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Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 330 330

I've never understood why it can't do this during the 10 hours a night that I am not using the laptop instead of doing it when I need to quickly shut down and leave the house or quickly shut down and leave work.

Windows is codependent, it wants your attention at all times. And this is unlikely to get any better now that that attention is worth money.

Comment Re:Symbiosis. (Score 1) 57 57

I wondered that myself. There would be great value if the bacteria could be engineered to maintain a limited population so the host would get a baseline supply of insulin. They would probably still require injections to keep well regulated, but it would be less and with reduced consequences if they were unable to do that for a time.

Perhaps it could even be enough to let a type I diabetic manage their blood sugar more like a type II sufferer.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 730 730

However, smart insurance companies will see this as a dangerous erosion of their market, and will probably fight against this...

Actually, isn't this the ideal case for the insurance companies? All they need to know is the software version the car is using to know exactly how it drives.

Comment Re:Why Fight It? (Score 1) 125 125

Okay, so whyTF did the company decide to fire the guy without going through the agreed-on procedure?

Because Mr. Someone living Somewhere never lived anywhere, or existed for that matter. It's just an urban legend someone decided to believe because it confirms their political beliefs.

Comment Re:Why Fight It? (Score 1) 125 125

They've made it abundantly clear that's not what they are paying you for, so oblige them, even going so far as to gleefully compound their organizational problems.

Don't go that far. Intentional sabotage due to dislike might be emotionally satisfying but also both illegal and morally wrong.

Also, bad organizational cultures are so destructive because they slowly become the invisible default against which everything is judged. And they become invisible by encountering no resistance from those who can see them until they become so accustomed to them that they don't notice them anymore. Perhaps you don't have a duty to try to save the company from itself, but if you won't, you also won't get to complain about the resulting suck, since it's the result of your (in)action - in other words, your fault.

Comment Let's swap anecdotes! (Score 1) 73 73

I've never actually been able to get Linux to run properly on arbitrary hardware that I happened to own.

I, on the other hand, have run into one thing that Linux didn't work with. I have a collection of accumulated 'stuff' and just last night Frankensteined a PC together. I don't even know the model number of most of the parts. It's an Nvidia 8600 (something) video card, and a Soundblaster Live, I know that much. Worked just fine, no issues. (Streams PC games from Steam pretty well to the TV upstairs, too.)

I purchased a mid-high prebuilt 'gaming rig' a couple years back, and everything 'just worked', except the "SoundBlaster® X-Fi XtremeAudio" card. That was the 'one thing'. There was a config fix but I just pulled the card and used the onboard MB audio. Whatever that is worked fine.

Just installed Linux for my cousin this weekend. Some HP laptop, I honestly didn't even check the model. Everything just worked, including the 'scroll region' on the trackpad, and the weird 'slide-touch' volume control above the keyboard.

Comment Re:Poppycock! (Score 1) 68 68

Note that if NSA is doing its job properly, you'll never hear about its successes.

Don't we hear about foiled terrorist plots and infiltrated groups all the time?

Also, one might argue that as an institution in a democratic society, NSA isn't doing its job properly unless you, the citizen, hear enough about its successes and failures to form an informed opinion about it. Because that's what democracy is: subjecting the institutions - both organizations and traditions - of the society to the will of the people.

Comment Re:Thank you, early updaters (Score 1) 311 311

Back in the real world, this is probably the first time Microsoft released a new version of Windows and no-one really cared. All the interesting new technology is elsewhere.

Of course, if (and that's a big if) Microsoft can get Hololens to work well, they pretty much have a killer application at their hands. Imagine mechanics seeing the schematics projected into whatever they're maintaining, builders seeing the outline of whatever they're building, maintenance workers seeing the outline of wires inside the wall, industrial workers seeing nearby pipes color-coded for the substance flowing through them, drivers seeing cars with high collision probability highlighted...

The real money is not in shiny desktop OS's, or even mobile, but in making a million everyday tasks slightly more efficient - injecting just the right amount of information at the right time and the right place to eliminate the stall as people check things out.

Comment Re:I knew it was going to be bad. (Score 1) 370 370

Worse, he's now started posting bullshit trying to pretend he's being downmodded by people supporting adblock.

Not only is he stupid enough to spam slashdot, he's stupid enough not to realise that spam gets modded down.

It really has made this whole article a fucking waste of time from a comments front. Slashdot editors really need to blacklist his IP - maybe using their hosts file.

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