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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Maxwell Re:A printer and a template (370 comments)

Only in Texas is "engineer" a protected word. The rest of the world knows that a "software engineer" is different than an aerospace engineer

about a month ago

Tesla Used A Third of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

Maxwell Re:Consumer acceptance? (236 comments)

Apparently average ownership up to 57 months now, recession, better reliability and all....point still applies: you don't plan for engine swaps, why plan for battery swaps?


about 2 months ago

Tesla Used A Third of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

Maxwell Re:Consumer acceptance? (236 comments)

I've been in (several) taxi Prius with over 400,000 km on the clock. These cars spend most of their life on battery mode so they (likely, perhaps) get as intense a battery workout as the Tesla. The average car is kept 3 years. Unless you plan to keep it ten + years, is this really a concern?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

Maxwell Never. (263 comments)

You have it very good. Don't blow it. Use the 'extra' money you now make and the free time you now have to volunteer somewhere (or spend time with your kids, or pursue a hobby, or travel). There are non-profits begging to get work done end-to-end. You can do exactly the same thing, and feel good about it, while keeping your boring job.

If you are serious, have your payroll deposited into two accounts. One is the lower salary of the exciting job. The other is the 'bonus' money of your current job. You'll find the bonus money piles up and allows you freedom to pursue other interests outside of work.

about 2 months ago

Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

Maxwell Re:Burning Chrome (125 comments)

The UI has been there for a long time. Some diehards found a (somewhat secret, somewhat obscure) developer switch that allowed the 'old way' to hang around a little longer.

I had to go back and forth from the article to a new tab page to try and figure out what they were talking about as I saw no change at all in 33.

about 2 months ago

Oil Companies Secretly Got Paid Twice For Cleaning Up Toxic Fuel Leaks

Maxwell Re:Don't go after the companies (113 comments)

All that would do is create incentives for even more cover ups. As long as it isn't discovered while you are there, you'll probably be fine.

All the execs in this case have long since retired - fabulously wealthy of course.

about 2 months ago

Oil Companies Secretly Got Paid Twice For Cleaning Up Toxic Fuel Leaks

Maxwell Re:Welfare Queens (113 comments)

They are Capitalist welfare queens, they made their donations, so that is OK. It is the *individual* welfare queens that will destroy America!

about 2 months ago

How Russia Transformed a Subtropical Beach Resort To Host the Winter Olympics

Maxwell sounds just like Vancouver n/t (359 comments)

This is the comment I am forced to type.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Maxwell Re:Why? (2219 comments)

I would like to know what business problem the beta is trying to solve? Slashdot survived because it is pretty darn good at managing the things users expect, Notifications, quoting, filtering etc. It is a recognized leader in the field of forum and comment management.

So what is the point of the Beta?

"We have work to do on four big areas: feature parity (especially for commenting); the overall UI, especially in terms of information density and headline scanning; plain old bugs;" You will wind up back at Classic.

"Why? We want to take our current content and all the stuff that matters to this community and deliver it on a site that still speaks to the interests and habits of our current audience, but that is, at the same time, more accessible and shareable by a wider audience."

What wider audience? Are there any Nerds who haven't heard of /.? Or are you looking beyond the News for Nerds demographic? What is the new demographic? and what changes would they want ? Who are they?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

Maxwell Re:Haven't had this issue with GMail, but with oth (388 comments)

Because you stupidly chose j.smith@gmail.com thinking it would be totally unique in the whole universe? Duh. Time to own up on the bad decisions and pick something that uniquely identifies YOU. You will never stop getting others email unless you change. The others wont either but at least you can walk away...

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

Maxwell Re:bah, you guys are no fun (388 comments)

Gmail counts foo.bar.baz.bot@gmail.com, foobarbazbot@gmail.com, foobar.bazb.ot@gmail.com, and any such variations as the same. (BTW, none of those is mine.) If you own one of those as your gmail account, you own all of them, and nobody else owns any of them.

This is wrong, but I hear it all the time and I really wonder why people think this is true? Try emailing your account at gmail without the periods. You may find someone else on the other end. I know this because my gmail counterpart uses my exact account without the periods. I get a lot of his email. Sometimes I forward it, mostly I don't.

  foo.bar.baz.bot@gmail.com, foobarbazbot@gmail.com can be two different accounts.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?

Maxwell It's a utility (353 comments)

For gas, electricity and water I pay for what I use plus a monthly fee. Electricity is metered so I pay less at off peak times. For garbage , recycling and bio we have plastic bins we pay for as part of property tax. If I need a bigger bin I can upgrade and pay more tax. If I have a one time issue,I can buy 'bag tags' and put the tags on the extra garbage. For internet I have a tier speed and a free allotment per month. If I need more I can buy more at reasonable rates. For land line we have unlimited local calling, and per call minute long distance. For television we get lots of channels but can only watch two at a time, while recording up to two more. Finally cell phones are a fixed minutes and data with reasonable charges if we need more.

Water is our lowest expense, followed by internet.

What, exactly, am I fighting here?

about 7 months ago

Microsoft Will Have To Rename SkyDrive

Maxwell Re:Call it Bob! (274 comments)

They would have to call it Bob II as they already tried Bob a long time ago...

about 9 months ago

Microsoft Will Have To Rename SkyDrive

Maxwell The Cloud (274 comments)

They will just call it The Cloud and take advantage of all the free material advertising use of "The Cloud". Think of all the presentations you've seen with "The Cloud" - yup, that is Microsoft! Kind of like they did with "SQL Server" back in the day.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Secure DropBox Alternative For a Small Business?

