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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

tipo159 Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (603 comments)

I had a 12" Powerbook G4 that I sold a couple of years ago. It was just too slow to running the applications that I needed to run.

I still have a Powerbook 540c (from 1995) that I play SimTower on. I also use it as a serial console for my collection of Sun lunchbox systems and Axil 320 SPARCstation 20 clone. They still all still run (despite PROM battery failures), but I don't use them frequently.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

tipo159 MacBook (2007 model) (603 comments)

My primary work laptop is a 2007 MacBook. When the time came that the company would buy me a replacement, Apple products were no longer on the list of corporate approved laptops, so I have just continued to use the MacBook. It has been pretty much trouble-free. Had to replace the battery and the power adapter and that's it.

yesterday
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

tipo159 Re:Apart from shades of grey... (512 comments)

'Shades of Grey' was on its own plane of awful. Nothing else comes close. When I try to think of other bad episodes, 'Shades of Grey' just crowds all of the others out.

about three weeks ago
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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

tipo159 Re:26% is a made-up number (367 comments)

Uh, I should proofread better before posting. That should be "It is not based on actual accident statistics."

about three weeks ago
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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

tipo159 26% is a made-up number (367 comments)

Citing the National Safety Council's own material:

How did the NSC estimate attributable risk percent for cell phones? The NSC attributable risk percent estimate of cell phones is based on two factors: 1) the prevalence of drivers talking on cell phones and 2) the relative risk of this activity compared to not using cell phones while driving.

It is not based actually accident statistics. It is a guess.

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

tipo159 Re:Um. WRONG. (323 comments)

Top Gear can be torrented or sometimes watched on Streetfire if they don't fuck it up.

If you want to watch the latest Top Gear (or Fifth Gear), go here - http://www.finalgear.com/

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

tipo159 Re:Remove the middleman (323 comments)

I disagree. The major studios have production facilities, access to capital for getting films made and know the business end of distribution, which are all things that a major film needs that the people "doing all the hard work" might not be able to provide. And it isn't like the studio always makes money. Look at what R.I.P.D. did last year. Studios have failed or have had to reorganize effectively because of the poor box office performance of a small number of films.

Note that studios don't do actual distribution of digital films to theaters now. It is done by a small number of companies like AccessIT and Technicolor. I believe that streaming distribution will continue to follow a similar model.

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

tipo159 Re:Remove the middleman (323 comments)

I hate to say this, as much as I sympathize more with Netflix than a major studio, but shouldn't the studios eventually stream their movies themselves? Is the tech really that hard, why are they outsourcing it to Amazon and Netflix?

Like TV channels, we should just surf the studio websites until we find what we want (using Google, perhaps). That seems the inevitable future rather than one or two clearinghouses. That's what tech does: removes the middleman (except when there's a man in the middle ;).

Streaming can be hard, particularly if everyone is trying to watch at the same time. Witness what happened to HBOGo the night that they made the season finale of 'True Detective' available.

From what I can tell, the major studios do not want to be in the content delivery business. I don't see an 'inevitable future' of the major studios streaming their own content. I think branded portals to the studio content, outsourced to a small number of content delivery companies, is more likely.

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

tipo159 Re:Um. WRONG. (323 comments)

It's taken me some years, but I'm finally bored of Netflix.

I did the 30-day free trial of Netflix in Dec-Jan. I got bored with the choices available before the end of the free trial.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

tipo159 GA Tech MOOC-based MSCS (370 comments)

I would gladly consider something like the new GA Tech MOOC-based MSCS degree program — in fact, I applied there, and was turned down. After the initial offering, they rewrote the admissions requirements to spell out the fact that only people with a completed 4-year degree would be considered, work experience notwithstanding.

Also, don't bother to apply if you got your 4-year degree more than a few years ago, work experience notwithstanding. The application process requires recommendations and the online recommendation form is completely oriented towards coursework. If your recommenders aren't former classmates or professors, it will be hard for them to complete the form.

about three weeks ago
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CEO Says One Laptop Per Child Project Has Achieved Its Goals

tipo159 Re:Never understood OLPC (54 comments)

Because they were intended to help kids learn, not turn them into office drones. There were all sorts of interesting educational apps. Also, the OLPC laptops run Linux and you can open a terminal shell if so inclined.

about a month ago
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CEO Says One Laptop Per Child Project Has Achieved Its Goals

tipo159 Re:Are they distributing their own model? (54 comments)

The OLPC laptop was rugged and repairable. It is great for an environment where you can't just ship it off for service when something breaks. Also, the keyboard is great for kid-sized hands.

