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Comment: Re:ASUS (Score 1) 417

by Leslie43 (#49541279) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says
People have said this for decades, hasn't happened yet.
Laptops and tablets are not what will kill the desktop. Laptops are slower, easier to steal or damage, harder/costlier to repair, have less storage, and are HORRIBLE for ergonomics. Any business swapping out desktops for laptops are idiots who haven't done the ROI. Tablets aren't any better.

Eventually though, desktops will change, personally, I think we will be swapping out the towers for cell phones with wireless keyboard/mouse/displays (something you can already do). In fact, I suspect that at some point your tablet and laptop also will be powered by the same phone. There have been attempst at this already, and for some it's already be feasible if they knew the technology existed. However, it will still be a while before you kill off the workstation. They need the power and data capacity you simply cannot get from a small device.

Comment: Crashplan (Score 1) 446

5 gigs is nothing anymore.
As previously mentioned, you can just use a thumbstick, keep one on a keychain, another at work. Write a simple batch file to copy files quickly and easily... Problem is, that requires work. Any backup plan that requires the user to actually do something is bound to fail at some point.

This is why I like Crashplan. Yes, you can use their cloud (reasonably priced), but you can also just send encrypted files to any remote system(s) of your choice as well. The best part is that not only is it easy, It's free and works on most major OS. I setup a small "server" (old desktop with a big drive) in an office. In exchange for backing up their files to my home, I backup my files to their office. It even emails you updates and warnings if anything goes wrong. It's pretty much the best backup I've found for homes and small business.
I only backup necessary stuff though, anything I can afford to lose is backed up to a local drive.

Comment: Something almost everyone misses.... (Score 2) 302

by Leslie43 (#46835941) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing
Yes, ease of use and time are a big problem, as is strength and costs, both are issues on production based 3d printers as well, so don;t go thinking the big ones are better.

No, what many forget is that many people simply don't create much.
You can buy a small personal machine shop for your garage for about the price of a small 3d printer, you can also put together a nice woodshop as well. You can also buy tools to fix your car, or professional grade photo/video editors for photo and video editing. So why doesn't everyone have these? They have no need or want of them.

The only reason printers in the home took off because people found a use for them, or got them free with their computer. Kids could type and print reports for school, you could print off reports for work, etc... What purpose does the average person have for modern 3d printers? NONE. It doesn't matter if the price is $30, it's time consuming, fickle, technical, and expensive. Do you rally want to spend 8 hours, and $10 on plastic to make a vase you can buy at Walmart for $3. Of course not.

It doesn't matter how simple you make it, or how cheap, so long as it's easier and cheaper to just go buy the item you can print, it will never be on the kitchen counter. Get us somewhere close to Star Trek level replicators and yes, then we may see it, but until we get anywhere close to that, it's simply not going to happen in the average home. At the moment hobbyists and professionals are using them because they either need them or want to play with them, but the average home has absolutely zero use for one, anyone who says otherwise is riding the hype train and probably trying make a buck from it. Current 3d printers belong in labs, machine, hobby and fabrication shops, not the kitchen counter and it will remain that way for a long time yet.

Comment: Re:Poor poor bigot (Score 1) 1116

by Leslie43 (#46698213) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law
Not only does marriage pre-date your religion, who do you think gives you the marriage certificate/license (hint, it's not your religion)? Since society dictates religion, it's society that defines marriage. If you doubt that, ask yourself when was the last time you stoned anyone. Many things listed in the bible and right by religion are illegal, including selling your daughter and slavery. Why is that? Because society decided to change it.

More importantly though, Prop 8 was NOT about granting gay marriage, it was phrased as gay marriage so opponents could push it easier, most of whom were from out of state. Prop 8 was about removing gay's right to a civil union, which they were already allowed to do. That's oppression, which what Eich supported and why the court struck it down. There is also word that this may not be what broke the camels back anyhow. He also supported anti-Semitic candidates, and they knew if that broke, the sh*tstorm would have been even worse.

And contrary to what many think, gay marriage foes are not celebrating, this wasn't good for anyone, but how would you feel about someone in power who actively tried to take away your rights? My guess is that you wouldn't exactly welcome them with open arms now would you? This wasn't ancient history, and this fight is still ongoing.

Comment: Re:And yet they supported Obama (Score 1) 564

by Leslie43 (#46672673) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?
Wrong, Prop 8 did not maintain the status quo, it took away civil marriage from gays. A.K.A. oppression, which is why it was struck down in the courts.

