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Comment: It has nothing to do with the antitrust case (Score 1) 742

by Tangential (#46322831) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"
My dislike of Microsoft has nothing to do with the antitrust case (although I will admit that I enjoyed it when they were convicted.)

I dislike Microsoft because they so dramatically lowered users expectations for software and computing. Prior to Microsoft windows and before that MS-DOS, users did not expect software to be a continual fail. In the 70s and early 80s users never expected us to have to reboot our mainframes or minicomputers many times a day and users certainly didn't expect to lose a lot of their work. Microsoft changed all that. By the mid 90s users were conditioned that software was flaky, operating systems were buggy and that they were going to lose their work several times a day. It actually took mobile apps to get users back on the side of computing and software and Microsoft clearly had nothing to do with that.

Comment: We need a higher level of functionality (Score 2) 124

by Tangential (#45976339) Attached to: BitTorrent's Bram Cohen Unveils New Steganography Tool DissidentX
I'd like to see someone come up with a steganographic RAID-ish storage volume. I'd like a driver that scattered encrypted data throughout my media files but presented that data as an updateable storage volume. It would need enough redundancy to survive the loss of some of the files (hence the RAID-ish part.) If I could hide writeable encrypted data throughout my iTunes, Photo, Video files and access/update it without actually changing the size, mod dates, etc of the files it would be very handy and reasonably hard to detect.

Comment: Like the man-on-the-moon (Score 4, Interesting) 1030

by Tangential (#45494167) Attached to: A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP
To me we need clean affordable energy whether Global Warming is real or not. We need cheap energy to keep our economy going and we need our children's children to be able to drink clean water and breathe clean air.

What we really need is a President who will tackle energy with the same kind of committment that JFK gave us for the space program. As a country we invested mightily in the program and the process of getting that man on the moon created huge technical advantages for our nation. As a viable program it all went to crap after we reached that goal but we had already made the gains in technology that propelled us for the next few decades.

A similar effort that yielded clean affordable energy would also yield lots of new technologies. We need that and a coordinated effort by the Federal Government is probably the quickest way to get there. That being said, it cannot just exist as a way to reward the President's supporters and just end up as money stuffed into pockets like Solyndra.

+ - No In-State Masters Students anymore at Cal-State?-> 1

Submitted by Tangential
Tangential (266113) writes "Looks like Money Rules everywhere. From the Bloomberg article "How Foreign Students Hurt U.S. Innovation", "International students are attractive to strapped colleges because they tend to pay full tuition or, in the case of public institutions, pay more than full price in out-of-state rates.
Last year, this was taken to a new level at California State University, East Bay, a public institution just south of Oakland. The school directed its master’s degree programs to admit only non-California students, including foreign students." Or is this a comment on Californias secondary education system?"

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Comment: No Exchange, no problem (Score 1, Informative) 266

by Tangential (#42844843) Attached to: iOS 6.1 Leads To Battery Life Drain, Overheating For iPhone Users
Everything I read points to interaction with MS-Exchange as the culprit.

It may be an Apple bug related to interacting with Exchange, but since Exchange is a proprietary and non-standards compliant interface, such things happen from time to time.

I've experienced better battery life since going to 6.1 on my 4S. Of course I don't (and hopefully won't ever) use Exchange.

Comment: Re:Try NewEgg (Score 1) 570

by Tangential (#42830909) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8
Well, I have been on a Mac since they went Intel and I have both Fusion and Parallels. I tend to start one of them occasionally to run Linux and once or twice a month I resume a machine to run IE for local testing for a few minutes.

I can't imagine why a mac user would spend most of their time in Windows unless there was a specific program tying their hands. Even then they can somewhat seamlessly blend it into their OSX desktop.

There are some real advantages to the VM approach. Properly done it reduces or eliminates the need for AV software in the VM and increases the safety of the overall system. There's a reason that almost every security researcher you see runs OSX and uses VMs for testing.

All that being said, I wouldn't spend 100% of my time in a foreign VM on my notebook unless it was all virtualized with a bare metal hypervisor.

Comment: Why not manage the recycling process as well (Score 2) 170

by Tangential (#42544505) Attached to: US Gives $120M For Lab To Tackle Rare Earth Shortages
Seems like step number one is to stop sending anything with rare earths to Asia to be recycled.

Step 2 would be to try and attract foreign components containing rare earths here to be recycled. If its that important bite the bullet on not-cheap labor and other environmental issues (and develop better processes for doing it.)

At the same time of course, turn the geologists loose to find more.

Comment: Does moving around money fix the problem? (Score 1) 336

by Tangential (#42363833) Attached to: 2012 Another Record-Setter For Weather, Fits Climate Forecasts
The most amazing part of the whole AGW movement is that developing remediation technologies is a topic that is almost completely off the table.

For some reason, its fine to plan out lots of new taxes and move money around the planet while simultaneously throttling back selected economies but it is unthinkable to actually work on reasonable technologies that could capture and use carbon.I find it hard to believe that a world that could put a man on the moon in a decade couldn't come up with efficient ways to deal with existing greenhouse gases while developing alternatives to them.

"The medium is the message." -- Marshall McLuhan