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Comment: I do this all the time. (Score 1) 72 72

It is called a Rubber Band workaround.
Working with legacy systems without access to Source, however needs additional features. Intercept Pipes, data packets, or reports generated, then use its information to filter and add additional information.

It is a rubber band solution because it can break from a brand new unknown variable, and requires layers of fixes and workarounds to keep it running.

Comment: Re: Cool (Score 1) 189 189

How is this about Android. The OS doesn't add the hardware feature, it will only support it. They are a lot of New Android phones that don't have that feature as well.
Now I don't expect Apples goal is to switch over Android users but to keep their devises up to date with other winning technology trends and with their vision of future tech as to keep the existing user base and try to get new to the phone users.
For the most part if you are an Android user or an iOS user you will not switch unless their is some killer feature, or some major ball that was dropped. Otherwise there is too much investment in your device with apps and learning how to use it to switch.

Comment: Re:Irony? (Score 1) 40 40

I agree, It isn't that Coal Power is competing against Google. Heck what took most coal power plants out of business wasn't "Green" or renewable energy, but the US current glut of Cheap Natural Gas. While much cleaner then coal, is still a carbon polluting source. I work in a hospital, they have purchased some old out of business convince store buildings and but offices in them... Is that any more ironic?

If I ran a business I would love to have refurbish an old Barn and turn it into an open office design. A tech company based in a turn of the 20th century barn. Would that have any more irony?

Comment: Re:*Please* don't use the old-style keyboard light (Score 1) 211 211

I never liked Apples Keyboard light, I ended up disabling it. As when it there is dim light, the keyboard letters are at the same light color as the key background making it hard to read.

The thinkpad light can light up other stuff such as any paper you are looking at too.

Comment: Re:SOLD! (Score 1) 211 211

The fact that it has less horizontal resolution makes it better?

Now when they moved to the Wide screen models, it was a fancy trick to lower the Vertical resolution, while offering a larger screen size. But that was when the average Resolution was around 72ppi. Today we are having much higher resolution screens, so going with this model will just cut away your horizontal resolution for you nostalgic feeling.

Comment: Re:Unhealthy food is tasty. Healthy food is boring (Score 1) 244 244

The issue isn't the taste of Healthy vs Unhealthy.
Fat and Sugar, use to be hard to get nutrition. Fats from hunting down animals, and Sugar from rare to find fruits, or rather dangerous to get honey. So our body was designed to reward for finding such foods, as they were hard to find nutrition.

However now Fat and Sugar are plentiful, so we can eat this all the time, so our body gets more of this nutrition then it needs, and really more then it know how to handle. However the reward system for such foods is still there.

Comment: Re:Musk is a busy man. (Score 1) 167 167

He cannot do his job with a 40+ minute lag time in communication, assuming he can get the bandwidth he needs.

Age is an issue. This isn't going to be a vacation cruise. You will need to work while the ship is getting there. If you are too old to be effective, he will only be in the way, and what do you do with the body if he did die.

Comment: Re: What? (Score 1) 289 289

Umm OK. I stated it was experimental. However Ubuntu will release experimental/beta... Drivers in their production release as to support more devices... For the most part people are happy, if you happen to have the right set of hardware then things run good... However I have seen plenty of driver glitchiness in ubuntu over the years. Wi-Fi that looses connectivity randomly, video that leaves a lot of artifacts, after you add a second monitor.

Say to yourself LINUX isn't perfect, it is OK if it is your favorite OS, it may work very well for you but it ISN'T PERFECT and they are things that can be improved.

Comment: Musk is a busy man. (Score 3, Insightful) 167 167

Just like how the sitting president never traveled far from US borders (Until safe aircraft and a Radio communication infrastructure). A CEO of a large global corporation, really doesn't have the time to leave on an extended multi-year adventure.
A 20 minute data Lag for a modern CEO could cause major business issues.
Also the fact when it is ready Musk will be an old man, not really fit for such an adventure.
Sadly I will be too old to travel to mars in my lifetime. Who has nearly less responsibility as Musk.

Comment: Re:Terrible twos (Score 3, Insightful) 289 289

The problem:
Drivers to accommodate lack of open standards.
Back in the good old day,
CGA/EGA/VGA they followed their specs.
Serial and Parallel they followed a common spec.

Then Windows came popular with the support of drivers. This allowed hardware makers to stop playing by the rules thus creating a huge sets of incompatible SVGA (Visa more or less won) Then we went to 3D and all was lost. USB, different Wireless drivers.... Network cards...
For some reasons allowing this is good, because it allowed them to innovate and create new features. But on the other side, it threw out the idea of Open Hardware standards out the window.

Because the lack of such good standards, It creates systems that have driver issues.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 0) 289 289

Are you sure you are not talking about Ubentu?

Drivers are a problem for all Operating Systems. With different approaches to it.
Windows, is more open to 3rd party drivers that could break on an upgrade.
Linux, has often rather experimental drivers that do flaky things.
BSD/Apple, has the either it works well or it won't work at all. Meaning a lot of devices just won't work, even if it just a minor aspect of the hardware spec.
 

Comment: Re:Masters know their limitations. (Score 1) 342 342

No... That is more like the arrogant closed minded jerk.
A master will strive to learn more about such features and when they suffencly understand them they will implement when approproprate.
I myself have been out of practice in C++ for about 15 years. I recently began working on a project where I needed better systems control and huger performance. So I choose to use C++. I know most of the concepts however I needed to research how to to do some things over again.
My experience made it easy for me to search for the topic and relearn the language again.
What else I found is the C++ comes with a new set of extra standard libraries that made many of the obnoxious aspect of C++ much less tedious to use.

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