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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

MachineShedFred Re:What a wonderful article (280 comments)

Boot camp previous to Intel Macs? Nope.

Boot camp is the combination of some helper software Apple wrote to streamline the shrinking and repartitioning of a disk, and the UEFI CSM.

Macs previous to Intel were not using UEFI and had no access to the CSM. They used OpenFirmware, like other PowerPC-based devices.

yesterday
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

MachineShedFred Re:I don't know I've had similar problems (280 comments)

The switch to PowerPC happened in 1993. There was still a nice long roadmap in 2002 for that to be a useable architecture right until Motorola spun off their semiconductor business (Freescale), and IBM decided that CPUs that don't require their own coal furnace to operate weren't worth the bother. Thus, Apple was screwed in the notebook space for several years offering slightly better G4 chips, while their desktops could continue with PowerPC "G5" CPUs.

The switch to Intel was purely because Intel saw the way of the future that IBM refused - less TDW means better products that people want to buy. They ditched the shitty Pentium 4 and started working the Pentium-M into the "Core" architecture right around the same time that Apple started porting OS X to x64.

yesterday
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

MachineShedFred Re:Automation and jobs (628 comments)

Unskilled labor doesn't have to remain unskilled - there are many options available for people to learn how to do other essential jobs that cannot easily be replaced.

Unmotivated labor doesn't stand a chance - if they get replaced by automation, they are unlikely to go to a vocational school to learn how to weld or wire a new electrical circuit.

yesterday
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

MachineShedFred Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (628 comments)

I think this is still in the Journal's ballpark. What was not economical for McD's to do before (automate ordering) possibly becomes so when you're getting forced to pay someone $15/hr to stand at a counter and push buttons.

This is what the minimum wage hike advocates never seem to understand - when you raise the labor expense, many more options become economical to the employer.

(This post is not an opinion on whether the minimum wage should be raised or not, so don't flame me. It is simply an opinion on the possible consequences.)

yesterday
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

MachineShedFred Re:Please Microsoft... (346 comments)

Yeah, except I always type in compmgnt.msc and get jack shit. After all these years you'd think I'd figure that one out, but I spend most of my days on OS X / Linux now...

yesterday
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

MachineShedFred Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (255 comments)

How do you multiply one integer that ends in zero with one that ends in five and get a last digit of 2?

Go back to the third grade, you missed something.

2 days ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

MachineShedFred Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (255 comments)

Unless the charging station already has every charging cable being used - then you are stopping for 30 + n minutes.

When all pumps at a fuel station are being used, it's only a few minute wait. Tesla is doing what it can to mitigate this issue, but it's still a big issue.

2 days ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

MachineShedFred Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (255 comments)

You CAN afford to put solar on your roof. There are several companies that do solar installs based on a "Power Purchase Agreement" rather than an outright purchase, or will finance the panels at a price that still has you saving money per month over what you are paying for electricity now.

2 days ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

MachineShedFred Re:Please Microsoft... (346 comments)

Or, better yet, in Windows 2012 when you right click on the computer and select "Manage", you get the completely useless Server Manager application that takes forever to populate with data and become usable rather than the computer management MMC snap-in that we're actually looking for since Windows 2000.

Now I have to either run MMC manually and add the snap-in, or use the shitty start "menu" to click on administrative tools, and click computer management.

Thanks for that.

2 days ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

MachineShedFred Re:Please Microsoft... (346 comments)

click on desktop, press alt+F4.

Seriously, that's been there since Windows 3.1 or earlier.

2 days ago
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A Look At Orion's Launch Abort System

MachineShedFred Re:The Orion is totally over designed .. (43 comments)

Buran was side-stacked just like shuttle. There are very important design considerations to putting something that big on top of a rocket stack, including the structure of the stages below have to be much heavier, the wing acts like a giant lever on the wrong end, etc.

No, that would NOT be much simpler and safer. There's a reason why every orbital space plane has been side-stacked (Shuttle, Buran, X-37).

Also: Buran had a total of what, 37 minutes of orbital flight, unmanned?

3 days ago
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Australian Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam

MachineShedFred Reverse the polarity of the emitters! (70 comments)

To manipulate the particle, the team move the position of the hotspot by carefully controlling the polarization of the laser beam."

And you all thought that the Star Trek writers were just spouting nonsense...

3 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

MachineShedFred Re:Desktop is dying we need a good Workstation OS (303 comments)

I think it's partially because vertical touchscreens are ergonomically terrible. And, with the emphasis on thin and light, the addition of a digitizer would create thickness they don't want, and the use of said touchscreen would cantilever the base of your notebook off the desk and slam it back down repeatedly.

Plus, the usage of a touchscreen on a keyboard-centric device just sucks. I'm typing - oh, now I have to reach full arm at the display with my wrist at a weird angle, now I have to find the home row again, now I have to reach full arm extension again, etc. With a trackpad, you can just move one hand an inch or two, and be right back where you were. And good luck trying to actually hit some of these checkboxes / window widgets with your meaty appendage - most of them are less than 32 x 32 px.

