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Comment: Re:Uh... change companies? (Score 1) 212

by khellendros1984 (#46792091) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

Let's be honest here... you want to work 8am - 5pm with an hour lunch, get paid over $60k a year (more in higher standard states), get bonuses and have a nice cushy job? That's absurd.

Absurd? It describes my current work situation closely. Well, if you exclude the pay and hours; my pay is in the ballpark of yours, and my hours aren't as rigid as "8-5 with an hour lunch". Still, there's always something better and always something worse. It's important to be able to find satisfaction in whatever job you're doing, and you seem to have done that just fine.

Comment: Re:Personal Drones (Score 1) 153

The 24th amendment to the consitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 both come to mind (although the amendment was ratified January 23rd, 1964, so it's a few months over 50 years). I agree with the statement that our laws tend to restrict rights much more than they grant them, though. In theory, you've got the right to do anything that isn't forbidden by law, so the only laws that cause a net gain in freedom are the ones that restrict actions that take away someone else's freedom.

Comment: Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (Score 1) 674

by khellendros1984 (#46791049) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?
I've got a Logitech mouse (LX7) that I probably bought about 8 years ago and still use every day at work. The rubber is starting to rot, but the mouse itself works like the day I bought it. The only Logitech mouse that I've had die is an MX310 that I bought in 2004, and that lasted until about 2010.

Comment: Re:Atari 800 (Score 1) 674

by khellendros1984 (#46790855) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?
Something similar happened in my Super Nintendo. It blew an internal fuse. I replaced it with a fuse taken from an even less-functional system, and the same thing happened. I just bridged the gap with wire. Some resolutions work perfectly, but higher-res output won't display anything. My guess is that there are multiple bad capacitors on the board.

Comment: Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (Score 1) 267

by khellendros1984 (#46775045) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago
I hate using a stylus. I don't use multitouch often, but that's not what I see as the best feature of a capacitive screen anyhow. I like that I can lightly swipe a finger across the display and achieve a gesture. You just don't get the same ease of use with resistive touch. I can imagine that the extra precision would be necessary if you're remoting in to a desktop GUI, but that's outside my normal use-case for touch devices, personally.

Comment: Re:I went to see WATCH_DOGS at PAX East (Score 1) 43

by khellendros1984 (#46762037) Attached to: Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event
One time use codes aren't uncommon. They could give out codes that are useable either as a Steam/Amazon/Play store/whatever discount code, or via a mail-in rebate type of mechanism. Either that, or post a reusable code and take the gamble that you'll pull in more customers with the lower price than you'll lose in per-purchase profit margin.

Comment: Re:changing part without changing number is common (Score 1) 236

The guy said "computer industry", but it was obvious that they were referring to undocumented changes in the hardware, and how that made trouble for people using OSes that couldn't use the manufacturer-provided drivers. It happens *all* the time in consumer-level hardware, especially when you're talking about a Chinese knock-off of something. Simple example: wifi adapters with multiple hardware revisions, all sold under the same product number.

Now, if you want to talk about the hardware engineers themselves rather than their products, then yes, the engineer building the thing has to have a fully-specified part, the behavior of which matches the datasheet and doesn't change.

You can't talk about those things interchangeably, like you were trying to. If someone's talking about a driver not working with a piece of hardware, first, they're talking about hardware. Second, they're talking about a consumer that an "invisible" hardware change impacted.

Comment: Re:Great for learning programming, too! (Score 1) 101

They wouldn't be what I'd call an "engineer", and maybe "programmer" would've been a better word than "developer". I certainly would've described myself as a programmer before I was out of high school. You're nitpicking word choice without addressing the point that I was trying to make: limitations suck, and someone using standard tools is going to be able to find more material to learn from, anyhow. If the choice is between having a bunch of Chromebooks or nothing, then that's an obvious choice. If there's another option available, then it's better to teach a student with something they'll be able to get help with on their own.

Comment: Re:lower cost chrome? (Score 2) 101

For Chromium OS, a guy called Hexxeh had some builds, but he seemed disappointed by the performance, so the port is on an indefinite hiatus. For the Chromium browser, I saw posts that indicated that it could be built for and run on the Pi. I haven't tried it, and I didn't try to find binaries. For Chrome itself (browser and OS), Google doesn't seem to have produced appropriate binaries.

Comment: Re:Great for learning programming, too! (Score 2) 101

And then you've got a developer used to being tied into that web app for anything they want to do. "Certainly not impossible" doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. A cheap computer that's suitable for learning programming isn't a very high bar, and there are a lot of options.

Comment: Re:Fuck Obamacare (Score 4, Funny) 722

by khellendros1984 (#46718559) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
It's a multilayered thing. I'd say that the U.S. population is made up of the misfits and cast-offs from other countries, and as a result has very different cultural leanings than other countries. Those leanings are wonderful tools for the sociopaths that run our corporations. "Supporting others is welfare/socialism, and that's (dun dun DUN) Communism!". Or maybe "The government is taking away your right to free choice! Isn't that why you left [country of origin]?!"

People with power and influence play the rest of the population like fiddles. Those in power decided that (at least in the short term) government-controlled health care would be bad for profits, so they play on the unique insecurities inherent to American culture to achieve their goals.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell

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