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Comment Re:Made in Italy... (Score 1) 82 82

... Wrong product, buy wine!

As TFA says:

Fiat Chrysler also agreed to buy back more than a half-million vehicles -- mostly Ram pickups -- whose defective suspension parts could cause a loss of control, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement Sunday. Owners will be able to trade in certain Jeeps for above-market value, and the company must hire an independent monitor approved by NHTSA.

(emphasis mine).

I was unaware that Ram pickups and Jeeps were "made in Italy"; I was under the impression that those were products made in North America.

Comment Re:FTP (Score 1) 617 617

Until those retards at Apple decided to remove the perfectly good working FTP implementation from the Finder.

Finder? D00d, that's a user-mode NFS server with an FTP client you've got there; the Finder just thinks it's a remote mount. (The UI stuff comes from a combination of the FTPFS plugin for the NetFS framework and NetAuthAgent/NetAuthSysAgent.)

And in what fashion was it "removed"? If I go to ftp://ftp.sonic.net/pub in Safari on Yosemite, it still does the mount.

Comment Re:+2/3, -1/3 (Score 4, Informative) 95 95

Thanks - so why don't the charm and the anti-charm go "poof" ?

They might not be antiparticles of each other, as they might differ in color charge.

I think that would violate color confinement because the resulting pentaquark would have a net color.

Red up quark, blue down quark, blue charmed quark, green up quark, antiblue anti-charmed quark. Net color = R+B+B+G-B = R+B+G = colorless. (Shamelessly lifted from the "2015 LHCb results" section of the Wikipedia page for the pentaquark.)

Comment Re:Desktops vs Mobile (Score 2) 250 250

Remind me again why phones and tablets needed a different programming language?

For iOS, the current main programming language not a different programming language for the one heavily used for OS X desktop applications. (And the language Apple would like to see be a main programming language is also intended both for iOS and OS X.)

For Android, you have an OS with a different history; it uses a different language from the ones heavily used for applications on desktop operating systems, and, as they didn't try to make it into a desktop operating system (not many very open niches in that ecosystem), that didn't turn it into a popular language for desktop platforms. As for why they chose Java, well, maybe Andy Rubin liked it for some reason.

For Windows Phone/Windows RT/whatever, Microsoft didn't go for a different language from one of the languages for the desktop. Why they went .NET-only, I don't know.

So phones and tablets don't need different languages from laptops and desktops; the mix of languages is different for historical reasons.

Comment Re:This makes no sense (Score 3, Informative) 424 424

Google (and all other search engines) try their best to return the results the user has asked for.

More precisely, they try their best to return the results they infer that the user would really want, based on the syntax of the query.

It's never going to be perfect at doing this, if only because people use the same phrases in different ways from time to time.

Yes, it's never going to be perfect at inferring what the user wants. The original poster is complaining that Google has been getting worse at inferring what he wants, especially for particular narrow queries.

I've seen the same problems he has. Perhaps that's an unfortunate side-effect of trying to do a better job of handling most users' queries.

If Google (or the search engine of your choice) is returning results that aren't what you want, then your best option is to make the query more specific. Either add relevant keywords, search for a phrase instead of individual words (using quotes), or exclude some other keywords (in Google, prepend - to the beginning of the word you want to exclude...other search engines are probably similar).

Yes, the original poster is quite aware of quoting; as he says, "Searching for exact strings is an option with Google". What he wants is a search engine that doesn't try as hard to infer what the user really wants, rather than one that has to be forced, with more use of quotes, to just look for the damn string. Perhaps that's a sufficiently small niche that no search engine would bother to offer that, and he'll just have to live with typing more double-quote characters.

Comment Re:Welcome to Fascist America! (Score 2) 413 413

How is that Utopia working out for all of you people that keep thinking more Government will solve all our problems?

Are there, in fact, any people making that rather-broad argument, as opposed to, say, arguing that some particular problem might be better handled with more government?

Comment Re:Welcome to Fascist America! (Score 1) 413 413

That's sort of how the libertarian viewpoint evolves, I guess. Like Reagan started out as a democrat, presumably because he cared about people and favored social reforms. Then after living through the Communist purges in the McCarthy era,

Living through and not exactly vigorously opposing them. Whilst he did say he didn't think that the Communist Party should be outlawed:

Whether the party should be outlawed, I agree with the gentlemen that preceded me that that is a matter for the Government to decide. As a citizen I would hesitate, or not like, to see any political party outlawed on the basis of its political ideology. We have spent 170 years in this country on the basis that democracy is strong enough to stand up and fight against the inroads of any ideology.

he was, as the article says, a bit of a "friendly witness".

So I rather doubt that McCarthyism made him a Republican.

(Unless you meant that all those horrible Commies in Hollywood made him anti-government.)

Comment Re:ABC Anywhere But China (Score 1) 236 236

If I have to choose I would prefer China spying on me than the US. China doesn't care wether I download movies and music, or if I want to smoke something else than tobacco.

It appears that China does care if you want to smoke at least one certain non-tobacco plant in China, at least.

Comment Re:Does El Capitan Fix Major Problems? (Score 1) 415 415

Well, yes. An operating system does require a computer. I'm not sure what else you would expect.

OS X, unless you're willing to violate the license and whip up a Hackintosh, requires a computer from Apple. Linux doesn't, so, unlike OS X, it's less likely require you to buy a new computer in order to be able to use it.

Comment Re:Does El Capitan Fix Major Problems? (Score 1) 415 415

The file dialog needs some love, or a setting that says "do not poll all disks" - I have an SSD as the boot drive, but I do have connected external and internal storage on spinning drives that is accessed infrequently.

It's a pain in the ass when you open a file dialog box and the system pauses to wait for all the drives to spin up. I would prefer it to only spin the drive up if I click on a folder or volume that is on that drive.

Code that thinks it's cheap to look at all volumes needs to be introduced to reality. Spinning disks up isn't even the worst case; think about attempting to contact a remote volume mounted from a slow server, or a server on a slow network, or a disconnected server.

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