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Comment: Re:Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 2) 410

by Nemyst (#49541071) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

So wait, it supports a processor that was introduced 7 years ago in November 2008, has room for the minimum about of RAM I'd expect on a modern PC, and well under half what I could have installed on my desktop 3 years ago, only room for two hard drives, and a 4k screen? it really doesn't sound that great.

You try lugging that desktop around in a bag and we'll see how that works out for you. Hint: laptops aren't desktops for a reason. Also, the M3800 sports Haswell CPUs (another hint! i7 indicates relative strength within a series, it's not the series itself), which were definitely not introduced 7 years ago. Better luck next time.

Comment: Re:Mandation of vaccines is not okay (Score 3, Insightful) 605

by Nemyst (#49534261) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

The difference is that Stop Signs have a legal basis and if you fail to stop at them, you can be fined.

Yes, the notion of a stop sign is enshrined into law. This proposed law would do the same for vaccines. That's not what I call a difference.

You want the license to drive, then you agree to play by the rules that keeps everyone safer.

Yep. And if you want your children to go to school, you agree to play by the rules that keep everyone safer.

Comment: Re: I'm a bit conflicted (Score 1) 605

by Nemyst (#49534241) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California
Why yes, because herd immunity is still largely intact. This could change if the anti-vaxxer movement keeps going though, which is exactly why it's good to handle this now rather than later, when a new, larger outbreak happens.

Comparing the 147 who got infected to the entire population of the US is disingenuous and you know it. Might as well compare it to the population of the Earth for how little it matters. What matters is that a significant number of children were infected by a deadly disease. This time around, everyone was safe and nothing bad happened. How many times do you want to roll the wheel of fortune?

Comment: Re:This is how Microsoft grew before (Score 1) 189

by Nemyst (#49528327) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Device Guard For Windows 10
You're severely misrepresenting things here: the notion of putting IT staff in control and removing privileges from users is a fundamental part of how corporate IT is supposed to work. Linux does the exact same thing in that context. You are using and working your employer's hardware: they, not you, get to decide how it's run and what happens on it. You're free to ask them about something, but you don't get to install your own shit because you wanted to. A dumb user installing a cat screensaver trojan doesn't risk losing their family photos, they risk exposing their entire company to a leak or a hack or whatever else.

You can directly trace the slow uptake of many consumer platforms in the corporate sector to how little support they have for central management.

Comment: Re:Corporate IT salvation (Score 1) 189

by Nemyst (#49528275) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Device Guard For Windows 10
I think the only potential weaknesses would be Java, Flash and browsers which now run a bunch of apps of their own. Java still only ever shows up as a single executable and is easily the biggest security risk in that context. Mind you, you might be able to get away with not having Java installed in a corporate environment, depending on your in-house platform of choice.

Comment: Questionable? (Score 5, Insightful) 150

it's questionable whether or not it's actual gameplay or just pre-rendered cut scenes from the game engine.

It's not questionable at all. When devs actually use in-game footage, they'll rub it in your face in every way possible. In-engine footage is marketing speak for "We wish we could do something like that, but right now it's running at 2 fps on SLI Titan Xs and all the animations are static".

Comment: Re:Technically right (Score 1) 245

by Nemyst (#49486013) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post
To be fair, they did give one good justification for moving things to the GApps package: updates. They initially put everything in the OS and expected that manufacturers would, in good faith, keep their devices updated. As it turns out, manufacturers are complete shit at doing anything beyond pushing a device on market and dropping it like a hot turd six months later, and so thanks to them Android has been called "fragmented" and every new OS version takes years to see significant adoption. Their solution was to push as much stuff as possible into their GApps package, which is the only thing they control absolutely and which manufacturers cannot meddle with or delay. It's not the full OS, but a lot of key functionality gets ported over, allowing for instance to develop for 5.0 and still be able to backport to 4.x or even 2.x thanks to GApps providing a compatibility layer.

Comment: Re:What about it? (Score 1) 190

by Nemyst (#49463333) Attached to: How do you contribute to open source projects?
Because the plugin outputs a JPEG, thus completely eliminating the data that makes RAW attractive in the first place. You don't use RAW because it's cool or practical (it's not), you use it because it gives you more bits per pixel without any form of irreversible compression or as little as possible, depending on the camera. You use it because it lets you set the white balance in post. You use it because you have far more latitude in adjusting exposure, bringing up or down various parts of an image, etc. JPEG conversion completely eliminates all of that and shows that the developers don't really understand why you want RAW in the first place.

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