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Comment Re:Woohoo (Score 1) 56

The target market for the Gear VR is people who already own a Samsung smartphone. I.e. you'd buy the $99 device and plug in the phone that you already have.

If you don't already have a Samsung smartphone, you'd probably be more interested in a dedicated VR headset like the Oculus Rift that's coming out next year.

Comment Re:Comcast giveth and I taketh away (Score 1) 229

They're getting perilously close to the point where that feature will be "TV".

Already did that. I don't miss it even for one minute. Verizon Fios raised my rates by something like 50% so I just sent them all their gear back and am on Internet only. Bought a cheap antenna for digital OTA shows and I'm good to go.

Comment Re:Is that even worthwhile? (Score 2) 113

It's worth it if you only use it to help you decide where to stop for gas. If you're going out of your way to pay a few cents less per gallon, you're wasting your time.

I'll use it to see which gas station of my way to work is cheapest. I know I'm stopping for gas anyway, it's just a matter of where. So why not stop at the cheapest one? Again, I'm not going out of my way. Just deciding which of 15 or so gas stations that I will pass by anyway is getting my business.

Comment Re:Don't buy the cheapest cable (Score 1) 391

Buy the cheapest digital cable that works reliably and don't spend a dime more.

You and grandparent are saying the exact same thing. The point that GP was making is that some of the cheapest of the cheap cables don't even meet the relevant specifications and that that can cause problems.

You don't need cables made out of gold, but you often do need them to conform to the specs. I've had this problem with cheap as shit HDMI cables where my components wouldn't recognize each other until I replaced the cables with monoprice cables. So it's not like I had to spend a ton, but I did have to get actual certified cables.

Comment Re:Don't buy the cheapest cable (Score 1) 391

Even for digital data, really cheap cables often don't meet spec, and can cause frustrating intermittent problems.

I have also experienced this with uber-cheap HDMI cables. Tried to connect components with the cheapest HDMI cables possible (they came for free with some of the components that I bought) and there were problems. I forget what it was, but I think the TV wouldn't talk to to the Blu-Ray or the Tivo or something. I don't remember, but anyway, shit wouldn't talk to each other until I replaced the crap HDMI cables with monoprice cables. Still very cheap, but at least they are tested and meet the relevant specs.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 904

If you don't like car payments, then don't finance it. Car loans are, for the most part, a pretty dumb financial decision.

Uhh, no. My car loan is 0.9%, which is less than inflation, never mind my return on the money. I'd have to have rocks in my head to pay cash.

A much better choice is to do your homework and decide on a 2-5 year old model with high reliability

I tried to do that, but nobody is selling their cars these days so the used care market is inflated. I wound up buying new instead.

Comment Re:Too much (Score 1) 574

How likely do you think Trump is to end up as the Republican nominee?

In July of 2011, Michele Bachmann was in second place in the polls and closing in on Mitt Romney. I think the likelihood of Trump ending up as the Republican presidential nominee is equal to the likelihood that Bachmann was going to be the Republican nominee for the 2012 elections. It ain't gonna happen.

Comment Re:No network / firewall / boot problems in ten ye (Score 1) 157

Nope. I have not seen a single physical server in a decade, and at this point, I run everything in AWS. If an instance has a problem, I just snapshot it, kill it, and launch a new one. Once that's done, I can take my time reviewing the logs and state from the failed instance's snapshot to try to avoid future faults.

I literally have every password in /etc/shadow set to *. There is not a single account on any system with a valid password hash in shadow (as is the default on most AWS images). This is why I give zero hoots about brute forcing passwords.

Comment Re:Perl is better than you think (Score 1) 133

There is nothing extant better than Perl for regex. Nothing.

That may have been true 15 years ago, but it's blatantly false today. I have a client with a legacy Perl text processing job that was beginning to run too slowly to keep up (log processing was starting to take longer than the log files were generated). They were going to buy an expensive log analysis tool, so I asked them if they actually wanted the tool or if they were happy with the output of their Perl script. They preferred the output of the script. So I said, "Give me a few hours."

A few hours later, I had translated the Perl script, line-by-line, into (I shit you not) Java. Ran two orders of magnitude faster. In Java.

Yes, slashdot's favorite whipping boy of a language bested Perl by two orders of magnitude.

Comment Re:Pharma pricing incoming in 3...2...1... (Score 1) 116

for one you need an MD to diagnose a bacterial vs viral infection.

Doctors do not spend 11 years of post-secondary education and training to differentiate bacterial vs. viral infections. I guarantee that you can train a person in far fewer than 11 years to follow the same process that an MD does for this specific task.

In my neck of the woods, we have convenient care clinics staffed with nurse practitioners who are trained in very specific tasks. You can go see them for cheap for simple issues which they can treat for you, but they also recognize when your particular case is not simple and will tell you you need to go see a doctor.

Comment Re:Not my type of company (Score 1) 267

Honestly if you don't trust your employees don't hire them.

Trust is not a binary value. You need to be able to trust employees to do their jobs obviously, but do you need to trust each employee not to accidentally download malware from the public internet? Because I'd trust most IT professionals not to infect their machines, but would you necessarily trust your average user in marketing or HR or accounting or an admin assistant? Because that's how I'd look at it: I'd trust those people to do their jobs correctly, but I would not trust them to protect their machines from infection.

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