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Comment Regularly. (Score 1) 319 319

My last remaining Windows machine, which is used for photo and video editing in bursts during certain times of the year (I'm an amateur photographer/videographer with seasonal subjects) a self-built i7-3770k machine, was updated following every editing session until recently. I'd finish what I was doing, allow Windows 7 to apply any needed updates, and then shut the machine off until it was needed again. The machine is now running a Windows Insider Build of Windows 10, because I needed to know if several somewhat esoteric and out-of-date applications for my other hobby, ham radio, were going to run properly. I keep good backups, however; this includes a full backup of all my photos to Amazon. My Apple devices are updated as soon as Apple releases an update, with two exceptions. My MacBook Pro, iPad, backup iPhone (usually used for timelapse video now) and AppleTVs are updated immediately when an iOS or Mac OS X update is available. I also update my AirPort Extremes on the same policy. Exception one is that my current phone is updated a few hours later, once I notice no major issues with the iPad and old iPhone. Sometimes I wait a day or two if I know I'm going to need my phone no matter what. Exception two is that I'm currently running beta iOS 9 on my old phone, because I felt adventurous. None of my machines or devices are used for production work I'm paid for, my employer handles maintenance of my single-device work computer, so I can afford to take the updates regularly.

Submission + - Microsoft changes tune on Windows insider Program for Windows XP, Vista, etc...->

jo7hs2 writes: Microsoft has clarified/backtracked the policy on the Windows Insider Program and Windows 10 licenses. If you have an XP/Vista/non-Windows system without a Windows 7/8.1 license, you will only get to keep what is in essence beta software at all times, i.e. the "preview" builds going forward.
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Comment Re:prints (Score 1) 220 220

They do; but, calling the LSAT serious is somewhat comical. It is wildly mocked in legal circles as being almost pointless. To use a car analogy, in terms of usefulness in carrying an obese family of four, the SAT is to a mid-size sedan what the LSAT is to a Vespa scooter. I've taken this collosal waste of time and money. I got a sufficient score to get into law school with no preparation.

Comment Re: If the headline is posed as a question, the an (Score 1) 384 384

That's exactly what I came here to say. Why this would save OP will cost the station money. The current setup means one pump is down at a time. His proposal means all the pumps at the station will be down, or even if he is more responsible and does half and half, half of them will be down. This is unacceptable from a cost-benefit perspective (no way is his time savings worth the loss in sales) and from a customer service perspective. Just forget it and bring a book. You're getting paid, right? Unless you are paid by the job and not by the hour or salaried, it isn't your problem.

Comment Re: gosh (Score 1) 164 164

Spurious argument much? This isn't the Victorian era. They've had free and fair plebiscites on the matter repeatedly and elected to continue their current status. The U.S. Government actually had a vested interest (due to taxes, etc...) to make them a State or cut them loose, so it isn't exactly like we are holding them captive...if you haven't been paying attention, the U.S. Has been divesting itself of territories willingly since WWII. If they wanted to go, we'd let them.

Comment Re:...eventually put people on butt (Score 2) 136 136

"Technology moves very quickly these days. Humans still don't. How about building a transit system that lets me get from new york to california in under EIGHT HOURS! then you can work on mars." Erm... We have one. It is called the airplane. They're operated by these amazing things called companies, for profit. New York to California is easy as pie. It's even more efficient than driving there!

Comment Re: Battery life non-issue (Score 1) 113 113

This is exactly why I will not be buying a first generation Apple Watch. I have wicked terminal (morning, not fatal) insomnia and currently use a Basis B1 for sleep tracking, so I can assess the effectiveness of various treatment. It has accelerometer, heart rate tracking, skin temperature, and galvanic skin response tracking, making it a fairly capable sleep tracker. However, it is hobbled by several factors: a plastic face that is easily scratched, the inability to see sleep data on the device, poor tracking of sleep onset and awakenings (sometimes misses I GOT OUT OF BED!!!), and terrible support for data export with no HealthKit integration (hell, just to get raw data I have to use the app for their new product the Basis Peak, it isn't available from the website). It also only gets 3-5 days of battery life under light use. I had hoped the Apple Watch would prove to be a more capable sleep tracker based on early reports about the sensors and data integration, but unfortunately the battery life means it has to charge overnight, and Apple hasn't even included any advanced sleep tracking features. This was a major disappointment. Right now I'm still waiting for a new product to come along...I won't be buying anything from Basis ever again (my B1, aside from the failings above, has been in for warranty repairs TWICE in a year). I've seen a Kickstarter for an EEG solution slated to come out this fall, maybe that'll finally be the tracker for me.

Comment Re: gosh (Score 4, Informative) 164 164

For the record, the United States is not the problem in Peurto Rico. They've held multiple referendums about independence, statehood, etc... They continue to choose the status quo each time, by a narrow margin. We've never even had the opportunity to address statehood in Congress because they've never gotten that far, and we can't force statehood OR independence down their throats. So maybe back off on that one.

Comment Re: Too many pixels = slooooooow (Score 1) 263 263

Somebody says this with every major pixel jump and every time they are always only marginally correct. It happened with 8MP to 12MP, 12 to 18, 18 to 22/3, etc... "The lens can't even resolve that!" Sure, some lenses, particularly consumer and mid-grade kit lenses (like the 28-135mm my 5DmkII kinda makes go pear-shaped everywhere but smack dab in the middle of the frame unless you stop down to f8 or so) will offer no additional resolution on a 30-50MP camera simply because the sensor out performs the lens. But plenty of lenses still more than out resolve our current sensors...and as history has shown, at least with Canon, any L series glass that doesn't perform and is in mainstream use will get updated within a few years. I can say personally that even my current 18-23MP camera stable occasionally fails me due to lack of sensor resolution. Usually when I need to crop to 5:4 dimensions and make a large print. Only with one it two of my lenses do I run into resolution issues, and they're consumer lenses I use to full gaps in my L kit, or use due to their lighter weight/lower cost in more gear-risky environments. I'm eying that 50MP 5Ds with some "maybe in a year or two" coveting. A lot of what I do is either with very high resolution medium to long primes (macro and wildlife) that have a lot of resolution to work with, or requires just enough cropping for 5:4 prints that I'd prefer a few more megapixels before making the chop. I remember the change from 8MP up to 12MP, and then when I went from 12 to 23MP, and the ability to crop and still make a print I was satisfied with increased dramatic at each step.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982