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Comment Re:Coral Bleaching (Score 1) 99

You have made some assumptions there. You assume that half a degree is not enough to cause problems with the corel. Sure, scientists have their laboratory tests and charts to back up their claims, but you trumped them with your CAPS LOCK key. Never mind that corel is particularly sensitive to temperature variation and so for them half a degree is actually massive.

You also assume that the daily variance in temperature stops as soon as it gets warm. Could it not possibly be that the variance continues, but the peaks get hotter while it never gets as cold as it used to? The problem isn't that it gets hot for a short time, but if it stays hot for weeks at a time.

You say that this is all crap, but you have no idea of what you are talking about. You accuse the scientists of simplifying the problem and yet think that the idea that you came up with in 10 minutes that it can get hotter for parts of the day is enough to demolish the view of people who spend every day studying this sort of thing.

Comment Re:Win10 (Score 4, Interesting) 310

I think Windows 10 is causing the slump, but not because people don't want it - it is because they already have it. There has always been a large segment of people who used a new version of Windows as the excuse to buy a new system; either because the OS needed the extra grunt or it was simply deemed to be the easiest way to upgrade for non-techies.

Along comes Windows 10, which basically threw itself onto everybody's existing systems. All of a sudden, there was no reason to buy new computer. As we all know, recent computer hardware is still fast enough to run average software so the benefit of buying a new system is miniscule.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 5, Insightful) 251

Who are you accusing of hating here? The Wall Street Journal for publishing this article? Samsung for discontinuing the model? Or maybe msmash for submitting the story here?

Is this not a newsworthy topic? Is this not a current red-hot issue in the tech world? Is this not news for nerds?

How is it that you think that this is a political issue, or one driven by hate? Do you think that we should meekly accept phones that explode on us? You accuse others of being fanbois, but I can't think of any excuse to wanting us to remain silent on this issue other than you being a fanboi yourself.

Comment Re:Why the hate? (Score 2) 251

Ok I admit that I use iOS devices more than android. But why the hate towards Samsung with the good riddance.

What I so of like to know is why there are now two posts asking "why all the hate" when at the time of posting nobody is hating? The only one even slightly close is hating on Apple (and has been modded down).

Yes, Samsung should fix the phones, but their attempt to do so has resulted in an equally explosive phone. At this point, for PR reasons they need to release a new phone with another name. They will still have to replace the existing customers' phones, but they will do it with a model that has the model incremented by one. Doing this will make no difference to the final outcome

Comment Re:Define "free" (Score 5, Insightful) 87

You know full well that in this case free just means they aren't charging any money for it. It doesn't mean that they are giving away their rights on these books and so they don't have to make them available for a straight anonymous download. They do these sorts of deals to get potential customers to their site. If you could just at hand out anonymous links to the books then it would fail their goal.

If you don't want to give them you details then don't get the books. Easy!

Comment Re:Consumers (Score 3, Informative) 310

Anyone old enough to remember when CDs first came out, they were packed with all sorts of security by obscurity measures designed to make sure that they wouldn't play from your computer as well as from your car stereo.

I'm old enough to remember, but I don't remember that. Audio CDs have been around since the early 80s, but protected audio CDs didn't happen until a lot later. According to Wikipedia's page on copy protection:

By 2000, Napster had seen mainstream adoption, and several music publishers responded by starting to sell some CDs with various copy protection schemes. Most of these were playback restrictions that aimed to make the CD unusable in computers with CD-ROM drives, leaving only dedicated audio CD players for playback.

So it seems that CDs enjoyed nearly 20 years of unprotected playback. It's easy to see why. In the early 90s, a hard drive that was large enough to store a CD rip would have cost thousands of dollars. Even video games released in those days on optical media didn't bother to protect themselves because they didn't have to contend with cheap and large drives or affordable CD writers.

Comment Re:Good (Score 5, Insightful) 278

Try living somewhere with no government and report back to us. That is if you get out alive.

So you think the only alternative to a government that tramples over the rights of the citizens is no government at all? Did it not even occur to you that it might be nice to have a law-abiding, privacy-respecting government?

Just because "it could be worse" does not give the government permission to do whatever they want.

Comment Re:Dumbest rivalry ever (Score 2) 37

Then of course their monopolistic tendencies came out (again) when they decided to show a warning message to Windows 10 users who opened Firefox or Chrome by telling them that those browsers will use all your battery life and you'd better use Edge if you knew what was good for you.

Suggesting your own product is not a monopolistic practice. How different is that from going to Google and being presented with Google works better with Chrome and a Yes, get Chrome now button?

So this whole "browser battery life" war is nothing but an excuse for Microsoft's "DOS isn't done 'til Lotus won't run" tactic. This should be responded to with antitrust investigations and legal fines.

That's just ridiculous! What law did they break by claiming that their browser was better for battery life? How does that justify being fined? And how is promoting your product anything like the old Lotus myth?

Nobody uses Edge because they legitimately are concerned about their laptop battery life.

