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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

maestroX Re:iPad is a luxury? (298 comments)

If all you want to do is make phone calls, buy a dumbphone.

Lithium battery, bluetooth, mp3 player, camera, sdcard support, internet, 16m color display, radio, flashlight.
$20 and sure as hell less maintenance.

3 days ago

Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

maestroX Missing option (476 comments)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

3 days ago

Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin'

maestroX Re:This is cool but scary because of Great Filter. (67 comments)

This does not suggest something special is wiping out civilization.
It's not a conspiracy, the odds for creating life are very slim, let alone sustaining life over extended periods of time.
Any species in our imagination will consume its surroundings in one way or the other, so it seems logical that the species itself is destined to extinction.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

maestroX Re:Alternate Link (210 comments)

I volunteer for things that scare the shit out of most of our developers.

Hello Barry, it's the other way round. Nobody is indispensable, everybody can be a nuisance.

3 days ago

Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

maestroX Re:This doesn't sound... sound (327 comments)

He will need all of his expertise in game theory to negotiate and try to get debts written off and a new batch of money.
The public has been promised as much and a grexit to Drachmes will immediately drop Greece into a 3rd world country (Greece depends fully on import).
So, EU will grudge and give some as EU's internal bank system is a shithole of interloans.
France, Italy and Spain will also want some after that.
Of course, in northern countries things start to get rumbling as well; all savings, retirement pays etc. are QE'd and bonjoured southwards..

4 days ago

Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

maestroX Re:Again, why? (169 comments)

If you have a MacBook, then OS-X already supports whatever the MacBook will be dealing w/.

Correct. I have an early 2011 macbookpro with all features supported. Since the battery life, performance and screen size is still sufficient today (after a $100 ssd upgrade), I will not be buying a new laptop soon.
The only thing going down hill is OSX. Either on subjective issues (cloud, playdoh) or objective ones (hardware requirements), so I better prep for alternatives.

about a week ago

Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

maestroX Products? (114 comments)

Does that include auditing MacOSX (integrated cloud services et al)?

about a week ago

Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

maestroX Re:Sounds good to me (138 comments)

I hear you, like StarTrek meets Planet of the Apes meets the Walking Dead: cue in geriatric Worf, zombie Troi (i feeeel nothing) and zombie Data (i neat human brains) chained to LaForge (my eyes, they're bleeding) and of course Riker (without the beard or screentime please).
Oh, and it would be nice if Crusher finally lived up to his expectations and fulfill the traveller's prophecy; I'm just so tiring of the waiting, encouraging this guy even well into his adulthood without even as much as an explanation. Helloo-o?!?

about two weeks ago

User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

maestroX Re:Crusty Hardware (189 comments)

I've watched my parents throw away perfectly good printer/scanner combos that were only a few years old because there were no drivers beyond XP.

In Windows 7, run driver setup with compatibility settings to WinXP and as Administrator.
This usually works.
Or get VueScan http://www.hamrick.com/.

about two weeks ago

Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

maestroX Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

.. but you want to add noise to an otherwise silent engine just because people aren't used to silent cars?

I remember modelling bearings in a Swedish research centre using SGI's about 20 yrs ago, just for the sound (BMW, Mercedes).
Buyers tend to identify with their cars and pay the experience.

about two weeks ago

Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

maestroX Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (126 comments)

Currently the US estimates that it spends $5 Billion on health care costs associated with heroin use.

Far more on bank bailouts associated with heroin use.

about two weeks ago

US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

maestroX Goalkeeper (208 comments)

If it can disable missiles, it should be sufficient for drones.

about two weeks ago

The Current State of Linux Video Editing

maestroX Re:Attitudes (223 comments)

A video on Windows is a video, accessed through the appropriate API. You don't dynamically link to half a dozen libraries, hope they are there, and crash (or demand installation) when it isn't.

Either require libavcodec as dependency thru package manager or statically link it. Most freeware Windows transcoders include a version of libavcodec, no Windows specific video API is used.

about two weeks ago

Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

maestroX best starter: pascal (648 comments)

clear, unambiguous, imperative, focus on data models.

about two weeks ago

Interviews: Alexander Stepanov and Daniel E. Rose Answer Your Questions

maestroX Thanks (42 comments)

the cat got my tongue

about two weeks ago

Why Run Linux On Macs?

maestroX Re:Actually, not a single interesting answer (592 comments)

The more interesting question is really if freedom exists when you never make use of it.

Marketing newspeak.
Doing nothing is a choice.
Responsibility = freedom.

about two weeks ago

Why Run Linux On Macs?

maestroX Re:a better question (592 comments)

Please specify a laptop comparing favourably to a 2011-2014 Macbook Pro 15", resolution, battery time, build quality, linux support.

about two weeks ago


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