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Comment Re:Target audience (Score 1) 213

Congrats. You now have a group of people seeing your ads that wanted to not see them so bad they bought an app. I'm sure this business model will work out for you in the long run.

Doesn't matter to him. He knows it's all BS, but companies are willing to pay him hard cash for eyes on their ads. Doesn't matter if those eyes actually purchase anything.

Comment Re:Artists, musicians, etc (Score 1) 478

"I think if you're looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?"

To run ProTools with all the plugins?

Am I the only one who remembers when Apple made machines for creative people? An iPad Pro is useless for them, except for being able to write an email to your parents asking for more money.

How's that? The iPad Pro is a great new tool for artists. With a stylus you have a Wacom with touch sensitivity and a computer all rolled up into one. The resolution alone is amazing for any graphics manipulation. Quick sketch on paper that you did on the bus, take a photo, grab your stylus, and photoshop that up to finished artwork without having to power up your computer. That is powerful.

Comment Re:Please don't bring it back (Score 3, Interesting) 83

Regardless of whomever any MST3K fan was the funnier guy onscreen, nobody can argue that Mike Nelson was a key writer that drove the show - and that he carried the show on his shoulders alone for the last three seasons after Trace B. (the original voice of Crow T. Robot) left. Without Mike, it just won't have the same charm.

"Nobody can argue..." What's the name of that type of fallacy? Have you seen Cinematic Titanic? No Mike Nelson, and a hundred times better than those last seasons of MST3K. The key writers were always Joel and Trace. "Head writer" does NOT mean "the guy that writes the jokes." It's more "the guy who keeps all the joke writers from killing each other." Well, as long as there's no Kevin Murphy I'll be happy. He was always the weakest asset. Cinematic Titanic proved that Joel, Trace, and Josh have the most "charm," to use your term.

Comment Re:compliance (Score 1) 93

However, I think it will be unlikely that the NSA will comply with the order, and that no one will be able to determine if NSA complied with the order, and if it was found NSA did not comply with the order no one would be punished.

Judges no longer have any authority. The law of the land is only so much confetti. Benjamin Franklin's experiment is in its death throws.

Comment Re:Erm (Score 1) 37

Still weirds me out how many people want to make a flipper bot and go the electric route, when clearly a pneumatic flipper is far superior - admittedly far less controllable, but it will actually flip or throw robots. Like, look at this season of BattleBots, there are several flipper bots - but most are electrical flippers, so those bots tend to get into wrestling matches where they sort of lift another robot and push them around, then you have something like Bronco that basically just drives at the other robots, tackles them to the wall and fires the pneumatic flipper, sending the other bots out over the edge - I know which one I prefer.
Kinetic spinners are as effective and fun to watch as ever, even though the BattleBots guys kinda sucked at designing them, the disc design pioneered by HypnoDisc is obviously superior to the "two hammers" design showed in this season on BattleBots, as it is less likely to get slammed to a halt, burning out the engine or basically break itself at the joints.

This is reality TV. The producers are manipulating everything behind the scenes. They want robots that are "good TV," not best at fighting. And the competitors know that these idiotic but flashy features will get them on the show. The old show had plenty of those. Remember the upside-down kiddy pool bot? Remember that the Myth Busters were asked to leave the competition because they produced a bot that won in just a few seconds. Not good TV.

Comment Re:50% more than LEO, TO BE EXACT (Score 1) 226

To get to low earth orbit, a vehicle needs to be travelling at 17,400 MPH (7.7 km/s). If it travels just bit faster, 25,000 MPH, you can head off wherever you want to go in space. Orbit is 2/3rds of the way to anywhere.

Nice numbers, except that's not the way it works. Higher orbits are SLOWER than low ones. And then there's oblique verses circular, which comes from the way you are pointed when you are accelerating. Seriously, Orbital math is hard.

Comment Re:MS approach IS Swiss Army knife, not scalpel (Score 1) 130

Systemd is a Swiss Army knife - it tries to pack everything and the kitchen sink into one multi-purpose thing. That's not inherently good or bad, it -is- Microsoft-like, not Unix-like.

