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Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

SengirV Re:Most notebooks are not really upgradeable (477 comments)

define "service" it. There is no way to upgrade the RAM, as that is soldered in. The Battery is glued in, and I don't know of anyone who sells a replacement. And the SSD has a proprietary connection - OWC is the only outfit I see that offers the ability to upgrade the prior generation's SSD(for a markup of course). But so far, no one is offering a way to upgrade the new generation of MBP's SSD. You see, apple reworked it again to make it even LESS upgradable.

That is why I have the last generation 15" cMBP, and I intend to keep this thing for as long as humanly possible - In hopes that Apple comes to it's senses with respect to not charging way more than the normal Apple Tax amount, for a laptop that satisfies a demanding user. If they don't, I'll be looking for alternatives to the MBP as well.

about 10 months ago

UW Researchers Demonstrate First Direct Communication Between Human Brains

SengirV Pacific Rim (154 comments)

One step closer...


1 year,26 days

International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

SengirV Re:Is It Just Me? (510 comments)

There is no disadvantage to less pollution. It's HOW you go about doing it. Ignoring China's and India's environmental impacts while taxing the hell out of every American and European person to line the pockets of politician and political benefactor's carbon market schemes, not only is pure crap, but is stagnating an already bad economy to certain ruin.

But apparently that is what some folks desire, for some reason.

I am not anti-anti-pollution. I love the outdoors and nature. And I can tell you that even basic laws and ACTUAL enforcement has turned a lot of rivers I could not fish, due to pollution, in the 70s and 80s into thriving ecosystems in the 2000s and 2010s. You don't have to ruin world economies to clear up the pollution, no matter how much certain politically motivated parties would have you think otherwise.

about a year ago

13-Inch Haswell-Powered MacBook Air With PCIe SSD Tested

SengirV Re:Is this a joke? (224 comments)

define better

about a year ago

Fake "Speed Enforced By Drones" Signs On California Freeways

SengirV I wonder if any real drones ... (218 comments)

... captured him in the act of placing these signs in public.

My guess would be HELL YES!!!

about a year ago

Intelligence Director Claims NSA Surveillance Reports Inaccurate

SengirV Re:Verbal loophole (262 comments)

Yes, but when they are looking for potential terrorists, they start with just one and work out from there. With an already accurate map of communications(what the NSA is collecting), they simply reach out from a given suspect to see who they are talking to, and then one more iteration.

They are not taking a the whole map and saying - Find me a terrorist, as you last sentence implies.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

SengirV Introduction to Algorithms (656 comments)

I have been out of a school for a while, and I just picked this book up to refresh/prepare for an upcoming interview. Try getting through that book without a math background. My mind is still hurting from what I was reading last night.

But the point is, what kind of job are you looking for. Quite frankly, you would most likely NOT enjoy a job that was not challenging.

about a year ago

Schools Scanned Students' Irises Without Permission

SengirV Re:So what exactly is the problem with this? (342 comments)

Really? It's a government entity collecting unique biometric data to be stored in perpetuity for no defined purpose. No communication with parents, no direction as to it's use, and school officials employing the typical school system no-think by saying, "I do what I am told". The whole thing smacks of slimy Big Brother tactics.

But then again, you sound like one of those types who like to allow minors to undergo surgical procedures without the parent's consent. It takes a village, absent the parents potential for objections, right?

about a year ago

Apple Releases Basic iPod Touch, Possibly Foreshadowing iPhone Strategy

SengirV Re:Get back to media player! (228 comments)

There is room for both. The iPhone without the phone bit is really important to me, because I can give it to my young son to play with, literally, and not have to thing about him having a cell phone. He plays games, takes pictures/videos, watches TV/movies, etc... This new "improved" thing does not fit my criteria, because of the lack of camera, and it doesn't fit your criteria as well.

It just seems like a big giant miss from Apple, IMHO.

BTW, you can buy the iPod Touch 4 w/32Gigs of RAM from the refurb store for $179. You then turn off wi-fi, remove of group all the apps you can't remove into one bucket, ignore the cameras, and then enjoy your media device for music and photos/videos. It's much easier to ignore something than it is to use something that doesn't exist.

about a year ago

Moore's Law Fails At NAND Flash Node

SengirV Re:self-fulfilling prophecy? (147 comments)

It means that they are not able to shrink smaller than 19nm for this next generation of NAND flash memory. Normally the numbering system from generation to generation included the number in the tens(and 100s) column. But since they are at that same physical size, they had to use a new numbering scheme. 1x -> 1y.

