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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

triffid_98 Re:Translation: (158 comments)

I think that RT was kind of a short stop-gap solution to fix the problem of making low(er) cost Windows tablets at a time when running full Windows would have been just too expensive. Not that you can get tablets running full X86 windows for $100-$200, there's much less of a reason to continue on with Windows RT.

I think costs may have been part of it but the bigger issue was battery life. Now that Intel has fully fledged x86 chips that are quite close on power consumption there's no longer any reason to settle for the RT 'port' that still won't run half the software users are expecting to 'just work'.

...the fact that easily 3/4 of these things are rocking 32gb of flash memory certainly isn't helping either. Lets see, we have windows RT, one or two other big applications and...we're out of space. You do have that handy SD slot but that doesn't help because you still can't install apps on it.

about a week ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

triffid_98 Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (126 comments)

Edgar Allen Poe
Oscar Wilde
John Keats
Lewis Carroll
Robert Louis Stevenson
Charles Dickens
Florence Nightengale


...notorious opium abusers every one...fortunately for us they lived in a time before it was demonized, or they wouldn't have been able to make their various contributions to society.

about two weeks ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

triffid_98 Re:It all comes down to payroll (263 comments)

As a former H1-B visa holder you should also be well aware that the 'prevailing wage' is subject to substantial interpretation and visa holders are essentially locked in to that company.

They can't leave unless it's to go back home. In the case of some countries it's just a few years, but if you're from someplace like India you'll probably be there a decade or more before you ever get a green card.

I've worked at a number of smaller companies, and (at least in that environment) this whole yearly wage increase thing simply doesn't happen. If you want a substantial raise, it means accepting an opportunity somewhere else. Something an H1-B holder cannot do, so it's no wonder that they're preferred. I wouldn't exactly call you slaves, you're really more like indentured servants.

about two weeks ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

triffid_98 Re:Oh I live in this world as well (263 comments)

My counter-view (sitting, between product and customer). Product have made something that's not quite right. We ask them to fix it. They don't want to, as they're adding the latest shiny new feature instead.

Um...if you're following the scrum process the product owner/project managers are firmly in control of this.

Developers certainly aren't the ones deciding what has priority, they're merely deciding how much each fix/feature 'costs' in terms of development time and letting you lot decide what they should be working on.

Likewise, if it's 'not quite right', you have only yourselves to blame since they're providing frequent builds and not just one ginormous deliverable every 8 months or so.

about two weeks ago
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Interior of Burnt Herculaneum Scroll Read For First Time

triffid_98 Re:This is incredibly exciting (66 comments)

I believe you're thinking of vellum, which is parchment made from animal hide, not paper.
It was fairly common to scrape the pages blank and write over the existing texts. In some cases fragments of the original texts can be retrieved, but obviously that's fairly hit and miss.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

triffid_98 Re:Bad idea (382 comments)

The government is an undistorted, but maybe slightly embellished reflection of the wishes of the voters.

Is it really though? When your only two choices are crap, and it comes in a choice of brown or dark brown it's really not much of a choice, and it seems perfectly reasonable for the voters not to care much. It's not as if anything substantial will change depending on which of these amoral fuckwads they vote in.

about two weeks ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

triffid_98 So um...WW2 era flak shells anyone? (208 comments)

It doesn't take much to take down a drone, so a little flak ought to do wonders. That or AEGIS systems and conventional ammunition.

about two weeks ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

triffid_98 Re:A simple defense (121 comments)

Actually...for ultrasonics piezoelectric speakers are far better than conventional cone drivers...just not the 2 cent variety you're referring to here.

about 8 months ago
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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

triffid_98 Re:Seriously? (213 comments)

Any kind of automated mass collection of data without a human in the loop to determine if a threat is credible or not is going to have significant problems.

If you haven't been paying attention lately, having any kind of civil servant in the loop to determine if a threat is credible or not is also going to have significant problems.

