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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Thumper_SVX Re: thatsracist.gif (820 comments)

Do you have statistics that show the percentage of race listening to rap music at stupidly high volume? Probably not... neither do I. However, I can point out (even though you're AC, so I'm really just talking into a hurricane here) that around here the kids listening to said rap music are predominantly white or Asian... not black. Given my area is a pretty well mixed community that's an impressively sad statement.

Yeah, most rap artists are black. So what? OP didn't make any statement of race, he just made a statement about kids in their cars who have no concept of midrange or treble. They're all about the bass :P

5 days ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Thumper_SVX Re:a better question (592 comments)

It was the M3800... not M6800... thought I'd just let you know that :)

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Thumper_SVX Re:Exaggeration, much? (592 comments)

You realize of course that every time I've called the toll-free number, they've told me to go to the Genius Bar with a service request ID? Yeah... they want to "verify the problem" before they've fixed it. That alone is enough reason for me to say "Nope!"

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Thumper_SVX Re:Debian on shiny Retina Macbook Pro (592 comments)

Reboot?????? Bwaaaahahahahaaaaa!!! OMG... that's brilliant. "Have you tried turning it off and back on again?"

Seriously... there was a time that Apple fans were so smug when they said that to Windows users. Now suddenly that Mac OS needs it, it's suddenly the first troubleshooting step.

Look, the problem is not applications; it's APIs that remain inconsistent between Mac OS versions that require a recompile and reinstall. I know; I've written Mac OS software and I abandoned my project because I was tired of hitting documented APIs that either vanished or changed radically with a single update of the OS. While I do respect the idea of cleaning up old code and not providing too much legacy cruft, Apple takes it to extremes and dumps APIs because they're inelegant or just because they decided that they're going to force a new way of doing things on the developer community. And it would be OK if it were just major revisions, but even minor revisions will deprecate an API without warning.

Make fun of Windows all you want, but at least the software I wrote a decade ago can still run cleanly without recompile unless I want to take advantage of new API's. This is the way things should be.

BTW... recovering Apple-a-holic here... I'm finally getting clean :)

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Thumper_SVX Re:a better question (592 comments)

But Apple doesn't. I am about to sell my 5th and final Apple laptop (my first was an iBook G4). Every single one of them has been fundamentally flawed and has returned to Cupertino at least once. Oh, except the MacBook Pro 13 that I had for 6 months because it became clear that it was slower than the then 6-year-old 15" MacBook Pro it replaced. I defended Apple, but their support has become even worse as their products flaws became more glaring.

I do like OSX... that's the shame of it. I do prefer it over Windows, but I'm totally done with Apple hardware.

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Thumper_SVX Re:a better question (592 comments)

Consumer-grade HP's are overpriced crap. Same for most of the consumer-grade PC's out there. If you want a good PC you're going to have to pay a little more for it, and do some research... but there ARE great PC's out there. My Surface Pro 1 has been rock solid, and by all accounts the SP3 is amazing. My Alienware boxes have been incredibly solid and have taken one hell of a beating, to the extent that I'm buying an Alienware 15 to replace my MacBook Pro. And yes, one of my Alienware laptops runs Linux fantastically well.

Dell Precisions are easily a match for any MacBook Pro, especially the latest versions that just came out. Had my hands on one of the latest (an M6800 I think it was called). It was thinner and lighter than an MBP, had a gorgeous screen and ran Photoshop like a scalded dog. And don't even get me started on the differences between Apple and Dell support...

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Thumper_SVX Re:a better question (592 comments)

You know what? I'm a "lapsed Apple guy"... ran MacBook pros for years, had iPhones... now I'm Android and Windows. Reason? The "Genius Bar". Yeah... I'm going to take 2 hours out of my day to go to the closest Apple store... which is in the mall... which sucks because I hate malls. I have to fight for parking, battle my way past the Starbucks stand where the hipsters are yelling at the Barista because the milk has .01% too much foam on their triple-espresso low fat low carb mocha latte frappucino hot... to finally put my name on the list for the Genius where I'm in a one hour queue to get some just-out-of-college hipster who was probably earlier yelling at that same barista to waggle his waxed moustache ends at my laptop and tell me that it's broken. I freaking know that. Then they tell me how they could fix it there but this is a return-to-base factory warranty and that I now need to go fight my way to the FedEx store in a different freaking mall to ship the tucker to Cupertino and be sans laptop for a fortnight.

