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Comment: There are better than Apple's (Score 1) 100

Why do they mention that and fail to mention devices which present even higher density displays? My Nexus 5 has 445ppi display density.

I find it annoying that despite the existence of common devices which are "better" that the "best" is still considered to be Apple's. Nothing like product endorsement which wasn't [likely] even paid for. At the very least, they should have included the trademark sign to indicate they were making a commercial reference in their endorsement. (They did, at least capitalize "retina" in retina display... that's not quite the same thing and kind of makes it worse.)

Comment: Re:CmdrTaco would say... (Score 2) 337

by ColdWetDog (#47439915) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

No FM Radio. Less storage than a Nomad. Lame.

http://slashdot.org/story/01/10/23/1816257/apple-releases-ipod

This actually makes me nervous. Given the unbroken track record of Slashdot mistaking the market share for every major advance in technology since the iPod, I'm forced to believe that smart watches are going to be a hit.

And I'm not sure I want to live in that world.

Comment: Re:because drinking water is so pristine (Score 3) 219

by ColdWetDog (#47439093) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Or just plain ol activated charcoal. My sailboat has an RO system with a charcoal canister that I replace twice a year. Bigger systems have more complex pre filters. I'm sure that the system in TFA is at least cleaner than any river water or shallow well system. Possibly not as pure as a deep artesian system but if it passes EPA criteria, it's going to be pretty clean.

Really Slashdot, RO systems are old hat. You can buy them on Ebay. Soon they'll be in breakfast cereal.

Comment: Re:Ted Postol very bias opinion. (Score 2) 289

by ColdWetDog (#47438711) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

You don't expect a critical appraisal from the vendor, do you? Take his, and everyone else's reporting with some degree of skepticism.

One notable fact that was tangentially mentioned is that one doesn't see any 'hits' in the media. I would think one would be able to see the effect of the missile intercepting the targets at least some of the time. Given the intense media coverage, one wonders. It's certainly possible that by the time the interceptor hits the target it's too small to visual, but there is one hell of a lot of energy involved. Kinetic energy often creates sparkly bits that can be seen.

It is also hard to argue that this ISN'T just one more aspect of the public relations game that is endemic to this conflict. Both sides (as is pointed out in TFA) engage in trying to get the other side to look mean and nasty. It's way more complicated than that.

Comment: Re:Automated troubleshooting? (Score 1) 252

by HBI (#47432675) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

That is not true. If my job is important and my systems are important, i'm on site to make sure that change is successful.

When I was with IBM, our policy was to open up a conference call and have all the requisite support staff on the call until the change window closed. You paid through the nose for that kind of support, but our downtime was minimal and some customers needed that.

When I am working in theater on critical systems in wartime, I don't sit in my fucking hooch and use automated tools. My ass is in front of the boxes in question to respond instantly. The alternative is broken tactical systems meaning bad information being used to make decisions meaning dead people.

Your slack attitude doesn't cut it in the places I work.

Comment: Automated troubleshooting? (Score 5, Insightful) 252

by HBI (#47432047) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Maintenance windows are at off-hours to accomodate real work happening. If every action was painless and produced the desired result, you could do it over lunch or something like that. But that's not the real world.

This begs the question of how the hell are you going to fix unexpected problems in an automated fashion? The answer is, you aren't. Therefore, you have to be up at 2am.

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