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Comment Re:How did they come up with these numbers? (Score 1) 78

This is one of the things I'm extremely happy about with Google Fi (just a user, no affiliation).

At $10/GB, the data may be a bit pricey -- but all data is prorated. I don't use data much at all, so my $30/mo. plan (unlimited call, 1GB data) is almost always *less* than $30/mo. Plus, international data is the same price.

Comment Re: Not Apple (Score 1) 370

Oh and Apple, you can keep CUPS. It is a lousy technology that hardly compensates the community for everything else you took to build X.

Speak for yourself -- I routinely have an easier time setting up printers on my Linux box using CUPS than my Windows friends do. And, as much as I think editing raw text files is great from flexibility/power standpoint, the ol' localhost:631 interface is very nice in my experience.

Comment Re:Guiness Book of Records challenge (Score 1) 77

If it's all on *NIX, I know this would be pretty easy to do (probably not difficult with Windows, I just don't know how). Just have the VM, upon booting up, download an image of itself and spool up a new instance. Would perhaps need to take care that the memory and storage allocated for each additional VM is somewhat smaller than the host VM, but this is easily scriptable.

Comment Re:Better use Linux directly (Score 1) 77

It was a pretty basic setup. My University has some deal with MS so each student has access to one Windows 10 (and Office) key, with a download link via Microsoft. I just downloaded and set up a vanilla VirtualBox Windows 10 guest. (I believe I just installed VirtualBox from the Debian repositories, nothing fancy.)

It's not perfect -- audio can be choppy at times, and the 3D acceleration doesn't work (at least on my setup), and the seamless mode doesn't really work (so I just run it fullscreen on one of my workspaces). But performance is completely acceptable for Word, and I have it using only one core and 2GB RAM.

Comment Re:Better use Linux directly (Score 1) 77

I have my Windows 10 install in a VM (Linux host), and I'm very pleased with the setup (a multi-monitor setup is helpful but not necessary). Performance is adequate for the basics, although it's a little silly that I need to run a VM just to be able to properly edit a document. Yes, I know there are open alternatives, but for documents with images, formulae, tracked changes, etc., I find it easier to just use Word (obviously I prefer a TeX solution [I highly recommend Overleaf], but it's not always up to me...).

Comment Re:Panel on top is a feature? (Score 1) 47

True, but I think you're being a little too literal.

Yes, everyone experiences everything differently. But that doesn't mean there aren't common features/tasks/workflows -- dare I say, experiences -- that affect many people.

We've all been in terrible airports, and we've all been in airports that were actually pretty smooth; the "user experience" didn't magically become lousy in one and great in another, it was deliberately (not) thought out. That's not to say that we both agree 100% on which are the good airports and which are the lousy ones, but I'm guessing there's some overlap. It's similar with software -- we've all used programs that had about zero discoverability and were a pain to use, and we've (hopefully) all experienced software which was actually pretty well thought out from a user experience perspective.

How a user experiences the result is something that the user does indeed contribute to the interaction -- but they're not the sole contributor.

Comment Re:i.e. I think I can ignore the law if I want to (Score 1) 176

Not to mention the fact that, AFAIK, there's no real ban on cellphones vis-a-vis data usage/spectrum usage in theaters -- there's only a ban on making noise/light. There shouldn't be a problem downloading Wikipedia in the background during a movie, so long as your phone is on silent.

...and seriously, $200? And I thought the in-flight wifi was expensive...

Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 229

Sure, but it seems to be like ISPs are trying to have their cake and eat it too with data caps.

To use the power analogy, bandwidth ~ power capacity, data ~ energy use (or similarly with water, gas, ...). Now, it's true that a basic home electrical hookup has a "bandwidth" limit -- but this should easily be enough for everyone in the family to have their own computer or TV running, in addition to a fridge, washing machine, dryer, etc. So ideally, the "bandwidth" isn't a problem (brown-outs notwithstanding), and you pay for the energy used (data).

Contrast this to ISPs, where the norm has been to charge for bandwith. Now, bandwidth has historically not been something that we "have enough of" -- a starter package probably doesn't allow everyone in a family to do "normal internet things" at a respectable rate (download something in the background, watch HD or UHD streams, etc.). So, not only are we supposed to pay extra for acceptable bandwidth, but we are also supposed to pay for each bit?

It strikes me as double-dipping: either charge for the bits but give us "unlimited" bandwidth (fast enough for everyone in the house to simultaneously use it at adequate speeds), or give us the bits for free and charge us for the bandwidth. I certainly prefer the latter, but perhaps only because that's what I'm used to.

Comment Remotely brick? (Score 2) 202

Would it be legal for Samsung to issue an OTA update to essentially brick the device (ideally affecting the charging controller, too)?

Would this be legal? Not that I'm advocating that sort of behavior, just wondering...as-is, it seems we barely own anything and are just borrowing it from the company...

Comment Re:Athletics budget (Score 1) 338

Although UCSF may not have a robust athletics department, I believe (?) that this decision comes from the University of California system -- not just the UCSF campus.

According to this article:

This layoff may have huge implications. That's because the university's IT services agreement with HCL can be leveraged by any institution in the 10-campus University of California system, which serves some 240,000 students and employs some 190,000 faculty and staff.

Comment Re:Pixels density (Score 1) 160

It sounds like you're talking about shot noise. But there's also read noise, etc., which may not be (afaik...) spatially correlated.

Now, if Canon properly implements some sort of binning, they could get the best of both worlds: high resolution when read noise isn't a problem (i.e., bright scene) and good SNR in dim scenes, albeit at lower resolution.

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