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Comment: Re:Yeah, but you're not using your XPS anymore (Score 1) 353

by chispito (#48187285) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

The difference between your XPS is the Black Macbook is that the guy was still using the macbook for daily tasks. Your XPS is probably on a shelf somewhere.

I guess my comment was a bit misleading in one way: I don't think Macbooks are necessarily a bad value or were a bad value circa 2006. But let me clarify:

1) My 2006 Dell XPS M1210 is my daily driver. It started life with XP and has exclusively run Ubuntu the last 3 years.

2) I had to replace the power adapter and disc drive under warranty, and upgraded from the original 80GB hard drive to a 500GB hard drive three or four years ago.

3) Otherwise, I can't remember replacing anything on it. The rubber feet on the bottom have fallen off and the left-click button on the trackpad is mushy. I'm convinced it's just some crumbs in the cracks, but I'm too lazy to fix it and have been content to just tap the touchpad to click.

4) I'm still using the original 9-cell battery it shipped with. The 6-cell I bought at the same time died, but the 9-cell is still barely usable, providing maybe 40 minutes' usage. Not great but not bad for 8 years old.

5) Again--I'm not trying to say that Macbooks are a bad buy, but my wife's 2007 15" Macbook has had far more expensive problems (to be fair, it's still with us too).

Comment: Re:You have to have an inexpensive wedding for 200 (Score 1) 446

by chispito (#48129973) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

The two statements about the more expensive the wedding the greater the chance of divorce and that the larger the ceremony you have the less likely you are to end up divorced seem mutually exclusive to me.

How expensive? Many churches offer an essentially free venue to members. $4/ head for a taco man, get over feeling like you need to get everyone drunk, and all you have left are fixed costs. Our 225-person wedding set us and some family members back in the neighborhood of $8-9k. And we splurged on some things, in our opinion. $4k is not unreasonable.

Comment: Re:No they are not (Score 1) 304

by chispito (#48129691) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made
I didn't say noise was unmeasurable. That's absurd. But the level of acceptable noise will vary widely by environment and by the personalities of your coworkers (to say nothing of home use), and since many people value audible feedback when typing, saying quieter is always better is arbitrary. Same with force. Surely some springs are too stiff, but others are too light and the keys wouldn't reset fast enough for a skilled typist.

Comment: Re:Oh enough with the idol worship (Score 1) 304

by chispito (#48095965) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

1) Key activation force. You have to push quite hard to activate those key switches. That is unergonomic and contributes to developing RSI in many individuals. A good keyboard should have a light key activation.... (snip)

3) The noise. Those springs are loud. Makes it very annoying to use in an office environment, and unsuitable for quite environments like a studio. A good keyboard has dampened keys that don't make noise.

These are both arbitrary and it's not difficult to find people with preferences either way. I'm sure many skilled typists disagree with you on both counts.

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 460

by chispito (#47948681) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

39. Have you ever experienced physical sexual harassment, unwanted sexual contact, or sexual contact in which you could not or did not give consent or felt it would be unsafe to fight back or not give your consent at an anthropological field site? (If you have had more than one experience, the most notable to you.)

The problem, again, is a terribly worded question. Are we to again assume physical should extend through the commas?

I don't see the leeway you do. "Sexual contact" is physical. There's simply no other way to read those two works used together.

Comment: Re:I truly hope not (Score 1) 182

by chispito (#47909655) Attached to: Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

As an analogous situation, imagine if the creation of (text)books was originally patented. The patent holder would then be able to ensure that any textbooks whose contents disagreed with him do not get published simply by denying a licence to the publisher for that book.

I really don't see how textbooks could be much more expensive or difficult to obtain than they already are.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 182

by chispito (#47909591) Attached to: Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

to even less 'classroom discipline' [kids actually paying attention to the teacher], to the biggest one, chiefly even less social interaction between kids.

Sure, some kids can successfully learn this way, but not a lot.

Isn't most "classroom discipline" quashing all attempts at social interaction? You raise some odd concerns.

You know that feeling when you're leaning back on a stool and it starts to tip over? Well, that's how I feel all the time. -- Steven Wright