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Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

phayes Re:"Amid heightened tensions with Russia" (107 comments)

Given that lede is a recent invention that never caught on in many circles, I don't agree that both spellings are acceptable because it came from a web dictionary but because the web dictionary is right. A more traditional reference concurs.

4 days ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

phayes Re: What for? (191 comments)

Therein lies the the problem. You are a zealot, unable to move from your unverified preconception of USB as well designed, are unable to give a single concrete example of a USB connector which doesn't snap and see any criticism of USB or of your unsupported defense of same as "noise".

Blather indeed, how dare anyone actually doubt the holy church of USB as anything less than perfect. Yet another case of "none are so blind as those who refuse to see"...

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

phayes Re: What for? (191 comments)

Right, Mr GM ignition switch controller/USB zealot. Your sole experience of a connector that snapped because it was low end trumps my description of dozens of devices with three different but related USB failure modes. You welsh out on giving an example of a correctly engineered device because, even though you can't admit it, you know deep down that there is a problem with the weak center post in every USB design.

Post by post, it's becoming clear that all three: sour grapes, willful ignorance & intellectual dishonesty apply to your defence of USB.

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

phayes Re: What for? (191 comments)

I's either sour grapes, willful ignorance or intellectual dishonesty. Your choice, but sour grapes is the least pejorative IMO.

You've made the ludicrous clam that because you can hang your phone upside down from its cable USB is well designed.

Then you falsely claim that only shoddy connectors break the center post, delaminate or rip the female sockets off the PCB & gloss over the fact that these happen to all USB sockets, no matter what their claimed quality is. Come on, lets hear who exactly manufactured in what device one can find your supposedly flawless USB connectors. Given how many different phone & device manufacturers are in the dead USB box, I'm confident that I'll have a few. What then, hmmm? I suspect an attempt to move the goalposts claiming that "oh, but some other device has better connectors" like many other USB zealots I've encountered.

I do not have a box of low end dead USB devices. indeed most of them are/were high end when they were purchased.

You wouldn't mind if the USB committee would clamp down on the "shoddy" manufacturers? WAKE UP! It's NOT REPEAT, NOT spelled N O T just the low end. These problems happen to ALL USB devices! Not frequently, no, but it shouldn't be happening at all!

Up to now you have avoided acknowledging at all that Thunderbolt is a superior connector. A thought strikes me: Do you work on ignition switches for General Motors?

Yes, part of the reason that Thunderbolt is a better connector is because Apple's specifications are more rigorous. How good of you to take over 30 hours to at last agree with the the closing sentence of my first post in this thread. Now explain how that fragile center post does NOT make USB a worse specification/connector than Thunderbolt.

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

phayes Re: What for? (191 comments)

I see sour grapes because I clearly stated that it is the design of USB on my post of 2014-08-13 20:39 where I said:

we have a box full of telephones and other USB devices at work with that supposedly well designed invulnerable center post snapped off or the contacts delaminated off it & bent into uselessness. Yeah, of course, it must be because we must be using shoddy devices insufficient to deal with our superhuman strength. Damn that yellow Sun...

Or, just maybe, designing that fragile central post into the standard and allowing cheap & shoddy connectors is the problem. Not a problem with the (better designed IMO) Thunderbolt connectors.

Yet in your reply of 2014-08-13 20:39 you attempt to imply that my experience & everyone else who has bricked USB devices is because that I'm using shoddy implementations :

The design is fine, the construction is shoddy.

In my reply of 2014-08-14 3:21 I insist that it isn't just me or your putative shoddy construction. I've seen the center post snapped off/contacts delaminated/connecter ripped off the PCB on just about every make & model of phone that our company uses. No devices (other than Type B in my experience) are immune to USB's weaknesses. It's not rare to see Type-As are snapped off of PCs when they are turned in for renewal & USB charting stations in airports seem to be dying out in Europe because ports are broken so often.

Hey, maybe Apples patents are what is preventing the USB committee from using a better design. I don't know. That shouldn't stop you from acknowledging that Thunderbolt has a superior design & implementation when:
- Thunderbolt's female port doesn't have that fragile center post which snaps off
- Thunderbolt's female port contacts cannot delaminate from the central post & bend back.
- Thunderbolt's female ports cannot be merely soldered to the PCB, there HAS to be strain relief or it isn't Thunderbolt.
- Thunderbolt is more expensive than USB. (but the previous 3 points all brick devices so it's stupid to skimp here)
- Thunderbolt's uselessly reversible (But now that USB is going to a reversible connector too I suppose the die hard USB cheerleaders are going to drop this one).
- It's Apple's design.
- Apple won't let you use it.

When the only reasons are the last two, the problem is jealousy: Thus sour grapes.

