Re:Oh yeah. :) (357 comments)

I just loaded Yosemite on an old mini and a new laptop. One was an update from 10.6, the other 10.9. I will say that the interface is flat, and somewhat less pretty IMHO than 10.9. The retina screen makes the new UI look ok, but I think I still like the 10.9 UI more. I'll give it a couple of weeks to see whether I'll roll back.

FWIW, 10.6 was extremely solid, and the switch to Grand Central in 10.7 resulted in significant instability which seems to be fixed in 10.9. 10.8 was still problematic, IMNSHO, and had several instabilities. 10.9 seems to have resolved most of the instabilities, but to be honest, I've not exercised it as heavily as 10.8 nor 10.6 so that impression is just that, an impression. 10.10 has been stable so far, although the mini still seems to have some USB issues, but those were evident on 10.6 as well, so it may just be time to update the keyboard/mouse.

Finally, on the new MP - I actually like the looks of the cylinder. The expandable disk subsystem can be sitting on the floor or in another room. I don't own one. Now where I think Apple screwed its customers is with the new Mac Mini. That thing is a travesty of a release. At least everything else that got "updated" was actually updated to something faster, more powerful, or more capable. The new mini is none of that. It's less in every way, less powerful, less capable, less expandable, just less. If you were waiting on the new mini expecting bumps in anything, you got lucky if you could get some of the last "old" minis. The top end CPUs are completely sold out everywhere. Sadly, that may be the last of a decent little server box you'll ever see from Apple unless they bring back at least quads, I was hoping for hexcores personally.

10 hours ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Gr8Apes Re:Overly broad? (384 comments)

Make sugar cost more, people will still crave it, but eat less of it.

11 hours ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Gr8Apes Re:It is opt-out in OSX. (296 comments)

No, the troll certainly doesn't and is also probably ignorant of the fact that OSX includes a full BSD system underneath that GUI. That would imply that he's actually looked at it for more than 10s.

11 hours ago
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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

Gr8Apes Re:Engineers have no future. (143 comments)

But you also need experts in defining what routines need to be coded and how they are supposed to interact to achieve big picture goals, and you need creative people to define what big picture goals should be and decide which are most worth pursuing. Those people are hard to develop and hard to replace.

They get even harder to develop and replace when no one wants to invest in the development of such people. They generally don't just pop in fresh from a 4 year program.

2 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Gr8Apes Re:Public safety is not the issue (280 comments)

One can't consider that when discussing the rights of man. After we decide what our rights should be, then we can have whatever policing that fits within that.

I'm pretty sure we already considered what the rights of man are, as we only gave limited powers to the federal government via this document, the Constitution. Regulating encryption is not in the list, therefore it is reserved for the state or us.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Gr8Apes Re:Patents, employment, and invention (224 comments)

That is true - a lawyer should be consulted if he's truly concerned about legal ramifications. Companies use them to protect themselves, so should he if he believes he has valuable items that could be included.

4 days ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

Gr8Apes Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

The problem is the last mile would only be run competitively in high density population centers outward, until it is no longer profitable to add more people. The incumbents would then moan and complain that they cannot continue to support those low density areas, even though there's this universal access fee thing everyone pays, and stop serving them.

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Gr8Apes Re:This looks like a nasty trick. (826 comments)

Because your boss's boss (assuming he's in the top5+%) is already paying less proportionally, and perhaps in total.

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Gr8Apes Re:This looks like a nasty trick. (826 comments)

Consumption tax and income tax have to go hand in hand. If you only do consumption, there's nothing keeping the rich from gaining incredible wealth. If you only do income, the burden becomes too heavy on the rich or winds up taxing everyone, much like today, except for tons of loopholes that allow individuals to pay little tax. A consumption tax, globally applied, evens the playing field somewhat. Income tax on the richest 20 (x) % can lower the effective consumption tax rate some, or offset it for the bottom y%.

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Gr8Apes Re:This looks like a nasty trick. (826 comments)

A) The income tax restricted to the top 20% is merely to tax disparate income. There should still be a consumption tax IMHO.

B) Capital tax, as I understood it, is on current wealth. After skimming TFA again, it appears that is how capital is used in TFA. I'd imagine to encourage savings, etc, this again would be applied to the top 20% percent

FYI - 20% is an arbitrary number between the top 100% and 0%. Slide as necessary to balance the budget or achieve whatever is necessary. That, of course, can allow the current situation to continue, or achieve a lowered rate of income inequality and a more robust economy.

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Gr8Apes Re:This looks like a nasty trick. (826 comments)

First, I'm not 100% sure what he means by a "progressive" consumption tax, perhaps the more you consume, the higher your tax rate? How would that work? Ideally, income tax would only hit the top 20% of income earners, plus a capital tax if your goal is to reduce wealth. However, note that a capital tax can most likely be gotten around precisely via such vehicles as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, because it's a philanthropic entity run by, whom again? And IIRC no tax was ever levied against that wealth nor its "transfer".