At this point Lennart points out that systemd contains multiple binaries. Yeah, and a Swiss Army knife contains multiple blades.

Enough systemd fud. Your analogy makes no sense. Systemd is a wrapper to make sure that all the little applications work together correctly, more like a tool box. All your little tools collected in one place, where it's easy to get at them. Now it may not be a good toolbox; I'm not arguing that. But inherently it's a feature that Linux needs to provide functionality that any enterprise requires. Linux has moved beyond being a one person system.

Comment Re:Sure... they're large enough... (Score 1) 123

That sort of thing really benefits from the trivial and immediate server replacement you have from the cloud providers. (Something's wrong with Server-447? Just drop it and provision a new one, 5 minutes max.) But for simpler services that advantage is lost in the noise of manual software deployment/config/etc to stand up a new box.

That works really well for a simple web server, but in the real world of corporate applications, nothing could be further from the truth. First, apps must ships files between databases and themselves. In a private datacenter, that's over ethernet. In the cloud, it is often over disparate VPN connection, and worse of all, over your internet connection. How many companies willing to get a 10Gb ethernet pipe? Not many. So they get dedicated leased lines to AWS et al, otherwise their transaction times are atrocious. Then there's the hilarity of trying to print a file back in the office. Oops. Cloud is a one way solution. Those apps cannot see your printers. Or any of your internal applications. So you end up completely rewriting your processes and data flows. Now if you are using any shared storage, all bets are off. Each cloud server is its own little walled off environment, which means that using shared storage is right out. Now all those files have to be scp'ed back and forth.

Really, it's all just smoke a mirrors. The cloud is nothing but a big scam. Any CTO who pushes the cloud is just drinking the cool aid. The costs of those WAN connections, future price increases (everything costs rock bottom right now, that's not going to last), plus cloud provider lock in (just try getting your database out of AWS and see what hidden costs there really are). Ain't no one saving money moving to the cloud, but there are a lot of "cloud consultants" getting rich.

Comment Re:10 years was a decent rest (Score 1) 438

It can't get any worse than Enterprise.

Then again, I thought it couldn't get any worse than Voyager, so I could be wrong.

I suspect the majority of folks here really like TNG, since that is what they saw as kids. As someone who grew up with Star Trek (I refuse to use TOS), I found TNG lacking in just about every way. They took the superficial aspects of the series, and lost the real content. Enterprise may have lost their way, but the basis of the show was sound. So for me, Star Trek > Enterprise > Voyager > TNG. And DS9? I don't see how that was even a Star Trek series.

Comment Let's Define Our Terms (Score 1) 153

If you thing that games are art, then you are using a different definition of art than the art community. Unless you have taken art and design classes, then you probably do not understand what they mean when they say art. You can trivialize it all you want, and use the lame "any word means what I think it means." But in reality, words mean things. Very specific things. Sometimes they are hard to understand unless you have the correct background. And in that context, no, games are not art.

Comment The World Does Not Revolve Around You (Score 1, Insightful) 781

The constant problem I see here are people who think that their tiny little tech community represents society. Let me hit a few with the clue bat, but the major whining comes from YOU, not your imaginary feminists or social warriors. The world is large, with people who have lives, feelings, social ties, community, family, careers, etc. that do not match your idea of how things should be. The real problem is looking down on other peoples' viewpoints without even talking with them to discover their mindset. "Stupid bitch" leads to lots of pats on the back, so it just continues.

Learn to communicate. Try to understand others that are not white male middle class techies. Yes, "bro" is offensive, and I say that as a white male middle class techie. Maybe we should name it .pdg for "pencil dicked geek." Because one is just as offensive as the other.

Comment Re:Obvious reason... (Score 1) 145

Because then it would be trivial for you to also read books that you *didn't* get from Amazon. And we can't have that, now can we?

No, not for a $50 device that they are probably taking a loss on. It sounds like you think you are either entitled to take advantage of them, or else are smarter than them. You want a general use device? Pay for it. You have 100GB of books? Unless you are a public library, the odds are that they are pirated. I'm not defending the current corporate owned cultural system that we have gotten ourselves into, but yeah. They locked out the card. Go buy an iPad.

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga