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Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 263

by ToasterMonkey (#49603691) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

Interesting. Thanks. But the entire fleet was not down, only several dozen. The ipads "powered down unexpectedly", not the type of behavior you expect from changes to a document data change, but a very common problem when an app or OS has been updated or changed in some manner.

You're right, it was just dozens - I misremembered the article. But they all appeared to be at the same time. You can't do auto update on the OS itself, though an app update could happen automatically. But supposedly they could not get the iPads to work at all without reconnecting to the airport WiFi network. That doesn't make much sense for any kind of update.

The fix mentioned in the article was deleting and reinstalling the app, so that's probably got to do with it. It's a big app?

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 263

by ToasterMonkey (#49603645) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

Honestly, the Apple-ness of this is completely irrelevant, and you know damned well it is.

Actually it's entirely relevant.

An application took down the entire OS. This is exactly the thing we derided Microsoft for allowing for so long. I've been working with Android, including some very dodgy hacked versions for my Motorola Milestone and I've never had an application crash the OS. Sure applications have crashed but that would be back to the home screen (androids version of a crash to desktop) but never had it take down the entire OS. Even in modern Windows it's very hard for an application to cause the OS to reboot.

So first off, it demonstrates the application was not properly sandboxed by the OS.

Secondly, I thought this was exactly the kind of thing Apple's "well curated" walled garden is meant to prevent.

So not only is it difficult for the same thing to happen on Windows, Linux or Android, but Apple is supposed to have extra protection against this kind of thing.

Get back on your meds please.

"No flights were canceled, and pilots have been notified how to fix the bug, by deleting the app and re-installing it. Apple said it had confirmed that the iPads’ own hardware and operating system did not crash, and that the issue was with the Jeppesen app."

Comment: Re:Shoulda run Linux (Score 1) 263

by ToasterMonkey (#49602883) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

No. We are talking about a well understood industry standard document format. The idea that 100 million dollar planes could be grounded over not being able to open PDF documents is simply appalling regardless of what kind of excuses you want to make for it.

If it wasn't Apple code that was directly responsible here it certainly seems that their approach to design was at the heart of all of this.

An overflowing toilet can keep a 100 million dollar plane on the ground, so I'm sure a computer can.

Comment: Re:/.er bitcoin comments are the best! (Score 1) 250

by ToasterMonkey (#49591313) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy

If you have pesos, sure. If you have dollars? Then bitcoin is a speculative currency. It's just that Argentina has such a bad situation that even a gamble is better than the sure loss of trying to hold their currency for any period of time.

If their currency is a gamble, why wouldn't they buy one that is much less risk, as in holds value vs. imported goods they might need.
I don't think this is about getting out of pesos as much as it is about getting foreign money into the country cheaply.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 629

by ToasterMonkey (#49566321) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

and i see fat people drinking it all the time so it doesn't seem to be working

That's because they're usually ordering it with a Double Big Mac combo ;)

I've always found it funny when people order like that. As if the diet pop is gonna counter the 2234872184732 calories of a double big mac you're about to wolf down. Not to mention the fries (which of course has been super sized!)

When I go to McDonalds, there's no pretense of nutrition or calorie reduction. I order a regular combo with a regular coke :) Diet drinks taste awful anyways.

Soda is not a small part of the picture, it can be a LOT of calories over a day, or even in one meal.
Here's your medium combo, all from here,

50% 530 Big Mac
32% 340 Medium Fries
18% 200 Medium Coke ... the first one ...
I don't care if you only drink the first one, I'm not drinking four liquid chicken McNuggets each cup and don't worry about it.

So you don't like the taste of diet, I get that, but don't let it fool you into thinking soda is an insignificant source of calories or not worth cutting.
If that McDonalds is bad, your 21 oz of Coke is STILL 200 empty calories when you drink it with a 300 calorie salad.

Comment: Re:"Full responsibilty?" (Score 1) 334

by ToasterMonkey (#49543053) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

And Congress passed a law saying that they aren't needed for military action.