Maxwell Re:You are kidding right? (274 comments)

I might get lynched by the Linux crowd, but Windows Server 2012 R2 has 'Work folders' which is basically private Dropbox you host yourself. Nothing leaves your servers/clients. You can even access the work folders via SMB (drive mapping) when in the office, and the remote function kicks in when out of network. seamless for the end users as well.

about 9 months ago

Microsoft YouTube App Strips Ads; Adds Download

Maxwell Re:Wrong measure (381 comments)

Wow. Still on that bandwagon eh? I haven't heard the 'It's just marketing 'cry in a while. Thanks for the laugh. It is odd that in nearly 13 years since iPod no one else has hired the same advertising company, huh? Weird.

about a year ago

Siri Keeps Your Data For Two Years

Maxwell Siri sucks! Stop making it better! (124 comments)

My guess is the overlap between "people who complained Siri wasn't accurate" and "people who dont want apple keeping any Siri data so they can make it better" is pretty close to perfect.

Google reads your mail. Apple listens to your ravings. Don't like it, don't use it. And they only keep 'your' (ie identifable) data 6 months.

1 year,1 day

Is It Worth Paying Extra For Fast SD Cards?

Maxwell Re:1080p video (164 comments)

And don't even think about recording 1080p or 720p@60 without a class10 UHS1 type card

Erm no. 1080p video or 720p@60 comes out to under 3mb/second. A class 4 card can theoretically do the job. Nikon recommends a maximum class 6 for unimpeded performance on their top of the line video cards. Also my new prosumer camera supports 13 frames in the buffer and my 6 year old DSLR supported far more as well and even with a piss-poor cards of yesteryear behaved admirably when taking fast action shots at sporting events in continuous release.

The reality is that we were taking 1080p videos and shooting fast paced sporting events long before Class10 cards started coming out. Your comment is similar to those "professionals" who say that you can't photograph sports without vibration reduction, and piezoelectric focusing drives. Well I have sporting photographs from 40 years ago that prove otherwise.

Erm, yes. Sorry, but it's just math. Bitrate*compression*framesize*FPS. Raw reate at 1080p is 6.22M/s w/o compression. There is a little overhead so use 6.5 to be safe

1) Short of a very intense 60% compression you won't get down to 3M. Post processing yes, but in the camera on the fly? Pretty rare. In most cases you are looking at about 5.0M/s for 1080p. That is why many cameras have a 12minute limit on HD recording - at 12Min you've hit the 4G maximum file size. The Canon line which I am most familiar with has this limit. Many P&S cameras do as well.

2) We weren't shooting 1080p video on class 10 cards "long before they came out". There weren't even consumer grade cameras capable of shooting 1080p at usable bitrate/frame rate until a few years ago. The SD Association *specifically developed* Class 10 cards for FullHD video in alignment with the introduction of 1080p capable cameras. At the same time. Class10=FullHD=10M/s target write. That's what they are for. It's on their website: https://www.sdcard.org/developers/overview/speed_class/ I'd love to see the link wherein Nikon specifically ignores the very public, published SD standard.

That said, some premium manufactures switched to higher speed for all their manufacturing while continuing to label them seperately. SanDisk was notable for this. There are a lot of lesser labelled SanDisk that perform above their rated class speed. My advice stands: do not to try and get lucky with a class6. If you are going to shoot at 1080p@30 or 720p@60 just get the 10+UHS1 as recommended by the good folks who design them and don't waste your time.

Finally, the newer PZ lenses are just phenomenal. Stick with the old lenses if you like, but I just plain get better shots with USM +IS then I was 40 years ago on my 35m Program AE-1 without either. Stop missing opportunities and get a faster focusing lens, and we'll have to agree to get off each other's lawn!

about a year ago

Is It Worth Paying Extra For Fast SD Cards?

Maxwell Uhm, yes and WTF? (164 comments)

"However, with the buffer on modern DSLRs able to handle 20 full-res shots or more, it's unlikely an expensive card will make any difference to anyone other than professionals shooting bursts of fast-action shots"

UHm, no. Top of the line SLR can't handle 20 shots in buffer, and any consumer grade is 1-2 max. You won't get you 3-5 FPS (mid tier) or 5-9FPS (high end) without a fast card. And don't even think about recording 1080p or 720p@60 without a class10 UHS1 type card. The whole PC PRo exercise is a useless article apparently trying to convince consumers to buy slower things because 640k is enough for anyo....oh wait we've heard this before, haven't we :). I'd love to see them record HD video on Class4 card. Not happening.

Buying a class 4 or 6 card is just stupid these days. That is the PC equivalent of actively seeking out a USB1.1 portable HDD instead of USB3. Because USb 1.1 is all the speed you'll ever need really.

You will never regret buying class 10, but you will almost certainly regret a class 6 so why bother? Heck, in a year or two there won't be any class 6 available anyway - it is too slow...

Cameras: Canon EOS550d, S90.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Using a Tablet As a Sole Computing Device?

Maxwell Re:One size does not fit all... (417 comments)

This. Forget unsupported weirdness of chromebook. You need Angry Birds!

Just moved my dad (72) from original 20" imac with some weird HDD issues to an Asus transformer with official keyboard. He uses the keyboard when doing email at the desk, otherwise browsing, reading, gaming are all touch.

We got his P&S camera to upload pics directly to the tablet. The only thing he can't do (so far) is print. He fires up the mac for that.

So far so good - 4 months no complaints.

about a year ago


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