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

rsborg Re:Not need, but useful (298 comments)

So now you know why they don't put telephony capability into tablets - people won't buy both a smartphone and a tablet, but opt for just one of the two.

Amusingly the original Samsung Galaxy 7 released in 2011 (?) did require a phone subscription for their european offering. I kept thinking to myself, now that's a big phone!

Though manufacturers figured out the above - tablets will consistently be data-only devices, so they can sell you another unit just for voice.

2 days ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

rsborg Microsoft has never been unprofitable recently (376 comments)

the start menu still contains a mini start screen. George Lucas pulled this shit in the prequels by wedging jar jar binks into the last one, and you know what it has in common? Lucas and Microsoft are doing it as a big "Fuck You" to their respective audiences for refusing to accept what everyone but the author knew sucked. Saying "continuum is the future" is a strange way of saying, "Listening to your fucking customers is a novel approach microsoft is begrudgingly accepting piecemeal after a blinding 2 years of profit loss"

Huh - 2 years of profit loss eh?
http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/2...

I'm no friend of MS, but you really need to work on your facts. The rest of your comment I can agree with.

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

rsborg Real Reason: Industry's fear of hybrid and electri (820 comments)

Electrics and hybrids simply require less service. They die less often, they require less parts and can last longer between servicing. All this means the supply and service chain for automotive industry will take a big hit, and the non-replacement problem will impact the auto manufacturers to lose sales as well.

Solution (from their point of view): Remove one of the biggest selling points of electric motors: zero noise. Force the limitations (i.e., noisy) of gas-only cars onto the nascent electric industry. Create a hubbub about it and make it an issue even if the opposite may be true (people generally like quieter cars).

The Auto industry isn't going to go quietly like the HDD industry did when SSDs appeared (like SSDs, electric-motor vehicles are quieter, faster and have lower failure rates) - they plan on fighting tooth and nail to keep their profits up even if it takes buying legislation.

about a week ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

rsborg Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

I have had the equivalent agency in my state threaten to take my children. They have never been abused, neglected, or mistreated in any fashion. However, in my state, it is illegal for you to have more than one child. Well, effectively anyway. It is illegal for you to be on a different level of your house than your child, and we had twins and another girl a year older. In order to obey the law, you would have to carry all three of them with you when you put one of them to bed.

Sorry for your experience.. could you share your jurisdiction so I can avoid living there?...

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

rsborg Is Uber a big government straw man? (299 comments)

Because that's how you get legislation.

I have no idea why Uber would be so blatant/stupid - any legal advice or even common sense would have told them that this kind of behavior gets a lot of attention very fast - and not the good, loving kind of attention either.

Unless they are really trying to get governments to make it hard for smaller "ridesharing" companies to compete. Burning the bridge after you cross? Does that make any sense?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

rsborg Re:Money talks, electric car walks (181 comments)

The electrical infrastructure to deliver 'fuel' to just about any corner of the continent is already in place. Basically, you charge your car wherever you park it. A gas station is a destination

Not only that, but a gas station is future super-fund site waiting to happen. Why do you think gas companies don't own stations anymore? The EPA would put them out of business actually cleaning up their messes.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

rsborg Re:More EVs = More Infrastructure = More Sales (181 comments)

GM has a crap Volt and a concept car Bolt which wont even be selling for another two years.... GM is not a competitor to Tesla - Teslas competitors are BMW, Audi, Lexus and Tesla is destroying them

While I'm not sure why GM can't sell many of their Volts I think that'll change once their newer model can seat 5 and has higher EV range and total range. It seems like Prius++ - not sure why folks aren't buying it.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

rsborg Re:Meh... (388 comments)

This is based on my personal experience with the California special education system in the 1970's and 1980's. Also based on personal observations while the school districts don't have money for school supplies and reducing classroom size, they have no problem finding money to build a brand new football field in recent years. From my conversations with other people across the country, this seems to be the norm for public education.

So essentially pulled out of your ass. Teachers aren't allowed to talk about funding figures with parents or students, you know... so how do you get any of your 3x figures?

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

rsborg Re:Meh... (388 comments)

The state pays the school district a certain amount of money for each student who attends for a full school day. For this example, let's say $1 per day for a normal student. The state pays $3 (3 x $1) per day for a special ed student to compensate for whatever special needs. Most often or not, the school district will keep the $3 and have the special ed student shoved into a regular classroom (sometimes that means having a desk outside of the classroom). With the public education system, collecting the money was the primary educational objective.

I understand what you're saying but where is your citation? Does this apply across all states? I find it hard to believe.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

rsborg Re:Meh... (388 comments)

I was misdiagnosed as a mentally retarded in the first grade due to an undiagnosed hearing problem in one ear. My teachers were routinely surprised when I blew out the annual evaluation exam on the genius side, calling it a stastical fluke. Nothing was more prized in the special ed classes than a well-behaved idiot who brings in 3X funding.

You gotta tell me - what do you mean by 3x funding?

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

rsborg Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (388 comments)

I'm pretty sure I knew math, science and sometimes English better than my teachers through high school. Experienced teachers know how to deal with students like us - how would this be any different?

The really good teachers know how to *use* such a valuable resource - let the student lead or advise. Engage the knowledgeable student by growing their ability to lead and teach. Just because it's math doesn't mean that's all that there to be learned.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

rsborg Re:No, corporations deserve him (496 comments)

> Corporatocracy (tm).

We _already_ have a word; plutocracy, and/or oligarchy

There is no need to coin a new word -- although yours isn't bad.