I think that statement can be simplified to just "Nobody uses Edge". But I for one consider my battery life when choosing what software to run. My computer has to last all day. It's useless to me if the battery dies. So, for example, my browser has to have an ad-blocker because I get sick of hearing my notebook's fan whir up to 100% when going to some sites with obnoxious advertising. It's galling to know that my CPU jumps to high usage just because someone wants to sell me something. I also use a lightweight programs instead of hard drive thrashing suites.

So if it wasn't an absolutely appalling browser, I would use Edge if it made a substantial difference to my notebook's usable life.

Comment Re:Whiney Consumerism (Score 1) 238

Let's be honest here - Sony didn't decided "Hey, I want everyone to use Microsoft". What, you think Sony loves Microsoft? Yeah right.

No. Microsoft went to them and said "Sell ONLY our stuff or you get no Windows."

Sony caved like a coward, signed an agreement, and were contractually obligated to refuse to sell non-windows computers. They don't care that much, because most consumers want Microsoft.

What a convoluted (and unsubstantiated) story you came up with. You could easily edit this down to be much simpler (and more accurate):

Sony didn't decided "Hey, I want everyone to use Microsoft", but since most consumers want Microsoft they gave them what they wanted.

You can't say in one sentence that the majority of the users want Windows and then in the very next one say that they don't want Windows. Which is it? How likely is it that Sony would want to make it more difficult for the 99% of the people who want to just turn their new computer and have it work, just to please the 1% who chose the wrong computer and then bitched about having to pay the Microsoft tax.

Seriously, if you don't want to pay for Windows then don't! It's not rocket science. Just recognise that you are a niche market, and that only a few companies will bother to support you.

Comment That's not a brilliant idea (Score 2) 90

How is this deserving of a patent? It's blindingly obvious to use the sensors available on a device to do their job? And activating the sensors has been done before, like activating a camera remotely or the feature built-in to phones now to get the GPS remotely. As soon as I heard about them adding fingerprint sensors to phones I immediately about how useful it would be to get the fingerprints of thieves.

Comment Re:who wants it? (Score 2) 400

But with bash you can just start typing text. No need to look up obscure command system and object names if they only thing you want to do is get a list of all files matching a pattern.

You must be one of those people who wonders why foreigners speak foreign languages when English is so much easier to learn! (Even our children can do it) Bash is not magically easier than PowerShell for someone who only uses it twice a year. In fact, I would say that PowerShell is easier because it has a lot of built-in aliases to make it familiar to *nix users.

Want to do a directory listing of all files matching a patter? Try ls *.txt. It will work in both bash and PowerShell. The arguments are different in PowerShell, but it's just a man ls to find out what they are (or just use the more convenient tab completion). Of course, those aliases are shortcuts to a verbose command naming scheme. I would think that for a very occasional user who might not remember the commands, it is far easier to use a system that has real descriptive names rather than the ultra-terse naming scheme used by *nix. Even if you can't remember the exact name in PowerShell, you can simply use a wildcard for the command name. Can't remember the command to export a CSV file? Type *csv* and keep pressing tab to cycle through the commands (or type man *csv* to see the entire list). If the occasional bash user had to export a CSV what would they do?

Also, PowerShell has a much more consistent argument naming scheme. The basic utilities on *nix have a diverse structure are arguments. For example, ls and find cover a similar subject, yet their arguments are worlds apart. You may be used to that, and so it seems familiar, but it is certainly not a simple case a sitting down and typing.

The difference is that Unix is oriented around commands and programs that take input and give output; whereas Windows is oriented around DLLs and frameworks that build on top of DLLs.

That is not an accurate assessment. PowerShell is all about commandlets and functions that take input and give output. The difference is that the input and output isn't just a stream of text, but objects. If you want to get the size of a file, you read it as a number; you don't have to convert the text in a particular position of a directory listing.

The pipeline is super-important in PowerShell. Objects, and lists of objects, are passed around and processed either sequentially or in a batch. The objects and pipeline are basically what gives PowerShell its power. To ignore that and talk about DLLs is just missing the entire point.

Comment Re:It's not what I call a scripting language. (Score 3, Informative) 400

Wow, that's elegant.

Actually, depending on what was being piped, it could be simplified to:

cat file.txt | where PropertyName -match "regex"

But where the elegance lies is that the similar code would work for other conditions, beyond what grep could do. If you wanted to find all the long lines in a file, you would say:

cat file.txt | where Length -gt 80

Of course, if you use the scriptblock version with the { } characters, then you can do complicated expressions

# Find long lines that start with the word using
cat file.txt | where { $_.Length -gt 80 -and $_ -match '^using" }

# Find large files
dir | where Length -gt 1mb

# Find large files that were written within the last week (not optimised)
dir | where { $_.Length -gt 1mb -and $_.LastWriteTime -gt (get-date).AddDays(-7) }

This so-called non-elegant grep replacement can be used anytime you want to filter something. It doesn't have to be the contents of files or files themselves. Here I download the homepage and find the link to the privacy statement:

$html = invoke-webrequest
$html.Links | where InnerText -eq 'Privacy'

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