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Comment: Re:Where can I find the except clause? (Score 1) 318

by CastrTroy (#48040659) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics
Exactly. If they have a warrant, they should be able to search something, plain and simple. I think the problem, and what the constitution didn't (and couldn't) foresee was that math and science created a lock that couldn't be broken. 200 years ago, the only way to protect your papers was locking them away in a safe. If you didn't want to give them the combination to the safe, then they could find other ways of brute forcing it open. Now with technology, you can store all your personal papers and effects in an impenetrable safe. Nobody can open the safe unless you provide them with the password. This creates quite a conundrum, as the authorities may be issued a search warrant, but it might be completely useless, as they can't actually get at the data inside the device.

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 181

by CastrTroy (#48039613) Attached to: Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?
Well, then they are pretty stupid, or have too much money. Who makes a $300 purchase (probably minimum for a Windows RT tablet) without first Googling to see what kind of experience other people have with the product. Even if they bought on on release day, there would still be reviews by various blogs that would have had access to the device before release. It would have been quite clear that the device only ran Windows RT and didn't run traditional desktop applications. I have a Windows RT Tablet (Surface 2), and I'm quite happy with my purchase. but then again, I didn't blindly pick up something off the shelf when I bought it and was completely aware of the abilities and limitations of the product I was buying.

Comment: Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (Score 1) 461

by CastrTroy (#48039137) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity
I'm not against sending people to Mars, but it seems like sending a bunch of people to Mars, with the current level of technology, having people on Mars does nothing for us. But technology moves fast. Maybe in another 50 years technology will have gotten to the point where sending people to Mars is actually a valid thing to consider. We could develop plenty of the technologies useful for sending people to Mars without actually sending them. Personally, I think the best chance is to send up a bunch of robots to get everything set up for us once we get there. It would be a waste to send the first people to Mars, only to have them die because something malfunctioned, when we could have just as easily sent the stuff up ahead of them and ensured it was working. Send up a few dogs and have them live for a couple years before you try it with people.

Comment: Re:Government gun regulation is useless (Score 1) 413

by CastrTroy (#48038897) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine
So you say that the Europeans have lots of guns, and yet aren't killing eachother. I would say from that it isn't because of gun control that there aren't as many gun homicides as the US, but rather some other cultural reason. As a Canadian, we are free to own guns, yet most people I know do not own guns. Those who do are people who use them for hunting. Nobody carries them around all the time or leaves them tucked under their bed in the case where they may have an intruder in their house. Even living in some pretty bad neighbourhoods, I never met anybody who did such a thing.

Comment: Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (Score 1) 461

by CastrTroy (#48036449) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity
Yes, but getting to Mars does nothing to help us in the even of our sun's death. It only helps us in the event of our own planet's death. And on if the population on Mars is 100% completely self sufficient without requiring any kind of supplies from earth. For a population on Mars to ensure the survival of the human species not only would they have to be self sufficient, but the would have to be able to have the capabilities to independently develop interstellar space travel with the resources on that planet.

Once the earth already has interstellar travel vehicles, then simply having a population on Mars with access to such a vehicle, even if it has to be made on earth, will be enough. But since we don't have such a vehicle yet, putting people on Mars to sustain the human species only makes sense if there is a reasonable expectation that they would be able to create such a technology living in whatever conditions are available on Mars.

Comment: Re:Scratches Head (Score 1) 461

by CastrTroy (#48035453) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity
Even getting the first ship with humans in it would be a major ordeal. At current estimates based on the time it would take to get people to Mars, it would take 1.36 million kg (article says 3 million pounds) of supplies. That's for a round trip, but we are planning to stay there, so you'd probably need most of those supplies to still be there. You'd save on fuel because you wouldn't be returning but you'd need other supplies to sustain life when you were there. Even the biggest heavy launch vehicle can only lift 50,000 kg of supplies, meaning it would take over 27 launches just to get the supplies into earth orbit.

Comment: Re:what brand smart TV? (Score 2) 102

More than the 6 months of updates I got from the Android phone I bought. Phone was released. 6 months later, Android 4 came out. My phone never got the update. So no, I wouldn't really expect that Chromecast would get apps any more than my phone. Sure my phone wasn't a Nexus phone, which is apparently the only way to really be somewhat sure that you will get updates at all, but it does have "with Google TM" engraved on the back so I half blame Google for allowing their name to be used a product with basically no support. I'm not sure how long my TV will continue to receive updates. But in the world of embedded products, I see very little updates from almost all the participants. So perhaps my TV won't get updates for long. But I wouldn't expect that from other devices either.

