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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

captjc Re:Sort of like shitposting... (297 comments)

Too be fair, the media and slashdot in particular has always had a love / hate relationship with the iPad. In one sense, it seems the media is in love with them in that pretty much every journalist and pundit I have ever seen is usually carrying one. On the other hand, most articles not from a Mac fan site, is usually going on and on about "Apple is doomed", "iOS is the worst OS ever and is a failure compared to the greatness of Android", "iPad is just an overpriced toy", "Bill Gates proved time and again that nobody wants tablet computers", etc.

I like my iPads and my computers (2 Windows Desktops and 2 Macs). If you like Android tablets, or Windows laptops, or whatever great, use what makes you happy. However, in the end, Apple just posted record profits which tells me they are at least putting out products that people want.

For a good bit of nostalgia, find the Slashdot post anouncing the iPad and look at the amount of vitriol and nay-saying.

2 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

captjc Re:Teleporter Discussion! (162 comments)

Is the Star Trek universe full of clones whose previous iterations back to the original are long dead?

No. This was actually addressed in a hand-waving sort of way in an episode of Enterprise where the inventor of the transporter said that that particular metaphysical argument was poppycock.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

captjc Re:Only for the first year (570 comments)

Unfortunately, that means my days as both a graphics artist and a gamer will be over. Way to go Nadella, you greedy sack of shit.

Don't be such a drama queen. Mac's have been associated with graphic artists and "creative types" for over 30 years. Or you could always learn to use The Gimp like everyone else.

Also, I know it hurts to hear this as an PC Master-Race Ubermench, but millions of people play games on these things called "consoles." Sure, you have to ditch the mouse and keyboard, for something called a "gamepad" but it can theoretically be done. I know your Ubermench brethren will laugh at you for leaving the Gamer Gods to join the Konsole kiddies, but I'm sure they will understand your reasons and only laugh at you behind your back.

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

captjc Re:Why not use Macports? (592 comments)

If I was using only native Mac apps, I would have been okay enough. But I was accessing Linux GUI apps within a VM, and linux console apps via SSH. It was a real challenge to get decent Mac-to-PC key bindings.

Just out of curiosity, what linux apps are you using that can't be installed using one of the many mac package managers such as Macports, Fink, Homebrew, etc? While I don't use fink or homebrew, Macports typically has pretty good support for a good swath of popular (and even some pretty obscure) console and GUI programs. If the translation of key mappings between host and VM is the issue, having a native version installed could help solve your problem.

about two weeks ago
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Chrome For OS X Catches Up With Safari's Emoji Support

captjc Re:Bloat (104 comments)

Really? Emoji as they are being described here are part of the Unicode standard. If their textboxes blow up on account of stray unicode characters, then their software is crap to begin with. That isn't bloatware, that is bad design.

Bloatware is that desire to turn the web browser into a mail client, text editor, HTML IDE, chat client, music player, video editor, and all-around operating system. Giving full support to standard character sets is well within the core feature set of a program whose purpose is to connect to a site and display text and pictures.

I assume that you also believe the Wingding fonts were the biggest fundamental design flaw with Windows?

about three weeks ago
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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

captjc Re:No... (331 comments)

The problem is it is a terrible idea for a service because as it has mentioned by practically everyone in this forum, storage space is cheap, bandwidth is expensive, and kiddy pron. However, for a company to use on internal networks, it would be a pretty neat idea. It would be an interesting way of turning leased or purchased corporate PCs into cloud-based thin clients while still utilizing the (generally) large hard drives most laptop and desktop machines come with. It also means not needing a data center in every campus to house local cloud storage for employees as every computer on the network would be a (hopefully) redundant node of the local storage cloud.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

captjc Re:Tablets age well (328 comments)

Same here.

I bought an iPad 2 last year and love the thing. I found that I use it as much for work as I do for home. So I bought an Air 2 to keep at home. They both work fine and I have no need to replace them until they can no longer fulfill their purpose of checking email, browsing the web for a few hours and playing the occasional video or game. Definitely not going to replace them every 2-3 years.

about 1 month ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

captjc Re:8K!? but I haven't even bought a 4K yet (179 comments)

We'll have wall-sized 20K TV's in 10 years, but computer monitors will still only be 1080p...because stupid.