This is exactly my point. They passed a law which is in violation of the Constitution. Congress can't just pass a law making it illegal to vote if you are under the age of 30. They can't just pass a law to make Presbyterianism the official state religion. These things would require an amendment to the Constitution. How is this different?

The Constitution is not even remotely clear on what is required for military action, but go ahead and quote some of it here if you find anything.
Today I learned why we don't have a Navy National Guard, something about the states not keeping Ships of War. That's also the only place I see "engaging in war". If the authors wanted to be more clear about article I and II powers they certainly could have.

It says the President is Commander in Chief, and it says Congress can declare War. There is shit else in-between those two powers. If Congress wants to pass an act authorizing the president to do something he could arguably already do with his powers, it just removes the need to argue.

I'm curious how would you label blockading a port, if a nation invites us to do it? When does that action become engaging in war, pretending that text was even in articles I or II. If they invite us over to drop bombs on some people, how is that different?

What ARE the limits of article II powers?

Comment: Re:Giving the customers what they want (Score 1) 216

by ToasterMonkey (#49524985) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming

I largely agree, but I'm not sold on the full season release part. It pretty much ruins any opportunity to discuss the show with friends or online communities.

Before there were full seasons of new shows there were full seasons of new to me shows, so that's not new.

On the whole, I think I absolutely have seen more TV shows end to end then I ever would have without Netflix and that gives us more to talk about.
SOMEDAY, my friends might catch up on Fringe, but if they had to pick between that and something else this week, it's probably not happening.

Comment: Re:should be higher (Score 1) 229

Ack. The post about charging $50 or $100 didn't come up until after I signed in. Naturally, I can't delete the comment I made now.

That is why people should quote the parent. It's even a button now. 150% of everything on Slashdot is read out of context, accounting for duplicates.

Comment: Re:Too many pixels = slooooooow (Score 1) 263

by ToasterMonkey (#49427279) Attached to: LG Accidentally Leaks Apple iMac 8K Is Coming Later This Year

I'm only at 2560x1440 on a 27" screen from a distance of around 50cm and I can't tell individual pixels.

At that distance anything physically larger would require me to pan my head to view, so I'm happy sticking with a 27-28" screen size, so 4K might be useful but 8K doesn't seem to add any value at all.

I haven't even gone for 4K because I use my PC for gaming, and we're a card generation away from top-end 4K graphics, but I'm tempted anyway as it would be nice for photo editing.

You could get a 27" 5K then, it's double that resolution, for easy scaling.

Comment: Re:Too many pixels = slooooooow (Score 1) 263

by ToasterMonkey (#49427251) Attached to: LG Accidentally Leaks Apple iMac 8K Is Coming Later This Year

non native resolutions have to be rescaled to fit, either by the gpu (eating performance) or by the display (usually with significant latency). If you're lucky, you'll have a smart enough panel that'll scale even multiples of lower resolutions with almost no impact on latency... most panels aren't though, and force the use of some shitty bilinear filtering that requires latency adding onboard processing.

crts actually let you configure the number of scanlines...

5k and 4k ARE even multiples of 2560x1440 and 1920x1080
So... what's everyone's problem?

Comment: Re:Too many pixels = slooooooow (Score 1) 263

by ToasterMonkey (#49427239) Attached to: LG Accidentally Leaks Apple iMac 8K Is Coming Later This Year

The problem is Apple always saddles these machines with displays that are so high res, you cant run anything 3D at the native resolution. I wish they would match up 3D hardware to actually drive the displays they put out.

Why do you need 3D apps at native resolution? A 5k iMac for example is just their previous 27" iMac resolution doubled in both dimensions. Just half your game's resolution and forget about it.

Do you seriously believe you will see scaling artifacts running anything 2k-ish on a 8-10k display? Without a microscope?
For that matter, does 1920x1080 on a native 2560x1440 display bug you THAT much? I'd take it over a native 27" 1080 display without hesitation, maybe that's just me.

System going down at 1:45 this afternoon for disk crashing.