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Comment: Re:Who will win? (Score 1) 175

The check engine light can come on for any manner of things, including things that are very expensive to fix, but have no effect on safety. You can't judge the condition of a car by whether or not it is on.

I don't know what code that light is indicating. I'm 99% sure I'm going to reach my destination, so I hop in anyway.

Still, doesn't make me feel great to do so.

They really don't. At least not where I live.

I live in NYC. Yellow Cabs here are impeccably maintained. Maybe you live somewhere that doesn't care about taxis? NYC is run on taxis.

Comment: Water resistance? (Score 1) 112

There's a few reasons I can imagine Apple was mum on this. Either it just really isn't actually useful, or meant to be released, or the software/frameworks aren't ready for primetime.

Still, my biggest concern is water resistance. It's exposed pins and it's a wearable. I can't imagine a strap alone is going to help matters here. Right now the watch can survive in relatively shallow depths for short amounts of time, but I wonder if it'll even survive getting dripped on with the diagnostic port exposed.

Comment: Re:Who will win? (Score 1) 175

Don't punish people for carrying out commerce.

If you think paying taxes and playing by the same rules the yellow taxis have to play by is "punishing people", then I don't even know man.

The cars are also owned by the drivers, who will notice when something is wrong, and get it addressed quickly, since they have to pay for it and don't want damage to compound.

Yeah, that's a nice fantasy there. I use Uber and Lyft to get around sometimes and the number of times I've gotten into a car with a check engine light on is astounding.

I never review drivers and ding them for it because drivers can review me and make it hard for me to get car service.

Here's the thing, it's not the consumer's responsibility to make sure that what they're consuming is fundamentally safe or not. I'm not an inspector. I don't have the tools, money, access, and most importantly time to vet every single one of my drivers. When I need to get across town in twenty minutes, I don't have time to shop around for a cab. I get in the one I can get and go. It's not like I'm shopping around for a washing machine, a video card, a pair of pants, or any other consumer good.

Fortunately, there are people out there who make it their job to ensure that commerce is done fairly with proper levels of oversight to take care of that for me. I elect them. They need to do their damned jobs. And in the case of the Yellow Cabs, they do it amazingly well.

Comment: Re:no (Score 2) 417

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#49540705) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Demand might be there, but the problem is that OEMs are really *REALLY* awful at business.

Selling lots of machines at razor thin margins to compete with everyone else selling machines at razor thin margins has been a massive albatross on the neck of the PC market. When there are no more OEMs, who's going to sell PCs to people who don't want to build or want notebooks?

While it's possible that savvy enthusiasts not willing to make the mistakes of their elders may rise from the ashes, I'm not holding my breath. Part of the problems with the PC business right now lie with the fact that Windows is *the* desktop OS, and Windows has problems tech people and non-tech people just accept as being "computer problems."

Comment: Re:Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 1) 417

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#49540607) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

That watch is also available for 350 bucks if you don't want it to be super spiffy. Even comes in a range of colors too.

Given the thing is backordered into June, I think you're underestimating what's going on at Apple. But I don't count them as a "PC" company since they're not building commodity Windows hardware to begin with.

Comment: Re:So let me get this straight (Score 4, Insightful) 686

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#49539227) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I'm partially sympathetic to the Government. The Government isn't a monolithic entity where they're all marching lock step towards the same totalitarian goal.

No, it's worse than that, in that we have some parts being turned into agencies and departments that no one wants to reign in because heaven forbid someone put a check on law enforcement power, lest you be considered to be "weak on crime" or "weak on national defense." It's why we still have outdated ideas about incarceration and justice despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary that this shit doesn't work. No one wants to be told prisons don't work, they just want the safety and security illusions of having a prison system. Once they're told that the whole system is broken the illusion of safety is gone.

That's harder to fight. If there was a conspiracy or a tyrant running the NSA doing awful things, it's easy to point that out and say, "Hey, get them! They're the problem." When the problem is more endemic and harder to check than just saying, "The Government is spying on it's citizens and that's bad for a whole host of obvious reasons."

We aren't in an age where the Stasi-like agents are stopping cars asking for papers, but the transition from there to here would be gradual. It's a ... not slippery? Slightly moist and lightly more lubricious than average slope to a terrifying police state no one but the most ardent control freak wants but we wound up with any way because of partisan electoral politicking.

I don't think that Park Services is tapping your phone line and I don't think that DOT and DOE are interested in your private conversations, unless you're out to burn down a forest or school or rest stop.

Even then, that's an FBI matter.

teal dear:

I do still trust the Government, but with a whole lot of caveats.

Comment: Re:So let me get this straight (Score 4, Insightful) 686

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#49536757) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I have a nuanced opinion about Edward Snowden. I think he's a patriot who may or may not have compromised national security but I also don't know if that's a bad thing or not.

I do have a very low negative opinion of people who make Nazi allusions because of complex international security and policing issues.

Comment: Re:Test of Time (Score 1) 181

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#49515321) Attached to: Swift Tops List of Most-Loved Languages and Tech

I don't think Swift is ready for prime time just yet.

Given that Swift doesn't really let out any of Apple's Magic, I think we might see a source release for Swift someday. It's not like opening CocoaTouch or CoreVideo or CoreStorage.

I just want a platform independent release so I can build web apps on it rather than Python or PHP. It works through libcgi so.

Comment: Re:ISTR hearing something about that... (Score 1) 162

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#49515283) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives

I think the problem here isn't that games aren't IO bound but the testing methodology is flawed. On a PC environment when you've got multiple browser windows open, IRC, email client, etc. getting constrained for IOPS is easier than expected.

When you're just running one task in the background with nothing else competing for IOPS, sure, it's easy to show that there's no performance gained with PCIe vs SATA.

Do it in a real world environment, and I'm willing to bet PCIe will show it's worth. I don't think that games will run any faster than the baseline results of no load, but I'm willing to guess it'll do better than the SATA equivalents.

Also I find it laughable that they tested load of a Visual Studio project but not the actual build performance.

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