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Comment Re:No MagSafe would be a step backwards (Score 1) 307

Thanks for that, even if I think that eventually with enough trippings of such a cable, the connector will damage the on-board female adapter and break the solder.

I still think it's absolutely stupid to remove the MagSafe adapter from the laptop, it doesn't take that much space. And I absolutely hate how USB-C feels when you connect it into a device. At least you can connect it without thinking about the direction/position, but it still feels terrible when you plug it in, and it's also kinda small and flimsy.

Comment Re:No MagSafe would be a step backwards (Score 1) 307

I trip it ALL the time. My wife does it, too. My daughter does it as well (she's a 3 year old).

I will not be upgrading to a new MacBook if MagSafe is dropped, because for the amount of money I'd spend on a MacBook Pro, I might as well get a more powerful laptop that isn't made of bendy metal (which BTW sucks!), and run Linux on it.

Comment Re:I own one, it's horrible (Score 1) 291

It wasn't the main focus of the purchase, we bought it because of its size and other (non-infotainment) features that matched our requirements. If this was an Android or iOS based infotainment system, the car would be simply perfect 10/10 (for a gas engine anyway). That, and the amplifier/speakers are Sony, and they do sound great (when the system manages to connect to my phone and I can play Spotify...).

Comment I own one, it's horrible (Score 5, Insightful) 291

It's really pretty bad. I wish it was easy to replace, and that there was an open source project to replace it. The moment I saw that Microsoft bezel under the infotainment system, I knew it was trouble. Hopefully this lawsuit forces Ford to replace every single one of them with something more usable.

Comment Re:BASH to the rescue! (Score 1) 370

I strongly disagree. The beauty of BASH is not in the syntax - it's that you start real simple by simply running commands, passing parameters, and then starting with asking questions and acting on the results. Anyone can learn BASH and go as slow, or as fast as they one, but anyone can at the very least write a super simple HELLO WORLD bash script with zero effort.

I also think once you learn proper BASH programming, it's an excellent gateway to other languages, and best practices, including proper escaping and sanitation of inputs.

Consider how simple the following script is, and how rough it would be if you had to do this in ANY other language:

    echo "Hello $1!"

You put this in a script, make it executable, and just run it: ./script John


    Hello John!

You see what I'm saying?

Comment Soon: One last update to end all misery (Score 5, Insightful) 212

Mark my words: The day will come when an update from Microsoft will nuke the Windows installation beyond repair. ISPs will suddenly see a massive drop in traffic. Downloads and streaming will suddenly be super fast for everybody else. Spam, Ransomware, DDoS Bots and Trojans will vanish from the planet for 24 to 48 hours until people reinstall Windows on their machines and will access infected sites, get infected again... and the whole thing will start all over again :-)

Comment Re: RIAA and MPAA shoot own foot (Score 1) 240

Tell me about it. I just experienced this recently. I purchased tickets to a Kraftwerk event here in Los Angeles. I purchased the tickets almost two months ago, and the event is in September. Despite the huge amount of time between the purchase and the event itself (and this is Kraftwerk, an obscure German band, not something like Taylor Swift), we discovered most tickets have already been purchased by professional scalper companies.

If Kraftwerk really wanted, they would hire a small management company and handle the whole thing themselves. They could sell the tickets directly and make significantly more money from their tour.

But like you say, I'm pretty sure soon enough we'll see companies offer this type of service (TAAS - Tour As A Service) to bands around the world.

Comment Re: RIAA and MPAA shoot own foot (Score 3, Interesting) 240

I saw an interview very recently with one of the popular bands. The band's leader said they used to make no money at all from touring. Touring was done mostly to promote your music (and get in touch with your fan base, sleep with groupies, etc), and money was made primarily from record sales. Now, he says, they make most of their money from ticket sales during tours.

Comment RIAA and MPAA shoot own foot (Score 4, Interesting) 240

Instead of working closely with the smaller companies to create a diverse and competitive market, their predatory (legal) and greedy (bad business) tactics caused the shutdown of many music startups, angering music lovers, and ultimately, they are shooting themselves in the foot because when only have Apple and Amazon to deal with, they will:

1. Negotiate terms that leave the music industry with lower profits

2. Eventually launch their own music labels, mimicking what Netflix did with Movies & TV series, to create further leverage

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