Keywords: Swatting, ATHF Movie/Boston, NSA/FISA Court, Hello Kitty "bubble gun" and/or pop-tarts, etc.

about 8 months ago
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Local Police Increasingly Rely On Secret Surveillance

triffid_98 Re:General trend of militarization of police (146 comments)

The police everywhere are given those assault rifles, military grade body armor, etc. just for the price of a stamp, so it's hardly surprising. This is where (some) of the boatload of money the DHS is spending goes.

about 8 months ago
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US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

triffid_98 Re:Money is irrelevant... (411 comments)

It may be an environmental train wreck but if push comes to shove we can make our gasoline out it (coal).

...and just like our space program you can thank those cuddly Nazis for it.

about 8 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

triffid_98 "the lack of a smaller Surface tablet" (379 comments)

There are very important reasons for this. Probably the most important one is DPI scaling, something Windows never supported properly until quite recently (Windows 8.1). With 8.1 it's possible, but any non 'DPI aware' apps (AKA almost all of them) may still need a lot of tweaking. The only reliable way of handling this is either increase the size of the screen or lower the resolution.

For anyone who hasn't experienced this for themselves, 4K laptop displays + Windows 7 = complete train wreck.

about 8 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

triffid_98 pwn to own=new normal? (355 comments)

You know, it depresses me enough what we have to hack our phones to remove crappy "features" (disabled OS functions, bloatware) we don't want.

I for one simply cannot wait to do the same to my new car/refrigerator/thermostat. In the meantime, one alternate plan that's worked very well so far is to not buy any new cars or refrigerators or $200 learning thermostats.

about 8 months ago
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NASA Looks To Volcanic Rocks As Target For Next Mars Rover

triffid_98 Re:can we think bigger picture? (33 comments)

The $1.5 billion rover, a near-copy of the Curiosity rover, will collect about 30 samples of rock and soil for eventual return to Earth.

Or we could spend that money on something worthwhile.

No problem. Would you prefer 3 weeks of corporate farm subsidies (20B/yr), one Ohio class submarine (2B/ea) or three B-2 bombers (500M/ea)?

about 8 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

triffid_98 Re:If you regulate properly, we'll stop our busine (286 comments)

"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators."

-P.J. O'Rourke

about 9 months ago
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New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

triffid_98 Re:Change of perspective. (81 comments)

There are fewer parts in an EV, so you might need one large bill to replace batteries, but vs water pump and two cambelt changes I've had to stump up for already at 90k and other servicing costs.

In a pure EV sure, though you still have some new things to break. Specifically anything that's an accessory. Electric motors are far less reliable than hydraulic pumps. (Power Steering, Air Conditioning, Power Brakes) and of course you have the electric motor(s), batteries, computers and any associated charging/voltage conversion hardware bits.

In a Hybrid you've got the worst of both words maintenance wise, but that's the trade-off you're making.

about 9 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

triffid_98 Re:Beats sound like garbage (198 comments)

Dr. Dre can suck my dick,
that bitch got no PHD,
I lost count of mine,
I got stupid whack degrees.

-Stephen Hawking

about 9 months ago
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Feds Issue Emergency Order On Crude Oil Trains

triffid_98 Re:Environmentalists eat your heart out. (211 comments)

A new refinery hasn't been built in the US since 1976...because there are zero new players in the refining industry, not because the government has some eviiiil conspiracy preventing them from doing so.

FTFY.

It's cheaper for existing players to upgrade their existing plants than build shiny new ones and it's a double win when you get to shut down half of them down for "maintenance" at the same time and jack up gas prices

about 9 months ago
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XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

triffid_98 Re:Microsoft has no spine. (179 comments)

Why should they continue to spend money to support an ancient OS that no one is buying any more?

...because this is the exact same patch that they're already contractually obligated to release for Windows 2003 (which won't EOL until next July)?

about 9 months ago

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