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Comment: Re:Why would anyone buy something from those catal (Score 1) 65

by David_Hart (#48893799) Attached to: Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11

there are people posting here about reading the catalog for entertainment because they couldn't figure out how to bring a book with them on the airplane.

No, my problem is that I can easily finish a book while I'm on the airplane. How many am I supposed to bring with me? I can bring an absolute crapload with me in my phone.


Before portable devices people would buy a paperback, magazine, etc at the airport news stand (or bring them with them), start reading at the gate, and finish reading on the airplane before landing. People would just look through it because they were bored and had some time before landing.

Now, we can take a library of books, movies, TV programs, music, etc. with us on a Kindle, tablet, etc. Not to mention the in flight movies and satellite TV.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 790

by David_Hart (#48879221) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

For some, having engine noise is fine. However, the '70s and '80s with the purring V8s are gone, and the vehicles that will be the norm will either be hybrids, diesels, or electric cars.

As someone who likes modern cars, we don't need any more noise added. In fact, there is something nice about a Tesla or Prius's silence at idle.

I agree. I would much rather have better sound acoustics for my music than having it messed with by artificial engine sounds.

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 1) 187

by David_Hart (#48877317) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

What the fuck are you talking about?

I've watched my parents throw away perfectly good printer/scanner combos that were only a few years old because there were no drivers beyond XP.

I have dozens of network and video adapters on a shelf in my garage that work great in Linux but have no Windows drivers beyond XP.

Until recently even a 386 could run Linux!

Linux vendor? I wouldn't know. I've never used one. I can install my own software thank you!

What are you talking about? You do realize that Microsoft has no control over vendor hardware or their creation of drivers? It's not Microsoft's fault if the vendor dropped support.

I agree that it's annoying when vendors dropped the ball on developing drivers for the new driver model in Vista/Win 7. That being said, there are tricks that allow you to install the Windows NT drivers for older hardware on Windows 7, 8, 8.1. Most older hardware, that had XP drivers, also had NT drivers.

Comment: I was expecting.... (Score 1) 78

by David_Hart (#48839691) Attached to: Engineer Combines Xbox One, PS4 Into Epic 'PlayBox' Laptop

a VM style solution that would allow you to run both OS's not a "take the guts out of a Xbox and a PS4 and shoehorn them into a single metal box". For the size of the box, he may as well have added the Wii as well. When it comes down to it, this isn't much different than my setup which involves an external HDMI switch from each of my gaming consoles going to my AMP.

I get that this was a bit of a hardware packing problem challenge, something that hardware device engineers have to deal with. But, challenges such as cooling when both systems are on, combining components, etc. were never tackled/solved. As such, it's somewhat interesting but doesn't really belong on Slashdot....

Comment: Chipset Integration (Score 1) 180

by David_Hart (#48812133) Attached to: The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

I'm not a CPU expert so feel free to take my opinions below with a grain of salt... (grin)

The biggest change to processors in general is the increased use and power of desktop GPUs to offload processing-intense math operations. The parallel processing power of GPUs outstrips today's CPUs. I'm sure that we will be seeing desktop CPUs with increased GPU like parallel processing capabilities in the future.

Comment: Re:NASA link (Score 3, Interesting) 40

by David_Hart (#48631319) Attached to: Satellite Captures Glowing Plants From Space

Thanks for the high-res version. Is there some technical reason that they omit the ocean data? I would think the oceans have quite a bit of photosynthetic activity!

I can only guess that fluorescent glow from algae, sea weed, etc. would be diffused in the water so much that it wouldn't get picked up on satellite. If you notice, they picked up the islands but not much from the surrounding ocean. In addition, ground based plants tend to be denser than water based.

Comment: Re:There's only one image organizing program (Score 1) 259

by David_Hart (#48598859) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Adobe Lightroom. Nothing else even comes close, on OS X or Windows. It organizes sets of images on any combination of storage devices you want, including those disconnected-mostly archives that people with a serious number of photographs always eventually have. It has a tagging system to make searching easy. It gives you control of image metadata. It has most of the editing power of Photoshop with an intuitively easy interface, rather than one that has grown haphazardly bloatwise over the years like PS. It lets you archive everything in RAW if you wish. Editing is nondestructive, so you can peel off prior edits and re-edit an old image at any time. And yes, you can call your favorite external editor, including PS, when you need to do something really fancy.

It's also the only Adobe product that is still reasonably priced and available as an installed program. The others now have to be rented on the company's cloud site.

You forgot to mention that it also has plugins for various online photo services, social media sites, etc. just in case you decide to want to share them with Aunt Betty in Ohio....

Comment: Re:Why does this need a sequel? (Score 1) 299

by David_Hart (#48592643) Attached to: Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

If it were certainly either way, the film would lack artistic merit, and just be a slow-paced effects movie with a good soundtrack.