See, I keep thinking of Mickey's good 'ol dog when I hear Plutocracy - I mean, who wouldn't like a world ruled by a cute, happy go lucky dog?

about three weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

rsborg No, corporations deserve him (496 comments)

This is what democracy is all about.

You get what you pay for - oh, you're not paying? Then you're probably not getting. Welcome to the Corporatocracy (tm).

about three weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

rsborg Re:Android is not Chrome. (629 comments)

I despise Facebook but it's something of a necessary evil when you have friends scattered all over the world.

This is bullshit. Teach your friends how to interact with you and keep up your end of the bargain. Email is perfectly sufficient unless you're an attention whore or voyeur.

Facebook is a drug and you can live without it. You might even find your life more fulfilling without it.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

rsborg Re:Free? (703 comments)

That is a lie. Why would you pick classes that wouldn't transfer?

When I taught at Tri-County Tech, nearly all of my student's credits would transfer to real schools. Our classes were stupid easy and you got credit for some very hard college classes. It was a great scam for the students.

The real scam is that all this free and easy money doesn't go to education. It goes to educators -- educators all too willing to just take all that extra money to provide classes that are "stupid easy".

The students are just mules that move the money from tax payers to professional educators.

s/educator/educational institution/g

Seriously, you think the teachers aren't part of the "ones being scammed"? They get paid peanuts while the "administrators" keep growing their budgets and salaries. The institution however...

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Unveils First PCIe 3.0 x4-Based M.2 SSD, Delivering Speeds of Over 2GB/s

rsborg tl;dr - if you know what you're doing... (100 comments)

This matters to me more than your claims of "all modern operating systems taking full advantage of the RAM". If the operating system takes full advantage of the RAM, it may not be to my best benefit.

tl;dr: If you don't know what you're doing (or like me are too lazy to care) with respect to memory management (most Mac users) then the OS is likely a better steward than you. For everyone else, there are RAM drives :)

Why someone would criticize you for using a RAM drive ....doesn't make sense to me.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

rsborg Re:Really? On Slashdot? (1350 comments)

Actually, France has been dealing with a growing problem; namely, radical Islamists who have been busy turning entire neighborhoods within France into Sharia-run enclaves. No desire to integrate into society, and indeed, they'd prefer France become a caliphate.

Maybe it has something to do with continuing racism and lack of employment opportunities for French-born muslims. If employment opportunities (or the ability for these folks to be able to profitably self-employ) existed, the interest in extremist fundamentalism would probably be greatly dampened.

African Americans in the USA have the same problems that Muslims do in France - they were brought over for cheap/slave labor and were not repatriated (how do you do such a thing) after the work was no longer needed (or had been automated). However in France, the religion is different as well - and one that's been in violent conflict with Christianity for millennia.

I'm surprised there hasn't been more such incidents.

about three weeks ago
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How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

rsborg Altruism trumpeted by Evil (272 comments)

Have a good reputation by practicing ahinsa, and always helping and not hurting the civilizations one visits. Send a copy of your self to other civilizations and get them to build it, giving them detailed instructions. (Use error correcting codes for the instructions.) In return perform same service for others with good reputations! Using this method one can cross space at the speed of light or better. You can cross space at the speed a message can travel.

If you hurt anyone your reputation will be damaged and with it the ability to travel.

Right up until you meet a civilization that's intent on destroying your civ's reputation (and possibly going on a genocidal rampage) for whatever petty resource or idealistic goals they see fit.

And would you really want to create a set of instructions to build humans ... perhaps just so they become slaves or a tasty snack for the aliens on the other end?

about a month ago
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Apple Pay For the UK

rsborg Re:if not collecting the data (75 comments)

Is it a standard us thing, that a merchant get access to any card data when the customer pays with a credit card in a physical shop?

Here in Denmark, a normal merchant newer has access to your card data even if you pay with a credit card.

The data is sent directly from the credit card terminal(The hardware which read the card and card code) to dibs/nets(The payment gateway for credit cards) which then reserve the money and sends a message back to the terminal about the status of the transaction. This transaction status is then send to the merchants cash register to together with the last 4 digits of the credit card number.

In short, yes. The USA is very behind most of Europe when it comes to credit card security, and is just now looking to catch up. By late 2015, credit card issuers can push liability for fraud to merchants if they haven't adopted EMV or some form of card tokenization. That's why there's such a push for things like Apple Pay.

about a month ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

rsborg Re:AT&T has become one unit less evil (328 comments)

(My emphasis.) In other words, AT&T has adopted the same billing practice as T-Mobile. Thanks for letting us know about this change.

They are NOT the same. The subscription is still there. The early termination fee doesn't go down in liability in regular increments - they monkey with it so that fee stays 80% intact after 1 year. Read up on Verizon's new schedule - you pay full ETF for 8 months. That' alike 8 months of your payments not paying down your loan.

with the old policy, you would see a substantial reduction in your ETF after completing up to eight months, but the new ETF policy lays out a much different schedule. In the new policy, you are stuck with the full $350 ETF on “advanced devices” for the first seven months of a contract. From months 8-18, you will then see the ETF decline by $10 per month. Then from months 19-23, it will decline by $20 per month. In the final month of your contract, your ETF will reduce by $60.

In TMO it's straight talk all the way - 18mo ago paid a $240 subsidy per phone and ...in 24 months of $20 payments above my non-subsidized phone bill, I will have paid off the phone. Also if I leave, and pay off the phone, they will unlock immediately.

Sucks you can't get good TMO service. They will improve it - these guys are itching for #2 spot or higher.

about 1 month ago

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