The OLPC tablet is fragile (particularly in comparison to the OLPC laptop) and is not repairable by most users. It seems like it is really intended for a "first world"-type environment, not the same environment as the laptop.

My biggest complaint about my OLPC laptop is that it is slow. However, the target users wouldn't have as much experience using computers as I do, so wouldn't have the same expectations as I do and it wouldn't seem slow to them. I would love to have upgraded h/w that I could put in the case.

about a month ago
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CEO Says One Laptop Per Child Project Has Achieved Its Goals

tipo159 Re:...just like "No Child Left Behind" (54 comments)

Did you do Give 1 Get 1 when OLPC was doing fulfillment or when Amazon was? When they were doing it, it was a disaster. I think I got mine five months after placing the order. On the other hand, I heard that things went more smoothly when Amazon was doing fulfillment (which is what you would expect).

about a month ago
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Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

tipo159 Re:What is the issue? (243 comments)

If we are plugging Kickstarter-backed films that fulfilled their promise to deliver a DRM-free HD download, let me add "Easier Said Than Done" to the list.

about 1 month ago
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Shuttleworth Wants To Get Rid of Proprietary Firmware

tipo159 Shuttleworth wrote ... (147 comments)

In ye olden days, a manufacturer would ship Windows, which could not be changed

What the hell is he talking about?

about a month ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

tipo159 How would this have helped with MH370? (461 comments)

"Of course, that wouldn’t yield much information if a plane is blown out of the sky by a bomb, or suffers a sudden catastrophic structural failure at cruising altitude. But in those rare cases, conventional black boxes are really the only viable technology."

MH370 was sending data when it disappeared. The ADS-B data can be found on FlightRadar 24. Rolls Royce indicated that it was receiving ACARS data from the engines.

All of this stuff was either switched off or stopped working because of a sudden catastrophic failure.

about a month ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

tipo159 Re:Wii U problem is not underpowered. (559 comments)

My two kids asked for a Wii U, so that is what I got them. I don't know what games they are playing, but I see them and the neighborhood kids playing multiplayer games on it all of the time.

My youngest kid had a DSi and wanted a 3DS XL. Now the older one wants to replace his DSi as well.

They occasionally take my iOS devices (I have a gaggle for testing apps), but they usually prefer to play with their Nintendo devices.

Just another data point.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

tipo159 Re:I drive more. (635 comments)

Misc. points:

I gave up on bikes. Too many clueless drivers on the road. Too many close calls when I was doing everything that I should have been. Didn't like arriving at my destination exhausted from having to exert so much effort watching out for idiots. But maybe that is just Seattle.

I rode a sport bike (FZR400) from Seattle to San Jose. Just because one can do something doesn't mean they should or the equipment is suited for that purpose.

My daughter has a scooter at college. She used to ride it a lot, but now seems to take public transit.

My daughter doesn't have a car at school because of the cost of insurance. She drives the car a lot when she is home.

about 2 months ago

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Job seekers asked for Facebook and other passwords in job interviews

tipo159 tipo159 writes  |  about 2 years ago

tipo159 writes "In this story, some employers are asking prospective employees for their Facebook and other passwords during the job interview. And the job market is tight enough that people are willingly providing passwords."
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Petition for a 300-foot tall statue of Paul Allen

tipo159 tipo159 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tipo159 (1151047) writes "The Seattle Times is running a story on a local coffee shop that is collecting signatures on a petition to have a 300-foot tall statue of Paul Allen built in a local park (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008123202_statue19m.html). Mr. Allen owns a significant amount of real estate in the area (South Lake Union) and has been behind a lot of development there. This has had its positives (safer to walk around at night) and negatives (more expensive, ugly new buildings). Similarly, signers of the petition range from people who want to thank Mr. Allen for he has done for the area to people who want to mock the huge influence that he has had. If the statue can't go in the park, an alternate proposal would have the statue standing astride a major freeway exit akin to the Colossus of Rhodes. That's what I want to see!"

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