You know what? When my Alienware dies, Dell will SEND A FREAKING TECH TO MY HOUSE. On my schedule... not a cable-company "sometime-between-10am-and-2020", but a guy who calls me up and makes an appointment to make sure I'm home. If he doesn't bring the part he'll take it with him and either ship it return-to-base himself or he'll get the part overnighted. I don't need some 20-something hipster telling me it's broken... I have being working in technology since before he was born (most likely) and I can diagnose this shit in my sleep.

Oh, and you know what? Every MacBook Pro I've ever purchased has gone back to base for some warranty repair. All of them. Except my last one which suffered a GPU problem literally the week after the warranty expired (one of the many 2011 model 15" units with cracking solder balls that Apple still won't admit is a problem). That latter was the last straw for me... Apple products are beautiful but every one of them has been fundamentally flawed, and their support is a joke. My Alienwares (I have three) have been rock solid... only a lid replacement on an M11xR1... and again Dell sent a tech to my house to fix it. I have an AW15 on order too to replace the MBP... which is away to get the solder balls repaired AT MY COST and then will find its way to eBay. Thus will end my Apple experience.

Oh, and as much as Apple fanboys like to give Microsoft shit, I am typing this on a first-gen Surface Pro that is my take-everywhere PC, has traveled extensively and has been absolutely rock solid. Five years ago if you had told me I'd EVER say that about a Microsoft product I would've seriously laughed in your face.

about two weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Thumper_SVX Re:Typical short sighted viewpoint (594 comments)

You want a better analogy?

We had planes with props for what... 30 years before someone started to develop the jet engine. Are you saying the jet engine was pointless because we already had the power to fly? No... and the first development articles were less powerful than the props they were aiming to supplant or augment. Some people just had ideas and vision that this was a technology that would go somewhere and they were right.

Now granted, that was one component and what Scaled Composites is trying to do is test a bunch of components and technologies at once. That may or may not be the right move, but they're doing it with (currently) Richard Branson's money and intend to use the money from the space tourists to continue to advance those technologies. The entire mission statement of the company is that they want to advance flight.... you can neither do that in a void nor without risk. Flying is risky... ask me; I'm a pilot who had a near miss in a Cessna with a bizjet a few years ago. I was lucky I survived... but that didn't stop me flying. I accept the risk for the pleasure it gives me and it gives me no appreciable gain other than the experience of having done it. I don't fly planes for travel... I fly planes for the pleasure of flying. By your arguments I should stop immediately... but what do you care because it's my money I'm using for my pleasure... and it's a pleasure that many others before me died for?

Honestly, if I were in that financial position to spend the money on a VG flight I probably would just to say I'd done it and just for the experience. And yes, I'd accept the risk because flight and especially SPACE flight is inherently dangerous. You don't have the stomach for it... I get it. That doesn't make it wrong. You are risk averse, I am not... if I were I'd probably still be living in Belfast and most likely spent most of my life on the dole instead of building a life for myself in another country (the USA). That was also something filled with risk... but I decided the risks were worth the potential reward. I was right.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

Thumper_SVX DIY? (115 comments)

Seriously, why not do it yourself? You can get a pretty cheap virtual host from any number of providers and just do it. You don't even have to manage the entire server, plenty of virtual hosting services too... but personally I'd recommend doing the entire server. My Linode is cheap as hell and provides a great place to host my mail and web host, as well as providing a hub for my VPN network. Yes, I have to manage it as well, but apart from the occasion patches I don't really do much with it once it was all set up except use it.

about 3 months ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Thumper_SVX Re:Second the recommendation (267 comments)

God, I hope not. After the well-intentioned trainwreck that was Prometheus I really don't want to see The Martian by Ridley Scott. Seriously, the man has no sense of humour, which is key to why that book was so damned good, and so accessible to the non-SF person.

