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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

chispito Re:Yeah, but you're not using your XPS anymore (354 comments)

The difference between your XPS is the Black Macbook is that the guy was still using the macbook for daily tasks. Your XPS is probably on a shelf somewhere.

I guess my comment was a bit misleading in one way: I don't think Macbooks are necessarily a bad value or were a bad value circa 2006. But let me clarify:

1) My 2006 Dell XPS M1210 is my daily driver. It started life with XP and has exclusively run Ubuntu the last 3 years.

2) I had to replace the power adapter and disc drive under warranty, and upgraded from the original 80GB hard drive to a 500GB hard drive three or four years ago.

3) Otherwise, I can't remember replacing anything on it. The rubber feet on the bottom have fallen off and the left-click button on the trackpad is mushy. I'm convinced it's just some crumbs in the cracks, but I'm too lazy to fix it and have been content to just tap the touchpad to click.

4) I'm still using the original 9-cell battery it shipped with. The 6-cell I bought at the same time died, but the 9-cell is still barely usable, providing maybe 40 minutes' usage. Not great but not bad for 8 years old.

5) Again--I'm not trying to say that Macbooks are a bad buy, but my wife's 2007 15" Macbook has had far more expensive problems (to be fair, it's still with us too).

3 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

chispito Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

A better idea is to tax wealth. That will encourage people to spend, and drive the economy forward.

Which will ensure the lower and middle class are never able to save up for a house, car, or other investment. Because savings will automatically dwindle by virtue of being there.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

chispito Re:Confucius say: (354 comments)

Considering that my Black MacBook (2006) lasted eight years, it was a good investment.

My XPS from 2006 is still with me, but the equivalent Macbook would have been far more expensive. What is your point?

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

chispito Re:You have to have an inexpensive wedding for 200 (447 comments)

The two statements about the more expensive the wedding the greater the chance of divorce and that the larger the ceremony you have the less likely you are to end up divorced seem mutually exclusive to me.

How expensive? Many churches offer an essentially free venue to members. $4/ head for a taco man, get over feeling like you need to get everyone drunk, and all you have left are fixed costs. Our 225-person wedding set us and some family members back in the neighborhood of $8-9k. And we splurged on some things, in our opinion. $4k is not unreasonable.

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

chispito Re:No they are not (304 comments)

I didn't say noise was unmeasurable. That's absurd. But the level of acceptable noise will vary widely by environment and by the personalities of your coworkers (to say nothing of home use), and since many people value audible feedback when typing, saying quieter is always better is arbitrary. Same with force. Surely some springs are too stiff, but others are too light and the keys wouldn't reset fast enough for a skilled typist.

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

chispito Re:Oh enough with the idol worship (304 comments)

1) Key activation force. You have to push quite hard to activate those key switches. That is unergonomic and contributes to developing RSI in many individuals. A good keyboard should have a light key activation.... (snip)

3) The noise. Those springs are loud. Makes it very annoying to use in an office environment, and unsuitable for quite environments like a studio. A good keyboard has dampened keys that don't make noise.

These are both arbitrary and it's not difficult to find people with preferences either way. I'm sure many skilled typists disagree with you on both counts.

about two weeks ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

chispito Re:Soon to be patched (329 comments)

Unfortunately, Linux has a lot to do with Bash.

about three weeks ago
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Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

chispito Re:Ironically, blame HIPAA (78 comments)

If you think that a bill piling expensive requirements on an industry is the perfect excuse to pile more expenses on that industry, then you may have a promising career ahead of you in Congress.

about three weeks ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

chispito Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

39. Have you ever experienced physical sexual harassment, unwanted sexual contact, or sexual contact in which you could not or did not give consent or felt it would be unsafe to fight back or not give your consent at an anthropological field site? (If you have had more than one experience, the most notable to you.)

The problem, again, is a terribly worded question. Are we to again assume physical should extend through the commas?

I don't see the leeway you do. "Sexual contact" is physical. There's simply no other way to read those two works used together.

about a month ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

chispito Re:Imagine That... (200 comments)

That makes no sense in context.

about a month ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

chispito Re:Imagine That... (200 comments)

The Lockheed Martin F-22?

about a month ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

chispito Re:I truly hope not (182 comments)

As an analogous situation, imagine if the creation of (text)books was originally patented. The patent holder would then be able to ensure that any textbooks whose contents disagreed with him do not get published simply by denying a licence to the publisher for that book.

I really don't see how textbooks could be much more expensive or difficult to obtain than they already are.

about a month ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

chispito Re:why? (182 comments)

to even less 'classroom discipline' [kids actually paying attention to the teacher], to the biggest one, chiefly even less social interaction between kids.

Sure, some kids can successfully learn this way, but not a lot.

Isn't most "classroom discipline" quashing all attempts at social interaction? You raise some odd concerns.

about a month ago
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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

chispito Re:Why buy Amazon hardware? (134 comments)

Even their e-paper based Kindles are pretty locked down (my wife has one) and it's relatively awkward to do anything other than buy stuff from Amazon with it.

It's still easier and more pleasant to read on e-ink than LCD.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

chispito Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

A gigantic set of the population is no longer even used to the concept of wearing a watch, because they have their phone. This device doesn't replace their phone. What exactly is the reason to have this as well, as opposed to pulling your phone out of your pocket?

The phone is big and needs to be unlocked to view texts/emails. I started wearing a watch again after 10 years without because I got tired of pulling my (dumb) phone out of my pocket. It's also a way for people who wish to be seen using Apple products to be seen using Apple products.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

chispito Re:Powershell (729 comments)

Comparing PS and Bash isn't really fair. Your tolerance or affinity for either will probably equal your tolerance or affinity for the OS. If you believe in the Unix philosophy bit about flat text, you're probably not going to be impressed with PS's object orientation (though PS can do flat text just fine).

For my part, I would love to learn bash, but my job doesn't really involve any *nix. PS came easy because I already needed a better way to work in Windows.

about a month and a half ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

chispito Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

You must ask yourself honestly : Why is it, when faced with stories like this, is your first instinct to claim that the woman lied or made it up?

Because they identify with her tormentors.

about 2 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

chispito Re:Just proves the point (1262 comments)

But that's no longer trolling.

Evolve, people. At least keep the trolling to a respectable severity.

about 2 months ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

chispito Facebook did not abuse their users (257 comments)

And no, I don't think they abused their "product" either. They did what they always do--show people things selectively to elicit a response. Usually it's called "advertising." In this case called it "research."

about 2 months ago

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