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Comment Re:Freedom (Score 1) 95

Are you telling me that theatres in the UK don't have assigned seating? They have a it at a few theatres where I live. It's the only way I'll go see a movie. That, or like you said, wait until a few weeks when the crowds have died down and be assured a good seat. But if it's a popular movie and the movie has just been released then I don't mind paying a couple extra dollars for reserved seating.

Comment Re:release notes should have informed users (Score 1) 333

This is exactly why I built my own. There was no option for a low end desktop (ex, no graphics card and lower end processor) with an SSD. I built my own machine for the same price as a low end desktop but apparently it doesn't qualify as one because I chose to use the money for an SDD and a reasonable amount of memory. I guess it cost a bit more than some of the bargain basement deals you can get, but it also performs about 10 times better. Any basic computer with a good amount of RAM and an SSD is going to perform pretty well for most desktop tasks. It even plays the new Unreal Tournament at decent frame rates on medium settings.

Comment Re:release notes should have informed users (Score 1) 333

if it wasn't for the fact Windows 10 is slow and bug ridden

Sorry, I don't really see this on my installation. I installed the tech preview about a month before release and at that point there was quite a few bugs. However, since I got the final version, I haven't noticed any problems as far as bugs go.

As far as speed goes, I find it to be a very responsive OS. I've even taken to turning my desktop off when I'm not using it because it boots so fast. I haven't done that with a computer in decades. Within 15 seconds of pressing the power button I can log in, and there is no extra slowness after logging in like older versions of Windows used to have.

My computer isn't anything special. AMD A8-7600 with 8 GB of RAM and an ADATA SSD. Basic low end desktop and it runs like a dream.

Comment Only Time Will Tell (Score 1) 109

High Security? Only time can tell. Until the router has been out in the wild for a bit and people have had a chance to look for vulnerabilities, it's impossible to say whether or not the router is actually secure. It's similar to the "Blackphone" which was touted for people who wanted a very secure phone. Once they released it, they found all sorts of security problems with it.

Comment Re:Works for me (Score 2) 136

Personally, I used to have the same opinion. But then I bought a Smart TV. There was no TV with the specifications I was looking for that also wasn't a smart TV. So I bought one. After using it for a while, I decided that I didn't need a Roku, or a computer hooked directly to my TV. The TV had Netflix, Youtube, and DLNA built in. So I can watch Netfix, Youtube, and even stream videos from PLEX without having a device hooked in to my TV. It also has Miracast so I can stream stuff directly from my tablet or laptop. My TV does everything I need the TV to do without requiring an extra box. Sure, someday I'll stop getting updates, and maybe I'll eventually need to add a box for supporting new features and services. But until that time I'll continue to use the features built into my TV, because they actually do work as advertised, and I only have to worry about a single remote to access all the features.

Comment Why Only 3D printers? (Score 1) 311

Why does the law only apply to 3D printers or electronic milling machines? Why not outlaw all blueprints to all firearms, regardless of how they are manufactured?

Seeing the kind of quality most people get out of their 3D printers, I'm not sure it would actually be easier to produce one on a 3D printer as opposed to using more traditional methods.

Comment Re:Looking forwards (Score 1) 181

The problem is that the bikes are paid for by sponsors. If you give everybody the same bike, or 1 of 3 bikes to choose from, then basically nobody will sponsor the sport, and you lose out on a huge amount of money. Bike racing is just a huge advertisement for bicycle manufacturers and other sponsors.

Comment Re:Looking forwards (Score 4, Interesting) 181

The only problem that I have with the corked bat is that traditionally in the pros, the bats have always been pure ash, or other hardwoods such as maple or hickory. If you're going to go the route of using corked bats, then that's fine, but you might as well allow any other materials such as aluminum. The simple solid wooden bat is a clear and distinct rule.

If curling was limited to straw brooms, then I could see why they would want to disallow everything but straw. But as soon as you let people start using synthetic fabrics, then disallowing one fabric will just cause the competitors to find a different fabric with the same properties. It basically creates an arms race for who can find the best way to go around the rules without technically breaking them.

Comment Re:Looking forwards (Score 3, Interesting) 181

Cycling, despite all the drug problems, is kind of in a similar place right now. You can go buy a road bike right now, that weighs just over 10 pounds. But the pros are restricted to using bikes that weigh at least 15 pounds. Some pros have even been known to add lead weight to their bike in order to not run afoul of the minimum weight limit. Note: This is completely within the rules.

I think that at the amateur level, there should definitely be rules about what kind of equipment you can use. Otherwise, many people who might end up being great at the professional level will never get there, as they were discouraged by the fact that they are continually losing to those with more money.

On the other hand, the professionals, with rich sponsors, it makes little reason to try and limit specific technologies. Obviously you want to disallow anything that would make the athletes unsafe. You probably also want to keep the general idea of the sport the same. Such as no recumbent bicycles in bike races meant for upright bikes. But limiting things like the fabric on curling brooms or the shape and material of your swimsuit seems like it's pushing things a little bit too far.

Comment Re:hard to use (Score 1) 91

Putting my fridge, lights, or thermostat on the internet isn't going to take any appreciable amount of bandwidth. About the only IoT device that could use a decent amount of internet would be security cameras, and if you have somewhere on the order of gpbs transfer rates, even that won't make a dent in your usage.

Comment Re:Har har har? (Score 1) 231

And sometimes you actually just want to move some inline code out to a new function to fix the code that wasn't done well in the first place. If the language has problems that stops you from refactoring your code in order to improve the code base, then there are serious problems with the language.

Comment Re:Spare Us (Score 1) 231

This is the problem with PHP. PHP used to stand for Personal Home Page. That's exactly the level of programming it was originally designed to do. Making simple pages for personal use, maintained by yourself.

Since then, it has grown, but many of the things that make it great for small personal home pages make it quite unweildly for larger projects.

Personally, I don't like PHP or Python. PHP is just terrible for reasons I won't get into here. The only thing that really bothers me about Python is that it uses white space to infer where code blocks begin and end. It's not that I think you shouldn't have properly indented code. The problem is that the blocks should be defined by something other than white space so that your tool can automatically put in the correct white space.

Comment Re:15M (Score 1) 291

This is because you can't just hand off knowledge from one person to another in zero time. If you're assembling widgets according to a set of instructions, then you can work 3 hours day, then the next person can take over basically instantly where you left off. Or you can work 2 days a week and you don't lose any productivity by having other people working the other days of the week.

If you're doing something that requires more high level thinking, like computer programming, designing a skyscraper, or trying to develop a new chemical compound, you can't just have somebody take over on the days you are off. Working 2 days a week instead of 5 days a week just means that it will take 2.5 times as long to get stuff done. Possibly more because the it will take longer to recall what your were doing when the last time you worked on it was a few days ago vs 16 hours ago. Also trying to coordinate and work with other people would be quite difficult as many people would have preference for different days.

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.