For my part I am not sure who I'd want to direct it... but I'd really want to see Ryan Reynolds in the lead. He was exactly who I imagined through the entire book :)

about 4 months ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Thumper_SVX Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

:) Fair enough, and I apologise. Yeah, context is hard in text. Not knowing you or seeing any context myself, your comment could easily be viewed as being a facetious remark from someone just familiar enough with Irish history. Myself I like to correct people like this because I honestly think Irish history is absolutely fascinating and I encourage people to learn something about it.

I agree though with you and the other respondent to my note; the history of Ireland is incredibly complex. These Americans think they have it bad with the Native Americans... that's a cakewalk historically speaking to understanding most of the migrations, invasions and wars that have occurred throughout most of Europe. But yes, I agree that from an outside perspective the British Isles seems pretty consolidated culturally. But at the same time I would note that a lot of this is due to an homogenisation of culture within the British Isles mostly due to English-language media, movies and so on from the US. Culturally while most of Europe is tending to lean more "American", the BI in general is far further along that path and sometimes even accelerating mostly due to the commonality of language with the USA.

Still, thanks for the response :)

about 4 months ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Thumper_SVX Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

If you know Irish history you'll know that's not true. Generally the populous of the North are the ancestors of British settlers and hence Protestant. Thus their history is actually separate.

While they've had a shared history for a while, that's not always been the case. And culturally the two "halves" of Ireland (majority are actually Nationalist) have little truly in common. Lignuistically they all speak English mostly as a method of simplifying trade and cross-border relations; there are only a very few small pockets of Gaelic-native speakers in Ireland any more and even then they tend to be much older and therefore less likely to be around very long.

The issue of increased Irish integration comes down to one of both tradition and economics. While the UK may not be the best horse upon which to hitch your wagon, economically-speaking it's probably better than the rather horrible train-wreck of the Irish economy. Tradition simply comes down to the fact that as mentioned above nearly all Unionists are the Protestant descendants of the "Planters".

And contrary to popular belief in the US, the strife has nothing to do with religion. Not all Unionists are Protestant, while not all Nationalists are Catholic. There is crossover and diversity among those two groups... though true, religion does provide a handy "cheat-note" for those unfamiliar with the real history of Ireland.

Disclaimer: Northern Irish Protestant here, living in the USA. Though curiously far better educated on the history of Ireland than most of my family or peers I went to shcool with :)

about 4 months ago
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Old School Sci-fi Short Starring Keir Dullea Utilizes Classic Effects

Thumper_SVX Re:Hulu sucks. (91 comments)

You mean like they did right here?

Indie films... they're going to distribute it any way they can to get an audience. I for one loved it... but I was also one of the Kickstarter backers in the first place. As a piece of indie art it's absolutely fabulous.

about 6 months ago
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Android Wear Is Here

Thumper_SVX Re:Watches? (129 comments)

I agree, as that was almost certainly me up until about a year ago. I wore a watch most of my adult life, and it became really useful when I became a pilot as time is absolutely key when you fly. So I had a nice watch that was functional in the cockpit and a nice piece of jewelry. However, as smart phones got more common and got more dependable, that went away. I started using my phone for time more than my watch because quite frankly I had a pretty good idea that my phone was accurate. While my watch also was always accurate, I traveled enough between time zones that resetting my watch became a chore... having the phone do it for me was golden.

Now, six months ago I got a Pebble. I hadn't worn a watch on a daily basis in years... but I got it because a good friend was clearing out some of the toys he had (he's a classic early adopter... buys stuff, barely uses it and then stores it... but was cleaning out his closet). As a result, I got it a good chunk below retail as a toy. And you know what? The surprising thing to me now is I use it. Daily. I wear it every day and use it a lot. The notifications are really nice, and it's really nice not to have to pull my phone out of my pocket. Particularly when I'm sitting down... the watch is just there. Oh, and the time's always right because it's set from my phone. And the face? Well, it can be whatever I want it to be... I can have it cluttered and techy one minute (my default 'cos I'm a geek) and the next I can push a button and have a clean, easy to read face. No muss, no fuss.

Plus, I just LOVE the "flick the wrist to turn the light on" function. It means I can check the time in the dark even if I only have my watch-hand free.

