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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

MachineShedFred Re:Desktop is dying we need a good Workstation OS (300 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.

12 hours ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

MachineShedFred Re:Bigger fuckup than John Akers (73 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.

12 hours ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

MachineShedFred Re:Minimalism Overkill (300 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.

3 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

MachineShedFred Re:Desktop is dying we need a good Workstation OS (300 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.

3 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

MachineShedFred Re:Wait, what? (300 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.

3 days ago
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Google Finds Vulnerability In SSL 3.0 Web Encryption

MachineShedFred Re:How legacy is legacy? (68 comments)

Wait... I can't use Netscape Communicator anymore?

FOR SHAME.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

MachineShedFred motivation? (973 comments)

What possible motivation would he have for perpetrating a hoax by switching shit out? Eventually, his bullshit will be discovered and his ass is done in physics, and he'd be sued into oblivion by any investors.

about a week ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

MachineShedFred Windows Nein (399 comments)

At least, that's my answer.

about three weeks ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

MachineShedFred Re:worse than crapware (427 comments)

I don't want to install FaceBook Messenger because it is change for the sake of change, and is worse than what they had before. Now there are two apps that give you a jarring user experience as you get ripped from one to the other, rather than having it integrated like it should be.

Net effect: I no longer use Facebook for messaging, and neither does anyone else I know, Good job on that one.

about three weeks ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

MachineShedFred Re:It's sad (427 comments)

So don't buy that phone, or don't use Verizon as your carrier.

There are already solutions to that problem without Google exerting legally questionable pressure on OEMs.

about three weeks ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

MachineShedFred Re: It's sad (427 comments)

So a abusing their position in the market is fine, because you happen to like their products.

How very Slashdot of you.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

MachineShedFred Re:Failure of Imagination; Utilities Could Sell So (488 comments)

Meanwhile, companies that are selling and installing solar are getting to utility-scale production. SolarCity should pass 1GW of installed capacity this year, and is accelerating.

about three weeks ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

MachineShedFred Re:Talk about an unsupported hypothesis (277 comments)

Yeah, because three years of software improvements and UX design couldn't possibly change a reviewer's ability to get used to a larger screen.

I'd bet they say the same stuff about the Galaxy S5 as well.

about a month ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

MachineShedFred Woooosh (277 comments)

Better duck!

about a month ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

MachineShedFred Re:Nuclear oopsies (342 comments)

Nobody wants to sell a group like ISIS a nuke, because it could just as easily be used on the seller.

Should ISIS ever be accepted as an actual government, they will be seen as a pariah who will make North Korea, Myanmar, and Iran look like a good cooperative players on the world stage.

about a month ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

MachineShedFred Re:MAD (342 comments)

the US kept developing larger and larger nuclear weapons throughout the 50s

What's funny, is that at some point someone sat down and did a little math, and realized that there is a vast scale of diminishing returns when scaling up anything that explodes. So the modern nuclear arsenal from every nation that has these weapons is made up of significantly smaller yield weapons than were tested and deployed in the 1950s.

The bulk of the US arsenal are "dial-a-yield" devices that top out around 450kt, because they are easier to lift and guide where you want them. Or, and you can fit multiple of them on the same rocket you used to have one big ass 5Mt warhead on. Missile crews at Vandenburg AFB aren't simply trying to put one of these things inside a neighborhood - they aren't happy unless their test "warhead" can actually hit an oil drum with a target painted on it from 9,000 miles away. It's not good enough to just put a hot one into a city - they want to put it exactly above some munitions storage facility, or an air field, or a naval base. And they drill on it.

about a month ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

MachineShedFred Re:It is all pork barrel politics (342 comments)

Expect a knock on your door from some friendly US Government employees in 3... 2... 1...

about a month ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

MachineShedFred Re:Mustang Shelby GT 500 (393 comments)

News flash: there is a lot of land between the coasts of North America, and it's priced vastly cheaper than most of the coastal states.

There's also a lot of people between the coasts that enjoy not having the ridiculous cost of living you see in the Northeast, and California.

about a month ago

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Microsoft launches FUD campaign against iPad

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 3 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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