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Comment: Re:Teleporter Discussion! (Score 1) 162

by captjc (#48883119) Attached to: Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Is the Star Trek universe full of clones whose previous iterations back to the original are long dead?

No. This was actually addressed in a hand-waving sort of way in an episode of Enterprise where the inventor of the transporter said that that particular metaphysical argument was poppycock.

Comment: Re:Only for the first year (Score 1) 567

by captjc (#48870365) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Unfortunately, that means my days as both a graphics artist and a gamer will be over. Way to go Nadella, you greedy sack of shit.

Don't be such a drama queen. Mac's have been associated with graphic artists and "creative types" for over 30 years. Or you could always learn to use The Gimp like everyone else.

Also, I know it hurts to hear this as an PC Master-Race Ubermench, but millions of people play games on these things called "consoles." Sure, you have to ditch the mouse and keyboard, for something called a "gamepad" but it can theoretically be done. I know your Ubermench brethren will laugh at you for leaving the Gamer Gods to join the Konsole kiddies, but I'm sure they will understand your reasons and only laugh at you behind your back.

Comment: Re:Why not use Macports? (Score 1) 588

by captjc (#48845597) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

If I was using only native Mac apps, I would have been okay enough. But I was accessing Linux GUI apps within a VM, and linux console apps via SSH. It was a real challenge to get decent Mac-to-PC key bindings.

Just out of curiosity, what linux apps are you using that can't be installed using one of the many mac package managers such as Macports, Fink, Homebrew, etc? While I don't use fink or homebrew, Macports typically has pretty good support for a good swath of popular (and even some pretty obscure) console and GUI programs. If the translation of key mappings between host and VM is the issue, having a native version installed could help solve your problem.

Comment: Re:Bloat (Score 1) 104

by captjc (#48791949) Attached to: Chrome For OS X Catches Up With Safari's Emoji Support

Really? Emoji as they are being described here are part of the Unicode standard. If their textboxes blow up on account of stray unicode characters, then their software is crap to begin with. That isn't bloatware, that is bad design.

Bloatware is that desire to turn the web browser into a mail client, text editor, HTML IDE, chat client, music player, video editor, and all-around operating system. Giving full support to standard character sets is well within the core feature set of a program whose purpose is to connect to a site and display text and pictures.

I assume that you also believe the Wingding fonts were the biggest fundamental design flaw with Windows?

Comment: Re:No... (Score 1) 331

by captjc (#48788209) Attached to: Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

The problem is it is a terrible idea for a service because as it has mentioned by practically everyone in this forum, storage space is cheap, bandwidth is expensive, and kiddy pron. However, for a company to use on internal networks, it would be a pretty neat idea. It would be an interesting way of turning leased or purchased corporate PCs into cloud-based thin clients while still utilizing the (generally) large hard drives most laptop and desktop machines come with. It also means not needing a data center in every campus to house local cloud storage for employees as every computer on the network would be a (hopefully) redundant node of the local storage cloud.

Comment: Re:Tablets age well (Score 2) 328

by captjc (#48696963) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Same here.

I bought an iPad 2 last year and love the thing. I found that I use it as much for work as I do for home. So I bought an Air 2 to keep at home. They both work fine and I have no need to replace them until they can no longer fulfill their purpose of checking email, browsing the web for a few hours and playing the occasional video or game. Definitely not going to replace them every 2-3 years.

Comment: Re:8K!? but I haven't even bought a 4K yet (Score 1) 179

by captjc (#48583077) Attached to: LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

We'll have wall-sized 20K TV's in 10 years, but computer monitors will still only be 1080p...because stupid.

Nah, The reason PC monitors have been stuck in the HD-age is because LCD TVs were damn cheap to produce and took practically nothing to repurpose into monitors. Since the death of CRTs, TVs and Monitors have converged into more-or-less the same device, at least as far as manufacturers are concerned. The second that 4K TVs become dirt cheap to produce in 13"-30" sizes, you will see 1080 monitors going the way of the dodo. Same with 8K, etc.

Comment: Re:Capital and Investment (Score 1) 454

by captjc (#48459353) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

That is the situation we are in now. That is not how it has always been, and, if enough people can get angry enough to actually facilitate change, not how it has to be.

I've worked with quite a few of the "old timer" engineers, the ones who started working back in the late 60's, 70's and 80's. They would tell tales of how people would start at their companies as a lowly technician or engineer and stay for 30-50 years, moving up the corportauntil retirement. That it wasn't until the late 80's to 90's where everything went to hell. Multinationals would buy the company out, plunder the pensions, bring in foreigner for pennies on the dollar and fire everyone. There even used to be this mythical thing called job security where assuming that you didn't royally fuck up or the company didn't tank, you didn't have to worry about getting fired or laid off at the end of the week because one of the 40 VPs needs a few extra dollars to replace his company-paid three-month-old Porche with a more sporty Jaguar.

Comment: Re:"Engineer" (Score 1) 561

by captjc (#48426889) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

What are you talking about, Half, if not more than half of CEs are programming. Sure, not game programming (as in the book) but still programming.

I'm a CE and I spend most of my time programming everything from Robots, PLCs, HMIs, Motors, FPGAs and Vision systems, to the communication that glues them all together. I still need to have a knowledge of electronics and electrical design, but still a good portion of my work is (usually low-level) programming.

Comment: Great Scott! (Score 1) 41

by captjc (#48389623) Attached to: How To Mathematically Predict Lightning Strikes

If I can predict lightning, now I no longer need to rip off plutonium or travel into the future and waste my money on a Mr Fusion to power my DeLorean. I can just use free thunderstorms and save a metric shitload of money!

What's the point. I still need to go into the future to pick up a hoverboard and sports almanac anyway.

Comment: Re:Automation and jobs (Score 1) 720

by captjc (#48222379) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Mincome works for employers as well. If the government was picking up the tab for a living wage, the biggest advantage is that you no longer have to. There is no point to having a minimum wage if the government is paying a living wage. This is the same reason that Universal health care is in the interest of most companies, because they no longer have to pay for employee insurance.

Then there are the side benefits. If everyone has a safety net, you can be damn well sure that moral is going to improve, which generally correlates with a rise in productivity. You also will get rid of most of those employees who don't really want to work, but just want a paycheck.

So, I believe that cheaper, more productive workers are in the interest of corporations.

Everyone can be taught to sculpt: Michelangelo would have had to be taught how not to. So it is with the great programmers.

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