Having said all this, not really interested in either of these new contenders. The Pebble does everything I need it to and then some... the display is easily readable in every condition I've had it in and doesn't ever appear washed out. And I charge it maybe weekly... the battery life is really good on this. Yes, it does suck a little bit having to charge my watch at all, but it's not really any great chore. I just schedule to charge it on Mondays at work along with my FitBit :)

about 7 months ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

Thumper_SVX Be Grateful... (200 comments)

Hey, I look on the bright side; even if it's illegal and dangerous at least the person responsible didn't use "Sail" by AWOLNation like every other GoPro video uses. So it appears they at least have some taste.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

Thumper_SVX Re:Great deal! (365 comments)

Honestly your comment would be valid if you'd actually used one, I think.

I'm definitely NOT a Microsoft shill; I have a Macbook Pro I still use for photo editing that I do rather like even if the lead-free solder on the GPU is a problem (I plan to fix soon). But anyway, for years I've avoided most Microsoft products; I have had several Android tablets, my MBP is my fourth, I've had Macs since the 604 days (and had an original Mac before that)... I've put Linux on dozens of laptops and still manage Linux boxes at work as well as storage and Windows servers. I tell you this because I want you to understand where I come from with my next statements:

I got a Surface Pro... first gen, 128GB storage, 4GB RAM. I have the Type Keyboard 2 attached to it. And you know what? When I leave the house it's the computer I take with me most often. It's small enough that I can carry it anywhere, and resilient enough that I don't worry about throwing it in the pannier of my motorbike. It'll survive... damn thing's built like a tank. Most times if I'm at a coffee shop, I'll be reclining with the keyboard folded up the back... or just detached and left in my car or bike. This little laptop/tablet hybrid has become my go-to device every single day.

Is it as good at photo editing as my MBP? No... the screen's not set up for that and the storage is WAY too small to manage my significant library of 12MP RAW pictures from my Nikon. But you know what? When I did a wedding shoot a couple of weeks back I was able to pull the Micro SD card out of my camera (it's in an SD adapter for my camera, but I digress), I was able to slip it into the MicroSD slot on my SP and then the happy couple were able to swipe through the raw, unedited shots from the wedding before they'd even finished their first drink. Then I was able to download the pics to the local storage, clean off the card and repeat the whole process at the reception. When I got home two days later I moved the pics to my MBP for editing. No muss, no fuss.

Is it a games machine? No... but no laptop is. I have a dedicated machine for that.

But damned if it hasn't become the most useful laptop I have. It's supplanted an iPad and a Nexus 7 in terms of tablet functionality because it can do everything they can. It's supplanted most of what my MBP used to do (you know, being portable...) because it does ALMOST everything that thing does. The high-end stuff I need to do (photo editing is resource heavy) just isn't great on the SP, but it doesn't have to be. Chances are my gaming rig will get some new hard drives and start serving duty as my Photoshop machine, too and the MBP will go up on eBay.

That's the thing though; the SP might not be what you need and might not fill a niche in your life. That's cool, but personally I've found my SP to fill niches I didn't think of when I first got it. I take notes during meetings using the stylus (which by the way is freaking awesome!) and I find myself whipping out my SP at work and propping it up on my desk as a third "reference material monitor" or even a photo frame if I feel like it. It's amazingly adaptable because it's a computer. The fact that it runs Windows is actually irrelevant to me any more. There's very little that can be done on OSX or Linux that can't be done on Windows. Hell, if I want to run X applications from my Linux servers I can fire up MobaXTerm, SSH in and launch whatever I want and have it seamlessly on my desktop. You know, just like I used to do with OSX. It's also no more locked down and limited than OSX, and it might even become the more open of the "big two" commercial OS's the way Apple is going. So what do I lose?

And there's the rub. For people who are really OS-agnostic in what they do (which should be everyone in 2014... seriously), the SP is a great laptop and a great tablet. It's heavy, yes... that's probably the worst thing I can say about it, but it's seriously no heavier than the first gen iPad that I still have gathering dust somewhere. At least it feels that way when I hold both of them. And it might just push me back to Microsoft full-time as Windows for all its warts is still a better gaming OS than OSX or Linux. They've come a long way, but SOOO many games are still Windows only. Since Photoshop is literally all I have left that requires my MBP and by extension OSX any more, what's compelling me to stay with the Apple ecosystem? Nothing. Photoshop runs just as well on Windows, if not better... and I get the advantage of leveraging the GPU for something that makes me a bit of money (photography) so I can then start to prop up my gaming with that.

