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Comment Re:I've watched as the iTunes UI deteriorated.. (Score 1) 461

Best feature of Spotlight : Built-in calculator.

cos(sqrt(8^2+4^2)) = -0.8867611255

Forgot about this one, then again, my calculator needs are few these days, or rather, problems solvable more efficiently by calculator.

For instance, from Finder I can search and replace to rename files in bulk.

Can you? I know you're supposed to be able to with ABFR.

Similarly, in their "Dumbed Down OS", there's a command line, and standard installs of perl, python and ruby (and probably others). Why the hate? I just don't understand it. Maybe it's an iOS thing.

The shell is a real shell, and works just like a shell should, including being replaceable and enhanceable. Windows... not so much, even with powershell. My set of tools are different, but they are the same set used on our servers, which also helps reduce errors.

Comment Re:PS4 (Score 1) 374

Yes, but you carry a cell phone on you that has a mic and gps, so someone can hear and know where you are all all times.

An electrostatic bag can take care of all of that, or a nice thick pair of corduroys will at least cover the walking and talking part.

Comment Re:I've watched as the iTunes UI deteriorated.. (Score 1) 461

I'd say your points would be true, except for one thing: Spotlight.

Spotlight has taken over some of Quicksilver's functionality to the point that I no longer need QS to operate. You can now reliably and quickly train spotlight to start Terminal, for instance, by typing Term, Ter, Te, or even T, just like QS. Want to discover anything, use Spotlight, type Network. See the network pane. Want to know about internet sharing, there you go. It's pretty powerful, and I continued using QS for quite a while, as it does some things better than Spotlight. The differences have gotten small enough that I'm experimenting on a new install as to whether I need QS anymore. So far, it's looking like QS will be going away.

So things have become more discoverable, not less, as items deeper in the configuration can be found relatively easily, especially compared to MS or Linux. It's just not manually searching through visual menus anymore.

Comment Re:Apple Music (Score 1) 461

I loaded CarPlay a long long long time ago. As in probably about the time I got an iPhone. Like Caffeine on OSX, it's the first thing I put on an iPhone. Haven't seen the horrible iTunes/iPlayer/iWhatever Apple is using since. Ok, not entirely true since I wind up having to navigate through iTunes for a few things, but I certainly don't use it for music directly. One day soon I'll spend the 10 minutes figuring out how to reprogram the MFi button functionality so that music won't automatically start if the other side hangs up before I do. That's bloody annoying.

Comment Re: Sounds like a psycopath. (Score 1) 486

And, sadly, in only 1 case may the surveillance have provided any information that wasn't already known through good ole police detective work (and the public that called in tips from suspicious activity, like the public should be doing anyways when they see or notice very odd things going on next door).

Comment Re:Don't install Comcast equipment... (Score 2) 47

Exactly this - what's to stop your own equipment from being the static IP? You can NAT behind your own equipment, and control all aspects of what's happening with it. I use my provided equipment in this exact way - it's about as dumb as it can be. Add in VPNs, and the provided equipment can only state "there is one outbound connection with blah traffic on it. No metrics, no anything.

Comment Re:This is stupid ... (Score 1) 143

I'm pretty sure the orbit won't stop if we wait to apply leap-minutes. The equinoxes and various other orbital mechanics already don't adhere to our time-keeping system, so why fiddle with leap-seconds? That said, it is still a problem, and I can just see the work day starting at 3pm (with sunrise at 2pm) if we don't address it. But from a computer's perspective, seconds are incremental steps in time from an arbitrary origin, the only "issue" is conversions, much like with Gregorian based calendars for dates. So why is this a problem? Because the ITU seems to be incapable of adding 1s as determined by the planet? This should even be something very easy to calculate in general, and relatively benign if you miss the agreed upon "addition" by a few seconds. In only very few scenarios will 1s be noticed, since machines tend not to be that closely synchronized in general anyways.

Comment Re:How Would That Help? (Score 1) 274

If what you fear is getting shot, by a terrorist or anyone else, then it's worth pointing out that that's much much less likely in a society where no one has weapons except the bad guys (and the state, though I suspect many don't make that distinction).

If what you fear is a cataclysmic situation where it makes sense for everyone to be armed at very short notice, then the ongoing cost of gun ownership may be acceptable.

Please note that France has strict gun control laws and that from the news over the past couple of weeks hundreds of weapons(guns?) were confiscated by police while investigating the Paris attacks. Hmmm, seems like France being a victim multiple times over kind of makes the opposite point.

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982