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

phayes Re: What for? (191 comments)

Yeah, yeah, heard it before. If anyone calls into question the USB committee's weak designs, say it's because they must be using shoddy connectors, whereas your "well made" connectors don't have a problem. USB design isn't "fine" as you put it, it's demonstratably poorer than thunderbolt. Repeating the USB mantra "We put the parts that wear out in the connector so you don't damage the socket" doesn't make it true. The dozens of cellphones & other now useless devices that come from Blackberry, Samsung HTC, etc that all say that their USB sockets are well made yet snap the center post or delaminate the contacts or separate from the PCB tell me that that position is a load of crap.

Thunderbolt doesn't use a hollow male connector made of plastic with inward facing contacts and a thin wrapping strip of metal like USB. The male Thunderbolt connector is a solid injection moulded slab with the contacts on the outside.

Thunderbolt female connectors don't have a fragile central plastic post that often breaks but Apple did render obligatory the strain relief that the USB committee left off. If the female socket doesn't have strain relief, it's not Thunderbolt.

Thunderbolt's solid connector is thus mechanically much more robust, but not to the point where the male connector is stronger than the female socket.

Apple's design is clearly superior but through sour grapes many, like you, refuse to see.

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

phayes Re: What for? (191 comments)

So people say, and yet we have a box full of telephones and other USB devices at work with that supposedly well designed invulnerable center post snapped off or the contacts delaminated off it & bent into uselessness. Yeah, of course, it must be because we must be using shoddy devices insufficient to deal with our superhuman strength. Damn that yellow Sun...

Or, just maybe, designing that fragile central post into the standard and allowing cheap & shoddy connectors is the problem. Not a problem with the (better designed IMO) Thunderbolt connectors.

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

phayes Re: What for? (191 comments)

Unfortunately, that's not true as every USB adapter has a design where the contacts are facing inwards towards an isolated post which can & does snap off. On USB type-B connectors the post is thick enough so that I've never seen anyone do it but on Type-A's and much more commonly all the newer smaller connectors it's the most common failure mode after poor strain relief that often rips the connector off the PCB.

Apple's design of lightning without this fragile post and more rigorous specification that the female ports must be screwed (& not just soldered) to the PCB makes it a clearly superior solution.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

phayes Re:The problem of Microsoft (337 comments)

I doubt there are that many people outside of the stereotypical Slashdot demographic who view Microsoft the way you are describing them.

Clearly you are not talking to the people who are paying the Microsoft tax. Microsoft's repeated licensing changes which have made it ever more expensive to be correctly licensed have made them no friends and many enemies. These are NOT the generic slashdot crowd, they are the people who look at the year over year increases in licensing wondering why they have to pay more for the same services. MS's bundling of supplementary services -- which they neither want nor need doesn't justify the increases for them.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

phayes Re:The canonical best household router is (427 comments)

When asking around for my WRT54G, not once I got advise that the only router matching the stability is the Apple AirPort.

Then you need to change the people you are asking or at least enlarge it to people beyond those who's biggest joy is hacking access points.

They are more expensive, comparatively limited in function - but whatever traffic you throw at it, however long, just like the WRT54G, it simply handles it without outages.

All true, and the kicker when using a recent airport versus an old WRT is that the airports are just better access points with more range than the WRT54GLs that they replaced in our household. While I had a lot of fun playing with DD-WRT & tomato & other firmware I got tired of low bandwidth in some parts of my home. I'd replaced the WRTs at a relative's house with airports because their configuration is simple enough for them to preform by themselves & I was impressed by how much better the coverage was enough to do the same in my home.

I've moved all the ancilliary duties the WRTs performed to a mac mini & now with the airports I have great coverage everywhere.

about three weeks ago
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AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

phayes Re:SATA bottleneck (110 comments)

VOTE PARENT UP, it's the most insightful comment posted so far!

I came into this to see if anyone else noticed that these supposedly high end SSD drives are still using SATA 3.0 & an anon beat me to it.

about three weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Requests Suppression Of Silk Road Evidence

phayes Re:You gotta give him credit (54 comments)

Looks more like he is throwing everything he can think of at the wall in order to find something that might work. Given how slowly the wheels of justice turn it delays the eventual reckoning but Judges tire of the technique eventually

about three weeks ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

phayes Re:$7142.85 (419 comments)

When you're doing graphics work, you often find yourself looking *that* closely at your display.

Really? Your eyesight is good enough to detect pixels clearly enough to make a difference in an image that has been rasterized at 3840x2400 & then interpolated down & displayed on a 15" 2880x1800 retina screen? Sure you can...

If the pixels on your display are visible, you're sitting too close to it.

Ah, so my being able to see the pixels of a 24" 1920x1200 screen is "sitting too close" but you can see interpolated pixels in a retina display.

Personally, I wear glasses when staring at a monitor

So do I now that age has hardened my lenses, but mine don't give me super telescopic vision the way you claim to have with yours.

you don't understand the implementation of the technology you are using

Snort, sure sport.

Clearly, you've never done any real graphics-intensive work

Ah, who's this attempting to draw conclusions and failing?

When did I change my position? I did not. I did, however, clarify that position

Righto, you just led with the equivalent of "I don't hit women" leaving out "but I do make sure my wife stays in line". The "clarification" doesn't change the position fundamentally, no, no, not at all...

