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Comment: Re:Penn State did this back in 1983 (Score 1) 89 89

Not sure about keeping the same cost using this experience. I'm hoping (maybe naively) that these courses would be provided externally free for auditing and then, fees charged for credit. And those fees wouldn't be the same as in-class.

I rather enjoyed the "Google University" python intro classes I did a few weeks back. They're rather old (4 years IIRC). But, the instructor did a great job and the examples were well thought out and executed.

If you put these into a Kahn Academy model and then charged for university credit, it could be something interesting.

Comment: Re:"low end" (Score 1) 344 344

Maybe I am cheap... Not jealous though. I really liked my S3 and didn't see a need to upgrade to S4. I passed my S3 to my son and he's using it now. The S6 is compelling. But I know, from experience, that I will need to replace the battery around 2 years. Verizon says they can replace the S6 battery in about a day for ~$45. That's a deal breaker. Do I really want to be down for even a day? The S5 is "slim enough". It allows the ability for the battery to be replaced. That's value in my book.

Comment: Re:"low end" (Score 3, Interesting) 344 344

actually, no, I'm not. Resorting to insults doesn't really prove your point. I do, indeed, know how to charge a LiOn battery.

Here's the steps outlined by iFixit:
"... eject the SIM tray, heat up the battery door, draw off the battery door with a suction cup, then separate the door with a case-opening tool, then undo 13 screws, heat up the LCD assembly, pry open the charging chip flex ribbons, pull off the front-facing camera connector, battery connector, ear speaker connector, remove the entire motherboard, then pry off the battery with a spudger tool."

That doesn't sound like "pop out the battery and drop in the replacement" to me. The S3 and the S5 -- which I have personally replace the battery on -- are truly replaceable. Indeed, I owned the S3 for 3 years and replaced the battery once. I don't consider that LiOn abuse, frankly.

Comment: Re:"low end" (Score 2) 344 344


Waited for the Samsung Galaxy S6 to arrive before I upgraded my S3. Seriously disappointed about that the non-replaceable battery. Also, without expandable memory, this made me pick the S5 rather than the better S6.

I'm willing to purchase a decent Android phone. I'm not willing to forgo a replaceable battery. That's a deal-breaker.

I really like the S5 so far. Will the S5 be my last Samsung phone? I guess we'll see when then S7 arrives...

Comment: Rate of use (Score 0, Troll) 328 328

IMO, there's not enough samples to produce this study. The rate of use of marijuana while driving is still statistically -- and radically -- low. As use becomes normalized (in other words, accepted), you'll see abuse while driving to increase as well.

But, let's say what this is really trying to do: push the Legalization activist agenda. Sorry, pot is as much a drug as meth. So is alcohol. It's disappointing to see my tax money going to support the use of either.

Comment: Re:meanwhile... (Score 1) 755 755

FYI... I'm running systemd in a busybox environment currently. Have been for the last 3 years now.

Not seeing what the big fuss is. The dependency model that systemd enforces helps with speeding startup of embedded systems. I like it more than the hacked init.d scripts we had been using. We're not using near 50% what systemd can do. But, I see measurable value by going that direction.

But, then again, I happen to like gnome compared to my other options out there. So, I guess I fit in the demographic you're railing about.

As developers, we're looking for something that "just works". All of those hand-crafted scripts used by init.d doesn't address this.


Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video 370 370

mpicpp sends this news from CNET: Reports are emerging that Samsung smart TVs have begun inserting short advertisements directly into video streaming apps, with no influence from the third-party app providers. The news comes just days after Samsung made headlines for another incursion into users' lounge rooms, when it was revealed that its TV voice recognition software is capable of capturing personal information and transmitting it to third parties. ... The issue has been reported on the Plex streaming service — a brand of media player that allows users to stream their own video from a personal library or hard drive and push it to a smart TV. Samsung says this was not intentional, and that they've fixed it so the ads should no longer show up.

Comment: Re:On loan??? (Score 1) 118 118

Any citations by him?

I would expect a contemporary of Neil Armstrong -- or Buzz Aldrin -- would be a better source than someone that could be their son. He would have been 10 years old at the time of the EVA. Not sure I'd trust my 10 yr old to remember ANYTHING 40 years later.

Comment: Re:Goodbye (Score 1) 294 294

Yes, indeed, really.

The problem I'm having with my kids is that they have access to the Internet on pretty much anything electronic they care to have. They don't have a "want" to understand how it all works. It's a lot more complicated than the 4K RAM computer of old. Computer "guts" were accessible. One felt you could understand it all.

When I was 15, I spent the summer understanding how the Western Digital Disk controller working in the TRS-80 Model I. I was fascinated that, with the disk drive plugged in, it booted to it. Without, it booted to the old BASIC ">" prompt.

Both Zilog and Intel sent me rather large documentation on their chipsets in the TRS80; didn't even have to sign an NDA. I remember the horror of my mom watching the disassembler output spew out of that dot-matrix printer. "You'll pay for that box of paper AND that ribbon, YOU HEAR ME?".

Learned all about Master Boot Records and even managed to write my own using Disk Wizard. Great times that my kids will never experience.

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." -- John Wooden