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Comment Re:Developer machine (Score 1) 320

The ironic thing is Macs are pushed as productivity machines for professionals. That is one of the reasons they are supposed to fetch a premium price is because they aren't just "home" machines for the masses.

Macs are for professionals ... just not your sort of profession!

My local Apple afficionado tells me that Apple users have better things to do with their time than play games, watch movies or, apparently, pretty much anything that normal people do.

Comment Re:In our vision of the "new" connected world: (Score 1) 320

You never turn off your devices. You will be constantly be consuming monetized content.

Including the surf noise it plays while you're sleeping.

Someone who wants to turn it off must, obviously, be deviant and need intervention.

Some time in the future, watching old episodes of "The IT Crowd" with my kid.

"Have you tried turning it off and on again? You do know how to work a button?"

and my kid asks
"What does he mean 'turn it off and on again?'"
"Well in the old days people used to be allowed to turn their computers off."
"What do you mean? Why would you do that?"
"Because sometimes computers would go wrong and it might fix them."
"Sssshhh daddy, we don't want anyone to hear you say anything bad about computers."

shades of 'Paranoia!'

Comment Re:Who needs them anyway (Score 1) 317

I stopped wearing a wristwatch 10+ years ago. It was annoying to wear while using a laptop.

There's clock on my phone, computer, car, radio, egg timer.. I don't see the point in carrying extra one on my wrist.

Smartwatches seem even more pointless to me, redundant and limited functionality and horrible battery life.

This is what kills the wristwatch for me.

Even when I had a wristwatch, half the time I kept it in my pocket because having something strapped to my wrist is just too bloody annoying.

Comment Re:Was Obvious from the Start (Score 5, Insightful) 317

Yup. When the Apple watch came out, I took my Rolex purchased in the 70s to a jeweler for cleaning and refurbishment which cost 2x what an Apple watch would have cost. I gave it to my son as a graduation gift. The current value on that watch was 5x what I paid for it. Might be a wash with changes to the value of a dollar, but that item will still have value in 2-3 years when the Apple watch would have been dropped into a bin as junk. The HP-01 watch from the 70's was a better product than the Apple watch, by the way I also had an HP-01 back then. Kind of sorry I didn't keep it. I wonder if an Apple watch buyer will every feel the same way after 40 years?

Also, when Apple decide they don't care about the Apple watch any more and shut down the servers that enable it to work, it could well stop functioning altogether; many pieces of modern tech are like this. If their servers are offline they just don't work any more. This isn't going to happen with your Rolex.

Comment Also preference for 1's over 0's (Score 1) 313

Also preference for 1's over 0's due to the 1's taking up less space is causing problems for database administrators and designers.

Larry Ellison is reported to be pushing a new industry standard in which entire Oracle databases will be compressed into nothing but 1's thus saving billions globally in storage costs.

Comment Re:"if nothing is done to encourage more of them t (Score 1) 506

And the only conclusion you can reach is that women are incompetent and "not interested". Have you ever pondered that people with attitudes like yours might be part of the problem?

I'm a guy. I can program competently. But I hate doing it so I don't have a programming job. In my life experience men and women tend to enjoy different things and in different ways, the two genders are equal but obviously different. What if the majority of women who could be competent programmers just don't want to do that job because (like this guy) they find programming uncomfortable and unpleasant? How do we find the truth of the matter (especially with so much political correctness muddying things up)?

Comment Re:Product placement (Score 1) 233

Football is slowed down so much for the sake of advertising with these huge breaks between plays while the players just wander about and slowly slowly organize themselves for the next play.

That's why i like the non-stop action of soccer. 22 people randomly kicking a ball around until eventually someone accidentally kicks it into the goal.

Or theres Rugby LOL. Soccer vs Rugby; Soccer is 90 minutes spent pretending you are hurt. Rugby is 80 minutes pretending you aren't hurt!

Ice hockey is pretty good too for non stop action.

Comment Re:Product placement (Score 1) 233

It's a product placement, not an actual solution.The NFL is counting it as advertising revenue. Therefore, no one cares what the end users and support staff think about it.

If they can reduce reliance on ads maybe they will be allowed to reduce the turnaround time on plays and not have 6 second plays followed by 5 minutes of advertising?

Theres a joke: Football players run miles in training; they run for 6 seconds, have a 5 minute break, run another 6 seconds and so on until they've run a mile!

Football is slowed down so much for the sake of advertising with these huge breaks between plays while the players just wander about and slowly slowly organize themselves for the next play.

Comment Re:Hold down power button and ... (Score 2) 427

(...) even people who have done nothing wrong (...). And anybody who has done something wrong should (...)

The problem is that everyone has some something wrong. There is some kind of law, statute or rule that you broke... or didn't follow strictly.
This day and age there are so many rule, such broad law, that everyone had some something. Even if it as minor as jaywalking. Or driving over the speed limit for a couple minutes. Or parking a little too far from the sidewalk. Or something else completely different that in a given place is a misdemeanor.

I'm not screaming "evil big government here". I'm actually a law student and an intern in a attorney office. We all break some law several times every day. But these are such minor things that the legal system simply don't care. Maybe it is not a criminal law, but only enough for a civil lawsuit. But we are still breaking the rules.

In the eyes of the law, no one is 100% guiltless, even if they are innocent.

This is one of the problems why the legal system doesn't work. We punish too many things, so we punish badly. And, in that scenario, when the policing forces (local, state or federal) get increased powers and broader mandates, they get carte blanche to so pretty much what they want to anyone they want. After all, everyone is guilty of something.

Things are only getting scarier.

"Give me 6 folders of porn from the most innocent of men and I shall find something in there to hang him."

In some places it might be porn with wrinkled 60 year old women in school uniforms. In other places, porn featuring women whose breasts are too small.

Comment Re:Pretty interesting (Score 1) 412

Why would WikiLeaks be out of play?
Assange isn't WikiLeaks. The organization's perfectly capable of accepting and releasing data without their leader. There's already been at least one release since Assange went silent, possibly via deadman switch.
Persecuting Assange is just assaulting the public face of WikiLeaks, not affecting what it can do.

Yes, Assange probably had a 'dead mans switch' set up so that if he didn't keep updating something it would assume that he'd been handed over to the UK authorities by the Ecuadorians and then leak some files that would be very damaging to the Ecuadorian government.

I kind of hope this is what he's done because he hasn't actually been handed over to the UK authorities and when the files go public the Ecuadorians are going to kick him out of the embassy in his pajamas.

Comment Re:Let's not forget... (Score 1) 99

Slightly but the GP is right in claiming that Corals existed when CO2 was higher. So let's assume that he's right and that Corals are not related to CO2. That leaves us with two options:

1. He believes corals aren't sensitive to temperature (this has been proven without a doubt to be false and you're more than happy to try this at home with a fishtank and overheat your water by only a couple of degrees).
2. He believes CO2 isn't related to global warming which at this point is about as big of a WTF as you can get on a site that is supposed to have an intelligent tech minded readership which embraces science rather than politifiction.

I like that point about raising the temperature of the fish tank by a couple of degrees. If you raised the temperature by a couple of degrees over enough generations of fish I'm sure they'd be fine. How many generations is required, now thats the question.

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