There's a reason why a lot of people like the "cat tongue" / "mouse nipple" on Windows laptops - you can use it with even less hand movement from the keyboard, and far more accurately. I'm hoping that touchscreen laptops are nothing more than yet another fad that will go away.

4 days ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

MachineShedFred Re:Bigger fuckup than John Akers (84 comments)

So maybe they shouldn't have chased off their chip customers years ago by refusing to make a functioning piece of silicon that didn't require the Hoover Dam to power it, and a cooling tower to make sure it didn't melt?

And the POWER line of CPUs dies with a whimper.

4 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

MachineShedFred Re:Minimalism Overkill (303 comments)

Please point out what they've "taken away" in OS X Yosemite besides a graphical style that you like.

We'll all wait for your response.

about a week ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

MachineShedFred Re:Desktop is dying we need a good Workstation OS (303 comments)

The issue I have with Windows 8, and OS X.10 is the fact that they are trying to make the OS into the next tablet/mobile OS.

No, they aren't. At least, not Apple.

They are making your Mac work with your iDevice more seamlessly. There's a pretty big distinction there.

Anyone claiming this is akin to Windows 7 -> Windows 8 isn't paying attention. For one, Apple has never (and still doesn't) ship a touchscreen Mac, so it would be quite ridiculous to put a touch-centric UI on OS X. OS X is still clearly ruled by the mouse / trackpad and keyboard, and will be for the foreseeable future for one very good reason - OS X is where the content for iOS is made, and iOS is where the content made on OS X is consumed.

That is the business model for Apple, and very close to what Google is doing too if you haven't noticed. They haven't exactly been whipping people to get Android onto laptops - that's what ChromeOS is for.

about a week ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

MachineShedFred Re:Wait, what? (303 comments)

You're wrong.

Apple did not strip the major sematics of the UI that their users have enjoyed for 14 years for something that makes absolutely no sense on the hardware you've loaded it on, in the name of "one common [shitty] experience."

Apple has not completely hidden settings and configuration options - they are all still where you expect them to be. In fact, they moved some that were completely in your face for no reason into System Preferences where they should have been 10 years ago (I'm looking at you, Dock Settings).

Apple still gives you a fully functional terminal with real shell options and built-in standard scripting languages. Perl, Ruby, Python, and Bash are all there ready to go. You can even paste into the terminal without touching the mouse!

This is nothing like Windows 8. This is actually better than what came before.

about a week ago

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Microsoft launches FUD campaign against iPad

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "ZDnet has posted an article containing a PowerPoint slide deck that Microsoft is shopping around to Windows-based tablet manufacturers showing how the iPad is horrible for the enterprise. Never mind that half of the things on the slides are incorrect, or are solved using Microsoft's own Exchange / ActiveSync technologies. The more things change, the more they stay the same."
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NTP Sues World + Dog Over Wireless Email Patents

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many other tech companies have been named in a lawsuit being brought forth by NTP, the company that settled a lawsuit against Blackberry-maker Research in Motion for over $600M. I would imagine that this is going to be vigorously defended, as the entire tech industry stands to lose on this one. Also, it's fairly obvious what NTP is about when even CNN calls them a 'Patent Troll.'"
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Oregon speech law challenged in court

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "A lawsuit has been filed against all the county District Attorneys, as well as the Attorney General of Oregon to block enforcement of a new law that restricts the sale of "sexually explicit" material to people under the age of 18. Powell's Books (who claims to be the largest independant new and used bookstore in the world) as well as Dark Horse Comics (publisher of Frank Miller graphic novels) as well as many other bookstores claim that the new law would be impossible for these businesses to comply with. In an affidavit, Michael Powell had to say "Powell's has in stock over 2 million volumes constituting over 1 million titles," Powell said in his affidavit. "We receive on an average over 5,000 new titles per week. Obviously we cannot read each new title to determine whether there are any sexual explicit portions and if so whether such portions 'serve some purpose other than titillation' (even if I knew what that meant).""
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Supreme Court to hear FCC indecency case

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "The Supreme Court of the United States has announced that it will be hearing the FCC's appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision that the FCC has changed it's policy on fleeting expletives without adequate explanation. It's now on the FCC to explain to the Supreme Court why it's policy has changed.

This is also the first time the Supreme Court has heard a major "broadcast indecency" case in 30 years."
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MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  about 8 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "El Reg is reporting that MIT scientists have found a way to reduce the heat load on your standard Nuclear Pressurized Water Reactor from ~1800 C to ~700 C. They found that reshaping the fuel pellets as tubes rather than cylinders that are manufactured for the reactors can greatly increase the amount of heat transfer from the fuel pile to the coolant. This would make for a safer reactor system because you much farther below the melting point of Uranium (2840 C)."

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Clackamas Sucks!!!

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Arrgh.

Stuck out in CLK in the broken ring closet.

PowerBook... barely... has... connection... !

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