And Windows 8? Really... you have to try it on a device that it actually makes sense on. While I don't like Metro foisted upon me, either I do find that it works fantastically in "Tablet Mode"... i.e. you have no keyboard and want to relax on the couch and surf the Internet / watch a movie. In some ways I find it a better "two-thumbed OS" than iOS on the iPad. And the desktop... well, just install Classic Shell and you get your Start Menu back for when you want to use it as a desktop machine. I do... I use it both ways and love having that flexibility. On a machine that isn't dual purpose, the dual UI makes no sense and I still think Microsoft's retarded for foisting it upon users who have no use for it... but again, with Classic Shell on my work laptop (that also runs Win 8.1) I haven't seen Metro in months. It boots to the desktop and then I work.

TL;DR: Ex Mac addict, ex Linux evangelist, current Surface Pro user finds it actually delivers on the promises Microsoft makes. Probably going to replace his Macbook Pro with a Windows PC on the strength of that alone. And OP's TL;DR is full of false dichotomies that do not relate to the subject at hand.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

Thumper_SVX Re:Not likely. (365 comments)

And I have a 2011 Macbook Pro that crashes every time I use the discrete graphics card because the lead-free solder is shit. And yes, I'm one of MANY with that problem...

about 7 months ago
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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

Thumper_SVX Re:Desk Accessories? 1984. (411 comments)

Seriously, why attribute this to a corporation and not to the engineers who... you know... actually invented stuff? Apple didn't invent the desk accessories but were the first to bring to a commercial market. Yay. Microsoft was also first in a lot of places, though again they were merely capitalizing on the successes of their engineers. You know... like... capitalism.

I've been a Mac fan for a LONG time... I made some good money on the stock market through my belief in Apple. But really, the hatred of a lot of "Apple Fans" on this very site really turn me off. It's becoming less like a tech company and more like a religion every day. What happened to using the best tool for the job?

And I must say that you're going to find this a really unpopular opinion, but Apple right now have yet to come out with anything that competes with my Surface Pro as my "all day computer". More functional than an iPad and more portable/usable in odd environments than my laptop. My only gripe is the relatively short battery life, but even that is fixable. My iPad is languishing in a drawer and while my Macbook Pro still does sterling duty for Photoshop (since I'm a photographer) it's never the computer I throw in my bag when I leave my house for the day any more.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla Logged $713 Million In Revenue In Q1 and Built 7,535 Cars

Thumper_SVX Re:price and ROI of solar panels (131 comments)

I agree there unfortunately. I did the math a few years ago, during which time the electric price hasn't really risen substantially in the midwest. I basically figured that the cost of installing the PV panels would be recouped at about the same time that the panels reached about 30% of their original capacity... in other words by that point you'd be so close to replacement time that it was almost a wash. It just didn't make sense to me because when I also included costs of routine maintenance (you have to clean PV shingles or panels frequently to ensure maximum efficiency) it really was a net negative.

Now, if electricity prices were higher like in Australia then I could definitely see it making a lot more sense.

about 9 months ago
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Tesla Logged $713 Million In Revenue In Q1 and Built 7,535 Cars

Thumper_SVX Re: Sponsor? (131 comments)

7 years? Yeah, it'll be around. It may not be the same /. as it is today, but this is hardly the same place it was 7 years ago either. That's not necessarily a bad thing; evolve or die.

It's also interesting to me since I IMDB'd her birthday that she's one day older than my girlfriend :)

about 9 months ago

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iPod Classic Hash Cracked

Thumper_SVX Thumper_SVX writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Thumper_SVX writes "Seems that the screaming about the new hash in the iPod song database was a tempest in a teacup. Despite the fact that we still don't know for sure if the hash was added as a security measure or just a consistency check on the database itself, the hash has been cracked. This opens the door to retrofit all those precious third-party music management apps to the iPod Classic and new Nano."
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