Well done, Bill!

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Gr8Apes Re:That should read 'income INequality' (826 comments)

I do believe income inequality is the inevitable result of unchecked capitalism. It's not necessary by any means.

4 days ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

Gr8Apes Re:also applies to flash and acrobat (111 comments)

Heck, all of the majors and even some minors have this capability built in or via a plugin (I don't know about IE thought). Who runs without one? Some of us want more than just click to play, however.

4 days ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

Gr8Apes Re:re ext support (183 comments)

A Chromebook will do all of that and boot to a browser in less than 10 seconds andreport everything you do back to Google

FTFY. FWIW, I don't use Google for anything important pretty much the past 8 or so years.

and be super easy to maintain (no package conflicts!). Sometimes, you just want something that works without having to fiddle around with it.

That would be the argument for using an Apple product. You don't fiddle with it, some say you can't fiddle with it. :)

4 days ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Gr8Apes Re:Scarier still.... (362 comments)

“If a conservative is a liberal who's been mugged, a liberal is a conservative who's been arrested” -Thomas Wolfe

As we see these effects in various forms and extremes even today, I'd say the genes are irrelevant.

4 days ago

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Virtual boss keeps workers on a leash.

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 9 months ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Hitachi has created a "perfect virtual boss"

"Hitachi, the big electronics company based in Japan, is manufacturing and selling to corporations a device intended to increase efficiency in the workplace. It has a rather bland and generic-sounding name: the Hitachi Business Microscope (paywalled).

But what it is capable of doing ... well, just imagine being followed around the office or the factory all day by the snoopiest boss in the world. Even into the restroom."

We may pine for the privacy of Orwell's 1984...."

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The First Cyber Super Weapon?

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 4 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "The realm of science fiction keeps shrinking. Those annoying viruses and malware that can interrupt your perusal of /. will now have to take a back seat to real cyber threats

From the article: Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target: a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant."

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Help the Galactic Census

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN has a story about scientists needing your help in a galactic census. From the story: They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. Astronomers say computer programs have been unable to reliably classify the star systems. With 10,000 to 20,000 people working to classify the galaxies, the process could take as little as a month. With /. alone, they might be able to do it in a week. Give them a helping hand by signing up at Galaxy Zoo."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD is upping the performance numbers for Barcelona by stating that "Barcelona will have a 50% advantage over Clovertown in floating point applications and 20% in integer performance 'over the competition's highest-performing quad-core processor at the same frequency'". AMD also claims that the new 3.0 GHz Opterons beat comparable Intel Xeon 5100 series processors in three server-specific benchmarks (SPECint_rate_2006, SPECint_rate2006, SPECompM2001) by up to 24%."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Listeners and Indies may rejoice according to a just breaking story. According to the AP story:

Four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists, The Associated Press has learned.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN is reporting that Walmart "fired a systems technician for intercepting text messages of non-Wal-Mart employees and recording telephone conversations with a New York Times reporter without authorization". The story further goes on to state that the recordings were in violation of their policy since they did not have authorization from their legal dept. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't wiretapping illegal without court authorization as shown by the HP scandal?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD has showcased their new 65nm Barcelona quad-core CPU. It is labeled a quad-core Opteron, but according to Infoworld's Tom Yeager, is really a redefinition of x86. Each core has a new vector math processing unit (SSE128), separate integer and floating point schedulers, and new nested paging tables (to vastly improve hardware virtualization). According to AMD, the new vector math units alone should improve floating point operation by 80%. Some analysts are skeptical, waiting for benchmarks. Will AMD dethrone Intel again? Only time will tell."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "From an Associated Press article in the Boston Herald:
President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.
As this directly contradicts the law as passed by Congress, has Bush created the line-item veto by fiat?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "TomsHardware reviews Intel's new Kentsfield quad core processor From the article:
Compared with the already not-too-shabby Intel Core 2 Duo/Extreme, the Core 2 Quadro can give performance a mighty tweak — but only for specific applications. In the best-case scenario, performance can even be doubled.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Clear Channel wants ownership rules relaxed even further to allow it to own up to 12 stations in major markets. Clear Channel states that it has already hit the maximum number of stations (8) in most major markets. They further argue that this artificial limit impedes its potential for growth, and with the emergance of satellite radio that the terrestrial radio market has changed and should allow loosening of the restrictions.

Since Clear Channel owns a significant share of XM already and has stations on XM, this argument seems rather weak. Does anyone else feel like Clear Channel is attempting gain more leverage to drive you to subscription radio?"

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