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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

garote Sold at discount, over the objections of teachers. (221 comments)

At least, this is what I saw first hand. The teacher ran a lab full of TEN-YEAR-OLD iMacs that were STILL in regular use, and what she really wanted was for the admins to simply fund REPLACING THE ONES THAT BROKE, with SLIGHTLY BETTER USED iMacs.

Her request was denied and her objections shot down, because some salesman from Google had convinced the department head that what students really needed were bottom-of-the-barrel cheap disposable crippleware netbooks that they could take home, because The Internet or whatever.

The teacher had a standing system with a school IT guy, where all the iMacs were rolled back to a known state every night, and the internet connectivity was heavily regulated. It worked fine - all she wanted was more powerful systems so they could use iMovie without things slowing down.

The Chromebooks will all be destroyed or wear out in a couple of years. Then the school will have to fork over another round of cash to Google due to vendor lock-in. There is no advantage here. You buy cheap hardware, you get cheap hardware. Same story as ever. Chromebooks are a "solution" in search of a problem.

3 days ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

garote NO! (711 comments)

Unregulated app installation is a matter of FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS! A consistent UI experience is ESSENTIAL FOR DEMOCRACY! Samsung is evil! Apple is evil! Google is evil! Google is the hero! Apple is the hero! Google is the underdog! Apple is a monopoly! Google is a monopoly! Samsung is a monopoly! (In apps / search / South Korea) ONE OF THEM IS EVIL AND SHOULD BE DESTROYED! The other(s) should be GLORIFIED!

P.s. has anyone seen my schizophrenia meds?

about 2 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

garote Re:It true !!!! (711 comments)

An apple phone is quite flexible and allows quite a bit of freedom to the user. An Android phone may look cool, but as soon as you think of stuff that you like (automatic sync of your chat history, including inline video and photos, across your tablet, laptop, and phone.) you are toast.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

garote Re:Android vs iPhone is not the new Mac vs Windows (711 comments)

But us geeks LIKE jihad! It makes us feel important! Like our opinion of which F&%# PHONE a person buys is somehow the morally superior one!

Don't take that from us!!!!
What would we do with all this technical knowledge!

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

garote Re:New bells and whistles (636 comments)

I didn't know jQuery provided those. Thank you!

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

garote Re:Since when does Qt "work" with OS X? (636 comments)

Whatevs, yo. Google Earth is pretty damned mainsteam. I run it in my browser FFS. If it's not by your metric, then it's your metric that's wrong, not the OP.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

garote New bells and whistles (636 comments)

I was particularly surprised to see closures appear. So far I've only been using them in Javascript and Perl, but my experience has been that they are about 15% added flexibility for about -40% readability. That is, they make it harder to tell what's going on, more than they reduce development time.

about 2 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

garote Re:Funding (664 comments)

What a pathetic individual.

about 3 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

garote Re:Whatevs, yo (258 comments)

Actually, parking does. And maintenance goes way down. And insurance too, if you file your paperwork properly. And registration is what - ten bucks? :P

about 3 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

garote Re:Whatevs, yo (258 comments)

Now if only mopeds weren't so noisy...

about 3 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

garote Heh (258 comments)

Well, neither are cars. I can't fit one through a door for example. :D

Aside from just being playful (sorry if you don't enjoy that sort of thing) , the point I was making was that there is a hell of a lot of room for improvement even still, and people might benefit from a wider perspective in that the answer _may_ not be to buy a shiny new car, but to buy a shiny new bicycle instead.

about 3 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

garote Well (258 comments)

I'm sure a cyclist's efficiency drops dramatically with 60mph of wind! You could mitigate that with a fairing and a fancy recumbent bicycle. (Cyclists have actually achieved that speed, with such equipment.) But they kept that up for a matter of minutes, not hours.

That said, you can always put your chosen system on top by messing with the parameters.

For example: BMW's 2014 i3 has a 38 mile range, but I've been known to go over a hundred miles on a bicycle in one day. So, factor in two charge cycles, and not only use less fuel, I might actually outrun the vehicle as well.

Fun aside:

Cheetahs are significantly faster than humans, but over a long range, humans on foot can actually catch up with a cheetah and overtake it. Somali tribesmen recently did this to catch a cheetah who was attacking their livestock. (Reference: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-... ) Walking on two legs is a hell of a lot more efficient than walking on four.

about 3 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

garote Not so naive fail (258 comments)

That cost chart happens to include capital cost (manufacturing a solar panel) but only barely factors in the environmental degradation cost (crap spewed into the atmosphere by a coal plant). The adjustment chosen - $15 per metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions - is very optimistic, and acknowledged to be arbitrary. That's why the only number that comes close in your short list is nuclear, which factors in disposal cost.

