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Comment Re:Stupid design (Score 1) 131

reverse voltage is actually somewhat rare.

All power supply input pins should be protected against reverse voltage. It's simple, and comprises a single FET. See here, for instance. There's not really any excuse for failing to protect internal components against reverse voltage, other than being cheap. I think we can thank the endless race to the bottom that consumer electronics is infamous for.

Comment Re:Mizzou (Score 1) 662

the university police

What on earth are the 'university police'? Are they real police, or pretend private police without any actual authority. If you have illegal activity on campus, then the real police can come along.

My understanding is that one of the demands was for all students to have mandatory sensitivity training.

Ok. Is this actually true? And who demanded it? How many people? Just the one? Did it actually happen?

Seems like this thread is devoted to giving minority views a great deal of airtime, in order to complain about the amount of airtime that they get.

Let's move on. Cleese isn't funny anymore, which is a shame, but I think we can safely ignore him complaining that he has been 'warned' by someone. He doesn't say by whom, and what exactly that warning might have contained. Perhaps he was being warned about not trying to be a stand up comedian? It's not like he came from stand up anyway. It's not really his area.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 662

We know perfectly well who he is. It doesn't mean he's still funny.

Of course, not being funny isn't a crime. And he should be free to perform whatever material he thinks is funny. And then, if no-one likes it, no-one will show up, and hopefully he'll go away.

He is a bit past his sell-by date, you have to admit.

Comment Re:There was no before (Score 1) 225

Everything we have ever known has had a cause

Which may or may not be true, but isn't very important. Assuming that by known, you mean directly experienced by humans on a human-sized scale across a human-sized time span. However, we know of several things that do not have a cause, such as the radioactive decay of a particular atom. And consider too the emergent behaviour of cellular automata. What 'causes' the patterns that appear? What causes the distribution of the digits of pi? What causes your apparent free will?

Clear and direct causes appear in newtonian physics, and that's about it.

Comment Re:No, Never, No! (Score 1) 267

To go to a theatre, I walk through a couple of parks to the Mall, sit in a large and very comfortable seat and watch the movie whilst enjoying the (quiet) food and drink that I brought with me from home. I have been to an American cinema, and it wasn't even possible to walk to the place - or at least it was, but I had to cross a six-lane highway and clamber across some wasteland to get to it. A shame. And strange too - why does no-one walk anywhere there? The suburban areas appear designed deliberately to make walking as difficult and dangerous as possible.

Comment Re:Nothing turns me off a product more than (Score 2) 267

That's a shame. Because it's really good. Weirdly, I haven't seen any marketing beyond a few posters on bus shelters, and the trailers that I've actively sought to watch. Was most of the marketing on the TV? Because if so, and if you dislike megacorp marketing machines so much, maybe don't watch broadcast television. Although you probably don't anyway - so I imagine you're in the US, and it's all over every flat surface you can look at. I'm fortunate enough to live somewhere that hasn't moved quite as far down that path as the US - although it's certainly on its way.

I like movies. I like how they tell stories. And I like how this movie tells its story. Watch the editing, and watch how the characters are introduced, and how you learn a surprising amount about them before they even open their mouths. It's an extremely well-told and well-constructed film, with proper physical props, and a real sense that things are actually happening. If an accusation could be fairly levelled at it, and this is a borderline spoiler, it would be that it's basically the same as the first one. For me, I don't care. I loved it.

Comment Re:It's the tools (Score 1) 402

Either you had a bad teacher or you use bad documentation.

Neither. I'm just lazy. I expect the arrow keys to move the cursor. I expect other well-known and common paradigms to be present. I expect the interface to be non-modal - modal UIs are probably unavoidable in general, but should be avoided as much as possible. Vi breaks these expectations, and causes me to instantly give up and go back to something that isn't different to everything else for no reason.

Comment Re:It's the tools (Score 1) 402

Well, perhaps not. But I honestly fail to see how someone proficient in vim is more efficient than someone proficient in something that isn't deliberately as strange as possible. Maybe, in the past, when we didn't have arrow keys on our keyboards, and a mouse was just a rodent, vim made sense.

The bike does offer the advantage of being able to run that stall at the fair, and probably make a bit of money too. There's always an advantage somewhere. Also, if you're being chased, and only have the weird bike to hand, then boom, you're away laughing. I'd suggest learning both, just to be on the safe side.

Comment Re:It's the tools (Score 1) 402

Does the vi UX suck? No,

Yes. It does suck. It's possible to learn it, just as it's possible to learn to ride one of those funny bikes that has the handlebars connected to the front wheel via a pair of cogs, so that turning left makes you turn right. It's possible to learn it, and even become proficient, and possibly even to make an argument that it's better for some definition of the word. But it still sucks.

Does GIMP UX suck?

Yes. It sucks too. Its use of space is inefficient, and the underlying implementation of it is exposed too much (I have to resize layers, rather than this being taken care of by the implementation automatically). That it happens to be ugly isn't really much more important than its dreadful name. They managed to rename Ethereal (wtf is that??) to Wireshark (good name, makes sense, lets you make jokes about frickn' lasers...). Why can't they manage it with the GIMP?. Yes, I know why they re-named Ethereal, that's beside the point.

In summary, don't cheap out on the UI because you want to use some open source UI library. Understand end-user expectations (i.e., not just YOUR expectations) and fill them.

Good advice. Trouble is, that's really expensive.

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