Nah, The reason PC monitors have been stuck in the HD-age is because LCD TVs were damn cheap to produce and took practically nothing to repurpose into monitors. Since the death of CRTs, TVs and Monitors have converged into more-or-less the same device, at least as far as manufacturers are concerned. The second that 4K TVs become dirt cheap to produce in 13"-30" sizes, you will see 1080 monitors going the way of the dodo. Same with 8K, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

captjc Re:Huh? (107 comments)

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like bananas.

Don't leave your clocks sitting out or they'll draw bugs.

about 2 months ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

captjc Re:Cash, never Leave Home Without it (375 comments)

Cash, How else are you are supposed to bribe slippery government officials. They can't exactly covertly palm a credit card, charge $50 and slyly give it back! No one takes a check slipped in the pocket seriously. Besides, the best part of bribery, is no paper trail.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

captjc Re:Capital and Investment (454 comments)

That is the situation we are in now. That is not how it has always been, and, if enough people can get angry enough to actually facilitate change, not how it has to be.

I've worked with quite a few of the "old timer" engineers, the ones who started working back in the late 60's, 70's and 80's. They would tell tales of how people would start at their companies as a lowly technician or engineer and stay for 30-50 years, moving up the corportauntil retirement. That it wasn't until the late 80's to 90's where everything went to hell. Multinationals would buy the company out, plunder the pensions, bring in foreigner for pennies on the dollar and fire everyone. There even used to be this mythical thing called job security where assuming that you didn't royally fuck up or the company didn't tank, you didn't have to worry about getting fired or laid off at the end of the week because one of the 40 VPs needs a few extra dollars to replace his company-paid three-month-old Porche with a more sporty Jaguar.

about 2 months ago
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The Nintendo DS Turns 10

captjc Re:TEN? (61 comments)

It reminds me of an Onion Radio News episode from 2008, 1998 was 10 Fucking Years Ago" It was almost a wake-up call because at that point as it did seem like almost yesterday.

about 2 months ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

captjc Re:"Engineer" (561 comments)

What are you talking about, Half, if not more than half of CEs are programming. Sure, not game programming (as in the book) but still programming.

I'm a CE and I spend most of my time programming everything from Robots, PLCs, HMIs, Motors, FPGAs and Vision systems, to the communication that glues them all together. I still need to have a knowledge of electronics and electrical design, but still a good portion of my work is (usually low-level) programming.

about 2 months ago
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How To Mathematically Predict Lightning Strikes

captjc Great Scott! (41 comments)

If I can predict lightning, now I no longer need to rip off plutonium or travel into the future and waste my money on a Mr Fusion to power my DeLorean. I can just use free thunderstorms and save a metric shitload of money!

What's the point. I still need to go into the future to pick up a hoverboard and sports almanac anyway.

about 3 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

captjc Re:Automation and jobs (720 comments)

Mincome works for employers as well. If the government was picking up the tab for a living wage, the biggest advantage is that you no longer have to. There is no point to having a minimum wage if the government is paying a living wage. This is the same reason that Universal health care is in the interest of most companies, because they no longer have to pay for employee insurance.

Then there are the side benefits. If everyone has a safety net, you can be damn well sure that moral is going to improve, which generally correlates with a rise in productivity. You also will get rid of most of those employees who don't really want to work, but just want a paycheck.

So, I believe that cheaper, more productive workers are in the interest of corporations.

about 3 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

captjc Re:Automation and jobs (720 comments)

That is also an unfair comparison. You get disability benefits because you can't work. The option is either sit and collect a check or return to work. It is an either / or situation. The point of a Mincome is that if you decide to work you still get the check and you get paid from your employer.

If those on disability had the option to go back to work part time (or take a different job entirely, start a business, or what have you) and still collect benefits, how many do you think would go back to work?

about 3 months ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

captjc Re:remember when (163 comments)

Yeah, I miss the wholesome arcade games of the 80's, like Battlezone, Red Barron, Scramble, Rush 'N Attack, and Missile Command. No military propaganda there. Nope.

about 3 months ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

captjc Re:Czar? (384 comments)

I don't know, ask the media why they like nicknaming executive-level governement offices, "Czars", as there are no positions with Czar as (or in) the official title. However, the tradition seems to go back to Franklin Roosevelt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

about 3 months ago

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