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Comment In fact a new version often is how it should be (Score 3, Insightful) 211

Companies should regularly update their products to use the latest tech. There is no reason to freeze a product and not update it for a long time just to make owners feel like they still have the "latest". Rather they should update as often as changes in available technology/manufacturing/etc dictate. Customers then buy new ones as often as they feel it useful.

That's how it has been with desktop computers, excluding Apple, forever. Few, if any, people upgrade every time something new comes out because the changes are usually minor. They buy something, stick with it for a few years, then buy something new when they feel like they want or need it.

The problem is that Apple devices seem to be something that some people wrap their ego in. They feel a need to have the newest device to be "cool" or some such and thus get mad when a newer device comes out that they cannot or do not wish to purchase since they feel it somehow lessens what they do have.

Comment Re:Thirty years ago... (Score 2) 15

No games? Choplifter. Aztec. Wizardry. Karateka. Flight Simulator. There were *lots* of fantastic games for the Apple II.

I still learned AppleBASIC and made my own games though. Thirty years later, I'm still making games for a living. I have to admit, I'm sort of surprised it worked out as planned.

Comment Re:Maybe it's just who we are... (Score 3, Informative) 679

Or maybe coding is something that when women try to get involved they discover they are unwelcome. There's the one guy who's just a dick to women. There's one who hasn't washed since 2004. There's one who has to one-up everything she says. There's several who have to hit on her because she's the only woman they get to talk to.

Let's put this another way... What makes the men who code so magical that women somehow just can't get past them in significant numbers, unlike nearly every other office-dwelling profession on earth? Do you really think that we're such troglodytes that these poor, fragile women are physically repelled from the building? I have to laugh if you really think we're all that special, or that they're so fragile.

And isn't it a bit demeaning to women to suggest that they can't make it in the world of programming if we men don't figure out a way to help them along, or become more welcoming, or whatever? Do you realize the incredible advantage a competent female programmer actually has right now, with all the recent focus on getting women into coding and other tech professions? Any company would absolutely *love* to hire good female programmers, and certainly don't want to lose the ones they have.

I'm actually fine with encouraging more women to get into coding and other tech professions. I get irritated with the constant accusation that it's somehow the fault of the people already in those professions. Personally speaking, the lack of female interest in programming has always been a significant negative for me. I'd love to see more women programming, and I've gotten along fine with the very rare female programmers I've worked with in the last several decades.

Comment Ya I'm having trouble imagining it (Score 2) 170

Everyone I know, even the cheap types, keeps some kind of wired Internet. It is usually faster than wireless and always cheaper per GB. If you were an EXTREMELY light user I suppose you could go all wireless all the time, but even for the casual user who likes to surf the web on a daily basis and watch cat videos, you'll easily use more data than a wireless provider is interested in letting you have cheap and they'll charge and/or throttle.

Simple example: T-Mobile gives me phone, text, and 1GB of data for $50/month. It would run me $30/month more to get unlimited data (they'll throttle if you get too excessive though). That's for a single device, and gives 7GB of tethering. Speeds are in the realm of 40mbits max, 20-30mbits normally. So that'd work only if your phone is going to be the one-and-only device you use for most things, and do a little surfing on something else. If you want to add a tablet to it you'd be talking adding another line/device which brings it up to about $100/month with 10GB of data per device.

Ok well then having a look at the cable company for about $60/month they'll sell you a 50mbit connection with a 350GB soft cap (meaning if you go over they complain at you and try to upsell you, they don't charge or throttle). You'll really get those kinds of speeds too, pretty much all the time.

That's more money, but not a ton more. Presuming you would have the basic phone plan anyhow you pay about $30/month more than the unlimited or $10/month more than the two devices. With that you get a faster connection, the ability to connect as many devices as you like, enough data to watch Netflix, download games, and so on. Also, you can, of course, upgrade your speed. They'll happily sell you 100mbit or 300mbit for a bit more per month (about $75 and $100 respectively) whereas the mobile speed is what it is.

Not surprising then that all the people I know keep a wired connection. Personally I don't find I need much LTE data, I use WiFi most of the time at work and home, so the 1GB cap is fine for me (more than fine actually) but I need a lot more on another connection. Looking at my usage I used about 350GB last month. Not the kind of thing a wireless provider would be ok with.

Comment Even if it isn't some blend (Score 4, Insightful) 568

Most fruit juices have a lot of sugar. Fruit contains a lot of fructose, water, and fiber. So squeeze out the water that contains the fructose, the fiber gets left behind, and you have something that is by volume and weight a tons of sugar.

Apple juice is a good example. If you go and have a look at the Simply Apple stuff at a grocer you can see easily. It really is 100% pure apple juice. They don't add any sweetener or anything else, they just squeeze the juice out of apple and bottle that shit up... and it is as high calorie as soda. 180 calories per 12 oz (355ml). For comparison Pepsi is 150 and Mountain Dew is 170.

I love apple juice, it tastes fantastic, but you can't fool yourself in to thinking that because it is juice it is magically good.

Comment Re:Don't like GPLv3? Write your own implementation (Score 1) 309

If it wasn't clear by reading between the lines, I consider a permissive license (like zlib, libPNG, BSD, etc) more suitable than GPLv3 for a reference library if your goal is to ensure broad, industry-wide adoption of a new file format. My assumption is that very few people or organizations will be interested in writing their own library from scratch simply to adopt someone's new file format. Your reasoning seems to be "if it's already difficult, why not make it more difficult still?" which seems a strange argument to make.

That the GPLv3 license hinders broad adoption should be self-evident, as the license specifically prohibits use of the code in non GPL projects. That hardly seems like a "vague claim". That's a simple fact. Perhaps you should read Richard Stallman's very pragmatic view on this matter, as I agree with his reasoning here.

As for the FOSS/GPLv3 thing... The GPLv3 is the most well-known copyleft FOSS license, which means that if you use that license, any FOSS software you release is guaranteed to remain as FOSS-only code. I admittedly could have worded that better.

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 3, Insightful) 309

The reference implementation is under GPLv3. Everyone is of course still free to create their own implementation and license it under whichever license they want.

Which, I'm betting, no one will care to do. Even when there is a permissive license, it's still incredibly difficult for a new file format to gain any traction. Think about how many years it took for PNG to take root with decent support in graphics tools and browsers.

If the ultimate goal is to promote this file format, this is not the best way of doing it. Apparently, keeping the software they wrote as FOSS/GPL is more important to the authors than broad adoption. That's fine, but just don't expect the rest of the world to come rushing to adopt this format. Sadly, it's probably going to be ignored, even if it's technically superior to PNG as claimed.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1162

They say an armed society is a polite society. I dare say they're correct. The next time you see someone brandishing a firearm in a mall stop and look around - how many people are running up to the gunman and insulting his mother? Who is sidling up behind him to bend over so that another one can come push him from the front so that he falls down and everybody has a good laugh? Nobody. That's who.

I don't know where you live, but I've never seen anyone at the all do any of things at the mall to anyone, period. Your comment just may be the saddest indictment of American culture that I read all day.

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