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Comment ...inconvenience... (Score 1) 67

That word coming from any business, large or small, just makes me f**king livid. I've paid money for a working thing/service. This isn't an inconvenience, this is me losing my hard-earned money on something that doesn't work. The proper response is: Send back your old monitor and we'll send you a new one, on us.

Comment Ummm, good? (Score 1) 55

I know it's fashionable to dump on the Java ecosystem around here. However, given the tools and libraries that are available, I find it incredibly easy to write apps quickly and efficiently. Personally, I've started to use Kotlin and it rocks. Between it and Groovy and the massive wealth of libraries in the Java ecosystem, I haven't found anything else that lets me be as productive.

That said, some of the frameworks out there just plain suck. My employer is building a Spring/Hibernate Servlet system, and while there are a few things that are kinda cool about Spring, I think it's mostly a clusterf**k of an over-bloated framework. I guess you have to use it when you are communicating with a bunch of disparate systems, but I'm certain that it's killing our team's productivity hugely.

I've tried Go, and I like it but there is not very much of a community around it, and the database package was designed by morons. I've tried Rust. I think it has potential, but it's really hard to spin up your head around it. And again, not much of a community.

Comment Re:Funny thing about 8K... (Score 1) 192

I would suggest that the 8K support is mainly geared toward professional capture. Current [very] high-end cameras support 8K capture, but managing the output is proprietary per brand. The pros use the 8K to work with editing/zooming allowing them to keep at least a 4K image as final output. IMO, having the HDMI spec support 8K is a good move to standardize video transfer. I see it supports 60fps too. Another good move. I really can't imagine why consumer equipment would exceed 4K - but I'm sure somebody will make it, and somebody will buy it just to show off.

Comment She was more than Leia (Score 5, Insightful) 456

She was a very complex person, and before people start beating her up because she "let herself go" (which, by the way, she readily admitted)... You weren't her, you didn't have her problems and her life. Could she have done things differently? Of course. But, it is what it is. An early death is generally the price paid for drug abuse and not taking care of yourself.

She was witty A.F. and an excellent writer. I was 13 when I saw her for the first time on the silver screen. And *wow*. Over the years, I've appreciated what she has done - which is why people that knew her loved her deeply. Leia was just the start.

Comment Re:Dumb idea (Score 1) 255

Surprise! The very high end cars have already done this. Lexus, BMW, Rolls Royce, several others all have drive-by-wire systems, the steering wheel is controlled by individual electric motors(sometimes a single motor). And and electric motor on the pedal simulates the feel of hydraulic pressure.

No, that's wrong. Consumer cars (Lexus for sure, not sure about RR) have a physical connection from the steering wheel to the steering mechanism attached to the axle. This system is *assisted* by either hydraulics or electric motors. If these fail, you can still steer the vehicle. Of course, it's more difficult, but it can still be done.

Comment Re:I live not too far from a major highway (Score 1) 235

LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES

Bullshit. Any decent motorcycle rider knows to drive defensively because everybody else is out to get you. The loud motorcycles tend to cause (at least some) motorists to get surprised and swerve dangerously when confronted with one. I have a Honda Goldwing - it's quieter than most cars. It's big, so that helps for visibility, but I've driven many, many miles without incident because I've been vigilant. I've had several other smaller bikes as well. Not to say there haven't been any close calls, but I get through them by always having an exit strategy wherever I am. The MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) is a great place to learn to actually be safe while riding.

For those folks that wonder how the loud cycles can get away with it, it's because motorcycles are currently exempt from noise/emission regulations, for some dumb reason. Today, those reasons really no longer exist. It should be fixed, IMO.

Comment Story weak, but I happen to agree. (Score 1) 294

Yeah, as a story, not a lot of meat here. But I do have to say my home cable modem/router as five lights, three of them blue. The blue ones are bright as hell, and one of those blinks on activity (which is all the time with all the computers in my house). It creates sufficient light to see across the room relatively clearly. Fortunately I don't have it in my bedroom, but I imagine many people really do have that problem. It would be nice to have them at least not as bright. I see no reason for being so "loud".

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