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Comment Re:Target audience (Score 1) 210

Congrats. You now have a group of people seeing your ads that wanted to not see them so bad they bought an app. I'm sure this business model will work out for you in the long run.

Doesn't matter to him. He knows it's all BS, but companies are willing to pay him hard cash for eyes on their ads. Doesn't matter if those eyes actually purchase anything.

Comment Re:What the fuck is with the snark (Score 4, Insightful) 118

I dont understand the authors snarky tone when writing this

The snark is that it's a pretty transparent attempt to get more pork for their state. Florida, Alabama, and Texas are the three states with major NASA facilities, and there are a lot of contractors who work in those states to support NASA.

Space travel is important. But a group whose business depends on government pork is likely not the most impartial group to be delivering that message. Porking NASA is how we got the Senate Launch System in the first place; NASA doesn't really want it, but it's being forced upon them by senators who want to keep government contracts in their state.

Comment Re:Artists, musicians, etc (Score 1) 478

"I think if you're looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?"

To run ProTools with all the plugins?

Am I the only one who remembers when Apple made machines for creative people? An iPad Pro is useless for them, except for being able to write an email to your parents asking for more money.

How's that? The iPad Pro is a great new tool for artists. With a stylus you have a Wacom with touch sensitivity and a computer all rolled up into one. The resolution alone is amazing for any graphics manipulation. Quick sketch on paper that you did on the bus, take a photo, grab your stylus, and photoshop that up to finished artwork without having to power up your computer. That is powerful.

Comment Re:Please don't bring it back (Score 3, Interesting) 83

Regardless of whomever any MST3K fan was the funnier guy onscreen, nobody can argue that Mike Nelson was a key writer that drove the show - and that he carried the show on his shoulders alone for the last three seasons after Trace B. (the original voice of Crow T. Robot) left. Without Mike, it just won't have the same charm.

"Nobody can argue..." What's the name of that type of fallacy? Have you seen Cinematic Titanic? No Mike Nelson, and a hundred times better than those last seasons of MST3K. The key writers were always Joel and Trace. "Head writer" does NOT mean "the guy that writes the jokes." It's more "the guy who keeps all the joke writers from killing each other." Well, as long as there's no Kevin Murphy I'll be happy. He was always the weakest asset. Cinematic Titanic proved that Joel, Trace, and Josh have the most "charm," to use your term.

Comment Re:compliance (Score 1) 93

However, I think it will be unlikely that the NSA will comply with the order, and that no one will be able to determine if NSA complied with the order, and if it was found NSA did not comply with the order no one would be punished.

Judges no longer have any authority. The law of the land is only so much confetti. Benjamin Franklin's experiment is in its death throws.

Comment Re:Erm (Score 1) 37

Still weirds me out how many people want to make a flipper bot and go the electric route, when clearly a pneumatic flipper is far superior - admittedly far less controllable, but it will actually flip or throw robots. Like, look at this season of BattleBots, there are several flipper bots - but most are electrical flippers, so those bots tend to get into wrestling matches where they sort of lift another robot and push them around, then you have something like Bronco that basically just drives at the other robots, tackles them to the wall and fires the pneumatic flipper, sending the other bots out over the edge - I know which one I prefer.
Kinetic spinners are as effective and fun to watch as ever, even though the BattleBots guys kinda sucked at designing them, the disc design pioneered by HypnoDisc is obviously superior to the "two hammers" design showed in this season on BattleBots, as it is less likely to get slammed to a halt, burning out the engine or basically break itself at the joints.

This is reality TV. The producers are manipulating everything behind the scenes. They want robots that are "good TV," not best at fighting. And the competitors know that these idiotic but flashy features will get them on the show. The old show had plenty of those. Remember the upside-down kiddy pool bot? Remember that the Myth Busters were asked to leave the competition because they produced a bot that won in just a few seconds. Not good TV.

