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Comment Re:I've had this as a plug-in. (Score 1) 136

You're right about DRM issues. There is one big win and the reason I support HTML5 video. It can be cross platform unlike flash. Flash only runs on the big 3 desktop operating systems. It doesn't run on any other desktop OS and isn't supported on many mobile platforms. HTML 5 video can change all that.

Comment Scrum and Mythical Man Month (Score 0) 87

Tell him to get a copy of the Mythical Man Month and get Scrum Master certified. That should give him a start. In reality, they need to hire someone that knows what they're doing but I assume that is off the table for financial reasons.

I realize some developers hate Agile, but we're talking about a startup and inexperienced managers. They're never going to pull off waterfall. They probably have no clue how to manage projects like this.

Comment Ah memories (Score 5, Interesting) 278

I got my first PC in high school about a month before windows 95 came out. I got a free upgrade on that Packard Bell. It had an impressive 8MB of RAM, 1MB video card and a Pentium 100mhz. Those were the days.

I ended up installing Windows 95 a total of 52 times on that computer. I started experimenting with modifying the registry and often deleting things from it. For example, all those stupid "tips" messages you got at startup were stored in the registry. You could knock off a significant amount of data. That combined with a registry compression tool and you had extra RAM and more speed. I had pages of tweaks to do to windows 95. When 98 came out, I was disappointed. Went through an OS/2 warp phase and an NT4 phase before I got into Linux, Solaris and finally *BSD.

Without windows being such a piece of shit, I never would have gotten into operating systems.

Comment Re:Can it self restart? (Score 1) 275

Good point. I think one problem is that most consumer grade wifi is assuming 4-8 devices tops in a home. I realize I'm a programmer, but with all the smart devices these days, I've got Nest products, light bulbs, game consoles, chromecast, apple tv, tablets, smart phones and computers that all use the wifi. They're not all using it at the same time but i'm probably approaching 20 wifi enabled devices. A lot of the lowend crap will fall over with that many connections. As it is, my apple airport extreme router is crashing every 3 days to 1 week depending on usage. I've noticed it crashes more often when 2.4 ghz band devices connect like the Nest or wii. I spent almost as much on that thing as this Google product and if theirs actually works, I'm interested!

What's worse is that the airport extreme crashes daily on the latest firmware. I had to go through hand editing xml files to trick it into flashing to an old version of the firmware to get the 3 days. The idea of auto updates on firmware scare me a little but then again if google regularly updates it, maybe it won't be so bad. Apple just ships a bad firmware and leaves it up for a year.

Comment Re:Poor Value (Score 1) 319

But they have DRM and if apple's itunes can't auth, you can't watch. If you don't believe me, try to play it on a new computer or de-auth your existing one. After awhile, the authentication on the devices dies.

I cache iTunes content locally because I've had music disappear in the store before that I bought. (prior to them going drm free on that) The album still plays with my files but apple doesn't have it anymore. I've never seen that happen with video, but it's certainly possible.

If you have Disney content, you can get their app and then connect it to Google Play and iTunes. It gives you purchases in one on the other so you get a backup with an independent service.

The new problem I have is storage. I'm at 5TB of iTunes content and apple got rid of internal drive bays. There is no mac to buy that can hold them and I'm hitting the limits of external hard drive enclosures too. Whatever I buy, I have to have a bigger drive for time machine to back it up too. (mac mini drive + ITMS drive == 5.5TB just for one snapshot)

external raided enclosures get rather pricey.

Comment Re:IPhone 7 still 32 and 64GB (Score 2) 109

You're not even accounting for the fact it's slower than the 2012 Mac Mini quad core. The cut CPU performance significantly with the new model and then made it non upgradable to boot.

After test driving several Macs, I realized that I was better off putting a SSD in my 2012 mini rather than buy a new one. It was going to cost 1800 to buy a mac that was faster in CPU today (I paid ~ $1000 in dec 2012) and I had to get an iMac or top of the line Macbook Pro to match it.

Apple has lost their minds on pricing at this point. Computers should not get slower.

Comment Oracle wanted it to die (Score 1) 92

I was a big SPARC fan. I've still got two old Sun Netra sparc64 1u servers in my basement. I used to have used sun workstions, and even had MidnightBSD running on some Sparc64 systems early into my project.

The problem is that when Sun was sold to Oracle, they closed up patches, documentation on old hardware and anything useful for supporting old Sun hardware. That meant that the used market dried up. They then put out only super expensive systems and got rid of workstations. This caused developers to lose access to modern systems and most ports of Linux and BSD gave up over time. Now you have to run Solaris on Sparc and you pay a lot of money to do so.

It's just not worth it. Solaris has lost momentum due to these moves. Everyone moved to Linux or BSD. It's over guys. Just give up and push Oracle databases on Linux and Windows now.

Submission + - AMD's $550 Radeon R9 Fury On Linux Competes With $200~350 NVIDIA GPUs->

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this month AMD released the air-cooled Radeon R9 Fury graphics card with Fury X-like performance, but the big caveat is the bold performance is only to be found on Windows. Testing the R9 Fury X on Linux revealed the Catalyst driver delivers devastatingly low performance for this graphics card. With OpenGL Linux games, the R9 Fury performed between the speed of a GeForce GTX 960 and 970, with the GTX 960 retailing for around $200 while the GTX 970 is $350. The only workloads where the AMD R9 Fury performed as expected under Linux was the Unigine Valley tech demo and OpenCL compute tests. There also is not any open-source driver support yet for the AMD R9 Fury.
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