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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

cream wobbly Re:Wrong way round (598 comments)

If you want a repairable computer with a separate chip for every application, I have a coal plant to sell you

What on earth are you wittering on about? That has absolutely nothing at all to do with what I'm pointing out, and pointing out quite clearly enough, but if it helps, here goes:

The Powerbooks and iBooks were just as integrated as the Macbooks. Pretty much every laptop ever worth buying has had highly integrated logic. But in the Powerbooks, you could replace the keyboard by twisting a screw and flipping two latches. In the new one you have to practically dismantle the entire machine to get to it and undo several dozen poppy seed-sized screws.

I've spilt water on my Powerbook, and pulled the keyboard out to dry it. When I spilt water on the Macbook it took over an hour just to get it detached from the machine, by which time it had had chance to fester making it necessary to buy a new one. It was while I was going through this very laborious process that my mind had chance to ponder the pros and cons of the current state of Apple hardware and what attracted me to the company in the first place (of which software was not a major one).

The RAM isn't socketed on the newest machines, and the SSDs use an Apple-exclusive interface. I fully expect them to be engraved with the slogan "Designed by Apple in a disaposable state."

In the meantime, Apple software has become more integrated, better packaged, and generally good all round. Barring a few obvious problems, it's a very solid set of tools. I don't see what this Tumbler chap is complaining about, and I certainly don't see an improvement in hardware.

about a month ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

cream wobbly Wrong way round (598 comments)

"Apple's hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has taken such a nosedive in the last few years that I'm deeply concerned for its future."

That's not been my experience. The software is really solid, much better than it's ever been (although questionable UI choices have hamstrung usability); while the hardware is becoming less serviceable, more disposable. Sure, it may be more closely following the components used in devices designed for Windows, but if I can't replace a keyboard destroyed by two drops of water without removing the entire guts of the machine (accidentally destroying the keyboard backlight in the process), with 56 screws holding the keyboard itself in, and about a dozen (because I can't remember exactly how many) extremely fragile connectors surrounding the motherboard then I'm out.

I need a machine I can service. Apple no longer satisfies that need.

about a month ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

cream wobbly Still going? (156 comments)

"Hard core old guy" here. Never actually seen one. Only tangentially aware of this while I was growing up, eliciting surprise at its longevity each time I've read about it since. Then again, I was in the UK...

I suspect I have a few more decades of surprise remaining. Sigh.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

cream wobbly Re:The old idea fallacy (268 comments)

Ignoring the fact that the GP was making a joke-of-sorts while possibly also countering the TFS's claim that "Microsoft doesn't have a long track record of cracking down on individual pirates", this is clearly not an appeal to novelty. In fact, if we're talking fallacies, the simpler fallacy of the old red herring could be applied to your argument; plus the logical fallacy of your choice since the IT industry, in particular with respect to software licensing, has changed at least as rapidly in the last four decades as clothing and hair fashions: In short, you cannot reject an argument as being an appeal to novelty when the topic in question is itself subject to the whims of novelty.

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

cream wobbly Re:The real question is . . . (525 comments)

(btw: This is a classic /. post. Solves the problem and uses an adorable word.)

But when you say intelligent agent, this would be modeled on typical standards of driving, which is to say, planting the accelerator fimly into the footwell when accelerating, then slamming on the anchors as soon as the driver ahead so much as breaths on the brake pedal.

In other words, a good braking wave simulation.

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

cream wobbly Re:The real question is . . . (525 comments)

It's realistic, so long as the quoted EPA highway fuel economy is 45 mpg or higher, it should get around 30 mpg at 85 mph: http://www.mpgforspeed.com/

So basically, GP's driving a VW TDI or lying.

about 2 months ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

cream wobbly Re:Empty article.. (438 comments)

The only REAL market for 10, 12, 15k RPM disks is the same market large SSDs are targetting.

about 2 months ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

cream wobbly Re:Empty article.. (438 comments)

I wonder what I'm supposed to do with these 10k and 12k RPM disks now that Slashdot has decided they're impossible.

about 2 months ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

cream wobbly Re:Oh god, no. (163 comments)

I'm with neonKow, this can't be "every". But the prevalence of black & white worldviews seems to be higher among those who spend most of their time indoors with their work. The same goes for scientists, (which is how come we still get to have shitstorms over people wearing pimp shirts), lawyers (who really only meet bad or aggrieved people), the religious profession (who gurn a lot and talk to fairies), and politicians (who generally only meet people who are prepared to give them lots and lots of cash on the sly).

about 2 months ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

cream wobbly Interesting, anecdote, bro (350 comments)

It's a shame you put this forth as a "debunking" when your own (miniscule) results are hardly better controlled than the (far more numerous) results you decry.

To control properly, you would need an additional pair of photos of women, similarly dressed, similarly cropped, plus another pair of a mother and baby, but not nursing. I'm no expert on what constitutes proper control, but heck, at least cover the basics.

about 3 months ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

cream wobbly Re:Astonishing grasp of the obvious (350 comments)

Me too. I tell you, it was far cheaper for our marriage, and went straight to investments instead of going to fund crypto-slavery.

about 3 months ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

cream wobbly Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (350 comments)

Humans don't naturally expose a huge amount of breast, since they don't become large naturally. It's only with the advent of adequate medicine and an abundance (excess?) of nutrition that some women find themselves large mammaries; and it's only with the advent of easily accessible pornography that the "engorged" look has become mixed up with the idea of sexual availability, and subsequently, generic attractiveness and desirability, to the point that many women seek to undergo surgery to enlarge their breasts, and lingerie manufacturers target children with corsetry for displaying cleavage.

Let's just say you're not doing well with your arguments since you're not very well informed about the subject of women. (Which should have been obvious, this being /. and all...)

about 3 months ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

cream wobbly Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (350 comments)

I realise you had to mention your penis because you're male, but when someone is jerking off the restroom at work, you're fine with that, because the other men peeing are touching their own penises too?

It's all about context. Nursing a child is not a sexual act. Stop trying to sexualize it, you freak.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

cream wobbly Interesting choice of words, CNBC... (138 comments)

From the CNBC article:

Google has said it plans to test its driverless cars at Moffett, which would enable it to escape California regulations requiring that such vehicles must have a driver capable of taking over control.

They're seriously covering the use of a non-public test track as "escap[ing] California regulations"? What next? NASCAR plans to have its competitors drive at Sonoma Speedway, which would enable it to escape California regulations requiring that such vehicles do not travel above 85 mph.

about 3 months ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

cream wobbly Re:Sanity? (451 comments)

You may have missed the bits which went without highlighting: "No preference shall ever be given by law to any religious sect, society or denomination; nor to any particular creed, mode of worship or system of ecclesiastical polity"

Tax breaks are a "preference", and Ham's group is a "religious sect, society or denomination".

about 3 months ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

cream wobbly Re: What would Jesus do? (451 comments)

I dunno, sounds like a lark...

about 3 months ago

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Canon copiers to tell tales

cream wobbly cream wobbly writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cream wobbly (1102689) writes "Company secrets disappearing out the door? Canon can help. Their newly announced photocopiers include OCR software that prevents copying of and reports on certain keywords. What with cellphones being so prohibitively expensive these days, this couldn't have come sooner."
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