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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

Princeofcups Re: Who cares... (346 comments)

Your center detector needs re-calibration (travel anywhere in the world outside the US)

Yes, the US, once the last, best hope for freedom and liberty, is moving further to the left ...

I can stop reading right there.

about two weeks ago
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Woz Downplays the Significance of Apple's Startup Garage

Princeofcups Re:Didn't happen in Garage happened in Woz's room. (77 comments)

Woz may be tactfully reclaiming his role in creating apple. It didn't happen in the garage that was communal. It happened largely in Woz's room likely. Woz is an engineer and Jobs is a businessman.

Woz built the first apple computer largely alone.

Moving the location to his room is a subtle way to say what needs to be said.

Apple is a company, not a device. Even if the Apple I was not created in the garage, it sounds like the beginnings of the company Apple started there. The packaging, selling, marketing, planning, may have all happened there. It's like saying that you can't preserve Lincoln's log cabin because it didn't make him president.

about two weeks ago
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Woz Downplays the Significance of Apple's Startup Garage

Princeofcups Re:More important garage (77 comments)

If it hadn't been for the hp garage there might not have been the tech to make the Apple garage possible.

And if it weren't for IBM and others, there never would have been an HP. Your point is?

about two weeks ago
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Woz Downplays the Significance of Apple's Startup Garage

Princeofcups Re:Spirit (77 comments)

You say "spirit," I say "myth."

The idea is indeed powerful stuff. It wouldn't be so inspiring to realize that Apple didn't pull itself up by the bootstraps from a garage and that the real brains of the operation got a pittance compared to the smooth-talking asshole boss. Who wants a STEM education now?

B.S. Woz and the original team were rewarded very well. However Woz wanted more spread around, so he gave various employees who he thought deserved more some of his shares. Sure Jobs and the board could have spread the wealth around more, but Woz in particular made a fortune.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

Princeofcups Re:Apple is what MS always wanted to be (327 comments)

It always amazes me that people still try to bash Microsoft over the (bad) things they did in the 90s.

Let me state this yet again for the business concepts challenged. Apple is NOT A MONOPOLY. When Apple gets to the point that 90% of all devices run their OS, then we can talk. Until then, there is no comparison.

about a month ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

Princeofcups Run and fetch things for me (307 comments)

This is probably the most complicated to achieve. If it can navigate unknown situations in an elegant way, and learn new tasks and methods, then the rest are easy.

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Princeofcups Superficial (242 comments)

Take the names of the characters, drop all the technobabble (the essence of the stories), add a starlet for romance, use an existing script for the plot, and bang! Hollywood SciFi disaster.

about a month ago
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Espionage Campaign Targets Corporate Executives Traveling Abroad

Princeofcups And who's buying the data? (101 comments)

The same guys who are having their data stolen are the ones buying data that was stolen from some other guy. It's a sociopath feeding frenzy, and the criminals are cashing in.

about a month ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

Princeofcups Re:Doesn't solve the problem (136 comments)

Ice is handled by studded tires
Darkness is handled by lights
If you can dress up to do any outdoors activity in winter you can also dress to ride a bike.

Really, weather is not a problem.

Really, that is wishful thinking. If you wear glasses, they always fog up. Face protection is paramount, leaving you looking like a serial killer. Massive gloves are required, since they are the most exposed. Then there's fumbling with the bike lock and key while wearing massive gloves, trying to fit your helmet over your hat, baggy snow pants caught in the gears, decreased visibility when in snow, ... They are all small things, but weather certainly IS a problem.

about a month and a half ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Princeofcups Re:Huge setback (445 comments)

If everyone had given up on airplanes in the early days because of a few deaths, then we'd all be taking the train today.

We gave up on zeppelins because of a few deaths. :)

But we did not give up on zeppelins BECAUSE of a few deaths. We were already abandoning the technology for sea planes.

about a month and a half ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Princeofcups Re:Not a good week... (445 comments)

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943

He did not say "I predict in the future there will only ever be five computers." He said "I think we currently have five potential customers for our computer device."

about a month and a half ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Princeofcups Re:Good luck with that. (558 comments)

And worse than simply not accepting it, they did so because they plan to come up with their own competing product??? WTF, Rite Aid, do you really think people will rush to use yet another crappy store-specific solution, rather than look confused at the cashier for a few seconds before walking away, leaving their stuff at the register?

The three main drug stores in my area are Rite Aid, CVS, and Walgreens. Each requires you to have a card in order to get their regular pricing, as opposed to penalty pricing. Each thinks that they are locking you into using their store exclusively, whereas everyone just has all three annoying cards. They are just pissing off all their customers. It's a cold war to failure, just like green stamps and toasters at the savings and loan. Your grand parents can tell you about those.

about 2 months ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Princeofcups Re:1..2..3 before SJW (786 comments)

It's the SJW ninnies that are trying to pretend that nerds are the perpetrators here when they are generally powerless and denigrated.

I find the idea that nerds would ever chase off women particularly amusing. Hell, most of us would KILL to have women around. If women are electing to not pursue the field, it's certainly not because they're unwelcome. On every team that I've ever been on with women, the guys went out of their way to be nice to them.

Replace the word "nice" with "creepy." The problem with the unwashed coding masses is that they have no idea how to treat women as people, learn how to communicate in the their language, show any interest in what they like, etc.. Instead they try to find women who are just fantasy versions of themselves, but with boobs.

about 2 months ago
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

Princeofcups Build for peak, not average (120 comments)

Any critical system should run at 90% idle if it is going to handle peak demands. When the bean counters insist on scaling based on average load instead of peak usage, things always come crashing down.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Princeofcups Re:Hope! (522 comments)

Personally I want a hackers OS that I can play with and tweak as I feel like, but I accept that many people basically want open source windows or even just zero cost windows (i.e. free as in my wallet).

How about neither? I want a rock solid OS that can scale to N processors, allows hot swapping of hardware, allows the admin to spin up CPUs and memory on a live system, and has drivers that can be added and removed on the fly. That is, all the things that any enterprise level server OS has.

about 2 months ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Princeofcups Re:First taste of Mac OS X (305 comments)

I recently started a new role, where we predominately use Macs. As a long-term Linux user, I thought this would be a good opportunity to try out Macs, in case one day I decided to switch. Initially, I was very impressed, but after a few days, I find the whole thing to be dumbed down, unnecessarily.

  • Compared to Dolphin, I find Finder far too limited, especially the inability to show hidden files. I've got no idea why there is no such menu toggle built into it. What are Apple afraid of? This is especially annoying when I have to look for .m2 and .git files. Sure, I can use the command line, but it's not as intuitive.

A little googling would help you with all these issues.

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool YES

about 2 months ago
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National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

Princeofcups Supreme Court (112 comments)

The the supreme court will decline ruling on it, and nothing will change.

about 2 months ago
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Solar Could Lead In Power Production By 2050

Princeofcups My Ass (167 comments)

My ass could lead in power production by 2050 also.

about 3 months ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

Princeofcups Re:Faulty premise (139 comments)

Science fiction has never been about predicting future technology.

Science fiction is about considering and exploring the human ramifications when certain aspects of reality are changed.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. No.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Princeofcups Coder? (479 comments)

The question is, why are you looking for a common coding job? You need to spend a bit of money with one of the exclusive headhunters, who can find you positions with trading companies, NSA (don't snicker), and other places where an average coder could never do.

about 3 months ago

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