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Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 1) 197

by IWantMoreSpamPlease (#48030231) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

I'd argue that this one (from your link) is patently wrong:

"6. Batch processing through automated actions is far superior in GIMP. Because photographers often need to do repeatable actions to large groups of images, this feature alone is worth its weight in gold."

I am a photographer and although I use LightRoom heavily, I use the batch rules in PS for my concert work, I can get very detailed with little trouble in PS. I did try to switch to gimp (or more accurately, tried it out) and found this to be sorely lacking. Not to mention the batch actions in PS merge/link nicely with the plug-ins (specifically the Nik software for B/W work) so if I wanted to, and on occasion I have, I can do some *serious* transformations on a shot in PS with one click of a button.

Comment: Meanwhile the world burns (Score 3, Insightful) 200

The NSA, with apparent approval from our gov't, spies on its own citizens with impunity, and let seem to be caught flat-footed by events unfolding the Middle East and Ukraine (at least from what I have heard on the radio)
The president twiddles his thumbs while our allies cry out for help.
What in three hells happened to our country?

Comment: Re:Drop Caffeine Altogether (Score 1) 133

I quit (albeit accidentally) caffeine over 20 years ago, and I've never thought about the effects like you describe before, until you brought it up.
Yes, going to sleep quickly is a piece of cake, and instantly awake is the norm for me.
I'd like think there are health benefits from giving up caffeine as well, but overall I'm just glad to be done with the caffeine-related headaches.

Comment: Altruism (Score 1) 611

by IWantMoreSpamPlease (#47720603) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

I have a small photography journal, free to go to, and while I know it's hosted on Google's blogspot, I don't run any kind of revenue generating ads on it. I know Google has their own monitoring crap built in to blogspot, but I do not think there is anything I can do about that.
My main site is hosted and paid for fully by me, no ads, nothing, just content. If my hosting costs go up because of increased bandwidth, then I pay the costs. I am happy to see increased traffic, means I must be doing something right.
But ultimately I'm providing content because I want to, not because I want anything back.
This is the way it should be.

Comment: Re:Oh my god (Score 2) 194

by IWantMoreSpamPlease (#46439193) Attached to: Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update
Peter Bright has been sucking the MS cock since he first started posting on Ars Technica's forum back in the late 90s. His posts were always full of vemon and hate towards anyone who dared criticize MS (and therefore extension, himself) When AT was making new positions for editors, he whined and screamed for one, and if he didn't get it, threatened to leave AT. I am so glad AT implemented the "ignore" function. Now him, and Evil_Merlin are never seen by me. If only I could filter out his stories as well...

Comment: Re:In all fairness (Score 1) 237

by IWantMoreSpamPlease (#46110907) Attached to: Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?
As I wrote here: I used Seagates exclusively, because they never failed on me, and every time a client came in with a bad hard drive, it was either a WD or Hitachi. It's also worth mentioning that Seagate were the *only* ones for a while to offer a 5 year warranty on their drives. If they sucked so badly, why stand behind them for so long? In short, your experience and mine agree, and I used a *lot* of Seagate drives...

Comment: Re:Revisionist History (Score 1) 237

by IWantMoreSpamPlease (#46110791) Attached to: Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?
I'd like to know who you deal with then... IBM lied about their DeskStars WD lied about their (ancient, admittedly) 6.4 MB drives that had near 100% failure rates Maxtor lied about their 100 gig drives Hitachi bought out the DeskStars and initially, made no changes whatsoever, causing the trend to continue. So I ask you, who is left to buy from?

Comment: Re:That's interesting (Score 1) 444

by IWantMoreSpamPlease (#46034143) Attached to: Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?
Or as I mentioned in my last line, YMMV, I've had *great* luck with Seagates, from 1999 until I changed careers 11 years later, and I had large numbers of people come in with failing drives (typically WD and Hitachi DeathStars) that I replaced with Seagates and no one ever complained. Seagate were at one time the only company with a 5 year warranty on their drives. Says something about their product to stand behind it for that long.

Comment: That's interesting (Score 5, Informative) 444

by IWantMoreSpamPlease (#46030463) Attached to: Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?
For the past 11 years, I used nothing but Seagate drives in my builds for clients. Over those past 11 years, I built something like 20 systems a month (on average) with occasional large scale orders of 200. The number of failed Seagates I could count *on one hand* YMMV clearly, but I stand behind Seagates.

Comment: Re:Assuming (Score 1) 425

by IWantMoreSpamPlease (#45659433) Attached to: US Treasury Completes Bailout of General Motors

I've heard it, but I disagree with your outcome.
For starters, as the other poster made mention of, the bank bailouts add a whole lot more to this.
But let's just stick with my example for the time being.
50k will buy you a LOT of options:
Job re-training via an education
Re-location to a place with a better job market (I think this was mentioned elsewhere)
Paying off debts, allowing you to live on a reduced income.
I'm sure there are more options.
I object to the US gov't propping up failing businesses, esp ones with shoddy products. If they can't compete, off they go. Someone will come in and fill the vacuum.

Comment: Quote (Score 0) 137

by IWantMoreSpamPlease (#45659421) Attached to: Africa, Clooney, and an Unlikely Space Race

'To Western eyes, it may seem rather inappropriate to launch space programs in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 70% of the population still lives on less $2 a day

And he would be correct all around. I think Africa has larger issues to deal with first, before sending someone into space...but that's just my viewpoint

Swap read error. You lose your mind.