In parting, because we're clearly done here, your incoherency & refusal to admit that your any part of position is wrong (ex: your aftermarket SATA drive is clearly slower than the recent rMBP's PCI flash) proves to me that my judgement of your character was well founded.

You believe that you're always right, any who disagree with you must be wrong so instances where you've been proven wrong fall into your blind spot so they can be safely ignored. Go back to using Windows, you're a bad fit with the Mac crowd.

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

phayes Re:$7142.85 (419 comments)

The difference between using the retina display at it's native 2880x1800 or pushing it to an interpolated 1920x1200 is invisible without a magnifying glass so your main objection is not justified. It is more fatiguing working on my 24" 1980x1200 screens where pixels are visible than on the the 15".

Compared to the rMBP, the 17" MBP is a luggable or you'd be using it instead of your 15" which is close to a pound heavier than the rMBP. You don't want to believe that that makes a difference, but then again, by your own admission you don't carry your 17" around much. Now you can move the goalposts of why you leave the 17" at home, but your original statement was

Anywhere else I need a computer, I bring my 15"

.

I note that you're not trying to defend your SATA SSD versus the PCI flash on the rMBP. Is it safe to assume that you now agree that the rMBP's solution is clearly faster?

Drawing conclusions from statements is actually fairly reliable, but not from people who change their position. I won't make the mistake of trying to infer anything from you in the future.

I'll continue to use my rMBP which I've discovered doesn't have the defects you think it does & when I eventually decide to upgrade, I'll have just the machine available: a newer rMBP with TboltV2, faster flash storage, next years Intel processors, Yosemite which is yet another step on the path of being optimized for retina displays + other goodies. You keep on using two separate Macs & bemoaning the fact that your tiny market segment is no longer served by Apple, or for that matter anyone else.

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

phayes Re:$7142.85 (419 comments)

The Macbook's advantages go beyond powerful well integrated Unix.

I use my rMBP for the same reasons you do.
My mother is happier with her 15" MBP because she no longer has to bring it to me to clean out virrii etc every 2 months to restore normal function.
My daughter carries her 11 air around everywhere (notes in class, streaming at home, etc).

Methinks the parable of the elephant & the blind men applies to your reasoning of why people buy Macs & you don't see as many reasons people buy macs as I do.

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

phayes Re:$7142.85 (419 comments)

I use my rMBP every day at 1920x1200. The fact that it isn't at the "normal" 1440x900 upscaled resolution makes absolutely no difference as Apple's upscale then downscale to the retina resolutions is much clearer than the 1920x1200 15" screens I used up till the rMBP.

Your aftermarket SSD may blow away the SATA SSDs but certainly not the PCI SSD in the latest rMBP, right?

I'm a consultant & move around on a motorcycle between lanes of traffic (you can do that here which generally cuts over an hour off my transit time every day) which means that I carry the rMBP in my backpack every day. The rMBP's light weight is really appreciated. The one major failing I see in the rMBP is that there isn't a Kensington lock slot so that I could leave it cabled up in a non-secure location.

Apple won't go back into a niche market (retina 17"), & if you take a look at the retina class screen PCs, they've all got really glaring faults, starting with Microsoft's OS's poorly adapted to hi DPI & high battery use, really poor trackpads & inferior construction & materials.

The 17" was always a low volume beast, barely luggable as you yourself said. If you'd allow yourself to admit that your preconceptions might not be as correct as you think they are (I had the same ones), I'm willing to bet that you'd change your opinion (like I did).

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

phayes Re:$7142.85 (419 comments)

Reread what I said. I didn't say that I used the Mac II 10 years ago but that I was buying my first Mac since my Mac II (which, having been upgraded with an overclocked 68030 CPU daughter board had a very long useful lifetime).

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

phayes Re:$7142.85 (419 comments)

Emphasis added to point out how stupid that statement really is.

No, the important part that needs to be emphasised is that it came from an Anonymous Coward. Idiot statements from an AC, how novel, NOT!

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

phayes Re:$7142.85 (419 comments)

Nope, still gone. I wanted to buy a 17" as my first mac after my Macintosh II that lasted over a decade. Apple cut the 17", added retina 15" with only flash hard drive to it's lineup.

I bought the 15" rMBP & a pair of glasses to go along with it & do not regret not having a 17" anymore. The speed of the flash drive & lighter weight more than make up for the lost two inches.

Apple doesn't make many products for the fringes. Axing the 17" in favor of the rMBP was the right choice for the vast majority as the poor sales of the 17" and great sales of the rMBP have shown.

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

phayes Re:$7142.85 (419 comments)

High-end 17" MacBook Pros? Really? Haven't entered an Apple Store or browsed store.apple.com in the last 2 years have you.

Apple eliminated the 17" MBPs 2 years ago when they introduced the Retina MacBook Pro.

As for how to spend 7 grand in an Apple store, that's easy: A maxed out Mac Pro with a Promise thunderbolt array & a 32" 4k display will cost you $16,911.00...

about a month ago

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