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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).

Comment: Interesting, anecdote, bro (Score 1) 350

by cream wobbly (#48381095) Attached to: Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

It's a shame you put this forth as a "debunking" when your own (miniscule) results are hardly better controlled than the (far more numerous) results you decry.

To control properly, you would need an additional pair of photos of women, similarly dressed, similarly cropped, plus another pair of a mother and baby, but not nursing. I'm no expert on what constitutes proper control, but heck, at least cover the basics.

Computer Science is merely the post-Turing decline in formal systems theory.