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Comment: Weak (Score 2) 53

by cream wobbly (#49388297) Attached to: V'Ger Source Code Released

This is just a "what if" on a scifi premise. The worst sort of fanfic, and about as far from an April Fool's joke as it's possible to get.

That said, it's no better over on Soylent.

Oh, and by the way, did nobody ever tell you that it stops at noon? If you try to pull an April Fool's prank after midday, the tradition goes, you're the fool.

Comment: Mac laptop keyboard (Score 1) 307

"Most problems" you say? Yes, the laptop keyboard on this one Mac which was augmented by one or two drops of water. Fifty six screws the size of poppy seeds just holding the keyboard in. Had to remove the entire motherboard, unplug a dozen edge connectors of five or size different types.

I had to do this three times: first time to attempt to dry it out (90 minutes to disassemble with the right tools and space to do the job), second time when the replacement came but it was the wrong one, third time when the proper one came (90 minutes total last time around).

It's an awful design. The first thing you want to do if you spill water on a keyboard is remove it and dry it out. But it takes 90 damned minutes to do it, by which time the electrolytes have been dumped and the contact areas damaged. The keyboard assembly also includes the power switch, so there was no way to just unplug it and use an external one. This particular model of Mac laptop also has no power jumper on the motherboard. I was this close to wiring up a switch on the edge connector. When an external keyboard is plugged in, OS X doesn't disable the internal keyboard, either, so when your Control key is acting up and believes itself to be pushed in permanently, good luck! Unplug/plug/unplug/plug/unplug/plug the USB jack and after a few goes, it'll pick up the change. Also, for whatever reason, unloading the keyboard driver kernel extension did not work. Mac forum people aren't exactly the most diligent (or another word ending in "-ligent") of troubleshooters, so there were too few clues to go on.

I've had failures with floppy drives, hard drives, PSUs, monitors, fans, the 1530 motor controller on a Commodore 64 several times over because some thick lout at the computing club kept borrowing my tape deck even after being told. But this Mac laptop keyboard definitely presented me with "the most problems" in terms of irking me to the point of lining up a Windows machine for my next laptop, not this cheap shitty Chinese Apple shit.

Comment: Re:Wrong way round (Score 1) 598

by cream wobbly (#48740359) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

If you want a repairable computer with a separate chip for every application, I have a coal plant to sell you

What on earth are you wittering on about? That has absolutely nothing at all to do with what I'm pointing out, and pointing out quite clearly enough, but if it helps, here goes:

The Powerbooks and iBooks were just as integrated as the Macbooks. Pretty much every laptop ever worth buying has had highly integrated logic. But in the Powerbooks, you could replace the keyboard by twisting a screw and flipping two latches. In the new one you have to practically dismantle the entire machine to get to it and undo several dozen poppy seed-sized screws.

I've spilt water on my Powerbook, and pulled the keyboard out to dry it. When I spilt water on the Macbook it took over an hour just to get it detached from the machine, by which time it had had chance to fester making it necessary to buy a new one. It was while I was going through this very laborious process that my mind had chance to ponder the pros and cons of the current state of Apple hardware and what attracted me to the company in the first place (of which software was not a major one).

The RAM isn't socketed on the newest machines, and the SSDs use an Apple-exclusive interface. I fully expect them to be engraved with the slogan "Designed by Apple in a disaposable state."

In the meantime, Apple software has become more integrated, better packaged, and generally good all round. Barring a few obvious problems, it's a very solid set of tools. I don't see what this Tumbler chap is complaining about, and I certainly don't see an improvement in hardware.

Comment: Wrong way round (Score 3, Interesting) 598

by cream wobbly (#48738061) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

"Apple's hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has taken such a nosedive in the last few years that I'm deeply concerned for its future."

That's not been my experience. The software is really solid, much better than it's ever been (although questionable UI choices have hamstrung usability); while the hardware is becoming less serviceable, more disposable. Sure, it may be more closely following the components used in devices designed for Windows, but if I can't replace a keyboard destroyed by two drops of water without removing the entire guts of the machine (accidentally destroying the keyboard backlight in the process), with 56 screws holding the keyboard itself in, and about a dozen (because I can't remember exactly how many) extremely fragile connectors surrounding the motherboard then I'm out.

I need a machine I can service. Apple no longer satisfies that need.

Comment: Re:The old idea fallacy (Score 1) 268

Ignoring the fact that the GP was making a joke-of-sorts while possibly also countering the TFS's claim that "Microsoft doesn't have a long track record of cracking down on individual pirates", this is clearly not an appeal to novelty. In fact, if we're talking fallacies, the simpler fallacy of the old red herring could be applied to your argument; plus the logical fallacy of your choice since the IT industry, in particular with respect to software licensing, has changed at least as rapidly in the last four decades as clothing and hair fashions: In short, you cannot reject an argument as being an appeal to novelty when the topic in question is itself subject to the whims of novelty.

Comment: Re:The real question is . . . (Score 1) 525

by cream wobbly (#48500645) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

(btw: This is a classic /. post. Solves the problem and uses an adorable word.)

But when you say intelligent agent, this would be modeled on typical standards of driving, which is to say, planting the accelerator fimly into the footwell when accelerating, then slamming on the anchors as soon as the driver ahead so much as breaths on the brake pedal.

In other words, a good braking wave simulation.

Comment: Re:Oh god, no. (Score 2) 163

by cream wobbly (#48420533) Attached to: Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

I'm with neonKow, this can't be "every". But the prevalence of black & white worldviews seems to be higher among those who spend most of their time indoors with their work. The same goes for scientists, (which is how come we still get to have shitstorms over people wearing pimp shirts), lawyers (who really only meet bad or aggrieved people), the religious profession (who gurn a lot and talk to fairies), and politicians (who generally only meet people who are prepared to give them lots and lots of cash on the sly).

Dead? No excuse for laying off work.