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Comment Re:The cries of a dying business (Score 1) 212

You're assuming that anything that I receive from email might actually be important more than 8 days from now. You'd be wrong. In the odd even that I actually receive anything in my email that I might want to access later, I can just store it as a file on my computer or phone. But for day-to-day access of email, using a webmail provider is a lot more convenient. The ratio of useful mail to non-useful mail is far too low to warrant the increased inconvenience from not using webmail.

Comment Re:...would smell as shitty as any browser (Score 1) 106

That is what I have done. I run CS in a virtualbox container. Works great for my uses. I like being able to move my whole environment from desktop to laptop and back.

I tried that originally. I had the Windows version of CS6 Production premium suite on my macbook pro, running Fusion VMWare. Trouble was, that Premier and especially After Effects just were slow as mud, and it didn't really work well, due to not being able, apparently to hit the GPU and other hardware directly. So, I sent back the Win version and have the Mac version.

Now...if I could figure how to "freeze" a version of OS X, and be able to run that in a VM, maybe it would work to keep it indefinitely, but I"m not sure how to do that with OS X....?

Comment Re:Real nerd news. Reminds me of me. (Score 1) 157

Perfectly even distribution is one factor. However, a more important factor was that you had improbable streaks that fit with the statistical model.

If you ask a human to simulate flipping a coin a hundred times, their biggest problem is not distribution but the inability to put in a streaks of 7 or more of the same face.

The one time I went to vegas to try gambling, the roulette wheel got 13 reds in a row. By the time it finally spun black, there was a large crowd observing it even tho it was a low stakes table ($1000 I think). I read later that statistically it happens multiple times a day in vegas every day.

Comment I use the salt water test (Score 1) 157

It's kinda entertaining.

you make up a strong brine. You put the dice into the brine. with a few taps you can tell if a dice is strongly unfair because it will keep floating back to the same number or edge when tapped down into the water.

Plus it makes cool salt crystals as it dries.

I have an unfair d20. But it's odd. On multiple occasions it's rolled four 20's in a roll. Very improbably. Yet some evening's it rolls no 20s. When I salt test it, it consistently floats to the edge between 10 and 12 so it's definitely unfair but it's still streaky.

Comment Re:...would smell as shitty as any browser (Score 1) 106

You could just use GIMP, ImageMagick, and FFMpeg.Then you just batch process all your stuff, and save a bunch of time.

Well, not to get into it about deficiencies, of GIMP vs PS/Affinity type tools....but I find very little of my photography lends itself to just a set batch processing. I'm tuning each image for refining WB, coloration, retouching, etc....lots of clonestamping and compositing of images, HDR, etc....that I like to do.

Comment Re: uh? (Score 1) 137

Among the "useless" liberal arts classes that frame the well-rounded IT-professional's skill set, often found wanting in "professional developers":

Relational Databases

Technical Writing

Network Engineering (routers, firewall configuration, vpn devices)

Cryptography, Certificate management

User Credential Management, Directory services


web services

Front-end and UX design

device drivers

Systems design

enterprise OS configuration management

Security and regulatory compliance

Data acquisition, analysis, analytics

  - - - okay, barely scratching the surface here. Developer toolchains? Source control management? Virtualization? Containers?

So, let me get this straight? You want me to take "History of world music appreciation" class? AND graduate in less than 5 years?

Comment Re:...would smell as shitty as any browser (Score 1) 106

Thanks for the Resolve link. Unfortunately, Affinity isn't Photoshop and likely would not be.

Well, I will say I'm very early in my learning of Affinity and comparing it to PS. One thing I DO like, is that with Affinity, they aren't having to keep a bunch of old stuff like PS does....they didn't have to keep old legacy stuff that virtually no one seems to use any more (I mean, why do the old Hue/Sat..and have it make permanent changes vs a Hue/Sat adjustment layer which you can go back and fine tune, etc? Things like that.

So far, in Affinity, I find the content aware tools are just about as effective, the basic tools used the most like clone stamp tool, etc...all work as expected, and I like how Affinity seems to integrate the RAW tools within the same work window area, rather than having to drop out to ACR and back with PS.

Again, I'm still working through it all, but from what I've seen so far, ESPECIALLY, considering Affinity is so new, it does so very much that I use PS for, and it seems faster at times...and I think with a couple years, they might indeed give PS a run for its money. So far, I'm seeing most all the same functionality....and hey, doing some frequency separation between PS and Affinity for some touchup work isn't gonna be any different between the two....the stuff most folks would use so far, seems like Affinity and PS are interchangeable for the most part.

On a different note....I'm wanting to soon carve out some time and try Blackmagic Design's Fusion tool...which is a rival for After Effects. It seems powerful....but would have to learn the node based methodology for it. I've got nodes down for Color grading....but still have to wrap my mind around it for special effects....and I'm still quite the novice at AE....

But hey, learning is half the fun!!

