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Comment: Re: You no longer own a car (Score 1) 507

by Penguinisto (#49514797) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Quoted for visibility:

Ugh, I think you need to actually work on cars before saying anything like that.

Only the Nissan GTR has an engine mated and tuned directly to the transmission. Other high end (150+k) cars would have this even remotely possible. Cars are mass produced. The transmission your car can be replaced with any of the like car transmissions without being disabled.

Seriously - even if they did pull something stupid like GP insists, parts have to be replaced somehow, and therein lies the loophole. After all, how else do you think you can currently buy computer readers/chip-programmers/performance-enhancing chips/etc in aftermarket right now?

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 3, Insightful) 507

by Penguinisto (#49514751) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

You'll have to try harder than that for an example, because that's already been defeated very handily.

Oh, and these guys will happily sell you shiny new SSD's with native OSX TRIM support.

(...besides, even without TRIM support there's no real difference for the average user in longevity or performance on an SSD. I've gone without it the whole time I've had mine; by the time the SSD wears out, I'll just go out and buy one twice the size - probably for the same price I paid for the 512GB Crucial SSD that I have shoved into my MBP right now.)

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 4, Informative) 507

by Penguinisto (#49514677) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

But the technology does.

Actually, it doesn't. You just have to know how. All it takes is the skill to pull it off, and the cojones to laugh at the EULA/Warranty warnings.

Some of us have been modifying Apples in ways they definitely weren't built for, and have been doing so for a very long time... (In this instance, the Cube was definitely not built to take on a Radeon 8500, or the horde of other modifications I made to it.)

Seriously - bumping a HDD or RAM on a shiny new MacBook Pro is nothing that a decent soldering iron and top-grade solder can't help you accomplish. Much easier than, say, swapping out a car engine.

Comment: Re:100 year old news? (Score 0) 71

by Penguinisto (#49514183) Attached to: Old Marconi Patent Inspires Tiny New Gigahertz Antenna

Excuse me but that sounds entirely implausible. Cooking food with a radar unit? I'll believe it when someone uses one to, say, melt a chocolate bar. Until then keep your loony theories to yourself!

Oh, it's quite possible... an APG-66 radar kit (usually parked inside the radome of an F-16 jet fighter) can cook a hot dog placed 2' in front of the pitot tube in very short order once you flip it into active mode. That's why they usually point the jet's nose out somewhere big and empty when they test it, and then make damned sure no one walks within 150' of the jet's front during testing.

(hint: both the typical radar unit and microwave oven share one core component in common - a magnetron.)

Comment: Re:Funny way of saying "SQLServer Pricing Doubles" (Score 1) 110

1) Last I checked, MS SQL Server does not run on OSX or Linux, and .NET does not run anywhere near Postgres, Oracle, MySQL, etc... so why are you saying "database" up there?

2) GP forgot to mention pricing on MS Office in the pricing squeeze (sure, you can get Office 365... subscription models are effing delicious to MS, especially when compared to set-pricing for licenses that may or may not renew within the next 3 years).

Comment: Re:Accepting a story from Florian Meuller? (Score 1) 110

So far their acclaimed commitments seem to be mostly fluff with very little real substance in them..

How about completely opening .Net, moving their build system to GitHub, and moving the compiler to LLVM? Those seem to have some real substance to me. Then there's them embracing Docker for Windows Server 10 and open sourcing that work. This is not your fathers Microsoft.

...and how much of that is usable on any non-Microsoft platform? A percentage would be fine as an answer.

They're not doing it out of a sense of freedom or charity, so forgive me if I don't swoon with joy...

Comment: Re:convicted monopolist shuts down open source dep (Score 1) 110

Small correction...

Microsoft has been accelerating its "open" source offerings. Certifications be damned, licenses and formats such as SharedSource and Open XML are not open. The vast majority of anything else they've done in that vein has almost all been focused on sucking in devs to the .NET world (which itself is anything but open.)

The intelligence of any discussion diminishes with the square of the number of participants. -- Adam Walinsky