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Comment Re:How do they fare in colder climates? (Score 1) 417 417

Electric cars also have a few convenient unintended consequences for winter: since you're not using the waste heat from the engine to heat the cabin, you can instead have high efficiency fast heaters generate the heat. No more waiting around in a frigid car for five minutes while the engine slooooowly heats up!

Comment Re:It's discomfort at working alongside older peop (Score 2) 634 634

It's rather amusing that you, as an outsider, attempt to define what we, 20 somethings, feel and how we think. It's even funnier when you realize how wrong you are.

Having a person older than you by a fair margin be your subordinate might be somewhat strange, but not for very long and certainly not enough to cross the person off the hiring list. Working with older people in general, though? I've been doing that all my life... And so has basically anyone who's had to work, and not merely get a fat check from daddy to start their "startup". You seem to be conflating "20 somethings" with a select minority of people who can afford to turn their workplace into a reflection of their own egotistical selves.

Comment Re:Something wrong there (Score 1) 549 549

That's actually a really good point. After 20 years of driving, it seems like I have about 90+% accuracy in predicting what people will do over the next 5 seconds or so.

You mean like... turn signals, brake lights and so on? I found it took me way less than 20 years of driving to understand that kind of stuff.

If you're trying to gauge the person's intent from the way they shift their weight on the seat or handle their cigarette hanging off the window, you're thinking too hard.

Comment Re:Suck it, Neil (Score 1) 574 574

And I prefer CD quality to any form of lossy compression: and have told them apart in ABX testing, up to and including a 320K mp3 example. It was a castanet sound, and if it had been some other instrument (such as a flute, or an 808 kick sample) I would never have been able to tell. The attack of the castanet sound had less personality as 320K mp3, and I ABXed it successfully that time (it's a challenging test!)

How many times did you successfully distinguish it? Were the mp3s generated with modern encoders with correct settings? Did anything change in the listening room between tests? Was there any fault that consciously or unconsciously allowed you to distinguish them?

I'm sorry but your one anecdote is faced against mountains of well documented evidence, not to mention many audio experts agreeing on the fact that 320kbps mp3 is virtually indistinguishable from CD, and also that 24 bit or over 44.1kHz are absolutely useless to anyone but audio professionals that need the range to do mixes without losing fidelity.

Comment Re:slashdot (Score 1) 146 146

Steve Jobs was a cruel narcissist, but he "had to be" to turn Apple into what it is.

I am generally anti-Apple and think Steve Jobs was a massive cock, but I still think that's true. Look at how ineffectual Apple is without him.

Jobs had a vision which the current execs at Apple seem to lack. You don't need to be a cruel narcissist to have a vision and act upon it though.

Comment Encryption and anti-malware (Score 1) 517 517

I can't say about the first submitter, but the second puzzles me. Why would you schedule more malware scans when the machines get slower? Heck, that might actually be a case of reversing cause and effect, since scans are notoriously slow.

As for encryption... Yeah, no, that's pretty much terrible to do on an HDD, even an SSD. What you want there is OPAL-compliant SSDs, since those will be able to perform on-disk encryption using the SSD's hardware, dramatically improving performance.

Comment Re:I am afraid the answer is, "Yes!" (Score 1) 517 517

Not really. Much of the bloat comes from WinSxS and other such duplicates, but that doesn't mean the OS will run any slower, just that it has more versions of various DLLs available so that every application, regardless of what it was built against, can run without complaining about missing dependencies.

Comment Re:Security team (Score 1) 517 517

There is probably some kind of creative, adaptive scheduling solution that could fix this, but their management software might not have that kind of support.

Or you could probably setup a security policy such that users don't have the power to shut down their computer. If it's a laptop, it's a different story, but it'd be relatively simple to just remove any shutdown/sleep option or menu for desktop machines. Make an announcement at the same time so people don't panic too much. Then you can do whatever you want with them at night.

Comment Re:"Are" or "could be"? (Score 2) 104 104

While I don't know the reason for a "tourist tax" or for the Catalonian law mentioned (there could be good reasons, or not), not having insurance sounds to me like a serious problem. You're hosting people, you should have all the required protection that lets you cover the cost if something bad happens.

Any program which runs right is obsolete.