Comment Re:...would smell as shitty as any browser (Score 1) 106

Well, maybe enough folks are still pissed off about having to *rent* their software with that fscking Creative Cloud monthly rental model....and that will help kill Flash off for good?

One can only hope.

I just still at this point, refuse to RENT my fucking creative software. For now, my CS6 Suite of Adobe tools will work...and now, with things like Fusion from Blackmagic..... Davinci Resolve from black magic design that is not only one of the ultimate color grading apps, it is also now turning into a world class NLE to compete with Adobe Premier.

I'm also playing with Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer , which so far look to compete pretty nicely with Photoshop and Illustrator respectively. All without the damned RENTAL buy a standalone license and be done with it.

Also Davinici Resolve...has a FREE lite version that really has about 99% of the functionality of the paid version....The affinity tools, are mac only for now, but they are working on releasing Windows versions soon.

The sooner the better...I really want to give the Adobe CC rental model some real competition with teeth and kill this thing off that is not in the consumer's best interest.

Oh dear, I seem to have gotten on a soapbox again....

Comment Re:Education... (Score 2) 208

I would rather send my kid to school in the poorest Ozark school than almost any inner-city shithole school in America.

Actually, in northern AR, there are some VERY wealthy communities up there, due mostly in part to the Walmart Walton family. There are multi-million dollar homes, and an airport, I believe, was put in just for all the business that is done up there....with industry folks coming in up there to try to get Walmart to carry their goods, etc.

So, with that kinda money, the school system up there doesn't hurt at all.

But, as for the rest of the state, overall, the public school system there is decent, and there are plenty of private schools that excel there too.

If you have a picture of barefoot, Hillbillies all over Arkansas, you have a pretty poor picture of the whole state. There is a LOT of wealth in that state, hell, Little Rock has more damned banks per square foot than most any place I've ever lived. You had the Steven's corp. there too, there is a lot of money that flows through that state, it is a fairly well kept secret from most of the US I'm guessing.

Comment Re:Things are looking up (Score 1) 203

The point of "early" 1914 was that by "mid" 1914 we had a horrific world war going on with massacres, huge numbers of death, and not long after that a worldwide plague that killed tens of millions of people.

Things are fine now... in "late" 2015. By "late" 2016, things could go all to hell and we could have billions dead. Things are 'so far so good".


On the food intolerance--
400% increase.

We process food differently- we sneak gluten into everything (mostly to save a few cents). People who get diarhea, who bleed, who lose villie, and who die from this must be the most incredible hypochodriacs ever. I have one friend who's entire skin (inside and out) peels when she gets exposed to the low levels in grain based vodka.


It gets cheaper all the time to work with diseases. A well designed disease which had a high infection rate but a slower mortality period would spread widely before it started killing people.

Low probably but catastrophic results.

The automation thing is different. Over half the population literally won't be able to work as well as a machine. Lots of luddites died homeless of exposure (and were killed when they turned violent when they lost hope of fair treatment). Picture that on a much larger scale. As in over 50% of the world's population being unable to trade labor for food and shelter.


On the fruit and vegetable thing... we have artificial estrogens causing young girls to start their periods at 9 and meanwhile male fertility has dropped by 95% in the last 100 years almost entirely due to environmental toxins. Likewise, many of the fruits would be unrecognizable as they are mostly cellulose to make it easier to ship them and to extend their shelf life. "real" fruits and vegetables are prohibitively expensive for most. Many people survive on a diet of empty calories since they can't afford the real stuff.


A financial panic is going to have a larger impact because the amount of world resources impacted will be larger. The number of people affected will be an order of magnitude greater. Recovering will take much longer than previously. It's 'good until if fails and then it's really bad". Things are much more brittle than they used to be. It's cheaper until you get a crisis and then you have no food on the shelves for a week (and no gasoline to leave the area) and no option to obtain food.

We really are sort of riding the chaotic wave these days. It is better in many ways- but it's much more brittle than it used to be. Redundancy has been removed from the system. It's like appliances. My A/C is 32 years old. A capacitor went out two years ago. The repairman said, "This is 20 years old. The new one I put in, will not last over 5 years. Also, if you get a new A/C unit, it won't last over 10 years. Probably 7."

Comment Re:Moving jobs is often the only way to get a payr (Score 1) 246

That's only problem if you really are in a supply constrained market. If you are offered more money at the firm down the street, then they definitely should be paying you more. What I don't like is that it seems like a lot of people think they should get more money simply for being at a company longer, without actually taking on any additional responsibility or providing any additional value to the company.

You see a lot of places with unions ending up in this situation. People get raises (and big ones) based simply off years of seniority. Even though they may not actually be as good as the younger employees, they still get paid substantially more simply for the fact that they have been there for a long time.

e-credibility: the non-guaranteeable likelihood that the electronic data you're seeing is genuine rather than somebody's made-up crap. - Karl Lehenbauer