Comment Re:50% more than LEO, TO BE EXACT (Score 1) 226

To get to low earth orbit, a vehicle needs to be travelling at 17,400 MPH (7.7 km/s). If it travels just bit faster, 25,000 MPH, you can head off wherever you want to go in space. Orbit is 2/3rds of the way to anywhere.

Nice numbers, except that's not the way it works. Higher orbits are SLOWER than low ones. And then there's oblique verses circular, which comes from the way you are pointed when you are accelerating. Seriously, Orbital math is hard.

Comment Re:Wine-wrapped and broken games? (Score 1) 110

Where is that on Steam? Because it only shows Windows and Mac Steamplay, not Linux. Hence it's NOT on Steam.

EVE-Online used to have an official Linux client, but it was discontinued several years ago as there weren't enough users to justify the time & cost. That client used Transgaming's tech (i.e. their WINE fork).

Comment Re:MS approach IS Swiss Army knife, not scalpel (Score 1) 130

Systemd is a Swiss Army knife - it tries to pack everything and the kitchen sink into one multi-purpose thing. That's not inherently good or bad, it -is- Microsoft-like, not Unix-like.

At this point Lennart points out that systemd contains multiple binaries. Yeah, and a Swiss Army knife contains multiple blades.

Enough systemd fud. Your analogy makes no sense. Systemd is a wrapper to make sure that all the little applications work together correctly, more like a tool box. All your little tools collected in one place, where it's easy to get at them. Now it may not be a good toolbox; I'm not arguing that. But inherently it's a feature that Linux needs to provide functionality that any enterprise requires. Linux has moved beyond being a one person system.

Comment Re:Sure... they're large enough... (Score 1) 123

That sort of thing really benefits from the trivial and immediate server replacement you have from the cloud providers. (Something's wrong with Server-447? Just drop it and provision a new one, 5 minutes max.) But for simpler services that advantage is lost in the noise of manual software deployment/config/etc to stand up a new box.

That works really well for a simple web server, but in the real world of corporate applications, nothing could be further from the truth. First, apps must ships files between databases and themselves. In a private datacenter, that's over ethernet. In the cloud, it is often over disparate VPN connection, and worse of all, over your internet connection. How many companies willing to get a 10Gb ethernet pipe? Not many. So they get dedicated leased lines to AWS et al, otherwise their transaction times are atrocious. Then there's the hilarity of trying to print a file back in the office. Oops. Cloud is a one way solution. Those apps cannot see your printers. Or any of your internal applications. So you end up completely rewriting your processes and data flows. Now if you are using any shared storage, all bets are off. Each cloud server is its own little walled off environment, which means that using shared storage is right out. Now all those files have to be scp'ed back and forth.

Really, it's all just smoke a mirrors. The cloud is nothing but a big scam. Any CTO who pushes the cloud is just drinking the cool aid. The costs of those WAN connections, future price increases (everything costs rock bottom right now, that's not going to last), plus cloud provider lock in (just try getting your database out of AWS and see what hidden costs there really are). Ain't no one saving money moving to the cloud, but there are a lot of "cloud consultants" getting rich.

Comment Re:"TV series" (Score 1) 438

Sure. But Netflix and Amazon are the equivalent first-run, top-tier channels for their programming. CBS All Access is the B-team; it's UPN/CW where reject shows go.

The fact that the show is premiering on All Access means CBS doesn't think it's good enough to run on their main channel, and that implies to me that CBS isn't going to give this the kind of resources they'd give a proper Star Trek TV show. Budget Star Trek, perhaps?

Comment Re:10 years was a decent rest (Score 1) 438

It can't get any worse than Enterprise.

Then again, I thought it couldn't get any worse than Voyager, so I could be wrong.

I suspect the majority of folks here really like TNG, since that is what they saw as kids. As someone who grew up with Star Trek (I refuse to use TOS), I found TNG lacking in just about every way. They took the superficial aspects of the series, and lost the real content. Enterprise may have lost their way, but the basis of the show was sound. So for me, Star Trek > Enterprise > Voyager > TNG. And DS9? I don't see how that was even a Star Trek series.

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