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Comment: Not sure how I can believe this. (Score 2) 239

by MMC Monster (#49710005) Attached to: How Windows 10 Performs On a 12-inch MacBook

The writer is saying Apple came out with a MacBook that cannot smoothly run the OS that was preinstalled on it?

Frankly, I can understand if it was a 4 year old laptop with the latest OS, but Apple's usually pretty good about integration. Can anyone else verify that the latest MacBook that OS animations aren't smooth?

Comment: Re:Does This Make Sense? (Score 2) 318

by MMC Monster (#49642823) Attached to: Tesla To Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 In March 2016

Plus, we haven't talked about the energy required to built batteries, nor the energy required to recycle them after they die in about 5 years.

Tesla's been selling electric cars for 5 years. You would think they would notice.

Not only that, but Tesla warranties their batteries for 8 years unlimited miles. I guess they're going to lose a lot of money when all those batteries go bad in 5 years of use.

Comment: I used to love X-Files ... (Score 1) 166

by MMC Monster (#49329955) Attached to: The X-Files To Return

I used to love X-Files until a friend spoiled it for me. He basically said that Mulder and Scully were basically witnesses to whatever mystery they were uncovering. Nothing would have changed if they weren't there. Sure, the random person would have lived or died, but it's not like they solved any big mysteries.

And after I while I just got tired of the whole X-Files mythology.

Besides, weren't the aliens supposed to have invaded by now?

Comment: Hype? (Score 1) 286

by MMC Monster (#49266281) Attached to: Elon Musk Pledges To End "Range Anxiety" For Tesla Model S

Sounds like all hype to me.

They mentioned that it's for the entire Model S fleet, most of which does not have dual motors so "torque sleep" may not be the answer. My hope is they eek out an extra 50 miles to a full charge and recommend 100% charging all the time (they currently recommend 90% charge most of the time and only to use 100% for long trips).

Comment: Re:It's not THAT much.... (Score 3, Interesting) 529

by MMC Monster (#49217891) Attached to: Apple's "Spring Forward" Event Debuts Apple Watch and More

But certainly reasonable given their track record.

In three years? Possibly.

In five years? Probably.

In ten years? Of course.

The first gen iPhone came out nine years ago and is not compatible with any iPhone apps. About the only thing you can do with it is sync with iTunes (which I do on occasion). Not a big deal, as I use it as a jukebox for my daughter's bedroom.

The first gen iPad came out five years ago and is not compatible with the last few iOS updates or with most apps available in the app store (since they require newer versions of iOS). I use mine as a remote control for my media center and to read some PDFs.

I guess when the Apple Watch is obsolete it will still tell time. Hopefully the battery doesn't degrade much over that time period (or is it replaceable by any watchmaker?).

Comment: Re:Custom ... nipples? Actual custom nipples? (Score 2) 61

by MMC Monster (#49189733) Attached to: Inside the Weird World of 3D Printed Body Parts

If you know a breast cancer survivor personally, they are generally pretty open about those sort of questions.

I had one friend complain about how her plastic surgeon kept on getting the placement of the nipple on the wrong spot. She eventually went to the OR with a smiley face where she wanted the nipple placed.

A second friend said her plastic surgeon kept on pushing for nipple preservation but she was quite content (wouldn't say happy) without one. She did feel less of a woman for a while afterwards, but started feeling better once she started gaining weight back and getting her sex drive back.

Comment: Certain things every individual should know... (Score 1) 698

There are certain things I wish I knew decades earlier. Some of them are things you can only learn by the school of hard knocks. Other things can be picked up in books.

Give her a list of books that she should read at certain ages. Not just fiction/science fiction, but books that made you think about the real world and how to live in it.

I know that I want my kids to read "The Boglehead Guide to Investing" by the time they take home their first paycheck. Being able to invest in the future is something that can start at a young age.

Comment: You buy cheap stuff... (Score 2) 248

by MMC Monster (#49051185) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

...and what do you expect?

If you want a proper "smart home" solution, you have to get an integrated package. Those aren't cheap and aren't things you can generally get via amazon.com.

I spent way too much on mine. But my outdoor lights turn on at 15 minutes before sunset and turn off at a random time between 10 and 11pm. I've got a couple thermostats which will warm up the first floor on weekdays to 66 degrees on weekdays half an hour before I go downstairs in the colder months. Also have a music system that can play any playlist off my server in any room of the house, or play a radio or internet radio station or even the audio of a TV station. Everything via physical switches or via a phone app.

Systems in the future will do more and cost less. Hopefully they'll be as secure and integrate as well or better than what I have now.

Is it worth it? Of course not. (Well, it may be worth it so that I don't have to turn off the outdoor lights when I'm already in bed. Because there's no way my wife's getting out of bed for that.)

All great discoveries are made by mistake. -- Young