All it means is that the physical limits of shrinking the die size are being hit. And the author is simply saying that it's a sign of things to come - DUH!!! Also, to your parent post, Moore himself thought the prediction would have not held up anywhere close to this long. So that can be interpreted as the "self-fulfilling prophecy".

about a year ago

Today Is International Day Against DRM

SengirV Re:EA retaliates (256 comments)

Not anymore. Stick to your guns.

Is it legal to even SAY guns anymore? Pointed sticks perhaps?

about a year ago

Our Solar System: Rare Species In Cosmic Zoo

SengirV Call me silly (197 comments)

Isn't there something to be said for sample size here? We've had the ability to "easily" see large planets. We've discovered that there is a strange(to us) phenomena known as "Hot Jupiter". But other than that, we have found only relatively large planets up to this point. Each of those systems with large planets may also contain smaller planets as well.

You can't prove a negative, but that appears to be what they are doing. Since we don't have the tech to discover systems like our own, we MUST be rare.

about a year ago

Crowdsourcing Failed In Boston Bombing Aftermath

SengirV Why does not one mention this? (270 comments)

The crowd sourcing, in this case, only has a tiny percentage of the video/images the authorities had. So logically, the list of legit suspects runs out quickly, and then you have LOTS of outliers being tagged as well. Then you throw in the idiots who's only justification for tagging someone is "brown" and where else do you expect this to go.

Weed out the "brown" taggers, ignore everything after the 1st 6 hours, and you have a set of suspects that were actually somewhat legit.

about a year ago

One Boston Marathon Bomb Suspect Dead, Other At Large After Shootout With Police

SengirV Re:News for nerds? (1109 comments)

The problem is that the social media crowd only has a SMALL % of the photos/videos the feds have. Given this, the list of possible targets social media comes up with invariably extends well beyond likely, and quickly delves into the absurd, and unfortunately a select few target strictly because a person is "brown", "middle eastern", "looks like TeaParty" member.

That is why social media is more of a joke in this instance than normal. Also, why the media is a complete and utter joke because they will run ANYTHING as breaking news, and their politics shines through as well with wishes that the bomber is a home grown anti-tax day person. The desire to label the bomber as such was palpable on many news channels/shows.

about a year and a half ago

One Boston Marathon Bomb Suspect Dead, Other At Large After Shootout With Police

SengirV (1109 comments)

There was a group of military that ran the marathon WITH backpacks on. They were also some of the first to help the wounded. exercise your inner-google. I saw photos that day of that showed them running IN the race.

Take off the tinfoil hat and rejoin reality. It may suck and make no sense at times, but every now and then, you actually get to have some fun. If you are always wearing your tinfoil hat, you will NEVER feel happiness.

about a year and a half ago

The Dark Side of Digital Distribution

SengirV Re:Or how about Android Marketplace? (270 comments)

I"m not the OP in this situation, but this is how I read it as well. In the digital age, things do not remain static. You lose functionality over time, so this is the exact definition of "paid-for phone is now becoming less and less useful". Yet, even that commenter gets a nod from another by calling the OP a troll. Since like the art of debate is dead.

more than 2 years ago

School Sends Child's Lunch Home After Determining it Unhealthy

SengirV Re:Despicable (554 comments)

So your contention is that the "real story is ISN'T nanny state"? I would disagree 100%. This is exactly what the story is about, nanny state deems turkey/cheese sandwich not healthy, but chicken nuggets are. About the only thing more nanny would be driving the underage girl to a clinic for a medical procedure, without notifying the parents.

more than 2 years ago

Maine Senator Wants Independent Study of TSA's Body Scanners

SengirV Too late... (335 comments)

TSA must have gotten their marching orders recently. They have been pretty strict about pushing as many people through those radiation machines as possible for that last couple of months. Prior, you could pony up to the metal detectors without much hassle. Now, you are told to stand in the long imaging line. And this is the case at several airports I travel through.

more than 2 years ago


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