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Neglect Causes Massive Loss of 'Irreplaceable' Research Data

jedrek Re:expensive (whole) cloth (108 comments)

It's 6C in Warsaw right now... and last year we'd had snow for two months by this time.

A handful of data points does not a trend make.

about 4 months ago
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Spain's New S-80 Class Submarines Sink, But Won't Float

jedrek Re:at least they're trying... (326 comments)

There should be a national sales tax. That's it, nothing else. You should not be charged for earning, saving or investing money.

Yeah, that's a great way to increase the tax burden on the poorest while offloading it off the richest AND enticing them to not spend money. Do you even think about the second or third layer effects of any of your decisions?

about a year ago
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Engineering the $325,000 Burger

jedrek Re:I hope (353 comments)

That reminds me of an encounter I had with some vegan drinking a soy latte while I was talking to a friend about a new burger place I went to that had great, locally sourced beef, pork and vegetables. She launched into some spiel about how beef is bad for the environment since on the same acre you can grow 10x more soya or whatever. I replied saying that may be true, but here in Europe we're not lacking in arable farm land, and it might be shocking to learn, but importing coffee from South America and soy from Asia isn't exactly ecologically neutral either, is it? We didn't get along after that.

about a year ago
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Florida House Passes Bill To Ban "Internet Cafes"

jedrek Re:What? (124 comments)

Pollution laws? Money laundering laws? Driving laws? Building codes? Product liability laws? Noise ordinances?

All of these are examples of laws that outlaw irresponsible/hurtful behaviors, not entire segments of commerce to outlaw a specific behavior.

about a year ago
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High Tech Vending Machines Transform IT Support At Facebook

jedrek Why WOULDN'T Facebook use something like this? (210 comments)

I don't understand why everybody assumes that there's some kind of sinister going-ons behind having users ID themselves when getting equipment. Facebook is a data-driven company, why wouldn't they want to have this kind of data? You can automate procurement, so you effectively never run out of equipment. You can see what kind of equipment your users prefer. And the realization that you're not completely anonymous keeps people honest - not just as far as theft goes (and I can assure you, it doesn't matter how much people make, they will steal the most trite, insignificant crap), but general absentmindedness or practical jokes.

about a year ago
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High Tech Vending Machines Transform IT Support At Facebook

jedrek Re:A cheaper, old school way (210 comments)

So I have an employee whose time costs me $100/hour (100k salary + another 100k in overhead), and if his $15 keyboard breaks, he should spend half an hour to go buy a replacement?

about a year ago
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Rise of the Online Code Schools

jedrek Re:Regular universities don't sell you the knowled (98 comments)

For every Gates or Zuckerberg, there's thousands more who don't succeed, but no one thinks about them.

Exactly this. And what's odd is that these same people would completely tear into their contemporary if he said, "I'm going to play in the NBA". Statistically, that ball-playing kid has a better chance of making it in the NBA, then any of those geeks has a chance of becoming the next Jobs, Woz, Gates or Zuck.

The reality is that a programmer who isn't a genius, but is capable, on time, able to write clear code and come in punctually every day, while being sociable and capable of working well with others... they're the ones who are making bank and able to pick and choose between job offers.

about a year ago
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Polish MP Returns iPad Citing Lack of Control

jedrek Re:not the first story (148 comments)

You... don't know. Here's a list of a couple hundred printers [apple.com] that work with the iPad

The vast vast majority do NOT, unless you do some crazy hacks to set up an AirPrint service on your laptop to make it act like a print server for IOS. There are literally thousands of printers out there, and most are not AirPrint compatible.

Oh man, this is like an echo chamber from 10-15 years ago. The vast majority of printers were not supported by Linux for years and years, now most of them are due to CUPS. You know, that system created by Apple. Anyway, I had to google printer support for iPads (although I had heard they have it) because in 2012... I don't print documents. I've had to print 2 sheets of paper since summer 2011, I just emailed them to the print shop and had them printed out for me.

about a year and a half ago
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Polish MP Returns iPad Citing Lack of Control

jedrek Re:not the first story (148 comments)

What planet are you from? Seriously? Alternatives to Windows are in direct, close competition since there's not a whole lot of them and since Apple is ungodly expensive and Linux is free

Can we stop with the FUD again? If Linux is free then Apple is damn cheap since Mountain Lion clocks in at a whopping $20. Windows is extremely expensive, with Win 7 Pro Upgrade coming in at $170.

If we're talking about hardware then realize that Linux does not compete with Apple as pretty much nobody no major retailer offers ready-to-go desktop products with Linux installed. Now, I have no qualms about calling Apple PC hardware a premium priced product. Please do realize that they have a total of 7 product lines, two of which don't actually exist among any other manufacturers - I'm referring to the MBP Retina and Mac Mini. Their ultrabooks are priced between Asus ($900) and Sony ($1800) for the $1100 MBA I bought last year. That's not 'ungodly expensive', it's middle of the road and it came with a Unix installed.