As for Obama, he wasn't for it, but he wasn't actively trying to take it away from those who had it, which is what Republicans were after. And while they scream states rights, just about every Pub candidate called for a federal amendment to stop it when pushed.

Comment: No (Score 2) 824

by Leslie43 (#46606215) Attached to: Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

Brendan Eich have all right to exercise his freedom of speech and freedom of believes by his donation to Prop 8. But you have also give the same right to the employees of Mozilla who opposes his bigotry.

No, this is exactly what anti-gays are using as a foundation lately to stop gay legislation, and the basis for "religious freedom" laws bills going up around the country. It's wrong, stop playing into it.

If you don't like something, you have a right to that opinion. You can say you hate me, my family, religion, this country, whatever... I'm okay with that. That is your opinion and that is me being tolerant.

He didn't express an opinion, nor did he spend money to announce that he disliked it, this man spent money to help take away someone's already given rights. Gays were allowed civil unions at the time of Prop 8, the goal of Prop 8 was to deny them that right. When you try to actively participate in taking away someones rights, you have crossed over from opinion, to oppression. That is why Prop 8 was shot down every time it went to court and that is what this man supported, publicly.

Comment: Re:DRM is inevitable... (Score 1) 234

by Leslie43 (#46104883) Attached to: 3D Printing of Human Tissue To Spark Ethics Debate

Now if there were a service that let people upload their designs and charge a fee whenever they're downloaded that service would have an interest in applying DRM to their files, and printer manufactures may want to include the ability to read that DRM-ed file format. But we aren't there yet.

Shapeways does this, however they don't use DRM, because the file formats used in printing is/are standardized and usually open source formats. You could DRM an Autocad file, but how do you drm an STL file anyone can generate? They simply try and not allow for IP protected items to be uploaded or printed. Which is about all they can do.

Another issue is that anyone with a camera can now clone parts with some software. So while you may DRM the files, people can make their own files. It's similar to the RIAA trying to stop garage bands from playing protected songs. Technology has reached a point where anyone can create, and therefore, created content will have less and less value.

Comment: Re:DRM is inevitable... (Score 1) 234

by Leslie43 (#46104737) Attached to: 3D Printing of Human Tissue To Spark Ethics Debate
Yes, people have proposed it, and it will work about as well as it has for stopping movie piracy by putting DRM in Windows (probably a lot worse in fact).

Many fail to realize that there is a TON of home built 3d printers that use only open source parts/plans/software/hardware and common hardware used in other applications. In fact, there is a HUGE segment of the 3d printer community dedicated to building (only) open source designs that can be printed on open source printers (Reprap). In other words, you can build one from things found around the house/shop and an electronics lab/hackerspace/Radio Shack/Ebay/Amazon, so where exactly do you put this DRM? If there is no part that is specifically tailored to 3d printing, there's little you can do to regulate it.

My printers were each built for about $500 with parts easily scavenged or bought, using only open source and common hardware items. You may be able to tell me what I can print, but as far as installing DRM on it, good luck convincing the open source community on that. 2d printers are controlled by a small cartel of manufacturers and easily controlled, that isn't the case for 3d printing, which is still very much in it's infancy and heavily open source at the hobby/home level.

Comment: Re:The trick has always been: WARRANTY. (Score 1) 444

by Leslie43 (#46031971) Attached to: Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?
While I won't argue with the Blacks, they work great and I like them (they are not the same as other WD drives), but I don't agree with buying more expensive drives specifically for a longer warranty.

A drive doesn't drop dead upon warranty expiration. Taking this and the fact that prices drop so fast (ignoring the flood), you are doing the same as buying an in store, extended warranty, which have been shown time and time again to be a bad choice. If the drive survives the warranty period, odds are it will go a bit longer, by which point, you destroy any advantage you gained by a longer warranty. Besides, by the time that drive does fail, out of warranty, you can buy newer, faster, bigger, for less.

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

by Leslie43 (#46031017) Attached to: Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?
Excluding Raptor and Black lines (which aren't entirely consumer grade drives), I've seen and had nothing but trouble from WD drives, and very few failures from Seagate, including my handful of 2 TB drives. When a customer loses a drive, it gets a Seagate, it's been that way for well over a decade. Even when I buy a new notebook, if it has a common WD, I swap it out as soon as I can (I repurpose them for non-mission critical external drives).

Something people need to remember,
These guys are using consumer drives in a corporate backup environment with a heavy, heavy duty cycle of nearly all writes, their results are pointless to pretty much anyone but them. Run an SSD in this environment and it would be very short lived. So while WD may work great in their environment, that doesn't mean it will in any other environment.

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