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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

itsenrique Re:Again with the girls? (204 comments)

The cynic in me says they just want to flood the market with cheap labor. The bottom on many other skilled trades has fallen out. They want a piece of the profit action. Why? Because they have to remain ever more profitable every Q.

yesterday
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

itsenrique Re:Sorry, poor Appalachian white boys (204 comments)

The hilarious part is the double standard of a lot of these people. "There is no racism, there is no sexism. More post-racial, post-feminism blah blah blah", but then if they hear mention of a program like this that caters to any group they are not in: it's racism or sexism and so unfair. They literally whine like they were the dis-empowered ones.

yesterday
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

itsenrique Please, learn to summarize (190 comments)

No one wants to read this much about a service that didn't work by Benny Horribleton.

3 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

itsenrique Re:Just let them test out! (305 comments)

This is decided by the professor individually where I am, even in a community college. Some profs can and do grade on a bell curve but in my experience they are by far the minority. The problem is you might not know until you get to the class and read the syllabus or hear the intro lecture that that is how it's done.

4 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

itsenrique Re:Not really missing vinyl (431 comments)

Thanks for your quick reply. This explanation was given to me around ~1995 so things may have been different ;-)

4 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

itsenrique Re:Not really missing vinyl (431 comments)

Doubtful that is what he is talking about. My dad has a masters in optical physics with a minor in audiology and he explained it to be by drawing a graph of the "sound waves" (this was many years ago so someone please correct/improve on my explanation) of analog vs digital sound (WAV/CD format). The analog waves looked like regular osilloscope waves but the digital ones looked like tiny sets of a thousand stairs going up and down. He claimed this difference may be perceivable by some people.

4 days ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

itsenrique Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

Not to mention if you do this, you are much less likely to be blocked by ad-blocking software anyway.

about a week ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

itsenrique Re:Another "taking" by the California government.. (178 comments)

All they have to do is compile a list of buildings that the City deems to be unsafe, and the owners will be sufficiently encouraged to make the upgrades (or lose their present tenants.) No subsidies, no tax breaks, no cost to the city.

Hahahaha, yeah right. I can't say I'd be happy about having to do these retrofits as a property owner, but if you think just telling people what might be good to do with no incentives or threats to back it I have some oceanfront Nebraska property you might like. Face it, it's a catch 22. Do nothing: Tens of thousands or more may die. This will be an economic disaster for the city for decades. Force people to spend the money and you are the bad guy as well.

about a week ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

itsenrique ... Everything? (528 comments)

I mean it seems likely they got everything. Even the model numbers of the kitchen sinks.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

itsenrique Re:Why? (327 comments)

Just get a SquareTrade or similar and go that route then. I was imaging a scenario besides buying a computer and then instantly upgrading the SSD. I was imagining 4 years later, when you still have the laptop but it needs a replacement. Now you have to pay Apple prices (which even used can be steep) or toss it in the trash? Your argument is a bit of a red herring anyway. Mom isn't going to upgrade her SSD for the $50-200 savings, and the person who IS is likely to keep the old one around to swap if they plan on using Apple Care. Final observation: These 1-3 year warranties in addition to law-mandated warranties almost always cost more than they save unless they cover damage that is unquestionable your fault (back to SquareTrade...)

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

itsenrique Re:Why? (327 comments)

That is an interesting point, however I have owned 5 Mac laptops over the years. A G3 PowerBook, A G4, PowerBook, 2 Core Duos and 1 Core 2 Duo. I have owned about the same number of PC laptops. I have not seen any improvement in reliability over the macs except in the case of ultra cheap netbooks that Apple doesn't directly compete with anyway. Neither of our points matter much as they are totally anecdotal. Also, the 20% figure you list is arbitrary and varies over the years. The point I was trying to make you ignore. Why pay more for Apple to preinstall an SSD for you when you can buy the SAME BRAND if not identical model number they use and install it for usually HALF the cost or less than what they charge for the upgrade? Answer THAT. That is what the article is about after all.

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

itsenrique Re:Why? (327 comments)

The walled garden isn't just there to protect Apples brand image via some measures of quality control and moral censorship, its there to squeeze more money out of you, and more money out of the software developers for the platform.

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

itsenrique Re:Why? (327 comments)

Because they don't want you buy something with the lowest SSD option then upgrade after market? Why do this? Because you have half a brain and realize the "value" in shininess doesn't work for the SSD, HDD and RAM portions of a computer. Why pay their insane prices when you can not pay them? I for one have one Core 2 Duo MacBook (2008) that was a donation. I love OS X, but this kind of shit makes me not want to buy anything expensive or expected to last years from Apple unless I really feel the need to set money on fire via shiny technology. I hope the Apple crowd stands up and bitches, but more likely they'll just say your "buying it wrong".

about a month ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

itsenrique Re:510kph is airliner speed? (419 comments)

Thanks for pointing that out. However, considering the amount of time it takes to board/de-board a plane, the exact speed isn't as important as the total time spent between leaving your door, and arriving at your destination.

about a month ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

itsenrique Re:how much does that cost to build? (419 comments)

Yes, but this seems to have turned into a big Achilles heal as far as our system is concerned. The "traditional" rail folks are usually against high speed trains. Low speed freight is the only type of train that gets political traction here. And, let me be clear: I don't think half the rail proposals I see in the US make any sense. A big reason why is: not elevated, and not fast enough! If its not elevated, why take it? It's merely a glorified bus with dedicated lanes. Do that if that is all there is money for. But at the same time, some parts of the country could use this high speed elevated approach. It requires a high population density and isn't for everywhere. But, I ask, what is the point of a slow passenger train for commuting?

about a month ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

itsenrique Re:It's only worth it (237 comments)

I believe they are called [parenthesis]

about a month ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

itsenrique Re:They're playing the race card again..... sigh (459 comments)

He's also full of shit. If you really do that with your financial aid (Pell Grant) you will only last ONE semester, then you will no longer be eligible. You know, some of your points are possibly valid, but it's pretty plain that you are yourself racist and just perpetuating the divide.

about a month ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

itsenrique Re:Geologist says "Bullshit" (264 comments)

OK, but for those of us who grew up in places that naturally had nice beaches to start with (hey, Florida has to have at least ONE nice thing!?) beach restoration doesn't sound so crazy. And the biggest factor now is not sea level rise as I understand it. The problem is that we change the way erosion happens with our development of coastline. The change is for the negative. I agree a vacation (or holiday, as you say) in the mountains beats a crowded beach any day. But remember not everyone just goes to beaches on holiday. Some of us live in places where that is the only nice thing left when you want to see "nature" and not travel for hours. Keep in mind we have uncombed beaches as part of many stat parks here, so it really is much like it was when the Spanish arrived! Seaweed all over and all. The spot I speak of is 4 1/2 miles long open to the public and a small island very nearby accessible only by ferry or private boat. It is right north of (on a map, but not by roads) one of the most heavy touristed beaches in the densest county population wise in Florida. But if you're willing to walk to the end of the 4ish miles: you still get to be alone with nature just like in the mountains or wherever in the backcountry. I don't my state to lose its beaches like already lost most of our once-awesome freshwater springs (but that's another post).

about a month and a half ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

itsenrique Re:ignorant rubbish (264 comments)

Don't forget that dredging the ocean floor is very harmful. Not just in a maybe sorta kind of way, but (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dredging#Environmental_impacts) in a number of very serious ways.

about a month and a half ago

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