Blade Runner came out in 1982. Until the Director's Cut came out in 1992, there was no ambiguity about if Deckard was a replicant; the basic assumption was that he was not. For 10 years it was considered a great movie without any uncertainty about Deckard's humanity - not a "film lacking in artistic merit" as you assume.

I agree. In my mind the story only works if Deckard is human. The point was to show that the replicants had advanced to the point where the question of whether they were sentient and deserved the same rights as humans. One of the ways they showed this in the film was for a human/replicant emotional connection (i.e. love). replicant-to-replicant "love", in my mind, just wouldn't make sense given the context of the story. That being said, the movie itself does leave this possibility open and most just assume that he is human.

Comment: Re:Surrender to SpaceX, France (Score 5, Informative) 168

by David_Hart (#48590169) Attached to: Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

Uh, give another go at history. The British army was the homeland army in the US and the actual resident armed force. Yours was a secession war that effectively created your national identity (or officialized it, depends on the point of view). The only real foreign attack you had on your soil was Pearl Harbor, and that wasn't an invasion.

There was this war in 1812 when the British and a bunch of natives from Canada burned down the White house. During the war the US did have enemy soldiers on US soil. But that war ended in a stalemate. One of the things that did happen, though, is that the US was discouraged from further attacks on Canada and it paved the way for Canada to become an independent nation while keeping British ties.

Comment: Re:Or use a player with an SD card slot? (Score 1) 269

by David_Hart (#48587793) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Wouldn't it make more sense to buy a non-hard drive based player that takes SD cards, now that SD cards are available with larger capacities?

I have the iPod Classic 7th Gen. It has a 160GB hard drive, fast USB 2.0 chipset, and a hard-drive interface. This means that loading songs is quick, rebuilding the music library is quick, and there is little lag between changing playlists, etc.

The non hard-drive based mp3 players tend to have a slower USB chipset or a slower processor. This makes loading songs take 5x as long, rebuilding or refreshing the music library takes 30 minutes or more, etc. For example, I have a Sansa Clip+ and just bought a new 64GB SDXC 90MB/s card (Black Friday deal). Transfers to and from the SDXC card using a USB 3.0 memory card reader is very quick. However, synching my full library plus podcasts (50GB of songs) for the first time through the Clip+ took all night (I just started it and went to bed). The point is that few of the memory based MP3 players were designed with the processing power to handle large libraries.

In addition, only iPods have full integration with most modern car head units (Playlists, art work, steering wheel control, etc.).

Comment: Car Jukebox.... (Score 1) 269

by David_Hart (#48587757) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Bluetooth works but it sucks for music quality and you only have rudimentary controls on the head unit. Most of it has to be controlled from the device itself, which is dangerous when driving. Plus, this drains the phone battery unless you charge it at the same time.

Most modern cars have USB ports, but it's a little more complicated to create playlists on memory cards.

The Apple iPod interface is a mainstay in many modern cars. You have full integration with steering wheel controls and most head units. In addition, the iPod gets power from the same interface, so you are not draining your phone battery.

I use Microsoft Media Player because I love it's automatic play lists and I hate iTunes. I bought the MgTek DOPISP add-in to enable synching with iPods. With the iPod Classic 160GB, I can sync my entire music library plus podcasts,

Comment: Re:Cloud (Score 1) 241

by David_Hart (#48586505) Attached to: Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

Most cloud providers are orders of magnitude more secure than company IT.


I would agree that most cloud providers probably have a better handle on security than corporate IT. Simply because if they have a breach they basically lose their whole business. As such, it's made a priority and has a decent budget.

However... Because cloud providers have more than one customer, all it takes is one of them doing something illegal for your data to be subject to search and seizure. From a legal standpoint, the corporate data is actually less secure....

Comment: Re:BGP? (Score 5, Insightful) 57

by David_Hart (#48586251) Attached to: BGP Hijacking Continues, Despite the Ability To Prevent It

I don't think BGP is simple enough for a non-nerd...

Since when did "nerd" only cover people who understand BGP? I don't remember that on the entrance exam...

Heaven forbid anyone should be allowed to come away from reading a story on Slashdot more informed. Can't be having that!

A simple, painless expansion of an acronym would at least give every reader a fighting chance at a rough guess of what it does, or at least what it relates to.

Um... given that BGP is THE core routing protocol for the Internet... Yeah... you should at least know what it is at a basic level. It fits into the same category as DNS, HTML, ISP, etc.

It's a lot like the programmers talking on here about the Waterfall model. It's expected that if you don't know something that you will take 5 seconds to look it up. Just maybe you'll learn something new... oh horrors... (grin)

For those who still don't know, BGP stands for Border Gateway Protocol. At a very basic level, it's a routing protocol used to advertise routes between ISPs and other Internet connected organizations. It's these routes that we use to get to Netflix, for example.

You know, Callahan's is a peaceable bar, but if you ask that dog what his favorite formatter is, and he says "roff! roff!", well, I'll just have to...