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Comment Re:Fuck you. (Score 1) 618

Yeah, I can sympathize that web sites need money, but if you're allowing ad services to serve scam ads then you've really lost your footing. If there's more ads than content by screen area, then you're not in the content business, you're merely an ad pusher.

And most ad networks are trying to show me the same ads on every site. They also use photos that have nothing to do with the allegedly advertised service, like they picked a random viral photo and stuck their ad under it. Then there's so many ads for various kinds of woo that won't solve the problem they claim to solve. Then there's the ad that "people from your nearby town(s) are scandalized by this one web site". "Don't eat this one food" showing a banana, which is false. Video ads on a site only offering static content is also wildly out of place.

Comment Re:One (Score 1) 301

If it's in reference to the new MacBook, the adapter hub would connect power, an external display and a USB jack, all that in one click. So you don't need to connect a bunch of devices individually. I recall the power adapter splits out a USB jack as well.

On Windows tablets, you might find adjusting the control panel settings to suit. I find on Windows or Mac, I like to dial the settings a bit to be more to my preferences anyway.

Comment Re:Don't do evil (Score 2) 56

Sometimes it helps to at least read the abstract. The complaint was about the speed.

"Since the middle of December... ...only now has Google itself managed to track down the villains and ban them from the service."

Another issue is Google's ad system being vulnerable to being bait and switched, even allowing advertisers any opportunity to do that seems a poor decision.

Comment Re:cars (Score 1) 126

Yeah, I don't get it. Most of the commercial stations are Clear Channeled, even some "non commercial" stations are following the general model. Basically the same rotation of the same small pool of songs every day, If we're lucky, a song gets changed out in the pool once a month, and songs you'd think were played out from the incessant repetition are still playing a couple years later. I don't understand how people can stand that.

Comment Re:Probably not (Score 3, Interesting) 197

Yes, the ruggedness is the main priority. Once a piece of hardware is certified and flight-tested, you have so much invested in the computer design that you don't want to just throw away the design because there are faster chips for sale.

And there's the question of whether the extra processing power is beneficial for the task at hand. Why pay more for extra processing power that isn't used anyway? There's likely a finer degree of control and timing now, but it's not like reentry physics has gotten more complicated in the past 12 years.

Comment Re:It is safer to fly (Score 1) 187

Airbus has many plants around the world building parts for them. Sometimes air is the best way to go. If it had to go by boat, you have a lot of money invested in airframes stuck on a boat for a month or two. Assuming you didn't need custom cargo ships, I don't think those fuselages can fit in a container.

Comment Re:Good to hear there are reasonable parents left. (Score 2) 93

Well, knowing that amount of information about the children extends well to the parents.

The organization response does appear to be tone-deaf. I wouldn't care if they had perfect security. I care about what they're going to do with the information.

Comment Re:Big day in Space (Score 1) 87

Without the glamor of our own human transport though.

Yeah, there's been problems, and there is increasing budget pressure. It seems NASA is the only government organization that actually get consistently cut. I kind of agree with Ares I getting cut, it was a boondoggle and suffing some problems that weren't well-publicized.

Comment Re: TCO (Score 1) 341

I wonder if you're citing end of sales with OS X "died" dates, not end of support. End of support (updates, etc.) is different from no longer offering for sale.
For example, OS X 10.7 still seems to get security updates. Going by end of sales, Windows XP "died" June 2008.

Ars Technica just did an article suggesting that 10.6 isn't getting security updates anymore. The same article says 10.7 just got an update too.

So your figures for OS X might be exaggerated. That said, you're correct that XP has gotten unusually long support.

Comment Re:meh (Score 1) 134

3D printing is a pretty poor name. It's all additive techniques, of which there are at least six major types, I think. And they go from inexpensive hobbyist machines to over a million dollars.

They're useful technologies, but I think people are getting ahead of themselves. The focus should be on doing things that couldn't be done as well before, not making existing things, but more poorly and more expensively and thinking that's going to change the world. There are some uses though, tor example, I think GE has an turbine engine injector design that's now one piece instead of 23 pieces when done with conventional machining. In the GE case, it's a benefit, less complexity, less weight. Making a plastic tape measure with plastic tape, that looks like a waste of material & time.

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