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Comment: Re:What a wonderful article (Score 1) 280

by MachineShedFred (#48221585) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Boot camp previous to Intel Macs? Nope.

Boot camp is the combination of some helper software Apple wrote to streamline the shrinking and repartitioning of a disk, and the UEFI CSM.

Macs previous to Intel were not using UEFI and had no access to the CSM. They used OpenFirmware, like other PowerPC-based devices.

Comment: Re:I don't know I've had similar problems (Score 1) 280

by MachineShedFred (#48221457) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

The switch to PowerPC happened in 1993. There was still a nice long roadmap in 2002 for that to be a useable architecture right until Motorola spun off their semiconductor business (Freescale), and IBM decided that CPUs that don't require their own coal furnace to operate weren't worth the bother. Thus, Apple was screwed in the notebook space for several years offering slightly better G4 chips, while their desktops could continue with PowerPC "G5" CPUs.

The switch to Intel was purely because Intel saw the way of the future that IBM refused - less TDW means better products that people want to buy. They ditched the shitty Pentium 4 and started working the Pentium-M into the "Core" architecture right around the same time that Apple started porting OS X to x64.

Comment: Re:Automation and jobs (Score 0) 628

Unskilled labor doesn't have to remain unskilled - there are many options available for people to learn how to do other essential jobs that cannot easily be replaced.

Unmotivated labor doesn't stand a chance - if they get replaced by automation, they are unlikely to go to a vocational school to learn how to weld or wire a new electrical circuit.

Comment: Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (Score 3, Insightful) 628

I think this is still in the Journal's ballpark. What was not economical for McD's to do before (automate ordering) possibly becomes so when you're getting forced to pay someone $15/hr to stand at a counter and push buttons.

This is what the minimum wage hike advocates never seem to understand - when you raise the labor expense, many more options become economical to the employer.

(This post is not an opinion on whether the minimum wage should be raised or not, so don't flame me. It is simply an opinion on the possible consequences.)

Comment: Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (Score 1) 255

by MachineShedFred (#48213027) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Unless the charging station already has every charging cable being used - then you are stopping for 30 + n minutes.

When all pumps at a fuel station are being used, it's only a few minute wait. Tesla is doing what it can to mitigate this issue, but it's still a big issue.

Comment: Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (Score 1) 255

by MachineShedFred (#48212991) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

You CAN afford to put solar on your roof. There are several companies that do solar installs based on a "Power Purchase Agreement" rather than an outright purchase, or will finance the panels at a price that still has you saving money per month over what you are paying for electricity now.

Comment: Re:Please Microsoft... (Score 2) 346

by MachineShedFred (#48212607) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Or, better yet, in Windows 2012 when you right click on the computer and select "Manage", you get the completely useless Server Manager application that takes forever to populate with data and become usable rather than the computer management MMC snap-in that we're actually looking for since Windows 2000.

Now I have to either run MMC manually and add the snap-in, or use the shitty start "menu" to click on administrative tools, and click computer management.

Thanks for that.

Comment: Re:The Orion is totally over designed .. (Score 1) 43

by MachineShedFred (#48195943) Attached to: A Look At Orion's Launch Abort System

Buran was side-stacked just like shuttle. There are very important design considerations to putting something that big on top of a rocket stack, including the structure of the stages below have to be much heavier, the wing acts like a giant lever on the wrong end, etc.

No, that would NOT be much simpler and safer. There's a reason why every orbital space plane has been side-stacked (Shuttle, Buran, X-37).

Also: Buran had a total of what, 37 minutes of orbital flight, unmanned?

Comment: Re:Desktop is dying we need a good Workstation OS (Score 1) 303

by MachineShedFred (#48185859) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

I think it's partially because vertical touchscreens are ergonomically terrible. And, with the emphasis on thin and light, the addition of a digitizer would create thickness they don't want, and the use of said touchscreen would cantilever the base of your notebook off the desk and slam it back down repeatedly.

Plus, the usage of a touchscreen on a keyboard-centric device just sucks. I'm typing - oh, now I have to reach full arm at the display with my wrist at a weird angle, now I have to find the home row again, now I have to reach full arm extension again, etc. With a trackpad, you can just move one hand an inch or two, and be right back where you were. And good luck trying to actually hit some of these checkboxes / window widgets with your meaty appendage - most of them are less than 32 x 32 px.

There's a reason why a lot of people like the "cat tongue" / "mouse nipple" on Windows laptops - you can use it with even less hand movement from the keyboard, and far more accurately. I'm hoping that touchscreen laptops are nothing more than yet another fad that will go away.

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