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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

MMC Monster Re: lol (324 comments)

The joke my audio installer used was 'no highs, no lows, must be a Bose'. (I obviously bought something else.)

yesterday
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Ubuntu Turns 10

MMC Monster Re:Unity is rubbish. Systemd is rubbish (110 comments)

Ubuntu 10.04 had a lot of problems, but that's because the software it was based on was not mature, and Ubuntu took to rolling their own UI rather than working with upstream. That being said, upstream Gnome was busy committing suicide, so it wasn't too bad for Ubuntu to look in another direction.

A lot of users (including myself) jumped soon after to Linux Mint with Cinnamon UI and that's why it's the top at distrowatch now.

Only time will tell if Linux Mint Cinnamon is going to self-destruct. I think the next step for them would be to partner with a hardware manufacturer such as System76.

2 days ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

MMC Monster Re:Happy Birthday (110 comments)

Ubuntu 5.04 was my first exposure to Linux. I chose it because even in those early days of the distribution, Ubuntu was known for fixing the dependency issues in the repositories. That was their claim to fame.

I moved on a couple years ago (to Linux Mint, of course), but the Ubuntu base is great, since I know I can get just about any linux app packaged for it.

Happy Birthday!

2 days ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

MMC Monster Re:What browser apps need.. (192 comments)

I used it that way for a long time, but since switching to Linux where using backspace to go back in history isn't the default, I was annoyed for a little while and then just stopped using it.

FYI, it's still the default behaviour of backspace on Firefox on Linux Mint.

3 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

MMC Monster Re:It's the OS, Stupid (250 comments)

You don't necessarily need a new OS which is a blend between OS X and iOS.

It's conceivable that you run a single application which can switch UI depending on how the device is being used. If the device is motionless, use a desktop/laptop UI. If the device is in motion, use the mobile UI.

At that point, the actual OS is only needed for file manipulation and management of background tasks (and can be either OS X or iOS).

Either way, the OS has to be able to interact with applications on either the desktop or the palm.

I'm betting that the Apple folks have been moving in this direction for quite some time.

3 days ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

MMC Monster Re:Value (156 comments)

The Tesla has a different powertrain and by the nature of being an EV powertrain it has better infotainment systems.

Actually, I disagree with this part. What does the EV powertrain have to do with the infotainment system? For one thing, the Tesla (all electric) Roadster didn't have a particularly good infotainment system. Other electric cars don't have the large customizable screens. Also, other luxury cars have LCD displays that show more than the map. Internal combustion engine cars are coming out now with iOS integration.

Tesla just does better than the rest (for now).

4 days ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

MMC Monster Re:Value (156 comments)

No. The question was 'what is Tesla bringing to the table that you think makes it more than "nicer trim and a few extra parts"?'.

And, frankly, if you need to ask what Tesla brings to the table, you haven't been reading much /. lately. A week doesn't go by without 5 Tesla articles.

What Tesla brings to the table are:
A complete electric drive train
Performance to rival a sports car/supercar (depending which options you get)
Free charging at their superchargers for the life of the vehicle
Battery sizes that are considered best in class, if not best in any class
A modern UI on the dashboard with free updates both to the UI as well as the mapping system (so far)
A good warranty (8 year, unlimited mile?)
Handling that's adjustable, from as smooth as a Lexus to as stiff as a sports car
[I'm sure there's more that I can't think of currently]

As for what makes it a luxury car, I'm not really sure. Probably it's price.
The leather quality isn't as good as other luxury cars I've been in
Ditto the stitching

Other than that, I can't think of anything that's considered standard in a luxury car that the Tesla doesn't have.

4 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

MMC Monster Re:Remove It (519 comments)

I was under the impression that the binary log entries each had to sign itself and all previous log entries?

So if someone were to alter the log they'd have to alter the signatures of everything downstream in the log, which is presumably easier to figure out?

Or am I mistaken?

