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Comment Re:Programming (Score 1) 606

Actually using a programming language, instead of a markup language? HTML can be complex, unintuitive and finicky on occasion, but it's not code. (Admittedly many sites these days use JavaScript and such to extend what HTML can do, and that can be code, or it can be just a matter of finding and plugging in the right pre-written program for the job.)

Comment Re:Betteridge's law of headlines says ... no (Score 4, Insightful) 264

Several of these really need to be generalized. We're getting male/female/black/white/asian/etc. variants of everything, needlessly complicating the system. Unicode has inflection support - just mark that 'male' or 'female' is an inflection, like an accent mark. Combined characters, for one glyph.

And yes, that means the 'standard' is gender and race neutral. People might make assumptions; deal with it. It's better than doing 'this is a smiley, and this is a female smiley'.

Comment Re:Passed data with a ton of noise? (Score 4, Informative) 391

Except that the $300 cable isn't grounded on either end, and shows a high level of crosstalk. So the arrows on this cable are just to make people think it's worth the $300.

This cable is better than a $2 cable: It's well built, and meets the specs - barely. But you can get $10-$20 cables that are as well built, and meet the specs with less margin for error (these literally tested as 'within the specs' by less than the margin of error on the testing device) easily.

Comment Re:SubjectsSuck (Score 1) 698

If the submitter is working with Kinesis keyboards, remapping is built in to the keyboard. They probably don't want to remap to Control - the Kinesis Advantage keyboards have them in a thumb key array, which is actually awesome - but I find swapping it with the backtick/tilde key is very useful.

(Kinesis Advantage keyboards have a mostly QWERTY layout (or mostly Dvorak, if you buy that option), but split the keys into two sections, and have separate key clusters under each thumb - putting space directly under the right thumb and backspace directly under the left. Exact layout of Control/Windows/Command/Opt/Alt depends on which model you buy: Windows, Mac, or Other, but they are clustered around the thumbs.)

Comment Re:The problem is getting people to use them (Score 2) 34

It should also be noted that bed nets can be rendered ineffective by such things as rolling over or throwing an arm out in your sleep. If the net is touching the skin, the mosquitoes can bite right through it. Proper use requires a good bed and a well-built house, so that you can suspend it around the bed. (And the bed can't be overloaded - if there are several people in the bed you're more likely to touch the sides of the net.)

Bed nets are common in the areas affected. But they are finicky, annoying, and intrude on your life. A bed net is fine and good - but so is sitting on the porch drinking a beer with your friends while you watch the sunset. (Which will put you at risk.) A vaccine which could effectively knock down a large portion of the risk, and possibly reduce the infected pool for the mosquitoes to draw from, would be much better in the long run.

Comment Re:2013 Mac Pro -- All the trimmings (Score 1) 558

Yeah, that's the problem with that description. I could give mine as:
Mac Pro
2 2.66GHz 2 Core CPUs
1.3TB Storage
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

And at quick look it would seem like I'm not far behind the OP. But that's a 2008 Mac Pro, and that storage is distributed across three internal disks, only one of which is an SSD. (I'm not counting the external.) I'm stuck with 10.7 as my os. I'd love to upgrade, but I don't have the money.

(Note that the box is fairly heavily upgraded from when new - I've added about 6GB of RAM, and replaced all the disks since I've bought it. This is also the third graphics card I've had in it. But all those updates were done a while ago, when I had a job. On the other hand, it's still faster than my parent's much newer MacBooks and iMac, because I've upgraded intelligently. If it wasn't for the 32-Bit BIOS it would still be a decent computer for 95% of current software.)

Comment Re:Plan to "license more outside brands"? (Score 5, Interesting) 369

No, they've learned a few things:

1: People care about what brands of coffee they drink.
2: Limiting choices there makes them look like the bad guy.

They think (and may well be right...) that by making this apology and opening up the choices on what coffee people make using their coffeemakers, that people won't notice that they're still limiting their choices on coffeemakers.

They've learned to pick their battles and manipulate opinion.

Comment Re:Is this Google's fault? (Score 3, Interesting) 434

True, but on the other hand many, if not most, OEMs never update their Android phones. A delay while OEMs work out details and stuff would be acceptable, if not ideal. But in practice the updates just don't exist unless you buy a new device - and then only if you buy a phone with a more recent version of the OS. (And a lot of phones are shipped with an out of date OS!)

It has gotten a bit better - especially for 'flagship' devices - but it's still not good. I thought the 'Google One' edition phones were a good push towards trying to solve the problem (if only by shaming the OEMs), but they've died off.

Comment Re:Is this Google's fault? (Score 3, Insightful) 434

But Apple does at least have a fairly dependable support schedule: The most recent 2 generations of devices in a line are supported, possibly with some loss of functionality. (Typically functionality that depends on new hardware.) Past that is occasionally supported, but don't count on it. (Admittedly this support schedule is not official - it's just what has happened in practice for the life of iOS.)

Your iPhone 4 just misses that cut (6 is the current, 5s one gen back, 5 is two), and your iPad is about 4 generations past that cut. Each did get updates regularly during it's product life cycle - it's just that you've continued to use them past that life cycle. That contrasts dramatically with Android OS phones which often ship with out of date versions of their software, and are usually never updated.

Comment Re:What do you expect? (Score 4, Insightful) 252

I'd argue that the solution to a problem is a lot easier to understand if you're given a context where the solution is needed FIRST. Starting with a degenerate problem that reduces to a trivial application serves to obscure the 'point' of the solution method.

This isn't the teaching materials. This is a test question. Yes, the teacher should teach the concept with a better example and explain it fully - but the question is enough to show if the student understands the concept and can apply it correctly. It's also quick to explain and short to answer, both good things for a test question.

This isn't the starting point - this is an ending point. (The end of the class.) The question is enough for that.

Comment Re:and they make big bonfires, too (Score 1) 250

One of the big advantages of pallets over boxes or containers is that they are cheap enough that shipping them back isn't something you need to worry about in many cases. Yes, if there's a load (or a regular truck) going back to where they need to be loaded it's often better to ship back and re-use, but if they are delivering something and there's no load going back any time soon, they are cheap and easy enough to take apart that they can be discarded and used for other purposes.

Comment Re:Suit gains a plaintiff (Score 1) 71

Just because we think the suit should continue to it's end doesn't mean we support DRM. Or even that we think the plaintiff should win. There is precedent to be set in this case, and continuing the suit to set it may well be a better outcome then getting it dismissed on a technicality.

"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas." - Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"