You know what, prove me wrong. Show me the market where Apple is working against Linux on the desktop. The marketing strategies they've used to go after it, to combat it.

about a year and a half ago
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Polish MP Returns iPad Citing Lack of Control

jedrek Re:not the first story (148 comments)

it's that there's no mouse and keyboard or printing support (as far as I know)

You... don't know. Here's a list of a couple hundred printers that work with the iPad, here is a roundup of keyboard/case solutions for the iPad from The Verge. I'm not going to search for mouse setups for a multi-touch device for various reasons.

You know what really bugs me about your post? Since the first time I logged into slashdot, I've been reading about cases of FUD working against Linux and Open Source Software. Now I'm seeing Linux and Android fanboys with their heads up their asses, spreading the same kind of FUD. "Oh, as far as I know, it doesn't work with external keyboards." sure brings me back to the times of, "It seems to me that if it was good, they'd charge money for it."

It's kinda sad that Apple hates on Linux then actually released a product that's less functional, less flexible, and less compatible with other software than Linux.

Apple hates on Linux? Linux isn't even on Apple's radar. What they've made is a product that's more functional and flexible than a phone, while being considerably more portable than a laptop. They weren't trying to create a new laptop, they were aiming for a product between laptops and phones. Most people have extremely low demands of their computers. Email, Skype, a browser and a photo editing application. Hell, my girlfriend is technical enough to fix her own router, but I haven't seen her do anything on her laptop that she couldn't do on a tablet in the four months we've been living together.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

jedrek Re:I still read books (415 comments)

I don't. For anything but photo books, I can't find a compelling reason to use paper books. Less comfortable to flip, much heavier, harder to read at odd angles, can't be operated with just one hand, etc. Not only that, but I have to handle all my books: store, transport, clean, etc. If I can get rid of the bookshelves I have when I buy a flat, it will save me thousands of dollars in real estate (not kidding, literally thousands of dollars).

about a year and a half ago
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Acer: Microsoft Surface 'Negative For The Whole PC Industry'

jedrek Re:So? (360 comments)

[quote]People are more likely to have an iPhone but they're more likely to be using Android. [/quote]
What? There are more Android phones out there, so people are more likely to own one. They are much more likely to be the 'default' choice while picking a phone (free with a contract, etc) so people are less likely to be using them. If you care enough to select and pay the premium for an iPhone, you're more likely to actually use it.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Transitions Hardware Leadership

jedrek Re:now apple needs a real desktop or at least (108 comments)

are HDD slots really necessary? Most users don't upgrade their hard drives

The people who make good Apple customers are the same ones who like to have the hood of their car welded shut.

You shoot that off as a derogatory comment, and that's why you're missing the reality of modern life. I've never done anything with my car mechanics-wise in the past 6 years other than top up fluids, replace a headlamp and change a flat. I'm neither technically inept, rich or foolish - I'm just an adult.

See, my reality is that I work pretty hard, earn a decent living and it is easier and cheaper for me to hand my car over to a competent mechanic to fix it, that it is for me to a) diagnose the problem, b) buy the tools, c) source the part(s), d) find a space to fix it and, finally, e) do the work. I am by no means technically inept, I just don't find car repair interesting in the least. And by that measure, I can understand people who don't find computer repair/upgrade skills to be of any value to them. They're not worse, they're just interested in other things than you are.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Transitions Hardware Leadership

jedrek Re:now apple needs a real desktop or at least (108 comments)

But what apple really needs is a $1000-$1500 (base price) desktop with a mid-range video card in a X16 slots + 1-2 open pci-e slots. with 4 ram slots and at least 2 hdd bays.

No, this is what you want, this is not what Apple needs. This is a machine for people who build out their own hardware. It's an extremely vocal minority on hardware/CS forums, but in reality it's a part of the market that fits snuggly in the margin of error of most statistical models (3-5%). Why would they dilute their line with a machine like that?

about 2 years ago
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Obama Budget Asks For 1% Boost In Research

jedrek Re:Bush did what? (351 comments)

I always tell people who go into ideological rants about drugs, abortion, etc: "We can be 'right', or we can effectively solve the problem".

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Announces Most Profitable Quarter in History

jedrek Re:Nokia and RIM (761 comments)

While that's true, what we think of as smart phones (QWERTY keyboard or large touch screens) aren't what these stats consider to be smart phone. The candybar Nokia E51/E52 is considered a smartphone.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Secret Weapon To Influence Industry Pricing

jedrek Re:Macs are *not close to the same price (407 comments)

You might build computers comparable to the Mac Pro, but I'm willing to bet you're not building computers comparable to an iMac or Mac Mini. Or are you really building i5 machines the size of 4 CD jewel cases?

more than 2 years ago

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