4 days ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

MMC Monster Re:Just upgraded, lost cookies (113 comments)

I just like applications to go along with the UI guidelines set by the OS. Chrome breaks that, and so does the new Firefox UI.

Simple things:
1 - Menu items visible right under the title bar
2 - A title bar that can be double-clicked to maximize or restore the screen
3 - Minimize/Maximize/Restore buttons where the OS says they should be. (Chrome hard-codes them to the right side of the top of the window.)
4 - If you allow customization of the top of the screen, as Firefox does, why can't I hide the Open Menu widget when I'm showing the menu items otherwise?

about a week ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

MMC Monster Re:Awesome (283 comments)

Tell that to someone who lives in the US outside of a major city and you'll get a good laugh.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

MMC Monster Re:Awesome (283 comments)

I would complain about Tesla's marketing to people who can't afford their cars, but ... I can't recall any marketing done by them other than their blog and videos on YouTube.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

MMC Monster Re:Awesome (283 comments)

I would argue that anyone who bought a car that costs more than a year's salary has piss poor money management skills. ;-)

Teslas shouldn't be in the radar of the middle class right now. Leave them for people that make >> $200K for now. Early adopters always pay more and can afford to be out-of-date when the next revision comes down the line a few months later.

I don't understand why people want to buy things they can't afford. I understand that for the economy it's a good thing, but for the individual it has to be better to have less debt.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

MMC Monster Re:Autonomy (283 comments)

So true. Wish I had mod points.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

MMC Monster Early adopters... (283 comments)

Wouldn't say I'm an early adopter. I got mine in March. Still love it as much today as I did last week. Still an awesome car.

Did I wish I waited a year? Well, maybe just a little. But I'm sure a year from now the Model S will have even more features.

Perhaps the autopilot can be retrofitted into the currently on-the-road Model S. After all, the other upgrade over the last year have been available at a mild markup.

As for the dual motors, pretty much the same thing.

As an aside, I wonder how this is going to effect sales. I know a few people who have been hesitating as it wasn't an all wheel drive car. As it is, as of last week the wait list was still over two months.

about two weeks ago
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Europol Predicts First Online Murder By End of This Year

MMC Monster You laugh, but... (155 comments)

Currently there are thousands of heart pacemakers which wirelessly connect to interrogator devices that sit next to the bed every night. Those devices check the device every night and check in with the company if there's any problem.

Is it impossible to reprogram those interrogators? The manufacturers say so. I guess we should believe them?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

MMC Monster Leasing a car... (126 comments)

I never understoof the fascination of leasing a car for an individual. I can understand for a company, but most cars are worth something at the time the lease is over. Why give it back or have to go through more tortuous negotiating to buy the car then?

If you can't afford to buy a car, perhaps you should look into a cheaper car.

(I'm discounting those that lease $15K cars, since most leases are for more expensive models.)

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

MMC Monster Re:Moo (150 comments)

I rent from Redbox and transfer to computer with makemkv. I then transcode with Handbrake.

I haven't found a single instance where this didn't work.

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

MMC Monster Only 1 in 3? (405 comments)

Or do they mean 1 in 3 remaining jobs?

As it is, automation has already taken the vast majority of jobs. You can run a small store with just a few employees, something that needed a couple dozen just a century ago.

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

MMC Monster Re: Greater Internet F***wad Theory (993 comments)

I'm okay w/ systemd. I don't consider myself an enabler. I use Linux for my day to day work. Whatever the kernel guys put in is fine by me. If it breaks my workflow, I look for something else. That's how I switched from Ubuntu to Mint.

There are plenty of FOSS OSs out there. I don't care about the internals of them. I care about the apps they run so I can get my work done.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

MMC Monster Re:Looney Tunes (320 comments)

Think you hit it on the head with Cartoon Network and other cable offerings.

Why would kids limit themselves to that three hour block on Saturday mornings when they can watch whenever they want on CN?

Cable TV killed the Saturday morning cartoons.

about two weeks ago

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