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Comment: Distraction from what is important? (Score 1) 264

by bjb (#46398451) Attached to: Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show
I love how in the video showing the touch screen interface, somewhere around 23 seconds in the narrator states that "it is presented in the same way that you're used to [long pause] without distracting you from what is important".

The pause is long enough that you wonder if they're trying to say that "what is important" is the data on the screen or what you're doing?

Heck, I'd like to think that DRIVING IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT and these touch screens are only taking your eyes off the road so you can pinpoint where on a screen you're going to touch. I dig technology and progress but driver controls are one thing that should be left in the analog world of dials, buttons, levers, etc.!

Comment: Re:This is important (Score 1) 230

by bjb (#45735131) Attached to: Unreleased 1963 Beatles Tracks On Sale To Preserve Copyright

You joke, but it's really incentive for future artists more than former. When they see people working a few years in their youth and then earning royalties into retirement, that's quite the incentive to get into music.

Just ask any musician. They'll tell you they got in it for the money.

Appropriate Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention link: We're Only In It for the Money

Comment: Is it about ease of piracy? (Score 1) 333

by bjb (#45610085) Attached to: China Prefers Sticking With Dying Windows XP To Upgrading
I'm just curious why sticking with XP would be desirable. I know that Vista/7/8 have higher system resource requirements, but is perhaps the driver being that it is easier to pirate a copy of XP?

The basis for my statement there is simply because I know that XP only asks for a product key and I don't recall in recent history the activation mechanism being particularly strict. Vista/7 seems to start disabling itself after a while without a properly activated key and 8 seems to want an email address to tie your license to (from the one time I played with it out of curiosity). I'm figuring the Vista/7/8 mechanism is just tighter?

Comment: I hope this improves Citrix for Mac (Score 1) 92

by bjb (#45421867) Attached to: Amazon Jumps Into Desktop Virtualization With "WorkSpaces"
I know that this isn't quite the same as what Citrix does with its Xen Desktop and Receiver bits, but for those who do remote access to work with a Citrix product and do this with a Mac, I'm a bit frustrated that the Mac client is always a step behind.

Specifically, the Windows client now has USB routing and HDX features and this seems to be absent from their Mac client offerings. With a lot of organizations using IP conferencing (read: Lync), this is becoming a bit of a problem.

Comment: Re:They are still damn overpriced (Score 1) 241

by bjb (#45270723) Attached to: Apple 27-inch iMac With Intel's Haswell Inside Tested
The Macintosh II line (and by this I assume we're talking II / IIfx-type, not the smaller ones like the IIci) were tanks. While I won't really argue that the iMac line is necessarily good or bad quality (the 2005 iMac G5 a family member owns seems pretty good when I opened it for a RAM upgrade), the Mac Pro line (especially the aluminum ones; G5->Intel) seem very solid and well engineered.

Comment: CO2 (Score 1) 183

by bjb (#44307019) Attached to: Why Are Some People Mosquito Magnets?

From what I've understood over the years, it is because those folks emit slightly more carbon dioxide than others and that is what the mosquitoes are attracted to. I, unfortunately, am one of those people. However, I am able to make the claim that "I'm full of hot air" as a result :-)

But to be serious, a mosquito trap basically uses CO2 as bait.

Comment: Re:Lest we forget... (Score 1) 376

by bjb (#44295145) Attached to: Linux 3.11 Officially Named "Linux For Workgroups"
Actually, I think the problem was only on Windows 3.1. I can't say if it was on 3.0, but I've tried this in the past on Windows 2.03 (386) and even 1.0x and it returns the correct 0.01 result. My question is how did they screw up something as simple as a standard calculator application? Isn't that almost a standard programming assignment in computer science 101 courses?

Comment: Re:Metaphores. (Score 1) 79

by bjb (#43839221) Attached to: Apple-1 Sells For $671,400, Breaks Previous Auction Record
Considering Jobs and Woz made no claims to knowing what it meant at the time, it was amusing to see Jean-Louis Gassée's book 20 years or so ago called "The First Apple". Had a picture of Sir Issac Newton sitting under an serpent-laden apple tree with a Macintosh. Birth of history (if you consider the bible as such), birth of science (if you consider Newton and the gravity apple as such), and birth of computer revolution (if you consider the Macintosh as such). Clever.

Comment: Smile, mistress! (Score 1) 249

by bjb (#43730395) Attached to: Drones: Coming Soon To the New Jersey Turnpike?
I was talking about "Photo Cops" this weekend while driving on the Garden State Parkway and saying "if they ever introduced [photo cops] on the GSP, people would be screwed." Referring, of course, to the fact that it is a 55 mph road and everyone was driving 70.

They tried having photo cops on Route 80 in NJ back in the late 80's or early 90's (don't quite remember) and it was simply a camera sticking out of the back of a van. Trip the speed limit, take a photo of the driver, mail summons to person. From what I remember at the time, it caused a bit of an uproar after a few politicians got pictures of them driving with their mistress and the summons envelope being opened by their wife.

Speed enforcement is fine; it keeps people relatively sane with their driving habits. I personally feel that the dangerous ones on the road are the ones who are driving more than 5-10 mph away from the average that everyone else on the section of road is driving. But sometimes you have a clear shot where there is nobody around you and goosing it up several mph to gain some time isn't that big a deal. If an automaton is going to penalize me without any context, that's where I draw the line.

Comment: I thought they meant 33 Thomas St (Score 1) 60

by bjb (#43269361) Attached to: World's Largest High-Rise Data Center Opens In New York
I thought they meant 33 Thomas Street, which is another old switching building but has no windows, unlike the Verizon building they're talking about.

Back in the day (as recent as the late 80s or even early 90s) a lot of downtown Manhattan businesses had multiple phone lines going to every desk at those office high rises. These buildings existed just to house all that equipment, from what I always gathered. While I don't know what it looks like inside today, I'd imagine the technology of today requires only a fraction of that space now.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"

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