Comment: Re:Online Sports Network (Score 1) 131

by CastrTroy (#48029735) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules
What's worse is that the people at the stadium still have to deal with the ads. I grew up watching junior hockey because there was a rink across the street from my house. Didn't realized it until I was older and I went to my first NHL game that they had breaks for commercials in the middle of the period. You pay $100 for a ticket. You don't want to sit around with nothing to do because some TV network you aren't watching wants to play some commercials. It really breaks up the game. For something that's fast paced like hockey it really takes away from the enjoyment when they stop playing so they can play some commercials.

Comment: Re:How does it handle Pinterest? (Score 1) 181

by CastrTroy (#48029623) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet
This mistake is made time and time again when people do a teardown on something like the latest phone,tablet, or gaming console and try to figure out how much profit the manufacturer is making (or losing) on each device. The reality is that unless you are actually working for the manufacturer or supplier and in charge of arranging the deal about how much things will cost, you have no idea what the price of these components are. You get huge discounts when you order 100,000 of an item. And it doesn't just work like this in the technology industry. It's like that in every industry. It's the same reason you can buy a bike for less than it would cost you to buy the components. It's not because the manufacturer is losing money on every bike. It's because the bike manufacturer got a deal because they are ordering parts for tens of thousands of bikes.

Comment: Re:what brand smart TV? (Score 1) 102

I do have an LG. There's technically a Plex app that showed up recently, but I've never used it. I just use the DLNA features and I've never had a problem with it. Although I think everything I've watched has been h.264 encoded. I agree that there's probably better options, but at the same time I can't bring myself to spend money on a dongle when my TV already has all the features built in. Perhaps when the TV is a few years old and newer stuff no longer works with it. In that case I would probably go with the newest version of the Roku, or whatever is similar at that time. They are cheap enough that the additional features between that and something like Chomecast is well worth it.

Comment: Re:Should be free (Score 1) 181

by CastrTroy (#48029461) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet
I have a Surface 2 RT as well, and although I don't open many office documents with it, I find that it's much nicer than any tablet I've used before. Just the fact that you can plug in USB drives, or access network drives natively from any app is a big plus. The browser actually quite good. And the onscreen keyboard is one of the best touch screen keyboards I've had the pleasure of using. There aren't a ton of apps for it, but it has enough apps so I can do the stuff I want to do on a tablet. Plus it's got a really big screen. There are very few 10+ inch tablets out there. And most of them are around the same price as the Surface 2.

Comment: Re:That's a reasonable price point... (Score 1) 181

by CastrTroy (#48029305) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet
Yeah, but those cheap android tablets can't run full Windows applications either. This runs the full x86 version of Windows. That gives you a lot of power you wouldn't get from cheap Android tablets. If it's like most other x86 devices and has HDMI and USB, then you could conceivably just hook it up to an existing monitor+keyboard+mouse and use it like a traditional desktop.

Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 0) 261

by CastrTroy (#48028147) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time
Except that it will push users in the direction of doing things more efficiently. Getting rid of the start menu may be painful to the people who used it to launch programs, but it was a terrible way of launching programs. We needed to get rid of it. From the time I got Windows 7, and I could just press "start" type the first few characters of the program name and launch it, I never had to browse through a folder tree in order to find the program I wanted. It saved so much time. There was no more need for the start menu. Anybody who used it was just wasting their own time.

Comment: Re:Chromecast (Score 2) 102

I can see the appeal if you have a "dumb-tv". I bought a "smart TV", and found that I don't need any additional dongles hanging out of my TV taking up HDMI slots. I can play videos or display the screen directly from the tablet or notebook, play videos files off my Plex server, watch Netflix, all directly from the TV. I handn't really planned on getting a Smart TV, but all the TVs that were the size I wanted, with the features I wanted also happened to be smart TVs, or weren't any cheaper than the smart TVs.

Comment: Re:Moron (Score 1) 102

by CastrTroy (#48026739) Attached to: Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'
That's fine if they want to take some of the spice out to appeal to local people, but they should at least add something else to account for the lost flavour. I've been to too many Indian, Thai, and other restaurants that serve food which is very bland because they didn't add enough spice, which would be present in the traditional dish, and didn't add any additional ingredients to make it taste good. Also, there's a certain expectation that goes along with calling a dish by a specific name. If I order chicken vindaloo, jerk chicken, jambalya, or pad prik khing, I expect it to be spicy. Serving something that isn't spicy means you are serving me some other dish.

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