Personally, I'd be happy to increase up-front cost to save on the back end. And given the popularity of electric and hybrid cars, I'm not alone in that feeling.

about 3 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

garote Whatevs, yo (258 comments)

I've been getting five or six times this efficiency for years!

"A person riding a bicycle at 15 miles per hour (24 km per hour) burns 0.049 calories per pound per minute. So a 175-pound (77-kg) person burns 515 calories in an hour, or about 34 calories per mile (about 21 calories per km). A gallon of gasoline (about 4 liters) contains about 31,000 calories. If a person could drink gasoline, then a person could ride about 912 miles on a gallon of gas (about 360 km per liter).
( Source: HowStuffWorks website )

about 3 months ago
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OS X Mountain Lion Review

garote mmmmmmyep (424 comments)

Actually I can tell you from first-hand experience that a WHOLE LOT of tinkering goes on behind those doors.
The real difference is this: When Apple comes up with something half-assed, it goes where it belongs: In the trash can.
When Microsoft comes up with something half-assed, they ship it and try to make a buck before anyone (even their own management/engineers) can catch on.

about 2 years ago
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When Art, Apple and the Secret Service Collide

garote Missing the point (358 comments)

Here's the point: We've all already begun to acknowledge the death of privacy. Most of us know that yes, we stand a chance of being recorded at any time, at any place. That's oooold news, Admiral Burrito. With this knowledge in hand, the point of contention is now, "How well is access to that information controlled?"

Consider Mr. J. Random Dork, in an Apple store, aggregating thousands of photos of strangers without consent, for his own purposes. He is showing people, by his own conduct, that he is not a very good steward of the information he is collecting. He didn't ask the subjects, he didn't ask the venue, he didn't ask legal counsel, he didn't even ask his peers. In fact he deliberately avoided all those responsible inquiries because he knew his project was objectionable to all of them from the outset. Directing anger at him is not "shooting the messenger". Once you're writing your own code, you've pretty much moved beyond the "messenger" role and into the "perpetrator" role.

about 2 years ago
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Wozniak's Original System Description of the Apple ][

garote Almost got it! (170 comments)

The $C000 address space was used for softswitches. The areas you're thinking about are $2000-$3FFF and $4000-$4FFF, Hi-res pages 1 and 2 respectively.

Each page held 192 scanlines of data, with each scanline described from left to right in a continuous line of 40 bytes. The upper left corner of the screen was described in the first byte ($2000 or $4000).

So far, so good - but everything after that is madness.

$2000 is the upper left corner, yes. But the next scanline down is located at $2400. The one after that at $2800. And so on, through eight scanlines, with the eighth at $3C00, until the ninth which begins back at $2080. Then the routine of adding $400 each time goes for another 8 scanlines, until the 17th starts at $2100.

And it gets even worse. And don't even get me started on the whole "8th bit of every byte swaps the palette for the other 7 bits" thing...

more than 2 years ago
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Accountability, Not Code Quality, Makes iOS Safer Than Android

garote Re:PLZ (210 comments)

Sorry; you must have mistaken me for an iOS developer. I am an end-user.

Nothing on your list gets within shooting distance of "misery" for me, except perhaps tethering, which is now a non-issue since Verizon changed their data plans. Now I tether effortlessly.

The non-Apple apps that I use the most are Fandango, Flickr, Zillow, Facebook, Kayak, and VLC. These were all free. You claim there is a disincentive to releasing free software, and though it's not apparent to me, I'm willing to take your word for it.

On the other hand, I understand developers like to get paid, and given that my nephews have had more than five hours of fun playing "So Long Oregon" on the iPad, I'm don't begrudge the author the two dollars they were asking for. I remember when all they wanted was Nintendo DS games and those cost thirty dollars each. Even now - today.

No competition with Apple apps? Look at it from my point of view: I don't care that there aren't ten different apps for playing music, seven for chatting, five for browsing the web, and three for reading email. To me, it's a challenge and an accomplishment to just get ONE DAMN SONG onto the thing, from my computer to the iPad, and get it to play. And hey! It turns out I don't have to. If I bought it on the computer, now it just shows up on the phone.

Do you understand my point of view? I am far from miserable. Maybe the traditional car metaphor will help. Playing music on this thing is as essential and obvious as a steering wheel is in a car. You're saying I should be miserable, because there isn't a thriving market for installing a second steering wheel in my car. I just do not care. And there are millllllliiions of me.

more than 2 years ago
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Accountability, Not Code Quality, Makes iOS Safer Than Android

garote Re:PLZ (210 comments)

Please define "misery" in this case?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Smart Phones Made Under Worker-Friendly Conditions?

garote Re:Define worker friendly. (371 comments)

Sounds like that job I had at Wendy's when I was seventeen. Thank goodness I had the spare time and the local resources to train myself to write code. If I had only my JOB to train me, I would probably be putting in my 20th year as a "grill technician" right now. :D

more than 2 years ago

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