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Comment: Re:This happened to me (Score 2) 52 52

That story reminds me of when I was a little kid and stood out at the end of a long dock on a windy day. The waves moving on the water suddenly made it feel like the dock was moving on the river. I lunged for a bulkhead to keep me from falling off. Everyone else found it pretty funny at least. I was about to puke.

Comment: Re: Does it matter? (Score 2) 666 666

They put aceteminophen in Tylenol on purpose to kill you if you try to get high on Tylenol. They don't need junkies messing up their reputation.

High on what? The pill binders? The only thing in Tylenol is acetaminophen. Are you maybe confusing it with percoset or other Rx only opioid compounds that also contain acetaminophen?

Comment: Headline is very misleading... (Score 1) 172 172

Go figure.

From Amazon "Beginning July 1, 2015, we'll switch from paying Kindle Unlimited (KU) and Kindle Owners' Lending Library (KOLL) royalties based on qualified borrows, to paying based on the number of pages read."

This only applies to the amazon programs where users do not BUY the book outright. In the way they are doing it, it sort of makes sense. If I have a book available to me as part of Kindle Unlimited, what's the difference if I download it and never read it, or if I never download it at all?

Comment: Re:I guess I'm the only one (Score 1) 79 79

If you have the headset, why not add the VR stuff at the same time? Besides, some movie makers are considering adding VR aspects to their movies. Imagine being able to look around; even the action would probably still be limited to what's in front of you, it would add a whole new level of immersion. Certain movies will benefit greatly from this, though whether the additional cost and effort is worth it remains to be seen.

I imagine at some point first person movies are going to emerge for VR. Don't know how it will turn out but it could make for an interesting experiment in cinema.

Comment: Re:Stupidity of Leadership (Score 1) 179 179

Obviously, learning to read, write and do basic math will be set aside for learning how to program.

Actually math and programming go together very well. It's a good way for young students to get introduced to ideas that they will encounter later in algebra. I got lucky and was able to learn Basic in 3rd grade back in the 1980's. I loved it and talked my parents into getting me a TSR-80 COCO II that summer. When I started algebra in school later on I quickly realized I already understood the basics of it because of the programming I had started doing years earlier. Concepts like variables, equations, and order of operations all came very easy because I already knew them, and had for years. I also found it a much more interesting way to learn them than I would have in some boring ass middle school algebra class.

Now, I doubt they are going to be teaching assembler in preschools, but I don't see an issue with getting them acquainted with computers and programming at a young age and making it a core part of the curriculum*. I think exposing kids to a broad range of subjects early is important. However I would agree with you to an extent. I say that by the time they reach 8th or 9th grade they should be allowed to start to focus their education more than they currently can on their areas of interest instead of cycling through a plethora of required "breadth" classes that will add nothing to their futures.

*not to be confused with the mess that is "common core".

Comment: Re:Computer science and the lowest common denomina (Score 1) 179 179

I'm saddened by the misapplication of "computer science" as a term. When I took computer classes, they were not called "computer science" until one was actually supposed to program the computer. Like, open an IDE, write code, and compile it. Classes on computer usage before that were called "technology", "desktop publishing", "computers", and other names that did not include "science". I don't think that it's appropriate to use computers to teach basic skills to children, but regardless of that perspective, it is wholly inappropriate to call an introduction to computers "computer science".

It just means that it is considered a common field now. Think of it like biology or chemistry or physics. Chemistry can cover everything from a basic grade school class to something like, say, nuclear magnetic resonance theory (hardest class I've ever taken). It's not a bad thing, it's a good thing.

Comment: Re:Diminishing returns (Score 1) 181 181

But the argument you're making is for screen real estate there. A pair of Dell 27" 110dpi 2560x1440 IPS monitors for £800 for me is probably of more interest than a 4k 32" screen. 50% more area, at a DPI that's adequate, for slightly less than a decent 32" 4k screen costs. Having used the Dell 32" 4k screen, I couldn't convince myself that the DPI was doing me any favours in normal work.

Plenty of horizontal space, yes. But you are still stuck with pretty crappy vertical space. Also who said anything about 32"? You can get a pair of Dell 28" 4K IPS 60Hz screens for $200 more (+$100 each) than a pair of Dell 27" 1440p monitors, without coupons or sales.

They have their downsides (some applications don't yet play nice with DPI scaling in Windows for example) but for work they are great. A bit hard to push for gaming, but that's changing quickly as well.

Comment: Re:Diminishing returns (Score 3, Informative) 181 181

I have two 4K monitors on my desk right now, both 28", as well as a 15" 4K laptop. On thing it adds (besides amazingly smooth looking fonts and GUI elements) is screen real estate. Even with the DPI turned up so text and icons look "normal" size there is a ton more screen space than you have on a 1080p screen. After using these for about 6 months now I have no plans to ever go back to 1080p if I can help it.

Comment: Take a page from the enterprise..... (Score 2) 308 308

No, not that Enterprise. Businesses! Create a scheduled task to do it at regular intervals, or just set your browser to not save it in the first place. Then set tasks to empty caches, delete temp files, empty recycle bins, zero free space, etc. It's not destruction of evidence if it's part of your normal process. This is why businesses most businesses have document retention policies in the first place. "Oh, you want all our emails to/from your client from 3 years ago? Sorry, our retention policy is to only keep emails going 6 months back. Tough luck mate."

Also consider using whole disk encryption that isn't from a closed source vendor. Compelling a password in a criminal case against you is, legally*, almost impossible in the US now.

*Your mileage may vary. Impact from heavy objects is not covered. Bring a towel, you may need it after the waterboarding.

Comment: Re:Germany should pay war reparations for WWII (Score 1) 743 743

If Germany paid war reparations for the brutal occupation and raping of the country of Greece, it would amount to something like $150-200 Billion owed.

Of course, that is never going to happen.

Do you want another world war? Because that's how you get another world war!

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